Laptops forum


The Best Laptop for 3D Modeling and Rendering?

by JAnimaniac / May 11, 2012 2:39 PM PDT


I am in search for some of the best laptops made to do 3D Modeling, rendering and animation.

I learned my lesson on NOT researching enough 3 years ago, when I bought my Acer Aspire 5251. It was a BIG piece of junk. Fell apart piece by piece. Long story short, it died 3 days ago, by having the power jack blow out. It stopped working, most likely from overheating. We've spent hundreds of dollars in fixing it. It's gone now. It was definitely not the right laptop for rendering and 3d modeling either. I will NEVER use Acer again!

Now that it broke, I need a new laptop and the RIGHT laptop for the career I'm pursuing. I am going for video and game concentration in college. So I will be working with Autodesk 3D Max, Maya, Nuke, Adobe Flash, Photoshop, After Effects and more!

Those are all big programs that require tons of storage space, a lot of RAM, a good processor and the fitting graphics card.

What laptop out there is the best for 3D Modeling, Rendering, Animation, Photoshop, gaming and video?

I don't care what the price is! If I have to aim for $800-$1200,so be it!
As long as it's a good brand, has a lot of hard drive space, lots of RAM, a good processor and a good graphics card.

I just want to get reliable, quick and smooth rendering and 3D Navigation.

What laptop do you people recommend me using for my career? I need a laptop badly in order to succeed in college!

Thank you for your time.

- Justin

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: The Best Laptop for 3D Modeling and Rendering?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: The Best Laptop for 3D Modeling and Rendering?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Sounds like the usual gamer laptop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2012 4:53 AM PDT

While the best would be a desktop why not an Dell XPS or Alienware?

Collapse -
Don't get for a Dell/Alienware
by syzygy2112 / December 29, 2012 2:49 AM PST

This is partly to respond to your only other response.... You don't have to look far to find loads and loads of people dissatisfied with Dell customer service (You didn't mention customer service in your question, but this is really what matters if something breaks...).

I know exactly what your trying to do--I stumbled upon this post because we're trying to do the same thing: purchase a laptop that's reliable & can run Autodesk & Adobe suites without choking and while lasting the years. For me, after doing research daily since late October, the answer is Origin. Never heard of 'em? Yeah, I didn't either, but when Dell bought Alienware, customer service and high-end parts that AW was know for fell down to the level of Dell (which stinks, by the way, and even from personal experience with buying a general college laptop...). The top management of AW, who had helped grow the initial PC gaming market, didn't like the direction Dell was taking AW, so they said "we can do better" and started Origin.

Origin boasts ultimate customizability & ultimate customer service--if you want a component they don't list, they'll install it because you want it installed. They're a little pricey, but they are in every way what AW used to be and more. I'm getting ready to buy one myself by the end of January 2013. Why am I waiting? I just have a few questions for the sales team regarding the difference between some components they offer--and the ones they offer are the best. They don't sell junk. I recommend looking at the EON17-S series. I'll be getting the SLX. Oh, and when comparing the gaming version of the SLX to the professional version of the SLX, with the exact same specs, the gaming one is cheaper by a few hundred USD. Their pricing of software is competitive with the best you can find online, but if you can get software cheaper thru school or work, do it. (I'm getting Office Ultimate 2010 thru work for 10 bucks instead of 350 bucks.)

Worried about finanicing it? Unfortunately they don't offer any financing plans right now, but maybe you can ask your parents to help you pay & then you can pay them off in chunks, OR if you have any School Loans, you should be able to use them toward this, since you're buying one for school.

Good Luck!


Collapse -
Remember that's a White Box design by Clevo.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2012 3:05 AM PST
Collapse -
What are the ramificationsof a White Box?
by syzygy2112 / December 31, 2012 4:31 AM PST


You've caught my attention. What are the downsides of the SLX being a White Box? The articles says "If there is a downside, then it is that this Eon17-SLX is based on a whitebox design that is sold by Clevo as the P370EM3." Is it just saying that the downside is the bulk of the chassis or is there something more I need to be concerned about?? Thank you in advance for your help! Happy


Collapse -
It's just what it is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 5:14 AM PST

It's like some car company that imports and slaps a label on it. They may not stock parts because they'll hope they are available later. This issue is pretty widespread with the white box models as you get 3 years down the road and find you can't get some FRU (field replaceable unit.)

Then you have folk that are in marketing that don't want us to notice they really don't make or design the product.

Collapse -
Clevo is the ODM and they
by orlbuckeye / January 2, 2013 12:17 AM PST

are similar to Asus maybe 8 years ago. Clevo doesn't sell any machines with their brands. They sell base units with to companies like Sager, Prostar, Origin and some Alienware products. The sell the base unit a case with a Mobo to the OEM's (Sager and the rest add say Seagate Hard drives, Adate memory and in some models either ATI or NVidia graphics cards and the system are configured based on the customer's selection. So these type machines and the same HD, memory and Graphics cards as the Toshibas, Acers's and the Lenova's. Sager for one has a factory in California that configures the laptops and repairs.

Asus used to follow the same business model but have in the last 5 years have added their own non-configurable branded laptops that are distributed through the major retail outlets. Clevo sells the White Boxes to Sager and the other to brand their own names and they also sell to smaller computer shops such as Xotic pc's where they are configured as boutique brands (no brand name). Asus also sells to these small shops with the their brand and they configure them for customers. Some of these systems are even available with an OS.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


CNET bought a house!

Take a look inside the house where we will be testing connected locks, thermostats and other smart home products so we can tell a complete story.