I'm helping my friend find a new laptop that is capable of handling his workload. He's at a remote office, and therefore runs Skype for business 24/7. Now Skype is a massive resource hog, especially when screen-sharing, which he does often. He often has several Excel sheets, a couple Chrome windows, and several large PDF documents (arhcitectural drawing sets, engineering and fabrication drawing, etc.). He also does a bit of rough 3D modelling using Trimble Sketchup.
He currently has a 2-3 year old Dell XPS 15, with a 4K screen and an i7 with 16GB of RAM. He has a 1TB SSD. What he finds is that if he's trying to zoom in and out in a drawing set or rotate a 3D model while screen-sharing to coworkers or customers, the computer slows down to a snail's pace. Now I know Skype is primarily to blame here, but as it's part of our Office 365 subscription, it's too easy to fall back on.
What is most important to prioritize in this use case described above? RAM? Processor? GPU? What machine would tick these boxes the best?
I've suggested the following machines to him already, but there are too many options and we're not sure where to go:
- Latest Dell XPS 15 w/ Intel i9 and corresponding NVIDIA graphics
- Razer Blade 15 Advanced or Studio Edition
Can someone guide me to what specs to prioritize, and if possible, what machine would provide the best longevity?