Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    130

    Default Suggestions for new laptop

    My seven-year-old Toshiba P50 A-09M laptop is "slowly falling into bits and pieces". I'm planning to buy a new one by this Boxing day. I'm using the computer for intensive browsing (including video streaming), wordprocessing of large documents and some small photo and audio editing.
    Unfortunately I'm fully out of touch what could be the best fit for me that meets above requirements. I was thinking 256 GB SSD and 16 GB RAM at least. I'm not a brand fanatic, I just want a reliable model.
    Can somebody please give my any recommendations. Many thanks.

  2. #2
    Senior Member piroska's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    With Kim-Jong-Mum
    Posts
    3,124
    Ex-pctek

  3. #3
    Wanderer
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    7,482

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    I do a bit of photo editing with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I am using a second hand laptop now 2yrs old but I do it mainly with my PC. My 2c.

    Depends on your demands and expectations with photo editing apart from a nice screen for photographs, many people don't have such a muscle system. Speaking with those I know from my camera club. I for example went cheaper with a bottom model Asus 320 type motherboard b/c I don't overclock. I am just using a Ryzen 2400G with the onboard video so I don't even have a video card - mine was $250. I do have 2x8GB of DDR4 RAM but I think 16GB is nice to have esp now with the prices. 3yr ago the RAM Was $400 but now $150. 8GB might even be sufficient but I go with 16GB these days. For my use I edit them with Lightroom which is what most people do which is quicker to use. I import them and apply a develop preset and after a few finer adjustments I export multiple images and that is pretty much it.

    If you want something more faster, then maybe a Ryzen 5 or 7. Ryzen might not be so popular with laptops now I say get a 10th generation Intel i5 then.

    Yes with the SSD many or most of laptops now are using M.2 so it is like a RAM module much quicker than 2.5" Serial ATA.

    Just a few months ago I help someone with a laptop. $1,200NZ for a Intel i5, 8GB, 500GB M.2 SSD. Black Friday is coming up, maybe sign up to emails they are often at half price specials esp Black Friday maybe and end of the financial year end of April time periods and other times of the year. Corporate laptops can often be from $2,000 to $1,000 like Dell, HP, Lenovo Thinkpads (not IdeaPad).
    Last edited by Nomad; 09-11-2020 at 04:35 PM.

  4. #4
    Can't re Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    439

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    You also need to think about screen size and resolution, 14", HD ?

  5. #5
    Wanderer
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    7,482

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    Depends on the OP but for photography people basically get a external screen for their laptops. All I can say is read reviews, they tend to use IPS screens for photography but IPS can vary between diff brand and models. If one is very serious about it other than going with a really insane expensive Eizo screen, something like this they also make a 24" 1080 for around $900 I think.

    https://www.benq.com/en-ap/monitor/p...her/sw271.html

    A cheaper one which is not so photo qualified but still quite OK is a Dell Ultrasharp the one that says it is like 98% Adobe RGB.

  6. #6
    Senior Member 1101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    7,152

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    Why a laptop ?

    A PC is cheaper, faster , more reliable , easier & cheaper to repair , easier to upgrade .
    If you dont need the portability of a laptop, dont get one.

  7. #7
    Wanderer
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    7,482

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    OP needs to set an view in mind. With my camera club, they take their photography hobby as a past time hobby. Given a choice I think they rock back with a wine or beer. Haha.

    Many individuals do use Apple computers as in all walks of life. Many use an iMac (most), MacBook Pro and even MacBook Air. In all honesty many of them just use the laptop screens. We have seminars about post processing software and monitor calibration and the advice of using a external screen but many don't.

    If you are printing you should at least calibrate your screen even a laptop screen with a hardware device. You may know a club or an acquittance that you can borrow one from. They go for about $200 for one.

    Put it in perspective. A working on the road travel / documentary photographer or serious enthusiast might carry quite a portable laptop and do post processing in their hotel rooms and at the airport and train station while waiting for their departure. It's quite a bit of work to come home after all the weeks and then start to do the editing. Again with post processing, you can spend as long as you like but with on location photographers some are said to spend no more than 2min on an image. You filter them down, you apply your own preset to get a starting point and then you do the finer adjustments which you may have an idea of how your image you want to look like when you were behind the camera. Rather than you shot the images, you got home and then oh what on earth do I wanna do with my images.

  8. #8
    Member ClarissaBull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2020
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    33

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    Yo! i can tell you next specs and you find by them laptop, it depends how you will use it like watching films or playing video games:
    1) at least 8gb ram
    2) intel core i5
    3) dedicated graphic card
    4) 1920x1080 resolution
    5) 512 gb SSD or better if you find HDD+SDD (not kit, kit is when you have possibility to install HDD and you only have SSD)

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    130

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    Thank you for every single post.

  10. #10
    Computer "Specialist" Agent_24's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    64 Bitville
    Posts
    14,313

    Default Re: Suggestions for new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    Why a laptop ?

    A PC is cheaper, faster , more reliable , easier & cheaper to repair , easier to upgrade .
    If you dont need the portability of a laptop, dont get one.
    x2, and easier to use and more ergonomic, unless you connect up an external monitor, keyboard etc anyway.

    Plus the batteries will fail sooner if they're always plugged in and fully charged but never used.
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

Similar Threads

  1. Suggestions for a student laptop
    By chuanwai in forum PressF1
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 26-03-2014, 02:58 PM
  2. Purchasing a new laptop: Suggestions
    By kandrew009 in forum PressF1
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-09-2011, 06:08 PM
  3. sub $2000 gaming laptop suggestions
    By Kindel in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-10-2010, 09:51 AM
  4. suggestions for a portable multimedia laptop
    By utopian201 in forum PressF1
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-05-2009, 11:22 AM
  5. Any Suggestions For Price of 2nd Hand Laptop?
    By Winston001 in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 03-10-2006, 07:06 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •