Laptop with external HDD as a super-budget solution.....???

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Re: Laptop with external HDD as a super-budget solution.....???
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Dweeble wrote:

Hi, I'm going to sound very dim and amateurish indeed but here's where I am:

Currently run a PC bought 6 years ago. I asked for basic but robust build and it is certainly both My workflow is a mainly a mix of Capture Nx-D, GIMP and irfanview.

It can cope, but Nx-D is dreadfully sluggish. It certainly hasn't got the guts to think about stuff like Gigapixel, and is running out of storage. Have looked at putting new CPU in and the motherboard isn't up to it.

I've always thought PCs more robust than laptops, but it would be nice to be able to upload pix when out at events.

Budget is tight...

Does a super-cheap s/hand laptop exist with a SIM card (for mobile upload, also 4G is way faster than broadband here until we get fibre), a punchy enough CPU (??) to run the editing progammes accceptably fast and add more, and the ability to plug in a seperate hard disk for storage?

I have an Acer AMD A9-9410 laptop that's about 4 years old, and it would be OK for your needs. It cost about USD$600 four years ago. (8Gb RAM, 128Gb SSD, 2Tb HDD).

Rather than a SIM card, think about using the "Mobile Hot Spot" feature of your cell phone. When travelling, I use my mobile for internet in preference to WiFi at motels etc. (More secure, and usually faster than motel WiFi).

Monitor quality not an issue as I guess I can plug it into my existing monitor which is a surprisingly good Dell.

Most laptops have good video support via HDMI connection. Can be different resolution to laptop built-in screen.

Ideas, suggestions, alternative approaches? No need for it to be the whizziest, given I shoot with D3S/D300 so only 12MP files.....thats my general approach, to be happy with top quality kit from a generation or so back.....

Please make any replies intelligible to a tech illiterate

PS Current plan is to keep exisiting PC running for non-photographic tasks.

Have you considered some modest upgrades to your PC, such extra RAM and/or SSD boot disk?

Does that mean the new one could be Linux based? Does that open up other possibilties?

I wouldn't open that particular can of worms if I were you.

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