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Jan 12, 2020 11:12:30   #
motes
 
I would like to get a new laptop that would allow me to install a program that would allow me use photo shop or another type of editing program. Any suggestions. Price range under $1000.00.

Thanks
Barb M

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Jan 12, 2020 11:15:40   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
motes wrote:
I would like to get a new laptop that would allow me to install a program that would allow me use photo shop or another type of editing program. Any suggestions. Price range under $1000.00.

Thanks
Barb M


Spend $300 more, go Apple and you should be happy.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Apple%2013.3%22%20MacBook%20Pro%20(Mid%202017%2C%20Space%20Gray)&sts=pi-ps&pim=Y


Can be upgraded when your budget allows with more DRAM.

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Jan 12, 2020 11:20:38   #
Bob Mevis Loc: North Central Indiana
 
Dell, HP, Asus or Lenovo. Get as many gigs of RAM as you can. Or a laptop that you can upgrade. My Toshiba has 8 gigs and can't be upgraded. It handles Photoshop adequately for me.

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Jan 12, 2020 11:25:00   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
I'm with Stan's suggestion of Apple.
--Bob
motes wrote:
I would like to get a new laptop that would allow me to install a program that would allow me use photo shop or another type of editing program. Any suggestions. Price range under $1000.00.

Thanks
Barb M

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Jan 12, 2020 11:35:55   #
bsprague Loc: Near Tacoma, WA, USA
 
I bought a Lenovo LEGION Y545 at Costco a few months ago. It's working very well with my Adobe CC programs. A minor flaw is that it does not have an SD card reader built in so I use one that plugs into one of the fast USB ports.


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Jan 12, 2020 11:40:37   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
I cannot agree with the small screen MacBook Pro, which is really “stripped down”. Way too small SSD (only 128GB - barely enough room for the OS and a few Ps, and very little left for data). A really slow 1.4GHz I-5 CPU, only 8GB memory, and way to small a screen for editing. To get a usable machine for editing, you’ll need to add more memory (only 8 more GB possible), and external drive for image storage and an external display. By that time you’ll be north of $1700 and still have a dog slow CPU, which you cannot fix. The only valid advantage for this machine is size/weight if you travel and just want to temporarily store (a few) images.

Consider instead a Windows I-7 based Laptop with 16GB memory, a decent sized SSD and a larger display or the same specs in a Windows Desktop, either of which can be bought for close to your budget and will be not only MUCH faster with more storage and a better display for less money, it will have adequate performance to last you for a few years. I like Dell and Lenovo, and I recently saw such a laptop as I’ve described for under $1000 at Costco.

And before the Windows haters and Apple lovers scream heresy, let me just state that Apple makes fine machines, BUT, you’re on a tight budget, an Apple laptop has substantially lower performance per $, and in my opinion is just not going to be a satisfactory PP machine for any period of time unless you spend 50% more than your budget, whereas the equivalent Windows machine will.

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Jan 12, 2020 11:59:11   #
Fredrick Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
 
TriX wrote:
I cannot agree with the small screen MacBook Pro, which is really “stripped down”. Way too small SSD (only 128GB - barely enough room for the OS and a few Ps, and very little left for data). A really slow 1.4GHz I-5 CPU, only 8GB memory, and way to small a screen for editing. To get a usable machine for editing, you’ll need to add more memory (only 8 more GB possible), and external drive for image storage and an external display. By that time you’ll be north of $1700 and still have a dog slow CPU, which you cannot fix. The only valid advantage for this machine is size/weight if you travel and just want to temporarily store (a few) images.

Consider instead a Windows I-7 based Laptop with 16GB memory, a decent sized SSD and a larger display or the same specs in a Windows Desktop, either of which can be bought for close to your budget and will be not only MUCH faster with more storage and a better display for less money, it will have adequate performance to last you for a few years. I like Dell and Lenovo, and I recently saw such a laptop as I’ve described for under $1000 at Costco.

