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Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
04-13-2016, 10:44 AM,
Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
Can anyone suggest a budget laptop that can run solidworks moderately well? I'd like to spend less than 800, but I could go up to 1000 if absolutely necessary. I'd also prefer a smaller laptop if possible, but I could handle a 15" if needed. Thanks for the advice!
04-13-2016, 08:20 PM,
RE: Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
I really don't know much about current versions of SolidWorks to help you.

One thing they have is a benchmark page and you can see what some of the others there are running. Select Laptop, sort "descending" by one of the benchmarks and you'll see the top systems.

It looks like folks are running lots of different kinds of systems.

I wish I could help more.
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04-14-2016, 01:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-14-2016, 01:52 AM by pedwards.)
Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
Had no idea either about that benchmark either as I'm not a CAD or rendering user.

Found an article that could maybe help. If you can explain which types of uses you plan to have, we can perhaps map something in the 800-1000 dollar range with the specs that match. Like finding a high IPC over cores depending if you do assembly, sim, or modeling, etc. (or everything!)

Do have a particular focus? Then using a guide such as this it would at least help with the components that match best then we can cross reference the table that Dan-H provided.

EDIT: although the article dates from July last year the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s which today is roughly replaced by the P50s has a starting price of $1119 but has an instant reduction that takes it down to around $1000.

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04-14-2016, 11:02 AM,
RE: Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
for 1000 bucks, id look at a dell precision 15 3510 and compare it with some non-pro mentioned. the thing about the precision series are 4 core processors and amd firepro or nvidia quadro gpu's, a real plus if you use it for work.

good luck
04-14-2016, 04:54 PM,
RE: Budget laptop that can run Solidworks
Hi guys, thanks for the advice. I was in a bit of a time crunch, so I ended up ordering the ASUS K501UX. I'm doing some very basic modeling, at this point in time, so I think it will handle it well enough. I had a lot of trouble finding any 13" laptops with decent processors and/or discrete graphics cards for a decent price (most had integrated graphics of some sort).

I was very tempted by the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, it has superior components all around, and it has better ram upgrade potential, but it's 1.25 pounds heavier, which seems ridiculous since I'm not really looking for a desktop replacement.

From that solidworks benchmark list, I think I'll do alright. Thanks for the replies.

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