Recommendation for laptop for usability testing

21 Jun 2006 - 4:55am
8 years ago
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Neeharika G
2006

Hi

We are planning user interviews and testing and plan to conduct this using
Techsmith's Morae. We want to ensure portability and also make sure that
Morae works well. I am looking for recommendations (knowledge or experience
based) for laptops that would support Morae suite nicely. Other programs
that might be used would be Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator and MS Visio
kinds.

:)
Neeharika

DUX || Texity Systems

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21 Jun 2006 - 12:18pm
Simon Asselbergs
2005

> I am looking for recommendations (knowledge or experience
> based) for laptops that would support Morae suite nicely. Other programs
> that might be used would be Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator and MS Visio
> kinds.

A) inquire information about your product:
1. At what resolution/screensize do applications (the ones that are subject of the test) of your company run in say next 3 three years?
2. Are there properties of the applications of your company which require things like 3D rendering or Vista?
3. Are you also going to places where there is no current, so you'll have to work long times on battery?
4. Are you only using this laptop for testing, not for designing/developing?
5. Do the applications of your company (the tested ones), or your design/develop applications require multitasking in your OS?
6. How much rugged does the laptop has to be, using it in the native environments of the users of the tested software

B) Decision plan.
1. If budget or financing requires the laptop to be used in three years, than it should be possible to run the tested application during that time. A lot of laptops differ highly in supported resolutions. High End laptops mostly have higher resolutions(see 3B). If the screen size of the average computer of your users is a thing to be represented on your computer then it will narrow your options. There are high end laptops with big screens, but consider 3B. Nut also consider 5B.
2. Vista or 3D applications require high demands of your 3D card of the laptop. This means you'll probably have to use a High-end laptop
s.This means it will use a lot of power , consider 3B
3. If there is sometimes to current to be expected, you have to rely on batteries. This means that the more faster your processor, the more (connected) devices, more processing of 3D the faster your batteries will drain. Sometimes high-end laptops are not only heavier, but are also let say in 30-60 minutes out of power. You can ofcourse buy some extra batteries, which you can precharge before you go.
4. Design/develop applications use generally more RAM. So know the requirements of the software you want to use.
5. When multitasking you will have to consider to get even more RAM. Expanding RAM on laptops is not only expensive but also very limited.
6. When using in outdoor environments you should get a laptop that is well crafted, in the sense the construction should be rugged or at least solid.

Success with your mobile usability lab.

Simon

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21 Jun 2006 - 1:31pm
Jay Zipursky
2005

Simon has a good list of laptop criteria. I use an IBM Thinkpad T42p (about
a year old with a 2GHz Pentium M and 1 GB RAM) and it works very well with
Morae.

Jay
Kodak

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