Switching from Mac to Windows - Animation, Photoshop etc

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Weatherwitch, Nov 26, 2016.

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  1. Weatherwitch

    Weatherwitch Newbie

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    Hi everyone, I am delurking to ask the big question. I'm hoping somebody will be able to help me out, I've been looking at so many laptops and am quite confused as there is a lot of conflicting information. I was looking at the Dell XPS and Alienware, but keep reading they're not actually that good.

    I do photo/video editing and animation. Currently on a very old MacBook from 5 years ago and need a new machine. Can't afford to pay that much money on a MacBook anymore so will have to switch to Windows.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Up to 1800 GBP (2300 USD)

    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.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: None
    b. Dislike: None
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Photo editing (Lightroom), Photoshop work, Animation (After Effects, Cinema 4D, possibly 3ds Max), Video editing.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes. Will be flying and traveling with it every now and then.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    No games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Two to three hours would be enough.

    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?
    Prefer to see but would buy online only as well.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    I love Mac, but I cannot afford to spend the money on them anymore, so I am switching to Windows

    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.)
    Full HD

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Don't mind

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Semi-important. I care more about performance and price.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    End of this year/beginning of next

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-4 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Yes to the SSD drive, not sure about hard drive space

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Dell, Lenovo and HP all make workstations that are well suited to your uses. Dell, in particular, has a UK Outlet that can offer significant savings over new, if you're looking to save money and don't mind a return, which is what most outlet machines are. Hit the Dell UK Outlet Twitter account for coupons as well. They can offer substantial discounts off already reduced pricing if you can wait for the right one. Something like the Dell Precision 7510 seems worth a look. Good luck and welcome to NBR.
  3. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Notebook Prophet

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    Welcome and have to agree with Zaz. if this is a work machine I can not recommend the Precision 7510/5510 the HP Zbook 15/17 or now the Lenovo P70 enough. as was said you can find ones reduced in price at the online outlet stores. one upside to these workstations is the warranty is far better, yes even far better than Apples. again if this is a production machine NBD warranty with accidental does make you snug and happy not having to worry about standing in line or making appointments at a genius bar.

    ( I began my transition back in 2011 from Apple in video editing, animation, direct to press publishing and architecture )
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