Choosing the Best Computer For Graphic Design

by John Schofield - Date: 2010-11-08 - Word Count: 543 Share This!

In the 1980s, desktop publishing came out and graphic designers began to utilize computers for all kinds of things. It has soon fuelled them to be in competition with each other, in terms of computer hardware and whatnot. Desktop Publishing (DTP) are systems that were developed to replace pre-press, specialist design and compositing systems. Graphic design relies on the use of computers, either Windows PCs or Apple Macs; and all designers aim to be able to use the best computer for this purpose. Good ones will rarely choose cheap hardware for something as important as this; and it all boils down to making the finest choice.

Macs were the weapon of choice, especially in the eighties, for both designing and printing. Many design layout and graphics software was developed for Macs. Some were able to function in Microsoft Windows PC, as well, but most programs are more reliable when they are running on Mac. Nowadays, however, most designing software can easily be used in both Mac or PC. Graphic designers no longer have to choose one anymore.

Most graphic design experts are not even IT literate; and they spend quite an awful lot of time making a decision of which computer to choose. If money, of course were to be considered, then the choice would be a lot simpler. If you wish to make your choice based on which one was more valuable, then you would just buy the most expensive in the list. Unfortunately, since most graphic designers cannot afford expensive hardware, and often only have money to buy second-hand computers, they focus themselves on the secondary considerations: colour accuracy, hard disk speed, external storage devices and monitor calibration.

Top five computers for graphic design
Mac Pro Desktop: Most graphic designers still prefer the Mac line, among all the others. Apple says that Mac Pro features the all-new quad-core Intel Xeon "Nehalen" processor that simplifies every graphic designer's job. It is 1.9 times faster than the one that came before it, and it is equipped with an integrated memory controller that allows it to have faster access to the data that has been stored in the memory, allowing designers to complete their jobs in record time.

MacBok Prop Laptop: This one is available in 13. 15 and 17 inches, and operates in high-performance NVDIA graphics and LED backlit display. The battery power, compared to the others, is able to last for up to eight hours, and it is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

Dell Studio XPS Desktop: Equipped with an Intel Core 15 and 17 processors, the Dell Studio XPS Desktop is perfect for video and 3D-editing jobs, especially if you upgrade your system to the 16GB and Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM. A simple 3GB will probably allow you to edit photographs and create vectors and raster designs quite easily, and is able create clear, flawless and precise graphics like no other hardware can.

Toshiba Qosmio Laptop: It is the most affordable solution for your graphic designing needs and it is powered by Intel Core 15 or 17 processor.

HP Pavilion Elite Desktop: Another rather affordable computer that is either powered by AMD Anthlon or Intel Core processor. It has memories that range between 4GB up to 9GB and is able to guarantee smooth and effortless graphics.

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