A fanatastic subject! I need the help of the experts as well, with the near future bringing 64-bit applications (with 'near' meaning *before* we buy our next Notebook upgrades). In my own reading & with my personal need for Adobe Photoshop still-photography graphics, I have concluded (perhaps erroneously), that AMD 64-bit Athlon is currently a leader in the price/capabilitites arena. However, like my predecessor, I worry (perhaps needlessly??) about shared graphics (such as Intel) vs. dedicated (such as some ATI video). We in the still-photos & multimedia group are on the cusp of a develping arena......and we need your help.
I would love to own the 'perfect' 12"-14" notebook for this hobby, with my *particular* plan to *routinely* do my visual work on a high-quality, secondary 23"+ widescreen monitor powered from my notebook computer. I don't know how how many others do this sort of notebook/monitor combo photography work, but i expect it will only increase. I look forward to your guidance......my sincerest thanks.
Is the athlon 64 processor good compared to pentium ht. Im not considering the m processors because battery life isnt a concern. Do the 64 bit processors work good on all multimedia applications? I am thinking on getting the hp that has the 64 processor but I think they only have It with a shared video card, or I might get the dell 8600 if the 64 bit processor isnt that good. What do you reccomend for me? I have a 1500 budget.