Looking for Ideas for a Laptop...

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ESfishdoc
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Looking for Ideas for a Laptop...
Mar 29, 2013

Greetings all....

Yes... I've done some searching and reading already.  I'm looking for some fresh ideas based on the following needs:

Leaving on a 6 week round the country road trip May 24th.

Will use LR4 and Silver Effex Pro.

Will back up/store on external device

In a good- better- best rating, I don't need best. (although I'm not afraid of spending money for it when needed)

I don't need a calibrated monitor.  On the road I'll be posting to flickr and blogs and such.  Heavy lifting can and will be done at home on my desktop when we get home.

I don't need real fast or cutting edge....

Computing needs other than post processing pictures are minimal.....

Size and weight are secondary considerations.

Budget: Under 2K (top of the line) with a target of 1500 usd (for that really good system).

So that is what I'm working with.  I'm not much into the technical side of computers and I'm not tied into a brand or system.  I'm not interested in a Mac.

Thanks for your time.

Richard

digital ed
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Re: Looking for Ideas for a Laptop...
In reply to ESfishdoc, Mar 29, 2013

ESfishdoc wrote:

Greetings all....

Yes... I've done some searching and reading already.  I'm looking for some fresh ideas based on the following needs:

Leaving on a 6 week round the country road trip May 24th.

Will use LR4 and Silver Effex Pro.

Will back up/store on external device

In a good- better- best rating, I don't need best. (although I'm not afraid of spending money for it when needed)

I don't need a calibrated monitor.  On the road I'll be posting to flickr and blogs and such.  Heavy lifting can and will be done at home on my desktop when we get home.

I don't need real fast or cutting edge....

Computing needs other than post processing pictures are minimal.....

Size and weight are secondary considerations.

Budget: Under 2K (top of the line) with a target of 1500 usd (for that really good system).

So that is what I'm working with.  I'm not much into the technical side of computers and I'm not tied into a brand or system.  I'm not interested in a Mac.

Thanks for your time.

Richard

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ESfishdoc
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In reply to digital ed, Mar 29, 2013

Thanks Ed.  Interesting... looks a bit on the small size for my big hands.  That plus I'm used to a 24 inch screen.  I'm already feeling like a 13 inch screen is on the small side.

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In reply to ESfishdoc, Mar 29, 2013

ESfishdoc wrote:

I don't need a calibrated monitor.  On the road I'll be posting to flickr and blogs and such.  Heavy lifting can and will be done at home on my desktop when we get home.

Your needs are quite modest and I think this will be relatively easy.

Do decide what screen size you can live with. Obviously, photography likes big screens. But when it comes to travel, smaller is better. I decided I could live with 14 inches and I'm glad I did.

You'll probably want an i5 or 17 CPU with 8GB and 64-bit windows.

Laptop discs tend to be slow so using a SSD for the system drive is a really good idea.

Battery life may or may not be an issue for you. Think about that one.

Also think about how you'll carry it -- backpack or whatever, and what might need to share the same bag (two DSLR's and a 600mm lens?).

Do shop the deals -- I use dealnews.com.

Last year, I bought a Lenovo (Y480) with a 14 inch screen, i7, 8GB and a 1TB disc for $800. I spend another $200 on a 256GB mSATA SSD. The screen is not great for photo editing but I do all of that critical work back home so no big deal. Overall, I am thrilled with the system. It's fast, flexible, and compact enough to carry around all day in a cheap backpack. It works for me and I did the whole thing for just about $1000 including a mouse and backpack.

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In reply to malch, Mar 30, 2013

Thanks Malch... I'll look into that also...

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