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Laptop with a good screen for photo editing?

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Apr 16, 2013 14:34 |  #1

Hi, I am looking at buying a laptop with a good screen for photo editing (processor and speed can throw aside at the moment). Due to traveling, I can not get a desktop or output the laptop to a monitor. I have read that Apple's Retina display is not good for photo editing. So, my options left are ultrabooks with 1080p display? Or they too don't provide adequate color representation? Does anyone know which model uses a panel that's good for editing? Will calibrate the screen by the way.

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Apr 16, 2013 15:09 |  #2

I think they have the mac book without the retina display. Its a matte display.

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Apr 16, 2013 15:42 |  #3

Not sure what is wrong with editing on a retina display, but I use the 2012 13" MacBook Air while traveling. Its not retina, but it is light, small, and stays out of the way. I use it for basic photo editing, image downloading, work, and Internet access while out and about. Its small and light enough that I actually want to take it with me. Its powerful enough that its actually quite useful. Photoshop CS6 extended runs like a dream on it. Screen resolution is 1440x900, which was what my old 2008 15" MacBook Pro had. The screen looks beautiful and seems reasonably color accurate. It is a gloss screen. With a little bit of fuss, calibration, color-management, I'm sure it could be used even more accurately.

There are other ultrabook alternatives to consider, but they each had some weakness that I disliked, such as a bad screen, bad keyboard, bad trackpad or something. My profession keeps me stuck with using every OS under the sun, so I'm OS agnostic in that regard.

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Apr 16, 2013 21:28 |  #4

Check out http://www.notebookche​ (external link) . They do color tests on the monitors when they do laptop reviews.

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Apr 16, 2013 21:34 |  #5

The only problem with ANY laptop that is the screen will not be "calibrated' as soon as you MOVE your screen direction. Not talking about taking your laptop in totally different locations doing photos editing.

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Apr 19, 2013 19:18 |  #6

My retina MBP screen is better than any other laptop screen I have seen. When home, I still use a Thunderbolt Display.

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