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Jan 14, 2011 17:08 |  #1

Anyone got recommendations on a Mobile Workstation for photo editing? (PS CS5, LR3, etc.) Looking for a high end laptop with calibration. Thinking about getting the Lenovo W510, i7-720QM w/ 8GB RAM. Anyone know if there are any good laptops going to be released with the new Sandy Bridge CPU? I read the press release and it looks like right now Lenovo has only announced some of their lower end series with Sandy Bridge. I know the CPU is available for desktop builds but wondering if anyone has insight on a comparable laptop with the new CPU. Looking for a PC and not MAC at this time so that rules out a MBP.

I have the Lenovo W510 priced out at about $1750 total with tax and also get $400 reimbursed from my company on top of that. So looking to spend around that range. Suggestions?


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Jan 18, 2011 03:19 |  #2

Maxxum mentioned this computer as his choice for high-end mobile photography computer. Generally when he recommends something, you can bet it's generally right!!! ;) ;)


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Jan 18, 2011 07:18 as a reply to  @ BeritOlam's post |  #3

toshiba ci7-2630qm google this, asus and hp also have one


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Jan 18, 2011 11:56 |  #4

Awesome, thanks for the tips guys, will look into


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Jan 18, 2011 11:57 |  #5

Anyone have insight on sandy bridge high end laptops coming out as well?


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Jan 18, 2011 12:06 |  #6

This is the successor to the one I purchased about 13-14 months ago. (it has sandy bridge mobile)

http://www.malibal.com​/satori/ (external link)

I needed a 17" desktop replacement, and with bodies dumping out larger and larger raw files, I'm glad I did. If you want high end performance, this is it.

To give you an idea, the specs on my laptop are below (keep in mind, this is a year old laptop).

17.3" 1920x1080
i7-820QM
4GB RAM
640GB HD
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was around $2,100 at the time, and it still eats most new mainstream laptops for breakfast.

Another site that will have the real high-end stuff.. Ideally try and get a gaming PC, and just scale back the graphics card to save money, since 3D performance doesn't get you *that* much in photoshop / lightroom.

http://www.xoticpc.com …laptops-ct-118_96_98.html (external link)


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Jan 18, 2011 12:21 |  #7

Thanks Brandon, some great links there, ill check them out, appreciate it!


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Jan 18, 2011 12:31 |  #8

No problem-o.. Matthew P (owner) at Malibal is very easy to work with.


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Jan 18, 2011 19:23 |  #9

FWIW, Jerel....the Malibal and XoticPC systems look to me like pretty ultra-high end gaming laptops. Awesome specs to be sure...but they all have GDDR5 video cards, and you just don't need that kind of video power to run LR3 or Photoshop. IOW, you're paying for stuff that you won't ever need if this is going to be used as a photography computer.

The Lenovo W510 really is a thing of beauty if you absolutely need a mobile solution. For one thing....the FHD display with the 95% gamut and LED backlight is just what the photography doctor ordered!! From what I can tell, I don't think any of the Malibal systems are going to give you that, for the simple reason that gaming monitors have different types of demands than photography monitors.


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Jan 19, 2011 13:44 |  #10

Thanks BeritOlam, still debating but still leaning more towards the W510


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Jan 21, 2011 18:49 as a reply to  @ jffuerte's post |  #11

Take a look at the MSI GX660R-060 or the 17" version.

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Jan 22, 2011 16:24 as a reply to  @ I26's post |  #12

HP envy 17




  
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Jan 22, 2011 20:29 |  #13

Hmm those are both good suggestions, will have to check those out as well. Thanks


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Jan 23, 2011 06:00 |  #14

Jerel,

I still think your best bet is that Lenovo W510 with the FHD screen w/ 95% Gamut.

~Matt


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