Hardware

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

Image This mini workstation is ideal for 2D CAD or entry-level 3D modelling

Image Fujitsu’s new Intel ‘Haswell’ workstation offers impressive serviceability in an entry-level machine