Trados on a laptop. How much BHP is necessary?
Thread poster: xxxWilliam Hard
xxxWilliam Hard
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Feb 15, 2008

Hi all!

At the moment I use wordfast on an old desktop but I'm thinking of investing in a laptop as I'm often on the run.
I am ALSO playing with the idea of investing some cold hard cash in Trados.

How much horsepower does a laptop need in order to run trados without constantly crashing?


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Marcelo Silveyra
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Depends... Feb 15, 2008

Which version of Trados (and Office) are we talking about?

Generally speaking, however, I would recommend investing in a laptop that has enough power to still be of use 4-5 years from now, instead of cutting corners and then finding out that your laptop just doesn't cut it anymore in a couple of years. And don't listen to the so-called "technology experts" who still think that Windows Vista is really much safer than, say, Linux - a computer can definitely last 4-5 years without any upgrades if it's powerful enough when you buy it.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Get lots of RAM, it's inexpensive Feb 15, 2008

I used to run Trados 7 on a laptop with Windows XP and 512K RAM without any problems. If you're going to invest in a new laptop, you may as well get 2 GB RAM, a dual core processor and, if possible, Windows XP (still available on some new computers in the US, can't speak for elsewhere). I recommend XP because it's a known quantity and a relatively stable platform. Most of the interaction issues with other software have been identified, and in many, if not most cases, there are fixes and work-arounds.

When I bought my latest laptop last month, I spent a little more and bought a 7200 rpm hard drive. I've found that it makes a noticeable difference with certain processes. Get a built-in wireless card while you're at it.

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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1GB is all I need Feb 16, 2008

I have 1GB on my "old" laptop, and even when I run a bunch of other programs (browser, mail, dictionary, FTP client, ApSic XBench, etc.), I never have a problem running Trados 7.5. As long as you watch your startup folder (don't have any useless programs in there, and occasionally terminate the ones you usually need but not in this session), 1GB is fine and dandy.

I did notice that if I leave my laptop on for a few days with Trados running, it does get a little stuck eventually - but if you have good computer user habits, this shouldn't be a problem. On the other hand, Dragon can slow down much faster than that...

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