Laptop suggestions

Hi everyone :wave:t2:

I am working with Touchdesigner for quite a while. I also use Resolume, After Effects, Photoshop and Ableton a lot. I work from my Macbook Pro Retina 15inch 2015 laptop but its not optimal. I was wondering what kind of laptop you guys are using and suggest to work on. What kind of processor, memory, graphics card and storage? It doesn’t matter if it’s a Mac or Windows laptop. What are the differences and advantages of Mac or Windows?

Thanks a lot

The biggest thing you want is getting a Nvidia GPU. There are a number of features that are exclusive to Nvidia GPUs and generally their performance is best. This is one of the issues with macOS since Apple and Nvidia haven’t played together in over 6 years.

There are also a number of Windows-only SDKs, such as Kinect/RealSense/ZED cameras, Notch TOP, and the Oculus and Vive VR support to name a few.

If you are interested in which features are limited on some systems, you can refer to our system requirements page: https://docs.derivative.ca/System_Requirements#Feature_Specific_Requirements

For actual benchmarks for laptops, you can think of TouchDesigner as a video game engine, it’s realtime and requires much the same for specifications. So looking up laptop’s gaming benchmarks will give you the best idea of how they compare for TouchDesigner as well.

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They’re not cheap, but if you can shell out for a Sager laptop, the right one is basically a desktop replacement. They’re big, loud, heavy. The brick alone weighed about as much as my last laptop (razer blade). They’re impressive machines, with dedicated gpu’s, fast i7’s. Thought I’d throw that out there!

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