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    We are currently building our 3rd sandbox. Our previous 2 boxes used desktop gaming computers and have worked very well. I would REALLY like to use a gaming laptop for our newest. We bring them into schools for a number of environmental education programs. We set them up & take them down a lot, and I am sick of lugging towers, and keyboards, etc

    I am looking for feedback from anyone using laptops…are they staying cool, keeping up to the graphics needs, and with only USB 3.0 ports…have you had camera compatibility issues. On our desktop computers, we need to use the 2.0 USB ports for the Kinect, we had issues when plugged into the USB 3.0 ports.

    Oliver Kreylos

    I’ve seen a few laptop-based AR Sandboxes, and they all had severe performance issues. Most importantly, the water simulation ends up being unacceptably sluggish and laggy.

    Results might be better with an expensive high-end gaming laptop, but I haven’t seen those in person.


    We use a laptop for a demo model and it seems ok, but we used a pretty expensive Razer for it.
    I’d recommend the desktop route, even if for no other reason ease of maintenance or replacement of parts is a lot easier.


    We have built numerous laptop based AR sandbox installations. Performance-wise, they all run just as well as Desktop ones, though I cannot comment on their internal temperatures.

    The price range has been around 700-1000 eur, ie midrange gaming laptop. I am currently setting up another one, hence lurking the forums (trying to figure out Kinect v2 compatibility).

    Right now I have Acer Nitro 5 an515-55 running with GTX 1650 with smooth water animations. Linux installation was a pain, since it came Windows preinstaller, SATA mode in RAID etc etc. Once Ubuntu got installed, everything else went smooth, propertiaty nvidia drivers installed through driver installation GUI, Kinect v1 and v2 is being recognized through USB 3.2 which is good since they’re all it has.

    I had less hassle previously with Lenovo laptops (Lenovo Y50-70) regarding linux installation.


    Here’s a quick water simulation demonstration on Acer Nitro 5 an515-55 + GTX 1650

    Ignore the setup and calibration, I’m just prepping for on-site installation.

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