Graphic designers have been using computer technology since the appearance of desktop publishing (DTP) in the 1980s. This has caused all graphic designers to at least become familiar with computer hardware.
What is desktop publishing (DTP)? In the 1980s, this was a general term for digital publishing systems. These systems were developed to replace large prepress, special design and compositing systems.
Graphic designers rely heavily on computers, whether they are Windows PCs or Apple Macs. Regardless of which computer a graphic designer uses, he chooses the best computer he can buy. Graphic designers will rarely choose cheap computer hardware.
In the 1980s, Macs were the only choice for designing and printing. Almost all of the design layout and graphics software was developed for Macs only, or even if the software could be used on a Microsoft Windows PC, it was much more reliable on a Mac. At the time, Macs were also connected to the various technologies used in prepress, and Windows PCs were simply not a viable choice. Modern versions of Mac OS X and Windows allow graphic designers to use design software on either a Mac or a PC – they are no longer forced to choose from one another.
Many graphic designers are not IT professionals and deciding which computer to buy can be quite daunting. Of course, if money is not a problem, the decision would simply be to buy the most expensive Apple Mac or Windows PC. But most designers can’t afford that. In fact, some creative professionals only have budgets for used equipment. What is really important for these graphic designers are problems that ordinary computer users don’t even have to think about. These are the color accuracy of the printer, the monitor calibration, the hard drive speed and external storage devices for gigabytes of data.
Recent studies show that the top 5 graphic design computers are a mix of Macs and PCs, and both laptop and desktop computers fall into this category. But just like any product a consumer buys, it is in the personal preference of the designer whether to use a desktop computer or a laptop. It is important that the user / graphic designer has the appropriate software for the type of computer he / she wants to purchase.
The top 5 computers for graphic design are:
Mac Pro Desktop
Most graphic designers still prefer Mac computers. According to Apple, the latest Mac Pro has the brand new quad-core processor Intel Xeon “Nehalen”, which makes the work of a graphic designer considerably easier. Apple further states that the new Mac Pro is up to 1.9 times faster than its predecessor. Each processor has an integrated memory controller that enables the processors to access data stored in the computer’s RAM more quickly, reducing memory latency by up to 40 percent. This feature saves designers a lot of time when they do their job.
MacBook Pro laptop
The MacBook Pro laptop is available in sizes 13, 15 and 17 inches. It has powerful NVDIA graphics and an LED-lit display that makes editing graphics easier and clearer. This latest model has a battery life of up to 8 hours (for the 17-inch version). It is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Dell Studio XPS Desktop
The Dell Studio XPS Desktop has the processors Intel Core i5 and i7. If you want to work with intensive video or 3D editing, you can upgrade to the 16 GB dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM. Thanks to the 3 GB basic storage, however, you can easily edit photos, create vector or raster designs. The high-resolution ATI graphics card produces clear, precise and error-free graphics – exactly what a graphic designer needs.
Toshiba Qosmio laptop
The Toshiba Qosimo is an affordable solution for your graphic design needs. It is powered by either the Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, which makes it easier to create flawless graphics. It has a high quality NVIDIA GeForce graphics card that allows you to clearly see all the pixels and frames you have edited. It has a 6 GB DDR3 memory with 1066 MHz and a discrete 1 GB GDDR5 graphics memory.
HP Pavilion Elite Desktop
The HP Pavilion Elite Desktop is an affordable computer. It is powered by either an AMD Athlon or an Intel Core processor, which ranges from an X4 630 Quad-Core (Athlon) to an i7-980X Extreme Edition with six cores (Intel). All HP Pavilion Elite desktop computers come with original 64-bit Windows 7 for the latest technology. The memory ranges from 4 GB to 9 GB, which guarantees smooth and effortless operation of the high-end graphics you use.