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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Buyer's Guide 2007: Ultimate Systems

Speed through digital darkroom work with these powerful computers

Apple LaptopMacBook Pro 17-inch Notebook
The notebook by which all other notebooks are judged, Apple's MacBook Pro is hard to beat—not just for its good looks, but for its performance and features as well. Hot technologies like WiFi and Bluetooth are standard, as is support for digital video output to displays or projectors. It's equipped with 1 GB of RAM, which you can double for a reasonable sum.


Base Configuration
Processor: 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo
Memory: 1 GB
Video Card: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256 MB
Hard Drive: 100 GB, 7200 RPM
Optical Drive: SuperDrive (CD/DVD burner)
Ports: FireWire 800; FireWire 400; USB 2.0 (3); DVI
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet; AirPort (WiFi); Bluetooth
Price: $2,699 (as configured)

PC LaptopHP Pavilion dv9000z 17-inch Notebook
This handsome notebook offers the choice of two types of AMD processors: the entry-level Sempron and the more powerful, 64-bit Turion. You can bump up the hard-drive configuration to include two 120 GB drives for a total of 240 GB of storage. Bluetooth is an option, as is a cool LightScribe CD/DVD burner, which lets you imprint labels on compatible CDs and DVDs right in the drive.

Base Configuration
Processor: 1.8 GHz AMD Sempron 3500
Memory: 512 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256 MB
Hard Drive: 80 GB, 5400 RPM
Optical Drive: CD/DVD burner
Ports: FireWire; USB 2.0 (4); HDMI, VGA and S-Video
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet; WiFi; Bluetooth optional
Price: $1,299 (as configured)



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