Well, I just started looking around for a laptop for college, and I have one pretty much laid out. My only concern is the difference between hard drives... It costs at least $50 more to upgrade from a 120 gig 5400 rpm drive to a 100 gig 7200 drive. Is the extra speed really worth it? Or should I just stick with a large yet slow drive? Oh, and just to let you know, I'd probably be using this machine mostly for word processing etc., but also lots of graphics related stuff, storing pictures, and watching the occasional movie. Thanks for any advice.
If you work with LARGE images in something like Photoshop, a 5400 RPM drive will kill you. But for normal editing and everything else you listed will be fine.
Well it depends on what your doing. Are you going to be watching movies from the hard drive or a DVD? Do you plan on using the laptop for photoshop or just browsing your pictures?
The performance of a 7200RPM drive over that of a 5400RPM drive has always been somewhat palpable to me.
Personally, I'd get the smaller, faster drive. If extra storage (just for files and such) is needed, go external. Pretty soon we should start seeing laptops with eSATA ports...
does eSATA stand for external SATA? I do agree that a higher rpm, lower storage drive is better.
deathwarderdoes eSATA stand for external SATA? I do agree that a higher rpm, lower storage drive is better.
Thats kind of where I'm leaning right now. Even if I do happen to take an inordinate amount of pictures, I can always shove them onto a DVD if I really need the extra space, right? Thanks for your opinions.
Yes you can, and at like 5 megapixels, even as bitmaps that is a lot of photos.