13" laptop that will supplement existing desktop for rendering

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  1. kevindd992002

    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    My Sister's asking me to look for a 13" laptop for her as she will be using it as a supplement to her existing 3700x desktop for rendering. Her main rendering machine will still be her desktop but she wants a small laptop so that she can use it for basic Autocad and basic 3D on the go. Budget is $1200 max.

    Do you have any good recommendations? We're also waiting for Black Friday in case there will be huge discounts to laptops.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The HP Envy x360 is 13 inches. There's also the Lenovo Ideapad Flex and Dell Inspiron which are 14 inches. In any case, they're all available with AMD processors. The Ryzen 7 4700U has eight cores and threads. All of these should come in well under your budget.

    There's also the Asus Zephyrus G14, which despite being a gaming laptop, is quite powerful with the added advantage of including a discrete NVIDIA GPU. All have 8 cores and 16 threads, with the entry-level model having a Ryzen 7 4800HS and GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. The mid-level version has the same CPU but a more powerful GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. The top-end one has a faster-clocked Ryzen 9 4900HS and a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. All of these are available at Best Buy, with the base version having been as cheap as $900 and the high-end model at $1,200. They're not on sale as of the time I'm posting this, but that will almost certainly change in the coming weeks.
     
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    The ThinkPad X13, which you can get with either Intel or AMD CPUs, might be worth a look. It's business class so improved build quality, ergos and support are advantages. If you don't mind a return, a peek in the Lenovo Outlet may produce some savings.
     
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    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    I relayed to my Sister and she's asking about these laptops now:

    Dell XPS 13
    Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
    ASUS G14 Zephyrus
    Razer Blade Stealth 13
    HP Spectre x360 13
    Microsoft New Surface Book 3
    Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

    What are your comments on these?
     
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    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    I would go with the xps 13 2 in 1 or book 3. Both are nice powerful machines with extra functionality from the 2 in 1 form factor. The xps gets amazing battery life and has great power too.
     
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    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    But both only have a 10th gen CPU. Does that matter much?
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The XPS 13 and HP Spectre offer 11th-gen CPUs.
     
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    In practical terms probably not much. I would point out anything with a touch display will produce glare due to the glass used for the touch surface. Some people really like touchscreens, but others don't care for the reflections. She should probably figure out where she stands on that issue.
     
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    I have no issues with reflections on any of my touchscreens. The only time you even know is when they are Off.
     
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