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Tom- geeking around

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Icon 1 posted June 03, 2011 01:57      Profile for Tom- geeking around   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi guys!

Manufacturer websites can be such a pain, but even after wading through all of them, I'm a little indecisive on what to buy.
I'm looking for a laptop in the 15" size, mainly for college work and occasional photoshop work.

System performance isn't that important, but a high-quality non-glossy screen is very important to me. In addition to that I'm looking for a screen with a high resolution and color gamut. sRGB should be covered 100% and near AdobeRGB would be really nice.
So far, the only laptops that will do that are RGB-LED panels - mainly IBM W520, some HP ProBooks, and the new Dell Precision 4600...
So these are all hovering around the 2k mark...

*Addon:
While the Sony Vaio F13 does offer a decent screen named "Vaio Display Premium", that would pretty much fulfill my needs - it's a 16,4" laptop and definitely too large for hauling around on a regular basis...
So I'm pretty much looking for a smaller Vaio F..

Does anybode else have any suggestions for a good laptop with a decent screen?
*sigh*
Thanks!

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted June 03, 2011 03:05      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Tom, Have you thought of just getting any Laptop and then doing the photoshop stuff on a good monitor?

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Tom, Have you thought of just getting any Laptop and then doing the photoshop stuff on a good monitor?

I'd expand on that - for doing Photoshoppy stuff, you actually want a higher spec machine (depending on how intense the work is, I suppose) to handle all the layers and huge image files. Screen doesn't matter that much, because as TheMoMan said, you can get an excellent monitor for much cheaper than the extra cost it would add to a laptop.
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I don't have a specific laptop suggestion, but I would suggest considering a high-quality external display rather than trying to get the high-quality display in the laptop if that's possible for you to work with.

In my experience, the quality of laptop screens is never as good as the quality that can be found in an external display. I assume it's due to trade-offs made to save weight and power.

Beyond that, having an external display means that you can have a large, high-quality display while still having a small, easy-to-carry laptop. The downside, of course, is having a smaller, less capable display when you're out and about (and it's very easy to get spoiled by having a large screen).

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Tom- geeking around

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Icon 1 posted June 06, 2011 21:42      Profile for Tom- geeking around   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi guys!

I did think about the external monitor issue - but that's not an option because I want to edit files on-the-go, thus ruling out the external screen.
*sigh*
I don't do that much layer work - mostly Lightroom, which isn't that tough. Plenty of cheap RAM should do.

*sigh* so far it seems like the Dell Precision 4600 is the way to go, but I kinda can't afford that one and the Sony vaio F is too large.

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I don't know about newer Vaios, but the construction used to be a bit shoddy.

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2011 20:42      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The Dells seem to be fairly good value for money, and the screens on their high-end stuff are pretty swish. The OH's dad bought one of the XPS17s with the fancy screen for watching movies when he was on deployment, and it did make me very jealous...

Problem is as above - you're going to have issues trying to get a *nice* screen in a laptop on the cheap. "Good" (read: "upgraded") components are cheap, so as the price goes up on a laptop it's the gubbins that's getting better. It's not until you get up the high-end that the screens start improving too.

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