First Choice in Laptops We are often asked "Which model should I buy?" And although the answers are many, this one is at the top of our list. The HP Envy 14 is a good quality laptop by a trusted name Hewlett-Packard. However it should be understood that it doesn't necessarily mean it's the right laptop for you, because everyone has different needs, but for the paranormal investigator on the go, it’s one you should consider as it has received high praise indeed. The HP Envy 14 base configuration begins at $999. That includes a Core i3-370M CPU at 2.4 GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive (more than sufficient to support several of your camera’s output for the night). The model we tested had been upgraded to a Core i5-450M, with a dual-core CPU with hyperthreading at 2.4GHz (meaning it was super fast), and used Intel's Turbo Boost technology. It also has a whopping 500GB hard drive and an HP's Radiance display, a $200 option that gives a much higher- resolution screen (1600 by 900) and better brightness, contrast, and color control. Especially when reviewing the footage of all that video you plan on capturing. As well as analyzing any digital photography gathered for high-definition clarity. This boost the brought the test model up to $1289. Oh, all Envy 14 models have a slot-loading 8X DVD-RW drive and built-in ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card. Best of all, when no power is available for you investigation, or simply to save battery life, you can switch graphics between the Radeon card and Intel's integrated high-def video chip. Cosmetically, the Envy 14 is a real winner and looks good too! The ITSPP Work Horse’s – Toshiba's Satellites For the In the Shadows portable DVR and communication systems the mainstream Toshiba has been our all- purpose laptop of choice, with above-average graphics capabilities. Our latest addition is the 6-pound Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055, a worthy and albeit a bit more pricey than our last unit, contender that fit into our budget. With its top-notch input ergonomics, snappy performance, excellent sound, some nice usability flourishes, and a reasonable size for travel. It retails for around $1049 (when we bought ours in September, 2010), but you can often find them on-line for just under $1000. The M645-S4055, along with almost all of Toshiba's other Satellite Laptop configurations, use Intel's Core i5 450M CPU. An nVidia GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1GB of dedicated GDDR3 memory, the source brains of its graphics prowess, as well as the reason the S4055 is the priciest of the company's M645 configurations. Our unit configuration came in just under $2500. The least-expensive configuration, the M645-S4045 model, opts for the cheaper Intel Core i5 350M CPU. All the M645 configurations, including the S4055, come standard with 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, and the same bright, crisp, 14-inch, 1366-by-768-pixel display. If you like your keyboards quiet, you'll like the one on the Satellite M645-S4055. It's a semi-Chicklet design with good tactile feedback but a slightly muffled sound. Although I like clicks, I was still able to establish a nice typing rhythm with this unit. The keyboard is back-lit, which can be handy in dim lighting situations; but depending on where you are in relation to the unit, the light bleeding from underneath the keys can be distracting. If you don't like the effect, pressing ‘Fn+Z’ toggles it off and on (unfortunately, the machine offers no dimming, which might have been equally useful). The touch pad is responsive, and the buttons are nicely placed; on our test machine, however, the left button developed a squeak after only a modicum of use. Oh, also many the Toshiba units and Hewlett-Packard’s come with a built in video cameras for when we need to communicate with Skype. Desktops Computers You notice we didn’t mention them, and for good reason. Yes we have one, a very old one that requires a ‘power bush’ to plug into and works well...But we believe why use it, when the laptops are better, lighter, more convenient to carry around, and faster systems! Still Confused - Don’t Be Laptops – One is Good, Several Are Better The Computers Ghost Hunting 101 The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011