Advice for ASUS UL20A Laptop


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crs69

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Hi All

I am looking at specs of ASUS UL20A Laptop. Not sure if it good enough for photo editing purpose using Photoshop CS4. Appreciate any advice.

Specifications:

* Intel Centrino Processor Technology
* Intel Processor SU2300 Dual Core (1.2GHz)
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium – ^
FREE UPGRADE to Windows 7

* Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
* 12.1” Wide Active Matrix (1366 x 768) LCD with Backlight
* 2GB DDR2 RAM & 250GB SATA (5400rpm) HDD
* Built-in WLAN 802.11b/g enhanced
* Integrated Bluetooth 2.1
* Built-in web-camera & 5-in-1 card reader
* Powerful sound with Atlec Lansing speakers, SRS and Intel Audio
* Slim & light at only 1.5Kg (with battery)
* Battery life up to 6 hours*
* 2 years INTERNATIONAL warranty
 

eosandy

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Display is a wee bit small for my liking. Other specs will work CS4 ok, just don't have too many apps running in the background otherwise it'll slow down for sure.

I'm using a 14" Acer and find it limiting sometimes on available workspace, once you have panels expanded.

An external monitor helps when at home, and good/big screens are relatively cheap nowadays.
 

crs69

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Hi eosandy. Many thanks for your advice. Agree that the 12" screen size is rather small and I can use a bigger monitor for home usage.

Understand that a 4gb RAM will be preferred in order to run PS CS4 without latency. My concern is whether the 2gb RAM in this model is really sufficient even without running other aps concurrently?

Cheers!
 

eosandy

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Hi eosandy. Many thanks for your advice. Agree that the 12" screen size is rather small and I can use a bigger monitor for home usage.

Understand that a 4gb RAM will be preferred in order to run PS CS4 without latency. My concern is whether the 2gb RAM in this model is really sufficient even without running other aps concurrently?

Cheers!
You're welcome. Do note that if you are running 32 bit Windows, the max addressable Ram is 3Gb. If you want more you have to use 64 bit OS.

My Acer runs CS4, Outlook and Firefox plus a movie on VLC media player all just fine with 2Gb ram. CS4 will slow the more layers, masks and effects used. A good way to keep it working smoothly is to purge histories and clipboard after you are happy with your PP progress.
 

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You're welcome. Do note that if you are running 32 bit Windows, the max addressable Ram is 3Gb. If you want more you have to use 64 bit OS.

My Acer runs CS4, Outlook and Firefox plus a movie on VLC media player all just fine with 2Gb ram. CS4 will slow the more layers, masks and effects used. A good way to keep it working smoothly is to purge histories and clipboard after you are happy with your PP progress.
Noted with thanks! :)
 

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