Budget laptop to run PS Elements 14 smoothly

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  1. Gary_Dent

    Gary_Dent Newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm looking for help finding a laptop around the £500 mark.

    The situation is I'm going traveling and I want to edit my photos on the go. I'm looking for something that runs Elements 14 smoothly with a decent display that doesn't weigh a ton and with a good battery life.

    I assume at my price range I'm going to have to buy something refurbished.

    Can anybody recommend a machine that fits my requirements?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    I would make sure you have a full voltage Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and the ability to have fast SSD storage and 16GB of RAM if possible. I'd go happy medium (avoid the UltraBook type laptop or 2 in 1 convertibles) and get something along the lines of a 14"-15" screen size with a good Full HD Screen. These are good criteria for Photoshop to run reasonably smoothly. I favor the business class laptops as a rule, Dell Latitudes and Precisions are excellent if optioned the way you like, and the Dell Outlet often has nice buys, and the Lenovo ThinkPad T series are very good also equipped right.
     
  3. Gary_Dent

    Gary_Dent Newbie

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    Does it need to be a quad core CPU? I will have another look at the models you have suggested.

    Thanks very much

     
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    tesm1th Notebook Consultant

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  6. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    A dual core would be OK, a Core i5 would get you by for all but really advanced workflow in Photoshop, in Elements, I see no problems with a Core i5 CPU, just get a full voltage one on your laptop, and avoid the ULV versions.
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The Dell Latitude E5480 with 1080 IPS LCD from the Dell UL Outlet would be my choice. You might be able to get one with a i5 quad core, which will offer more oomph.
     
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