Thread: need help in a laptop purchase
05-12-2007, 08:31 AM #1
need help in a laptop purchase
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- May 12, 2007
i need to purchase a laptop for presenting various presentations. budget is not the problem, but technically i dont know what should i get. those presentations include video, music, flash, i need it to be ready for the latest multimedia and 3d features exist today. i heard that mac has a lot of advantages over a windows laptop, is that true? sorry about my questions. any help will be really welcome.
processor? drives? ram? 3d card? specific ibook model?
i'll be happy for any comment.
05-12-2007, 08:45 AM #2
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- Mar 18, 2007
- Blumenau, Brazil
- MacBook Pro 2,33GHz C2D 2GB RAM 256MB video + LCD Samsung 20" 206BW + Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB
will you have to use some specific software on it? Will you have to edit videos/music, etc?
Mac computers are a multimedia dream, you can't go wrong. But we need to know exactly what are you looking for, so we give you some insights about what to choose.
05-15-2007, 12:53 AM #3
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- Dec 31, 2006
- Macbook Black 2.0GHz C2D- 120GB/2Gb * Mac Mini G4 1.42GHz- 80GB/512MB
Basically, for current machines, you have the Macbook line which are 'consumer level' laptops, and you have the Macbook Pro line which are the 'professional level' laptops. The MBP's are superior to the MB's in just about every department, but that are significantly more expensive. The best thing to do is take a look on the Apple site and see the differences for yourself.
Macs have the advantage of being very well designed and easy to use. The iLife software suite they come loaded with allows you to do a lot with different types of media (photo editing, video editing/converting, ect. music, movied, DVD making and burning, ect.). The programs work well and are easy to use. They are, however, not very powerful compared to professional level programs that perform the same functions...
iPhoto, for instance will let you edit photos on a basic level, and is more than enough for most people. But it's nowhere near how powerful Photoshop is. iMovie is a fine video editor if you want a simple, easy to use program with a decent amount of features. But it's limited compared to professional video editing software.
The disadvantage that you may have with a Mac (as i'm assuming you will be using it for work), is that you may run into compatibility issues here and there. For instance, programs you're used to using that aren't available for Macs. Keep in mind that all current Macs can run Windows in a dual boot fashion (not an emulator). So if you have Windows installed on it, that issue is moot.
In short, i'd come up with a rough budget and see what line of machines would suit you. Then decide what it is you need to do that iLife applications won't fit the bill for (ie. you have a need for professional level software). From there, you can see what your options are for 3rd party software, if you need it, and make a decision as to weather or not the machine would be right for you.
Hope that helps.
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