I have a y510p with the dual GPUs but I moved on to an acer predator with the 1060 GPU etc.
I also own a chromebook and don't consider it very useful at remote desktop work for the type of work I do. Which is Visual Studio, Android Studio etc. I just take my predator with me.
The 1060 was a very nice step up.
As to latency, it's too much for my use and I'm not into CAD at all. Also with my work I'm delivering an app which means I make the USB stick with the setup files and that would be onerous with the Chromebook.
So I need to upgrade from my current 5-year-old laptop (Lenovo Y510P) to something with more modern specs.
My question is between buying an expensive laptop which has the specs I need built-in, or buying a pre-built desktop (+monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers) and using a cheap chromebook with the remote desktop chrome addon for access on the go.
I do my fair share of gaming and also will use my computer for productivity such as 3D CAD Modeling, and Computational Work (MATLAB, CFD).
I'd like to be able to avoid upgrading for a few solid years so I'm looking at specs like a GTX 1070 and i7-8700K. Ideally, boot off an SSD but also have at least a terabyte of additional storage. As for monitors, I'm looking for FHD with 144hz refresh: I don't care much for 4K.
The laptop that fits the bill comes in at ~$2200 and is the ASUS Zephyrus M with a GTX 1070, 256GB SSD, 1TB SSHD, and i7-8750HQ. I could also wait a week for the Zephyrus S and get an additional external HDD (likely cheaper, but the keyboard/trackpad is in a weird place).
I have not found a comparable pre-built desktop, but I haven't looked, and it should be easy to find. I would rather not build as I need to dedicate time to school/work. The desktop itself should be much cheaper than the laptop, but adding on the peripherals (monitor, etc..) and a cheap chromebook for on-the-go usage, I think puts both options around the same price point.
Therefore, the question is whether the Chrome Remote Desktop extension has a reasonable enough interface and low enough latency to use a chromebook as a remote workstation for running calculations/scripting or studying away from home.
Has anyone tried using that extension for remote access? Does it work really well or is it just 'bearable?'