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Best laptop for graphic design for $800-900?


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Hey all,

Can anyone recommend the best Windows laptop that I can get for graphic design for $800-900 USD? I will be using photoshop, illustrator and indesign. A good screen and accurate color reproduction would be nice.

 

The screen sizes that I would prefer would be 14-18in

Being super light with great battery life is preferred but not required.

 

Thanks!

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Dell Inspiron 17R or Inspiron 17 7000, both sporting 1600x900 resolution monitors, touch and non-touch.

 

As an alternative, you could try to find a 15" laptop with a 1920x1080 resolution.

 

Ideally, of course, you'd want a 17" notebook with 1080p, but those will come with a premium price.

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Any other suggestions?

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Any other suggestions?

I don't know what country you are in.

 

If you don't mind used, I would look on Craigslist.

 

You can find high powered, hi-rez Apple, and other models, for reasonable prices.

 

I would only buy from someone within driving distance -- no shipping deals.

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I'm in the US

 

I don't know what country you are in.

 

If you don't mind used, I would look on Craigslist.

 

You can find high powered, hi-rez Apple, and other models, for reasonable prices.

 

I would only buy from someone within driving distance -- no shipping deals.

 Im in the US. Thanks for the tip, but I don't really want a Mac. :/

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What kind of laptop you looking at? What kind of graphics card? If it's with a powerful graphics card you looking at over $1,000 at least.

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What kind of laptop you looking at? What kind of graphics card? If it's with a powerful graphics card you looking at over $1,000 at least.

For the graphics card, just w/e you think will work well for graphic design, using photoshop, illustrator and indesign

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For the graphics card, just w/e you think will work well for graphic design, using photoshop, illustrator and indesign

I already showed you the Lenovo Z710 59400485, which is very powerful and offer 1080p and 17.3 screen... very good for graphic design.

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I already showed you the Lenovo Z710 59400485, which is very powerful and offer 1080p and 17.3 screen... very good for graphic design.

 

With a disgustingly bad display. Only 66% sRGB coverage (and 49% AdobeRGB coverage) is way too little for any serious designer.

 

If you want an objectively good display there are few options. There are some configurable Dells and Clevo's (barebones) where there is a high-gamut display option that's fantastic, but they go a bit above your budget price-wise.

 

I'd really look into a second-hand Mac. They have great displays without exception and you can always run Windows on them.

 

Or a second-hand Vaio Z. They aren't sold new anymore and they're all 13" but real performance beasts at weights even most ultrabooks have difficulty reaching. The last models were configurable with a proper Sandy Bridge (or even Ivy Bridge) quadcore and the displays are incredibly good for a laptop. But 13".

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With a disgustingly bad display. Only 66% sRGB coverage (and 49% AdobeRGB coverage) is way too little for any serious designer.

Well, Like I wrote previously, if he want something more professional, he will need to expend over $1,000 dollars... minimum.

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Look into the Lenovo T530, but only the one with the 1080p display. It's probably too expensive to buy new though.

 

Or even better, have a look at Sager NP7358. It's a configurable one and has a 1080p display option that covers 95% of the NTSC gamut which is stellar. It's an absolutely great display and because it's available in a configurable laptop you don't have to go all-out on everything else! It's based on the Clevo W355 series. Most non-super-budget 15" Clevo's (or Sagers or Schenkers, all rebrands) have it as an option. * But the gamut is so high things will look a bit too colorful without calibration, so you'll have to loan a calibration thingy.

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