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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris M View Post
    We've left poor Theo behind on this thread. He casually asked if anyone had a preference in laptop brands...
    true enough... I don't think there is much to choose between the major brands - HP, dell, acer, asus.. I would always choose between models... there are lots of things to think about; my experience of laptops is limited to HP and Acer - battery life is way different in the two models in question, as are USB ports [not everyone want to use a powered hub] - just two examples over and above the baseline spec; as said it always depends what you want it for...

    I build my own PC desktop[s] - have since the last millenium - currently I like ASUS as a 'best bang for buck' m/board and graphics

    drawing is something I do; cintiq/painter/sai2 mostly, with xara for vectors... but three lines is always just three lines, its all in the way you draw 'em
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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    I imagine poor Theo rocking back and forth in a corner muttering something like I only asked for a simple opinion.

    SAI2? My daughter used SAI for a year or two then suddenly stopped. She wobbles around the lower edge of the Autistic spectrum (depending which specialist she sees) so there's likely no particular reason to her stopping. She uses MediBang, but Krita had a spell in the spotlight for a while as well.

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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    SAI2 is version 2 of the original SAI - it is beta ['technical preview'], but that is not a problem for me - it is way more advanced than the original and you can run it for free on the ver 1 licence:

    https://www.systemax.jp/en/sai/devdept.html

    never really got on with krita but it's a general purpose program... SAI isn't, it's a dedicated line-art/colouring tool and that's all it effectively does better than anything else I know, but if you want filters plugins printing scanning effects fancy brushes or anything else, you need another program that you can interface with via PSD format

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    - sorry about the digressions - how much is your budget, always the question before you even start....
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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    MacBook Pro? I've used one of these for 6-7 years, and it's still going strong.

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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by rascaljoliette View Post
    MacBook Pro? I've used one of these for 6-7 years, and it's still going strong.
    Not usually the first choice for someone who wants to run Windows-only software..

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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    I resurrect the old thread that I started.

    Success!

    I have my old and trusted Dell Inspiron N3010. I have fitted the Crucial SSD having cloned it using the Acronis software that they supplied. I found instructions for changing the HDD on You Tube and followed them precisely and there was no problem apart from being left with 4 screws at the end of the procedure. This entailed reversing until I got to where they were missing.

    With that problem sorted the laptop started and was running within 90s of pressing the button from shutdown. It even applies Windows updates in a shorter time than overnight! It all cost about 70 which is something of a saving over the 800 or so that I was planning for a new one...

    ... and I am not disposing of an old machine with all the consequences for the environment.

    I do have to put up with the silver paint having worn off the corner of the laptop where I rest my left wrist, tho.

    Thanks for everyone's help and advice.

    T

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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    good to know
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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theo View Post
    I resurrect the old thread that I started.

    Success!

    I have my old and trusted Dell Inspiron N3010. I have fitted the Crucial SSD having cloned it using the Acronis software that they supplied. I found instructions for changing the HDD on You Tube and followed them precisely and there was no problem apart from being left with 4 screws at the end of the procedure. This entailed reversing until I got to where they were missing.

    With that problem sorted the laptop started and was running within 90s of pressing the button from shutdown. It even applies Windows updates in a shorter time than overnight! It all cost about 70 which is something of a saving over the 800 or so that I was planning for a new one...

    ... and I am not disposing of an old machine with all the consequences for the environment.

    I do have to put up with the silver paint having worn off the corner of the laptop where I rest my left wrist, tho.

    Thanks for everyone's help and advice.

    T
    Excellent! you have now upgraded to the same laptop and configuration that my wife had about several years ago! Where have you been? ;-)

    Seriously, my wife complained about the speed of this laptop until the SSD went in. Now she never complains about it. These are good machines once you have an SSD aboard.

    Good job!

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    Default Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by pauland View Post
    Excellent! you have now upgraded to the same laptop and configuration that my wife had about several years ago! Where have you been? ;-)

    Seriously, my wife complained about the speed of this laptop until the SSD went in. Now she never complains about it. These are good machines once you have an SSD aboard.

    Good job!
    The thing that I really don't like about the dell is that there is no led to indicate that the caps lock is set. Before typing in a password I have to open a Notepad page to test caps lock/no caps lock.

    T

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    Lightbulb Re: Decisions, decisions. Which laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theo View Post
    The thing that I really don't like about the dell is that there is no led to indicate that the caps lock is set. Before typing in a password I have to open a Notepad page to test caps lock/no caps lock.
    T
    Do check out any offered software but there are solutions out there: http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/17/...-software.html. Dell may even have one.

    Windows 10 does have an On-screen Keyboard that shows Caps & ScrLk ON/OFF.

    Acorn
    Acorn - My currently active Xara software: occasionally serviced XDPX, purposely unserviced XDPX12 & XDPX11 (32/64-bit), unserviced XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7 and lots of 'permanently-owned' licences back through time (to CC's Artworks)

 

 

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