Laptop for Photography Advice... Budget $2500-$3000

Started Feb 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
AwkwardSwine
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Re: Laptop for Photography Advice... Budget $2500-$3000
In reply to malch, Feb 3, 2013

I would not chase after a systems with a screen resolution higher than 1920x1080.  (ala the Retina Macs)  You will just have to scale to higher DPIs to be able to see anything.  I think it's a bit of a marketing spec rather than a real differentiator.

Here is a sample system that is very powerful, certainly a match for any Macbook.  15 inch IPS 1080P screen with a high end core i7 and under 5 pounds.  500GB storage with Hybrid SSD for the OS.  I think Apple markets this as Fusion Drive.  $1350

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/HP-Spectre-XT-15-4011nr-TouchSmart-Notebook/productID.258685500/vip.true

DISPLAY | 15.6 in Radiance Full HD LED with IPS (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support PROCESSOR | Intel Core i7-3517U 1.90 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.00 GHz MEMORY | 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz HARD DRIVE SIZE | 500 GB SATA 5400 RPM + 32 GB SSD OPERATING SYSTEM | Windows 8 PC TYPE | Notebook OPTICAL DRIVE | None MEDIA DRIVE | 2-in-1 media card reader (SD/MMC) AUDIO | Beats Audio quad speakers VIDEO | Intel HD Graphics 4000 with shared graphics memory PORTS | 2 USB 3.0 • 1 USB 2.0 • 1 Thunderbolt • HDMI • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • RJ-45 (10/100/1000) BATTERY | 4-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours)* CAMERA | HP TrueVision HD webcam WIRELESS | 802.11a/b/g/n BLUETOOTH | Yes DIMENSIONS | 14.87 x 10.10 x 0.70-0.87 in (377.70 x 256.54 x 17.78-22.10 mm) WEIGHT | 4.97 lbs (2.25 kg) COLOR | Silver OTHER | Model number: SpectreXT 15-4011nr Keyboard travel: 1.2 mm Touchpad dimensions: 113 x 71 mm

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