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POLL: Do you use a LAPTOP or DESKTOP for photo processing?

Discussion in 'Post-Production' started by TedG954, Jul 28, 2018.


    14 vote(s)

    19 vote(s)
  1. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    I am wondering how many of you use a laptop or a full size desktop computer for processing your photographs. I use a desktop with 24GB of RAM. It's not a speedster, but it works fine for processing my A7RII uncompressed files.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2018
  2. tino84

    tino84 TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 20, 2014
    Did you forgot tablet? :) 
    I use my IPad as I ain’t time to stay in front of my little desktop.

    PS: a question, how many ghz and mb of ram would be necessary to a pc to be “speedster” for home usage?
    I run an Amd Am1 and I load raw in few seconds without problems
  3. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf

    You're right. I never even considered a TABLET. Going forward, just include TABLET with LAPTOP.

    As for your question, I don't know the answer, but I know some people run a lot more than 24MB.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2018
  4. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2014
    Los Angeles, USA
    I switched to my desktop for editing and tablet for travel and quick uploads for social media. Saying that, I'm starting to look into a lightweight travel laptop.
  5. Didn't vote. I got an old desktop and laptop, use them both for PP.
  6. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    17" Laptop with a 4K display. I do have a desktop, which doesn't get much use any more. Also have a 4K monitor that I can use with the laptop as well. Never bothered to check if the old laptop could even do 4K.
  7. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    I use either. I sometimes even use my iPhone. All my pics eventually end up in lightroom on my PC, though.
  8. runnerpsu

    runnerpsu TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2016
    South Florida
    15 in MacBook Pro with 8 meg of memory. LR handles my 24 M/P files easily.
  9. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 22, 2012
    Erm... where's the option for both? o_O 

    My laptop is one of those convertibles (like a Surface Pro, except it's an HP Elite x2), but I only use it when travelling. Most of the time I use a full desktop rig with graphics card.
  10. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    I have both available, although the desktops are older AMD Phenom II X4 CPUs overclocked to 3.9GHz. They can still get the job done, but they aren't fast by contemporary standards. I just don't have the desire these days to put up with cooling fan noise and electric bills of a desktop.
    Instead, I use a spare laptop as a desktop. A Dell Latitude i5 2.5GHz dual core business laptop, driving a 27" Asus IPS monitor. It can be set to stay maxed in Turbo mode, so its cores are actually at 3.2 GHz constantly under load. Its cooling fan is barely audible. With a main 256 GB SSD and 1 TB secondary storage onboard. It has been able to process 24 Mp uncrompressed raw files acceptably well. Capture 1 takes a tick less than 2 sec. to load a raw into the library. For some I guess that's an eternity. ;) 
    It has great I/O with e-SATA and USB 3 ports, both utilized for speedy external backups of 7 TB.
    I'll have to replace it eventually, because it can't drive a 4K monitor.
  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    I’ve got a laptop (MacBook Pro) hooked up to a couple of 27” monitors. Can I select both laptop and desktop? :D 
  12. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I use both too, depends if I'm home or away.
  13. DaveC

    DaveC TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 5, 2017
    For quite a few years, I've been only using a laptop, sometimes plugged into an external monitor.
  14. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    10" HP i7 Laptop
  15. sesser

    sesser TalkEmount Veteran

    May 21, 2016
    24MB of memory? 8MB memory?! Did I fall asleep and wake up in 1988? :hmmm:
    • Funny Funny x 3
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Mostly desktop. Some laptop on the road, here and there. The software has gotten a lot better. It used to be really painful to work on a netbook. Now not so bad.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 4, 2015
    LapTop (MBP) with a Dell 24" monitor
  18. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    As others have said, both. Sometimes I am at home and sometimes I travel. I use whiever is more convenient. I voted for Desktop because that larger monitor helps a bit.
  19. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Interesting poll.

    I use a desktop because I don’t like editing on small screens. Based on the responses it seems that many people that are using laptops and connecting them to desktop monitors; basically a hybrid solution. One answer even had a 17” laptop which is effectively a desktop replacement.

    It seems the difference is not with the power but the monitor for most people. I would be curious to see the results if the poll asked desktop monitor or laptop screen.
    • Agree Agree x 2
  20. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Laptop (i7 HP Envy) but it’s got a rather large screen at 17”
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