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Looking to buy a newer Laptop

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I'm looking for some opinions on what (which model, processor, memory) and where I should buy a newer laptop.

I need to upgrade my laptop to an Intel based version so that I can upgrade to Adobe CS5 Design Premium. I don't need the absolute newest one but I want something that will last like my current PowerBook G4 has. My main concern is speed as I usually run multiple programs at a time (InDesign+Photoshop+Illustrator). I'm looking at the 15" size this time around and my budget is around $1200.

Thank you to anyone that can help!
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Originally Posted by MrsRiv View Post

I need to upgrade my laptop to an Intel based version so that I can upgrade to Adobe CS5 Design Premium. I don't need the absolute newest one but I want something that will last like my current PowerBook G4 has. My main concern is speed as I usually run multiple programs at a time (InDesign+Photoshop+Illustrator). I'm looking at the 15" size this time around and my budget is around $1200.

The requirements for those programs are more RAM and storage-based than CPU so you should get by just fine with an older 15" Macbook Pro. I wouldn't recommend spending that much on a used machine without warranty though.

Apple sell refurbished machines with a full warranty, which you can extend to 3 years:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC...co=MTgwOTc3MTg

You can get laptops with a warranty on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/15-Macbook-Pro-2...#ht_500wt_1156

but for a long-term computer, you'd be better off buying from Apple and extend the warranty within 12 months after purchase.
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