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Picking Laptops for Graphics

Updated on June 26, 2014

Lightweight, Dedicated Graphics Card, Long Lasting Battery .... Am I Asking Too Much?

I am in need of a new laptop so I can continue to do my design work. This will be my second laptop but 4th if you count PC's. I know so much more about choosing a computer than I did before and I am starting to think having this knowledge is a bad thing. I have been comparing brands and specifications over 5 months. I figured that I could at least share all the knowledge I acquired.

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MONEY .... ok we all need that especially when purchasing a better computer.

As a fractal freak and designer I need to have at least 2 graphic programs open at one time. Currently if I attempt to do that lack of memory closes things. I also want to have a browser open so I can keep track of things on the internet and be able to take a break without having to close anything I will be using. The third item I must have is a long lasting battery. Now with those things in mind I started to do research on what is out there and I have found a few other things that I don't exactly need but since I started to compare they are things I want.

Update: I was in need of a computer so with what information I had collected to date I purchases ASUS A53Z.

Apple MacBook Pro MC371LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)

A Mac was always the way to go for doing graphic arts and pretty much still is but times have changed and other brands have done amazing work in supplying the specifications needed. With the Apple you are going to pay more and you will get a better product suited for all you graphic needs. I used to wish I could afford one but when I think about it I am not prepared to learn all the little intricacies of a new operating system.

The new MacBook Pro sets all-new benchmarks for Mac notebooks. This 15-inch MacBook Pro features an Intel Core i5 processor and next-generation NVIDIA graphics ......

Dedicated Graphics Card

The first thing that will make my dream computer is having a 'dedicated graphics card'. What this does is store graphics separately leaving the hard drive more room which will increase processing time and save on getting hung up. Many of today's computers will store huge amounts of data but if you are going to be doing graphics and fractal design having a 'dedicated graphics card' is a must. Of course your budget is the number one decision no matter what you buy. My decision to get a computer with the graphics card already installed has a lot to do with knowing that in the future I will need a 'dedicated graphics card' and do not want to pay to have one installed. Even worse, have to install it myself. It probably isn't difficult but I can see an entire day lost.

After quite a bit or searching I am convinced that the best graphics card to get is the NVDIA .... I admit I like to play a game here and there and this is the gamers choice also.

Acer with Dedicated Graphics Card - Acer is my first choice

Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4830TG-6808 14-inch Laptop (Cobalt Blue)
Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4830TG-6808 14-inch Laptop (Cobalt Blue)

Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4830TG-6808 Notebook comes with these specs: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2450M Processor 2.50GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 14" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LCD Display, Intel HM65 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with NVIDIA ......


Lightweight ???

This is a relative question that is best answered by each individual. You can ask any of your relatives and I bet the answer is different. Kidding aside, I want something that is light and would love if it was 3 pounds or less. But again money is what will decide in the end. I don't have enough now to get what I want so I am still putting together my dream computer which I will trim down when the time is finally here to get it.

  • Every new series that comes out in any brand is getting lighter and lighter maybe I should wait for the model that floats.

3 Lightest Laptops 2012

Coolest Laptop in the World

Coolest Laptop in the World
Coolest Laptop in the World

Where's the Power Cord ?


Do you find yourself always looking to plug your "portable" computer in ? Battery life is a pet peeve of mine and I am looking to get a computer with a battery that will last long. If you use your laptop for mostly graphics you will want to plug it in whenever possible during those artistic times but when you want to do something like surf the net you don't want to be bothered. If battery life is important to you the lithium ion batteries are what you want.

Tips for Battery

A few quick tips keeping your battery working well.

  • Keep it Cool - Heat is the biggest battery killer
  • Remove it when not using it.
  • Recondition your battery regularly
  • Start with a super-sized battery

The Winner

This is the computer that I finally got and so far I have no real complaints. The keyboard has the numbers at the top like every other keyboard and on the side which is not usual for a laptop. I have problems typing at times because I forget everything is moved to the left. The size is the same but you have to get used to the placement. I only have problems in the dark.

ASUS A53SD-ES71 15.6 Inch Laptop (Black)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looking for a lightweight lap top for my teenagers - one is a gamer and the other is into graphics design - so this is really helpful - thank you