9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 23, 2007 10:40 AM by Newsgroup_User

    OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3

    Level 7
      Hi, any input appreciated.

      Considering getting a laptop (limited budget) and was wondering if one of
      the following would be OK to run CS3 without running into problems or
      running too slow. They look to come with Vista also.

      The HP and Sony listed below have a drive that runs at 4200RPM - will this
      be an issue with CS3

      Any other off the shelf system worth considering for around these prices?

      HP Pavilion dv6565us ($1099)

      Processor Brand: Intel

      Processor Class: Core 2 Duo Processor

      Processor Number: T5250

      Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz

      Front Side Bus: 667 MHz

      Mobile Technology: Centrino

      L2 Cache Size: 2 MB

      Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM

      Installed Memory: 2 GB

      Total Hard Drive Capacity: 200 GB

      Drive Controllers: SATA-150

      Rotational Speed: 4200 RPM

      Optical Drives: LightScribe Double Layer DVD+/-RW SuperMulti Drive:

      Create a DVD Writable at a maximum 8X Write speed

      Other speed specifications are not available from the manufacturer

      Video Chipset: Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100

      Total Available Graphics Memory (Vista): 384 MB

      Resolution: 1280 x 800

      Screen Size: 15.4 in

      Port Connectors: 3 x Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0

      2 x Audio - Headphone-out

      1 x Audio - Microphone-in

      1 x Video - VGA (15-pin)

      1 x Video - TV-Out (S-Video)

      1 x RJ-11 Modem

      1 x RJ-45 Ethernet LAN

      1 x Notebook Expansion Port 3

      1 x IEEE-1394 FireWire (4-pin)

      Network Support: Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

      Wireless Protocol: 802.11a

      802.11g

      draft 802.11n



      or



      Sony VAIO FZ140E/B ($1299)

      Processor Brand: Intel

      Processor Class: Core 2 Duo Processor

      Processor Number: T7100

      Processor Speed: 1.8 GHz

      Front Side Bus: 800 MHz

      Mobile Technology: Centrino

      L2 Cache Size: 2 MB

      System Chipset: Intel GM965 Express

      Memory Speed: PC2-5300 (667MHz)

      Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM

      Installed Memory: 2 GB

      Maximum Memory: 4 GB

      Memory Slots Total: 2

      Memory Slots Available: 0

      Total Hard Drive Capacity: 200 GB

      Drive Controllers: SATA-150

      Video Chipset: Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100

      Total Available Graphics Memory (Vista): 358 MB

      Network Support: Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

      Wireless Protocol: 802.11a

      802.11b

      802.11g

      draft 802.11n



      or



      Toshiba Satellite A205-S4797 ($999)

      Processor Brand: Intel

      Processor Class: Core 2 Duo Processor

      Processor Number: T5300

      Processor Speed: 1.73 GHz

      Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

      Mobile Technology: Centrino

      L2 Cache Size: 2 MB

      System Chipset: Intel 945GM Express

      Memory Speed: PC2-5300 (667MHz)

      Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM

      Installed Memory: 2 GB

      Maximum Memory: 4 GB

      Memory Slots Total: 2

      Total Hard Drive Capacity: 160 GB

      Drive Controllers: SATA-150

      Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM

      Video Chipset: Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950

      Shared Video RAM (Max): 256 MB

      Network Support: Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

      Wireless Protocol: 802.11a

      802.11b

      802.11g


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        • 1. Re: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
          Level 7

          > The HP and Sony listed below have a drive that runs at 4200RPM - will this
          > be an issue with CS3

          HD speeds are important if you are doing lots of video editing and/or huge
          photoshop file editing.

          But for web dev...it shouldn't matter.

          > Any other off the shelf system worth considering for around these prices?

          Yes. Consider a MacBook. With Parallels, you then have one laptop that can
          run OSX, Linux and XP/Vista all at the same time. A really nice tool for any
          web developer.

          Personally, I've had issues with Sony and Toshiba laptops (and Dell) but, I
          imagine everyone has had probelms with one brand or anther at one time.
          Haven't had an HP laptop, but have been amazed at how well my el-cheapo HP
          desktop has held up.

          -Darrel



          • 2. Re: OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
            Dooza (Steve) Level 2
            I would leave Vista well alone, stick with XP, it works very well, the extensions for CS3 work well for XP, but not all of them work well on Vista. Vista needs much more from your machine than XP does.

            My Dell Inspirion 6000 has lasted me very well over the last 3 years, apart from the battery being 100% dead, but thats my own fault for leaving it in whilst using it on the mains all the time.

