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what laptop is best for an artist?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by cat, Jul 20, 2006.

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  1. cat

    cat Newbie

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    I'm an artist looking for a new laptop and my head is spinning from all the info.
    I need someone in the know to point me in the right direction or better yet show me the right one. I know a lot of artist use Apple but I've always used PC's. Help please.
    thanks, c

    1) What is your budget?
    under $1,500 (hopefully)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    b or c -around 14 or 15 for weight issues

    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen


    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    photo edit,storage, music, movie/tv watching, graphics, possible video edit, all things artsy...also the regulars - book keeping, letters, surfing...

    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk? Not on many long trips, mainly around town or to clients homes.

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    no games, but like the speed gamers have

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    no, quality, durability, cost are more important, better customer service maybe

    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    not sure 5 maybe

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    I'm kind of tactile, I would like to know how it feels, maybe see it or something close in a store then buy online, once again $ rules if it's less expensive online...online wins

    9) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in? u.s.

    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen? wide

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    widescreen, but I don't know the difference between them. something good for pictures and movies

    Standard
    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    Widescreen
    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.


    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No
    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    asap
    at least 5 or more years

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 120GB?
    as much as I can get, mainly for storage

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
    Yes DVD-CD/RW I want to burn any dvd and cd

    * I want built in TV tuner and fast wireless
    * While I"m asking questions.. Got any ideas on great printers for large Photos and regular word printing, with scanner, copy combo. Or is the combo thing a bad idea?

    thanks
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

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  3. ejl

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    i think the fujitsu e8210 would be a good choice. fujitsu is reputed for having gorgeous glossy screens. maybe even the sony fe.
     
  4. HyperBaton

    HyperBaton Notebook Guru

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    I'd say MacBook or even a PowerBook. Mac OS X is an awesome operating system for all the things you list... The only thing that keeps me from buying one is the occasional gaming and certain specialised Windows-only applications I need for school.
     
  5. lilredfoxie

    lilredfoxie Notebook Evangelist

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    Inspiron E1505, or try a Tablet PC if you want to do digital coloring and such.
     
  6. kamikazefly

    kamikazefly Notebook Consultant

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    100%. seriously. for all you are doing. apple generally blows windows out of the water. and im speaking from first hand experince. i have same interests as you. as for certain windows applications. but (and correct me if iam wrong) arent you capable to now put windows in a mac? using that program...whats it called? something boot....danm..cant rememerb. anyway. you can install windows on a mac now...as far as my research skills confirm.
     
  7. chris2pher71

    chris2pher71 Notebook Evangelist

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    bootcamp. Thats the program ur thinking of.
     
  8. cat

    cat Newbie

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    Thanks for all the help! :)
    I'm wondering if a amd 64 dual core mobile pross is the way i should narrow the search or if it really matters.
    If it doesn't, i lean toward dell, prices, except for it's customer service reputation holds me back alittle.
    I like the idea of apple but the price is alittle more, and i've heard they can make it harder for music transfering outside of apple stuff.
    the hp that chaz suggested looks great but can a tv tuner be added to that notebook.
    If I'm calling something by the wrong name, sorry I'm really green when it comes to this stuff, but i'm trying to learn, thanks again for all the advice.
     
  9. HyperBaton

    HyperBaton Notebook Guru

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    They are pricey, but like I said, try to look for a PowerBook. Here in Europe you can get em for a very nice price since the MacBook has come out. And they are still plenty speedy for what you want.

    I can't really follow you on the music thingy, but when it comes to anything related to music, you have nothing to fear with an Apple laptop. For example I have yet to see a DJ live-act with a non-Apple laptop :) And I see a lot of 'em heh.
     
  10. Charles P. Jefferies

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    Not to the dv6000z because it doesn't have an option for Media Center, but the HP dv5000t does and it has an optional tuner.
     
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