I am a new owner of D80 and basic gear for beginner> thinking ofpurchase new laptop to use for editing. Please advise laptop will dothe work right for editing. I intent to use some basic sw and CS2.ThanksOOPSOS'Photograpy is about feel of view, not field of view'.
Photoshop CS2 and CS3 likes memory and a fast processor.Suggestions for must have components: Windows not familiar MAC.Core 2 Duo 2g min2gb memory120meg hard drive minimumMust have USB 2 portR/W DVDXP/Vista operating systemYou choose a brand that suits your needs...
Unless you're using an external monitor, that is..
Laptops generally aren't renown for accurately displaying a wide range of colors and intensities, and manufacturers don't necessarily make it easy to identify which particular screen is used in what model. If you're going with a laptop and no external monitor, favor an IPS or S-IPS panel over TN for instance...
I'd suggest you ask this at the retouching forum..
Frankly I only edit on a laptop when I'm traveling and will be away from my desktop for a while..
I'd suggest you don't use a laptop display. I do use an LCD for my desktop but laptop LCDs don't give the same results ( harder or impossible to calibrate, even approximately ), whereas external LCDs can be chosen that have better control over the image quality and color..
Laptop hard disks are also very much slower. Lot's of RAM - 2Gb or don't bother at all. Processor power - any dual core system should be fine..
Get an optical USB mouse. The on-board track balls and pads are just awful for editing - you need precision. Even a cheap optical mouse is better than the on-board..
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Big thanks to everyone who gave me an advice. If the monitor is only a problem, I will lean to laptop with external monitor( which I already had fairly decent one). I want save $ by combining one computer for work and play. laptop is a must for workThanks againOOPSOS'Photography is about feel of view, not field of view'..
Personal recommendation is a Apple laptop with an external monitor. I currently have a VERY powerful PC and a ultra portable laptop. I will soon be selling it all for a Macbook Pro and link that to my 24" widescreen TFT to use as the main screen, however my recommendation ontop of that is to buy a USB Hub (7 ish port) and just plug that into the mac everytime your at your desk, keep a full size mouse & keyboard, the printer, Card reader etc all plugged into that. Will make life much easier...
I think your first reply said it best. Get a Core2duo processor and 2 gigs of memory. It might help to get a 7200 rpm drive. You'll want an external monitor for editing photos at home. You might also consider a stand-alone hard drive at home too..
I carry a laptop to and from work, and I don't trust the IT guys not to delete my photos when I'm connected to the company network. They've imaged my laptop before even though they've been told not to. Sometimes they push updates to the entire company. The last time, they were updating Java. When my laptop wouldn't let them, their script automatically imaged my entire drive. Bye bye pictures...