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Architecture Student's Laptop

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
December 15, 2009 2:57:32 AM

Hey all,
I recently built a desktop with the help of the awesome community here, and I was hoping you guys could help my friend out with a laptop purchase. She is an architecture student who will mostly be using resource-heavy programs like AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop and Rhino.

1_What is your budget?
Her parents were considering getting her a MacBook, so that price range. In her own words, "as long as it's reasonable."

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Doesn't matter.

3_What screen resolution do you want?
The higher the better, since the programs she'll be using are graphics-intensive. Would sacrifice it for performance, however.

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Desktop replacement; she'll be using it mostly in her studio.

5_How much battery life do you need?
Good to have, not essential.

6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
No games.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
AutoCAD, Adobe software, Rhino

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
Doesn't matter

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
As long as possible!

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Anything that can read CD/DVD, but DVD writer would be pretty standard, no? NO BLURAY.

12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I've heard suggestions for Thinkpads (T400 for example), I just wanted some suggestions from you guys! :) 

13_What country do you live in?
United States

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
How do your Dells and HPs (and other "big names") compare to Thinkpads? I don't think she cares about displays or color accuracy, and her progs will be on Windows.

Thanks in advance!

- Chan
a b D Laptop
December 15, 2009 3:40:28 AM

Lenovo W500 will kick the crap out of a Mac for graphics work. The professional GPU will be much better than the 9600 in the Mac.