It has always been a bit surprising to me that the same productivity and need arguments that have driven the movement away from desktop PCs to mobile PCs has not impacted the workstation market in nearly the same way. As I posted a few weeks ago, the cost justification side is quite compelling. The “need” and the cost justification are not the inhibitors to the growth of mobile workstations.
One of the reasons that I believe has caused this delay in the take off for mobile workstations is the concern that the laptop form factor just doesn’t have enough performance to meet the demands of CAD professionals. This is an urban myth. Looking at the new generation of mobile workstations, the performance levels are clearly at a point where most work can be done on them, and they also have the flexibility to meet the unique demands of individual users. Read full article »
Today’s engineers already embrace mobile computing. Yet many of them face a dilemma: they love the flexibility of a tablet, yet they still require the power and performance of a laptop. That’s one big reason why mobile workers now carry an average of 3.5 devices.
These challenges call for a new approach: convertible devices that combine the best qualities of a tablet and a laptop, all in a single, highly versatile form factor. In this eBook, you will answers to these questions:
- How are different industries embracing convertibles?
- How do you determine whether convertibles are right for your organization?
- What are the key features to consider when selecting a convertible?
- How does the new ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook™ Convertible revolutionize mobile computing?
For a CAD professional, the delivery of a brand new CAD Workstation is always a red letter day! Even when the current system is just a few years old, the benefits of a new system and its improved performance always create a certain “rush”.
However, acquiring a new workstation is not nearly as simple as it used to be. Today, many organizations require not only a clear need, but also a cost justification. The complexity and detail in a cost justification will often vary from organization to organization, but there are some central elements that appear in nearly every cost justification process. We’ll review what I think are the most important elements here. Read full article »
Here is another great review from our friends at CADplace. What are your thoughts about a desktop or mobile workstation? Which do you prefer?
Reviewed by Tom Lansford, CADplace
When professionals need new workstations, they look at how they use their computing resources and once the facts are on the table, they can – usually – make an easy choice. But sometimes it takes a second look to decide between 2 good options such as when deciding between a desktop workstation or a similarly configured mobile workstation.
Your clear choices might look like these, below :
- I travel 40% of my time – mobility is critical
- My workstation needs to do fast simulations
- I am running AutoCAD and managing our BOM database Read full article »
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