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August 23, 2012 6:01:48 PM

I am looking for a new work laptop that can be used for Adobe Photoshop CS6, InDesign and Illustrator for designing print materials and logos.

In terms of budget, something under $2000 would be preferred, but the most important consideration is being able to work with large files without having the laptop slow down at all.

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within one week

Budget Range:
<$2500 with OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Photoshop CS6, InDesign, Illustrator (I'm doing website design, print materials and logos, so I need something that can handle large, multi-layer files during rendering)

Are you buying a monitor:
No

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Ordering through Dell

Location:
Vancouver, Canada

Parts Preferences:
Intel, preferably.

Overclocking:
No.

SLI:
No.

Specs:
(Based off of the Dell Latitude E6520 model)

PROCESSOR: 3rd gen Intel Core i5-2540M Processor 2.6 GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

MEMORY: 8 GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM

HARD DRIVE: 500GB 7200rpm Hard Drive

GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia NVS 4200M 512MB DDR3

OPTICAL DRIVE: 8X DVD+/-RW

LCD DISPLAY: 15.6" HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare LED-backlit

WIRELESS CARDS: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11n Half Mini Card

Total: Approximately $1800

Is the Nvidia 4200M needed to use Photoshop well?

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a b D Laptop
August 23, 2012 9:05:24 PM

Why would you pay $2K on a laptop and buy Dell crap? Go with a boutique vendor like Falcon Northwest or Origin, or even go with the Clevo / Sager laptops - they make laptops that would blow away anything you can get from Dell any day of the week.
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August 23, 2012 9:08:22 PM

I totally understand, and if it were up to me I would go the route you are talking about. But, my company is leasing the computers and have decided to go with Dell.
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a b D Laptop
August 23, 2012 9:14:22 PM

treynolds said:
I totally understand, and if it were up to me I would go the route you are talking about. But, my company is leasing the computers and have decided to go with Dell.


Yeah that's always a problem. The bad thing is that laptop CPUs and GPUs are always nowhere near their desktop equivalents. And Dell usually waters them down with no room to upgrade later on. An i7 will definitely be a better option for CS5 than an i5 will.
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August 23, 2012 9:17:25 PM

So, I should change out the i5 for an i7 and keep the 4200m?
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a b D Laptop
August 23, 2012 10:59:53 PM

treynolds said:
So, I should change out the i5 for an i7 and keep the 4200m?


I'd definitely say yes but I don't really know much about laptop GPUs - especially the professional ones.
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August 24, 2012 2:58:29 AM

Ok, thanks, I will go with an i7 and the 4200m.
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August 24, 2012 3:00:14 AM

Best answer selected by treynolds.
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