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  • HP

    3 14.29%
  • SONY

    0 0%
  • Dell

    3 14.29%
  • Fujitsu

    0 0%
  • IBM

    2 9.52%
  • Apple/Macintosh

    10 47.62%
  • Other (please specify in thread)

    3 14.29%
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  1. #1
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    Question Best Laptop for photographers

    I been kicking around the idea of getting a more up-to-date laptop to process my work "on-the-road". Obviously, it needs to be able to run all the current photo-editting software and have the capability of reading the storage medias.

    If there is any reason one laptop manufacturer exceeds the others for post-processing or capability, please detail that advantage and the specific model it comes on, in the thread.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2006 at 05:53 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    me personally, i dont look at certain brand and model laptop, when it comes to laptop, and u want good performance but yet have a battery that will last quite a while, i would go Centrino Duo Core, with atleast 1gb of ram. ive seen quite a few laptops that already comes with those specs and coming in a reasonable price. i would also reccommend a laptop with a Turion 64 processor.
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  3. #3
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    im a manager for staples and if u go to your nearest staples there as an Acer laptop with a centrino processor non-duo with 1gb of memory and 100gb harddrive for only 799.99 which i think is a really good deal for what you get, its also a 15" screen. like all laptop it has built in 802.11g. you should check it out.
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  4. #4
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    I think they're all pretty good. Out of preference I would go for:
    1. Apple purely because Aperture is good and because viruses/malware don;t affect OSX yet.
    2. Fujitsu Lifebook because it's so small and has such a good battery life.
    3. Dell because their screens are so good.

    I'd avoid anything with a glossy screen as it'll reflect light badly, rendering it unusable outdoors.

    Buy the extra long-life battery. The ordinary battery is pretty well useless for more than 90 minutes.

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    Cool Well... here is kind of what I had in mind...

    Fujitsu LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC
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    Apple MacBook Pro
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    I am not locked on these, by any means, and really would appreciate any other ideas along these lines. When you are on the run, a "5-pound PLUS" laptop can really put a cramp in your mobility. Powerful (speedy and lots of storage on HD), DVD-CD-RW, media reading, reasonably-sized screen (no less than 11 inches) and lightweight...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2006 at 06:36 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    I selected other. Why? Because, it matters not what the make of the laptop is but rather the make-up, ie components.
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    http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Eco...o?series=P7120

    I like this laptop. I've seen this in Atlanta. I am attracted by the 11 hour battery life. Imagine using this on the flights between the US and UK!

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    I had one custom built by these guys. I started with the MSI 1032 w/15.4" widescreen, and a Centrino at 2ghz, added 2 gigs of ram, and 80 gig HDD, and wireless. It already had a ripping VCard. Configured it cost around $1200 less than the comperable Dell, and it's built like a tank. I highly recommend exploring this option!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys
    http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Eco...o?series=P7120

    I like this laptop. I've seen this in Atlanta. I am attracted by the 11 hour battery life. Imagine using this on the flights between the US and UK!
    Sounds nice, but it doesn't seem to take AAs. What do you do if you forget to charge it some night?

    Clyde

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