Laptop thoughts?


geclinke

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 13:45
Not wishing to open a can of worms, I'm looking at getting a new laptop to use for photo editing, amoungst other things, and was looking for feedback / advice.
I'm virtually settled on the Dell Studio 16 XPS, with RGB LED 1080p screen. I was wondering if anyone had experience of this particular machine, and whether it was up to the job? I'm specifically looking at the i7 620M model (heard some bad things about power with the other i7's, and don't think it's worth the extra money). I'll be running photoshop on it, so was wondering if people had thoughts about dual vs. quad core for that - might make me spend the extra on the processor, but I'm worried about heat dissipation and battery life (seeing as it's a laptop and will be out-and-about).

My prime driver for selecting this machine is that the screen is supposed to offer a 100% Adobe gamut.
k5, 50mm FA, 18-55mm Kit, 50-200mm DA, 15mm Fisheye Sigma, 10-17mm DA Fisheye, 18-55mm DA WR, DA* 60-250, DA* 16-50

TOZZA27

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 15:06
Hi Giles ,

I got the XPS 630i with extra memory and an HP w1907v screen - I know it`s not a laptop but the technology and reliability is fantastic and must reflect on their other machines.

Tony
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !

johnriley

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 16:11
The vital component is the screen. I can tell you that our new IPS screems are as good as the CRTs ever were, but I haven't seen the new LED screens yet.
Best regards, John

geclinke

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 16:16
I'm hoping it's going to be good. Apparently the backlight is made up of coloured LED's, rather than just white (or yellow) so improves the range, and accuracy, of reproduced colours. Sadly, because it's a Dell, there doesn't seem to be a shop where I can actually see one in action...
k5, 50mm FA, 18-55mm Kit, 50-200mm DA, 15mm Fisheye Sigma, 10-17mm DA Fisheye, 18-55mm DA WR, DA* 60-250, DA* 16-50

TOZZA27

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 16:47
According to Wikipedia - Dell are sold by Currys,PCWorld and Tesco if that`s any help.

Tony
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !

terje-l

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 17:53
I have an old Dell, the M65 Workstation with a 1620 x 1050 LCD screen. Is it excellent for all types of work, but the screen is not the best (too small viewing angle vertically).

For my next laptop I may go fo HP, because Dell does not seem to support my favourite resolution 1680 x 1050 any longer. I need minimum 1024 pixels vertically, and the next one up seems to be 1920 x 1200, and that is too small for a 15 inch screen. HP does have a workstation model with the old resolution.
Best regards
Terry

K20D, Optio I10, DA 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 AL II, A 1:1.7/50, D FA 1:2.8/100 Macro, Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Pentax AF 360FGZ

geclinke

Link Posted 07/06/2010 - 22:36
TOZZA27 wrote:
According to Wikipedia - Dell are sold by Currys,PCWorld and Tesco if that`s any help.

Tony

The RGB LED laptop screen only seems to be special order, and retail outlets don't seem to stock it sadly....
k5, 50mm FA, 18-55mm Kit, 50-200mm DA, 15mm Fisheye Sigma, 10-17mm DA Fisheye, 18-55mm DA WR, DA* 60-250, DA* 16-50

geclinke

Link Posted 17/07/2010 - 13:57
In case anyone comes across this thread from a search, I have to say that having got the laptop - the screen is sublime.
There are a couple of issues - principally in Windows 7 not every application supports a colour profile. Without profiling, the screen does give colours and almost cartoon like quality. The profile I applied (after searching for one on the internet) works great for Photoshop though.
Other issue is that the brightness of the screen occasionally flickers when set to lower values. Apparently this is a problem with all the screens. Personally, the resolution and depth of colour more than make up for brightness issue.
k5, 50mm FA, 18-55mm Kit, 50-200mm DA, 15mm Fisheye Sigma, 10-17mm DA Fisheye, 18-55mm DA WR, DA* 60-250, DA* 16-50
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