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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Xathos, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Xathos

    Xathos Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $800 US

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen


    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Photography 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?)
    No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    5-7

    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?
    Online is okay

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 10

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1920X1080 minimum

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Matte

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    A little

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    256GB minimum

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    A few years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    week or 2

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    I would ship it


    I would like i7 and 16GB ram preferably as well. Something with higher screen quality and better colors if possible as well. Would also rather stay around $800, but if that is too low to get what I want I could go up a few hundred.
     
  2. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    xps 15 can be had for 1000 usd......1050ti ,100 srgb screen.... perfect for editing
     
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    Xathos Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks! I will definitely check this out. Are the screens on the XPS 15 good quality?
     
  4. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    The XPS 15-7590 has an OLED screen available, which probably has extremely wide gamut.

    Note that 100% sRGB gamut's only equivalent to 72% or thereabouts NTSC; you won't get as saturated colors out of a 100% sRGB display.
     
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    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    some of the best screens in the business
     
  6. Xathos

    Xathos Notebook Enthusiast

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    So, considering I just wanted to use this for photoshop and lightroom.. Photography programs in general. I want to get an i7, but what would be the better upgrade for this? HDD upgraded to SSD or 8GB to 16GB, if you could only pick one of the two?

    To even complicate it further, would an i5 with SSD and 16GB be better than i7 with just SSD OR memory upgrade from 8GB to 16GB.. Where am I going to see the most performance boost while actually editing file.. Not so much importing..
     
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  7. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    For editing purposes, I don't expect the storage should make a lot of difference, as long as you have anough RAM. SSD's have dome down a lot in price, but if I had to make this kind of decision, I think I'd go for the extra RAM.

    If you're editing really large images (50+ megapixel, say), you might want even more memory than that.
     
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  8. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Processor and memory make a difference in Photoshop. The Core i7 hexa-core chips (Core i7-8750H/9750H) are ideal, and I'd consider 16GB of memory at the minimum. I'd take a Core i5 + 16GB of RAM over a Core i7 and 8GB, but realistically, just save up a little more and get the Core i7 + 16GB of RAM.

    If the notebook's memory is upgradeable, you can get a 32GB of RAM for not that much on Newegg.

    Look in the Dell Outlet for better deals on the XPS notebooks.

    Charles
     
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    Xathos Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ended up buying this for 850 with coupons and pricing errors. The processor with graphics card is cheaper than without, and the 1TB drive is cheaper than the 512GB..

    Hp Pavilion Laptop
    • Ceramic white+Natural Silver
    • HP Wide Vision HD Camera + Dual Mic (Ceramic White+Natural Silver)
    • 3-cell, 41 Wh Lithium-ion prismatic Battery
    • Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 (1.3 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)+NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 (2 GB)
    • 15.6" diagonal FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
    • No DVD or CD Drive
    • 1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
    • Full-size island-style backlit keyboard(Natural Silver)
    • Security Software Trial
    • HP Pavilion 15 Laptop PC
    • 16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB, 1 x 8 GB)
    • Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 5 Combo(MU-MIMO supported)
    • Office Software Trial
    • Windows 10 Home 64 Plus
     
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