RonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 761 posts, RR: 24 Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4886 times:
Hi guys. I'm looking for a laptop replacement for general purpose and all my photo editing. I am currently using a 15inch Gateway that is about 6 years old, just has upgraded ram to 2GB's.
Do any of the PC version laptops have higher quality screens than others? I wanted to spend around $1200 or so. Seems like I can get a higher end PC based laptop for that price, with a 17.3 inch screen and 1GB graphics card. Other than the screen size and graphics card, I just want as high a quality screen as I can get in a laptop.
However the Macbook's are much more money it seems. Are they really worth the extra money? Seems like the 15inch with a 512MB video cars is around 1900 and the 17 inch with a 512MB card is around $2400.
Anybody have any experience in this area? thanks!
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WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1288 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4873 times:
I was in your same position a year ago. I was seriously looking at the 15 inch Macbook Pro and whatever Dell offered at the time. I wound up with a 15" Dell XPS 1530 for around $1000, took off Vista and loaded XP. I am happy with the screen (1440X900 with a NVIDIA 8600 card ) and I do all my editing on it.
I think the Macbook's have better build quality overall but I am happy with my Dell. If I got a Macbook Pro I would have run XP anyway because of so many work and personal PC programs, and in the end I couldn't justify the cost. I still look at Macbook's though and will probably head that way in the future.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4538 posts, RR: 28 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4870 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 1): I have a 5 year old Dell Laptop with a calibrated screen that does ok.
Same here, 5 year-old Dell... While most of my editing has been done on my desktop computer, I have edited photos on my laptop that have been accepted here.
I'm sure your question is aimed at something much broader, but as far as editing for airliners.net, pretty much any screen is possible. You just have to learn how to read the image from the display and to adapt your workflow accordingly.
Surely others can offer more help as I have little experience with the current generation of laptops.
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757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4868 times:
I have an Asus N80Vn-X5 and the following fully applies for me:
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 3): as far as editing for airliners.net, pretty much any screen is possible. You just have to learn how to read the image from the display and to adapt your workflow accordingly.
I used to have a desktop but sold it some time ago, and since then I have had my fair share of pictures edited in my laptop (and only computer) accepted.
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Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4866 times:
MacBook Pro is good - provided you get one with the matte screen option. The shiny screen is horrible for reflections.
Quoting RonS (Thread starter): However the Macbook's are much more money it seems. Are they really worth the extra money? Seems like the 15inch with a 512MB video cars is around 1900 and the 17 inch with a 512MB card is around $2400.
Ron, they are worth it. We use a lot of MacBook Pros at work (15") and they work very well. Especially when out and about away from power, the battery life is dependable, and they are quite fast. They are also fairly compact and relatively light for their specs.
I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
You can use bootcamp on them or VMWare (install windows on either of those solutions).
Skyhawkmatthew From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4752 times:
MacBook Pro 15" here - display looks great, I have the glossy version but don't find the reflections too annoying. The colours don't seem to vary much from my 20" Apple Cinema Display, unlike my old 13" MacBook which was awful.
Avrich From New Zealand, joined Apr 2009, 62 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4683 times:
Apple users preaching about the benefits of their beloved Macs used to irritate me to death. Having made the switch nine months ago I can truly say "once you go Mac, you'll never go back".
As my job keeps me on the road for about 9 months a year I have to rely solely on my laptop for everything and the 17" Mac Pro has been awesome so far.
Quoting Cpd (Reply 5): Especially when out and about away from power, the battery life is dependable, and they are quite fast. They are also fairly compact and relatively light for their specs.
I agree with everything Chris says. The monitor is excellent (again take Chris's advice and go for the matte option) and the built in calibration software is decent, although it involves a fair degree of eye strain.
The 17" has a totally sealed base and the tiny gap for ventilation doesn't really cut it but a cooling base from Best Buy ($20 in NH) will see you right.
Most of my photog mates will argue until long after the sun goes down about the benefits of Nikon or Canon (Nikon personally), but they almost all agree on Mac.
I'm glad I listened to the "Mac geeks" that used to hassle me about my HP. In my experience (and I work with photo/video professionals on a daily basis) the only people who rag on Macs have never used them. I've yet to meet a Mac user who's said "wow, I miss my old PC, I wish I could dump this useless Mac".
Take a drive up to the Rockingham Park Mac store in tax free New Hampshire.
You wont regret it!
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Iamlucky13 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 4596 times:
Quoting WakeTurbulence (Reply 2): I think the Macbook's have better build quality overall but I am happy with my Dell.
Compared to the basic Inspiron laptops, I have no doubt. However, the general quality is probably a lot closer for the Latitude or Vostro series laptops available through the business section of dell.com (you don't actually have to be a business to order that way). From what I've seen, the Dell business laptops' quality is closer the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads, which are quite well respected for their durability.
I also just noticed Dell is pushing a fifth line of laptops called "Studio." Based on the name, one would suppose they would have nicer screens, etc, but I haven't seen one to be able to comment on it.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 44 Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 4591 times:
Quoting Iamlucky13 (Reply 11): However, the general quality is probably a lot closer for the Latitude or Vostro series laptops available through the business section of dell.com
Seen those laptops (some consultants at work have them) and the MacBook Pro is still well above those for quality. The Thinkpads I've used before - durable they might be, but I have little respect for their screens - and I doubt they come up to the Macbook Pro finish or quality. They are also bulky. I also dislike Lenovo Desktops and Lenovo desktop screens (extremely horrible quality).
Same with most of the business laptops. We've even got a huge 19" laptop at work that does 1920x1200 resolution, and even it doesn't compare with the Macbook Pro.
My old Sony VAIO has a reasonable screen for indoor use away from strong light, but again, the shiny display is poor when you are out and about - and the battery life is dreadful, it barely gets past 1.5 hours at the most. Often, it'll barely get 1 hour. Macbook Pro 15" that I use regularly do 4 hours or better.
PMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 562 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 4554 times:
The last two computers I've used for editing have been Sony VAIO laptops and I thought the screens on both were superb (by laptop standards), and far better than the Mac laptops around at the time. That said, the newer Macbook and MBP's are far brighter, sharper and have better colours than their older cousins, so if I were going for an editing laptop now it would probably have to be a MBP. I actually thought about replacing my now dead VAIO with a MBP a couple of months ago but went for a 27 inch iMac instead. True screen heaven... Ohhh yeah!
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