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Jul 02, 2016 16:13 |  #1

Here's the situation.

I have a good ASUS laptop, i7, 8GB, 15.6 inch screen, works fine. It runs Lightroom and is slow, but manageable if I don't have to do too many pics. This laptop is 4 years old. The problem with it is that it is bulky and heavy, and has a bulky and heavy AC adapter. It is a pain to take on a trip.

So I have been looking at maybe replacing it with an Ultrabook. These are much smaller and lighter and very neat looking, but very expensive. One of these would be much easier to take along on trips, and also much better for use while on the plane.

But these expensive Ultrabooks seem to use i5 chips. So my question is whether they would end up being even slower than my existing bulky Asus.


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Jul 02, 2016 16:17 |  #2

Heya,

It will be a little slower. But, latest Lightroom, etc, utilizes GPU I think and multiple core as more options, so maybe you could look into that side of things?

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Jul 03, 2016 01:43 |  #3

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the old i7 will be faster than the new i5.

However, the old ASUS has a hard drive, whereas the Ultrabooks I'm looking at have SSDs...


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Jul 03, 2016 15:54 |  #4

Are you wanting to have a quick look at images or do bulk processing and export? A modern i5 with an SSD will be plenty fast, no problem for light use.

You can't just say i5 vs i7, there's a huge range of performance. Find the exact models and look for real world benchmarks. Things like CPUBenchmark are deceptive, they say my 5 year old i7 is almost as fast as a new one, which the real world benchmarks disprove for things like video encoding.

I have a Toshiba Ultrabook that I like, for work, but they're replacing them all with Microsoft Surface. No idea about cost I don't pay for them.


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Are you wanting to have a quick look at images or do bulk processing and export? A modern i5 with an SSD will be plenty fast, no problem for light use.

The main use will be to cull and back up. I find LR to be very good for culling when (say) I have several near-identical shots but want to find the one with sharpest focus and delete the rest. I will be doing some editing too, but will leave most of that for after the trip.

In the past I did quite a bit of editing while travelling, even posting finished pics, but have reduced that a lot. It takes too much time, and I get better results at home. Maybe I should just eliminate the editing, and cull using more suitable programs (like Perfect Browse?).

You can't just say i5 vs i7, there's a huge range of performance. Find the exact models and look for real world benchmarks. Things like CPUBenchmark are deceptive, they say my 5 year old i7 is almost as fast as a new one, which the real world benchmarks disprove for things like video encoding.

I have already looked up a comparison between my i7 with the i5 in a new Dell Ultrabook, and the old i7 easily beats the new i5. But the HDD vs SSD may make that comparison moot.


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Jul 03, 2016 16:27 |  #6

For culling you don't need much. Use Fast Picture Viewer (external link) or Photo Mechanic, the former will run fast on an i3 with 4GB of RAM.

For culling IO is probably as important as processor. I think a modern i5 will be more than powerful enough.


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Jul 04, 2016 11:35 |  #7

Check out the Yoga series. Small, fast, light and an IPS screen. They always offer one with an i7.

Currently running this one after selling the 13" yoga.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_14_thinkpad_x1​_yoga.html (external link)

Downside is the 14" screen size is too small for some but it is a 1440 IPS.




  
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Jul 04, 2016 12:08 |  #8

Look at the Hp spectre x360 or the Dell xps 13. I have the Hp spectre from a year ago and for an ultrabook its fit my needs for a good balance of portability with good battery life and performance. The SSD help alot and I really like that it comes with a good quality IPS screen that is touch enabled by default. Some of the other brands charge extra for touch..


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Jul 04, 2016 12:42 |  #9

Yoga, Dell XPS, interesting choices.

I was looking at the Asus UX303UB, because it is available in a local brick-and-mortar store, and we have a Postal Service strike looming, so local is looking better than mail order for now. This particular Asus offers an i7 processor, roomy SSD, and the delicious 3200x1800 resolution screen. Downsides are that yellow is not reproduced correctly, and the high res QHD screen gives tiny text and icons on many applications (scaling is not right). Lots of software including Adobe products are affected. There is a fix available for the scaling, but it ruins the graphics rendition. So what's the point then?

There is a normal 1920x1080 res Asus available with an i5. It should be just fine for what I need. And of course it is cheaper as well.

I see the Dell is available locally at Best Buy. The SSD is tiny, but I better have a look.


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Jul 14, 2016 18:34 |  #10

So I settled on a Dell XPS 13 ultrabook. It has an i5, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Took delivery yesterday and it works great. Lightroom is responsive enough. Storage is sufficient for now, but can be augmented with an external drive later if need be.

It is light and compact, has good battery life, and will be just the companion on photo journeys.


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