trying to find a good laptop for graphic design for $250-$350 new

D4VE710

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Ive looked at many laptops and just cant find the right one. Looking for good storage and good display and accurate colors and etc. Looking to run adobe flash and photoshop.
 

jaguarskx

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Color accuracy does not depend on the GPU at all. It is only dependent on the quality of the LCD screen itself. There is color accuracy where the colors only need to be good enough given the price of the laptop and the hobby you want to pursue. Then there is "COLOR ACCURACY" where we are talking about professional work where color accuracy is extremely important.

In either case you are not going to find a laptop with decent color accuracy within your budget because it is too low. A $350 laptop has to cut a lot of corners to bring the price down that low. That means low performance hardware and relatively low quality LCD screens. The cost of a color accurate LCD display panel alone used in a laptop for professional graphics purposes can cost just as much as your budget.

You are going to need to define the level of color accuracy you are looking for and adjust your budget and expectations accordingly.
 

ronintexas

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One of the problems is "great display and accurate colors" require a "high-end" display and GPU - a good display is $200-$300 (or higher), and a good GPU is $200 - $300 (or higher). Trying to get both in a laptop will can raise the price to $1500 - $2500....they aren't as configurable as a PC...

What programs are you using for graphic design?
 

k1114

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You don't need an expensive gpu for that. But that price will hardly get entry level laptops. Not something you'd really want to do graphic design on. You'd be better off with used if you want to stick with that budget.
 

jaguarskx

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Color accuracy does not depend on the GPU at all. It is only dependent on the quality of the LCD screen itself. There is color accuracy where the colors only need to be good enough given the price of the laptop and the hobby you want to pursue. Then there is "COLOR ACCURACY" where we are talking about professional work where color accuracy is extremely important.

In either case you are not going to find a laptop with decent color accuracy within your budget because it is too low. A $350 laptop has to cut a lot of corners to bring the price down that low. That means low performance hardware and relatively low quality LCD screens. The cost of a color accurate LCD display panel alone used in a laptop for professional graphics purposes can cost just as much as your budget.

You are going to need to define the level of color accuracy you are looking for and adjust your budget and expectations accordingly.
 
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