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Looking for a lightweight graphics laptop


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#1 Iguanaonastick

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:39 AM

Hello folks!

Im an illustration student who prefers working digitally. As such, im looking for a laptop i could bring with me to the uni and back, to use for drawing while in class.

What i want:

1) NOT A MAC. I dont care if they are faster, better, same, cheaper, whatever. I am not getting a mac, period. Sorry, mac lovers.

2) Lightweight. I will be bringing it with me every day for next ~3 years or so, so i want it to weigh less than a large brick Preferably around 1.5-2kg

3) Performance - the laptop will be used 99.9% for digital drawing. Im talking 2d Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai sketching, painting and editing. No games whatsoever are planned, and very mild internet browsing. However i would prefer my PS / PTS running properly and relatively smoothly, without delays or other "slow" things. There will be no 3d, just 2d art.


I already have a powerful desktop, so i do not need any "additional" functions - this laptop will be used only for drawing in class.
My price range is under ~1200 or so.


There are 2 reasons im asking about it in this thread.
1) Im terrible when it comes to laptop hardware. I have no idea what's available / how much it costs / how it performs / etc.

2) I have no idea what specs i need for digital art. I mean, i always used my main "powerful gaming" pc for it, meaning i always had more than enough CPU / GPU / RAM / etc for it. However when it comes down to what specifically (and how much of it) i need for my laptop, im kinda clueless.


After browsing around the web etc, the one laptop that attracted my attention was Lenovo T430 - like this configuration here:

Intel i7-3520M (4m cache)
Win 7 64 pro
14.0 HD+ (1600x900) LED Backjlit Anti-Glare Display
Nvidia Optimus Graphics (NVS 5400M, 2GB)
8GB RAM (DDR3 1600 MHz 2 DIMM)
128gb SSD, SATA3
extra 500GB HDD 7200RPM
9Cell Li-Ion 70++
~2kg weight

Total cost is... 1265 not including VAT.

There are 2 problems i have with the above omdel, however.
1) Im not sure of the dis[play quality
2) 1.3k not including vat (so around 1.6k total) - which is a lot of money... so i would much rather go for something cheaper if possible.


Given what i have told you, would it be at all possible for you to help me out with finding the laptop i need? Please keep in mind that i am based in London, UK, and as such would prefer a UK-available product.

Thanks in advance!

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

What you want is a Ultrabook which definitely will be lightweight and snappy with it's SSD like thiswhich should do the trick.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:57 AM

Sounds interesting.
Can anyone familiar with digital art stuff comment on performance?

Edit: also, not sure if CPU is good enough for artsy stuff? and 4gb ram seems a bit mediocre, or am i wrong?

Edited by Iguanaonastick, 17 October 2012 - 12:03 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

The CPU is powerful enough and the ram can be easily upgraded if you do need more.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#5 Iguanaonastick

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:27 PM

The CPU is powerful enough and the ram can be easily upgraded if you do need more.


Problem is, i will not be upgrading it myself, and the seller doesnt offer the upgrade option. I do not want a "home-brew" laptop, i want with proper warranty etc.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

anyone?




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