Advice needed for choosing laptop to run Studio 2011
Thread poster: Kirsten Molton

Kirsten Molton
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May 14, 2013


I currently use Studio 2011 on my PC at home. I bought the double licence as it did not cost much more than the single licence, and I thought that one day I might invest in a laptop so I can work away from home more easily. Indeed, I would now like to enjoy that liberty, only...

I would like to know what other people's experience is with Trados and laptops. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to fork out huge amounts on my laptop. What I need is something FUNCTIONABLE and RELIABLE at the best price possible.

- What are the minimum requirements for the laptop to be able to run Studio 2011, Internet and Office/LibreOffice without running into problems? In other words, what is the cheapest laptop I can get away with for reliable use of all the basic translation tools for occasional work away from home?

I would be grateful for any input, be it bad or good experiences or more technical help.

Thanks a lot!


Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
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laptop May 14, 2013

Dear Kirsten Molton,

I have a desk top and laptop both with licenses. I confess I have never used the desk top one. I am most the times away and that really works.

I use a inspiron from dell and I do all the work with it, but back up is really needed, once I might have some problems.

Hope I have helped.



Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro
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Laptop May 14, 2013

I am not sure about the recommendations, but I am running SDL Studio 2011 on a Samsung with intel Core i5 and 6 GB Memory, it runs with Windows 7 and works without any problems, contrary to my previous lower range laptop with just 2 GB working memory and a slower processor. I paid under 700 Euros for it and am very satisfied.

I do remember though, that SDL Studio 2011 should have worked with the old one, but then I do run plenty of applications at same time. However, with SDL Studio 2011 it might be useful to find a laptop that is not on the lower limit of the recommendations...especially when you work with larger files.

I also quit using the desktop alltogether - it is so much more comfortable to have everything in one place and movable. That might be a good reason to spend a bit more on a laptop and make it the only device you do your work on...

Check the screen quality before buying anything, your eyes will thank you!

Good luck in finding a usable device!

Best regards,


Kirsten Molton
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back-up suggestion May 14, 2013

Thanks for your reply, Paulinho!

May I suggest a USB key for temporary back-up? You frighten me!

I use a "Stora" by "Netgear". I have no idea why it's so great any more because I am not tecchy, but my brother is a computer whiz kid and thinks it is the future in back-up technology (unless it's already obsolete!). It also means that my computer has no moving parts. Can give you more info from bro' if you're interested.


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Only laptop plus second screen May 14, 2013

I didn't know there are still people using desktop computersicon_smile.gif

I use laptops since 2006 for all my work. Currently my machine is a 2 years old HP 4720s Probook with 4 GB and Win7, but Studio run equally well on my previous HP with 2 GB and Vista. I would never buy a machine from the store shelve though, I hate those polished screens who look like a mirror. Pro-class matt screens and at least 17 inch size. I use also a second screen with 19 inch, for viewing pdfs etc. But I could do years with only my laptop.


Jo Macdonald  Identity Verified
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Watch out for motherboard meltdown May 14, 2013

I've been working on a laptop for years, and it's great.
Studio 2011 ran equally well on my Hp Dv6 (€700) as it does on this Hp Probook 6560b (€1000).
I got the probook because the dv6 had a glossy screen and this will give you redeye. Get a matte screen, 15:6 is a good size. You don't need more than 4Gb RAM unless you're doing graphics.
Also the probook has a built-in HDSPA modem, but you really don't need it. Tethering is good for connecting if you have free Internet on your phone (check with phone company). If in a low coverage area use a USB extension to hang a dongle modem out of the window so it's not in a concrete or metal box, makes a big difference. Backup with USB stick on the move and external HD at home = no problem.

I've personally had a huge amount of problems with Hp products recently and from searches online it looks like these aren't isolated cases.
- motherboard melted on this "pro"book 1 month after getting the thing
- took Hp service 2 months to fix it, returned with busted display
- local Hp service changed screen broken by Polish Hp service but couldn't sort sound card probs, had to reinstall windows
- motherboard on my daughter's cheapo (€400) Compaq Hp sub-brand PC melted it's motherboard too a few months out of the box
Never had any problems with the dv6, it's still going strong but needs a new battery after 3 years.

If you want a car 12V power pack for an Hp laptop you have to buy an Hp one (€120). Think they have chips in so the PC won't accept a non-Hp one. Maybe check other brands are not up to this trick too.

Heard some good things about Lenoro and Toshiba, I probably won't be buying Hp again.


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