View Full Version : Laptops A Go Go

08-07-2003, 10:22 AM
Hey All

Was going to buy a laptop and was thinking of getting the Sony Vaio PCG-FRV27... anyone know if it is worth it?... :eek:

08-08-2003, 02:10 AM
I've had a number of complaints about the USB Duo Sentinel dongle not playing well with Vaio laptops. YMMV


08-08-2003, 01:38 PM
Hey BeeVee...

Thanks for the reply... is that the only known problem with the VAIOs? and is there a way to fix whatever problem there is with the key?..

08-09-2003, 02:48 PM
Be sure to check out the screen on the type of laptop that you get. It's my experience that a lot of Sony screens have a lower resolution than can be found elsewhere. 1600X1200 I think is the minimum to look for in a 3D Laptop / workstation.

I went with a Dell 8200 Myself.... 1600X1200 and it's crystal clear. I would also go with an Nvidia graphics card too. I guess I can't speak from experience there as I never used an ATI. Others have had issues though it sounds like.... though your probably gonnna have to work through issues with any card on a laptop.

Other than that.... Lots of ram.... processing speed isn't that important I don't think.... unless you really plan on adding your laptop to your renderfarm. Even then be carefull of things getting to hot. I personally have rendered overnight a lot on my laptop without having any heat issues... though the 8200 has 2 fans on it. Not sure about the sony.

Make sure you re-map the hot-key to go full screen on your modeling viewports to "?". ;)

08-09-2003, 06:31 PM
Originally posted by BeEt
Hey All

Was going to buy a laptop and was thinking of getting the Sony Vaio PCG-FRV27... anyone know if it is worth it?... :eek:

I use a Desknote (http://www.lostcircuits.com/motherboard/ecs_ibuddie/), myself. If all you need is a portable computer for vacations and road trips, a Desknote can give you some substantial bang for the buck. The newer ones (http://www.ocworkbench.com/2003/ecs/a980/a980-1.htm) even have GeForce video acceleration.

Its LCD resolution maxes out at 1024x768, though. Also, you must use the latest video drivers for the older Desknotes if you want OpenGL acceleration for LightWave. Still, it's worth considering.

08-10-2003, 12:30 PM
i have a sony vaio and have never had a single problem with it in any regard..works as expected with lightwave and the dual usb dongle...and i've had that for quite a few years [cel 600 256 ram]
the display at 1024x768 is fine for lightwave 7.5...and have done quite a bit of lightwave/3dsmax/combustion and premeire teaching session on it without a hitch...sony build good laptops.

steve g

08-11-2003, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by minus
Other than that.... Lots of ram....

Do you have to say that in a Keanu Reeves/Matrix voice? :)

Cresshead, sorry to impugn your Vaio needlessly, however just speaking as I find - we get more complaints about Vaios for LightWave or the Video Toaster than any other brand put together... :(


08-11-2003, 05:32 AM
The 17" Apple Powerbook

08-11-2003, 08:25 AM
Yes.. How on Earth did I know Beam was going to post something about Macs here.. :rolleyes:

Well if you are even considering a Mac then wait a few weeks for the new G5 Powerbooks..

Jimzip :D

08-11-2003, 11:15 AM
Sager makes a good line of notebooks. Check out the 8890 or 5680
8890 specs (http://pctorque.com/misc/8890specs.jpg)
5680 specs (http://pctorque.com/misc/5680specs.jpg)

They are really powerful, but you sacrifice a little portability. They are heavier than a standard notebook and the battery doesn't last as long.

If you are rarely more than 3-4 hours from an outlet like myself they are a perfect match.

Feature for feature they are priced less than Dell or any other portable workstation I have found online.

Here is a forum to find out more. (http://talknotebooks.com)

I got mine from http://pctorque.com/
Great service and outstanding pricing.

Lightwave runs like a charm.