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Old 02-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #41
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That is only true for a small subset of the i7 chips. Most use dual rank RAM.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #42
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I'd opt for an i7. Note that the i5 and i7 chips for mobile use are not the same as the desktop chips. Very confusing on Intel's part. For DTP, I'd get the faster cpu. RAM? I have 8 gb on my desktop. Don't think I have ever seen more than 4 in use. However, Win 7 is good about using the rest as disk cache.

I'd also look for a 7200 rpm drive. Makes no sense to me to put 5400 rpm in a performance computer. I'd also go with 750 gb.

If your eyes can handle it, go for a higher rez display. I think Lenovo offers 1440x900. The extra pixels in height help with web pages.

A dock really simplifies the process of grabbing the laptop and leaving. And returning.

I'd get the camera. It saves very little money and the internal one can't be added later.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #43
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You might find it helpful to check out a long thread on Compuserve that I started last year when about to buy an LCD Monitor to replace my failing 19 Hitachi CRT 4 x 3 monitor.

Specs for new LCD monitor

If you skim through it you will find some messages from John Crea that are useful and this message from Dan in St Louis which links to an interactive spreadsheet listing monitors, sizes resolutions etc and from which you can see the vertical height you need at a different resolution to match the vertical height and the resolution you are used to.

It really helped me and while it related to an external monitor it can apply to the LCD screen on a laptop too or if you decide to get a larger external monitor.

Also the followup thread Monitor inputs .. after I received the HP L2311X monitor may contain some stuff of interest or just amusing (like trying to get the control buttons on the monitor to work .....)

   
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #44
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Herself and I both have progressive bifocals and discovered that the laptop monitor falls right in the sweet spot. Most regular monitors sit a bit higher and we both find ourselves sitting in awkward positions in order to see them properly.

So we're both quite happy with lappies as our main PCs.

Odd. True. ;-)

   
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Thanks, Bob! All suggestions noted.

   
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Herself and I both have progressive bifocals and discovered that the laptop monitor falls right in the sweet spot. Most regular monitors sit a bit higher and we both find ourselves sitting in awkward positions in order to see them properly.

So we're both quite happy with lappies as our main PCs.

Odd. True. ;-)
You know, that is the one thing about using a laptop as a laptop that I've liked.

   
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I don't remember 1400x1050 even being an option in the T420, unfortunately, but I'll look for it just in case.

Dang, I'm going to have to print out this whole thread, LOL!

   
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My laptop with 1400x1050 is an older R60; I'm not sure they're selling anything in 4:3 these days).

1600x900 is an inexpensive ($50 maybe?) option on the T420s; a no-brainer. That's standard on the 520s, with 1920x1080 available at $200 extra. That one takes a bit more thought. I'd have gone for it when I bought my last laptop, but it wasn't available at the time. Rats.

   
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You know, that is the one thing about using a laptop as a laptop that I've liked.
So your first question to ask of any prospective external monitor:

How low can you go?

   
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1920 x 1080 is the resolution on my 23 in LCD and using that on a 17in screen would I expect not be very nice -- except for image work.

For text work I'd be looking for lower not higher resolution like I used 1024 x 768 on my 4 x 3 19in CRT ....

On my 23 in LCD I'm using the Zoom 125% setting to get reasonable reading text with the default Forum settings I encounter.

   
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