New Laptop for Lumion

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landm76

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New Laptop for Lumion
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:15:20 pm »
January 13, 2015, 12:15:20 pm
Greetings

I am about to purchase Lumion but before I wanted to buy the right tool to use it. I have read all sort of topics on the issue but the more I read the more confused I get.

From my understanding there are a lot of components that need to be to certain standards in order for Lumion to work properly.

Now...I am not sure if this my question/request is appropriate and pardon my ignorance in the field...but could someone please give me the right specifications from A to Z for the right laptop brand for me to buy right away (if such a laptop exist), or that I could give to an expert of the field so they to assemble for me.

Thanks in advance... 
 

Re: New Laptop for Lumion
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 12:26:02 pm »
January 13, 2015, 12:26:02 pm
Hi landm76, Lumion works best on desktop PCs as they can be equipped with better graphics cards.

Most laptops are really only suitable for smaller, less complex scenes.

Does it have to be a laptop PC or would a desktop PC be an option?

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landm76

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Re: New Laptop for Lumion
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 10:03:50 am »
January 14, 2015, 10:03:50 am
Hello Morten and thanks for the prompt reply...

My preference would be a laptop, since I travel quite a bit, but a desktop is not out of the question. Actually both a laptop and a desktop would be perfect.

My temp location is Tirana Albania, my permanent location is Chicago Illinois.

 



landm76

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Re: New Laptop for Lumion
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2015, 10:15:54 am »
January 14, 2015, 10:15:54 am
Once I buy Lumion can I use in both laptop and desktop, or do i need to buy another licence???

Re: New Laptop for Lumion
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2015, 10:22:25 am »
January 14, 2015, 10:22:25 am
Hi

You can use the same license on multiple PC's/laptops.  If the license is a single seat, then it's use is on one machine at a time.

Re: New Laptop for Lumion
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2015, 10:43:26 am »
January 14, 2015, 10:43:26 am
For the type of PC or laptop, the key is to get an idea of the type of projects you will be doing with them, and what sort of complexity is involved in the model and scene.  Refer to:
1.  LUMION 5: Minimum hardware requirements. (same for prior versions)

2.  Lumion Web Site: Specifications.

3.  Passmark: Videocard Benchmarks.


In regard suggestions for laptops:
1.  further to what Morten mentioned, you will need to go to the high end of laptops.  That's with either a GTX 970M or GTX980M (or the slightly older GTX versions of GTX780M/880M).  Mobile based cards have a lot less performance compared to their desktop equivalent, so only the highest is of any 'real' use.

2.  The higher the other specifications, the better, so that performance of the card is not hindered.  Such has an i7 at highest CPU rating, large SDD, 16MB RAM or more and fastest speed possible.

3.  I am aware of only two main brands that produce gaming based laptops that generally fit the bill.  Either the MSI or Dell Alienware.  There might be a Samsung that also gets close to the other two for specifications.

The option is, if budgets are OK, to have a powerful desktop that will do the rendering in shortest possible time.  And, the laptop suitable to work whilst travelling on scenes, and some rendering as well, or for realtime presentation with clients.


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Caveat:  these comments are provided only to assist forum members in considering their options for purchasing hardware to use with Lumion.  They should in no way be considered as recommendations or qualified advice.