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Posted 20 July 2017 - 12:21 PM

Hey everyone,

Am looking to buy a laptop mainly for graphic design, so I'm assuming a gaming laptop is what I'm looking for.

Does anyone have any recommendations or can point me in the right direction. Budget is 2000 at the very most.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:54 PM

Well, assuming you mean 2D graphic design, it is probably very different to gaming. It'll be CPU-heavy whereas gaming is GPU-heavy. What sort of things will you be working on, and what software will you be using? Do you want to use it for gaming too?

 

I'd probably suggest a quad-core CPU, an SSD (probably with a secondary storage drive), adequate RAM, and obviously a decent screen (i.e. IPS, possibly even colour-calibrated). I'll look at models once I know a bit more about what you need.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:42 PM

Hey pal, thanks for the reply.

I'm a 2d designer and use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign mainly. Very rarely use anything video or 3D related. I do enjoy gaming, but don't need ultra fast speeds there. Only play Diablo 3 and a bit of Skyrim every now and again.

If you need anymore info please let me know

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:39 PM

The best suggestion I have the moment is http://www.dell.com/...op/pd?ref=PD_OC especially with the current 15% off. I'd say they're actually pretty good, and fit the requirements pretty well. The Lenovo equivalent is very similar with better WiFi but costs more and has a significantly smaller battery. The only thing I mentioned that won't come with them is colour-calibration, but you wouldn't find that in anything other than workstation models which start at around $3k and it should be possible to calibrate them if needed anyway.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:05 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Could you possibly recommend something from PBtechs website. My brother has a good relationship with them, so can possibly get a discount.

Thanks again

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:55 PM

OK, I've had a look there, but don't have a lot of suggestions. They have some HP Omen models that basically meet my suggested requirements that I won't recommend because HP is known for poor build quality; however they could still be acceptable. I've also avoided previous-gen hardware as it won't be as efficient leading to less battery life, which eliminated the Lenovo T460p models which could otherwise be good. That basically leaves https://www.pbtech.c...aptop-173-1080p which is pretty similar to the Dell, except for being 17" and having a smaller battery (which would make the Dell my recommendation). I also have no idea what the build quality is like.

 

Just by the way, Dell has free shipping, which makes their price even better.


Edited by LinuxUser, 20 July 2017 - 05:56 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:37 AM

Personally I'd go for a mac if you're not interested in games as the battery life and build quality will be good enough to last 5+ years. Gaming laptops burn out and become obsolete a lot quicker.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:44 PM

Except the only model that comes within budget is the 13" MacBook Air, and while it has a decent screen and an SSD, it is only the SSD (anything else has to be external), only 8 GB of RAM (which may be enough depending on what sort of stuff the OP works on), and a dual-core CPU. For the same price as a quad-core with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD in addition to the IPS screen and SSD.

 

Gaming laptops should last just as well when they're being used much the same. Physical abuse is bad for any laptop, but some will take it better than others. Heat is also bad, and while a gaming laptop has the potential to produce a lot more heat, it won't when it is being used in much the same way, and is also much better equipped to handle what it does produce.


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:18 AM

I would go for the Dell originally linked by LinuxUser - ticks all the boxes. It isn't worth maybe getting a discount from PBTech if it means you end up with the wrong laptop.



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:28 AM

*Steals topic* Also you should have a look at playing Path of Exile as well, it's similar to Diablo 3, only NZ company produces it! :D



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Posted 27 July 2017 - 12:45 PM

It might be a touch over budget but I am really happy with the dell xps 15. I dont game much on it but the battery life and speed are amazing. Handles Ai Ps and indesign quite well! 



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Posted 27 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

More like well over budget... But I'm sure it is a very nice machine!


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

More like well over budget... But I'm sure it is a very nice machine!

Im not sure how but they've gone up in price a bit. They start from $2400 but used to be $2200, must have been a special. 

 

Either way good luck hope you found something nice


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