Best computer to run Logos 4

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Shmuel Birnbaum | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 14 2011 1:04 PM

I will be replacing my 4 year old laptop in the next few months.

Which is the best computer to use my Logos 4 program on?  A Mac or a strong PC?

My main use of the computer will be my Logos Bible study.

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David Knoll | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 14 2011 1:21 PM

Definitely a PC

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Shmuel Birnbaum | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 14 2011 1:59 PM

Any recommendations on a configeration for a strong PC?

Thanks

 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 14 2011 3:48 PM

Shmuel Birnbaum:

Which is the best computer to use my Logos 4 program on?  A Mac or a strong PC?

Thankful for Bob Pritchett's reply => What Logos development is doing that includes:

Bob Pritchett:
Windows has more users than Mac, but Mac is behind and needs improvement, and it is gaining market share on the way to 50%. We consider it equally important to Windows, and already are at the point where some new work is Mac first, then ported to Windows.

Wiki Mac and PC User Interface Differences => Feature Parity section documents many features needing improvement on Mac plus current 4.3 Beta progress (that includes noticeably faster scrolling in Reverse Interlinear resources).  Apologies: not know when Logos 4 Mac will have complete feature parity with Logos 4 PC; Personal Book Builder (PBB) being added to both Mac and PC in current Beta development cycle.

Wiki Logos 4 Mac => Need Logos 4 PC feature? section has virtualization and native boot tips so can run Logos 4 PC and Logos 4 Mac on one computer.  One option is running Windows in a virtual machine only for Logos 4 (reduces Windows maintenance needs).

 

Shmuel Birnbaum:
Any recommendations on a configeration for a strong PC?
Suggest looking for 2nd Generation Core i5 or i7 (4 digit model begins with 2), mid to high range graphics, and storage.  Solid State Disk (SSD) drives have wide variance of data transfer speeds (somewhat slower than 7200 RPM drive to much faster).

Web site http://www.notebookcheck.net/ has Mobile Processors - Benchmarklist and Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Forum reply has Novabench scores for a recent 17" Dell Outlet laptop purchase => http://community.logos.com/forums/p/24555/254929.aspx#254929 with picture of similar specifications in thread => Curious PC user that has 2nd Generation Quad Core i7, mid-range graphics (near top of class 2 list), and 7200 rpm hard drive (now has dedicated fast partition for Logos 4 use plus open disk space option for SATA III SSD).  Thankful 17" laptop has 4 memory slots.

 

Reading rumors about Mac refreshes concurrent with OS X Lion release later this month: possibly MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro (not know if Apple planning premium price reduction for large screen MacBook Pro models).

By the way, Apple has a refurbished current top of the line 27" iMac for $ 1,869 => http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD063LL/A that has lots of screen space for Logos Bible study (similar or better price than a PC with comparable hardware; including 2,560 x 1,440 resolution screen).

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MJD | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 14 2011 9:03 PM

 

 

Shmuel Birnbaum:

I will be replacing my 4 year old laptop in the next few months.

Which is the best computer to use my Logos 4 program on?  A Mac or a strong PC?

My main use of the computer will be my Logos Bible study.

Shmub

 

 

 

I have the newest MacBook Air with max memory and a 128SSD and I am not completely happy with the speed.  My PC of nominal configuration runs much faster.  This is very frustrating, because I love the portability of the MacBook Air.

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David Knoll | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 1:16 AM

i5 with 4 Gb RAM and a Graphics Card with 1Gb of memory (not shared!) will be perfect.  You can even increase your RAM to 8 Gb but I don't think you'll need more.

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lostlogik | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 5:54 AM

If you just want to run Logos, then as much as it pains me to say, I would go down the PC rather than Mac route. I have never had Logos run as quickly on my Mac as on my old Dell. It's improving but still struggles, despite having a reasonable Mac on which everything else flies. Sadly Logos doesn't.

 

I did think about running Logos under Parallels, as I once did (and which works very well) but lost my Windows disc and am not going out to buy a new licence, as Logos is about the only thing I'd run under Windows.

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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 6:29 AM

David Knoll:
You can even increase your RAM to 8 Gb but I don't think you'll need more.

I'm going to say go ahead and pickup 8.  Its not ridiculously expensive to do so and some of us believe Logos runs quicker when the RAM doubles to 8GB.  Maybe we're seeing what we want to believe though too and its a combination of cores, and ram, and hard disk rpms 

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David Knoll | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 6:36 AM

Paul Newsome:
I'm going to say go ahead and pickup 8.  Its not ridiculously expensive to do so and some of us believe Logos runs quicker when the RAM doubles to 8GB.  Maybe we're seeing what we want to believe though too and its a combination of cores, and ram, and hard disk rpms 

That was my careless formulation. I meant more than i5 1Gb Display and 8 Gb RAM.

My desktop showed improvement between 4Gb and 8 Gb when other applications were in the background.

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Otto S. Carroll | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 7:50 AM

Logos is running fine on my 2-1/2 year old Mac Book Pro with 8GB RAM. I don't have a Windows machine to compare it to, but it is definitely running faster than my virtual machine install.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 15 2011 8:18 AM

Paul Newsome:

I'm going to say go ahead and pickup 8.  Its not ridiculously expensive to do so and some of us believe Logos runs quicker when the RAM doubles to 8GB.  

I updated a month ago. It worked out really well for me. I was able to replace the 4GB (2x2GB) in my MacBook Pro with 8GB (2x4GB). As a bonus, I put the "old" ram into my iMac so now both computers have 8GB.

 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 16 2011 3:13 PM

Rumor: MacBook Air refresh next week => http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/07/14/apples_macbook_air_refresh_may_boost_ram_ssd_specs.html (lightweight with "strong" hardware specs)

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