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Recommendations and opinions for a 2-in-1, laptop, or tablet for photo/video editing?

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Dec 30, 2019
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Recommendations and opinions for a 2-in-1, laptop, or tablet for photo/video editing?

Looking for a good recommendation on which route to take. My hobby is becoming a bit more serious so I’m looking for a dedicated tech for editing. Id like to not be constricted to a desktop since I travel to location and would like to edit on the go if necessary.

Im not too picky but Id enjoy the opportunity to use a “pen” with the machine; its not enough to sway my decision if theres a better option out there that doesn’t work with it. I also do research and studying/videos so it would have to be good with that as well. Needless to say having the option of an SD card slot built in (or an accessory that allows it to be able to have one) would be highly appreciated. As far as budget goes, anything under 3k. Im in not a serious rush so if there is a release of something in the coming months, that would be ok too!

Mostly into using Lightroom more than photoshop but I’m beginning dipping my toes into scenic videos so id like to be future proof for video editing if that takes off. Otherwise I’m focused into photo editing and practicing my abilities with that, because I would also enjoy doing that as a side gig for other persons. Having a reliable machine is important.

Anyone have some good opinions/counterpoints and suggestions about what route to take - with a suggestion of a machine?
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Apr 27, 2017
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i'd look into an ipad pro with apple pencil and using lightroom

i found a 2in1 not strong enough for photo editing
Deal Fanatic
Feb 16, 2006
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Whatever it is, ensure the colour gamut of the screen supports at least near 100% sRGB, and if you're willing to be more serious 100% AdobeRGB. AdobeRGB is considered "wide gamut" and with wide gamut editing you need to understand what happens when you take a wide gamut image and view it with software not capable of viewing wide gamut - colours show overly vibrant, especially notable in skin tones, reds, and greens. DCI-P3 also comes into the wide gamut space - you will see it referenced in a lot of gaming laptops, gaming monitors, and home HDR 4K TV's as well as high end monitors preferred by content creator. It has emerged as a notable colour space over the last 5+ years.

I'd also want a screen that uses an IPS type panel (not VA) and which offers a calibrated "static" contrast ratio of over 1000:1. Typically IPS panels don't get much more than 1400:1. VA's can go to 4000:1 (static) but their colours notably shift at off centre viewing angles and with a wide enough external monitor if you're sitting close, the right and left edges can appear slightly different from the centre. 1400:1 is fine for editing.

At some point you will want to get a calibrator to ensure your device is accurately portraying colour to a defined known standard. A good calibrator will also help to sort out the ambient light level in the room you edit in in order to match it to the brightness of the screen of your device. You want to do this to avoid what are know in the industry as "dark prints".


I was looking at these web pages yesterday:

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best ... ng-laptops

https://www.lifewire.com/best-laptops-f ... hy-4178285

https://www.dpreview.com/news/674476416 ... pro-killer


I see the Gigabyte Aero mentioned in a couple of these. I'd be careful with this model as this may be the Gigabyte model that has issues with WiFi staying connected.

A good website to check laptops out but keep in mind this is a European page:

>> https://www.notebookcheck.net/

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Yeah, it is the Aero with WiFi issues which has continued over several years.



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