Lightroom Classic CC on Notebook PC

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Ken 2005 Junior Member • Posts: 25
Lightroom Classic CC on Notebook PC

I use a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro when traveling to download and edit photos. The Yoga 3 Pro has an Intel Core M-5Y71 CPU @ 1.20 GHz, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. It has a 3200 x 1800 IPS screen. I originally purchased a Yoga 2 Pro in 2014, which had an i7-4500U CPU, but I had problems with it so Lenovo offered me a Yoga 3 Pro as a replacement in July 2015.

I chose the Yoga 2 Pro for the IPS 13.3 inch screen and the light weight when traveling. When I first got the Yoga 2 and 3 Pros I wasn't using Lightroom and hadn't noticed any speed problems using ACD software.

In the past 18 months or so I have been using Lightroom for most of my editing and I find it to be painfully slow on the Yoga 3 Pro. It's very slow when making adjustments and is even slow when moving between photos. I am currently using the latest Classic CC version.

I do most of my editing on my desktop PC at home, which I purchased in late 2012 and has an i7-3770 CPU @ 3.4GHz. I initially had 16GB of RAM but upgraded it to 32 GB a while back, and also at that time upgraded to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. I have no problems using Lightroom on this PC.

I have been considering buying a new notebook and the salesman at a computer shop told me that the Core M that the Yoga 3 Pro uses was a slow processor, especially when using with graphic intensive programs, so that sounds like the reason I am having the slowness I am experiencing with Lightroom.

I have had an initial look at new 13 inch notebook PCs and two I have seen are an HP Spectre X360 which has an i7-8550U processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD with a 1920 x 1080 screen. Another is a Dell XPS also with an i7-8550U processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD with a 3200 x 1800 QHD screen.

Is buying a new notebook PC with an i7-8550U processor likely to make a big difference when using Lightroom, so long as I have 16GB RAM, compared to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro?   If so, does it make much difference if I buy one with a 1920 x 1080 screen compared with one with a higher res 3200 x 1800 screen when editing photos?   Any advice will be much appreciated.

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