Laptop Recommendation


fLiKr

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Hi all... Im about to get a new laptop. But i juz couldn't agree on a specific brand and model of one. Thus wld like to chk with everyone here which is ur most preferred laptop for basic photo editing and touch up?
Thks all for ur time!!!:dunno:
 

zac08

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On the cheap, Lenovo has quite decent specs.
 

loneWolff

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Acer is also cheap but dangerous to use unless you pack in with lots of warranty.
 

r0n1n

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I'm new to mac and loving it, especially the superb display. get a macbook pro if budget permits.
 

brapodam

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Acer is also cheap but dangerous to use unless you pack in with lots of warranty.
I would stay away from Acer, very unreliable computers. 2 of my Acer computers have at least 1 motherboard failure each in the first year of purchase. My brother's Acer laptop has no problems so far, but he probably got lucky.
 

loneWolff

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I would stay away from Acer, very unreliable computers. 2 of my Acer computers have at least 1 motherboard failure each in the first year of purchase. My brother's Acer laptop has no problems so far, but he probably got lucky.
That's where the extended warranty comes in.
Acer's price is cheap and the specs are good because the heat performance sucks big time, if you know how to maintain your system then it's not an issue.
Your brother's laptop is ok doesn't mean he got lucky, just that you are unlucky to get a lemon.
If you look at the laptops nowadays, don't be surprise every brand comes with a lemon or two.
 

brapodam

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That's where the extended warranty comes in.
Acer's price is cheap and the specs are good because the heat performance sucks big time, if you know how to maintain your system then it's not an issue.
Your brother's laptop is ok doesn't mean he got lucky, just that you are unlucky to get a lemon.
If you look at the laptops nowadays, don't be surprise every brand comes with a lemon or two.
I don't have a problem with it heating up and I know how to maintain my system well, and I don't quite like repairing it when it fails. I may be demanding too much, but I'd try to get a system that doesnt fail too much. If you don't use the laptop for any kind of work, it's fine, but if you do, it's dangerous if it fails during a crucial period
 

brapodam

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That's where the extended warranty comes in.
Acer's price is cheap and the specs are good because the heat performance sucks big time, if you know how to maintain your system then it's not an issue.
Your brother's laptop is ok doesn't mean he got lucky, just that you are unlucky to get a lemon.
If you look at the laptops nowadays, don't be surprise every brand comes with a lemon or two.
I don't have a problem with it heating up and I know how to maintain my system well, and I don't quite like repairing it when it fails. I may be demanding too much, but I'd try to get a system that doesnt fail too much. If you don't use the laptop for any kind of work, it's fine, but if you do, it's dangerous if it fails during a crucial period
 

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Reliable, good speed, good display go for Mac. PC go for thinkpad if you move the machine a lot, it has good hard disk protection system. Lenovo may have some model come with the hard disk sensor too. On the other hand I have 4 Acer at home for my wife and children and myself they all work fine so far for more than 2 coming to 3 years. It all depends on how you use and protect it. I have another latest Thoshiba, with i7 chip and maximum 8GB memory and 64 bits Windows 7 o/s. I bring to my bed a lot and we move about the disk senor stops and starts, 6 months it broke down and in my 30 years of IT life, this is my first PC breaks down so fast.

In short, to me all budget PC are about the same, depends on how you use and look after it. Make sure you vent the notebook well also. Without the aircon at least a fan to blow and let air circulate while you leave it on.
 

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wilb87

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The Macbook pro has a nice display. I am currently on a Asus. Good value, reliable (International warranty), never gave me problems, specs are good if you are keen on video editing.
 

Etna-sama

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The Acers of today are a lot better.

My own Acer laptop it reaching its 3rd year of service and has been chugging along fine all this while, and let it be known that I am a very heavy user.

Heck, i've used this laptop to:

- play SF4
- watch full HD movies
- compile source code into binaries
- compile OS
- do Blu-ray editing

and a lot more, and it has yet to croak on me.
 

Reportage

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for less then a thousand, should look at specs like the below as a comparison.


