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Feb 01, 2014 21:19 |  #1

What computer (specs) do you use to process pictures? I'm in need of a new laptop and thinking Apple this time. i7, 2.6ghz processor with 8gig of memory or would i5 be enough? I use PS CS6 most all the time.


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Feb 01, 2014 21:36 |  #2

You could go with something like this.

http://store.apple.com​/ca/product/FD102 (external link)




  
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Feb 01, 2014 21:46 |  #3

I use a Lenovo Thinkpad T530 hooked up to a Dell 21.5" S2240M monitor. It's not fast but it was cheap and gets the job done for post processing.

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Feb 01, 2014 22:31 |  #4

i5 processor is good, I like more than 8gb memory.




  
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Feb 01, 2014 22:39 |  #5

More important than the computer is the monitor. If you are fairly serious get a high end wide gamut color monitor and accompanying calibration tool set. I use a NEC PA241W. A little pricey for some but worth it for others.




  
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Feb 01, 2014 22:53 |  #6

Some things that you need to remember for effective photo processing:

1. A decent monitor and graphics card are an absolute necessity.
2. Lots of RAM is more important (and effective) than a slightly faster processor. - My MacBook Pro has 16GB RAM and it needs it!
3. SSDs (Solid State Discs) are much faster than mechanical drives. Unfortunately they are also quite a bit more expensive.


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Feb 01, 2014 23:52 |  #7

Copied and pasted:

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz


But this isn't anywhere near a professional setup. Ideally, photos would be processed on a larger screen than a laptop screen.


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Feb 02, 2014 21:57 |  #8

You can also use a laptop, and plug in a FS monitor -- and right about the SDD HD as well. A world of difference in speed.




  
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Feb 02, 2014 22:34 |  #9

dhornick wrote in post #16656608 (external link)
What computer (specs) do you use to process pictures? I'm in need of a new laptop and thinking Apple this time. i7, 2.6ghz processor with 8gig of memory or would i5 be enough? I use PS CS6 most all the time.

I use an Asus gamer laptop. i7 Quad core 2.3ghz with 16 gb of DDR3 ram and a 2 gb nVidia graphics card (not integrated video). Runs LR5 and Elements 11 wihtout a hitch (plus 2 or 3 other applications open at the same time). It has HDMI out for connection to an external HD monitor.


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Feb 03, 2014 03:29 |  #10

Also cut and paste:

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro​10,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version: MBP101.00EE.B​02
SMC Version (system): 2.3f36


I far prefer to use my 27" iMac for photo processing, but this MacBook with its 15" Retina display is, in my opinion, one of the best laptops for photo processing. Unfortunately, I need a laptop as I spend the working week away from home.


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Feb 03, 2014 03:31 |  #11

Preeb wrote in post #16659221 (external link)
I use an Asus gamer laptop. i7 Quad core 2.3ghz with 16 gb of DDR3 ram and a 2 gb nVidia graphics card (not integrated video). Runs LR5 and Elements 11 wihtout a hitch (plus 2 or 3 other applications open at the same time). It has HDMI out for connection to an external HD monitor.

How do you find the battery life to be?? I will need to replace my laptop soon before it completely dies.




  
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Feb 03, 2014 05:14 |  #12

I got a 2012 Mac Air 1.7 i5 with 8 gigs of ram, I gave 4 gig of ram to my Elements 11 and I often use Lightroom 5 and I listen to music while batching.
No problems. :)


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Feb 03, 2014 09:37 |  #13

the flying moose wrote in post #16659574 (external link)
How do you find the battery life to be?? I will need to replace my laptop soon before it completely dies.

That is a shortcoming, but I knew that going in. Because of the high output, the power requirements are high too. I imagine that even the two large cooling fans draw quite a bit of juice. I only get about 2 hours max in power saving mode. I didn't buy it for that, I bought it so that I could take it back and forth from here to the US with all of my data intact, but always intended to mostly use it plugged in.

I have an Asus Transformer Android tablet for when I need connectivity away from a power supply. That gets me about 12 hours with the dock attached. It doesn't do LR or PSE though.


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Feb 03, 2014 10:05 as a reply to  @ Preeb's post |  #14

I use two different desktop computers . . . both Lenovo workstations, both 64bit, both Windows 7 Pro, and both have 8 cores.:

#1 (most often used)
Processor: Intel Xeon W3550 3.07GHz
RAM: ECC 12.0 GB
HDD: Samsung 840 EVO Series SSD, 250GB
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7800

#2:
Processor: Intel Xeon E5-1620 3.60GHz
RAM: ECC 32GB
HDD: Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB
Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro 2000D

The first computer usually has plenty of horsepower, so I don't often use the second for photography stuff.

EDIT: Sorry. I just noticed that you wanted to learn about people's notebook computers, and not desktop computers. :o


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Feb 03, 2014 13:45 |  #15

if you can, go 16 GB minimum.

have 16GB on my PC and sometimes I wish I had 32GB when I have LR, PS and scanner software running at the same time


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