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I'm looking for a laptop to do a lot of graphic design and heavy photo-editing. Think 15 layers on Photoshop editing a 36 megapixel image. Yeah.

I really want to go mobile. It would be so much more convenient for me. I'd be able to bring my 'photo lab' on trips across the country, to university, to the coffee shop, into the bathroom.. etc. It would change a lot for me and would help keep tabs on my images after shooting way too much and leaving too many images on my SD cards while out of town.

Here's the hangup, though. I need something with a great monitor. That is why I first looked at the MacBook Pro, for it's retina display. Appealing, but, I can't justify spending $1800 on something that only has 8gb of memory (not upgradable), 512gb space, two usb 3.0 ports, and subpar graphics processing just because of retina. Even if it was upgradable by hand, I might consider it, but it's not. It's simply over priced. So what's the non-Apple laptops with the best screens?
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There aren't really any Windows laptops out there with a retina resolution display, but there are ones with 1080p. Look at the Asus Zenbook though as it comes close to what you want.
    
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Over priced is depends how you look at it. Apple has a much more usable warranty with you can just bring it into a store or a reseller and get it looked at, something I would find handy if I'm looking at keeping my machine thats making me money working no matter what (Without added costs).


If that doesn't matter to you, Dell XPS 15. Dell provides better bang for buck then the Retina 15.
$2300 - 750M GT 2GB, 512GB SSD , 16GB, i7-4700HQ 2.0Ghz, 15" 3200x1800 IPS, Aluminium Construction. Unknown battery life and still no reviews on it though from major outlets and is still a half a month away.
I'm interested to see how this one goes on.
http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-15-9530/pd
Edited by ivr56 - 10/24/13 at 12:17am
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I beg to differ; most high end laptops are in the same price range as MacBook Pros now (e.g., the Dell XPS 15 posted above). Anyway, to answer your question, HP's ZBooks have the option of coming with DreamColor displays. That's the only photography focused laptop display I can think of. Other than that, you should look at Dell's m4800 and m6800 range, or if you'd prefer something more ultrabook-esque, Dell's m3800.

As you can see, they aren't cheap. If they're what you're after but are too expensive, you should hunt around for an older model (the m4700 or m6700) on eBay or the Dell outlet.

You could also just use an external display when in an office?
Edited by Vigil - 10/24/13 at 7:14am
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Check the sager laptops on Xoticpc.com

[ 15.6" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Anti-Glare Sager Screen w/ 95% NTSC Color Gamut (1920x1080) ]

I guess that this screen is one of the best screens available for a laptop add to that the professional calibration option from Xoticpc and you are set to go


Check post number two Here
Edited by Awsan - 10/24/13 at 6:18am
     
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I beg to differ; most high end laptops are in the same price range as MacBook Pros now (e.g., the Dell XPS 15 posted above). Anyway, to answer your question, HP's ZBooks have the option of coming with DreamColor displays. That's the only photography focused laptop display I can think of. Other than that, you should look at Dell's m4800 and m6800 range, or if you'd prefer something more ultrabook-esque, Dell's m3800.

As you can see, they aren't cheap. If they're what you're after but are too expensive, you should hunt around for an older model (the m4700 or m6700) on eBay or the Dell outlet.

You could also just use an external display when in an office?

Ditto on this. Also, some ultrabooks have very high resoultion screens (2560x1440 and above - some even go 3200x1800) now like the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, Acer S7, Asus Zenbook Infinity, and Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.

The Dell M3800 seems to be the perfect device in this category for a professional with very discerning needs though.
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Notebookcheck are one of the few laptop review sites that actually do proper tests on displays. Unfortunately a lot of the laptops mentioned here haven't been reviewed on their yet. For now, just remember that more resolution doesn't necessarily mean better image quality.
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There isnt many options with a full voltage processor. Lots of ULV based for sure.
TheVerge just posted there 15" Retina review.
Quote:
The 15-inch Pro lasted 9 hours, 35 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, which cycles through a series of popular websites and high-res images with brightness set to 65 percent
http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5024346/macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review-15-inch-2013
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