Laptop for Editing Photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by shannnnen, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. shannnnen macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
    Hey guys! So I recently started taking pictures of and for people. I really want a new laptop to edit the photos on. I currently own a small ASUS laptop and it doesn't really satisfy me.

    I was wondering what laptop you guys thought would be best for me.

    I'm currently a junior in high school, so budget is important.
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Virtually any laptop that can run mountain lion can also run iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop....etc. like with other apps the amount of system resources ( CPU cores, CPU speed, memory size, separate GPU), can make a difference in the performance (execution times).

    I suggest a trip to the local store where you can compare MBAs and classic MBPs. Likely retina machines will be outside the budget. You can get a 13" MBA with 2G CPU and 8M of memory with 256GB SSDS for $1700. There is an excellent chance you can find it for less this coming holiday weekend. At a minimum, get a education discount for Apple.
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I think the entry level 13" MBP is a great budget solution for $1,199. You can always add more memory later. The 500GB hard drive will have plenty of room for you to load pictures, and music.

    These are great laptops for high school students, and will work great with iPhoto for editing your photos.
  4. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    If you get a laptop with soldered on RAM, I'd suggest maxing out on that since it wouldn't be upgradeable. Besides that, I would recommend a non-retina MBP since it's a good balance between upgradeability & low cost.
  5. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    What does budget mean to you? When I was in HS my weekly allowance was something like $5...:eek:

    Look at the Apple Refurbished store. the link is at the end of this post. I would go for a 15 inch screen for photos, but a lot of people like the 13. You want as much ram as the machine will take and don't pay Apple for it.

    My current editing laptop is old tech and it works just fine.

    2008 Aluminum MacBook Pro 17 inch
    2.5 GHz core 2 Duo
    6GB RAM
    120gig SSD for apps
    750 gig platter drive for storage.

    Apple refurbished Store/MacBook Pro

  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    What kind of "editing" will you be doing? For anything otyher than simple adjustments you will need a per tablet. "Wacon" is the best. Some come bundled with software like Adobe PS Elements. If you need Elements the bundle can save you $100.

    "Best of course is the new macbook with the Retina display. Not only are there more pixels but the screen is less reflective.

    After that you can buy a speccial "build to order" Macbook with a "mat" screen. It costs $50 extra but the glossy screen and not so good the photo editing

    Or buy just about anything, any Macbook and buy a desktop monitor from a third party so long as the monitor is not "glossy."

    Aperture like sceen space so bigger is better

    Lastly, you know that "best" and "budget never go well together.
  7. johndeere893 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2012
    Good luck to you. And indeed, let me also add as the poster above that you should definitely look in to getting a photo editing tablet. Especially with laptops, it makes retouching a lot easier since you don't have to fidget around on the trackpad.

    If you're looking for an easy way to find an entry-level tablet, try this page (also in my signature): Photo Editing Tablets. You'll see some comparative shopping ideas there and descriptions of the different kinds. Some are as cheap as 30$.

    Go for it, and enjoy your new laptop when you get it!

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