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Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:11 am

Hi all,

Currently looking for a laptop specifically to future professional photo editing, Macbooks are the obvious choices for their superb factory calibrated displays, but they are expensive. I wanted to look for other options if possible.

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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:51 am

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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:16 am

Dell XPS lineup panels usually do 90% sRGB nowadays... might be worth checking out. The 13" model is around 90% and the 15" model is guaranteed to be 100%: https://www.dell.com/learn/ca/en/cadhs1 ... nsumer-xps

PD: if you're looking to do photo editing on the go, then a good panel is a must, but if you're planning on working off an office space, perhaps a good color accurate monitor is not a bad idea (provided you have some gear already). I got some super dirt cheap ASUS PA238QR panels and they're awesome for photo editing, and color calibrated out of the box.
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:27 am

I agree, look for a "good" laptop screen (once you get to $1000+, most laptops will have good sRGB coverage), but you're going to want to do your serious work on something larger than 13-15". For that, a factory (and/or personally) calibrated 27" monitor is the way to go.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:29 pm

Thank you for your responses. Obviously using a external monitor would be the best, maybe as an option in the future.

I've checked the new Zenbook line and they seem to have very good displays at a fair price. The Dell XPS line (with 4K screens) is also very good but expensive.

Searching a little deeper I found that the X1 Carbon and Surface Laptop 2 have incredible displays also, but also expensive.

It seems that the more "budget" friendly approach will be looking to the Asus line.

Thank you for the help!

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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:43 pm

Gigabyte Aero 15X models are available with Pantone-calibrated screens.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:58 pm

Microsoft has a Pi sale today (31.4% discount), and the Surface lineup has usually 94% sRGB on their panels. Worth checking!
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:33 am

qmacpoint wrote:
Dell XPS lineup panels usually do 90% sRGB nowadays... might be worth checking out. The 13" model is around 90% and the 15" model is guaranteed to be 100%:

PD: if you're looking to do photo editing on the go, then a good panel is a must, but if you're planning on working off an office space, perhaps a good color accurate monitor is not a bad idea (provided you have some gear already). I got some super dirt cheap ASUS PA238QR panels and they're awesome for photo editing, and color calibrated out of the box.


What about Dell Inspiron 15-7586? It seems to get a good 15.6" UHD screen, and good performance.
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:13 pm

RyanBon wrote:
What about Dell Inspiron 15-7586? It seems to get a good 15.6" UHD screen, and good performance.

One of those laptops (one from the 7000s series at least) covers 99% of the sRGB spectrum: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Insp ... 576.0.html
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:50 pm

I suggest looking at mobile workstations. In addition to the numerous virtues I'm well known for extolling on these forums, many of them have 100% Adobe RGB display options. Maybe pick up a used one if budget is an issue--lots of high end corporate hardware like this can be found on the secondary market.
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:27 pm

Though not a laptop, this is interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCQAl3qZVMs
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:15 pm

My understanding is that Surface products have the most accurate screens, even better than a MacBook Pro.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:03 am

Keep upgrade-ability in mind too though. Can you replace the SSD? Can you add a HDD? Can you replace/add RAM? Those are all "future-proofing" items that cost a lot of $$$ to do on the initial purchase for something that may not be necessary today, but might be 4 years from now. Typically thin/sexy = not upgrade-able (and potentially higher temps). Fatter laptops afford more space to have socketed/acessible parts that can be upgraded and [potentially] more space for cooling and would generally be cheaper for the hardware you're getting. So you have to decide how far you want to go one way or the other. If you've got a lot of money, don't worry about having to upgrade later, just buy for what you may need in the future. If you have less money, you might have to sacrifice on the design and/or get your hands dirty to achieve the same hardware capability.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:22 am

FireGryphon wrote:
My understanding is that Surface products have the most accurate screens, even better than a MacBook Pro.

Not quite sure where you got that understanding.

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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:40 pm

DancinJack wrote:
FireGryphon wrote:
My understanding is that Surface products have the most accurate screens, even better than a MacBook Pro.

Not quite sure where you got that understanding.

https://www.color-management-guide.com/ ... eview.html
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13471/th ... -a-color/5



Comparing MBP after calibration to a Surface Pro factory default?

That's stacking the deck.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:52 pm

Other things to think about:
-Photo editing can take a lot of horsepower, so I would steer clear of ultra-low-voltage designs.
-A lot of cheapo consumer laptops may struggle to sustain a large workload without throttling, especially if any of your computing is done on the GPU. Cooling designed for YouTube and Facebook could struggle with sustained 100% load.
-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could do it again I would have nabbed a laptop with plenty of USB A ports.A card reader of the appropriate size could save you a port.
-Make sure you have enough photos to shuttle content on and off your editing laptop without worrying about external drives.
-Screen size and resolution is also important. I couldn't imagine operating Capture One Pro on a little 13" 4K screen.
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:06 pm

Kretschmer wrote:
-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could do it again I would have nabbed a laptop with plenty of USB A ports.A card reader of the appropriate size could save you a port.

Something like this is a great thing to have in your laptop bag:
https://www.amazon.com/TOTU-Ethernet-De ... 07FX2LW35/
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:14 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Kretschmer wrote:
-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could do it again I would have nabbed a laptop with plenty of USB A ports.A card reader of the appropriate size could save you a port.

Something like this is a great thing to have in your laptop bag:
https://www.amazon.com/TOTU-Ethernet-De ... 07FX2LW35/


I hope when Apple builds an extension to their Apple Campus HQ, it is in the form of a gigantic USB Dongle.
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:12 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Kretschmer wrote:
-Ports! Cameras have conservative connectivity, while ultraportable designs are trending towards a few USB-C ports and lots of dongles. My current laptop has 2 USB-C and 1 USB A, and it makes traveling a bit of a pain when I'm trying to connect two photo drives and two cameras at once. If I could do it again I would have nabbed a laptop with plenty of USB A ports.A card reader of the appropriate size could save you a port.

Something like this is a great thing to have in your laptop bag:
https://www.amazon.com/TOTU-Ethernet-De ... 07FX2LW35/

I mean I brought a travel USB hub in Tokyo last year and everything worked out, but it's better to have more ports than have to fish out yet another dongle from your backpack in a crowded airport. It also avoids that "oh crap" moment on the plane when you forgot accessory #43 while packing for that red-eye flight abroad.

These "we're only giving you 2 USB C port" designs are awful.
 
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Re: Best laptops for photo editing

Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:57 am

I agree that more ports is always better. I do very much like the standardization to a single port though for everything. Especially when Apple drops the lightning connector in the near future.

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