            Steve
            • 3. Re: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
              Level 7
              Thanks

              A macbook is an option, but I would need to get XP or Vista software that
              would then add to the cost. Mt current XP software was pre-installed and so
              will probably not transfer to the mac.

              also does Windows version of CS3 run just as well on parallels?



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              "darrel" <notreal@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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              >
              >> The HP and Sony listed below have a drive that runs at 4200RPM - will
              >> this
              >> be an issue with CS3
              >
              > HD speeds are important if you are doing lots of video editing and/or huge
              > photoshop file editing.
              >
              > But for web dev...it shouldn't matter.
              >
              >> Any other off the shelf system worth considering for around these prices?
              >
              > Yes. Consider a MacBook. With Parallels, you then have one laptop that can
              > run OSX, Linux and XP/Vista all at the same time. A really nice tool for
              > any web developer.
              >
              > Personally, I've had issues with Sony and Toshiba laptops (and Dell) but,
              > I imagine everyone has had probelms with one brand or anther at one time.
              > Haven't had an HP laptop, but have been amazed at how well my el-cheapo HP
              > desktop has held up.
              >
              > -Darrel
              >
              >
              >


              • 4. Re: OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                Level 7
                Agree on the vista issue - but there are not many 'off the shelf' systems
                that are still being offered with XP

                Limited mainly to compusa where I am located.

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                "Doooza" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                >I would leave Vista well alone, stick with XP, it works very well, the
                > extensions for CS3 work well for XP, but not all of them work well on
                > Vista.
                > Vista needs much more from your machine than XP does.
                >
                > My Dell Inspirion 6000 has lasted me very well over the last 3 years,
                > apart
                > from the battery being 100% dead, but thats my own fault for leaving it in
                > whilst using it on the mains all the time.
                >
                > Steve
                >


                • 5. Re: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                  Level 7
                  > A macbook is an option, but I would need to get XP or Vista software that
                  > would then add to the cost.

                  Yea, though XP is pretty cheap.

                  I really wish Apple would offer a laptop with Parallels and XP
                  pre-installed. I think they'd get more than a few folks choosing that
                  option.

                  > Mt current XP software was pre-installed and so will probably not transfer
                  > to the mac.

                  Hard to say, as MS has so many variations on their licenses. However, you
                  SHOULD be able to just transfer the license, even if you may have to find a
                  new intall disk.

                  > also does Windows version of CS3 run just as well on parallels?

                  You'll take a small performance hit, though you could just run XP/Vista
                  natively in dual-boot mode.

                  -Darrel


                  • 6. Re: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                    Level 7
                    Thanks again - I'l look into it

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                    "darrel" <notreal@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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                    >> A macbook is an option, but I would need to get XP or Vista software that
                    >> would then add to the cost.
                    >
                    > Yea, though XP is pretty cheap.
                    >
                    > I really wish Apple would offer a laptop with Parallels and XP
                    > pre-installed. I think they'd get more than a few folks choosing that
                    > option.
                    >
                    >> Mt current XP software was pre-installed and so will probably not
                    >> transfer to the mac.
                    >
                    > Hard to say, as MS has so many variations on their licenses. However, you
                    > SHOULD be able to just transfer the license, even if you may have to find
                    > a new intall disk.
                    >
                    >> also does Windows version of CS3 run just as well on parallels?
                    >
                    > You'll take a small performance hit, though you could just run XP/Vista
                    > natively in dual-boot mode.
                    >
                    > -Darrel
                    >


                    • 7. Re: OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                      Level 7
                      > Agree on the vista issue - but there are not many 'off the shelf' systems
                      > that are still being offered with XP

                      I think Dell is offering XP on all systems due to customer demand.

                      -Darrel


                      • 8. Re: OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                        Level 7
                        Just checked for a 1520 and they are only offering Vista on the USA site and
                        the Puerto Rico site (which is probably the one I would need to use).

                        Thanks for the suggestion

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                        "darrel" <notreal@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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                        >> Agree on the vista issue - but there are not many 'off the shelf' systems
                        >> that are still being offered with XP
                        >
                        > I think Dell is offering XP on all systems due to customer demand.
                        >
                        > -Darrel
                        >


                        • 9. Re: OT: Laptop Spec Opinions on these 3
                          Level 7

                          > Just checked for a 1520 and they are only offering Vista on the USA site
                          > and
                          > the Puerto Rico site (which is probably the one I would need to use).

                          Another reason to go with the macbook. ;o)

                          We're an all-MS shop here at work and even die-hard long-time MS adherents
                          are having a really hard time justifying the VISTA and Office 2007 upgrades.
                          It's a whole lot of nothing it seems.

                          -Darrel