Seeking recommendation for Laptop (Windows) suitable for photography

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Wally, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Wally

    Wally Guest

    Am retiring the old ThinkPad and looking for a replacement.

    The new PC laptop should be fast enough to run Lightroom v4. And the
    display should be suitable for photography -- wide screen NOT
    preferred but may be OK as long as it has approx 1050 pixels or more
    vertically. (The old display was 1400x1050).

    It would be nice if the new computer was not too heavy, not too
    expensive, decent battery life, big HD, etc... but the most important
    requirements seems to me are speed for the software, and the display.

    Wally
     
    Wally, Oct 8, 2012
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    Bruce Guest


    At this time, there is no better laptop for photography than Apple's
    MacBook Pro with the superlative Retina display (2880 x 1800 pixels).
    And you can run Windows applications on it.

    http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/
     
    Bruce, Oct 8, 2012
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  3. Wally

    Guest Guest

    for the best display, it's the macbook pro with retina display. the
    pixel density is higher than what your eye can resolve, so you won't be
    able to see any jaggies, at all.

    for less money, there's the normal macbook pro, and for less weight,
    the macbook air.

    lightroom will run extremely well on any of them.

    battery life can be as much as 10 hours on a single charge, depending
    on which model and what you do. hard drive is however big you want. you
    can always swap in a larger drive later.

    i'd also wait a week or so, as there are rumours of some new models
    coming soon.
     
    Guest, Oct 8, 2012
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  4. Wally

    Wally Guest

    That's the second recommendation for the Retina.

    I thought you had to have religion to buy a Mac.

    But I have to admit the display looks amazing. It's expensive but not
    totally out of reach.

    Browsing a bit on the web reveals there are Retina issues with
    software support and some other things. Will keep an eye on this...

    Wally
     
    Wally, Oct 8, 2012
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    Me Guest

    Anandtech:
    http://www.anandtech.com/
    Might be a useful site, at least for weeding out possible contenders.
    At least some of their reviews will identify laptops with IPS display
    panels, and provide some performance measurements for those panels.

    There were issues with getting MBP retina displays calibrated properly
    with available colorimeter hardware/software, I don't know if that's
    been sorted.
    Calibration is going to be a bit hit and miss anyway, as backlight
    brightness on most latops varies with power (saving) settings etc, and
    ambient light is going to vary depending on where you're using it.
     
    Me, Oct 8, 2012
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  6. Wally

    ray Guest

    A knowledgeable tech should be able to install MS on it for you if that's
    what you really want.
     
    ray, Oct 8, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Damn. I can hear nospam's keyboard clattering from here.
     
    tony cooper, Oct 8, 2012
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  8. Wally

    Guest Guest

    you don't have to get the retina model. the non-retina models are also
    good, just not as good. basically, you get what you pay for.
    there are two manufacturers of the retina panel itself and one of them
    seems to have more image persistence than normal. in actual use you
    probably won't notice it. as for software support, not all apps fully
    support the retina display, but that's quickly changing. those that
    don't look like they would on a non-retina display unless they do
    something stupid internally about how they render.

    it looks like apple will be moving to retina displays across all
    products, although that will take time for the larger desktop displays.
    pc makers will soon follow.
     
    Guest, Oct 8, 2012
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  9. Wally

    Guest Guest

    minor ones, no different than any other new product.

    keep in mind the retina display is srgb, whereas other laptops are not.
    which can be disabled.
    same as any other system.
     
    Guest, Oct 8, 2012
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  10. Wally

    Guest Guest

    can you, now.
     
    Guest, Oct 8, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    My main objection to that display is the glassy finish. While your
    images will look good, you want to consider glare and lowered ability to
    see tonal differences n the darker portions of your images. (If that is
    important to you.)
     
    PeterN, Oct 9, 2012
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  12. Wally

    Guest Guest

    it's not as glossy as other glossy displays (definitely less than other
    macbooks), but unfortunately, glossy is what sells.
     
    Guest, Oct 9, 2012
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  13. Wally

    PeterN Guest

    Perhaps, but not to me.
     
    PeterN, Oct 9, 2012
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  14. I find it hard to believe anyone would consider a glossy screen a selling
    point, I assumed it was a technical limitation of some screen types. I have
    a netbook with a glossy screen and it is a royal pain, when I want to watch
    a video I instead find myself watching my own reflection.

    Do retina screen have good viewing angles like IPS panels? Netbook screens
    have terrible viewing angles, it's hard to see the whole screen without
    part of it being too dark or light. The same is true of an Acer pocket PC I
    have which has a Retina-resolution VGA screen (220ppi), its sharpness is
    wonderful but it has uneven brightness across the screen if you hold it too
    close.
     
    Gordon Freeman, Oct 9, 2012
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  15. Wally

    Guest Guest

    i agree, but it's what sells. apple used to make both glossy and matte,
    then they offered matte as an option and now it's glossy only. many
    competitors are glossy.

    there are definitely those who want matte, but not as many as who buy
    glossy (or they don't care what they get). glossy has more zing to it,
    but the glare can be a problem. as i said, the retina macbook is not as
    glossy as some other glossy displays, but it's definitely not matte.
    the retina display *is* an ips panel, the same as a desktop ips display.
    that's one way they get the price so low, by using crappy displays.
    some are really quite bad.
     
    Guest, Oct 9, 2012
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    Michael Guest

    You don't need a knowledgeable tech or any tech at all. All Macs can
    run Windows. Just buy the Windows of your choice and follow the
    instructions to use Bootcamp. That requires you reboot the computer
    whenever you change from Mac OS to Windows. If you want less hassle,
    buy Parallels or similar. It's not a "simulation" the way older Macs
    ran Windows. Macs use the same Intel processors that Windows boxes use,
    and run it natively. You just have to pay extra for it and install it
    according to instructions. I use Windows XP on my iMac when I have to
    link to my office, whose software is proprietary and runs only on
    Windows, so I have about a 10 gig partition for that, set it up under
    Bootcamp, and just restart in Windows whenever I need to use it.
     
    Michael, Oct 9, 2012
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  17. Wally

    Guest Guest

    knowledgeable tech? seriously? you must be kidding.

    anyone can install windows on a mac (or a windows pc for that matter).
    all that's needed is double-click boot camp assistant for dual booting
    or get vmware/parallels for virtualization. you can even do both.
     
    Guest, Oct 9, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Yup!
    I have VMware Fusion installed along with XP SP3. Office 2003 Pro runs
    flawlessly, and I find it functions absolutely transparently. The
    advantage of using VMWare Fusion over BootCamp, is being able to have
    both OSs running at the same time and being able to drag and drop files
    between both OSs. Using Open Spaces I can easily move between an OSX
    and an XP environment.

    However once you gave me the clue to running to running Mac Office X on
    an Intel Mac, I have had little reason to boot XP lately.
     
    Savageduck, Oct 9, 2012
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    It's a nice laptop for sure, but I doubt it comes under the not too expensive catogaory asked for ;-)

    If you do get one make sure you go through the correct procedures for installing windows.

    http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-install-windows-7-on-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-tutorial/
     
    Whisky-dave, Oct 9, 2012
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  20. Wally

    PeterN Guest

    the best way is not to believe the VS. Go look at the screens,so you can
    understand what I was talking about earlier.
    BTW My Think Pad, which is an old model is still decent for PS CS6,
    although a tad slow. I can't use it for critical work, but for rough
    edits, it works for me.
     
    PeterN, Oct 9, 2012
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