Professional photographer - Need fast laptop for Lightroom/Photoshop/Premiere Pro

matthewh133

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I waited months with the intention of buying the new Macbook Pro, but with the release of the specs I'm now not too sure. Also, my wife's fully upgraded 13 inch Macbook Pro (previous gen) is pretty slow for what I normally do. What would you guys recommend for my needs? Appreciate any and all advice!

1. What is your budget?

$2500(ish)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

15 inch

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Flexible but preferably 2560+

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Both, I have a desktop but I need to be able to do almost all of the same things on the road.

5. How much battery life do you need?

Not too sure.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

I would like the option to play games like Battlefield 1, WoW etc on good settings... but photography software is priority.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Photo editing (large files, 42 megapixel camera), video editing (4k sometimes)

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

Not sure

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

3+ years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

Not important.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

I don't mind.

13. What country do you live in?

USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
 

GreyCatz

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Greetings, Matthew:

Eurocom is a niche-manufacturer of very high-end laptops - definitely not mainstream. From your information, I think you're looking at something like a Dell Precision or Lenovo ThinkPad P series. These are mainstream workstations available with Xeon CPUs and very upgradable/customizable. Given your budget, I'd say head over to their respective web stores and knock yourself out.

They both max out with a 4GB Nvidia Quadro M2000 (15.6"). An 8GB M5000 is only available with the 17.3-inch model. Dell enjoys a reputation for high-quality screens in almost all their models, which you might appreciate in your line of work. The Lenovo is available with high-quality screens, too, but you have to pay attention to the details - Lenovo will gladly sell you a crap TN panel, so take your time.

$2,400 - $2,600 should get you a 15.6" frame with Xeon E3 1505, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4GB Quadro, 4K Display (non-touch), with the Precision topping out at $2,627 with a 4K UltraSharp screen.

Best of luck,
GreyCatz.
 

matthewh133

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Interesting, I'd never heard of these before. I wonder why they aren't more mainstream if they really are that great?

Any recommendations for my needs?

Thanks again
 

GreyCatz

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Greetings, Matthew:

Eurocom is a niche-manufacturer of very high-end laptops - definitely not mainstream. From your information, I think you're looking at something like a Dell Precision or Lenovo ThinkPad P series. These are mainstream workstations available with Xeon CPUs and very upgradable/customizable. Given your budget, I'd say head over to their respective web stores and knock yourself out.

They both max out with a 4GB Nvidia Quadro M2000 (15.6"). An 8GB M5000 is only available with the 17.3-inch model. Dell enjoys a reputation for high-quality screens in almost all their models, which you might appreciate in your line of work. The Lenovo is available with high-quality screens, too, but you have to pay attention to the details - Lenovo will gladly sell you a crap TN panel, so take your time.

$2,400 - $2,600 should get you a 15.6" frame with Xeon E3 1505, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4GB Quadro, 4K Display (non-touch), with the Precision topping out at $2,627 with a 4K UltraSharp screen.

Best of luck,
GreyCatz.
 
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