I received this different recommendation request from someone in Bhutan this week. It’s an interesting request for a laptop needed for working with hydrology models, satellite imagery and climate projection. Interesting, let’s see the request:
The Laptop Recommendation Request
|Which country are you from?|
|General (web surfing, office work, emails)|
3D modeling, High-Res Movie Editing, CAD
|What’s the more important feature(s)?|
|Portability & Weight|
|Preferred Screen Size?|
|Tell us your budget|
|$900 to $1200|
|Anything to add?|
|I will be mostly working hydrology models and satellite data (images) for watershed management and flood risks. Besides I also work with climate models for climate projection.|
|If we publish your question and our recommendation, do you wish to remain anonymous? (we will never publish your email)|
|Yes (by Anonymous)|
My Laptop Recommendation
You have a really interesting request here and pretty different from what I usually get!
For all this you need a pretty powerful computer, otherwise you risk having a very slow rendering process. For the kind of mathematical models, image rendering and manipulations you’ll work with, I strongly recommend an i7 processor with at least 8 GB of RAM and with a dedicated graphic card.
Here are my recommendations according to your request:
- My first choice would definitively be the Asus ZenBook UX303UB. It’s a powerful and portable 13.3″ laptop with 12 GB of RAM – that won’t be too much for you – and a GeForce graphic card
- My second would be the powerful Lenovo 510s with a 14-inch screen. It’s a bit heavier due to the 14″ screen and a little less powerful (less RAM and graphic card a bit less powerful too) but it’s also a great machine.
Otherwise, in your price range and with 13 or 14-inch, there’s not much choice. You’d have to go for a 15-inch or increase your price range a little. But those two are definitively great choices and you won’t be disappointed.
I hope that helps!
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Erik is the owner and main editor of lptps.com. He has been working in computers and information technology for more than 20 years. He’s a business analyst, developer and avid traveler.