I'm not sure if this is in the right section as this is my first post (I've hunted around so apologies if it's the wrong place), I need some advice and guidence on buying a new laptop that will run Creative Suite 5 Design Premium. I have a desktop which I use for the majority of my design work, but I need something portable for tweaking and presenting whilst on the move.
The key thing is I need it to be lightweight as I have joint problems so preferably under 1.9kg (I know that usually the smaller then the less powerful) and with a good as possible battery life. I've found two possibilities; can anyone guide me if either of these will run creative suit 5 comfortably?
HP Pavilion dm4-2101ea
Featuring Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3-2330M processor
4GB memory for top system performance
500 GB Hard Drive for storing all your digital files
35.5 cm (14.0") High-Definition LED-backlit BrightView Display
Intel® HD Graphics
Finished in Dark Umber, Brushed Aluminum
1 year, pick-up and return, warranty. Optional upgrade to 3 years accidental damage cover for peace of mind
Featuring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Integrated Webcam & Microphone
Includes HP Entry Carrying Case & HP Wireless Mobile Mouse
Sony VAIO VPCSB4C5E (VAIO SB 13 series)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
DVD disc drive
8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
33.7 cm LCD, 1366x768+webcam
No Wireless WAN
No Long-Life Battery
No security features
HD digital camera
Office 2010 Starter + Acrobat
McAfee Online Backup trial
No Imagination Studio Suite
AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6470M 512MB
1 AC Adapter
USB 2.0 x2 + USB 3.0 x1
Wireless LAN (802.11abgn)
If the HP one will run the suite ok then I'll be going for that one, as a little kinder on the budget. I've compared them myself but I'm not sure which is best to go for, also at the moment Sony are doing a deal for 8gb RAM for the inclusive price of 4gb, but only until Monday...
Any advice would be really appreciated, thank you!
Which applications are you going to be using in Creative Suite 5 Design Premium BrightEyes654? I believe the most resource intensive applications are going to be Illustrator and Photoshop but it will also depend on what type of tasks you usually complete in those programs. I might also recommend posting in each of those applications forums with your inquiry. The users in those forums regularly use the programs for the creative endeavors and would be best be able to advise what they have experienced in real world scenarios.
Ok you may also want to include what filters and effects you use as well when posting as those could be relevant. Looking at the minimum system requirements for all three applications it looks like the one problem you may run into is both systems are using an integrated graphics card. From the listed system specifications it would appear they will need to borrow memory from your main memory to use as video ram. This could greatly affect your performance with Photoshop CS5 which requires 256 megs of video ram. In fact I believe there will be features which will actually be disabled from being able to used if your graphics card does not meet the minimum requirements.
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