Back in December I blogged about this subject a couple of times. Today I’m here to tell you that I’m about to eat my very own words. I had expressed my frustration and disgust for Windows Vista and how much I was displeased with it. Well, I’ll soon be purchasing a new laptop for my digital photography and guess what? It’s going to be a PC.
Before you flame-spray me with your comments, let me explain why. I had previously mentioned that most of the hardware is the same today for Macs and PCs which is still true. Comparing both side by side with consideration to price, Macs are very overpriced. So do I really want to pay $1,000.00 more for a notebook with the same hardware and a different operating system that only costs $130.00? NO WAY! I’m not hating on Macs because I still think they are great. But as I have gotten older (and hopefully a little wiser) I have become a little bit of a cheapskate.
When it comes to using Photoshop and Lightroom, the very most important piece of hardware you can have in your computer is MEMORY (RAM)! More RAM will make a greater difference in Photoshop/Lightroom performance than a faster processor (CPU). How do I know this? I upgraded my RAM to 2GB in my desktop machine running Windows Vista Ultimate which still has an outdated Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU in it. I also use a Dell Latitude D620 at work which has an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and runs Vista Ultimate as well. My 5 year old desktop smokes it when it comes to running Photoshop. The Dell laptop has a faster system bus, much newer hardware, and less running on it and my desktop is still faster because of the fact it has more memory.
Couple all of this with the fact that I already own Adobe CS3 Web Premium for Windows, Lightroom for Windows, and I use Word and Excel heavily for work. Yeah, I can get all of ‘em for a Mac too but that’s just more money I would have to shell out. I can take that extra $1,000.00 I’ll save on the notebook and buy a new lens or other camera gear. It’s just not worth it to me.
So there you have it. I just ate my own words with regards to the computer I’ll choose for digital photography. Post your comments and let me know which OS you prefer or work with. Have a great week!