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    Hi,
    Need advice.

    Am thinking of getting myself a laptop this coming IT show..

    Was wondering is there any laptop out there capable of the following

    1) Running Photoshop ( windows based ) with great ease
    2) Has a wacom touch screen
    3) Long battery life
    4) Does not overheat.
    5) Swiveling screen.

    thanks in advance for any help.

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    I think having a wacom-level screen is something you'll need to keep dreaming about. Touchscreen is easily possible with HP and Toshiba, but a Wacom? Nope.

    Other than that, your specs are a bit contradictory. You'll want a big screen with a good color gamut, good performance and you also want long battery life AND does not overheat? Dream on, I'd say... You'll need to reduce your battery life expectancy if you want a big screen and good performance.

    My suggestion is to get a macbook pro for your photoshop work with a separate wacom tablet. Or a Sony FW.
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    Yah... maybe what Rashkae suggested would be a better choice, TS.
    I was about to say MacBook Pro but I saw your requirement that you needed Windows OS.
    In my opinion, seriously, if it has to be long battery life and does no overheat, maybe a swivelling screen can't be part of it. But a sturdy one - sure, get Lenovo (ex IBM) Thinkpad higher end series. Or even a MacBook Pro, if you don't mind Mac OS. Then get a Wacom Bamboo Fun externally.

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    long battery life...how a bout just connect it to an external...no need batt at all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by limwhow View Post
    But a sturdy one - sure, get Lenovo (ex IBM) Thinkpad higher end series.
    Oooh, good thing you reminded me of Lenovo. They have this:

    http://shopap.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary...FFA7D7ADF7FE5B

    The W500 has a built-in mini wacom tablet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Oooh, good thing you reminded me of Lenovo. They have this:

    http://shopap.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary...FFA7D7ADF7FE5B

    The W500 has a built-in mini wacom tablet.
    Eh... I was trying to search for the built-in Wacom tablet on the W500 as well as the W700 on your link. But can't seem to find it... Let me try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Oooh, good thing you reminded me of Lenovo. They have this:

    http://shopap.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary...FFA7D7ADF7FE5B

    The W500 has a built-in mini wacom tablet.
    Hefty price tag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limwhow View Post
    Eh... I was trying to search for the built-in Wacom tablet on the W500 as well as the W700 on your link. But can't seem to find it... Let me try again.
    look at the red dot on the tablet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Hefty price tag.
    Well, it's the closest thing to his specs.
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    Yes, saw it. The wacom tablet is tiny lah 120x80, and is only available on the more expensive W700.
    But ok. I would say for it's portability, can buy.
    But understanding how Wacom works - I'd rather get an external Wacom Bamboo Fun with a bigger area for more efficient control.

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    All I can say is that Lenovo and Fujitsu laptops don't come cheap.

    If you're looking for a laptop for everyday use for work and other personal things, get a Lenovo or Fujitsu.
    It's more durable.

    If you're want a slightly cheaper and not for so much usage, just Photoshop, get a HP or Compaq laptop.
    Photoshop works well for me on my Compaq laptop.

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    Hi all,
    thanks..

    W700 looks real cool..... but the price even more cool....
    even if buy on installment basis, its still quite a large sum per month.....

    really spoilt for choice...

    meanwhile, HP or compaq....which are the good ones for photoshop?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrum88 View Post
    Hi all,
    thanks..

    W700 looks real cool..... but the price even more cool....
    even if buy on installment basis, its still quite a large sum per month.....

    really spoilt for choice...

    meanwhile, HP or compaq....which are the good ones for photoshop?

    cheers
    Just get one with a big screen and a good, dual-core CPU. Upgrade your RAM.

    The Sony FW series is good too. high-res screen and you can get a model with a blu-ray writer for backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Just get one with a big screen and a good, dual-core CPU. Upgrade your RAM.

    The Sony FW series is good too. high-res screen and you can get a model with a blu-ray writer for backup.

    What is the minimum RAM that good to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalib View Post
    What is the minimum RAM that good to go?
    Depends on your file sizes, but I recommend at least 4GB.
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    If i'm really into graphics editing, i will just get a macbook pro. If it's windows based, any laptop with at least a core 2 duo 2+GHz processor, 512MB dedicated graphic card, 4GB RAM on a 64bit vista system.
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    Hahahaha , wow windows based!!!! just wanna tell you that i was thinking that way before but since i changed to Mac pro 2.8 Ghz 17 inches, i never look back to those windows again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nat11 View Post
    Hahahaha , wow windows based!!!! just wanna tell you that i was thinking that way before but since i changed to Mac pro 2.8 Ghz 17 inches, i never look back to those windows again...
    Don't ever say that. Some people are very comfortable and used to the windows platform. No doubt the mac excels in graphics and UI, the rest sucked. Windows still have the upper hand in terms of office apps and games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    ...No doubt the mac excels in graphics and UI, the rest sucked. Windows still have the upper hand in terms of office apps and games.
    What is "the rest"?

    You can always install the latest Microsoft Office for Mac OS X, and let us not digress to games, since this is about a working machine anyway.

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