View Full Version : Search for perfect laptop continues, Tecra M4 new contender

04-21-2005, 03:04 PM
I was pretty much decided that a Dell M70 was going to be the best compromise for good performance, on-site support and portability.

Then this new Toshiba Tecra M4 came out yesterday:

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cmod.to?seg=HHO&coid=-29325&sel=0&rcid=-26367&ccid=1291021 (http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cmod.to?seg=HHO&coid=-29325&sel=0&rcid=-26367&ccid=1291021)

Soon after this single configuration release we should be able to customize the specs, based on the parts numbers of the accesories list and customization of the Tecra M3 I assume we'll be able to spec:

1. Pentium M Processor 770
2. nVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6600 TE 128M
3. 2048MB PC4200 DDR2
4. 60GB HDD (7200rpm)

the are 2 weak points on this laptop:
1. Screen Rez on only 1440x1050
2. a mid-range gamer's 128MB video card (compared to a 256 Quadro FX on a M70) that I know nothing about: http://www.nvidia.com/page/go_6600.html (http://www.nvidia.com/page/go_6600.html)

For point 1, I could get around with a Dell 24" LCD monitor for office use (via a port replicator that supports DVI input)

Point 2 is my biggest worry. I know nothing about this card and I want something that it has good viewport performance in Rhino 3D (which is very friendly to gamer cards AFAIK) and 3DSMax (this is my biggest concern). Currently I have an M60 with a Quadro FX 700 go. If I could get viewport performance similar to this I'd be extremely happy. Well I'm never happy with Max's viewport performance, but that's not a video card issue as we all know. The other unknown about this card is that I'm not sure if it will support an external monitor of 1920x1200.

Just in case you are wondering: "Why this tiny laptop can be a contender to a portable workstation?"

The answer is simple: This is a Tablet PC! Meaning I can do all my sketching, painting, PSD renderings, annotations, etc right on the screen. Currently my Wacom Intous has served me very well for painting, but I still need to do all my sketching and concept generation on paper, I really think that with this on-screen pen solution at this resolution I can go paperless and gain a lot more productivity that will offset the performance loss of a lesser video card (I'm an industrial designer and do as much 2D traditional sketching and PSD renderings as I do modeling in Rhino 3D and SubD's in Max)

I'm really torn here about what's a better laptop, considering that there is always a compromised solution and that no vendor is fully addressing our needs. I'd love to hear other artist's and designers opinions about this.


04-21-2005, 04:25 PM
can i confuse you anymore?

Annoyed the heck out of me, release apparently early/mid may

04-21-2005, 05:45 PM
can i confuse you anymore?

Naaa, that's a pretty puppy but it does not have a chance.

It has no quadro card so is not a worstation, AND is not a tablet PC either, with is the strongest argument of the Tecra M4.

Besides, Fujitsu-Siemens do not sell laptops in the USA, therefore they won't come to rescue me when something goes wrong. Given the poor quality and low reliability of ALL laptops I won't consider a brand that does not come to fix a product to my office, home or hotel room. I got too much work to be waiting for a round trip of fedex, PLUS the time fixing the thing, PLUS the extra risk of being damage in shipping.

04-21-2005, 08:31 PM
have you checked this out?


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