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what to look for in a laptop to edit photos

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basic specs

accurate color display

  • ability to display all of the sRGB gamut and most of the Adobe RGB gamut is important for critical work

detailed high resolution display

  • if you don't mind giving up battery life, then, consider a 4K display rather than Full HD (1920×1080), especially if you are going for a 13“ or larger screen

touch screen

  • this could be very useful for:
    • fine editing with a pen, etc
    • flicking through your image gallery especially if you can use it as a tablet

good size SSD drive

  • 256Gb should be a bare minimum
  • 512Gb is better
  • 1Gb even better but is very expensive and may be overkill, especially these days when we can use a fast USB 3.0 or 3.1 external drive

fast computer chipset with lots of RAM

  • aim for a 7th generation quad core Intel i7 or perhaps i5 if you can't afford the i7 (quad core i5 will beat a dual core i7)
    • the HQ suffix is quad core and although better performance, it runs at 45W not 15W so eats up the battery faster
  • aim for minimum of 8Gb RAM

fast graphics chipset with lots of RAM

  • in 2017, an example would be the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5

ports needed for photography

  • SD card reader preferable (otherwise need a external USB 3 card reader which is a nuisance)
  • at least one USB 3.0 port (preferably 2, especially if you need to use one to connect to a network adapter if there is no ethernet port and no WiFi available)
  • USB 3.1 Thunderbolt port for even faster and more future proof capabilities
  • HDMI

examples in June 2017 of Windows laptops which tick most of the boxes

    • 100% Adobe gamut; IGZO IPS panel; 350 nit brightness;
    • Included is Dell PremierColor software, which automatically remaps content not already in Adobe RGB format for onscreen colors that appear amazingly accurate and true to life
    • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
    • 16GB DDR4-2400MHz; up to 32GB
    • 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5
    • 15.6” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display with Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™
    • SD card slot
    • HDMI
    • 2 USB 3.0 slots with PowerShare
    • 1 Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) Supports: Power In / Charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps Bi-Directional), 3.1 USB Gen 2 (10Gbps), VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (Sold Separately)
    • Killer 1535 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
    • 2kg with 97Whr battery, SSD and touch display
    • $AU2634 including Dell's cash discount
    • for the same price as the Dell XPS 15 you can get a smaller, lighter 1.2kg 13“ laptop but with foldable screen that allows it to function as a heavy tablet BUT you do lose a few important features:
      • only 72% Adobe gamut not 100%; contrast ratio of 1000:1; IGZO IPS panel;
      • screen size is smaller and lower resolution at 3200×1800
      • microSD card reader not a SD card so you will need an external USB 3 card reader
      • different CPU: Intel i7-7Y75
      • no ability to increase RAM past the 16Gb, nor increase SSD to 1TB
      • Intel® HD Graphics 615 card instead of NVidia card
      • no USB 3.0 port - but you do get a Thunderbolt 3 USB type C and a USB 3.1 port
      • half sized battery - only 46WHr and AC charger is only 30W
      • and a few other features are downgraded (eg. no Killer Wireless), so not ideal, but if the tablet option or size and weight is important, then this may be a reasonable choice
  • ASUS ZenBook Pro UX510-4K
    • similar to Dell XPS 15
    • covers 100 percent of the sRGB gamut
    • Eye Care mode, that reduces harmful blue light by up to 30 percent but turn this off when editing color images!
    • backlit keyboard

missing a few ticks but may be options

  • The Razer Blade
    • 14” FHD screen only but lots of power
    • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (4 MB Cache, 2.7 GHz); Intel HD Graphics 620;
    • 512Gb SSD; 16Gb RAM
    • 13.9“UHD IPS Multi-touch 3840×2160
    • 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x Type-C with video-out, 1 x Type-A), 1 x USB 2.0
    • NOT recommended - no SD card reader, no USB 3.1/Thunderbolt, not quad core CPU
    • $AU2779
    • very expensive, only Intel Core i7-7600U Processor and no SD card and not 4K but at least has:
      • 14” WQHD (2560×1440), IPS, 10-point Multi-Touch screen
      • 2 x Intel Thunderbolt 3 + 3 x USB 3.0 + HDMI + microSD + 4G microSIM
      • $AU3899
photo/laptop.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/11 13:02 by gary1