Best Setup for Travelling Graphic Designer & Analyst
Hi all, so I am a Financial Analyst, Web Developer, Photographer, and Graphic Designer. I am all over the place and travel frequently for work. Historically I used to have 2 systems:
(A) i7-8700K, ASUS MAXIMUS XI Code, 16GB RAM @ 2,666Mhz, 1TB WD M.2 NVMe SSD, GTX 1060, Thermaltake P90 Open Chassis Case, Corsair H150 AIO (360mm) w/ INWIN 120mm RGB fans.
(B) Lenovo Yoga C930 Glass; i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, Integrated graphics, 4k 13.9" SCREEN
I use A as my workstation, then B as my carry-around. I bought B thinking it was like a Microsoft Surface where I could detach the keyboard, or at least flip it over - so that I could use the device like a tablet without having the keys exposed. Turns out that was not the case. You can't detach or rotate the screen sideways at all, so the keys remain exposed. They're locked, but the feeling is very awkward. Also, the display doesn't truly stretch across the whole screen, and the device often doesn't go to sleep upon closing the lid.
I very frequently used a tablet for the sake of showing clients materials and to show other employees videos and photos.
Now wondering what setup to go about using. Microsoft Surface Book 2 or a higher end Surface Pro 6 very closely resembles what I do, but they are so expensive that I may as well build a gaming PC AND have a gaming laptop or low end Microsoft Surface. I have a lot of data so to obtain a Surface Book or Pro 6 with sufficient storage would run me a very pretty penny.
Some ideas I've had:
- Gaming Laptop with dedicated GTX 1060 graphics or better, 16GB+ RAM, NVMe SSD 1TB+. Then bring along an iPad/some other tablet for client showings.
Pros: Portable, kind of
Cons: Battery life abysmal on most; basically a travel size desktop gaming build more than anything.
Most models only offer up to 1920x1080 resolutions.
Have to buy a new bag to fit.
- Strong desktop build w/ a media streaming server. Carry around bottom end Surface pro 6.
Pros: Can run my dual/triple 32" 4K IPS monitors
Cons: Not portable at all, and stuck with not being able to use Adobe Suite or any demanding apps while not at the office or shop.