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suggestions for high-end laptop for CAD workstation - HP, Dell, Lenovo?

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#1 steve_7777


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 06:20 PM

Looking for portable laptop that will serve as my primary workstation for Cad tools. Was looking at Dell, Lenovo, msi and hp (leaning more Dell and lonovo).
Anyhow need the following:
4k display 
32G ram
512G ssd
1T+ second drive
I7 (latest Gen)
Thunderbolt port
Either 15 or 17 monitor 
(leaning to 15 as my Thunderbolt will connect to dual 28" 4k displays at home (dock station) 
somehting that at least has 5 hours on battery (perferably more )
here are a few examples:
HP Zbook 17.3" G4 IPS FHD Mobile Workstation, Intel Quad-Core i7-7820HQ
Dell Precision 7720 Mobile Workstation i7-7920HQ 
lenovo ThinkPad P51 Mobile Workstation i7-7820HQ
Anyhow which brand and or laptop best?
my old rig is a MSI gaming rig that i use for CAD but it eats power like its going out of style, maybe 1h on battery
looking for some feedback for a system can use on the go or at home for electrical engineering EDA/CAD work, any thoughts would be appreciated
More about : portable workstation eda cad
i have seen reliability issues with HP zbook g3 - so looking more at lonovo and dell but im really just looking for feedback which one is better quality and last longer for the $ spent
my budget is a system under $2800 or so

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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:35 PM

I've only supported HP and Dell business machines, so I don't know anything about the Lenovo brand.


Both the HP and Dell machines you have listed should come with a three year warranty.  If you're going to have any issues they will normally occur during that time.


Going with a 15" screen should give you better battery life than a 17" screen.


What CAD software are you using?  I'd recommend checking on what they recommend for computer specifications and go from there.  I know you can run AutoCAD on almost anything, but SolidWorks is very picky about video cards.

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