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 03/23/2005 07:42 PM
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harleybro
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Well I myself don't know much of anything about laptops. I have a friend that is looking on purchasing one. Graphics will be highly important do to this person being into graphic arts. Any suggestions or comments appreciated.

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 03/24/2005 03:03 AM
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Well, my first instinct would be to tell you (wince), get a mac.

Honestly though, what type of "graphic arts?" Graphic design? Architecture? Art? Digital Photography? The only one that really trumps the mac suggestion is Architecture as most of the software that is industry specific is also PC specific.

(Check out www.anandtech.com's mac section and read some of the articles. They will make even a hardcore mac hater (formerly me) re-asses their possitions.)

That being said...

What software is your friend to be using? This is an important question because one brand of graphics card is better at one thing and another is better at another.

But, a basic suggestion would be a relatively new PCI-e notebook with Nvidia graphics. ATI (the other brand) has a lower level PCI notebook graphics card involved and though they recently released a newer one it isn't in any notebooks I've seen yet. In general, the higher the numbers the better. With ATI look for x800, with Nvidia look for 6800. Other than that AMD or Pentium 4 is a good match. Stay away from pentium M because of their poor Multimedia performance. You'll get better battery life and a slightly less warm lap with an AMD Desktop Replacement than with a Pentium 4 (though that is a generalization). See a good review site (like Anandtech) for benchmarking info and battery life - or pick up a good computer magazine. All the AMD64 processors will also give you upgradability to 64bit OS's and software - not all the Intel Pentium solutions will.

Lastly, if you can wait a month or two more you could pick up one of the first Turion 64 notebooks. You get all the performance benefits of 64bit computing, AMD Athlon performance, and the battery life of the Centrino products from Intel.

Give us a bit more specific information if you want more info, and Good luck.

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If you want 3DSM go nVidia.

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 03/24/2005 07:16 AM
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I think you should consider the screen also. Sony has some of the best screens I've seen, high resolutions up to 1920xXXXX in some notebooks. I know Acer recently has been given awards for their LCD screens which their higher end models use in their laptops. Fujitsu screens are alright. But going mac is a consideration, but I think graphics design is quickly becoming comprobable between macs and pcs, it just there is better software for macs is all.
 03/24/2005 09:12 AM
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Hey thanks for the replies! I will have to find out more info and will post again when I do.

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