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05/12/2010 21:12:20

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Ok folks
Christmas is just round the corner and if you could pick a Laptop which would play Muvizu like a dream what would it be?

Yes I'm trying to pick a decent laptop and can't decide on one.

Help!

Cheers in advance

D
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05/12/2010 21:53:55

mystoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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I have an ASUS gaming laptop that runs Muvizu like a dream. It even runs my other high end 3d animation software as well.
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06/12/2010 08:41:07

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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I too would be interested in knowing what spec laptop would be suitable for running muvizu comfortably and whether this is a viable alternative to running it on a desktop

thanks

toonarama
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06/12/2010 11:37:54

glasgowjim
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This is my personal opinion, not the view of Muvizu HQ:

If you are buying a laptop out of Currys or PC world (although I would personally recommend avoiding them due to their crappy service) they will take pretty much any working laptop and give you £100 of a new one - so you could buy a laptop from eBay for £50 and trade it into PC world, giving you an overall saving of £50. .

As for a specific model - if you go for a machine with a dual core processor, at least 2GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics chip with at least 512MB of ram you should be ok. I will have a quick look at some laptop sites to see what's available at the moment and give you some suggestions.

Things to avoid:

Celeron Processors (really slow)
Intel Graphics Chipsets (either don't work with Muvizu or work very badly)

Also, you might want to wait for a couple of months: AMD are releasing their new Fusion line of processors with in-built graphics cards in the spring. They are aimed at the low-price laptop market and should be a big improvement on the existing budget line.#

-Jim.
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06/12/2010 11:48:44

NeilExperimental userMuvizu staff
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glasgowjim wrote:
at least 2GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics chip with at least 512MB of ram

I'd suggest at least 4Gb of RAM, and more if you can get it as Muvizu is quite RAM-hungry with complex scenes. The next release of Muvizu will offer support for 64-bit OSes, so it'll finally have access to more than 2Gb.

Good advice on the graphics chip, Jim. The "integrated graphics" chips are usually dreadful, but some of the newer laptops have a switch that toggles between a low-power "integrated" chip and a souped-up, power-hungry "games" chip which could be a great feature if you want to use it for non-graphics work without draining the battery.
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06/12/2010 12:05:54

glasgowjim
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True, the more RAM the better - I was just saying what I thought was the bare minimum.

It's also quite tough to get a laptop with more than 3GB, as a lot of manufacturers still only ship laptops with 32-bit versions of Windows.
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06/12/2010 12:21:59

glasgowjim
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I have only found one so far, but if you get something with similar specs to these you should be ok:

Dell XPS 15 (£579 - £779)

It's the big brother of the laptop that I own, which can run Muvizu, so this one should have no trouble.

http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Dell-Laptops/xps-15/pd.aspx?refid=xps-15&s=dhs&cs=ukepp1
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06/12/2010 12:51:17

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Neil/Jim
Thanks for your advice - the Dell XPS 15 had already caught my eye so looks like a good bet.
Asus laptops seem to get good reviews too
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07/12/2010 12:58:17

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Thanks for the suggestions folks!
Keep em coming!

D
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07/12/2010 13:20:10

claireqMuvizu staff
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I wish santy claus would buy me a nice shiney new laptop hehe I think I am on is naughty list though! I can always hope. Just need to stick with the one i've got just now
edited by claireq on 07/12/2010
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07/12/2010 18:06:42

mystoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Santa Claus came early this year for me thanks to the fine people at Muvizu. It's a bit bigger than a laptop but I love it!!! Thank you Muvizu!
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24/12/2010 07:04:06

wizplace
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Maybe Santa will bring you an acer laptop!
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29/12/2010 21:01:27

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Santa's been!!!!

I've got meself a cracker of a laptop!!

let the muvizu madness commence!
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29/12/2010 22:14:33

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Good news Dreeko - which one did you plump for?
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29/12/2010 22:29:52

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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dell xps 17

Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 740QM (1.73 Ghz, 6MB, 4C)
Memory
4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM
Video Card
3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 445M Graphics Card
Hard Drive
640GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Optical Devices
8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
Wireless Networking
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 (EUR)
Primary Battery
9-cell 90Whr Lithium Ion battery
LCD
17.3" HD+ WLED True-Life (1600x900)
awfy good

F.A.F (fast as f***)
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29/12/2010 22:34:47

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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thanks Dreeko
I'm still saving but am torn between a laptop and a PC. Can the Dell handle the complex Muvizu scenes easily?
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30/12/2010 00:12:18

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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toonarama wrote:
thanks Dreeko
I'm still saving but am torn between a laptop and a PC. Can the Dell handle the complex Muvizu scenes easily?


It'll kick muvizu up and down the street (as someone with the tech know how told me,
And he was 100% right!)
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