I have read a lot here regarding people using certain laptops for their SketchUp modeling. However, I think I have a unique situation. I would like a convertible laptop/tablet with which I can take pictures and be able to write on them, and will be able to display a large model using the SketchUp Viewer (or SU itself).
I have a client in the industrial field who wants me to model a sorting facility. The endgame is him providing his installers with tablets with which they can zoom in on specific areas and see precisely how certain pieces fit together. This would be in aid of 2D prints which call out dimensions and whatnot. I can accomplish all this easily with scene tabs.
So I would like to show the client exactly what is possible after I complete the model. The size of the model should be around 40-60 MB when it is finished. But I will not be creating the model on the laptop, merely displaying it. I have a work PC which I do all my modeling on.
I had a friend download one of my models onto a Microsoft Surface 3 Pro with a Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM and he said it worked flawlessly when he switched between scenes. Then he tried it on an SP3 with i3, 64GB and 4 GB of RAM and said the performance wasn’t quite as good, but still worked fine.
So my question is: with this in mind, do I really need to shell out the money for a Surface Pro or are there cheaper options? Will any laptop/tablet with these specs work? I’ve seen lots of laptops with Intel HD Graphics 5000, 5300, and 5500 and they all support OpenGL 2.0+, as SketchUp requires.