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Tough decision buying a portable workstation!!!


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ThinkPad W701

Processor: Intel Core i7-820QM Processor (8M Cache, 1.73 GHz)
Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64
Operating system language: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 US English
Display type: 17" WUXGA RGB-LED-BL
System graphics: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 96-core CUDA parallel computing processor 1GB (dedicated)
Base: W701 Base for Planar eSATA, USB3.0
Total memory: 8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
Keyboard: Keyboard UK English
Pointing device: Ultranav + Number Pad + Fingerprint Reader
Storage subsystem: Internal RAID - Not Enabled
Primary Hard Drive: 320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive (12.7mm)
System expansion slots: Express Card(54mm) + Express Card(34mm)
Battery: 9 cell Li-Ion Battery
Power cord: Country Pack United Kingdom with DT Line cord & 230W AC adapter
Bluetooth: Bluetooth w/ antenna
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3 AGN)
Language pack: Language Pack UK English 230W AC adapter
ThinkPad Upgrade to 3 Year On-Site Service Next Business Day

£2,819.10 price inc VAT (5% discount confirmed) = £2678.15(possible 5% cashback Quidco) = £2544.24

Precision M6500

English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64Bit OS) Recovery DVD included
Silver Base, Clarksfield, USB3 1
One Intel® Core™ i7-820QM(1.73GHz, 8MB,Quad Core) Memory runs at 1333MHz
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (4x2GB)
1GB nVIDIA FX2800M (with 1GB dedicated memory)
English Set-Up and Features Doc for Graphic Cards
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Backlit Keyboard
Raid Controller : All SATA Hard Drives, Non-RAID for 1 Hard Drive
500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) (Free fall sensor)
8X DVD+/-RW Drive Slot Load with Software included
Primary 9-cell 90W/HR Battery for Silver LCD Panel 1
Mobile Precision M6500 Diagnostics and Drivers
EMEA Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11a/b/g/n 2X3) Mini Card
EMEA Dell® Wireless 365 2.1 Bluetooth™
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 ( Excel Starter 2010, Word Starter 2010)
Dell Backup and Recovery Manager for Windows® 7
17in Widescreen WUXGA (1920x1200) Antiglare Silver with RGB Led LCD Panel
Targus Campus XL Backpack for laptops up to 17" - Black
UK/Irish 210W Slim AC Adapter with UK/Irish Power Cord
Integrated 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera with Microphone for Silver Base
Silver with RGB LED LCD Back Cover
5Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
English Trend Micro™ Internet Security(15 month subscription) Antivirus Software

Quote inc VAT on negotiation = £2992.77

Kobalt Comanche

Chassis - :: Comanche 17" 1920x1200 WUXGA X-Glass
Processor - :: Intel® Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor 2.8GHz 8MB Cache 45nm
Video Card - :: NVIDIA® GTX 480M 2GB GDDR5 DX11
Memory - :: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1066MHz 2x 4GB DIMM
Hard Drive - :: 500GB Western Digital 7,200rpm with 16MB Cache
Hard Drive 2 - :: None Selected
Hard Drive 3 - :: None Selected
Hard Drive Config 1 - :: No RAID
Operating system 1 - :: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Optical Device 1 - :: 8x DVD±R/W
Keyboard - :: English UK
7 in 1 card reader - :: 7 in 1 card reader
Soundcard - :: Integrated High Definition Audio
Warranty - :: 3 Year - European Collect & Return
System Recovery - :: Kobalt System Recovery Kit and Backup Software On Internal Drive

Price in VAT (free shipping was only offer) = £2740.50

I didn't plan on spending more than £2500, infact my target was £2000, please help me decide which of the above to choose!

The software I use is: Revit 2010, AutoCAD 2011, SketchUp and CS4.

How the computer looks (I like the Kobalt and Dell looks, but dislike the Lenovo) feels and ease of use. Customer/technical service from the supplier. ease of updating components. Compatibility with software and external devices. I do play game and they're pretty demanding graphically - primarily tactical fps and strategy, would be great to improve this experience as much as possible, but not at the expense of my work applications.

I use CS4 to prepare presentations and compile presentation boards - clean up hand drawings for insertion into presentations, tailor photos and insert models etc. In terms of CAD work, modelling is fairly complex work with nurbs and parametric models, I use sun shadow projections etc and Revit's Mental Ray render system. I may move on to 3dmax at some point or something similar. In terms of portability, weight is not an issue.

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for no other reason than the fact that I've recently been using one myself. The build quality is superb - as it should be - and without a doubt it's the fastest machine I've ever used.

The display is superb - crystal clear and sharp, with stunning colour.

I can't rate this machine highly enough, but be warned - it weighs a ton; not something you'll want to lug around to meetings or take on a trip too often.

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