Hi all, I need to buy a notebook for intensive use with Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator.
Can you recommend me a good notebook for a budget of around $900 ?
What do you think of HP PAVILION DV6-6178SL ?
Thanks to all,
Noel you old dinosaur! Norton IS is supposed to be the business with the 2012 version. Review I completely understand your stance on it, and it was resource hogging bloatware for years, but I understand it is a class leader now. Having said that, I am not sure I would put it _my_ computers.
The OP's link says the notebook has a couple of USB3 ports, so a USB3 external drive is an option, although you obviously lose the mobility which we have to assume he needs or why choose a notebook. Just don't try and win some scratch space by partioning the C:\ drive. This link is from the Premiere Pro hardware forum, but mostly valid.
The recovery partition is different of course, and a feature I found very handy when rescuing a friends Toshiba laptop recently. With the Toshiba, I think I had to hold down the 'o' key while booting to return the laptop to it's out of the box state.
RRRRarrrghhhh! And proud of it! I just unboxed a new-old-stock 30 year old Digital LK250 keyboard because I won't settle for less. Some things are just the best even though they're not new.
Respect has to be earned - easily lost, it's not so easily regained. Reviews are worth every penny paid for the pixels they're printed with. I think I need to stop hearing from actual users for whom Norton causes problems a bit longer before I'll be convinced.
I recommend what works for me. Avast overdelivers, and all you really need is their free antivirus package. They keep the free package every bit as up to date as that feature in the full security suite, and I found that with their full package I didn't really need another firewall (the Windows firewall is already good), and I didn't really want their anti-spam solution (I have several other layers which work great). What's left? The real-time shields you can get from them for free. And it really doesn't ever get in the way of doing what you want to do.
Strange things can happen with AV. I decided to switch from Avast to MS Security Essentials, mostly because it's anti-virus and anti-spyware in one package, very convenient.
The first thing I noticed was that it intercepted panel handling in Photoshop, giving a half-second lag, even if it was just switching a layer off or on. Everything else was unaffected.
So I put Photoshop in the exclude list (throwing in Br, ID and Ai for good measure), and haven't noticed any problems since.
D Fosse wrote:
switch ... to MS Security Essentials
Avast is anti-malware of all types, but it doesn't matter that much... The switch you made is coming for us all - Microsoft is building their anti-malware solution into every version of Windows 8 except Server.
Noel Carboni wrote:
Avast is anti-malware of all types
Indeed it is, had to go check. It wasn't when I first got it (the free version) - but since then I just upgraded as they came without looking too closely. That's what you get for not paying attention.
I don't really pay much attention to it anyway. I practice safe surfing (AKA use your head), and have had exactly one "ping" in the last couple of years. That was on Andrew Rodney's site, of all places, so I wasn't too worried.
Excellent strategy, and one I follow as well. Anti-malware should be no more than a safety net. Once in a blue moon Avast will tell me that a site on the wild internet I might visit has malware, but I wouldn't have gotten it anyway, since I've turned off execution of ActiveX for all but my trusted sites. IE has a good security model for that, which is one of the reasons I stick with it.
So I was reading over your post, and even though this is older and has to do with CS5, I have some information for CS6 that will be relevant to your question now that it is time to upgade the software. In general Photoshop has always been more about RAM than Processing power, though that is important too. Until CS5 it could never quite take advantage of what multi-core processors really had to offer, and even the graphics card didn't really effect much of it outside of certain features and the 3D optio
Now that is no longer true and Adobe can effeciently use all aspects of the computer to give you much better performance.
So much so that I was able to buy a brand New ASUS with the following specs:
Dual Core 2.2GHz Processors
8GB of RAM (4GB original to the machine)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OS
320GB HDD w/ 5400RPM
This machine not only runs photoshop CS6 and Launches in less than 5 Seconds... it can run Premier and After Effects as well, and this Laptop cost me less than $400 (on sale at Best Buy 2 Weeks Ago. You don't have to buy something this cheap, but isn't it great that you can and still run Master Collection effectively?
You can read my details on how to buy a Photoshop CS6 Laptop, what specs you need, comparison between Mac and PC and watch the video of my Photoshop Speed Test by reading this article:
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