Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Darren Harris

I don't think you need an ssd drive. It's not essential. Up until last year I was using a mechanical drive for years. It's the ram that makes the difference. Ram and CPU speed and to some extent the graphics card. I say that as the graphics cards all have ram on them as well these days so you can effectively borrow ram from the card if necessary. Ssd drives as has been said do help with loading times definitely but once the programme/application is active it all comes down to ram and CPU.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Brian K. Lingard
Sent: 11 January 2019 11:19
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Dear Noah & List:

Running a screenreader adds a fair bit of work to a PC as you have a software synthesizer. You could offload the work of speaking by using a hardware synthesizer such as a Doubletalk or Triple talk. Your laptop needs SSD not a mechanical hard disk with 8, 16 or 32 GB RAM. 32 GB is best if you plan to do video and/or audio editing & recording. The PC at your school may have as little as one GB RAM and a slow CPU. Giving the laptop adequate RAM ids, more important that high-performance CPU. Look for a laptop with a fast, but not necessarily Intel I8 speed. An Intel I5 or six CPU should work fine. You consume CPU cycles a lot if you do sound or video editing, recalculate mammoth spreadsheets and run many programs concurrently.
Web browsing is light work for a PC.
Download the Belarc Advisor from HTTPS:// Run it on the problem computers at school. Lists the CPU chip, installed RAM, software licenses, everything worth knowing about the PC. Also gives information on the SSD or Hard Disk. Program is free for personal use.
Brian K. Lingard

From: [] On Behalf of Noah Carver via Groups.Io
Sent: January 10, 2019 6:53 PM
Subject: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Hi All,
I will need to get a laptop for school; however, the school machines cannot run NVDA plus Chrome and Word all at the same time without lagging.
What I need is a powerful machine that can handle email, office, and web Browsing, ETC. without wimping out on me while I am trying to do work. Do you have any recommendations for specs or any particular laptops that you might recommend?



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