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User currently offlineMalandan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 380 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Something which may be of interest to others.

I off shortly for an extended holiday in Australia and intend to buy a laptop for editing, displaying and the storage of digital photographs, and also for emailing and even maybe uploading to Airliners, subject to the limitations of the PC screen of course.

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive and lightweight computer suitable for these purposes preferably with a Compactflash card port?

Any related suggestions/comments welcomed.



My interest lies in the future as I am going to spend the rest of my life there!
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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

For a while I used a little Sony Viao (and still do occasionally) which was great in terms of size and weight with a CF card adaptor. Unfortunately the quality of the screen was totally unsuited for serious editing, and I've yet to see a small laptop that would do the job. There are some lovely models out there with excellent 17 in screens, but this rather defeats the portability issue.

In your situation, I'd go for the small laptop which will meet most of your needs, but leave critical editing and A.net uploads til you get home.

I would also seriously consider incorporating a CD burner - lets face it, all manner of disasters could befall the laptop ... it would be nice to know that all those images are safely stored on CDs.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineDraigonair From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 708 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

I think Dell has some nice ones  Smile but when i go on vacation i usually wait till im home to upload!

cheers and good luck


User currently offlineMalandan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 380 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

Thanks Nick & Colin.

Yes, you are right, a CD burner would prove very useful to provide a back-up. But I will be away for up to 3 months and so I may not have the patience to wait until returning home. I also may have access to a desktop PC for some of the time but the quality is as yet unknown.

I have also learn't that you can buy backpacks with a compartment for a laptop so may invest in a new camera bag for the new DSLR as well at the same time.

I will certainly look at Sony and Dell.



My interest lies in the future as I am going to spend the rest of my life there!
User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

If you are looking at sonys, may I suggest you look at one with one of those new x-black screens! They are amazing, and even though they may not be the smallest ones out there, you will definitely not regret buying it! Go out to a shop, and see what I mean...those screens are wonders!


I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineMdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

agree with LHsebi.

Almost all my photos were edited on my "bulky" Sony Vaio. The "Onyx-black" screen is superb! Very sharp and bright!

Please excuse my poor English.
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 days ago) and read 1573 times:

12" Apple iBook G4. 12" screen, 1024x768. No CF slot so you'll have to settle for using USB or an external cardreader. Does have a CD burner though. 4.9 lbs / 2.2 kg. Staring at £749 including VAT.

Owning a 12" G3 iBook, I can't see wanting something bigger and heavier.

If you want something lightweight and easy to carry, Apple's are some of the best. I've seen some Sony Viao and Fujitsu Lifebooks that are even smaller (about 10" screens) but that screen size might be a bit uncomfortable.

David / MRY

User currently offlineUa935 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 610 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I have literally just placed an order for a Dell 1150.

They have currently got a sale on with free delivery and discounts.

£541.00 not bad money for a 15" screen, 512mb Ram.

Looks like it should do the job.

Regards Simon

Live every second like you mean it
User currently offlineLhrsunriser From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

I am just going to take my computor i think. Plug it in and take an adapter when i go with my mum to LHR. Heavy but should work. Since i only have one card and battery for the 300D

Getting back into it
User currently offlineMalandan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 380 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Thanks all for the advice.


Have looked at the Dell site which shows the 1150 at £591. Are you buying from this source?

Also, do you have the size as I plan to buy camera/laptop bag.



My interest lies in the future as I am going to spend the rest of my life there!
User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 17 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Personaly i woulnd't use a laoptop for photos editing. The results have been far from satasfactory.

Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
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