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  1. Gomes

    Gomes TPF Noob!

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    Not quite sure if this is the right place... But Im looking at getting a laptop/notebook. I've been using a POS e machines desktop (circa 1944) so im sure anything will be an upgrade, but id like a second opinion.

    I spend a good portion of my time outdoors, so durability is my primary concern. It will be used mostly for editing/printing/storage etc for my photo's. I shoot a lot of sports, and do most of my post production on the spot. Besides all of that, i want to keep it under $1000.


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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You should look at Computer reviews.
    http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/?tag=leftColumnArea.0

    For less than $1000 you will definitely get a Laptop that will have the power to do image editing. The biggest cost will be getting top notch editing software such as Adobe CS4.

    For durability, Panasonic makes their Toughbook series ... though they are not cheap (over $1000).

    Best to find a Computer or Laptop forum and post a message.
     
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    I have a laptop that cost me $700 Australian and it runs CS2 just fine.
     
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    Core 2 Duo
    RAM, atleast 3gb.
    Large HD?
     
  5. RyanLilly

    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That's what I would shoot for. The core 2 Duo Is the way to go. Not sure what PC's are the most durable, but whatever you get, it pretty cheap to add ram and Hard Drives yourself as long as the computer supports it.
     
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    I work in a computer networking office doing admin work part time and what our technicians recommend to everyone is either Dell laptops of any level, the HP Pavillion laptops, or the Toshiba Satellite. I would stick with machines that use Intel processors over the AMD, the latter seems to have a shorter shelf life for heavy users. I have had both Pavillions and Satellites and have enjoyed both. My first HP went dead after about 3 years of heavy use, the processor began to overheat and just would lock up at random. I can use it now but only if I keep a high powered fan behind it blowing into the machine. My Toshiba satellite was an A205 series with 4G RAM and Window Vista 64. While everyone complains about Vista being slow, I noticed no difference between Vista and XP. It was stolen in October and I am now with another Pavillion laptop, with basically the same hardware but with a faster Centrino 2 (2.2gHz vs 1.8GHz on the Satellite) processor and love it and it was just over $1100.

    Sorry for the novel, hope this helps.
     
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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    I would also recommend getting an Intel processor over the AMD, at least for a laptop. The AMD's, particularly when used with an add on video card in a laptop have serious overheating issues. Avoid the HP "DV" series like the plague, their failure rate in this regard is truly significant.
     
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    Dead thread!
     
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    IByte No longer a newbie, moving up!

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