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02 February 2006, 10:56 PM
Anyone know a good light laptop for LW. I just want to spend some of my free time at work doing stuff. Every day at work out of 8 hours I have 2-3 hours of breaks I usually spend reading cg books. I want to bring a Laptop in and do some LW work. I am looking for something under 1k.

03 March 2006, 08:06 AM
Well, Dell do some good ones for using LW. I use an old Inspiron 8500 and its still good. Check out Alienware as well. Theres are game laptops but anything that is good for games will be good for 3D work. Depends on how much you want to spend.Boxx have some good ones to at a price.

Hope this helps :):)

03 March 2006, 07:45 PM
i just bought a ACER amd based laptop pc for £699 comes with a gig of ram, 100gig HD, 128mbATI graphics card..widescreen display...i'll be using it for lightwave 9.0 and max 8.0 mainly as a sort of mobile workstation.

03 March 2006, 08:26 PM
I use a HP nw8000 with the following spec: PM 1.7GHz, 1Gb RAM, 60Gb 7200 rpm drive, FireGL t2 128Mb Graphics, 1600x1200 display. I have been using it as my primary workstation for the last 1.5 years. I run LW 8, XSI 4, DFX+ 4, Adobe Premiere 6.5, Modo 102, Silo & a bunch of other software. I have had problems with the new GL displays in LW 8.5, but haven't really tried to solve them yet.

It has been superceded by the nw8200 series which has faster processors & better graphics.
The most important factor for me in selecting a laptop for LW is the graphics chipset & the resolution of the display.

03 March 2006, 12:51 AM
I am kinda of slowly picking up on laptops never really looked into them till now. I am starting to get together some specs that I want and I am going to compare across some of the major names and pick a few then cross compare.

I wish I could just build my own but that isn't gonna happen. I started building PC's like 3 years ago and will never go back but I want a laptop for my free time at work and just gonna have to buy one.

Who constantly makes good Laptops? HP,Dell,Gateway,other?

03 March 2006, 01:52 AM
Check this out everything you want to know about laptops up to date to im learning a TON!

There are more guides there also.

03 March 2006, 05:35 AM
... Every day at work out of 8 hours I have 2-3 hours of breaks ...

:surprised Paid breaks? Either way you are pretty freakin' lucky!

Paul Naas
03 March 2006, 05:06 PM
I run LW on a Toshiba Satellite with a gig of RAM, a 3 gig Pentium, and it runs fine. The laptop has a 17" monitor, so I've got decent screen real estate too.

This is my first post at CG Talk. Looking forward to participating and learning from everyone here.

Niklas Collin
03 March 2006, 09:31 AM
I have LG LS70 Express (Pentium-M 1.86GHz, 512 megs (gonna upgrade to gig), mobility radeon x600) and LW runs quite well. Bought this to be a secondary system so that I could do objects for larger scenes when travelling. Funnily enough, ended up animating characters with it since it ran better than on my desktop computer (not anymore though, got myself a new desktop computer too). :)

03 March 2006, 02:46 PM
Yes I get paid breaks. Yes I love my job! Casino dealer at Silver Legacy in reno Nevada, 50k-60k a year.

I think I am ready to take the plunge.

You can find tons and tons of good info on laptops here.

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03 March 2006, 03:09 PM
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03 March 2006, 06:48 PM
Anyone care to comment on Johnny's specs? I'm gonna be in the market for a laptop soon myself, and would be interested in hearing what y'all think about that configuration...

03 March 2006, 04:47 AM
Changed my mind I am getting an Asus W3J for sure. It will be here in a month or so. The 17" is just to big to carry around at my job. I am going for the 14" very powerful and fully loaded. 14" is perfect to carry around at my job.

14" TFT Wide Screen(WXGA, Colour-Shine) - Intel Centrino Core Duo T2400 1.83G - ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256MB(512MB HyperMemory) - 1024MB(512x2) DDRII SDRAM - 100G HDD - DVD+/-RW Double Layer - Gigabit LAN - Intel 3945ABG WLAN - Bluetooth Built-in - WinXP Pro

03 March 2006, 09:33 AM
Did you see that other thread in CGTalk News, "Turion processors arriving in May" ?

03 March 2006, 02:03 PM
I sell computers for a living, plus I use LW.

03 March 2006, 06:15 AM

Ouch 17" is to big to carry around.

I am a little hesitant about jumping on the 64 bit bandwagon just at this moment. I don't need a 64 bit laptop just now. At the end of this year I am planing on building a full 64 bit desktop. 64 bit will take some time to work out all the kinks and really get some programs and games and such rolling out for it. If Vista makes it before the end of the year I will be really surprised.

The dual core Pentium 1.6 with 1-2 gigs of ram and an x1600 ati is all I need. Heck its probably way more than I or anyone else needs. The 1.6 Pentium dual core is equivalent to two 3.0 P4's.

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