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Old 10-20-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
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I need to buy a new laptop for photoshop and video editing type stuff for school. Anyone hav eany pointers on what to look for, or good deals at any of the chain stores that would carry what you might suggest? I'm looking to get away with as cheap as I can, but not have the rendering and all that take forever. Are the laptops I've seen for under a $1000 able to perform well enough or would they be hiccuping too much. Definitly don't want to go over $1500.

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Old 10-20-2006, 04:22 PM   #2
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I can't tell you where, but I can tell you what. You need RAM - and lots of it. Nothing less than 1 GB is going to cut it - and that's a minimum.

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Old 10-20-2006, 04:50 PM   #3
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Even though their tech support is lousy, you can't beat Dell for prices on laptops. Watch deal sites like dealnews.com for a good laptop deal.

rdwj is right though, you're going to need a pretty beefy machine to do that kind of work. For $1500 you can probably do pretty well though, if you catch a deal.

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:03 PM   #4
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Man, Dell used to have great support but like ryser said that's your best place in my opinion as well. Watch their "bargain" area. Last spring I got my daughter this one for $943 (awesome deal)

Intel Duo Core processor (1.6 ghz)
15.4 wide screen
1gb dual channel ram
intel graphics media accelerator video
80g HD
8x CD/DVD burner
Wireless network (and wired)
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2yr full warranty; at home service.

List was $1429. Watch them at month end and if you don't need it right away; year end when they really start offering deals.

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:08 PM   #5
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I got a phenomenal deal from Dell on my desktop not too long ago, and I've seen some nice bargains on laptops as well. I know their service repuation is in the crapper right now, but they've invested a lot of money in trying to fix that (don't know if they really have or not). They're hurting right now, so it wouldn't surprise me to see some more really good bargains through the end of the year.

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:16 PM   #6
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cheap and video editing usually don't go together. you may want to look at a Mac laptop which are $$$. If not, go with Dell. Compaq sucks and they merged with HP a while back. Sony makes some nice laptops (but do a search for the recent battery recall). I don't have a laptop but I used to sell them.

EDIT: if you can, wait until after Xmas for better deals

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:21 PM   #7
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Most creative industries are on Macs. These days most things can be done on both platforms, but you should make sure your choice matches what you want to do eventually.

If you want to be in a creative industry - better get used to Macs. If you're going to do anything else or creative work in the business world, Mac experience is as worthless as a 3 dollar bill - they're ALL PC.

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Oh - I didn't read his msg very well on the photo/video stuff. Laptops and that type of work rarely go well together too. I'm business, not graphics so can't help.

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:34 PM   #9
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Laptops and that type of work rarely go well together too.
That's very true. I do limited graphics on my laptop. For anything detailed, you'd want that nice big screen. I'm sure the same applies for video.
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I have never been able to usa any memory-hog programs well on a laptop. RAM is definitely an issue, as is hard drive and inter bus speeds. Laptops generally skimp on all these things - and even a gig of ram on a laptop doesn't go nearly as far as a gig on a decent desktop. Plus you have the screen size issue - not happy w/ graphics.

If you are planni gon running Photoshop (DEFINITELY Adobe Creative Suite....total memory glutton), AutoCAD, 3dsMax, really anything along the graphics lines you are going to be dissapointed with the performance on a lapton no mater what you spend, especially for around $1000. A $500 desktop would perform as good, if not better, than a $1200 laptop. Kind of sucks, but I'd really think about the portability vs. performance thing before commiting to a laptop.

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