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05/24/2007 03:59:49 AM · #1
I'm in the market for a new PC laptop. I would be using it for post processing on photoshop... and thats about it... besides basic word docs and internet use. any suggestions? i want speed and efficiency. my limit is about $1200. THANKS :)

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05/24/2007 04:52:55 AM · #2
I absolutely love my Lenovo ThinkPad T43. I think it cost me $1,400 USD.

I should mention that I do all my photo editing on my 19" LCD made by ViewSonic.

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05/24/2007 12:02:14 PM · #3
thanks skyler!
anyone else?
05/24/2007 12:08:03 PM · #4
MacBook from US$1,099
05/24/2007 12:10:00 PM · #5
Second the Thinkpad. I've had several as work computers, they are workhorses and very well built. There is a high-resolution screen available on some models that is really wonderful. IBM also sells "certified used" units, here.
06/28/2007 02:04:35 AM · #6
goodmawning!

just need your advice, im using laptop most of the time in doing the post processing of my photo, which i noticed that it didn't do very well compare to the photos that i did in the desktop, regardless the subject and composition 'coz it's fitted to the challenge anyhow. please advice...

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06/28/2007 08:40:26 AM · #7
Originally posted by kundimansabuwan:

goodmawning!

just need your advice, im using laptop most of the time in doing the post processing of my photo, which i noticed that it didn't do very well compare to the photos that i did in the desktop, regardless the subject and composition 'coz it's fitted to the challenge anyhow. please advice...


I've had trouble in the past with laptop monitors. Calibrating them can be challenging, and even then, on many, the gamma of the display will shift dramatically with viewing angle. If you look at the laptop screen, then tilt it forward and back, does the contrast of the picture change dramatically? If so, you may want to avoid editing on that screen, or make very sure you are looking at it precisely straight-on.
Compare your shot when viewed on a known-calibrated monitor. Does it look different than when you edited it? If so, it's likely the laptop monitor is the culprit.
06/28/2007 09:14:20 AM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by kundimansabuwan:

goodmawning!

just need your advice, im using laptop most of the time in doing the post processing of my photo, which i noticed that it didn't do very well compare to the photos that i did in the desktop, regardless the subject and composition 'coz it's fitted to the challenge anyhow. please advice...


I've had trouble in the past with laptop monitors. Calibrating them can be challenging, and even then, on many, the gamma of the display will shift dramatically with viewing angle. If you look at the laptop screen, then tilt it forward and back, does the contrast of the picture change dramatically? If so, you may want to avoid editing on that screen, or make very sure you are looking at it precisely straight-on.
Compare your shot when viewed on a known-calibrated monitor. Does it look different than when you edited it? If so, it's likely the laptop monitor is the culprit.


My laptop screen is terrible. Everyone I've ever had has been nearly useless for looking at images.
06/28/2007 10:29:03 AM · #9
I have a 17" wide screen Sony Vaio AR-150 Laptop. It is definately a desktop replacement. Beautiful screen graphics and very fast at photo as well as video processing. It is Core Duo 1.83 Ghz processor and the screen is 1440x900 ultrabright. The bad thing is the battery life sucks. Best I've got is about 55 minutes on standard battery. I would say the screen is as good as either of my dual Dell wide screens on my desktop. With that said ... I would not buy another Sony due to low battery life. If I was you I'de look at Dell. I've owner three Dell laptops and a dozen Dell desktops. Their warantee is exceptional and I have never had a doubt about buying another one. Don't believe those who knock Dell, mostly they are the same ones who knock Microsoft too ...jealous because of the wealth and success of the Michael and Bill. As with anything, all products have problems. Best of luck!
06/28/2007 10:49:45 AM · #10
I have an HP NW8440 laptop with a great screen. It has a very high resolution 15.4in widescreen WUXGA+ scree with a res of 1920x1200. The core duo 1.86ghz cpu, 1gb (soon to be 2gb) of RAM, 7200rpm SATA hard drive, and 256mb ATi Fire GL T2 graphics card all add up to one sweet machine that I'll keep for a very long time. Oh, and I get about 3.5-4hrs of battery life without wireless or disc drive running. With wireless, about 3hrs and same with disc drive. If I use both, the battery life is about 2hrs.
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