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Until there's a MAC specific version I would avoid that. I am running Tab on a 2.5 year old Dell and am a pretty heavy user. As there's no 64 bit version of Tableau, the 32 bit cannot make use of extra memory/cores (I believe that's right). Anything with decent spec should be fine. An ultrabook with SSD would probably work very well.
EDIT: apparently there is a 64bit version coming: http://community.tableau.com/message/191336#191336
Thanks, i'm leaning toward an elitebook folio with ssd.
I run a ~1.5 year-old Ultrabook (Samsung Series 9) with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 250GB SSD. Tableau is blazing fast on this thing, even a couple years after I bought it. I run both Desktop and Server on it full time.
Per Alex's comment, the data engine of Tableau is 64-bit, so definitely go with a 64-bit OS in order to take advantage of the extra memory address space.
Another thing to think about is the video card in the machine. Most ultrabooks use a built-in on-board graphics adapter. These suckers are generally "weak sauce" and aren't very useful for pushing lots of pixels around.
Normally this doesn't matter on business laptop...BUT, Tableau 8 can and will utilize the graphics card (via OpenGL) to render things more quickly. If you end up with a lower-range on-board graphics adapter, you lose this capability. In fact, with a crappy adapter, things can actually look "odd/fuzzy" inside Tableau until you turn OpenGL off inside the program.
Hope this gives you something to think about. I love buying a new laptop
Long time, no talk. Thanks for the feed-back, very helpful.You gave me a number of items that i never would have considered.
Ultimately went with MBP 15, with bootcamp (windows 7, 64 bit). Hopefully we will see a tableau OSX version soon.
thanks for suggestions,
Came across this thread...I'm shopping for a laptop and it must be Dell (company contract).
Anyone loving their Dell with Tableau?
I'm on a Dell Latitude E5530 with 8GB Ram, 64 bit OS, and it has worked very well. One thing to note is there are some limitations with "accelerated graphics" in Tableau and some video cards don't work well with Accelerated Graphics in Tableau--including the Intel HD Graphics 4000 card on my machine. However, this is pretty minor and so far, I have not noticed any issues from turning off accelerated graphics. Hope this helps, our Server is on a separate machine.
More details on Accelerated Graphics: Requirements for Accelerated Graphics | Tableau Software
Are there any Tableau Software staff members out there? What laptop does Tableau issue as its company laptop? Surely that would be a good indication of which laptop to purchase..
Tech Specs/System Requirements can be found here:
I doubt there's any laptop standard for Tableau employees--some definitely use Macs, others use Windows machines, etc. I'm guessing they just need to be sure they have the specs needed to do their particular job productively.
I hope this helps! I'm not sure if an employee would be able to make any recommendations, other than pointing you to the system requirements, but there are some employees who contribute to this Forum so it is possible someone will have more guidance than I can provide.