Best portable platform for multimedia?

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I'm looking for a portable computer that will be a solid platform for
multimedia over the next few years and would appreciate any advice on
operating systems and hardware.

I would like to be able to view smooth HD video, preferably on a
built-in wide-screen ~1080 line screen but would consider driving an
external HD monitor. I don't expect to do any heavy-duty video editing
but who knows. I will be editing sound and doing live sound mixing and
equalization, if that's possible. I will be using Photoshop or

I'm looking at the HP Media Center zd7380us (you can go to and
search for that model number) and I'm waiting to see the zd8000 series
but I'm open to a Mac or a Linux notebook or even a luggable if any of
those makes more sense.

Considerations would be available software, now or in the near future
and the ability of the platform to work smoothly with real-time audio
and video.


Re: Best portable platform for multimedia?

Drew, my suggestion to you would be: go Mac.
As you probably know it's THE professional level for music, video, and
imaging.  You can buy the best editing software out there and they're
only made for Macs.
Even if you're not going pro it comes with iLife which is perfect!  All
of the programs are embedded with each other so you can easily transfer
information from one to another with the click of a button.
I only use my PowerBook G4 for personal uses so far but I have played
around with iDVD and iMovie and must say their quite impressive and
easy to use.
You've probably come across the 17" PowerBook in your research but it's
an amazingly clear and big picture.  Plus, my 15" (w/ Combo Drive) came
with the setup for dual display.  All I needed was a monitor.
So good luck with your decision, Drew.

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