LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) - BOXX is the perennial favorite of graphic hot-rodders, and is becoming the workstation on which the flashiest graphics seem to be displayed, such as those at their signature event, SIGGRAPH. I had never seen their mobile workstations — they have a whole line of them called GoBOXX. Maybe I should get out more.
The GoBOXX 15 SLM (for “slim”) has a shiny black exterior (maybe meant to make the ThinkPad’s flat black look a bit dowdy), but I wonder if it will slip more easily out of my hands with its smooth finish. When handling it I can’t help but notice how light it is.
Chris Morley, product marketing manager at BOXX, shows me his test of lightness — being able to hold it by the corner, which is not something you can do with a typical mobile workstation, unless you have the hands of a hard-core rock climber.
It is definitely light at under 4.5 lbs., though I neglected to ask about the brick. Its 15.6” screen has up to 3K resolution (2880x1680). Whereas ThinkPads may even downplay appearance (users are businesspeople, after all), BOXX steps it up with a distinctive BOXX logo that can’t be missed. Its users (graphics professionals, after all) would appreciate it.
The GoBOXX 15 SLM has a numeric keypad, but no trackpoint (a ThinkPad favorite, also found on HP and Dell mobile workstations). It does not have a real docking station so you must make do with a USB-peripheral sharing device.
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