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    Senior Member Eddy Bones's Avatar
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    I'm starting college in the fall and I'd like a laptop. I'm going to be away from home most of the time and it would be nice to have something to do between classes (upwards of one and a half to two hours because I live too far away to go home inbetween).

    The problem here is I would have to sell my desktop PC to pay for it. What I'm looking for is an Apple iBook or similar.

    What I want to know is are there any disadvantages to designing on a laptop? I've heard people mention the colors and contrast, yet iBooks seem not too bad in that regard. I don't know any other problems, but I tend to overlook things.

    If you were in my position, would you make the change?

    Any input is welcome and appreciated.

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    For college? Yes, get a laptop. For design? That is probably open for debate, though I do use one when with clients and I have had little issues. Though, there are some who would recommend against it.
    It is always nice to have the desktop, which provides a better "foundation" for your design work.......but as you will find in college a laptop will be well worth the investment.
    Good luck.....
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    Overheating

    Laptops tend to be more prone to overheating.

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    If it's for classes, look into a tablet. You can take notes on it freeform.
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    Having thought it through last night I should not get an iBook. I'm going to be programming with the .NET framework; common sense says a Windows computer (laptop or otherwise) is best for that. All my software is for Windows too.

    Quote Originally Posted by filburt1
    If it's for classes, look into a tablet. You can take notes on it freeform.
    Now there's something I hadn't thought of. I'll look into that.

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    Senior Member DanielOliver's Avatar
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    I went out and splashed some money on a Sony Vaio laptop a month or so ago. Really like it, great bit of kit. It actually makes windows look not so bad. Which I think it quite something as I haven't been getting along very well with windows recently.

    Apple mac, here I come.

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    I would say get a good quality laptop, i suggest a dell or if you have the money one of the ones from alienware. It does not have to be top of the line but you do want pleny of ram and a good screen.

    Another alternative that will work well is to buy a seperate monitor. Your laptop should have a regular monitor port on the back, among other ports. That way you can have essentially the best of both worlds.


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    Senior Member Eddy Bones's Avatar
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    I've been looking at a Dell and I might purchase one later on.

    A separate monitor, like a CRT or something? I was unsure if you could hook another monitor up to a laptop (I do it with my deskptop though). I was hoping I could because I have a nice 19" monitor already.

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    Virtually any laptop will let you hook up an external monitor. The ones that use non-worthless video cards will also let you run dual-monitors on it. Unfortunately, most manufacturers still don't include DVI on laptops making it worthless for adding an LCD.
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    I have an Apple Powerbook 15" Superdrive, and it's been an excellent purchase - it works far better than my old desktop and I've had no real problems after 7 months.


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