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Aztec

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Whats new today is outdated with in 24hrs, with that in mind the company i work for is now taking the next step in customer relations and are looking in to having the capability to present models on a laptop at a customers office or location of their choice, and not half to always come to are office to view a model in 3D. We have laptops around but most are strictly business class and not up to par on handling the detail of a 3D model. Not really looking for something to render on but just pan around and show off.

Any ideas on a laptop that can handle a model in th 40MB-60MB range that will pan and hold texture quality smoothly, i guess the real question is Quadro vs GeForce what do u prefer and why. My current tower GC =  2-GTX 460 in SLI so its kinda hard for me to compare and or choose a laptop GC.


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Question is, "Exactly what do you want the laptop to do?"

Are you going to use it principally for SketchUp models? As a presentation tool, SUWalk is a much better way to present designs if you need to discuss interiors.

You can use game-style keyboard controls to walk and turn.

SUWalk won't run on Macs, which I find are the best laptops for the balance of power, portability, battery life and their instant-on capability.

Do you need lots of battery life? It may be the case that you will occasionally have to present in a corner of a Reception Area, where there are no power outlets.
Alternatively, you might want to meet in a restaurant or a conference, or somewhere where it's not convenient to have a power cable plugged in.

This may well affect your choice of machine. You can get some fearsomely powerful and expensive machines now, but powerful hardware normally gives poor battery life. Personally I think it's a bit of a waste of time to have a laptop with crappy battery life...

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thanks for the reply Bigstick I have tried SUWalk out and it is great tool if ur just presenting ideas and quick walkthroughs, but im afraid we go more in-depth with are meeting and actually draw and make changes on the fly for the client. And it would be great if we could do this on the jobsite as well. Were a all in house Design Build Company and have the luxury of having total control over ever aspect of the project.

Really just need a laptop version of the tower just toned down a bit, would rather have performance over battery life a 12 cell will usually last 3-5 hrs and we usually get spare batteries for each laptop we get. 

Really would like to know if there is or if anybody has seen any performance differences between a Quadro or GeForce series GC in regards to Sketchup.
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I'd say having a Quadro would be expensive for nothing.There more aimed at autodesk heavy stuff etc. Geforce are way cheaper and will do just has good.

I could be wrong I never really compared. But I have a quadro in my laptop and It does not seam to make a difference. (GTS 250 in my tower).

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I agree with Nick. These high end graphics cards make little difference in SU. There used to be a list of graphics cards which work perfectly with it. Certainly for previous releases there were a number of issues with some cards. This may be fixed now though.

It's only for products like Autocad, 3ds max, and Inventor that high end graphics cards make a big difference.

I agree with Nick. Don't focus too much on the graphics card. Get the most powerful all round machine you can, and find the most reliable manufacturer with best customer service. RAM and CPU are more important than the specific details of the GPU. As long as you get a separate Nvidia or ATI chipset with dedicated video memory and a reasonable amount of it, you should be fine.

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It seems like everything is going quad core at this point. I would not purchase anything that has less than this. I would also make sure that you have at least 4 GB of memory. You can probably buy less at this point, but I think you would regret it in the future.

What company do you guys use for payroll? Have you heard anything about [promo link removed by admin] or a similar company? What recommendations would you give?
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