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Thinking of getting a touchscreen laptop for max
show user profile  npcph
In December, i bought a desktop and upgraded to Vray. Everything is still going well and Rendering on the desktop is pretty good. Not lightning fast, but compared to what i was used to, it is fast. One thing that i hate about the desktop though, is having to sit at a desk. So I was thinking about getting a laptop that i could carry around to do the modeling with and can use the desktop for materials and rendering. I would like to get something with touchscreen and around $800 USD. I like the kind that allows the keyboard to flip backwards to use like a regular tablet but this isn't necessary. I know i am not going to get great performance especially for this price, but my I5 laptop with an SSD runs Max pretty well, so i think an I7 should work atleast the same.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.


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6/8/2016 9:36:51 PM (last edit: 6/8/2016 9:36:51 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
Personally, I dont think I would want to use Max without a mouse and keyboard, considering that pretty much everything is done via mouse and hotkeys.
Touch basically only gives you one mouse button, compared to at least 3 on the mouse.. Think alt+middle-mouse for rotate for instance.

Generally, a mouse keyboard combo, will just always be better for serious work and gaming IMO. Touch is only practical, in that you dont need to drag any ekstra equipment with you.

Not really what you asked I know, but it just seems like a bad idea to me.

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6/9/2016 9:08:41 AM (last edit: 6/9/2016 9:09:23 AM)
show user profile  Sangre
" One thing that i hate about the desktop though, is having to sit at a desk." Get a standing desk maybe?
There's no way of being productive while sitting on a sofa with a laptop in your lap. Maybe if you were a 2d artist a cintiq companion would make sense but like Timon said, you need a mouse for 3d.
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6/9/2016 9:30:33 AM (last edit: 6/9/2016 9:30:33 AM)
show user profile  npcph
To clarify my post, i don't plan to use the touch screen for max, i plan to use it for other things. That is the reason i was thinking about a laptop with the touchscreen. I am very busy right now, with my day job, doing the 3d design at night , kids and home things, that having something portable would be very helpful. I was looking at an i7 with a 4 gig video card, 16 gig of ram and an ssd drive. My work laptop has an i5 and max ran pretty good on it, but rendering was a nightmare. so i figure an i7 will be much better for the modeling portion.

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6/9/2016 4:19:06 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 4:19:06 PM)
show user profile  FX
I like to touch myself when using Max.
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6/9/2016 10:53:44 PM (last edit: 6/9/2016 10:53:44 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I got to say, this is a market, I have little experiance with.. Most touch devices, are meant to be super thin, and therefor only have the onboard Intel GPU. And the Cpu is often a i5-7 xxxxU or xxxxY series, which is low power, and probably a good bit slower than what you have in your desktop, regardless of being core i5 or i7.

Having a little look on the ol' innerwebs, shows that there are decent laptops with touchscreens though, the tricky part is probably going to be getting the 4GB of GPU RAM. especially in something that flips over. More likely it will be a large, regular laptop, with a touch screen. But only some time spent on your favorite hardware list/shop, can tell you.

edit.. Maybe a Lenovo Yoga 710, which, supposedly, has the option for a nVidia 940 GPU.. Otherwise the Lenovo Thinkpad p40, which has a nVida Quadro.. Both only have 2GB of GPU mem though..

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6/10/2016 8:18:53 AM (last edit: 6/10/2016 11:48:43 AM)
show user profile  npcph
anyone familair with Acer computers. Costco has one on sale so was looking at it. Never had an acer before so not sure about the quality.

Acer Aspire V15 Touchscreen Laptop | Intel Core i7 | 4GB Graphics | 1080p
$699 USD

Processor & Memory:
Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor at 2.5GHz

1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive (I would swap for an SSD drive)
SuperMulti Double Layer DVD Drive

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 10

Graphics & Video:
15.6" Touchscreen FHD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit (1920 x 1080) Display
4GB NVIDIA GeForce 940M Graphics

Integrated HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
Integrated Digital Microphone
Wireless-AC (featuring MU-MIMO technology) + Bluetooth® 4.0
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

2x Stereo Speakers with Acer TrueHarmony High-Performance Sound Processing

Backlit Keyboard with Precision Touchpad and Dedicated Numeric Keypad

Ports & Slots:
2x USB 3.0 (1x with power-off charging)
1x USB 2.0
1x Media Card Reader
1x VGA
1x RJ-45
1x Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack

Power Supply:
4-cell (Up to 6-hour) Battery

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6/10/2016 7:13:21 PM (last edit: 6/10/2016 7:13:21 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
I was heavily using my Acer Aspire laptop for years and it still works fine.
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6/10/2016 7:30:04 PM (last edit: 6/10/2016 7:30:04 PM)
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