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Master Geek

# 255879 4-Sep-2019 11:06
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I do a fair bit of work in ArcGIS pro now and my workplace is looking to upgrade my laptop to something more suitable for this. However someone had recommended an HP Omen gaming laptop worth over $3k and I'm getting some push back on them being willing to spend this much.




The main sticking point appears to be the requirement for a dedicated video card with at least 4Gb RAM - I've found some other 'gaming spec' laptops closer to the $2k mark with 4Gb GPU that exceeds to recommended specs but I have no idea how dependent of a GPU this application would be.




I'm guessing most the GPU requirement comes from 3D analysis work I'll never do.  But maybe it affects simple things like the speed of redrawing the extent when I zoom/scroll etc and therefore would be very important.  Anyone have any idea how this software uses system resources and how important the GPU and it's associated RAM is?




Do others here use a laptop for Arc Pro? If so, what are your specs and performance experiences?

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  # 2310592 4-Sep-2019 13:19
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We have a number of users here who use ArcGIS Pro. We have been through the same issues with the requirements. I think there is some fine print in the recommended hardware that you can use a laptop without the 4GB dedicated graphics if you have a minimum of 16GB system RAM. For laptop users we gave them a Lenovo T480 with i7-8XXXCPU and 16GB. They have had no complaints about performance.


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  # 2310613 4-Sep-2019 13:42
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One of my previous employers used ArcGIS, and we would buy Dell mobile workstations for those users to keep them happy.  $3k+ was normal.





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Master Geek

  # 2310627 4-Sep-2019 14:02
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We are using HP Zbook G4, with 32G RAM and Nvidia quadro p4000 graphics card, Xeon processer, sometimes i still feel it a little bit slow and very bulky, over 3kg weight. 




One of my colleague is using new Dell XPS13, I7, good size for travel, I believe his one is 16GB RAM, and he is happy with it.



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  # 2311754 6-Sep-2019 14:00
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+1 for Dell XPS 13/15/17 used ArcGIS Pro a lot on these without problems.


Right now I have an Asus Zen Book for a bit of Pro usage and that just runs a Geforce MX130 (it does have SSD and 16GB memeory). Works fine for 2D work.

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