Hardware

Image This mainstream CAD-class mobile workstation offers some unique features for security and maintenance.

Image The performance of PCIe Solid State Drives (SSDs) may look incredible on paper but how does it translate to the real world? We test out a combination of SATA and PCIe SSDs using point cloud software, LFM Server, as well as Revit and 3ds Max.

Image Could HP's new PageWide inkjet 2D printing technology transfer to the 3D printing market, leading to game-changing speed, build-size and resolution capabilities?

Image From ultrabook to desktop replacement, there’s a mobile workstation for every architect and engineer. Greg Corke delves deep into the CAD-class laptop.

Image We’ve seen 14-inch mobile workstations come and go, but none can touch the HP ZBook 14 when it comes to mobility.

Image Dell’s new lightweight laptop may be a dead ringer for an Apple MacBook Pro, but it’s an entirely different beast — a dedicated 3D CAD/BIM mobile workstation, certified for a wide range of applications including Revit.

Image Dell has an impressive pedigree when it comes to mobile workstations and its latest 15-inch offering picks up where the Precision M4700 left off.

Image This mainstream 15.6-inch delivers far more grunt than its lightweight sibling, the ZBook 14. It can handle a high-end CPU (up to the Intel Core i7-4900MQ), a mid-range GPU (up to the Nvidia Quadro K2100M) – an ideal combination for CAD/BIM.

Image This latest update to Lenovo’s ThinkPad family is a specialist piece of kit. With an exceptional 15.5-inch 2,880 x 1,620 display and an X-Rite Pantone colour calibrator built in, it’s ideal for colour-critical workflows.

Image This 15-inch from Schenker delivers 3D performance more commonly found in a 17-inch mobile workstation. Most 15-inch models max out at the Nvidia Quadro K2100M, but Schenker’s W503 takes the GPU up a notch to a Quadro K3100M.

Image From the outside the 17-inch M6800 looks just like a bigger version of the M4800. And in many ways it is. It features the same trademark Dell styling, solid chassis and easy maintenance of its 15-inch sibling. The big difference is what’s inside.

Image Considering the amount of technology on offer in this 17-inch model from Scan, 3XS MGW-10 wins hands down on value for money.

Image This 17-inch monster from Derby-based Workstation Specialists is by far the most expensive mobile workstation on test this month, but in terms of its spec it’s in a completely different class.

Image With prices continuing to fall 3D printers are now within reach of many AEC firms. Materials, build volumes and cost all vary greatly; here we give you four of the best for architectural models – from quick concepts to presentation models.

Image Greg Corke finally treats his dusty old desktop to a Solid State Drive makeover

Image Compact workstations are all the rage and this little beauty stands out for its serviceability and storage potential.

Image A very high-end design viz workstation with impressive 3D performance

Image A top-end workstation that literally cuts through ray trace rendering calculations

Image Dell’s latest 15.6-inch mobile workstation comes in at an incredible 2kg but still packs a punch.

Image 3Dconnexion cuts the cord for its latest 3D input device for CAD & BIM software