A question I get asked A LOT is what is the best computer for digital scrapbooking? While there is no wrong or right answer, I thought today I would talk about some geeky tech computer stuff to help you decide what type of computer is the best one to use for you and your needs!
I’m also going to share what I personally use and why. This can be very useful for helping you make a decision on choosing the best computer for digital scrapbooking.
Laptop Vs. Desktop
This is the first decision to make – laptop or desktop? Desktops are nice because they are a little more powerful and have more storage space and of course a larger screen size – laptops are nice because they are portable and you can take them with you if you travel or visit places other than home.
I personally like using a laptop most of the time. It’s portable – so I can take it with me, and I can do my digital scrapbooking almost from anywhere – at home, at a friend’s house, at a coffee shop, at the library, etc. etc.
But it’s important to remember that desktops are OK too. If you plan to do a lot of work at home or don’t plan or creating scrapbook layouts and pages while anywhere except at your home – it makes perfect sense to get a desktop, especially if you’re looking for features like more storage space, better performance, and a larger screen size for viewing your layouts.
Mac Vs. PC Digital Scrapbooking Computers
Here’s the next popular question – do I get a mac or a pc?
This is really up to your preference and what’s in your budgets. I have found I like Mac a lot better than PC, but that doesn’t mean I never use PCs either. It’s really a matter of personal choice here.
It takes awhile to get used to switching to Mac if you’re a PC user and vice versa but both are completely capable of running Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (as long as you make sure you have enough RAM and a good processor) – and you can definitely make some nice layouts with either one!
Depending on how large your photograph and digital scrapbooking stash is, you may need to purchase an external hard drive for storing your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies.
External hard drives are typically not too expensive – often times 1 TB of storage starts at around $65-$75 which isn’t too bad.
Understanding System Requirements
What I recommend to anyone who is planning on doing digital scrapbooking with their laptop or computer is to check the Adobe System Requirements page for Photoshop – it really nicely tells you exactly what you should look for in a new computer.
Whether you purchase a laptop or desktop or Mac or PC – that goes over exactly what their software needs to run smoothly.
There really is no wrong or right computer for digital scrapbooking. If you set a budget, do your research, and make sure it meets the Adobe System requirements, you’ll be on the right track to making digital scrapbooking layouts in no time!
What kind of computer and software do you use for digital scrapbooking? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!