[Sidefx-houdini-list] OT: 13inch laptop for occasional noodling in Houdini...

Matt Estela matt.estela at gmail.com
Fri Jul 14 20:34:13 EDT 2017


Based on your needs, should be fine.

As a comparison I've been using a surface pro 4 as my noodly machine, been
great. Not gonna do mega flip sims on it, but that's never been my bag
anyway.



On Sat, 15 Jul 2017 at 8:56 am, Rasmus Brinkløv <pingo1 at mac.com> wrote:

> It sounds borderline. If you need to ask you're not confident yourself
> that it's the right choice :)
>
> P
>
> > On 14 Jul 2017, at 21.50, Robert Okker <robert.okker at darlings-post.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > I don't know if you have a proper workstation and a good internet
> > connection, but if you have i would definitely recommend Teamviewer.
> >
> > I use it all the time and it has saved my family life ;)
> >
> > I can still go home every day and eat and play with the kids and when
> they
> > go to bed i open my little dell xps13, login and finish what's still
> > waiting for me.
> >
> > And that's 30 kilometers away, i sometimes even do the finishing with
> > nukestudio, and it all goes realtime.
> > But a proper internet connection is a must.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Robert Okker
> > Owner/Head of VFX
> > Darlings Post productions
> > Tel: + 31(0)20 - 6221900
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 9:40 PM, François Duchesneau <houdini at trinix.ca>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Dan,
> >>
> >> I'm looking at just the CPU and you'd get 5242 on cpu benchmarks.
> >>
> >> http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-7500U+
> >> %40+2.70GHz&id=2863
> >>
> >> This is a bit stronger than my old MSI laptop with an i5 that I bought
> in
> >> 2011. It's enough to do any sort of production like you said but I'm
> pretty
> >> sure it will work for testing features or learning, that kind of thing.
> My
> >> current laptop has an i7-5700hq and I've done a few jobs with it without
> >> having any complains.
> >>
> >> Personnally I wouldn't buy any computer with a U processor and would
> stick
> >> to higher processor like hq was back when I bought mine. I'm not sure
> how
> >> they're called now. 8GB of ram is such a limitation too whereas 16GB
> allows
> >> you to do a lot more.
> >>
> >> Just make sure you're not expecting to do any heavy calculation.
> >>
> >> Francois
> >>
> >>
> >>> On 07/14/2017 03:24 PM, Dan Yargici wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Hello good folk of the Houdini list.
> >>>
> >>> I've been waiting for the new HP Envy range of 13inch laptops to arrive
> >>> since the announcement in May so I can finally replace my current,
> >>> ancient,
> >>> (2006 - eeek!) machine.
> >>>
> >>> The new Envy range seemed to have all the boxes ticked for my needs,
> with
> >>> modern ports (no Thunderbolt 3 though), dedicated graphics (the new
> Nvidia
> >>> MX150 with 2gb of vram), fingerprint reader, webcam in the correct
> place
> >>> (looking at you, Dell) etc.  However, since it's release I've been
> told to
> >>> my amazement that HP have no plans for a 16gb model, only 8gb.
> >>>
> >>> Now, the machine will mostly be for casual use, but I may want to
> >>> occasionally do some noodling in Houdini at home so I just thought I'd
> do
> >>> a
> >>> quick poll here to gauge people's opinions.  Obviously the kind of
> Houdini
> >>> work I'd be doing would be pretty lightweight geometry experiments and
> >>> simple sims due to the obvious constraints also thrown up by using a
> >>> mobile
> >>> CPU.
> >>>
> >>> So what do you think?  I'm not going to be able to wait for the
> inevitable
> >>> follow up version and like I say it's got pretty much every other box
> >>> ticked.  Aside from the RAM issue, for this price no other machine
> comes
> >>> close in the 13inch segment imo.
> >>>
> >>> Here are the specs:
> >>>
> >>>
> http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2GE75EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB
> >>>
> >>> Thanks.
> >>>
> >>> Dan.
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