When comparing workstation packages, a number of criteria tend to be evaluated in an effort to ensure that the best end value is found. Some of the primary concerns that should be taken into account would be the reliability of the product, the technical specs (to ensure it will do what you need it to do), the customer support that is offered, mobile solutions, and most importantly, the price. Information about all of these factors is detrimental to making an informed decision.
The major difference between most configurations is standard use and proximity. Do you travel a lot? If so, I would recommend one of the new lines of workstation notebooks that are surfacing. If you’re an HP fan a great option might be the ProBook 4310. This system emulates a classic PC, but comes stock, jam packed with modern computing technologies. If you are purchasing a workstation to perform various tasks with photography, a notebook system to consider would be one that is manufactured by Lenovo, such as the ThinkPadW700. This system houses a bountiful storage space, an exceptional screen, a built-in digitizer, and an on-board color calibration system and is optimized for photography.
For more labor intensive computations you could choose any of the Dell Precision mobile workstations, which are infused with the Intel Pentium Xeon technology. These processors are capable of up to 300 times that of a personal computer. Another type of large computation that would require a workstation could be statistical analysis and 3D data modeling. For these tasks, you may want to look at the Sony VAIO Z11.
The fact of the matter is that the workstation system is geared to the office environment. Due to the common practice of standardization (brand loyalty) many that the purchasing agents are convinced that the other brands do not matter and it is only a certain vendor that needs to be taken into consideration when looking to make a purchase. This could also be attributed to a supplier having preexisting relationships and pressing in one direction, a very clever marketing or sales ploy developed by the workstations manufacturer, or even outright ignorance of the product and going with the first thing that seems to fit. We all know that there are a ton of workstation computers on the market today, and we all also know that the decision on what to buy can be a very difficult choice to make. Every consumer, even if buying for a large firm, is looking for the best “bang for their buck.” Honestly, for any task you have, there is likely to be a notebook workstation that could more than handle the work load. The trick is to find the class of system that you will need, and then start to shop within that class. Workstations tend to be geared toward processing, graphics, or large storage capacities. Do the research… you won’t be sorry that you did.