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Laptop for Hyper-V or VMWare

janhoedt used Ask the Experts™

As I'm an IT-professional, I would like to buy myself a laptop on which I can run several vm's.
I will both try Hyper-V and VMWare, so both should be able run on the laptop (Hyper-V is specific regarding CPU).

SInce I will be running vm's simultaneously (to setup a testdomain etc), I would like to have at least 8 GB of RAM a big harddisk and strong CPU. Besides that, in evening and weekends I might use it to watch some movies or listen to music so a big screen (17 inch) would be nice.
I kind of hoped to spend around 500 - 1000 Euro's.

If found the HP DV7-6140SB for about 900 Euro's, the Toshiba Satellite C670-12X
for about 500 Euro's. Didn't look further yet since I wanted to have your opinion, here should be the experts. Can you advice?


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What type of virtual machines are you going to install?  Microsoft XP, Vista, 7, Server 2008, and/or Linux?  Do you want to practice with server type things like active directory or just play with desktop OS's?


Mostly Windows 7 and W2008 in domain mode. Probably preparing for Microsoft exams so all kind of setups.
Greg HejlPrincipal Consultant

i would advise against Toshiba laptops.

Stick with the HP's and Dell's.  

greatest load on hardware for virtual is RAM. more is better, 4GB is minimum. disk i/o becomes an issue as workload increases.

make sure the processors supports VT technology - most modern processors do.


I found this Asus laptop: http://www.vandenborre.be/laptop/asus-x93sv-yz095v

12GB of RAM, 1TB disk, 18 inch, Intel Core i7 2630QM  for 1000 Euro's.
Strange thing is I don't find it anywhere on the Asus site or any review on the net. However, the specifications are unbeatable.

Could you give your opinion 'bout this laptop? Looks perfect for my needs, I might go and buy it.
Greg HejlPrincipal Consultant

wow - what they can pack into a laptop nowadays!

this should be more than adequate for your requirements.



I don't find it anywhere on the Asus site or any review on the net.
Any experience with Asus? Looks like a trustworthy brand but this model doesn't show up on their website (features, promotion movie ...).That's the only thing that bugs me.
Principal Consultant
Not much.

two years ago i helped a friend with a faulty keyboard.

support was outstanding.

i was a bit surprised not to find the x90 series on Asus' website.  there are other resellers offering the x90 series and it does show up on Asus support site


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