If you run applications like AutoCAD or 3ds Max or some other that really uses the professional graphics and can benefit from certified hardware, the Precision is a good choice. You aren't likely to find anything much cheaper than that in terms of a mobile workstation. I payed $2100 for my Quadro-equipped Latitude at the time they still made those and it's not even ISV certified.
But if you want a laptop for gaming or if you're not going to be running intensive engineering programs, you don't want a Precision. It's not a gaming machine and it's overkill for anything else. In this case, you would best be finding a cheaper computer, or something still higher-end but with consumer-grade hardware. It would probably serve your needs better and it'll be lighter on the wallet.
Edit: Photoshop isn't a program that really benefits from having workstation graphics unless you plan to be using a lot of the 3D features that were introduced sometime during the last few versions. If you plan to be working mostly with flat images, any decent GPU should do you well (never buy integrated graphics), and the most important thing to watch is that you get a computer with enough RAM to run the program. Certainly a Precision will run it well, but I think you can easily find a computer with similar hardware, with different graphics, that will run it just as well. I also can't find a certified hardware list for Photoshop, so that right there could be a big hint. But I don't know the specs of your last laptop, so I can't tell you if any one thing was bottlenecking PS, so you'll have to use your judgement.
· 8 years ago