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    Laptop recommendation for SketchUp?

    Iím hoping there are some SketchUp users here that could recommend a laptop. I donít really need the laptop for any other reason so was wondering what I really need if anyone could make a suggestion. Thanks

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    I have an Alienware M17x I bought for $600 off facebook. i7, 32gb ram, and a 3gb video card. I wish the video card was more powerful though. Sketchup runs fine, except for very large complicated files at max settings. They can get a touch slow.

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    I don't know that sketchup is all that demanding of hardware though the $299 specials may not cut it. What I would want is a 'real' monitor, 25"+ The laptop would need to be capable of at least 1920 X 1080 to drive that monitor.

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    Like Curt, I like a big display for sketchup. Also, SU uses your pointing device a lot. Iím pretty sure a laptopís touchpad will be frustrating. Me, I use a trackball.

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    Thanks yíall, hopefully I can find something on a Black Friday deal. Iíve always just used a good old drafting arm and paper so this is all new

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    dell-inspiron-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-black/6373812 for $349.

    I just saw this laptop deal that I thought was good. Had I seen it before I recently got my replacement, I would have jumped all over it.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Pretty much anything will work, but don't expect to get much done without investing in the biggest monitor you can manage-- 27" at a minimum. The program eats screen real estate like crazy. You spend your whole life zooming and panning. Having a good multi-button mouse or trackpad is also pretty important. I found it wouldn't really work with my wireless rodents, I needed to use a wired model to get good responsiveness.

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