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College/graphics/website design-proof Laptop please!

by bamberry / January 23, 2012 4:15 AM PST

Hi guys, like everyone else here, I want to get a new laptop in a couple of months.

I've done about two or so full days of research, but the options are still confusing. I seem to be finding what I DON'T want more often than something I DO want.

Here are some of the specs I would want in a laptop as far as I can tell:

Windows machine (no macs)
2nd Gen Intel Core i3 - i5
250GB or more HD
15.4"+ screen (what I have now)
Good ventilation/stays cool and quiet when placed on a table
$900 - less, no more than $1000

I'm beginning to get into graphics and web design so I use stuff like Dreamweaver and Photoshop regularly and my HP Pavilion clearly can't handle it. This also means I need a good screen and a good graphics card (which I know nothing about except that NVIDIA is good).

I tried the little laptop finders in the sticky post but they're too elementary or don't narrow my search as much as I'd like.

I'm seriously considering the Dell XPS 15 or the XPS 15z, maybe the HP Envy 15 though<span id="INSERTION_MARKER"> I'm a little weary of HP after my Pavilion. Also maybe Samsung Series 7 (screen seems a little small).

What do you guys think?

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Tough to find that. In fact, didn't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 4:20 AM PST

While most any laptop can do this, not a single laptop looks to be college proof and not one stayed cool and quiet as I ran some video decoding.

Typing this on a rather nice Samsung rc512 but what you asked for looks a bit much. Will the usual laptops do?

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by bamberry / January 23, 2012 12:50 PM PST

Thanks for the reply Bob.

I don't decode vids so I really don't know how much of a strain that is on the machine, I imagine at least some, which makes the huffing and puffing understandable. But what I have now (HP Pavilion dv6700) can't even handle screen brightness changes or a couple Firefox tabs without roaring like an animal which can't be normal. All the people at school have MacBook Pros with their screen brightness up and a bunch of apps open and those things are dead silent - I just can't understand it!

I'm not sure what you mean by "usual laptops" ...

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Maybe that's the right machine?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 1:40 PM PST
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Here I can't find any machine that met your "spec." Even MacPro's rarely make it to year 5 without a trip to the repair shop and when I run my apps (I only noted one) the fans do kick in.

This is why I wondered if the usual laptop would do OK.

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