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Best laptop for graphics applications?

by k-leigh / March 19, 2007 7:02 AM PDT

I know software but little about hardware. I do a LOT of graphics (advertising, brochures, photo work) so I tend to have several graphics programs going at once and spend a lot of time online (no gaming at all though). My old Presario 2500 just isn't cutting it at all.....colors are off and system is MUCH too slow....the crashes are too frustrating. This thing almost went thru the window sooooooo many times!

I need something affordable (no $2,500 system please) but I need to be portable while I do my job. Any suggestions?

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Ouch, another Pentium 4 laptop?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 7:07 AM PDT

"the Intel

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Color and viewing issues?
by k-leigh / March 19, 2007 8:38 AM PDT

OK, so that may reduce crashes, but what about speed? This one is 2.66 Ghz.

More importantly, I need true WYSIWYG. With this Presario, the colors change depending on the viewing angle, but the colors are NEVER true. It's not a printer issue....that's been tested. I've been told that I need dedicated video memory. Is this true?

Is Vista a poor choice for my needs? If so, why?

Sorry, I don't mean to be naive but I haven't upgraded in years (this is a 2002 machine) because of all the info I have here, but it's time I do something about it.

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Get a Mac
by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / March 20, 2007 10:45 AM PDT

I regret to say this, but for graphics, Mac is the leader...

I personnaly hate Mac computers. The OS is simply too complicated ... But this is a question of tastes ...

You need dedicated VRAM, yes, but you need before everything a good display with a high resolution. Getting a 15.4" with the maximum resolution you can get will be nice.

XP should be a better choice than Vista for this kind of tasks, but getting Vista is better for the future. Vista is heavier to manage than XP and this can affect performances. Also graphics drivers aren`t the best on Vista.

So, for a good configuration, you should look at a Core Duo/Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM and an ATi Mobility Radeon X1400 or higher ( nVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 ).

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by steve749 / March 19, 2007 9:37 AM PDT

Get a Mac. That's my suggestion and those at an Apple store can likely help you find something within your budget for your needs.


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