dsrtwman66 wrote:My daughter needs a machine that will handle high-end graphics and music, as she's a musician producing her own CD. Do any of these laptops fulfill that requirement?
Not really. But that is hard to answer without knowing the specific programs they plan on using.
That said, none of these computers is really what I would call a performance machine. They are work horses, reliable internet surfers that can run microsoft office and adobe PDF reader.
As much as I truly despise Apple, their products are incredibly marketed towards artistic production. Every musician I know uses apple products, which is sad, but if they knew as much about computers as I did, they probably wouldn't be very talented at music, so whatever.
Apple isn't your only choice, but its the popular one. If you want to go with windows, that would be cool, but these specific laptops would not be the way to go IMO. Particularly for the graphics requirement, I would be curious why a musician would need good graphics, but assuming that is the case then definitely none of these are for you. Not a single one can handle even a mediocre game at anything other than mediocre settings.