Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few discussions around various SolidSmack social media outlets discussing the best portable digital sketching tools. Sure, most people will gravitate towards an iPad and the Microsoft Surface based on cost and applications for other uses. However, if you consider yourself a professional designer with the need to have full-blown workstation power, then the Wacom Cintiq Companion is clearly a top-contender capable of knocking the iPad and the Surface out of the water. We spent some time with one to give you the rundown from an industrial designer’s perspective. Let’s take a look.
SolidSmack was on hand this past week at Dell’s Precision Workstation media event held at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. It’s been a few years since Dell has launched an update to their Precision line with the T7500, T5500, and T3500 coming out early 2009. This May, however, that all changes with the new T7600, T5600, T3600 coming out and with them a stylish new design, easier component access and a sweet Sandy Bridge-E pumping out the processing power.
Specking out a new fixed or mobile workstation for your CAD work can be a challenge. First, you need to identify the type of work where you really spend most of your time. For example, do you model simple parts, complex assemblies, or both? Do you do first-pass or complex FEA or structural dynamics analyses?
HP has delivered up the new HP Z1 line, a beefy new all-in-one workstation with 27 inches of IPS display catered toward the 3D and graphics professional. The slightly chunky (yet low profile) computer looks much like a thick monitor, sports a 2560 x 1440, IPS display, Xeon (i3 or E3) processor and options for NVIDIA GPUs, Quadro 500M on the Entry level rigs up to the Q4000M on the high end. It starts at $1899 and will be available to rock your desktop early April.
I’ll agree with you, workstations nowadays are just not cuttin’ it. Our desires for widescreen monitors, THX Dolby surround sound, air filtering, light therapy, web cams, and battery backups are diminished by plain old systems that just ‘get the job done.’ NO MORE!
NovelQuest introduces… to you… in July… the ultimate in killer workstations… THE EMPEROR. Named after it’s resemblance to an Emperor Scorpion, the top lifts to easily attach yourself into the ergo-insect interior. This particular version features (only?) three 19″ screens and strikes with Mac or PC poison.
No word on if they will include auto-tracking missile batteries or an option to encase your self permanently in a life-sustaining goo. Price is also suspect although it’s sure to be high. A similar workstation called the Gravitonus rings in at $7k.