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Old 07-16-2012, 11:41 AM
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My wife's laptop crashed this weekend. She's torn on what to get to replace it, so I told her I would get the hull truth for her.

She needs a computer for basic use such as photo editing and web surfing. She's big into photography and uses lightroom and photoshop. She will store some on the computer, but she also has an external hard drive. She wants a laptop and also a large, separate external monitor.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:43 AM
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Get a local geek to build you one. You can get exactly what you want and it won't come with all that embedded garbage software like the Dells, etc. do.
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Same boat here, sort of, and strongly considering a Mac Book Pro

Already work with a PC and an iMac side by side and for graphics prefer the iMac
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:53 AM
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MacBook Pro. Love mine. Oh-And I am not one of these "Apple-holics". Have an old school ipod and a droid phone!
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Graphics\Photoshop - Mac all the way.

keith will be along shortly to tell you to wait and get a Win 8 PC....
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Walmart: Acer laptop $278.00. For what you stated, this is all you need. Most people buy WAY too much computer for checking emails, photoshopping, etc.

.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Your-Choic...emium/20510132
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:01 PM
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My wife's laptop crashed this weekend. She's torn on what to get to replace it, so I told her I would get the hull truth for her.

She needs a computer for basic use such as photo editing and web surfing. She's big into photography and uses lightroom and photoshop. She will store some on the computer, but she also has an external hard drive. She wants a laptop and also a large, separate external monitor.

Thanks for any suggestions.
As other have said go mac. But I will warn you it could get expensive. A 27 inch apple displays will run you close to a grand if you go that route.

Every mac computer in my house macbook pro 17 inch along with my wife & son's imac have been refurbed products. Nothing wrong with them and you get the same warranty. I figured I saved almost a grand between all three

She could also look for an older macbook pro and get a new 27 inch iMac to have the best of both worlds
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by DandH View Post
Walmart: Acer laptop $278.00. For what you stated, this is all you need. Most people buy WAY too much computer for checking emails, photoshopping, etc.

.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Your-Choic...emium/20510132
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:28 PM
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$275 will not cut it with that hardware for Photoshop even light editing.

Macbook, It will work, last and you can sleep at night knowing your wife won't bother you about her computer.

Ran the geeksquad for three years currently work for an ISP. I hate apple laptops personally (layout is awful) however for her uses it fits
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:29 PM
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You said "photo editing" which instantly makes a case for a macbook. The new models just came out so perfect time for it.

You'll be paying for it though. No idea what your budget is like. What was the machine that crashed and what was good/bad about it?

Oh and by the way.. what does "crashed" mean? What is it doing?
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By "crashed" I think it was physically damaged from being stepped on/dropped, etc... Screen is all crazy and the geek squad said it's toast.
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I bought a 15.5" Sony VAIO S Series (1920x1080) with Intel i7 last month for photo conversion and editing (Lightroom/Photoshop). So far I am extremely happy with it. It was $1000 (with free docking station) from Sony.com
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:34 PM
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What OS did she have on her old laptop? Photoshop and many of those photo apps are expensive, and if you have to re-buy them for a different OS (i.e., PC > Mac), it will be expensive.

For photo editing, get the fastest PC you can afford, with the most RAM and fastest HD (7200rpm or more) and a dedicated video card (many graphics software packages can offload some processing to the GPU).

If we're talking PC, and portability isn't an issue (she doesn't mind lugging a relatively heavy laptop, or doesn't move it often), I would suggest looking at a Asus G53 or G55 (15.6") or G73 (17") series. These are large and heavy, but they're considered 'gaming' machines with good graphics, fast components, and can be configured w/ dual internal hard-drives for capacity or redundancy. For a bit less, you may also consider the Asus N-series as well (N55/N56 or N76). But be careful - make sure to check the specs of the particular model you are buying - there are many variations in each of these models.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:55 PM
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iPhoto has come a long way for the hobbyist or those who don't want to pay for Adobe PS
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You'll need to get this monitor: IPS panel for lightroom, 98% RGB rendering. Phenomenal color. Same as apples $1000 monitor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236288

This is a decent laptop... Quad core, AMD 6 series graphics (Best onboard chip for rendering in PS Lightroom)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215371

Since you saved money on both, make the laptop as fast as any out there with a couple hundred more bucks.......

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227727

Go to local geek and have him install OS and programs. NO JUNKWARE!!! Windows 7 authentication code will come with laptop. Download from MS and authenticate with code. Geek will know this.

If you really want a rocketship, put two of the SSDs in RAID 0 for the system. About 5 MBPS read and write and they will fit in the HDD bay of the laptop perfect. Ask the geek how to set up the HDD that comes with the laptop as a SATA to USB external hard drive. Probably set up the drive in a case for $30.

Did you know that all the major brand name laptops in the world are manufactured in 2 separate plants. Yep, just 2.

The name of the laptop is pretty much irrelevant if you bypass the adware and go with the system I showed you. What kills a laptop is heat, and with the system above it will stay nice and cool, not to mention extending you battery time by at least double.

If you buy it, you will thank me later........................... you're welcome.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
iPhoto has come a long way for the hobbyist or those who don't want to pay for Adobe PS
If you want even more basic than iPhoto, Preview (comes with the Mac OS) allows you to enhance, crop, adjust color and more, plus annotate the file and save as whatever you want.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:25 PM
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I hated my iPhone but am really impressed with my new Macbook Air (and the mini I bought last year) - I just got one a week or so ago - awesome.
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