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Are Gaming Laptops the Best for editing

 
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Jan 13, 2014 01:44 |  #1

I was told that gaming laptops are the best for photo editing?




  
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Jan 13, 2014 03:37 |  #2

I don't know about best, but they are good because a gaming laptop is essentially a laptop with lots of memory, a fast CPU, and a good video card; the same ingredients that go into making a good photo editing computer.


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Jan 13, 2014 04:25 |  #3

Indeed - what Sirrith said is pretty much spot on. Gaming laptops normally will have faster HDD's too (7200RPM's or 2 HDD's with one being SSD) which is also what you're chasing otherwise.

We have gaming laptops for our business (no - not for games :) ) . We run multiple Virtual Machines simultaneously and gaming laptops give us all the grunt we're chasing.


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Jan 13, 2014 04:51 as a reply to  @ adza77's post |  #4

I would say the new Macbook Pro , they have the new PCI-E SDD Read/Write is about 950mb/s and that helps a lot in Lightroom. Has a nice screen aswell :)


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Jan 13, 2014 06:04 |  #5

Dalus wrote in post #16601236 (external link)
I would say the new Macbook Pro , they have the new PCI-E SDD Read/Write is about 950mb/s and that helps a lot in Lightroom. Has a nice screen aswell :)

You can get an equally fast windows laptop also with an SSD for significantly less money. So choose based on your preference for the OS, not because you think apple hardware is better.


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Jan 13, 2014 06:16 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #6

Gaming laptops are overkill for photo editing.

Gaming laptops are equipped with really high-end GPU's for rendering high-resolution 3D graphics at high frame rates. Not all necessary for rendering static 2 dimensional images.

Photo editing is more dependent on RAM, processor, and speed of the hard drive.


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Jan 13, 2014 07:39 |  #7

Sirrith wrote in post #16601305 (external link)
You can get an equally fast windows laptop also with an SSD for significantly less money. So choose based on your preference for the OS, not because you think apple hardware is better.

I never said Apple is better I do 90% of my editing on my PC, I am just saying if you want a laptop for editing Apple is a good choice.


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Jan 13, 2014 08:03 |  #8

My photo editing computer is a rebuilt Falcon Northwest. I use it for gaming, but I also bought it with photo editing in mind. It's very fast. I also have a Dell XPS laptop which is a good photo editing rig. I use a Mac at work. Unless you're an Apple fanboy, Macs are overpriced. I would never buy one for myself.


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Jan 13, 2014 08:06 |  #9

More and more photo editing software is offloading the graphics rendering to the GPU, so having a nice video card helps more than you think. Gaming systems are my goto for editing and will continue to be.


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Jan 13, 2014 08:11 |  #10

mystik610 wrote in post #16601322 (external link)
Gaming laptops are overkill for photo editing.

Gaming laptops are equipped with really high-end GPU's for rendering high-resolution 3D graphics at high frame rates. Not all necessary for rendering static 2 dimensional images.

Photo editing is more dependent on RAM, processor, and speed of the hard drive.

At this stage I still agree, nothing is taking enough advantage of the GPU that a gaming laptop is really all that necessary. Biggest thing I'd watch out for on gaming laptops is the screens. I haven't been following their screens closely but gaming desktop monitors favor fast response times over color accuracy and are generally not ideal for photography.


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Jan 13, 2014 08:30 |  #11

Dalus wrote in post #16601452 (external link)
I never said Apple is better I do 90% of my editing on my PC, I am just saying if you want a laptop for editing Apple is a good choice.

I didn't say you did. I'm saying that generally; don't choose Apple because you (this "you" is applicable to anyone reading this post, not Dalus specifically) think its hardware is better.


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Jan 13, 2014 10:15 |  #12

In my opinion a dedicated "workstation" laptop such as the Lenovo W530 or HP Elitebook would beat a gaming laptop for editing. Gaming laptops don't necessarily have great display panels, so if you're not using an external display the colors and contrast of your edits could be off. As mentioned above, the graphics card generally adds a lot to the price of a gaming comp and is overkill for photo editing. I find that my CPU and hard drive are the bottlenecks in photo editing speed (using a Lenovo T530 with Intel Core i5 3210M and Toshiba 500GB 7200RPM hdd)


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Jan 13, 2014 10:19 |  #13

Sirrith wrote in post #16601570 (external link)
I didn't say you did. I'm saying that generally; don't choose Apple because you (this "you" is applicable to anyone reading this post, not Dalus specifically) think its hardware is better.

I just like them for the displays, and other services.




  
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Jan 13, 2014 15:31 |  #14

Sirrith wrote in post #16601305 (external link)
You can get an equally fast windows laptop also with an SSD for significantly less money. So choose based on your preference for the OS, not because you think apple hardware is better.

This. I vastly prefer OS X, although I use Windows 7 at work and have no complaints. I just got a new MBPro Retina, and while its a beast of a machine, you could get the same specs (minus the screen) for far less. Heck, maybe even get a super HD screen, I have no idea. The only thing that irks me about the new Mac Book Pro's is everything is soldered to the board. You cannot upgrade memory. You cannot upgrade HDD. Not even the godd*mn battery is user serviceable. That bothers me.


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Jan 13, 2014 15:43 |  #15

For editing, the form factor that the necessary hardware comes in is pretty irrelevant; the thing to watch out for with photo editing on a laptop is the screen. Very few of them have screens that are sufficient for real color matching/editing, don't offer proper brightness controls and such; you really want a dedicated screen that you can calibrate and use. MacBooks are one of the few that actually offer IPS screens onboard.


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