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Mar 28, 2015 04:06 |  #1

I primarily use Lightroom 4 and might upgarde to 5 or 6.

I want a good screen.....something that can be calibrated. Will use mostly for editing and browsing.

Would prefer windows but am open minded.

Any ideas?


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Mar 28, 2015 09:47 |  #2

Are you buying through a source in Kenya (profile) or some other place?




  
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Mar 29, 2015 02:30 |  #3

John I travel a lot, so can buy anywhere...UK, USA, Canada.


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Mar 29, 2015 06:46 |  #4

Dell XPS 13 (external link). Get the 1920 x 1080 (non-touch) display and upgrade to the 256 GB SSD. Comes out to about $1100.


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Mar 31, 2015 07:55 as a reply to  @ dropmyload's post |  #5

Then check the thread at https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17492856. Hopefully the deal still exists. If you don't have a friend or a hotel to receive the package usually you can ship to a FedEx location and havecit marked hold for pickup.




  
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Mar 31, 2015 09:20 |  #6

I bought my first Apple computer (I have had iPhones for quite awhile) and can safely say that they are leaps and bounds better.

The OS is less prone to issues and the thing that really does it for me is the size and weight. On my last few flights I've taken out my MacBook and it's quiet and light...then the people next to me take out their Dell or Lenova or whatever and it's as if they just put a lump of bricks down.

Plus the display on the Macs is phenomenal for editing purposes.

They cost more, but I have zero regrets about my purchase. Save a little money and go with a refurbished model.


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Mar 31, 2015 09:29 |  #7

How about this one in the classifieds now?
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1422893


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Apr 05, 2015 14:57 |  #8

Thanks all. I am a little allergic to Apple, and have recently moved my phone to Android for obvious reasons. Getting stuck in apple's closed environment does not sound appealing anymore.

The Dell looks good to me. I also read Lenovos are popular on this forum.


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Apr 12, 2015 21:58 |  #9

TheInfamousGreedo wrote in post #17499209 (external link)
... the thing that really does it for me is the size and weight. On my last few flights I've taken out my MacBook and it's quiet and light...then the people next to me take out their Dell or Lenova or whatever and it's as if they just put a lump of bricks down.

Plus the display on the Macs is phenomenal for editing purposes.

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That's funny, because I was thinking exactly the opposite about my Lenovo vs the MacBooks the rest of my family has. My Yoga Pro 3 has a better screen and is MUCH lighter at about 3 pounds.

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Apr 13, 2015 01:55 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #10

^^

Does that have a 15" screen?


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Apr 14, 2015 23:46 |  #11

Hmm...similar spot as the OP. I see that the Dell 3550 mentioned above at $749 isn't listed at Dell's site at that special price. They do have other optioned 3 series models that fill a good range.
http://www.dell.com …p/latitude-3550-laptop/pd (external link)

The i5 variant at $679 still seems reasonable. My uses are to basically DL onto the hard drive, check overall shoot and preview a few to relay image status. The USB 2.0 in my current ancient one is far to slow and when loaded with LR4 it is take a break and come back in 15 if attempting to do simple sizing exports. Can the i3 handle LR4?

Among the Lenovo line what suggestions roughly in the $800 range?




  
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Apr 15, 2015 03:13 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #12

Depends on the Macbook models. The Yoga Pro 3 is better than the Air, but not the Retinas. It's a nice laptop, but I always liked the Trackpoint IBM/Thinkpad models better.


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Apr 15, 2015 03:18 |  #13

If money's not a factor, take a look at this for Windows: http://www.dell.com …sion-m3800-workstation/pd (external link)
And the upgraded 15 inch Retina model with dedicated graphics card for Mac OS X: https://www.apple.com/​macbook-pro/specs-retina/ (external link).

The m3800 looks pretty nice because of the display and the quadro workstation graphics though. If I went the Windows route and wanted a dedicated laptop rig without external display, that would be the way I would have gone.


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Apr 15, 2015 05:55 |  #14

Will this laptop be your main PC, or will it supplement a desktop?

If it will supplement a desktop, I'd recommend:

Dell XPS 13 - 13" laptop that is a hair larger than small 11.6" laptops. Comes with 2 screens, a decent 1080p model and a very good high resolution one. The former gets great battery life, the latter gets good battery life with a superb screen. This is the smallest 13" laptop you can buy, size wise, by a significant margin. The display is also best in class, full stop.

http://www.anandtech.c​om …8983/dell-xps-13-review/5 (external link)

Lenovo x250 - It's a portable business machine, and is somewhat chunkier than the XPS, but it's far from huge. What makes it unique is a rather large battery as an option, which sticks out the back of the laptop a bit (It's not terrible by any means). Idle battery consumption is a bit high, so it won't do as well as other laptops when under light use, but under heavy use it will shine.

Lenovo x1 Carbon - Compact 14", the base display is 1080p with an optional 1440p upgrade. And you can get it with different sized batteries if desired.

Surface Pro 3 - It's more thermally constrained than a laptop, so even with the same CPU it may be a BIT slower, and it's not going to hit 15 hours of battery life in light use like the XPS 13 or x250 might, but it's ridiculously compact, has a nice screen, and it has a pen with a digitizer,which is nice for lightroom/photoshop.

If you're OK with a bit less performance (Core M vs i5), check out:

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
Asus Zenbook UX305


If you want a desktop replacement that is portable, say so and we can point you at laptops with beefier CPUs and such - these recommendations are all quite portable and run low voltage processors which limit their performance a bit compared to higher power models that are available, but IMO if you run around with your laptop a lot, I'd recommend opting for something in the <4lb range with a compact footprint, because 17" laptops are quite a pain to lug around.




  
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Apr 22, 2015 14:30 |  #15

IF you are happy with Ultra Low voltage processors (i7-4600U or equivalent), I'd suggest you look at Fujitu's line:
S935 (phenomenal battery life), T935 (convertible table).

There is also the last generation U904 (and S904, T904) - not sure why it wasn't updated and I have one of these since December 2013.


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