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Hi guys,

Doing a research project and business report wherein I have to recommend a mobile device for a small architecture firm (20 employees).
Just wondering what sort of touch screen laptops there are out there? as I was thinking this would offer the convenience of editing drawings on a touch screen and the productivity of typing on a keyboard... Would like it to be reasonably powerful as i'm thinking it needs some graphics power behind it for editing software...

Any suggestions would be nice thanks smile.gif
Preferably available in the UK smile.gif


Thanks smile.gif
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The only touch screens I'm aware of are tablets and ToughBooks. ( i dont follow the laptop market closely as all of my laptops have been hand me downs.) We use the ToughBooks at work and they are great.

If the firm is doing on construction site consultation's then a toughbook would be suggested. It's not the most powerful thing on the planet, however, it will survive a construction site. If it's going to be used in the office and not go out in the field, then another product would be in order.

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Thanks, ill look into tough books

Not sure whether or not they will be on actual construction sites cause they are architects as opposed to site/project managers.
I guess they just need to have their plans and be able to change designs on the move when visiting clients and the such.
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well sometimes architects have to go in the field, but you're right, they really arnt project managers. anyways, I hope you do well on your report, please let us know!thumb.gif
     
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Honestly, project managers and architects on-site only wear hard hats because it's standard procedure. So Toughbooks are overkill.
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Thanks, ill look into tough books
Not sure whether or not they will be on actual construction sites cause they are architects as opposed to site/project managers.
I guess they just need to have their plans and be able to change designs on the move when visiting clients and the such.

I would go with a Thinkpad X220 tablet. Up to i7 dual-core, SSD, etc. Basically it's the most loaded you can get for dual-core laptop with integrated graphics. You won't find a tablet (referring to real tablets, not the consumer toys) with discrete graphics.

Exactly what sort of "editing software" are you using? Also, you can do "heavy lifting" remotely, just do it over TeamViewer back to the office desktop. The X220 is fast enough for CAD and rendering, not sure how complex of work it'd be but then again it's limited by screen size, resolution, and no mouse so not too bad, right?
 
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X220 as suggested above is really the best you can get for what you describe. The X220 is pretty durable itself, so i wouldn't really worry about that..

Toughbooks are more overpriced than apple, but at least they are pretty much not going to break.
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Honestly, project managers and architects on-site only wear hard hats because it's standard procedure. So Toughbooks are overkill.
I would go with a Thinkpad X220 tablet. Up to i7 dual-core, SSD, etc. Basically it's the most loaded you can get for dual-core laptop with integrated graphics. You won't find a tablet (referring to real tablets, not the consumer toys) with discrete graphics.
Exactly what sort of "editing software" are you using? Also, you can do "heavy lifting" remotely, just do it over TeamViewer back to the office desktop. The X220 is fast enough for CAD and rendering, not sure how complex of work it'd be but then again it's limited by screen size, resolution, and no mouse so not too bad, right?

Thanks man, ill look into that, just found it on the lenovo website, i'm also going to look into earlier models, as while they do not specify a budget, we have to make ourselves a presumed budget... but i think i can ignore that by saying they wouldn't need as many desktops at the actual office because people can just plug in their laptops and use them...
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Definitely have a look at the dell precision m6600. It uses quadro / firepro cards. Perfect for architects.
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