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Best laptop for editing
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:11:17 PM »
Just got back with new A99 and turned on laptop and it's fried. Video card problems I presume but colours are all blues and reds. What is a good pc laptop with IPS screen for editing. I don't mind spending a bit but are confined to a budget otherwise I'd just go Mac. Appreciate all input. I'm in the city and hoping to get something tomorrow before I go home. Thanks Alan
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 11:41:38 PM »
I have been looking around Alan.  To date I have spurned a tablet with "why should I look at the tiny screen when I can use my 27" monitor".
I am starting to come around as I have a 250 page e book on Lightroom that I would like to read before any more playing....
That is the preamble
Have a look at the Asus Transformer 300.  The one with W8, a 250 Gig ss drive in the tablet and a 500 Gig hard drive in the base.
Reading the reviews, it looks like it might be a compromise that you can use as a tablet, plug a big screen into and use as a  (admittedly) low end laptop
I would appreciate other opinions from anyone a well.....john
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 07:10:48 AM »
I bought a Sony Viao to replacing an ageing Mac, but this turned out to be a huge mistake.  I do realise Macs are pricey, but after a few days with Windows it was clear why they are used so much in the photography world.

I think in future I will do what I can to get a Mac again.

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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 04:32:16 PM »
I'm with you there and thought hard about switching to Mac with a Retina display but have ended up buying a Dell 15 7000 and an AOC external 23" external monitor. Most my editing is done at home and only occasionally need the laptop in the field. Macs just still seem so expensive but I do like the Retina display. The Dell XPS looks a great machine but same price as the Mac. Since I already own pc software and know the environment it made sense to go the way I have. Now just have to wait for slow delivery thanks to Easter.
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 04:35:56 PM »
John I love Asus gear and they make some nice stuff with IPS screens but couldn't find anything locally. Apparently Levono make some good units too but not really available here.
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 08:58:58 AM »
When I was doing some research for mine I did see that Chillblast got good reviews.  They ain't cheap though!

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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 11:52:55 AM »
I'm quite happy with the decision I've made.  I have gone for the hi end Dell Inspiron 15 7000. There are cheaper 15 7000 that get not great reviews but this is one that stands above the others.  Close to the Dell XPS machine which is the same price as the Mac Pro Retina screen but this unit is half the price. It does not have the IPS screen but performs about the same with great viewing angles and true HD. Colour is meant to be very accurate though can't be calibrated (not an issue as am adding external monitor for home). It has latest i7 processor with 16gb ram and good 2gb graphics card plus 1TB memory. Got it on an Easter special but because they sell so few of the higher end Inspirons they have to assemble it so delivery will be slow. What I want now is advice in a 24-27" external monitor and calibration gear. Thanks guys. Alan
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 11:41:04 PM »
Alan,
This is what my choice came down to
"All this is preamble.  Does anyone have any experience with 27" IPS monitors?
I have pretty much narrowed my choice to
a) Asus PA279Q
b) Dell U2713H  (not the HM)

Both are 2560x1440 capable
both have 100% sRGB and 98% RGB
both come pre-calibrated
Price almost the same here. "

You have to be careful as in motherboards- a digit added or missing makes a huge difference The Dell U2713H and HM are quite different as are similar sounding Asus models.

I went with Asus and a friend went Dell (he got a deal when they had a promo).
hard to do a side by side comparison but we are both happy.

When you say calibrated too- I do not know what calibrator you use but my near new spyder  is not suitable.  You have to use an i1 pro.
Luckily my friend has one and came over and calibrated with me. 
You have to choose what colour space you are calibrating as well.  I use RGB and it is calibrated for RGB. 

As an aside- first time I have been able to compare RGB and sRGB as, unless you have an RGB capable monitor, you are doing the proverbial in the wind...

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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2014, 05:49:17 PM »
Cheers John just the sort of info I am after
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2014, 05:55:58 PM »
Dell have offered me a deal on the model you mentioned but still a lot of money. Going to have to think about this.
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2014, 07:39:22 PM »
Couldn't sleep tonight so have just been online talking with one of the top DP's in the movie world. He has talked me into going with the cheap AOC. It does not perform anywhere near as the 2 Dells I was looking at but his reasoning is that very soon the monitors will be 4k, Dell already have some and soon our still cameras will be 4k. They are already using them in the movie world and I think the Sony 7S captures 4k video. I don't know much about the technical side of this so would appreciate input from those with more knowledge on the subject. The vDell that interested me was the Dell UltraSharp U2413 http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=nz&cs=nzdhs1&l=en&sku=391-10090
but I think I would prefer a 27" screen. The reasoning for going with the AOC is it will still be way better than anything I have used before, I can get a really cheap deal on it which will make it painless to upgrade in the future. Would appreciate if those like John with knowledge on monitors can read this review and give me some of your thoughts on it. http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/aoc_i2757fm.htm
I am not young anymore and eyesight is not great but figure this has to be way better than the editing I've been doing on my old laptop I am replacing. Really would appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Thanks
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2014, 11:36:34 PM »
Please do not consider me knowledgeable on any topic Alan, I just try and explain why I took the path I did.
When you are part of a large photography club there are plenty of opinions that you can tap. 
I wanted 27" and I wanted IPS.  Then I wanted RGB capable and max resolution I could get.
That gave the two choices I listed.  It annoyed me that I could not use my spyder I only bought 6 months ago but both my choices do not like it.

I cannot claim to understand all the stuff on your link but be aware it is 2012 and a lot changes in 18 months.

Dell are popular with US folks for obvious reasons and Asus are up and comers in this part of the world. Have a look at cpl on line.  I know you are across the ditch from Melbourne but I do a lot of research on the cpl (computer parts land ) site.  My benchmark for prices. .....john
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2014, 09:48:50 AM »
Just to add to John' comments.

I have a dual monitor setup, with a pair of Dell 2311 monitors - as usual, it's a case of finding the right balance of cost vs performance, and for me, the Dell's were hard to beat.
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2014, 06:28:53 PM »
John what is your working distance from the 27"? I've changed my mind and just about to order the 23" Dell. It has a 120% colour Gammut which is way above anything else I have looked at. Twice the price as the 27" AOC I've been looking at but think I should just bite the bullet and do it rather than buy something I might be disappointed with.
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Re: Best laptop for editing
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2014, 10:34:59 PM »
Keep changing my mind but have settled on a 24" Dell
http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=nz&cs=nzdhs1&l=en&sku=391-10090
Would appreciate anyone who has the time to have a look at it and comment before I finalize the order today. I would have liked a 27" but just do not have the workspace.
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