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Subject:Re: New writer looking for advice From:John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> To:Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> Date:Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:59:39 -0400
Get a PC with as much RAM as you can afford, and a decent sized hard drive.
If you have to carry it around a lot, get a light weight one.
If you do a lot of illustrations or videos, get one with a good, fast video
Invest in a good, large, high quality external monitor for when you work at
I've used HPs for years with no problems. Also Dells and Lenovos. I have
always found PC Magazine to have good reviews.
On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:
> Honestly, it doesn't really matter what laptop brand you get, as long as it
> runs the software you will need to use. Both work out to be the same cost
> when you customize a Windows laptop to match the specs of a MacBook.
> The most important difference to me is the quality of the screen display.
> You'll be spending a long time looking at the screen so it should be crisp
> to view, and easy on the eyes. Yes, you can always make up for a bad
> display by adding a large screen LED monitor. But then this defeats the
> purpose of having a laptop.
> Macs tend to have better screen display quality. I feel less concerned
> about working long hours on my Mac than I do with my work Windows laptop.
> However if the program head at the school recommends a PC (Windows) then
> perhaps you might want to get their recommended machine specifications.
> So more questions than answers:
> * what programs will you be running?
> * what industry are you looking to serve?
> * do you prefer to work in one location or move around a lot?
> * do you want to run Mac software with the option to run Windows, or
> just stick to Windows?
> And of course, when you get a job the company will usually provide you with
> a workspace and computer. So your laptop will mostly be used for your home
> stuff or contract work.
> On Friday, April 17, 2015, carolyn223 palo <carolynpalo -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > Thank you for this info -
> > Wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a laptop? In speaking
> > with the program manager at the school I'll be attending - she advised PC
> > not Mac. I have an older HP desktop at home - but if there is something
> > there in a laptop I should be checking out I'm all ears. I will
> > be bringing this to class also.
> > Thanks,
> > Carolyn
> > Carolyn Palo
> > Business Development - Communications - Project Management
> > "Bridging Innovation"
> > Phone: 617-491-0551
> > Professional Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynpalo
> > Blog: http://carrie223.wordpress.com
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