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Anyone using a laptop only? no extra screen's?

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Mar 28, 2012 00:33 |  #1

I got got a laptop and already considering to return it.

I changed over from my desktop with a 22" LCD widescreen, now I'm using a 17" laptop.

I am using a wireless keyboard and mouse, I just find it more difficult to work on this screen.

I don't see the point of having a screen hooked up, in this case I'll go get a desktop with greater performance for the same price.

Anyone using your laptop screen only? and how is it? I find it strange for me.

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Mar 28, 2012 00:53 |  #2

I would be lost without desktop and multiple monitors.

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Mar 28, 2012 00:56 |  #3

The ability to travel light is always a plus with a laptop :D

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Mar 28, 2012 00:58 |  #4

Even more plus with a tablet and logmein to use your desktop remotely.

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Mar 28, 2012 08:20 |  #5

15" laptop screen only. I am looking to get a 28" or so screen at some point!
Once, I hooked up my computer to a friend's HD projector. Photoshop (and CoD!) was amazing!

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Mar 31, 2012 10:27 as a reply to  @ alex.hondsmerk's post |  #6

I love my ALL IN ONE little powerhouse - MacBookPro 15" Quad Core,8 GB of Ram and a 750 GB HDD, it is powerful, portable and awesome for all my editing needs. After using Sony and Toshiba Laptops, the MBP is really is in a class of it's own. I have had such great success with the display that I don't even need colour management software thrown into the mix. I am getting near 95-98 % colour accuracy from screen to Canon 9500 Mark 2 printer.

Maybe in the near future I would add a thunderbolt display but for now, all my photographic workflow needs are completely covered. 100% satisfied...

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Mar 31, 2012 10:31 |  #7

Laptop is my only general use computer and used for edting yes but it has a dock (company provided) and a 24" Dell Ultrasharp (mine) via DisplayPort.

If you dont want to bother plugging and unplugging cables all the time get a docking station for it. Makes things a lot easier. There is definitely a point to having external monitors on laptops.

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Apr 20, 2012 04:36 as a reply to  @ thedge's post |  #8

I think it's a matter of getting used to the new setup. I only use a laptop and no way I will give up the saved space or ability to use the device anywhere I please (bed, couch, park, on the road, wherever!). There is no way I will be stuck at a desk with a desktop! That's so 90's! :oops:

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Apr 20, 2012 13:22 |  #9

In the recent years laptops became popular infact in most homes they replaced desktops even thought they do not move from the same desk!
For me its all about mobility, travelling to a race, shooting and doing all the post process from the media room is almost impossible without a laptop.
My setup is a 17 inch MacBook Pro and I just got a Intuos 5 Medium tablet. its size (not the active area) is same as 17 inch Macbook, I put the tablet right over the keyboard and it works perfect.
if you think 17 inch monitor is small, I've seen miracles created on a 13 inch laptops.
Its all about getting used to I guess.

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Apr 21, 2012 17:22 |  #10

Ditto, i just went from a 27 in imac to a MBP and while I'm still saving for my monitor, I've enjoyed the mobility I've gained.

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Apr 24, 2012 22:20 |  #11

Ben using nothing but a laptop for a few years now. Sometimes miss the larger monitor, but for the most part no problems, currently have a 16" display.

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Apr 24, 2012 22:28 as a reply to  @ Gnhntn's post |  #12

17" laptop for a little over a year now.. It felt good to break away from the desktop. Went out the other day with the wife and shot a bit. later we went to a restaurant for a couple happy hour beverages and viewed the pictures at the table. Can't do that strapped to a tower.

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Apr 25, 2012 09:52 as a reply to  @ madjack's post |  #13

For me laptops do not have enough resources...screen size, memory, USB 3 ports, disk space (especial with RAID 1), full standard keyboard.

The closest I found is an HP 17 Envy. It has two 1TB drives, one SSD for boot, and USB 3 ports. So I use it in the field to collect the files from our cameras and make at least one copy. The only editing we do in the field is throw away obvious losers. Once we get back home we import the files into our respective LR libraries on our desktops. There we have serious screen sizes, color calibration, RAID 1 disk arrays...etc.

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Apr 26, 2012 13:56 |  #14

I have to have both. Desktop with three 24" monitors and a laptop when out of the house. I use offline file sharing so all files stay on the desktop but the ones I like to have when I travel are with me and then re sink automatically when I rejoin the network. Best of all worlds.

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Apr 26, 2012 16:34 |  #15

Daship wrote in post #14166834 (external link)
I would be lost without desktop and multiple monitors.

What he said.

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