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Old 05-01-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Hello all you computer guru's.....I am having to update my PC so I can use it to manage a wireless security system, multi page document scanner, photography editing and storage management as well as all of the other daily applications one wants to have with a home pc. Then of course is a laptop or a pc better? Any advice is greatly appreciated....
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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I dont know much about photography but isnt the graphic design industry mainly mac based?
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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OP, you might get better feedback in the photography section... especially if you're interested in learning about what software would be best for your needs. Once you have the software figured out, you can look at which computers might be suitable.

skel1977 - photography and graphics design are not the same.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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I dont know much about photography but isnt the graphic design industry mainly mac based?
If he's in the industry, yes. But PCs run Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop just as well as a mac. Just make sure you get a decent processor (I'd go for an i5 or i7) and 8 GB of RAM.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:31 PM
 
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Thanks EC. My question should have been...What and what size components in a new pc or lap top should I be looking for that can accomadate the tasks of interfacing with a wireless outdoor and indoor security system, still have enough of what ever it needs to run a current eddition of adope ps and run a multipage doccument scanner that interfaces with current windows os and all the other tasks we use our pcs for today. Games are not a priority but speed is. Thanks again for the input.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Hello all you computer guru's.....I am having to update my PC so I can use it to manage a wireless security system, multi page document scanner, photography editing and storage management as well as all of the other daily applications one wants to have with a home pc. Then of course is a laptop or a pc better? Any advice is greatly appreciated....
Laptop or desktop makes no difference. For photography (or any graphics work) a mac is better and industry standard (WYSIWYG and all that.) If you're a pro though you'd know that already.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:09 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Thanks EC. My question should have been...What and what size components in a new pc or lap top should I be looking for that can accomadate the tasks of interfacing with a wireless outdoor and indoor security system, still have enough of what ever it needs to run a current eddition of adope ps and run a multipage doccument scanner that interfaces with current windows os and all the other tasks we use our pcs for today. Games are not a priority but speed is. Thanks again for the input.
Any macbook pro with enough ram would do that. I'd go for the 15" with matte screen if I were you.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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If he's in the industry, yes. But PCs run Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop just as well as a mac. Just make sure you get a decent processor (I'd go for an i5 or i7) and 8 GB of RAM.
Pc's do not have particularly accurate colour calibration nor unicode anti aliased font rendering (just two obvious points) Also the adobe suite is horrible on the pc due to its constant full screening (mac is document based rather than application based) and lack of drag and drop. It's usable but ugggh.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Pc's do not have particularly accurate colour calibration nor unicode anti aliased font rendering (just two obvious points) Also the adobe suite is horrible on the pc due to its constant full screening (mac is document based rather than application based) and lack of drag and drop. It's usable but ugggh.
This is not accurate.

The only thing of truth here is that there is a difference in how fonts are rendered. Macs render fonts just as they would be printed (great for publishing work), while Windows renders fonts for easy screen reading.

The part about the document-based vs application-based is a design pattern. It is intentional. Since the OP is a Windows user, he/she will feel comfortable on the Windows variations of the program.

Anyways, macs aren't worth discussing. OP is a Windows user.

OP, what security system are you using?

I highly recommend the Lenovo W520 w/ an i7 and 8gb of ram. This laptop can hold two hard drives (or one SSD and one hard drive) and can handle up to 32gb of ram (now that ram is cheap).

Lenovo - Laptops - ThinkPad - W Series - W520 (US)
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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This is not accurate.

The only thing of truth here is that there is a difference in how fonts are rendered. Macs render fonts just as they would be printed (great for publishing work), while Windows renders fonts for easy screen reading.

The part about the document-based vs application-based is a design pattern. It is intentional. Since the OP is a Windows user, he/she will feel comfortable on the Windows variations of the program.

Anyways, macs aren't worth discussing. OP is a Windows user.

OP, what security system are you using?

I highly recommend the Lenovo W520 w/ an i7 and 8gb of ram. This laptop can hold two hard drives (or one SSD and one hard drive) and can handle up to 32gb of ram (now that ram is cheap).

Lenovo - Laptops - ThinkPad - W Series - W520 (US)
You do realise I work in the design industry? I was a graphic designer, illustrator and part time photographer before I switched to architecture. The reasons I listed are the very reasons why apple is industry standard across the design/artistic professions. The application vs document based OS behaviour is fundamental when multitasking across applications. Windows' application behaviour seriously slows down productivity when working.

If the OP is a photographer then he is using the wrong machine IMO.
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