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    hi, i am loking to upgrade my laptop for photo editing, any suggestions what are the current best photo editing laptops around the 1000 mark?

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    6 Oct 2012 - 3:43 PM

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    6 Oct 2012 - 10:01 PM

    A lot of people on here will disagree with me Dewey (nothing new in that) but I honestly can't image doing any serious photo-editing on a laptop. I find that a pair of 27" monitors is the minimum I can comfortably work with.

    It may be, of course, that you intend to attach external monitors to your laptop but need the portability of a laptop for other purposes. In that case I am sure that someone will come up with some recommendations.

    Good luck either way.


    Last Modified By User_Removed at 6 Oct 2012 - 10:02 PM
    strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
    6 Oct 2012 - 10:16 PM

    My advice on the laptop is to get the best display you can, not a glossy one, and factor in the cost of a decent calibration device. Then spec up lots of RAM, as much as you can and make certain it has a fast hard disk and again factor in the cost for a decent external drive to back it up to. As for brand, I am not certain I could recommend a brand these days.

    As left forum states, a decent desk machine is best, but you may need portability.

    mikehit  56465 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Oct 2012 - 10:36 PM

    Desktop+excellent screen - provided your laptop is powerful enough for the program you are using. I would suggest a laptop using the laptop screen for the palettes and a Dell Ultrasharp 2312 or 2412 for the actual photo.

    There are loads of laptop companies out there but I am a Dell groupie (Dell XPS desktop + Dell 15" Studio laptop).

    Last Modified By mikehit at 7 Oct 2012 - 10:37 PM
    JackAllTog e2 Member 53626 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Oct 2012 - 12:37 PM

    I use a laptop for editing- Win7 64bit + 8G ram, seems great for speed despite its slowish 5400 RPM disk.
    BUT the 15.4 inch monitor often used in front of the TV with evening room lights on does give me quite variable colour results and detail, the editing area is quite small. To be serious about this I would need at least a 24 in monitor and consistent room lighting. I'd also strongly consider a tablet for editing.
    Your 1000 budget is great and should be fine, heck for a grand you might even get some fast SSD disk in there to speed it up further.
    But you are still stuck with a laptop screen
    Note - Windows 8 is due out at the end of the month and has touch screen features built in - this may make for interesting editing option with a tablet. (Of course Apple make great laptops too).
    Btw, The laptop brand I like most is Lenovo.

    iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

    I use a 15 inch macbook pro and find that,
    a. the screen is fairly accurate compared with my 27 inch mac desk top, both are calibrated using a sypder device, just watch the angle and note laptop screens area brighter when plugged into mains.
    b. The trackpad on the apple MacBooks is very useful for editing, in my view much better than a mouse.
    although i have a tablet for the desktop I bought an trackpad to use in preference to the mouse.
    I reckon any problems I have with the laptop are more to do with brightness or contrast rather than colour tones balance. Before making important prints try some small ones. Photobox are very good for price and will supply a calibration image.

    9 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

    Don't buy a new laptop just yet. Windows 8 is out in a couple of weeks and at the very least will mean price cuts on some Win 7 laptops.

    CathyT e2 Member 87276 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 4:42 PM

    Get a Macbook Pro.....it just works.....

    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 4:56 PM



    strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 5:08 PM

    Quote: Get a Macbook Pro.....it just works.....

    And you can look at your pretty reflection in its screen Wink

    Cathy if you bought a windows machine you would be reading this instead Smile

    Last Modified By strawman at 9 Oct 2012 - 5:11 PM
    CathyT e2 Member 87276 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 7:08 PM

    Quote: 'I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window. Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up a treat . .'


    strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Oct 2012 - 8:08 PM

    Its a great read

    14 Oct 2012 - 3:00 PM

    Hi, for photo editing I use a high end laptop:

    I looked for a gaming spec machine, because they have similar requirements

    Spec is:

    I7 2670 with turbo boost
    win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
    2 x 500GB hard drives - look for ones with the faster speed or 1 SSD for the boot drive and have your editing software use this as a scratch disk the other a standard drive for storage
    2 x usb 3 - 2TB backup drives - so much faster than usb2 drives
    8 GB Ram - The more you have the more the editing software will use - my software is using 6GB
    2GB Video Ram Photoshop & other editing software loves dedicated video memory - redraws so fast you will think it hasn't.
    My screen size is only 15.6 - but that is because I live on a boat, no room for massive monitors.
    As for make, well they are all pretty reliable these days.

    You might consider having one built to your own spec. The company on the link have a very good reputation.
    PC Specialist

    happy hunting

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