And before the Windows haters and Apple lovers scream heresy, let me just state that Apple makes fine machines, BUT, you’re on a tight budget, an Apple laptop has substantially lower performance per $, and in my opinion is just not going to be a satisfactory PP machine for any period of time unless you spend 50% more than your budget, whereas the equivalent Windows machine will.
I cannot agree with the small screen MacBook Pro, ... (show quote)




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Jan 12, 2020 12:57:42   #
BebuLamar
 
I guess the desktop computer is dead.

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Jan 12, 2020 13:28:33   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Not at my place. I have 5 of them running 24/7.
--Bob
BebuLamar wrote:
I guess the desktop computer is dead.

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Jan 12, 2020 13:37:24   #
BebuLamar
 
rmalarz wrote:
Not at my place. I have 5 of them running 24/7.
--Bob


I said so because recently I saw too many posts asking for laptop to run PS or image editing. Screen size isn't a primary problem nor power but I think the laptop screen is difficult to calibrate. Many don't have a lot of controls. Using external monitor works fine but it's no longer portable.

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Jan 12, 2020 14:04:16   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I said so because recently I saw too many posts asking for laptop to run PS or image editing. Screen size isn't a primary problem nor power but I think the laptop screen is difficult to calibrate. Many don't have a lot of controls. Using external monitor works fine but it's no longer portable.


I know. Once you add an external monitor and an external drive, you might as well have the advantages of a desktop unless travel is involved. In that case, a docking station is very convenient if the laptop supports it.

Btw, that Lenovo laptop posted by bsprague above is what I had in mind - that is a lot of computing power for the money and even includes a decent sized SSD and a 1TB HD.

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Jan 12, 2020 14:06:37   #
motes
 
The laptop I'm using is a very old Toshiba. I want to get into editing.

Thanks for all of the input.

Barb

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Jan 12, 2020 14:57:44   #
therwol Loc: USA
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I guess the desktop computer is dead.


Hardly. When you're talking about high end performance, you just can't get it in a laptop without spending $3K or more (An Example would be a Dell workstation or Alienware gaming laptop), and then if you're going to connect it to a large monitor, you might as well just buy a desktop. Also, many of us play the "upgrade" game. It's easier to upgrade or even add components to a desktop.

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Jan 13, 2020 00:20:40   #
bsprague Loc: Near Tacoma, WA, USA
 
TriX wrote:
I know. Once you add an external monitor and an external drive, you might as well have the advantages of a desktop unless travel is involved. In that case, a docking station is very convenient if the laptop supports it.

Btw, that Lenovo laptop posted by bsprague above is what I had in mind - that is a lot of computing power for the money and even includes a decent sized SSD and a 1TB HD.


"that Lenovo laptop posted by bsprague above is what I had in mind - that is a lot of computing power for the money "

I'm not having trouble with monitor colors and it's not big. However, there is a port and built in Nvidia graphics for an external monitor should I need that.

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Jan 13, 2020 05:34:43   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
TriX wrote:
I cannot agree with the small screen MacBook Pro, which is really “stripped down”. Way too small SSD (only 128GB - barely enough room for the OS and a few Ps, and very little left for data). A really slow 1.4GHz I-5 CPU, only 8GB memory, and way to small a screen for editing. To get a usable machine for editing, you’ll need to add more memory (only 8 more GB possible), and external drive for image storage and an external display. By that time you’ll be north of $1700 and still have a dog slow CPU, which you cannot fix. The only valid advantage for this machine is size/weight if you travel and just want to temporarily store (a few) images.

Consider instead a Windows I-7 based Laptop with 16GB memory, a decent sized SSD and a larger display or the same specs in a Windows Desktop, either of which can be bought for close to your budget and will be not only MUCH faster with more storage and a better display for less money, it will have adequate performance to last you for a few years. I like Dell and Lenovo, and I recently saw such a laptop as I’ve described for under $1000 at Costco.

And before the Windows haters and Apple lovers scream heresy, let me just state that Apple makes fine machines, BUT, you’re on a tight budget, an Apple laptop has substantially lower performance per $, and in my opinion is just not going to be a satisfactory PP machine for any period of time unless you spend 50% more than your budget, whereas the equivalent Windows machine will.
I cannot agree with the small screen MacBook Pro, ... (show quote)


Agree.

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