i'm buying a laptop for web development and am not sure what to look for.
I know i need a larger than normal screen (15.4 etc.) to develop on but with regards to sxga, xga and wxga screen types i'm not to sure which is the best screen to develop on. there are resolutions to think about also.
I understand most internet users have 1024x768 but surely the bigger the resolution the better development envioronment your going to work in??
SXGA is, from what i've read on the net, the better screen type to use but i just needed to see what you guys thought. just so i know i'm not making a bad purchase.
I look forward to your feedback
My feedback is that your
My feedback is that your pages should never be designed for any particular screen size or resolution. You have no control over that at all so you need to design pages that will work at any resolution. Heck some of your users won't even have screens at all.
Some will be browsing on teensy tiny PDA screens or even cell phones.
Well documented methods exist to design pages that work at any size and so my advice is that you should learn and apply these methods. Starting at the "How to" section of this very website would be an excellent first step.
for development I like
for development I like resolutions as big as possible. I have a 1400x1050 resolution on the laptop and 1600x1200 on the desktop. It's nice for an overview of codes, since the higher your resolution, the more characters fit on a screen
However like already said, don't design for these resolutions. there's a difference between designing FOR a resolution, and designing ON a resolution
i understand the demand for
i understand the demand for sites viewable on multi-resolution screens.
Surely if you develop on these kinds of resolutions your not designing with 1024x768 in mind or any other res come to think of it? your designing on a 1600x1200 res so surely your making the site to look good on your current res not the 1024x768?!?!? so is this is where CSS comes in?
i personally like larger screens because there is more space to work in but i have come across widescreen laptops that are only 14.1" (active matrix) but have resolutions of up to 1280x800. on the other side of the spectrum i've seen 15" with max resolutions of just 1024x768 and 15.4" WXGA screens.
from this im not sure which variant to go with. this is where you guys come in and suggest which ones you would get
thanx for all the feedback!
A site should look good in
A site should look good in all kinds of resolutions. Of course you decide for which ones you want to develop.
I don't aim for 1600x1200 users, but I do make sure my sites (generally for the 1024x768 audience) look good on 1600x1200 resolutions as well. And that can be stretching designs, or not stretching designs.
For developing not testing
For developing not testing ... I'd have to say big is better.
What will you use the laptop for?
Save a little on the laptop, make sure you have a decent chair/desk/lighting and then get a superb standalone flat panel monitor.
Will you be doing complex graphic manipulations/transformations?
I don't know much about the GHz requirements for those, but for much of your work-a-day web development GHz aren't a huge consideration. Intel doesn't need the extra dosh, so save it for spending on that flat panel
the reason the laptop is on
the reason the laptop is on the shopping list is due to my employer. They are paying for it and i need to justify the price tag.
As i will mainly be working at the employers headquarters the laptop won't be used much on the move, although some work may be carried out across various locations, it isn't as important. I need strong picture clarity but i wonder if a 14" screen is big enough even though the resolution maybe suitable for web development.
I'm the head web guy and need a suitable machine for running various apps at the same time (such as Studio 8, Photoshop and visual studio). I would prefer a quality screen (large preferably) as i can't stand the bog standard quite dull laptop screens (i feel as though my apps are squeezed in and makes navigation/developing difficult).
I agree about the high spec flat panel but a laptop is all they are offering. I have a web site where you can view all available laptops. Apple's are not available even though they are listed! the maximum i can spend is around 600 Uk pounds but if the one i need is more then i have good reason to justify it!
let me know what you recommend/think?!?!?
All that software and a
All that software and a cruddy laptop. Swap Visual Studio 2005 for extra cash to upgrade to an Apple Macbook Pro
You can get all the web development tools you'll need Open Source on the web
hey chris, did u check out
hey chris, did u check out the range of laptops on offer?
any particular ones catch your eye (except the apples??)
I did take a quick look, but
I did take a quick look, but not too close. Sorry.