Best laptop for VM's?

Pierre Ammoun
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Hello gurus

I am an IT consultant for few companies and do a lot of work on sparx enterprise architect (IREB) and also do a lot VM testing.

I am wondering what is the best laptop suitable for this as I work a lot on the go...
I'm considering the Lenovo P71.
It has the advantage to have 2 HDD and a big screen.on the flip side it is heavy....
Any recommendation based on your experience?

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

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Vms i am afraid need the whole package....at least 8GB memory..at least i5 processor ...a full HD screen and ofcourse a SSD and a 2gb SSHD...
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This laptop comes with 64GB Ram and 2 HDD of 512GB and 1TB
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And it is i7 7th generation
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I use a Lenovo X1 for my consulting. I have VMware V14 and a number of virtual machines. It is the whole package.

i7 CPU, 16 GB of memory, 1 TB SSD NVM-e drive, 14 inch screen.  And then, 2.5 pounds, and 5 hour battery life.
RaminTechnical Advisor
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Lenovo P71 is perfect and is my Choice too,  but if you can customized it with 1 TB SSD it will become an excellent choice.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Only if you like lugging heavy machines
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That is exactly my PB. The thing is 4Kg!!
Any alternative? I am ready for a 15'
But I need something performant as I deal.with lots of Hyper-V Vms
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As I noted, mine is but 1 Kg
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John
14' is too small when u work on Sparx or any engineering software.
I agree that 17' might be too much (since the weight will tax u) but 15 should be "ok"
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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It is 1920x1080 so I get lots is screen space. Look at a T400 series if you need 15 inches. The T series comes in both and with SSD drive you should still come out 2 Kg or a bit less
The P50 should be 2.5 Kg and can take up to 3 storage devices if you need the space.

If you need beefier processors, there's also the Dell Precision 7520 with higher end Xeon Processors at 2.79 kg.  It maxes out at 32 GB RAM instead of 64 GB, and has 2 storage devices versus 3.
http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-netbooks-and-tablets/new-precision-7520/spd/precision-15-7520-laptop/xctop752015_us_sapp_4?view=configurations

 It all depends on whether you need more RAM or more CPU, but both should be sufficient for sparx enterprise architect (IREB), Revit, Vectorworks or AutoCAD work.  If you're running multiple VMs simultaneously, the Lenovo would be better with 64 GB, but it all depends on how large your VMs are.  If they're smaller, and need more CPU, the Dell might be a better choice, but it will cost you.
I am a big fan of Lenovo notebooks but also check out the Dell Precision 5520. It can have 2 Solid State Drives (one is M2. format), up to 32gb of RAM and an edge to edge 15 inch screen, a back-lit keyboard and USB-C. About 4 pounds.
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what do u think of ASUS ROG G752VS ?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I do not like ASUS. Too many people have issues with them and around here ASUS Support is not particularly good. Please stick with name brands.
That ASUS ROG G752VS is 4 kg.  I thought you wanted lighter.  You'll have to go 15" if you want lighter.  Most of the 17" are around 4kg.

The Lenovo P70 starts at 7.56 lbs (3.43 kg)
The Dell 7710 also starts at 7.55lbs (3.42kg) and has space for 64GB RAM.

570g is noticeable.
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Thx guys for all the info and help and comments.
i have decided to go with the P71
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Thanks for the update and good luck with your choice.

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