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by drummerboy627 / November 20, 2006 12:53 AM PST

hello everyone,
i am new to the whole laptop scene. i am going off to college next fall but i thought i might get ahead of the game by getting a laptop in the very near future.
i need a laptop that is powerful enough for both photoshop and video editing. i am definitely getting a 15.4" screen, 1gb ram, and a dedicated video card (either nvidia or ati). however, i'm not sure how laptop processors compare to desktop processors (i have a 2.53ghz p4 processor in my desktop).
i'm going to get a dual-core processor. my question is: how fast? will 1.66ghz be enough or should i go higher? also, how do the dual-core mobile processors compare with p4 desktop processors in terms of speed (i would like something that is just as fast, if not faster, than my current p4 processor).

thanks for your help,

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take a look at the mac laptops, 1GB ram and 1.7+GHz min...
by shawnlin / November 20, 2006 1:37 AM PST
In reply to: laptop help

take a look at the mac laptops.
1Gb RAM and 1.7+GHz minimum.
I recommend something like 2Gb RAM and 2Ghz - I think that'll last you a while...

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how powerfull?
by Roquediego / November 20, 2006 11:10 AM PST

with the new dual cores,is easy and good so dont worry that much about cpu, but worry about the graphics card if you are really doing hard stuff i will recomend a dell workstation with nvidia quadro video cards, if not maybe you should think in a tablet they are very good for taking notes in class.

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MacBook Pro
by Chris_Fon / November 21, 2006 1:53 AM PST
In reply to: laptop help

Looks like you have a clear idea of what you want.

Number 1 choice for your situation would be the MacBook Pro. It's slick, stylish, powerful and a pretty good price considering it's performance. It also has a decent graphics card for a laptop, and most proffesional video and photo editors currently use macs.

If you have you heart set on a non-mac laptop: Sony's new C-Series looks pretty tastey, and the case looks surprisingly like a MacBook Pro. Sony for a fairly long time has been the king of laptops, so there a gd choice.

If you want a more budget choice, HP Pavillion is pretty gd. It will handle all the stuff you want to do (assuming we arn't talking HD movie editing, while super-panoramaring a picture at the same time while playing Halo 3), but it won't give you as much street cred as the Sony or the Apple.

As for Duo vs Pentium, I dont think they make a Dual Core processor that is slower than a P4 of that speed, so anything will do. Of course, I recommend going for a Core2 Duo, or Core Duo if that isn't available. Dunno why, but i dislike Dual Core Pentium Chips.

Hope that helped!!

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Mac Book Pro
by bullardc / November 21, 2006 9:27 AM PST
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I'd go for a Mac Book Pro, not only 'cause i'm the worlds biggest apple fanboy, but it's actually a pretty good deal, and I think they've got all the jankidity sorted out.

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no more jankbooks then?
by drummerboy627 / November 22, 2006 4:54 AM PST
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so they're not jankbook pros any more? haha
i think i'm actually going to wait until i'm accepted into a school because then i can get a student discount on the no-longer-janky macbook. unfortunately, i want the 15.4" screen and that starts at $2000.
any chance they're going to cut prices at macworld?

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