help to check new laptop

Hey everyone… im not exactly sure where to post this… i looked around and this seems like the best place…

Im about to buy a new laptop sometime this week and i would like to know if anyone had any experience with this hardware and could tell me how well this machine could run blender…

its the new studio 17 from dell with the i7 (1.6ghz) 4gb of ram and a 1gb ati radeon graphics card… 500gb hard drive and nice 17 inch screen :slight_smile:

ive been using a quad core desktop for a while now and i need something a little more mobile for the next few years as im going to be moving around quite a bit…

tell me what you think… and thanks in advanced :slight_smile:

wow, nice machine. Should be able to blast away and rendering with multiple cores is a real plus

thanks :smiley: ye i hate w8ing long times for renders to finish… and this was at a really nice price as well :slight_smile: i was going to get a macbook before… but then i realized that i could get more than 2 times the specs for the same price… with multitouch screen… so i was like… err… thank you dell :smiley:

What? Macs are overpriced? :slight_smile:

Yup, looks good to me, if your happy with the price, then it should be a go. :slight_smile:

I still think rendering on the laptop isn’t the smartest move, but for stills it should be fine,
for animations you could always rent render time @ a renderfarm of some type.
The shorter the anim, the cheaper, off-course. :slight_smile:

hehe… yes infact macs are over priced :stuck_out_tongue: now if i had all the money in the world i would get a 19 inch macbook pro… but i dont… lol

The machine looks fine if you go for the optional full HD screen (1920x1080) instead of the stock 1600x900 version.

@harley Thanks but im probably getting the touch screen instead of the 1080p screen… its only a little bigger so not really worth it…

the reason that i made this thread though is to find out how well blender runs on this machine… does anyone have a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 560v? or the Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)? i would like to know how well they work with blender… either windows or linux data is welcome…

I would change the ATI with a Nvidia. I always got problems with ATI, both on Mac and Win whether it was Blender, C4D or Adobe.

thats not really an option… :frowning: i know about the ati cards having some annoying bugs with 3d software but i think i know enough to fix those issues… thanks for your comment :slight_smile:

I don’t know, I only have a dedicated(not integrated) ATI HD4650 in another computer here,
but it would seem like the HD4xxx+ is damn fine on the OpenGL end as far as drivers go. :slight_smile:

My personal experience with a laptop - consider getting a 15" screen and then adding a 22" at home to plug into. I can’t use my 17" on airplanes, just too big.

ye i was thinking about that walshlg… the 17 inch is also pretty heavy… but i will still keep my netbook for on airplanes, busses and trains… i dont even like 13 inch laptops in situations like that… im more just going to use it as a portable desktop… for moving every few months instead of every day :stuck_out_tongue: i was even considering just buying a desktop instead… but then i would be a bit too much to move around…

@felix_kutt Thanks :slight_smile: thats what im hoping for :slight_smile: