15 inch photo editing laptop - Dell XPS, Lenovo, Macbook or other?

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  1. jwolf7722

    jwolf7722 Notebook Deity

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    General Questions

    Been comparing the Lenovo P50 (outlet), Apple Macbook pro 15 inch, and Dell XPS 15. The Macbook and Lenovo are better build but also large. Leaning towards eliminating the Macbook due to the cost all together. Lenovo X1 5th generation is also in consideration. I have a nice external monitor so the laptop screen does not need to be close to RGB coverage. Will be doing some mobile video editing. Really like the XPS 15 plus you can get a deal on refurbished units. Played with one at a Microcenter and the build quality just seemed ok.

    1) What is your budget?
    1000-2400. Ideally under 2000 would be best.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    United States

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Lenovo, Apple.
    b. Dislike: n/a
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Photo editing, office suite, multimedia, Maybe some light video editing.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Light gaming possible. Nothing hardcore.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    7+

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? Either

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows or Mac OS.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    15 inch IPS screen. Will be using a external monitor for color accuracy.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Matte but im ok with glossy also.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Build quality is most important.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within the week.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    2-5 years.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    256 GB ssd or better.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Buy that then add on-site and accidental coverage, so it'll be fixed quickly regardless of how it's damaged. I believe and I could be wrong, the XPS get premium support too.
     
  3. jwolf7722

    jwolf7722 Notebook Deity

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    After playing around with a XPS system at local Microcenter the build quality is not all that great. Throwing in the idea of a Lenovo X1 carbon 5th gen and just building a cheap desktop along with it.
     
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