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Bestbuy, Walmart, and Newegg.com. They are having good deals on Friday.
I would recommend you to check ProCompare.com. They have a recommendation engine that ranks laptops (and other tech products) based on ratings and reviews from a community of trusted IT professionals. They also have a cool personalization slider that lets you personalize the results based on the criteria that are most important to YOU.
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You may also want to check cnet: http://reviews.cnet.com/
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What’s the best laptop option for $500 for a graphic artist?
I’ve been looking at laptop options under $500, but I’ve been out of date with processor trends for a couple of years, so I don’t really know what would be best from the options I’ve been looking at.
I’m a graphic artist and I would like something that would let me run “heavy software” smoothly and preferably some good amount of RAM for multitasking.
I’d be needing to run ZBrush (which needs a pretty good processor to be able to work at 10 – 20 millions of polygon subdivision levels../but nevermind if you don’t know what that is.. )
I’d like to be able to run photoshop CS5 and handle a pretty big canvas at high DPI resolutions, while painting with big brushes (i.e. 500 pixel+ brush sizes)
And at the same time a processor that would enable me to work as smoothly as possible with high polygon models in 3D developing applications (3ds Max.. Maya, etc.)
I don’t expect to run all that at the same time.. but some good multitasking capacity would be nice..
I know $500 is a little bit of a low budget for what I’m looking for.. but considering prices have dropped and there’s this bunch of $500 laptop offers, and that this month prices drop quite a bunch..
I’ve been looking at Dell options with i3 and i5 CPUs that circle around 2.1 and 2.5 Ghz..
I’m mainly concerned about the processor… for instance if the laptop only brings 2 or 4 Gb’s of RAM I wouldn’t mind.. so far as it’s expandable to 6 or 8 Gb’s.. I’d buy the extra RAM later…
And if anyone knows about an AMD CPU option that may be even better than those Intel CPU’s please let me know.
To the “clever” guy (and whoever gave that answer a thumbs up):
I bought this Dell Inspiron M5030 2800B3D laptop on sale recently, and so far, I have no real complaints. Set up was simple and fast, and it connected right away to my WiFi. It’s obviously not a gaming machine, but I installed some of my favorite (though not current) games (Portal, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and 2), and they run just fine.
This is a great laptop for young children, university students (those who are serious about schoolwork and dont play games like HALO,Dragon Age etc. Lol) I use it for checking my emails on the go, and for typing reports and my occasional chess game. Other specs are listed on this page (scroll up). It has a nice patterned finish and comes with built-in wi-fi and a dvd burner. I will update further as i monitor the performance and durability of this laptop.
I need one for under $500 from best buy or any local store and it needs to be a really fast one, like good cpu, processor and hard drive speed. The memory doesn’t really matter.
Ok, so first things first, I work in pc’s at best buy. The toshiba is my stores best seller. I personally don’t like it. I feel the HP is a little faster. And I’m gonna be quite honest, don’t buy either. Take a look at Acer and Asus. Two relatively new brands, so they will be cheaper than the others. They have been making pc components forever, but recently started building pc’s and laptops. Great brand, anyone who has one and jsut about every salesman who isn’t trying to up-sale would agree.
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