2 years warranty.

Thus far, best value still is from the polytechnics roadshows.
 

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Etna-sama

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for less then a thousand, should look at specs like the below as a comparison.


2 years warranty.

Thus far, best value still is from the polytechnics roadshows.
A Mobility Radeon HD5470 does jack.

All it's good for is accelerating Windows Aero and H.264 encoded video files.
 

makolit

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how much is your budget?
any i3, i5 and better still i7 processored with 2GB of RAM (4GB preferred) that will fall under 1000 SGD should do you good.
more expensive units will be dependent on your preference.

cheers!
 

Etna-sama

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makolit said:
how much is your budget?
any i3, i5 and better still i7 processored with 2GB of RAM (4GB preferred) that will fall under 1000 SGD should do you good.
more expensive units will be dependent on your preference.
Huge difference in performance between last gen's Nehalem ix series processors and the recently launched ix-series processors designed to work on the Sandy Bridge platform.
 

loneWolff

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I don't have a problem with it heating up and I know how to maintain my system well, and I don't quite like repairing it when it fails. I may be demanding too much, but I'd try to get a system that doesnt fail too much. If you don't use the laptop for any kind of work, it's fine, but if you do, it's dangerous if it fails during a crucial period
Hmm, what kind of work are you talking about, rendering in Maya, stiching a 37 picture to make a 360 degree pano, converting and editing blu-rip or just web surfing on ClubSnap?
Normally if you are well verse in IT maintenance then you can see the signs of failure before it happened so you can prepare for it.
Laptops do fail over time, so do you know when is the crucial period? ;)
If you feel offended about the lemon then I will apology for it as I fix lemons from IBM to Mac too, so I'm just giving my two cents.

They skimp on MB and have overheating issues (at least 2 years ago).
Suggest Asus.
I agree with you, Asus being a major motherboard manufacturer is capable of producing a top notch laptop but when it comes down to cost... Acer wins if warranty gao gao.

The Acers of today are a lot better.

My own Acer laptop it reaching its 3rd year of service and has been chugging along fine all this while, and let it be known that I am a very heavy user.

Heck, i've used this laptop to:

- play SF4
- watch full HD movies
- compile source code into binaries
- compile OS
- do Blu-ray editing

and a lot more, and it has yet to croak on me.
Guess both of us like to push our machine to the max.
Btw, my laptop i7-720, HD 5850, 16GB ram, 500GB WD Black + 750GB WD Green, no DVD drive since I swap it out for an extra HDD.
E-sata to a docking cradle to backup everything and a firewire as secondary backup to throw somewhere else.
 

Reportage

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A Mobility Radeon HD5470 does jack.

All it's good for is accelerating Windows Aero and H.264 encoded video files.
well if you can find something better until the poly roadshow/it fair for the same price with 2 years warranty, go right ahead.

For reference, for $6xx can get the below intel option.
 

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MisterZhuo

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The New 13" Macbook Pro rox!! $1498 Student Price
 

loneWolff

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The New 13" Macbook Pro rox!! $1498 Student Price
I would give the 13" MacBook Pro a 6/10 rating as it is still overpriced (i5 instead of i7), slow GPU (Intel HD Graphics 3000 instead of a real GPU), smaller capacity (320GB instead of 500GB) but it does support SDXC, has Thunderbolt (when it is widely accepted) and a reasonably decent battery life.
The only issue I have is, is the TS a student if not introducing him to student price is not logical unless you are willing to purchase on his behalf.

well if you can find something better until the poly roadshow/it fair for the same price with 2 years warranty, go right ahead.

For reference, for $6xx can get the below intel option.
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Bro, don't get upset by their comments lah.
Yes, ATI HD 6370 or 5470 can't do much of a rat's ass in rendering very high resolution fast but since TS mention he intend to do only basic editing so I guess it doesn't hurt to get a GPU that is about the same standard as the lowend MacBook Pro at a much cheaper price.
Wah, your $699 pricing beats my laptop pricing of $799 by this much.
 

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