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Jul 17, 2012 06:54 |  #1

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I need to buy a new laptop. Which is the best laptop for photo editing?


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Jul 17, 2012 07:00 |  #2

Considerations in Picking the Right Laptop for Your Photo Editing Needs

Dell Studio XPS 16
Acer Aspire TimelineX
Apple MacBook Pro
Sony 15.5-inch VAIO
Toshiba Satellite




  
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Jul 17, 2012 15:00 |  #3

Hi , I was in this predicament last week and didn't want to spend too much so set a budget of £600 ended up spending £450 on a Packard bell easynote ts11 main points for me were these intel i5 4gbb ram,1tb hdd and hd led backlit LCD screen . Also came with pse9 so figured it was photo editing suitable Iv since put cs5 on which it handles well but I will be uping the ram to 8gb not that it needs it mind but I do like having iTunes on in the bg . I looked at the apple and I'm a big fanboy of apple but its not justifiable price wise I don't think for what I needed.


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Jul 17, 2012 15:31 |  #4

Get something with a Core i7 and 8GB of RAM. Most any of the major manufacturers should be fine, but if you're going to edit primarily on the laptop screen and not an external monitor, either see the quality of the display in person or do your research on its quality regarding contrast, resolution, quality of blacks, etc.


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Jul 17, 2012 15:34 |  #5
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Jul 18, 2012 10:51 as a reply to  @ Gameface's post |  #6

Whatever laptop you wind up with buy a matte screen which will inherently have much better color contrast and eventually when you calibrate it will work better for you. It never ceases to amaze me that good photogs use Apple products. Glossy, over saturated crap is well...crap. And no, anti glare is not the same as matte.

If you want the best editing laptop in the world go buy yourself a lenovo W530.

and save 40% here:

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Jul 19, 2012 09:36 |  #7

I ended up going with an ASUS G75 for my newest laptop (http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6834230409 (external link))

Performance-wise, I absolutely love this thing. The screen is also perfect for editing. It's a matte screen with low glare and a relatively wide usable viewing angle. In other words, I don't have to worry about a lot of color and contrast distortion if I'm not viewing the screen exactly straight on. It runs CS5 (along with the half dozen other programs I'm usually running simultaneously) without breaking a sweat.

On the bad side, this is not a small laptop, so if transportability is key, it may not be the one for you. It's big and quite heavy. Then there's the price. . .I think it was worth it, but definitely not for someone on a tight budget.




  
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Jul 19, 2012 14:26 |  #8

The new Macbook Pro with retina display :)


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Aug 06, 2012 21:23 as a reply to  @ smooth3000's post |  #9

I just bought the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Nothing else comes close if you need to edit pixels. And it is powerful as well.


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Aug 07, 2012 13:48 |  #10

Agreed. I picked up a Macbook Pro Retina recently as well. It's very powerful and the screen beats everything else. It's 220ppi so you can view photos almost as detailed as they would print. It does put a dent in your wallet though.


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Aug 07, 2012 14:30 |  #11

MacBook pro is good for editing Everything...


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Aug 07, 2012 15:00 |  #12

On the other end of the spending spectrum, I picked up a Toshiba Satellite at Wal-mart, of all places, for $450 and spent an extra $80 bringing the RAM up to 8GB. It will run my HDR software and PS at the same time while browsing online with no slowness at all. I use an external hp led monitor, but the laptop screen is nice as well, with a decent viewing angle and color rendition.
And it runs Skyrim full-on. What else could you want?


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Aug 07, 2012 16:07 |  #13

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Aug 07, 2012 17:44 |  #14

^^ this.

Stunning bit of kit and the built in digitizer makes it look awesome for editing.


  
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Nov 13, 2012 11:23 as a reply to  @ Nightstalker's post |  #15

This looks amazing! I would love to hear more input from people that are using the Lenovo X220 as their mobile option. Does the monitor calibrate well?


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