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Best Laptop to Run Xactimate

Xactimate is widely used by adjusters, and contractors working insurance related losses. In order to run Xactimate on a desktop, there are certain computing requirements that must be met. These requirements include both hardware and software specifications, and it is important to ensure that your computer meets these specifications before attempting to run Xactimate. We have written about how to run Xactimate on a Mac if you would like, but we really recommend a dedicated PC for this job.

Starting with the hardware requirements, your computer should have at least a 2.5 GHz Intel or AMD processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a dedicated video card with at least 1 GB of VRAM. This will ensure that Xactimate runs smoothly and efficiently on your computer. Additionally, it is recommended that your computer have at least 10 GB of free hard drive space, as Xactimate requires a significant amount of storage.

In terms of software requirements, your computer should be running a 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. Additionally, your computer should have the latest version of the .NET Framework installed, as well as the latest version of Adobe Reader.

 

It is also important to note that Xactimate requires a high-speed internet connection in order to function properly. Xactimate relies on a cloud-based platform, and a slow internet connection can cause delays and disruptions while using the software.

In addition, Xactimate requires a Screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher. This is to ensure that the software can be viewed clearly on your monitor and that all of the buttons and features are easily accessible.

Another important requirement is a Microsoft Office. Xactimate allows you to export data to Excel and Word, so having a version of Microsoft Office installed on your computer will allow you to take full advantage of this feature. Utilizing tokens with Xactimate in MS Word is a great way to speed up your report writing.

Running Xactimate on a laptop really does require a computer with specific hardware and software specifications. It is important to ensure that your computer meets these requirements before attempting to run Xactimate, as failure to do so can result in poor performance and potential issues, especially when in the field. By following the guidelines above, you can ensure that your computer is properly configured to run Xactimate, and that you can take full advantage of all of the features and benefits offered by this powerful claims estimating software.

Here are 3 laptops that meet all the system requirements to run Xactimate really well without issue. We really think getting coverage protection for your laptop is a good idea as well. How many adjusters have lost their laptop to a Dunkin Donuts coffee and not had it covered?:

We also recommend some other items to go with your laptop that will make your inspections and estimate writing faster, and more accurate.

SpecificationRecommended for Best Results
ProcessorA quad-core x64-bit processor (examples: Intel Core i5 or Core i7, AMD A10 or FX)
Video CardOpen GL 2.0-compatible graphics with 512 MB of VRAM and latest drivers (examples: ATI X1600 Pro or NVIDIA 7800 GTX) or equivalent integrated graphics
Memory16 GB of RAM or more
Hard Drive30 GB of continual free space and a solid-state drive
ResolutionMonitor resolution set at 1920×1080 with 100% scaling or set at a similar or higher quality
InternetA high-speed internet connection

Required

  1. x64-bit processor – not compatible with Surface Pro X or other ARM-based processors. 
  2. .NET Framework 4.7.2
  3. Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017, and 2019 (download links)

Using DISTO Devices with Xactimate desktop

Bluetooth 4.0 is required for Microsoft Windows machines as well as the DISTO device. These compatible DISTO devices require a computer with Bluetooth 4.0:

  • E7100i
  • D1
  • D2

These compatible DISTO devices require a computer with Bluetooth 4.0 and a Leica DISTO plugin:

  • E7500i
  • D810
  • S910