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Purchase template - new laptop for photography and business


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#1 aer

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 03:27 PM

Basically I know the computer I would like does not exist.  I would really like a lightweight 14 inch but those are rare, I do not like HP.  I have pretty much decided on Dell since they have a lot of good reviews.  I will use it for photography - I am using Photoshop elements right now.  I also carry it to the office twice a week.  I use Quicken on it.  

 

My biggest questions are SSD vs traditional HD.  I know SSD is quieter and quicker but the amount of storage is a lot lower.  My photos take up a lot, yes I do back them up to flash/external drives but I have trouble deleting!  I am interested in a DVD drive since I quite often copy pictures to them but I do own a cheap external one.

 

I am pretty set on i7 processor, but I see different numbers after it.  I know I want 6th generation.  So, if I see -6500  or -6700  Is 6700 better?

 

Laptop or Desktop?  Laptop

My budget for the new computer is:    would prefer under $1000  but would pay a bit more for the perfect one!

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?  photography, email, web. 

What software do you intend on using on the computer?  Photoshop Elements - looking into Paint Shop instead.  Quicken.  Google Chrome,  Excel, word

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? no

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?   Usually have a couple going at the same time

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? yes

Will you be overclocking? ?

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? 

How many monitors are you planning to use? Just laptop

Do you need peripherals? OS?

Any particular reason why you are upgrading  My screen keeps going grey with colored lines moving through, 1 USB doesn't work.  Other things not working well   Computer now - HP Pavilion dm4 207us

 

Thank you!

Ann



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Posted 20 October 2016 - 10:51 PM

No responses to this.  I have a couple of other questions if someone can help.  I found a laptop I like but the screen resolution is less then I hoped for and it is a duo core and not a quad.

 

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/426101/Dell-Inspiron-15-Laptop-156-Screen/

 

What is the most important aspect?  I read that the generation doesn't matter as much as the number for the processor - a 6th generation i7 is better than a 7th generation i5

 

Is quad core a lot better then duo? 

 

Originally when I was looking at this the description had it at a higher resolution, I am thinking I need the better resolution for my photography.

 

I LOVE the dell xps but it is hard to find at a reasonable price with i7 and enough memory.  



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 06:10 AM

Quad core is much better than dual core.

 

If you ask me, laptops are bad for heavy use. If you are "only" carrying it on office twice a week, I recommend small and light desktop computer. Much more power and even $150 external display beats 99.9% of laptop displays.



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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:26 PM

I have a desktop with an excellent monitor.  I need a laptop for portability to do my work where ever I am.  



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Posted 24 October 2016 - 04:07 AM

Your demands are so high I cannot recommend anything, sorry.

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 04:38 PM

FWIW: I would visit the PS forums...and see what systems the members are using and suggesting for the use that you state. The responses whould be more to the point and more varied...and based on actual experience.

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