Good laptop for Photoshop and Lightroom

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  1. tecboy

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    I will be traveling, and I'm looking for a laptop that is small, lightweight, slim, and about 16 inch screen. A laptop that can handle photoshop and Lightroom, and has a USB port to connect a portable hard drive and a slot to read sd card. Would i3 or similar to AMD processor is powerful enough to run photoshop and Lightroom? I have no interest in getting the latest i7 and Nvidia graphic card. Any recommendation?


     
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    Whats your price range? Do you prefer windows or mac? My personal preference is that anything bigger then 15 inches starts being a little heavier just because of size.
     
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    I prefer Windows. The reason I want small, because I want fit in my backpack. I looked into the adobe's website, and they are clear about the system requirements for Lightroom and photoshop.
     
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    The range would be about 300-400 dollars.
     
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    For any 'decent' response-time while editing photos, perhaps the biggest requirement is lots of RAM...as big as the laptop will handle. I'd try to get one that can handle 8GB of RAM. Why? Because all those megapixels translated to bits and bytes takes up a lot of memory. Once you run out of memory, the computer is forced to swap sections of memory in and out of RAM to the hard drive. Throw in 'work areas' needed by LR & PS, and the RAM gets eaten up very quickly.

    You'll also need to get the fastest processor you can afford, preferably a quad processor. Also, note that an external HD will be considerably slower than an internal one.

    I don't think $300-400 will get a laptop that won't have you waiting and waiting for every operation to complete. I'd be thinking more in the higher-end laptops. You can also get a better bang for your buck by staying away from the 'premium name brand' vendors like Toshiba and HP. Also, buying a new laptop will immediately plunge you into Windows 10. If you're comfortable with Windows 8/8.1, it shouldn't be a problem. Coming from Windows 7, you are in for a BIG learning curve!

    If you have the time, keep 'watch' on specific laptop prices at, say, Walmart and/or Amazon. A couple of months ago, I found a Windows 8.1, 2.2ghz dual processor ASUS laptop with 4GB RAM and 500GB HD for $199 at Walmart for a friend! Online, their computer said they had 5 at my local store. They were prior model closeouts, marked down from $299 or maybe higher when first launched. Online, they offered less capable refurbished older model laptops for higher than the $199 for the new one. Get to know your prices based on processor, RAM, HD, and screen size. Then you'll know what's a good bargain or not.

    Edit: ALL laptops come with multiple USB ports. Look for one that has at least 1 USB3 port.
     
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    The Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Mnkk looks like a good laptop, but I don't think it has a SD card slot, you could always get a USB connector for that.
     
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    You are not going to get anything new, quality wise, at that price point. It will last you a year and a half if your lucky. You would be better served to go to arrow direct online and search their used "A grade" Lenovo Thinkpads. The T520 is a great laptop but it is on the big (15.6 display) and heavy side. They also have an X220 that is light, powerful but has 12.5" screen. Their A grades are wonderful. Both have second Generation i7 CPU. 8 gigs of ram. X220 has 160gb ssd drive for fast read and write speeds but you would need an external to store pics on.

    New, thin and light Lenovo X1 Carbon but your looking +1000

    You want Intel all the way for performance.

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    I already have a laptop with i7 processer, it is powerful, but it is bulky. I don't feel like to carry around Starbucks and pp photos.
     
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    For $300 - $400 the laptop will have a TN display not an IPS display.
    You will be hard pressed to meet Ps/LR minimum system requirements with a $300 - $400 laptop.
     
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    I had a Dell with an i5 chip and 8gb ram that worked pretty good, but it was stolen. As I travel a lot I finally broke down and went with the MacBook Pro with the i5 chip and 8gb ram and the 250gb SSD. So far that has worked perfect for a travel computer, though the 13" screen is small compared to the 17" I had on the Dell.

    While the Mac unit is above the budget mentioned, I think the i5 chip and 8gb are a minimum requirement, and the SSD is a big help.
     
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    A "good" laptop for editing is not going to be in the 3-400 dollar range. I know it's not what you want to hear, but the MacBook Air has been my travel companion. Love it for editing and the Wacom tablet fits in the slot with it.
     
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    The HP Spectre X360 is a great ultrabook that can be used as a heavy tablet. i7, 8GB, 256GB SSD and very thin. But add $1000 to you budget. I went back and forth between the HP and a Macbook Air and finally chose the HP because I'm a windows guy.
     

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