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Good Notebook for Graphic Designers?

by urieilam / January 7, 2006 11:20 AM PST


I'm looking for some buying tips for a new notebook (my first). i've decided to go for a pc (after having worked on a mac for the last few years), and could really use some suggestions on which to choose.

about the specs: i want a minimum of a 15" screen (preferably high resolution like wxga+ and not the shiny kind), 1.7 ghz, 1 gb ram, and a 60 gb hard disk). weight and size are a little less important, but what really is is that the computer's reliable, has an excellent screen and multitasks well - i run alot of graphic programs (like the adobe suite and flash) at the same time.

oh, and of course, the price, around 1500$

has anyone had some good or bad experiences with computers in this kind of range? which to run to or steer clear of?

thanks alot,


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Try the HP DV4000
by lappyhappy / January 7, 2006 12:54 PM PST

Take a look at the HP DV4000. You can get one of these at spec'd out pretty well at around $1300. Make sure you get the option ATI x700 graphics card as this will be better for graphics. This is about the best bang for the buck laptop you can get right now in my opinion. Check out reviews of this at Good luck!

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by Fredrick_NP / January 7, 2006 1:47 PM PST
In reply to: Try the HP DV4000

You may want to check out the Dell 9300. Is has a screen that is slightly larger screen then the dv4000's. (Also the 4000's screen has a 200:1 contrast ratio and is a little dark)

You can get the nvidia 6800 go on it too. Which actually... (unless you want to play games) will probobly be more then you need.

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dell 9300
by urieilam / January 7, 2006 7:49 PM PST
In reply to: Also...

i've heard that the dell 9300 has some problems with the screen (light escaping from the bottom and darkness at the the corners)
has anyone seen that?

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