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    Question What is the best laptop for autocad 2012 under $1000?

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    I am a new student this semester and want to purchase a laptop for all of my schoolwork. One of my instructors recommended a Toshiba but the laptops I looked at at best buy seem to all have small screens. I want a bigger screen, any ideas?

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    A few people here have commented on the Lenovo laptops. Have you checked any of them out?

    What screen size did you have in mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deneyeone View Post
    I am a new student this semester and want to purchase a laptop for all of my schoolwork. One of my instructors recommended a Toshiba but the laptops I looked at at best buy seem to all have small screens. I want a bigger screen, any ideas?
    Start with printing off the system requirements as published by AutoDesk dot com for your program, and then look for a laptop with the specifications that will do the job in your price range. You can't cut corners on the system requirements without suffering for it later. If you drop a grand plus on a computer, you're gonna want to use it for a long while too.
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    Here's a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 selling for $1050 after an eCoupon.

    The one downside is a 5400 rpm hard drive. Other than that you get a Win7 Pro 64-bit system with 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM and a 1GB graphics chip.
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    Thanks for the response. Due to a deluge of homework in Algebra and a writing class I do not want to spend much time looking. I really wanted to hear from people using autocad on a laptop. Autocad requires 2gb hard drive space and 2gb random . That is for indtallation and use . That being said, we will eventually be using 3d and inventor and do not know if I need to install all of it now and how many shared files they use. Would like the largest screen I can get withoput spending 3k on a mac.

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    Just checked out the lenovo t520 ,looks good on the video. It has a 15.6" screen. Am going to look at some 17" before I decide.

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    Thinkpads are #1. Think 14" screen if you require longer battery life!

    My older Thinkpads are both runnin' AutoCAD '07 and Solidworks, never any problems.
    However, I'm not rendering. 2D and a little 3D from time to time.
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    17's can be quite heavy if you are lugging them around (to/from school). 8+ pounds.
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    Once again I come up with a question and there is already an answer. Just a quick add to this thread, my IT guys in the basement are telling me that I should get a laptop that has an independent graphics chips and something about Intel Core i7 if I can splurge on it. Any additional advice?

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