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Old 01-19-2011, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like anyone or everyones humble opinion on a laptop. I am looking at getting one for graphics, website building, and media type applications. I am novice. I am willing to spend $5,000 or less for the laptop, anyone out there give me any advice? I like Dell. Idk...Ideas? Thanks.
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For graphics? Get a Mac. If you are going to school for this, you will get accustomed with it. Get a MacBook Pro. What screen size are you looking for? 15" will probably be a good comparison from size to weight.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I partial on not getting a Mac. I am looking at performance, 2010 Office, Memory, and value....
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Sorry, but Macs have a bigger graphical performance over any Windows computer at that price range. You can get Office 2010/2011 for Mac. They all come with 4GB RAM, all you'll need. Apple is a very reputable company. They make many things from computers, mp3 players to cell phones.

I am no fan of Macs myself, but for graphic work, the Mac will give you the best performance than any Windows laptop.
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Sorry, but Macs have a bigger graphical performance over any Windows computer at that price range.
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I am no fan of Macs myself, but for graphic work, the Mac will give you the best performance than any Windows laptop.
I can't say how much I disagree with those 2 statements. I've worked for a Print Shop (Pre-Press) and a Sign Shop where most of the other employees used Macs. My PC ruled at both jobs, anything a Mac can do my PC can do better.
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Honestly I say go with a high end Precision. You could go 4500 or 6500.

This one has few to no competitors.
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For a novice though I might start with something more like my 4500.
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Guess that's just from my point of view. O.o

I always knew Macs to be the better end of graphics. But maybe nowadays, Intel/AMD is up to par with it.

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Guess that's just from my point of view. O.o

I always knew Macs to be the better end of graphics. But maybe nowadays, Intel/AMD is up to par with it.

Ignore me.
Well Intel is now powering Macs so I can see where you're coming from.
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If you're going to be moving the laptop around a lot (in a backpack or otherwise), I would say go with a MacBook Pro. They are very, very robust. But I have personally never handled a $5,000 PC laptop... So I guess I'm a little biased
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Forgot to mention that, iFargle, but also true.
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