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Hello.. I hope that everyone has a great New Year 's Eve and a wonderful 2014......and now for my problem: I need to get a: tablet?? a laptop?? a smart phone?? and which one do I need??

I am so confused you have no idea..I have spoken to Apple and just about everyone else.. and I am still unsure as to which 'device' would be best for me. Can anyone/everyone please help me and give me some direction..??..

I know what I need to do. If I start by listing my needs will someone help me get some direction.. up to specific direction? I need to make a decision soon. I appreciate all of your support. And.. I also have an open mind and can listen to comments that you may want to make to me. I actually enjoy reading your comments and direction you can give me. Because I am NOT super smart when it comes to computers. I am smart.. but do not know about all options that are available these days. I have been trying to get a specific device in mind for months.. I have a headache now.. I would rather read your comments than take aspirin or a shot of whiskey..

So.. here re my thoughts..(and I know this is a Dell forum.. but maybe something other than Dell would be best....I really like Dell products but Apple might be best..please advise.....)

I do not game. I DO graphics - a lot of graphics. I make jewelry so I need the best camera and video camera. I need it to be portable. I need a phone of some sort. Do I get a separate phone? separate from an iPad or something like this? I would lke to have a stylus so I could draw onto the screen - if possible. I would like a good sound recorder. I am not really into music - but I like good speakers.. Long life in a battery is a good option. A connect to a printer.. and a printer. I do a lot of image/graphics work. A web cam.. or would that be covered in the video unit? I would like it to be on the larger side... small is too small for me to see images. I am talking about screen size of 13 inches .. or so. I could get used to a smaller screen.. like in a smart phone.. but I do need something big so I could show the employer what I have worked on.. A retina screen - or some screen that has excellent resolution.. Excellent..

What else do I need to tell you?.. I am not set on Dell.. but - as I said - I like Dell and found them to be high quality units. I once had a wonderful PC from Dell. Oh, price.. I would like it to be not very costly.. but I know I may have to get something that costs a lot. Keeping the cost in mind..but do not let the cost be a main factor.....I could take into consideration the various prices... when making my decisions.

I really do hope that someone/anyone can help me figure out what I want. Maybe I could use a late-model device.. not a brand new one.. I really do not know. I wish I had tons of money.. then I could get several of them and keep the one I like the best.. But reality says .. NO. to that idea.

And what operating system, etc.. do you suggest?? What graphics program?? etc...

I appreciate all of your support and please feel free to email me: rosepetaldreams@live.com and put something like: forum support in the subject line.

Really.. THANK YOU.. Rickie Beth.. - Roxy is my rescue dog...

Thank You... from Rickie Beth & Roxy

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  • Hello! - actually wasn't looking to answer a post today, was just passing by looking for server monitoring software for fan control...stumbled across this post.

    My 2c....

    What graphics applications are you using? - if something like photoshop or 3D CAD software?

    Actually, Photoshop and 3D CAD can mean that you have the potential for 2 different setups. For example, 3D work generally works best with a dedicated graphics card like a NVidia GTX620M, or if using photoshop an inbuilt Intel chipset might be just fine.

     

    Do you have a preference as to the form factor? - this is usually a big limiting factor: "I want a supercomputer in something the size of my phone" - really, you only have one option there...probably nothing. But, assuming the form-factor you want is available with the specs, lets try work out which would be the most appropriate.

    Screen resolution, you've already decided it needs to be at least Full HD - totally agree...don't go for anything less, with this i'd also suggest a 15.6" screen - it's large enough to make use of the resolution without being a paving brick to pick up and move - but it'll still be on the heavy side, definitely no mac-air...but you'll need functionality if the most important thing is design work.  you could also lose your mind and go crazy big for a laptop - up to 19" I believe...but you probably wouldn't want to carry that around.

    Touchscreen.....well, it kinda feels like it's being narrowed down already to the Precision M3800 in the Dell range, if you're doing design work, i'd make a guess and say that you're going to need enough hard drive space to store potentially 3D files, or files with multiple layers (or whatever program you're using's equiv). The M3800 offers a 1Tb Hybrid drive (SSHD) and while i'm a big fan of the Hybrid drives, I personally feel they were better when they were 7200rpm, not the dwindling 5400's they are in this current generation. That said, there's always the "how far to bend over and take it" SSD solution which will give you 512Gb of space.

    Can't vouge for the camera or the speakers as these systems are too expensive even for specialised Geo's and Engineers to want to buy (we usually feed them the M4800's)...but the specs on the M3800 do look great!

    Lets just say for a moment that you haven't won lotto recently though, there's always the chance that if you only need to work with layers and 2D images - or 'basic' CAD that a Surface Pro 2 with a 512 SSD HDD would probably do the trick too - upgrade the RAM to 8Gb though...I think that'll be important. All up with a 'proper' keyboard, mouse and the RAM and HDD upgrades you'll probably be looking around $2600 all up - but it'll be a truly neat package.

