Laptops for Photographers of All Sorts
You’re in the market for a new laptop to supplement your photographic tendencies. Depending on your job, you may have different needs and wants to suit your demands. I used the PCMag Network for some pointers and tips in addition to my own hands-on experiences, here are some of the best for you depending on what your needs may be.
The smallest of the bunch, it well suits and compliments the needs of a photojournalist in need of a light laptop to accompany his/her light DSLR. The screen is very nice and can help you edit your photos to get the very best usage of your colors during the editing process. At around 13″, it perfectly compliments my Olympus E-510 and will be a welcome companion to your Canon T1i or Nikon D90. With two USB 2.0 ports, mini-DVI and Firewire 400 it will surely keep up with the needs of everyday shooting, writing and editing while allowing you to travel light. It fits perfectly into a messenger bag. Your hard drive space may go quicker than you like though, so keep an external with you too. These days, the Macbook starts at $999.
Sidenote: I’ve had mine suped-up with Photoshop Elements, the Microsoft Word Suite, 4GB of RAM, and iMovie HD.
This has almost all the connections that the Macbook has but with a larger screen depending on if you go with the 13″, 15″ or 17″ versions. Of course, the larger Macbook Pros have more connections (even an SD card reader.) The larger ones allow for greater hard drive storage capacities, which can handle your Nikon D300, Canon 50D or even the higher grade models just fine. Keep in mind that these laptops are big though: so you’ll need a bigger bag to take these with you, perhaps even a backpack if you’re going to shove your lenses, flashes, filters, and camera bodies in there too. The great thing is that these laptops allow for up to eight hours of wireless productivity depending on which type of graphics technology is inside the laptop.
It’s important to note that this is the laptop of choice for most professionals. They can range anywhere in price from $1,199.00-$$2,499.00.
All MacBooks have Nvidia graphics technology built into them: which is heavily utilized by gamers.
Obviously this is a gamer’s laptop. Complete with an RGB LED screen, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1080p resolution, and eSata it is hard to beat if you’re a PC fiend vs being an Apple fanboy. Available for $1,804 direct, Photographers and professionals can will love some of the features including the 16″ widescreen. At 6.9lbs, it’s lighter than the heavy-weight from Lenovo; although it’s nowhere as feature-set. If you’re the type of photographer that edits videos to supplement your photos and you’re more partial to programs like Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas Platinum Pro then you’ll enjoy this laptop and the ATI graphics technology that has been implemented. As a note, you may want to upgrade it after it has been used for a while as the card was designed for casual gamers, which can correlate to the Photoshop performance falling behind on this one.
However, the company claims that the screen delivers 100 percent of the color gamut used in the Adobe RGB space. Photographers may not like the glare from the glass screen though, or the battery life on this one.
This thing is a beast is every meaning and interpretation of the word. At 17″ and Intel Core 2 Duo processor coupled with the ability to customize it beyond all that to better accommodate to you, it will leave a hole in your pocket at $2,159. However, this should allow the photographer to have their own mobile studio. It’s quite heavy at 8.3 lbs in its standard configuration. Part of this may be the integrated 2nd display at 10.6″ with 768×1280 resolution on a LED backlight screen. Further, it has an onboard digitizer and pen for making those very specific and minute edits.
This laptop contains all the tools that I saw used during my internship at Magnum Photos, but instead of using a giant MacPro body it is a portable PC version.
What’s Your Laptop?
Are you a photographer that works on a laptop (either part time or exclusively)? What’s your pick and why?