Best laptops for professional Architects

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A friend of mine is looking to buy a new laptop for her professional needs.
She will use Adobe Photoshop, Autocad, Revit, Illustrator, Sketchup on a daily basis.
Can someone suggest a powerful laptop suitable for the purpose.

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  • Oath Atinlay2
    Your “friend” could ask
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    • i-Sight excelcior
      OP
      She does not uses blind.
      I guess blind is famous among engineers.
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    • Dell / Sales
      lebronze

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      lebronzemore
      You’re really just on every single post tonight giving people shit aren’t you?
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    • Oath Atinlay2
      What did you contribute?
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    • i-Sight excelcior
      OP
      Yeah, all the questions came to my mind just today. 😁
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    • Oscar 🐨koala
      Typical Atinlay2. “What did you contribute?” Time to flag again.
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  • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
    Not sure about architects specifically but all my friends in design/illustration use MBPs. Every single one. Prices aren’t bad if you hunt for a good refurbished deal. Otherwise if she can comfortably afford it just go big on it. Should be fairly future proof.
    7d 3
    • Fyi. Mac os is terrible for autodesk software (revit, autocad, etc). Most cad software runs poorly on macs or mac is entirely not supported.
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    • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
      TIL

      I figured industrial design would require similar software as architecture. Or maybe my friends are just missing out on that Windows CAD goodness 🤷🏽‍♂️
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    • There is no such thing as missing out on cad :) better to stay away haha
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  • My architect brother (fresh out of college) has a dell gaming laptop. He loves it.
    7d 3
    • i-Sight excelcior
      OP
      Alienware?
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    • No I think it was either a dell g5 or g7. The thing is for regular work they don't need as much processing power as they think. But when they do need it they better have it. For things like rendering.
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    • i-Sight excelcior
      OP
      Okay. Thanks buddy! Appreciate it.
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  • Facebook wwwroot
    MacBook Pro
    7d 1
    • i-Sight excelcior
      OP
      She already ruled this out. But thanks for the input.
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  • Facebook / Eng
    grey-bear

    Facebook Eng

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    grey-bearmore
    The ThinkPad P1 2000 has a beast of an i7 (with an i9 option, which might be overkill) and a Quadro GPU which is basically workstation - not gaming - class graphics.
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  • Amazon WVAl42
    Back when I was an architect, Autodesk worked well only on windows. There was a Mac version, but crappy. I had a massive Dell Inspiron back then that worked great. Maybe check out a Dell with a good graphics card.
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    baysea1

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    baysea1more
    Highest spec Dell if she’s a cad monkey. If she’s in management then Surface book
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  • Google demoo
    Surface book 2. Beautiful sketches and the power to run cad software
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  • New / Data SHWP00
    I’ve been using an ASUS ROG laptop for quite awhile, and it works really well for all the noted programs. One thing to do quickly though is to redo the thermal paste. They use high quality components, but the thermal paste job is terrible (just like on most laptops). She can get a tube of good replacement paste for $10 and use it on four or five different computers. Use it on both the CPU and GPU!
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