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I do not have the chief architect software yet, but I am looking at laptops to run the software on. My question is: when you are using the software, how often do you need to input numbers, like dimension numbers? Is there a benefit to having a separate numbers keypad that is all together in one place instead of spread out across the top of the keyboard?

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Dimensioning is mostly automatic. You will however need to enter numbers in dialog boxes to define other sizing parameters. If you prefer using a numeric keypad then it may be best to purchase a separate standalone unit, that way your choice of laptop will not be so restrictive. All depends on how you like to work.

 

Graham

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USB number  keypads are available, but the real question you need to consider is screen size.  If you get a Laptop with a 17" screen (highly recommended) it will most assuredly have a built-in number keypad.

 

Also, make sure you get a Laptop with a good Video Card with at least 2GB onboard memory.

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Screen size and video hardware support is more important than having or not having a key pad (The only time I use my keypad is when I use the Microsoft Calculator). I recently bought a new laptop by ASUS their G751 JL. It was relatively inexpensive and runs Chief like a dream.

 

DJP

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I recently bought and ASUS 17" gaming computer which I use Chief on in the field and at my kitchen counter where I am know and love it

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I really like my Asus G750!

Core I7 2.4ghz, 12 gig ram,

1T media drive and I added an SSD for the primary C drive. Boots in 8 seconds! :)

2 gig Nvidia card

 

You wont be disappointed, good quality build and great battery life.

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I'll throw another vote out there for ASUS as well.  I love my G751.  I had a higher end MSI gaming laptop get stolen and my wife bought me the ASUS for Christmas as a replacement.  It was notably cheaper than the MSI but was the best one available locally, and as it turns out I couldn't be happier with it. 

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I'm on month 54 of a 36-month tech lifecycle with an Asus G74SX.  It is getting replaced with the Dec 3rd release of the Asus G752VY-DH78K.

 

jon

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Wow Jon, $3600 for a Laptop...  I primarily use my Desktop for Chief and then my MacBook pro 15 for client presentations.  Do you do all your work on the ASUS?  Still using a #2 Pencil as well, I have kids so I can't seem to keep them around so I switched to the IPad and a Disto.

 

Chris

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Chris, yes, I do almost everything on a laptop now--almost.  So, the more umph I can muster, without burning down the house, the better.

 

jon 

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