Laptop recommendations TD

HI everyone!

After some time I am updating my laptop, and I am doing some research for the best option. I use my laptop mainly to perform some live shows with Touchdesigner, for some 3D (mainly modeling and some rendering), Motion graphics, video editing and also for some Machine Learning experiments. I am looking for a laptop with a good graphics card and CPU. I travel constantly with it, but I am not really concerned about weight (actually my laptop is a 15 inch, and move it daily). I am thinking to spend between $2,000 and $3,000 USD.

I selected the following laptops and I would like to know if you could give me some recommendations of the performance of these with Touchdesigner. Or others you think are the best option:

* Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 , with 8GB VRAM
  • Screen> 17.3" (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920x1080) 60Hz
  • RAM> GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM, up to 64 GB SDRAM
  • Storage> 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD / /256GB PCIE Gen3X4 SSD
  • Inputs> 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF), 1 x Type A USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1), 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1 x HDMI, 1 x mini Display Port, 1 x micro SDXC card reader
  • Battery> 8 Cells 90 Whrs Battery
  • Weight> 4.3 KG
  • Price> $1,990.72 USD

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501
* Intel® Core™ i7 7700HQ Processor

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design , with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Screen> 15.6" (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920x1080) 120Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC with G-Sync
  • RAM > 16 DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM, up to 24 GB SDRAM
  • 256GB/512GB/1TB PCIE Gen3X4 SSD
  • Inputs> 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack, 1 x Type C USB3.1 (GEN2) Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) Type A, 1 x HDMI, Support HDMI 2.0
  • Battery > 4 Cells 50 Whrs Polymer Battery
  • Weight> 2.2 kg
  • Price> $2,330.96 USD

Acer Predator 17X

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 8GB GDDR5X VR Ready, 17.3" Full HD Widescreen LED-bakclit IPS Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
  • RAM > 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM;
  • Storage > 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Inputs > 4 x USB 3.0, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, LAN, HDMI, DisplayPort, Headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Battery > 6000 mAh
  • Weight> 4.6 kg
  • Price> $2,199.00 USD


  • Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 Overclocked
  • Screen> 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • RAM > 16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz (2x8GB) up to 32 gb
  • Storage > 256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
  • Inputs> 1 RJ-45 Killer Networks e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 1 Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, 1 Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, 1 Type-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, 1 Thunderbolt™ 3 Port, 1 Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, 1 HDMI 2.0 Output, 1 Mini-Display Port 1.2 (certified) Output, 1 Audio Out 1/8" Ports , 1 Headphone
  • Weight > 4.42 kg
  • Price> $1,999.99 USD

Hope you could help me.

Any news with your laptop update? I am too considering getting a new laptop to handle touchdesigner and new to touchdesigner. I have been mac on everything for the longest and hear that PC gaming laptops are the way to go for this application. I’m curious if there’s a current best brand PC gaming laptop that’s a sure fire winner(less problematic) for pushing live A/V shows with touchdesigner. And if going away from mac is a good idea for me? My machine at home is a mac running C4D, ableton live, adobe creative suites. Thanks in advance.

Not yet, I am still deciding. I also have been a Mac user, but I am looking for a best performance. I think I will select the Acer Predator 17x I think is the most affordable one for what it includes, as is the Nvidia 1080. Also is included in the Zephyrus but I am afraid the Zephyrus will not be upgradable because of it size, definitely an advantage compared to the 4.5 kilos of the Predator. But I am hearing opinions before buying. What have you seen?