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Need help with laptop workstation

I currently have a MacBook but was considering switching over to PC for software compatibility reasons.

My budget is $2500

I need a laptop that I can be reviewing blueprints while working in excel and a takeoff program on multiple monitors. Any suggestions on a route I should take for a laptop?

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I use a typical gamer laptop for such.

Schematics and such for electronics so my minimum standard is the usual i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1050 Ti or better GPU and an external 4K display of as big as you like. It won't match the speed of a desktop GPU but it's not expensive and works well.

Currently on an Acer Predator and prior was an Asus ROG. Both just above 1K USD.

Now if you want to have these with the "workstation" cred and Nvidia Quadro or Tesla GPUs you can double that price. I'm too cheap and have used gamer laptops for this for decades now. I won't pay workstation prices.

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I don’t need a workstation

I don’t need the Cred of a workstation laptop, just looking for something that won’t lag and has the power to be able to handle the power I need.

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I fear there may be miscommunication here.

All PCs have some lag and we reduce that lag with more power in all areas of CPU, SSD, RAM and GPU.

If I am to match the power of something that works for you now, then I'd have to know what that is so I can check out how a prospective laptop fares in comparison.

That said I am fine with the response time of my Acer Predator (i7, 1060 GPU, SSD, 16GB RAM.) It was close to 1200USD last year.

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MacBook Pro

I currently have a MacBook Pro that I am looking to get out of.

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The MacBook Pro came in many versions.

I think at one time it had a Core2Duo so a little more information is required.

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Here are the specs

Here are the MacBook specs:

CPU 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
GPU Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB

Also I love the MacBook tracking pad...any PC laptops have that some functionality?

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So many I can't list them.

I noted some minimums that I consider for schematic and more work. and other comparisons peg the minimum 1050 Ti laptop as 10 to 300% faster than the Intel graphics. The same is said to the i5 versus the i7.

So hardware wise it's very comparable. Just as long as you don't run the OS and apps off old sluggish HDDs. Stick to SSDs.

As to the trackpad, NO PC TODAY compares there. I'm going to write no, in no uncertain terms will anyone say PC touchpads are worth a dime. I just use a nice mouse.

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your suggestions

you recommendation is to get one of the new acer predators? Any other brands to consider?

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Too many.

There's the Asus, Dell and others that have the minimums I consider for such use. I only noted the usual entry point of i7, 1050 TI, 16GB RAM, SSD as starting points for what you are asking.

But even then lag will always be with us. I worry about "no lag" requests since I see that even on the monster of a PC at

Lag is reduced but never eliminated.

BTW, I tend to write about what I use. At home and office we have a few Acer Predators and ASUS ROGs. This doesn't make them the only choices. I have to write that today we suffer from overchoice ( ).

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Good information.

This is quite helpful for me I think. Thanks

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