    Check to see if your software will run on Windows 8, I've had issues with Mining software and 'specialised' softwares not wanting to run on the latest Microsoft offerings...

    I would say for the screen size, depending on how much time you work away from your desk, if you work mainly at your desk but still want the ultraportability, then the Surface is a good choice - if you find you do most of your work at your desk, and don't mind if it's a little more of a 'challenge' to take places, stick with a traditional laptop design. alternatively if you think you'll do all your work at your desk....buy a desktop - you'll get much better bang-for-buck. If you don't need CAD certification, get a good Alienware gaming system with a cruncher graphics card and CPU, fill it up with SSD's and some simple storage for long-term retention (don't forget some external backups too!) and laugh mildly to the bank.

    I recommend the Dell warranty though...go 3 years, it's worth it!

    The other scenario is that you might work a lot at your desk, and then work a lot on the road...I suggest something like the Surface Pro 2 with an external screen or two - can't recall if I've seen it released yet, but I think Microsoft was making a dock to allow 2 external screens connected to the Surface Pro 2...more money...but still cheaper than the M3800.

    Don't get me wrong though, the M3800 would probably win most races, and it would be a really good quality system with good support...not to say Surface wouldn't be..just Dell Precisions have the 'better' track record.

    Ok, I better get back to what i'm supposed to be doing, best of luck finding what you need - hopefully what I've written has helped.

     

    Chillin'!

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  • Hello! - actually wasn't looking to answer a post today, was just passing by looking for server monitoring software for fan control...stumbled across this post.

    My 2c....

    What graphics applications are you using? - if something like photoshop or 3D CAD software?

    Actually, Photoshop and 3D CAD can mean that you have the potential for 2 different setups. For example, 3D work generally works best with a dedicated graphics card like a NVidia GTX620M, or if using photoshop an inbuilt Intel chipset might be just fine.

     

    Do you have a preference as to the form factor? - this is usually a big limiting factor: "I want a supercomputer in something the size of my phone" - really, you only have one option there...probably nothing. But, assuming the form-factor you want is available with the specs, lets try work out which would be the most appropriate.

    Screen resolution, you've already decided it needs to be at least Full HD - totally agree...don't go for anything less, with this i'd also suggest a 15.6" screen - it's large enough to make use of the resolution without being a paving brick to pick up and move - but it'll still be on the heavy side, definitely no mac-air...but you'll need functionality if the most important thing is design work.  you could also lose your mind and go crazy big for a laptop - up to 19" I believe...but you probably wouldn't want to carry that around.

    Touchscreen.....well, it kinda feels like it's being narrowed down already to the Precision M3800 in the Dell range, if you're doing design work, i'd make a guess and say that you're going to need enough hard drive space to store potentially 3D files, or files with multiple layers (or whatever program you're using's equiv). The M3800 offers a 1Tb Hybrid drive (SSHD) and while i'm a big fan of the Hybrid drives, I personally feel they were better when they were 7200rpm, not the dwindling 5400's they are in this current generation. That said, there's always the "how far to bend over and take it" SSD solution which will give you 512Gb of space.

    Can't vouge for the camera or the speakers as these systems are too expensive even for specialised Geo's and Engineers to want to buy (we usually feed them the M4800's)...but the specs on the M3800 do look great!

    Lets just say for a moment that you haven't won lotto recently though, there's always the chance that if you only need to work with layers and 2D images - or 'basic' CAD that a Surface Pro 2 with a 512 SSD HDD would probably do the trick too - upgrade the RAM to 8Gb though...I think that'll be important. All up with a 'proper' keyboard, mouse and the RAM and HDD upgrades you'll probably be looking around $2600 all up - but it'll be a truly neat package.

    Check to see if your software will run on Windows 8, I've had issues with Mining software and 'specialised' softwares not wanting to run on the latest Microsoft offerings...

    I would say for the screen size, depending on how much time you work away from your desk, if you work mainly at your desk but still want the ultraportability, then the Surface is a good choice - if you find you do most of your work at your desk, and don't mind if it's a little more of a 'challenge' to take places, stick with a traditional laptop design. alternatively if you think you'll do all your work at your desk....buy a desktop - you'll get much better bang-for-buck. If you don't need CAD certification, get a good Alienware gaming system with a cruncher graphics card and CPU, fill it up with SSD's and some simple storage for long-term retention (don't forget some external backups too!) and laugh mildly to the bank.

    I recommend the Dell warranty though...go 3 years, it's worth it!

    The other scenario is that you might work a lot at your desk, and then work a lot on the road...I suggest something like the Surface Pro 2 with an external screen or two - can't recall if I've seen it released yet, but I think Microsoft was making a dock to allow 2 external screens connected to the Surface Pro 2...more money...but still cheaper than the M3800.

    Don't get me wrong though, the M3800 would probably win most races, and it would be a really good quality system with good support...not to say Surface wouldn't be..just Dell Precisions have the 'better' track record.

    Ok, I better get back to what i'm supposed to be doing, best of luck finding what you need - hopefully what I've written has helped.

     

    Chillin'!