Well, it snuck up on us, but once again it’s the time of year we wish everyone would stop being so selfish and buy us a sweet piece of tech we can become completely absorbed in. A high-end laptop for crankin’ SolidWorks and other 3D goodness would be just fine.

Where do you start? At this post obviously, but after that, you’ll want to head over to SolidBox. SolidBox is the new site that takes all the guess work out of choosing what kind of rig you need to spank 3D modeling, rendering, simulation or animation instead of having it spank you. It’s all there and they have big plans for the future.

“Why can’t PCs be as stable as Macs?”

That’s the question that started it all for Chris Castle, founder of SolidBox…

Chris founded SolidBox after many years of frustration with the hardware market. In early 2009, Mr. Castle partnered with Dell Computer and developed several benchmarks to qualify systems for his customers… Chris started with the minimum performance requirements recommended by SolidWorks. Chris then configured and purchased a “test system” from Dell to represent an “Entry” level system. Chris stripped the Windows OS to its core, installed the necessary Windows updates and .NET components, installed the certified Graphics Card drivers, and finally installed SolidWorks…The secret was simple; install SolidWorks on a clean Windows OS on high quality standardized hardware, and finally use only those drivers that have been tested to work best.”

Professional Laptops, Workstations, Servers and More…

What if you need to be mobile? What if you need to replicate a server? What if you need to replace the last workstation you launched into a concrete wall? It seems SolidBox is there to answer all those questions and not leave you hanging after you get the computer of your dreams. They also work with your VAR to take the pain out of installation and are working on ways to assist with driver updates, virtualization and getting optimal performance out of your shiny new hardware.

Example of the Solidbox high-end Pro series of laptops. Lower prices than OEM's.
Example of the Solidbox high-end Pro series of laptops. Lower prices than OEM's.

There’s some great options that cost less than the pro laptop series. Right now their working with Dell. I’ve been partial to HP workstation lately, but as SolidBox grows I’m sure you’ll see more options become available.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.