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Friday, October 22, 2010

Top Ten Trial Presentation Laptop Specs, by Ted Brooks

This topic was addressed on the LinkedIn Trial Technology Group

1. Get two identical laptops, if possible. This makes it much easier to switch back and forth, etc. Use one as a work-horse, the other as the trial machine.

2. Get the largest hard drive available. Mine are 1TB.

3. Get the fastest hard drive available. Don’t settle for 5400 rpm because it’s less expensive. Get 7200 rpm.

4. Get the fastest processor available. Mine are i7.

5. Get the most RAM available. Mine are 8GB.

6. Get dedicated video memory, if possible. Mine have 1GB.

7. Go for the wide-screen. Once you get used to it, it is far more productive, having the extra work space.

8. Get Windows 7 Pro. The Home version is for use at home. There is an inexpensive “anytime upgrade” feature built in, in case you get the home version with the laptops.

9. Run in 64 bit, not 32. With W7 Pro, you can always choose to run older software in compatibility mode if necessary.

10. I ended up getting a couple Dell Studio laptops from Costco, for an excellent deal. You’re going to be amazed – it’s like computers are fun again.

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  1. Do all laptops have a port for a connection to a TV for court use?

    1. Most laptops will have a video display output. The most common display connector used in court is the VGA, which connects directly to a projector or court system.


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