I originally posted this in the 'Downloading, Installing, Setting Up > Discussions' forum and have been sent here to see if anyone may be able to help; 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 mainly use Photoshop, Illustrator and some InDesign, working to real size (usually under and up to A3, sometimes larger)
I've found two possibilities; can anyone guide me if either of these will run comfortably for what I need?
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
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 go for that one, as a little kinder on the budget. I've compared them myself but I'm not sure if the HP would be sufficient or if the sony would be wasting money when somethign cheaper will do the job? Though 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!