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Old 07-08-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Industrial Design laptop: NVidia Quadro... What are my options?

Hey guys,
Here's the scoop: I'm heading to Pratt Institute in NYC to study Industrial Design. The school tells me I need a laptop that can comfortably run Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Solidworks. In addition, I would imagine Alias/Maya are potentially involved.

Pratt has teamed up with Dell and has created a laptop specifically for what I am doing. The specs are as follows:

Dell Precision™ M6300 Mobile Workstation
The Most Powerful Workstation You Can Take With You.

Intel Core2 Duo T7500, 2.20GHz/800Mhz 4MB L2 Cache, Dual Core
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Edition
120 GB HD (7200 RPM)
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M 512MB OpenGL Turbo Cache
Dell Wireless Intel 3945 WLAN (802.11a/g)
8X DVD+/-RW
17” Wide Screen WUXGA
9-cell Primary Battery
3 Year Dell Next-Day Onsite Parts & Labor Warranty + CompleteCare
LoJack theft deterrent and tracking device locates lost or stolen computers.

This ends up being $2349, after a school savings of $382. Not exactly cheap. Actually, looking back at the Dell page, 5 minutes later it now costs $2459. I guess Dell does the price-change thing. Sleazy. Anyways...

So my question is... What are my alternatives? With college tuition itself being so expensive, I was hoping I would not have to pay such a huge amount for a computer.

Also, the computer is a huge, unsexy block. Being an industrial designer, form factor is somewhat important to me. But let's be practical here... The thing is huge and heavy! To the point where I simply would not want to bring it places. Coming from a 12" Apple Powerbook certainly doesn't help the matter.

From my understanding, any computer with similar specs should suffice. The only real kicker is that I need this Nvidia graphics card.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Industrial Design laptop: NVidia Quadro... What are my options?

ok ill suggest a few laptops

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220308

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220307

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220306

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220309

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220284

personally i like the m50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220306
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Default Re: Industrial Design laptop: NVidia Quadro... What are my options?

Thanks for the reply, however none of those have the Quadro graphics card. Are the cards in the linked computers comparable? I'm pretty sure the Quadro is essentially a requirement.

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Default Re: Industrial Design laptop: NVidia Quadro... What are my options?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ovo-_-34146335

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ard-_-34147623


those are two Quardro laptops i found in newegg
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Kev...my dad only uses Quadro for his Virtual Reality work. Try looking at some Lenovos.
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