In general, there are 2 types of Autocad people. Either you are a student or professional that uses computer-aided design (CAD) programs almost daily, or you have no idea what AutoCad is but think it might involve cars.
If you have progressed reading to this point, likely you fall into the regular user category. This means you are all too familiar with the demands these programs make upon their host device or system, making the search for a new laptop seem almost hazardous. However, if you go into your search with the most important computer specifications in hand, the contestant pool thins dramatically. For AutoCad purposes, the key specs are high screen resolution, an abnormally fast processor, a screen that measures a minimum of 15″ and as much RAM as possible. There is one more vital component: video card. If your laptop has a video card that is not compatible with your AutoCad program, one of them will need to be replaced. Of the machines that met the standards necessary, these 10 are the best.
To the uninitiated, this laptop might seem out of the running because it operates on Windows 7, but the reality is that many tech professionals prefer this platform to its newer counterparts. It comes with NVIDIA Quadro K1100M video graphic card with screen resolution at 1920×1080 The final standards are then met by the laptop’s 8GB of RAM which combines with quad-core intel i7-4710MQ for great CAD visuals, also making it a natural fit for 3D work. The out of box readiness and user friendliness make this ThinkPad a sensible choice for the novice user as well. This top laptop can be purchased for less than $1500. Following are the software that is compatible on this laptop.
If you have general experience with AutoCAD, you most likely are aware of the companies Solidworks and Autodesk. Well, they are aware of this laptop, so much so that both have publicly recommended it as the best to use for their programs. It is hard to conceive of a better recommendation. Luckily, all the other CAD programs run well too, just without any public demonstration. Whether you use AutoCAD or not, this laptop performs well with whatever software becomes necessary in your career. Again, Solidworks and Autodesk agree, pointing to this laptop as what should be the choice for engineers, architects and designers.
We would alone on this as Solidworks and Autodesk themselves suggest this laptop for engineers, architects and designers. The video card is an NVIDIA Quadro K2100M and the processor an Intel i7 and 16 GB of RAM.
As a mobile workstation and platform for AutoCAD, this MSI laptop displays clearly it was designed with professional individuals in mind. This is a well-respected company with a unique selling point for this laptop. It is compatible with every AutoCAD product ever made, not a claim to make likely. User-friendly interface, features and programs focused on the needs of a productive professional.
The major issue with this laptop is expense, since purchasing one is a large investment. However, you get what you pay for in life, so if you want a high performing career, get a high performing laptop, as this one is. It has an NVIDIA Quadro video card, a 15.6-inch screen, 16 GB of RAM and the Intel i7
This laptop is equipped to use all the latest technology to render game graphics in the best possible way, a fact that you can and will use to your benefit. It has GTX-860M graphic card processor sidelined with Intel i7 processor and 8GB DDLR3 Ram design anything that imprints on your imagination. Although this laptop would be a natural fit for 3D work and you must be absolutely certain the video card will work with your program.
This Acer is a more affordable than some on this list, but still has compatibility with several CAD programs. In an odd, and probably annoying to owners, twist though, most Solidworks and Autodesk products are incompatible. With a 15.6inch screen, an NVIDIA card installed. The processor is quad core Intel i7 and RAM is 8GB. V15 comes with 1TB memory. While not a high-end laptop, this Acer has ample capability to perform the tasks necessary for an engineer or architect, and the low price makes it worth the purchase.
This laptop has an Intel core (i7) 3.5 GHz turbo processor with 16GB RAM. The screen is 15.6 inches, displaying the NVIDIA GeForce graphics, compatible with a plethora of AutoCAD programs. The only real negative aspects of this laptop is a tendency for the keyboard to retain the perspiration of users, making typing a bit uncomfortable after a couple hours.
This Alienware laptop has Intel core (i7) processor and contains a 1 TB hard drive, as well as 16 GB of RAM. Turn on the 17.3-inch screen and start your work on Windows 7. This gaming-turned-AutoCAD laptop is heavy, but it has some major power to compensate. The backlit keyboard is a nice touch, and it remains cool during extended computing, which is good because the main flaw in this machine is it heats up quite a bit after gaming for a couple hours. Not the machine for you, perhaps, if you plan on extended, intense use.
This gaming laptop is an easy love no matter what the with its sleek, lightweight and just plain cool design. The screen is almost 16 inches and those visuals are powered by NVIDIA Geforce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, all on Windows 8.1. Inside, an Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz (6 MB Cache), an awesome 16 GB RAM and the mind numbing 1 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive makes your CAD seem like play.
With 16 GB RAM and its Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor, this 17.4-inch machine will be compatible with a large portion of CAD programs due to its NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card. At 6.5lbs, weight might be an issue for some buyers, but if you have the money to invest in this top of the line marvel, you likely are not worried about how much you will be carrying it. One of the best new Windows computers, even if it is a little quirky, the M3800 has a 15.6-inch screen, large enough to appreciate the NVIDIA Quadro graphics and the 1920×1080 resolution. The processor is Intel Core i7 and it comes equipped with 8GB of RAM, enough to perform the necessary AutoCAD tasks. The size and weight are definite bonuses, with the M3800 weighing less than 2kg. On the negative side, however is the poor battery performance and the baffling lack of an ethernet port or an optical drive.
As you shop for the right laptop for your specific needs, you may find one not listed here that suits you perfectly. There are so many awesome pieces of technology out there, go explore them and find the one that fits your needs, fits your budget and fits your life.
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