Recommend a Good laptop to use for ArcMap Pro.

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01-02-2018 09:55 PM
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I’m looking to purchase a new laptop computer to run ArcMap Pro for under $2300.00.  Any suggestions?

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Microsoft Surface Book... I use ArcGIS Pro on it all the time (and ArcMap as well)

Get as much of a machine as you can afford.  Ram first, then chip, storage last

Surface Book... not surface Pro

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/surface/devices/surface-book/overview

You can spend less money on another machine, but ...

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Just a warning for people who are looking for new laptop for ArcGIS and find this thread. I would not buy a Microsoft Surface Book. I bought one based off this recommendation and it has been a horrible experience. Apparently, while some surface books work, others have so many problems with them that they become unusable. I bought one that met all of Esri's recommendations but could barely open Microsoft Word let alone ArcMap without freezing. After reading numerous other reviews I found out that a lot of people have problems with this laptop. 

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surface book II or the surface laptop? they aren't the same...

don't know of anyone that has had problems with the surface books (pool of 😎

I can only generalize 100% satisfaction having 2 of the book II's and had a surface book I as well.

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It was a surface book II. I returned it and got a different laptop (Lenova Flex 14) with the same specs and it works so much better. I am starting to think that I may have just gotten a bad surface book II.

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Dan, what would you say is the downside of having a Surface Book? And since this thread is a year old, would you still fully recommend the Surface Book?

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No downside other than price I suppose (but I don't pay for them ). 

I got the 16Gb I7 which is more than adequate for most stuff.

If you need anything more you should park you posterior and use a desktop and get one built for the job rather than buying a shelf product

I have had no issues with them (nor have my students). 

I tend not to use it as a tablet so that part is a bit of a  waste.

Screen is beautiful, pen and collapsible mouse are great.

Everyone will have their favs, but if you have something that works and can afford it, go for it.

I still consider a 'portable' a 'nice' and not a 'need' (remember the Osborne 1 )

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Ha! I had to look up what an Osborne 1 was. It came out the year that I was born!

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perhaps technically the first 'portable', for those that remember cards

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New Contributor III

How does ArcGIS Pro respond to using the stylus opposed to a mouse? Is it cumbersome?

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