Laptop buying advice forum: New laptop for graphic design

by: scatteredshadows May 8, 2010 1:37 PM PDT

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New laptop for graphic design

by scatteredshadows - 5/8/10 1:37 PM

Hello folks,

Would appreciate your suggestions based on the following parameters.

SPECS:
Windows 7
I7 820 or better
8gb RAM
1gb graphics card; dont need any exotic configurations, just a relatively high performance single card
Blu-Ray ROM would be nice but not essential
320 gb, 7200 rpm HD minimum; not willing to pay a huge premium for a SSD, though I would consider paying for it if the rest of the system beats other options available.

USAGE:
Adobe CS5 (working with large RAW photos in Photoshop/Lightroom and complex Illustrator and InDesign files)
Web Design
Light 3d rendering, some video editing
Occasional gaming
Your standard web & video consumption
Will use equally at home, office and client sites

PREFERENCES:
I dont play games very often, especially networked games but when I do play, Id like good resolution and framerate even on current games. Im not looking for bleeding edge gaming performance by any means.
Would prefer lighter and a bit more expensive over heavier and a bit cheaper, but if a bigger laptop offers significantly better performance potential, Id definitely consider it. 14-16 inches would be ideal. Will consider a 17 display though.
Ideally, Id like this laptop to remain contemporary enough to perform professional design work for about three years.
Not interested in refurbished/reconditioned machines unless they offer a bulletproof warranty AND clearly superior bang for the buck.

CURRENTLY LOOKING AT:
Sony F series
Dell Studio XPS
HP dv6t Quad

What other manufacturers that compete on reliability, build and component quality?

Im looking for value, but I dont want to be cheap. I like to spend money where it makes a noticeable difference under real world conditions.

Many thanks.

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