Hello everyone thanks in advance for thoroughly explaining your recommendations.
So here is my dilemma…
I would like to have a laptop as my primary (and only) computer so that I am able to continue working when traveling or at home. So would like it to be powerful yet light (5lbs max, preferably 3.5sih).
I will be working with a program that requires about the same processing power as Photoshop C6 and so believe I need about 8GB of ram or more and a processor equivalent or more powerful that the i5. These numbers are based on a quick online search; do they look accurate to you guys?
I would also like to set up two external monitors (HP w2207) with great resolution. I know this requires a decent graphics card but even after an online search I am foreign to exactly what I need. Though I have never worked with one before, the expense of a docking station would justify allowing an easy dual monitor set up.
Lastly the more bang for my buck the better. However, I would prefer to spend extra to purchase a laptop that easily accommodates my criteria than to have to deal with any sort of headaches due to lack of power, a difficult or low resolution dual monitor set up and or back pain (to heavy). My budget is 600-1200 and would consider a used or refurbished from eBay or similar to acquire a “better deal”.
I believe a weighted average of my laptop satisfaction would be (please forgive any incorrect annotation, I hated math):
Satisfaction = f(weight) x .15 + f(performance) x .5 + f(quality dual monitor resolution) x .35
To summarize, I would like a laptop that:
• Weighs 3.5-5lbs (lighter the better)
• Can breeze through a program similar to Photoshop (not very sure what type of power that requires)
• Can easily accommodate two external monitors with great resolution (would consider a docking station)
• Fits a $600-$1200 budget and would prefer used or refurbished if I get more for my dollar
Thanks in advance guys!