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Laptop for a Photo-journalist

by ky26 / January 30, 2007 10:02 PM PST


My neighbour is a photo-journalist and is currently looking into updating her computer to a laptop. What she is looking for is something that is portable, has a high dedicated graphics card (ideally around the 254 mark) with a lot of memory, a big hard disc and a reasonablely sized screen.

We have being looking at the latitudes on the dell site for Ireland, but they don't seem to have the necessary specs. I am also looking at the dell XPS, but I don't think that they are suitable.

Can anyone make a suggestion. It has to be a laptop as she expects to travel a good bit this year to Africa.


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Extra information
by ky26 / January 30, 2007 10:04 PM PST

What I should have also said is that she is not interested in an apple machine at the current time.


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Just a comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 10:19 PM PST

I'm unsure how video memory in the 254 (256) megabytes relates to video quality. As an electronics designer I can see how the RAMDAC quality will affect display colors and how 3D cards use that extra memory but for 2D pictures you don't need much more than 4 megabytes.

Tell me how you came to needing this much video ram.

"a big hard disc and a reasonablely sized screen"

Since one can see what drives are offered as well as screen sizes, why not just pick your size?


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by ky26 / January 30, 2007 11:37 PM PST
In reply to: Just a comment.

The 256mb graphics card spec. is what I was told.


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Dig deeper. For example at 1024 x 768, how much RAM for...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 11:51 PM PST
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A 24 bit color picture? That is 8 bits per RGB color.

I 2,359,296 bytes or just over 2 megabytes. How would a display of a picture need more than 4 megabytes?

Again, that 256MB RAM for video might be needed for a video game but not photos and not video playback or editing.


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