Larry, you have given me good imformation in the past so I am coming to you with this. First I use an old Mac computer. I have though about getting a note book. The first thing that throws me off here is the screen quality on notebooks for doing photo imageing. Macs 17 is not bad but the price is out there. As far as PC notebooks I wouold not know where to start. Any thoughts here?
Laptop computers and their screens are highly compromised designs whether PC or Mac because they must function on battery power and in a much wider range of environments compared to a desktop computer. Even calibrating and profiling the screen of a laptop is an exercise in futility because it will be compromised in its ability to display color by the light environment in which it is used.
Many professionals do use laptops in the field of necessity, but I think if you made a survey you would find they will invest a great deal in buying the best laptop especially in terms of screen performance and video support; and most pros who can afford to choose Apple Mac, and spend $4,000 and more - they can write it off as a business expense.
PC or Mac choice I believe can be answered by two factors, which is more supportive of photography and graphics professionals, Apple or Microsoft; and which is a constant target of hackers and viruses, spyware, etc., Apple or Mac?
Follow the old adage, you get what you pay for. Would you have a Rolleiflex or a Russian or Chinese copy?
Best is to go with what you're comfortable with. If you already use a MAC, then unless the PC can offer something you can't currently get, like specific programs, stay with the MAC. But whatever laptop you decide on, make sure to get the best video card and most video memory that the manufacturer offers. I have a killer IBM laptop that's going to be four years old next month. It was the top of the line that they offered when I purchased it and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Good point here. I really do not need to work outside of home so a desktop is my best bet. Mac has worked well for me the last four or so years. I have worked on a PC at work but the Mac seems to just work smoother and flow better. I will consider either this time but my money is going into a monitor. Thanks. I understand the Rolliflex thing.
Thanks Larry. the video card will be the most I can get. In the Mac a 256 is it unless you step up to the power Mac. I might wait for that but I am looking at big bucks there. IBM computers are nice.
Presently my latest computers are Mac Mini's, one the latest Intel Duo Core model with 2GB of RAM. You can get a range of HD sizes. The Mac Mini is nearly as fast as a 2 year old G5 that cost 2.5 times more. Also like its small size, and its absolutely quiet. A good buy, reliable, and does everything efficiently, and I'm doing computer work several hours every day.
While it is possible to do most anything with a laptop as your only computer, unless you MUST be mobile, it is very poor value for the money. The same money spent on a desktop will buy you a far more responsive machine with vastly greater storage than a laptop. About the only virtue of a laptop, is its mobility.
Laptops are a great adjunct to a desktop system, allowing you to take files and applications on the road easily. I would love to have one if traveling, so I could offload and backup my images every day, as well as view them on a decent screen. My travel time is too minimal to justify the purchase.
Laptops are difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade. While they are stuck in time, my desktops do get upgraded as needed to keep pace with the demands I and the software put upon them. It is far cheaper to buy a new processor and motherboard and have it installed, than to buy a whole new machine. My files stay intact, since the data drives are unaffected.
The machine comes back from the shop with the power and response of a new machine without costing a fortune. On the last upgrade, my sound card, video card, DVD burner, case and power supply, along with all the hard-drives but one, did not need replacing and are working fine with the new CPU. I added a new 500GB hard drive, for very little money, so now the machine has a terabyte of storage.
EFX, I have looked at the Mac Mini. The Latest upgrade is 2.0 so that is one choice. What monitor do you use? Monte.
I have considered what you are saying. I really do not need to carry one around. I wish at timed I had one to take with me places. Monte.
I have one moderate priced good quality LCD, an L2000C Flatron made by LGE, and a higher-end graphics model a LaCie 320, which is essentially the same as an NEC 2090 UXi.
With most brands the 20 inch 3:4 aspect ratio LCD's provide the sharpest performance. But an even more important factor is whether an LCD model is designed and intended for graphics applications and provide good support for calibration and profiling. Many of the cheaper consumer LCD monitors are made for typical home/office use and do not have the adjustment control needed to obtain good photographic reproduction.
Currently Samsung seems to offer the best performance for the price in their Syncmaster 214T model.
Thanks EFX, I know for the most part a good monitor is worth t he investment. The one you have is one I have looked at. Monte.
I believe my decision is to get the Mini Mac with the LG2000C monitor as soon as I can. I just keep putting it off but my old Mac is getting tired. I have really looked all possibilties for price and value and I think this will work for me. As most of you know it is hard to part with money or at least for me it is. Thanks for all being here. Monte