About a year ago, I made a thread on here and bought myself my first laptop. http://forums.filefront.com/tech-discussion/399186-laptop-graphic-editing.html
It was a Dell 1555, which is a 15", Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM computer. It did what it had to, but I never really loved it. It was just a bit too weak to play my games very well, and just a bit too large to be lugged around between home and school every day.
After a few months of issues with the computer, Dell decided to send me a replacement. Because of my rather unusual setup with a 1080p display - they had to build a brand new system for me which was nice. It was even nicer that they put an i7 processor in there and a better GPU.
But I've had my share of woes with the computer in the past, particularly a glaring design flaw which puts the hottest parts right under the touchpad and it tends to get uncomfortable. I felt like it might be a good time to sell my "new" computer and switch for something smaller.
Unfortunately - I have trouble finding something right for me. My expectations are quite high, this is true. I would like something light around the 3.5 pound mark (current computer weighs ~4.5pounds) which is comparable to the 13" Apple MacBook Pro, smaller in size 13"-14", with a high-resolution display (at least 900p).
These are my requirements, aside from this I would like to get in on the i3/5/7 rage - and a dedicated GPU as I do like to game on it when far away.
Now, in most cases money isn't a huge problem. I should be able to sell my current laptop for $1000 (already have willing clients) and with what I have in my spending budget I should be able to hit the 15-1600 mark as a total.
The problem? Nobody seems to be selling what I want! For example, the Dell Studio 14z which is a small and lightweight computer with a 900p display comes to $1,234.00 when fully upgraded with every extravagance I could think of. This means 5GB RAM, 500GB HD, an integrated GPU, extended batter, external CD drive and a pretty color.
It's frustrating. I would really buy this computer if they let me pay an extra $500 for an i3 processor and dedicated GPU. But no! They don't want my money.
Anyway, tl;dr. I'm faced with a dilemma: Keep powerful but too large for comfort computer or buy a not-powerful-enough but perfectly sized laptop?
Third option: somebody helps me find a computer I missed on my searches. I found a Sony Vaio that fits every single criteria but also happens to costs $3000 because of an SSD.
That's the one... But this price is already above my budget (I could maybe scrounge up that much) and with high resolution photography a 128GB SSD just doesn't cut it. Well, it would if I didn't plan to put anything else on it. But when that's the case I might as well get a much cheaper computer to do barely what I need. My PHOTO library is alone around 60GB (and growing at a pretty fast rate) at the moment, double that for music, add some games and it takes around 320GB to do me good.
Meaning the computer costs $2,500. Other than that, couldn't ask for more. :p
So buy the computer, put the SSD on eBay, and buy a 1TB harddrive for it instead. You should get enough money to cover a large chunk of a bigger mechanical drive.
That sounds like a brilliant idea, provided that the HD would actually fit inside. How can I make sure that's the case? I actually have two spare working laptop-sized 320GB HDDs, but how do I know that they'll fit?
All laptop harddrives are the same size. Some of the bigger ones - 750GB+ - are slightly thicker, and therefore won't fit in most laptops, but the 320GB ones will fit no problem. They're all using the 2.5" drive standard.
Oh wow, that's fantastic. It looks like I should be able to get about $200 for the SSD on eBay, provided I can sell it. This would mean for $1800 (or $1700 without large battery) I get the perfect computer. I might be able to manage that... Even though it is monstrously expensive.
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
Just out of curiosity, how hardcore of a photographer are you? And by that I mean do you do manipulation on the laptop, or do you have a dedicated desktop for that?
Forgive me for being skeptical, but a few questions arose in my head. Primarily that there must be a reason they include SSD rather than regular HD on their computers. If I'm not wront, SSD hard drives are far more power and heat efficient than regular hard drives. How likely is it that changing the HD will result in a shorter battery life - or heating problems (since the computer isn't designed to handle regular hard drives)?
C38368;5302057Just out of curiosity, how hardcore of a photographer are you? And by that I mean do you do manipulation on the laptop, or do you have a dedicated desktop for that?
Currently, I have a desktop on which I do most of my work solely because of the monitor size and mouse. In a few months however, I'm going off to college and will not be taking the computer with me so the answer to your questions is: dekstop:laptop currently about 60:40, when I'm in college 0:100.
Metall_pingwin;5302070Forgive me for being skeptical, but a few questions arose in my head. Primarily that there must be a reason they include SSD rather than regular HD on their computers. If I'm not wront, SSD hard drives are far more power and heat efficient than regular hard drives. How likely is it that changing the HD will result in a shorter battery life - or heating problems (since the computer isn't designed to handle regular hard drives)?
A regular harddrive will degrease your battery, yes. If it got four hours with an SSD, it'll probably get three and a bit with a regular harddrive (very rough guess here). It would have to be a pretty terrible laptop to overheat from a regular harddrive also.