The Core 2 Duo on the Centrino Duo mobile platform is slightly better than the AMD platform. It has a better battery life and heats less.
1 GB of RAM is correct for our programs. But take the 1x1024 MB option instead of the 2x512MB. You'll have a free RAM slot for a future upgrade.
If you want the best battery life, choose an integrated IGP. If you want to have the best future with 3D applications, choose a dedicated GPU. You could also play games better with a dedicated graphics solution.
A TrueLife, brightview or high-end screen with a glossy finish and a big resolution would be nice for you ( if you have good eyes ). A glossy screen will have a sharper image with better contrasts.
Sure, a big hard-drive is good. But look also at the rotation speed. A 120 GB hard-drive worths nothing if it has a 4200 RPM. A minimum of 60 GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard-drive disk is required today.
Good luck !
Hi! Any help on this question is much appreciated. I am going to be purchasing a new laptop by the end of the week and I am just not sure what to go with. I will use it for very basic photoshop stuff and lots of use of Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice recognition software). I have about 1,300 to spend.
all other factors being equal, which would be better:
Intel core 2 duo or AMD's Turion x2?
more ram or more hard drive space? (1 or 2 GB ram vs 80 or 120 GB hard drive?)
what other specs should I prioritize?
any input would be sooo good