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does anyone use Vectorworks on a laptop, if so what spec would be good. I do most of my work on a desktop computer from home but I need to get a laptop to be enable me to work from various offices, any advice would be useful, thanks.

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Both the laptops in my signature serve me quite well.

However, in general, I advise seeking out a laptop designed for gaming rather than something titled as being a "workstation" as the gaming graphics cards offer much more bang for the buck than the laptops marketed as being specifically for CAD.

This may help as well:

 

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@beanus I have a 2017 MacBook Pro 15" and it has been great. I used it with a CalDigit TS3+ and had great success with it while working on an extended assignment in Australia! Can't speak to the Surface devices but my wife goes through a laptop a year because of hardware failures. Mac's are expensive but dependable and reliable.

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thanks to everyone that replied, very useful. I now just need to decide how much I want to spend

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Better not.

The Intel onboard graphics is too weak and under VW's min spec recommendations.

Better would be a Surface book with extra Nvidia mobile GPU.

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Okay thanks for that are there any other windows laptops you’d recommend.  I am starting to use Vectorworks for residential interior design projects. 

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The Surface products are a bit pricy but gorgeous.

There are tons of other Windows Laptops with sufficient CPU, GPU and RAM,

suitable for VW usage, available for better prices though.

 

Here you can find what they should include :

https://www.vectorworks.net/sysreq

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I would not do a surface product, just my opinion.

 

I am a windows user.  I personally find in my workflow CPU Performance has the biggest impact on overall performance.  I have a surface, more as just a thing to do some light work on when I travel.  I would not even consider running VW on it, but that is because I know what the files I work in demand and I know it would just be unusable. 

 

I have a desktop I work on in the office and a laptop on the road.  I travel a lot so something that can keep up relatively with the desktop is key.  I do not own these, but these would be my recomendation

 

Something with an intel 6 core processor, this is fairly newish in laptops and something with a decent GPU (1050 or up or even a quadro, but you pay more for a quadro and don't get the bang for your buck) and something that you can load up with ram and possibly adjust later.

 

The gigabyte Aero 15X with the i7-8750H would be good. 

https://www.gigabyte.com/Laptop/AERO-15X--i7-8750H#kf

 

The MSI GS65 series, the stealth thin is cool, but I imagine it gets very hot

https://us.msi.com/Laptop/GS65-Stealth-Thin-Intel-8th-Gen.html

 

The Asus ROG stuff like the zephyrus or so 

https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-M-GM501/

 

Personally, I like dell products.  I have a dell precision laptop.  The 5000 series is nice and the 7000 series is nice just a little chunky.

 

Good luck

 

Matt

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I've been using mac laptops with vw for the last 15 years or so.  Currently 2015 MBP, 16 RAM.  This one is the best performer I've used.  Optional Apple graphics chip upgrade is recommended.  Screen resolution is excellent, also best I've used.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for  mid-range laptop to run VW 2019? Many people suggest gaming laptops but they are so ugly.  MSI Creator might be tolerable but seems pricey.  Has anyone tried out the Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop? I use a lot of MS programs including MS Access so likely to stick to PCs. Also like having a large screen and number pad.

 

I currently have an XI PowerGo laptop that is about 6 years old with a nvidia 650 graphics card, 8GB RAM, 750GB 7200 RPM SATAII-300MB/s and Intel® Core™ i7 3740QM 2.7/3.7GHz-1C Turbo Boost- 6MB Cache Quad-Core/8 Threads 3rd Gen. 22nm. Running Windows 10 Pro (Also not a very attractive system in my opinion.)

 

Thanks in advance for any input.

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Hi @Lisar ,

 

Think about upgrade of the memory of your laptop to 16 GB and replace the 750GB HDD with 1 TB(or 500GB) SSD and you can keep using it.

 

Best regards,

Vasko

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Really?  Others from VW tech-support have suggested my graphic card is too outdated for VW 2019.  Haven't attempted installing 2019 based on that and others comments here in the forum.

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I know it's not the best solution, but for small price you can try it and you if you do not use this laptop for rendering, but for small projects with no texture rendering...

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