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So my sister is very into web design and journalism. She will have enough money soon to buy a nice laptop that she wants..

I am trying my very best to keep her from buying an Apple product.

Things that matter to her:

HD Screen. Bright and High Res.
Pref. 1600x900 or above.
15.6" - 17" - again, color detail is a big factor.
Very speedy / responsive. Don't want to wait on files to load
Battery life!!!

She might get into more movie/video editing. And that's why I am wanting to get her an i7 QM processor. However, that ups the price significantly. I am wondering if an i5 will perform just as well with it's 2core 4thread configuration?

We're trying to keep it to about 800. Less is better. More can be done too, as she'd quickly get the MacBook Pro on sale at MicroCenter for 1k. Just because it looks "pretty"

Anyways, I'm looking for some help here. I don't think she'll get much into 3d modeling or movie making, but you never know..

I was thinking about customizing this Sager laptop for her
http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.p...el_name=NP3250

- Upgraded to i7 2630QM
- Upgraded to 500GB HDD

However, with the screen only being able to display a max of 1366x768. I don't really think putting in a 2630QM is worth it?

Also, can anyone vouch for some GREAT quality laptop screens?

Thanks in advance!!

-WuLF

Edit: Or the Sager with a Full HD Screen from Xotic PC - http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np3250-...wconfigure=yes
Edited by WuLF - 6/5/11 at 3:31pm
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I'm just gonna vouch for Apple here, I don't do this usually but for someone who's doing web design as a hobby it is a better investment.

Really, if all you're doing is web design, getting an Apple laptop is actually a better idea than getting a regular Windows machine. They're essentially built for people who are more creative. Apple doesn't stand for 'hurr durr I have lots of money and I'm just going to buy the most expensive one'. They have better screens, which is what makes most web designers go for the Apple laptops, they don't crash or well, not like Windows PC's, when they do it's always recoverable.

Otherwise yeah, anything from Sager is going to be a great competitor, relatively, if you really want to recommend her something on the Windows PC alternative.
Edited by Reflux - 6/5/11 at 3:34pm
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I don't to Web Design, but I have a few friends that have made a career out of it.

They typically have an iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro. One buddy does have a quad core Windows 7 Machine to run some "Free" software for freelance work.

But from what I see, you shouldn't need a crazy computer. He was doing some really intensive work on a 2004 Macbook Pro for a good while. Of course things got better when he moved to Dual and Quad core versions.
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I'm just gonna vouch for Apple here, I don't do this usually but for someone who's doing web design as a hobby it is a better investment.

Really, if all you're doing is web design, getting an Apple laptop is actually a better idea than getting a regular Windows machine. They're essentially built for people who are more creative. Apple doesn't stand for 'hurr durr I have lots of money and I'm just going to buy the most expensive one'. They have better screens, which is what makes most web designers go for the Apple laptops, they don't crash or well, not like Windows PC's, when they do it's always recoverable.

Otherwise yeah, anything from Sager is going to be a great competitor, relatively, if you really want to recommend her something on the Windows PC alternative.
Thanks for your input man.. I have nothing against what you said. They're displays are great. I just seen got back from MC with her. And on their 13.3 MacBook they have a 1200x800 res screen on there.. not bad at all. Great screen, for sure.. but idk.. I really want her to have a fast machine, but it seems like all she cares about is sleek chassis and pretty screen. lol... =/
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Thanks for your input man.. I have nothing against what you said. They're displays are great. I just seen got back from MC with her. And on their 13.3 MacBook they have a 1200x800 res screen on there.. not bad at all. Great screen, for sure.. but idk.. I really want her to have a fast machine, but it seems like all she cares about is sleek chassis and pretty screen. lol... =/
You don't need much performance for web design, all you're doing is looking at DreamWeaver (or whatever she uses) for hours, I've done a few sites and never seen it rise above 200MB RAM usage, even with 10+ tabs open.

Any mac will handle youtube videos fine, there's plenty of games and such made for Mac that are more suitable for girls, assuming she's a more average person, no offense intended, but it's not like she'll really need something to be playing Crysis on, or Metro 2033.

Just from the fact that she's into web design I gather mostly what she'll be doing is browsing the web, looking for inspiration for websites, watching funny youtube videos, playing a few flash based games and downloading or streaming films, as well as storing valuable files, some of the new Apple laptops have (relative to average laptop HDD size) massive hard drives so she can save everything she wants.
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If she wants it, you won't change her mind.

Coming from a previous owner of a MacBook Pro, they are much much much better quality built than any other laptop you care to mention. They are absolutely beautiful, and great to use. You won't find anything that even comes close to it's quality.

Video editing is aimed towards them, such as imovie and, more importantly, FinalCut Pro.

To be honest, if you forced her into a PC substitute, you'd probably be hindering her a little, at least on the video side of things.
    
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Also, the Sager isn't bad.

I went to the link you posted.

Did the quad core i7, 8GB of Ram, 750GB HDD and the Intel Centrino Advanced N card (For uploading large files of WiFI). Total of 1,159. Not to shabby.

But like others have said, a good majority of people doing Web Design for a career have a Mac. Plus, if she really wants one, she will never be happy with a PC.
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If video editing is going to be a major thing for her, then it depends on what software she is going to be using, and now is the time to be finding that out along with her budget for the software....

Premier can of course be ran on Wintel or Mac

ditto for Avid

If she's used to Final Cut Pro and doesn't want to budge [understandable] then its a mac for her...

I guess you've already figured she'll need some very fast external storage if she's going to be using a laptop for editing [personally I wouldn't ever reccomend any portable for editing]

Just my tuppence worth as a film maker : )
post #9 of 17
That Sager isn't bad. But I would look into the normal MacBook, not pro. Although, I am not sure if the MacBooks are capable of upgrading the HDD so if your sister had more money in the future, she could upgrade to SSD.
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Have her get the Mac, she will be happiest with it.

You have to spend a lot of money to get something on the PC side with the same level of quality, durability, and yes I'll say it, style, as a Macbook Pro.
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