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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:01 am 
Most laptops don't provide very good screens for photo editing,
I would like to buy a laptop with a better screen. Does this exist?
If it can produce the same color at the right and left and top and bottom and the center of the screen that would already be an big improvement. I also prefer a non-glossy screen.

I also would like to use a lighted keyboard where the keys are lighted in the dark. My current laptop has black buttons with grey letters on it. Its not really convenient if you work at night.

I only use CaptureNX2 for photo editing, so if its fast enough for that I am happy. I have Intel core2duo 2.2 Ghz which is a bit slow for captureNX2.

I hope someone can advise. it MUST be a laptop not a PC.


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I can't suggest a specific model since there are always so many and changing so fast, but there are certainly laptops out there with "good" screens. You tend to have to look to higher end business or gamer ones, so don't expect anything cheap.

The latest i7 mobile CPUs certainly feel fast. Got one in my work laptop now, 2.7 GHz nominal and probably a lot more with turbo. Even the 1st generation i5 in my personal laptop seems snappy enough.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:51 am 
A laptop with a IPS screen? A DELL perhaps?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:55 pm 
Maybe a bit of a silly question but how can you know if it is an IPS screen?


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It should be listed in the manufacturer's specifications, but you might have to hunt for it. Laptop review sites might be an alternative there.

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I agree with popo that the i7 processors are the way to go. But be aware that the i7 processors are based on the sandy bridge core which is due to be replaced with the ivy bridge core soon. It could be worth waiting as you could get a more powerful computer for your money.

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The 2nd gen i7 only just came out not long ago. I guess now that Intel are on shorter cycles the next generation is closer than ever before, but you don't want to be stuck in the trap of forever waiting for the next best thing to come out.

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That is true popo. If you where buying a laptop now you would probably be ok but if you are planning on getting one in a month or two it is definitely worth the wait. I am getting my imac in november/december so will probably wait unless a new model has come out yet since it is so close to an update.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:22 am 
a bit of history about the IPS pannel : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPS_panel

for short, the IPS has better color representation than the average LCD,stronger blacks & a much wider viewing angle(if you move your eyes a few degrees off the "sweet spot" on a normal LCD pannel,everything changes,from colors,to contrast & gamma).
I have a 22" DELL IPS screen & it's nothing short of amazing. And this is the economical kind,not the pro. Also,I played with a friend's IPS laptop screen(on a higher end DELL laptop) & it was lovely,great for quality editing.


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Hi nikonfreak,

What sort of budget are you thinking of?

I offered this response to a similar question about a month ago. Hope it helps.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:54 pm 
As cheap as possible. Hope to stay below 750 euro.
The screen quality is the most important. The speed is less important.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:15 am 
Well.. cheap and good can rarely meet.. I use my Apple notebook. I heard that Dell and Asus are ok for these purposes.


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To be honest, Capture NX 2 doesn't run well on anything. Tried it on dualcores, quadcores, overclocked quadcores, SSD drives and it was still slow and glitchy :(

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I did not want to start a new tread for the same question.
I'm using my pc for my editing, but i'm sharing it with my wife. Not having enough space in our current apartment for a second pc I'm in the market for a laptop as an extra instead of my current netbook.

I did some research on laptop screens and form hands-on experiance most a not fit for proper editing. But here comes the part.

What is a laptop with a good screen worth (between 1500,--/2000,-- euro's) if the people that are going to watch your pictures online don't have a good screen?

But besides that, can anyone tell me if the screens on the current hp-eletebooks (wva type screens) are reasonably good for editing?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:59 am 
HP has their "Dreamcolor" display option on the higher end Elitebooks but prices vary wildly between markets so I'm not sure if that fits your budget.

HP is leaving the PC business, I honestly don't know how this might affect customer support and service. It could be nothing but its something to think about.


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