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What laptop to buy? I need your advice!

by chabotjc2 / November 5, 2013 6:30 AM PST

Hello everyone,

So, here are my requirements and I'd like to know which laptop you would recommend.

- I'd like to have at least an i7 processor, since I do a lot of multitasking and work with photoshop and I also do some videoediting.

- good video card for photoshop and movie editing

- at least 3, ideally 4 USB ports with two being USB 3

- I travel a lot so it needs to be solid and fairly light

- could be around 14-15 inches for the screen.

- I need the keyboard to have a backlight in the dark

- Needs a SD card and a HDMI ou VGA plug since I use a projector as well.

- I'd like to have 1T for hard drive, with SSD

- 8 gig of RAM I guess should be enough.

I guess that's about it! With those requirements, what laptop would you recommend?

Thanks for your time!

JC Happy

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Rare,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 6:51 AM PST

Given fewer and fewer have 4 ports you may have to hit the phone to each maker and just ask.
Bob

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Re: 4 USB ports
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 6:56 AM PST

For normal use (keyboard, mouse, printer, USB-stick) I find a unpowered USB-hub an excellent way to transform 1 USB-port in 4 USB-ports.
It's different with USB-powered hard disks and DVD-drivers.

Kees

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You may need to compromise on sone of those
by Zouch / November 8, 2013 6:46 PM PST

As Bob said, your USB ports may be a problem and "solid and fairly light" tend not to be very compatible.
If you can't find one with an SD card slot but all else matches, a USB card reader would work well.
Laptops with two disk bays (one for the 1TB disk and one for the SSD) aren't all that common, Toshiba and ASUS do them. Unless you meant a 1 TB SSD (Samsung make one) but personally I wouldn't go down that path!

I can't really recommend a laptop that meets all your requirements but you might want to checkout one of the 15.6" gamers from ASUS or their N series, which may have most of what you want. Or there are some Lenovos that come close but at a price.

Good luck!

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What laptop to buy? I need your advice!
by uksnapper / November 8, 2013 9:00 PM PST

I also looked into this a short while back specifically as a desktop replacement for photoshop work
There are quite a few companies making dual hard / ssd drive machines that will take 16+gb of ram and use core i7 CPUs.
One of the companies that do have a good selection here in the UK is Scan.com and their gaming laptops are well specified.
remember though that for photoshop work the graphics card selection is more important than the CPU now as it does a far greater amount of the processing and need to be OpenGL 2.0-capable system
If,as others have mentioned,you cant get the right number of USB3 ports then a hub is the logical way forward.
For me I thought the best set up was an MSI 17" model but decided to put off purchase for 12 months to see which direction they go with the graphics cards as right now AMD appears to be best for Photoshop and they dont feature that often in Laptops .

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