Unfortunately the users of V4 are in a serious dilemma regarding this issue. Hardware and operating systems are constantly developing but V4 somehow doesn’t seem to move along.
If you buy a new laptop today, it very likely comes with Windows 8.1.
If it shouldn’t be too heavy and have decent batterylife along with graphics power, you will likely have Optimus built in.
And if you are willing to spend good money on the machine, it will also very likely have a high DPI display.
Allmost all top of the line machines are equipped like this, which is cool.
Now the bad news:
the current beta version of V4 is (still) not compatible with Windows 8.1. If you don’t like to wait for a beta release or if you need to jump between different V4 versions for some reason, you will probably need to stick with Windows 7 forever.(Note: many new laptops don’t fully support legacy OS’s due to a lack of drivers)
no version of V4 is currently compatible with NVidia Optimus + Windows 8.1. Windows 7 + Optimus seems mostly ok.
no version of V4 is currently usable with high DPI displays, unless you just set the display resolution to “normal” value.
This means, if you want a good laptop for V4, don’t go too excited with modern hardware features or contemporary operating systems.
@zepi i think your statement about Windows 8.1 is wrong. I’m currently using vvvv with desktops and laptops based on Windows 8.1 and everything is working. I know dx9 render node has fullscreen issues, but you can use borderless mode anyway.
For laptop recommendation, Asus ROG line is good and i know some people from forums using it. I’m the owner of G55VW model - it’s heavy, has bad soft touch material, that is easy to scratch. Intel’s GPU is disabled on hardware level, so you can only use discrete card, that is good for professional usage, but bad when you need long battery life.
@gerrit, don’t get confused. in general i would say you take the machine you personally like and let us figure out how to run vvvv on high DPI, optimus, win8.1 and such things. you will most likely keep your laptop much longer than it takes us to fix the issues. we are currently into other things, but of course we will join the optimus quest soon again.
on the other hand, if the laptop is a dedicated machine for a specific project, you should choose one which runs the current beta smoothly. hope that clears things up.
reconsidering my advise about the asus, one should additionally point out that this device is mid 2012. although it plays well regarding vvvv and its current optimus issues, it is obviously not the freshest meat.