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by caseypuccio / May 14, 2010 8:30 AM PDT

Hello, I just entered my major in Multi-Media Arts and Graphics and am interested in buying a new computer .... My budget is around $1,200.00 and I was looking for advice concerning the 2010 New MacBook Pro 13 inch.

Is this a suitable computer for the graphics design program or can I find something better for a more reasonalbe price...

Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory 4GB Memory
250GB hard drive1 320GB hard drive1
SD card slot SD card slot
Built-in battery (10 hours)2 Built-in battery (10 hours)2
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2010 9:28 AM PDT

That 10 hours should be 4 or 5 under such a load. And 13 inches for graphics work seems tiny.

I advise you look at a desktop for the heavy work and leave the laptop for your mobile work.

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another option
by caseypuccio / May 14, 2010 10:47 AM PDT
In reply to: DOA.

how about a Toshiba - Qosmio Laptop with Intel

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A friend has the i7 Q.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2010 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: another option

And the heat pours out of it. Battery time hits less than a hour when his kid plays a video game.

While it is nice, fast and all, a desktop for the heavy work is a better idea with the laptop for mobile work. I'm seeing too many overspend on a big laptop then rediscover what we've learned.

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2 things Bob...
by grimgraphix / May 18, 2010 12:54 AM PDT
In reply to: A friend has the i7 Q.

1 Younger eyes are not bothered by a smaller screen.

2 Portability for a student is key, although I did advise the OP to get a portable hard drive for use in the class room. It's easier to use the school's computers and just keep all your stuff on a 320 gig portable drive rather than hauling a computer to class every day.

I do agree with you about the practicality of getting a desktop though. You get more power for the dollar and a larger screen for using all the tool pallets of modern graphics and multimedia programs. Still, a student may need to work on group projects at the library, coffee shop, etc. and having a portable computer would make it possible. I was working on an extra graphics degree just 3 years ago, and having a laptop in certain cases made doing some things much easier.

That being said, I found it more easier to use school computers and store my work on a portable HD, more often than it was practical to haul my laptop with me. School computers were all over the place, and unused class rooms with computers were almost always available.

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