okay so I’ve got a few options here. I’ve spent a few days glancing over some laptops but today I’ve probably spent up to four hours straight of just looking deeply into a replacement laptop for my old Toshiba.
Looking into it from an artist’s perspective, I was heavily looking into the Surface Pro 3 for a long while. But now I’m not so sure, after looking more into it. Even looking into a used Cintiq I’m not so sure.
I’m partial to having a laptop to work on. not only that but one that can handle the RAM that adobe products eat up and to be able to run those programs wonderfully. The fancy touch screen tablets where you draw on the screen sound nice but I’m not completely sure if it appeals to me. My intuos4 still works beautifully and I’ve grown quite attached to it.
Looking into the surface pro 3 there were some concerns with how things work especially concerning the pen itself and not having the buttons like a wacom tablet does.
I was also directed to the Lenovo Y510p which does sound super tempting but I’m wondering if I’m looking into something /too/ heavy since it’s also recommended as a gaming computer and for heavy 3d modeling work.
I want to avoid macs if at all possible. But I also definitely want a laptop I’ll be able to tote around with me as I bring my computer nearly everywhere with me.
some people have recommended Alienware but those tend to be quite… bulky for my tastes.
what I’m basically looking for is:
- something affordable around $1000 or less [I don’t mind buying used if it’s ‘like new’]
- portable replacement laptop, essentially
- able to handle adobe products like illustrator, photoshop, after effects, ect.
- maybe gaming?? If not, I could possibly be looking into getting a gaming desktop specifically for that and heavier artwork [my brother will rebuild his old one for me]
- something that can handle a lot of multitasking
- preferably has webcam/mic built into it
- compatible with Paint Tool SAI
- I need a good screen that really displays colors well. My old Toshiba was not very good with this and the difference was astonishing when I viewed my artwork on other monitors
- I don’t care either way whether or not it has a touch screen
It will be a device I will have to commit to for many years and I want it to be an investment worth taking. I’m not very good when it comes to researching laptops and I have people from all over tell me “Toshiba sucks” “HP is the best” “those two are garbage” “I’ve had the best luck with Toshiba” “Get an Asus” “Asus is trash” and just constant favoritism which I have no stance or opinion on either way. I just want something that works for my needs and works well.
While I will continue to do research on my own and ask close friends and family what they think, what’s your opinions or suggestions on which device to go with?