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Old 01-06-2008, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a laptop for school. But since I'm getting a laptop for school, I should just go ahead and get one that will allow me to do alot of photoshop editing and uploading my pics via my camera. I want a laptop that will run PS CS3 smooth and if I can play a little CoD4/WoW, I won't mind.

I had my eye on this Acer Aspire, but I read the 8400M G doesn't run games well and the negative reviews about the touch pad is disheartening. My absolute limit is $1200 but I'd prefer below $1000. Screen should be 14", 14.1" or 15.4" and battery life should be at 3Hrs+ if possible.

No Apple or HP/Compaq.

Thats it. Hope I get more help here than another forum where I asked this.
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well to be honest you aren't going to get a super gfx card from a sub 1000 dollar laptop, and also are you really going to be doing a lot with a touch pad if you are gaming and using cs3?

also why no apple?
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I'll just say I like Windows and avoid anybody posting about how great Apple is or how bad Windows/Vista is to them.

I don't want a super graphics card, but I'd like to know what I'm getting and get the best bang for my money. If you have any laptop suggestions I'd love to hear them.

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ok, well before I got off on lappy hunting spree are you looking to go to a store and pick one up and try it out first, or are you looking to get one customized like from dell/toshiba or buy one online like from newegg?

also a bit off the point, but are you going to college? and if so where and what are you studying? (if you don't mind me asking)
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This is one of the few high performance laptops under $1000.

The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

The 8600mGT should have no problem with wow or CS3 and should be able to play cod4 with decent settings.

Also this Asus laptop has a good specs and an HD2600 512mb graphics card but its right at the limit when it comes to price.

Newegg.com - ASUS F3 Series F3KA-A1 NoteBook AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60(2.00GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 - Retail
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Yeah I'm going to college. I've been out of school for about 3 years, so I'm starting easy with Ivy Tech for a year, then IUS for a year, and then IU.

I'll buy online or retail, doesn't make a big difference. If I can try it, thats fine, but if not I'll buy online. I'm not a huge Dell fan for many reasons, but I'll see what I come up with.

Gaming isn't my primary concern. I just need to run Photoshop CS3, upload my photos via camera to the laptop, unzip fast, and watch movies/tv shows.

I really like the ASUS especially the 8-in-1 card reader, but I wonder if it reads CompactFlash, and it doesn't say how long battery life is.

What type of Battery should I get for this laptop, if I do buy it? Will any battery work with any laptop?
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I need to pick a laptop today or tommorrow.

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A laptop that is good at gaming should also be good at photoshop CS3.The only issue with dedicated graphics on a laptop is it will negatively impact battery life. I could not find out if the Asus laptops memory card reader supports compact flash but since it is an 8 in 1 I would guess that it does but I am not sure.You can always get a usb memory card reader if it does not support compact flash.
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What batteries can I use on this laptop?
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