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I am now in the market for a Laptop to be used for rendering Animation scenes from Maya. I am currently researching different brands right now, but I wanted to check with an expert on the situation. If anyone has any input or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks in advance!
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A laptop ... even a top-of-the-line ... isn't going to have the "horsepower" of the better servers (dual dual-core, or even dual quad-core Xeons) or desktops (you are, I presume, aware that you can now get a Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme ... the QX6700).

... but a good Core 2 Duo laptop like the Thinkpad T60, with the best CPU (T7600), 4GB of memory, and a large hard drive (100GB) should do a very nice job for this => about as good as you'll get in a mobile environment.  (configured like that it's about $4k)

There are a couple of "hotter" laptops ... higher-end video cards and larger hard drives; but they are (a) more expensive; (b) less reliable; and (c) have had numerous heat-related issues => so I wouldn't recommend them.
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Yeah, I know that the performance is going to make a major hit going with a Laptop rather than a Desktop Workstation, but I'm not the 1 calling the shots :p

I actually checked with Dell, Gateway, IBM, HP, and a few others. The Thinkpad T60p and the HP nw9440 were on top of my list, when compared to the others. So the Thinkpad is a better choice? Also, on the shop.lenovo.com site, where I was directed, I was a bit confused by the Warranty options. It had a 'Warranty Service Upgrade' section, followed by a 'Protection Services' section. The 1st section seems like a warranty extension, but the 2nd section has 'Thinkpad Protection' options. What is the difference, and do they offer an Accidental Damage Protection Service? This is what is holding up the decision between the 2. Thanks again!
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Here's the "legalise" for the Thinkpad Protection Services (this is the more comprehensive protection plan):
http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/accessories/services/tpp_legal.pdf

... Note on the 1st page, Section II-D, it lists what's covered --> and includes accidental spilling of liquids on the laptop, dropping it, etc. ... which is, I believe, what you're referring to in terms of Accidental Damage Protection.
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Ok, great! So you're saying the Thinkpad is the way to go, then, even over the HP?
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Given a choice, I'd take the Thinkpad.   They are exceptionally well-designed and well-made laptops.   The HP is also a nice choice, however ... and both can be ordered with the T7600 CPU.
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Ok, I'll print out both configurations, and turn them in. But, based on what you'vetold me, I'll lean towards the Thinkpad. Thanks again, gary! As usual, you were a tremendous help!
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