I'm very happy with my Lenovo that I've had for about three years now. While I do not use it daily it has been very reliable when I take it on the road for work and for photography. We use them at work also and they have been very good.
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Sun 08-Sep-13 06:21 AM | edited Sun 08-Sep-13 06:31 AM by Niteman3D
I hesitate to recommend either one because of the PITA service, but I've had very good luck with both Dell and HP factory outlet computers. Once you finally get it and get any stupidity out of the way with initial glitches or repairs, they are very reliable and the initial cost is usually considerably less than buying new. You have to be patient to snag the exact thing you're looking for, but it will usually show up, and at the right price. I'm posting on my 17" XPS with SSD and backlit keyboard, which were my two must-haves. I only use it for casual photo display, so I can't speak to speed in that area and I wouldn't go with one this big because of sucko battery life. You should be able to find a 15.6" XPS or similar that meets your needs at a more than competitive price. Just don't be impatient with delivery and overseas tech support or you may want to consider new. Good luck!
Wed 11-Sep-13 01:19 AM | edited Wed 11-Sep-13 01:22 AM by anymouse73
The last time I had problems with all the USB ports dying was when I upgraded Windows XP to Service Pack 2. It turned out to be a bad driver in the update. (fun things to know and tell)
I've been using a Samsung Series 7 Gamer (laptop) for over a year now. I'm very pleased with the performance. It handles Lr5, Ps CS6 Extended, and Premier Pro CS6 very well for a laptop, in my opinion.
The 17.1" screen is glossy - I don't personally mind, the image seems to be a little crisper. Like with the anti-aliasing filter removed in the D7100 and D800e! The screen also calibrates very nicely with the X-rite i1 Display Pro.
The biggest thing for me is it is portable. That may not be important to you.
Whatever you decide to purchase, I would recommend a gaming machine for the very fast (sometimes overclocked) processor and the Nvidia GPU(s). Be sure to check on the Adobe website for compatible GPU's for the software you will be running (Assuming you use Adobe). My GPU works great with Ps but is not optimum for Premier Pro.
I must agree with you about not buying Apple. When I repaired Apple back in the 80's and 90's, it was THE graphics machine. That is simply not the case any more. Apple also picked up the IBM large system mentality: you buy from us - you're locked into us! I also see a lot of version compatibility issues with Apple's various OS's.
I'm not trying to offend the Apple contingent, this is just my personal opinion.
I hope this post helps a little. There are a LOT of excellent, powerful machines on the market. Find one that suits your needs, or determine your requirements and build a tower to suit yourself. (This also gives the added benefit of being able to customize and upgrade without having to ditch all of the old hardware.
Mick, will this be your primary workstation or for field work with editing capability? Win 8 with touch screen or stay with Win 7?
I have both, a desktop for the heavy work and a laptop for the field. Works out OK. The HP laptop was "custom built" on the Costco website. There is also an external WD USB hard drive that goes into the field with the laptop for extra space and some backup.
Apps on the laptop include LR5, VNX2, CCPro, and a couple others.
Note: I bought a new hard drive for the laptop and built Win 7 Pro from scratch on it then loaded security software. That done, I loaded photo imaging software and called it good. Clean system, no crapware to take up space and processing resources.
I have a Thinkpad t510 that's been running like a champ for 3 years now. I haven't had a single problem with the hardware or drivers, just with some poorly written programs. So far I've found the Lenovo Thinkpads to be just as good as the IBM ones were (I worked at IBM back before they sold the laptop division to Lenovo and saw a whole bunch of them in operation).
For photo editing the w series looks like a better if more expensive choice than the t series. The w530 (current model) can be customized with up to 32 GB of ram and a 1920 x 1080 screen that has a built in color calibrator. I can't complain about the performance of my t510 through, especially since I put in a ssd. And the expandability has been so much more useful than I anticipated.
Mick: I just replaced my laptop because my old Dell became a "doorstop." I searched and researched for a few weeks and selected a gaming computer based on reviews and a conversation with a pro photographer I ran into an a flight to Denver. She switched from the common laptop to a gaming laptop for the additional graphics capabilities. She uses a 17-inch Asus and is very happy. I, on the other hand, selected a Dell Alien Ware 17-inch. Maxed out the memory on the video card (a stand alone card not integral to the mother board) had 16 gigs of ram installed, added a 750g HDD but opted NOT to have a solid state hard drive. My IT guys at work recommended against them unless you are working on a server that is a standard hard drive. Turns out that Solid State drives are not recoverable should they fail, and they do. Windows 7, Intel i7 processor 4700MQ, 2.4GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M video.
My screen is an anti-glare and I calibrate it monthly with Spider4Elite 4.5.2.
Upshot, it's a great machine, fast, quiet, has cool lights (ok that's for gamers, not me I turned them off ). The best part is it connected to my additional Dell 24-inch monitor with a HDMI to DVI cable and all works and calibrates nicely.
I really recommend the gaming rout because of the graphics capabilities and advanced processors/memory/cooling.