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Recommend a 13'' laptop for photo editing and light gaming?

j-rad 182 21 November 12, 2015 at 01:12 PM
I haven't had a laptop or desktop in several years, and have just been using my ipad for basic tasks. I've recently got into photography and want to start learning Lightroom and editing photos, so I've decided to pick up a laptop.

I'd prefer 13'' since when home I will hook it up to my 23'' monitor I have in my home office, so it will be nice and portable as well. Also, would prefer an IPS screen for photo editing without the external monitor (even though my monitor isn't IPS), but could be persuaded otherwise.

I was considering a rMBP 13'', but my main concern is switching platforms...even though I use an ipad, everything I know about computers is windows based and am very comfortable - not sure if I really want to switch to a mac, but if it's the best option for the money, I'll do it.

I hear a lot of people saying they're not worth the price for the specs, but is that really true? 13'' rMBP is $1,000 now (BB), and the Dell 13'' XPS is pretty much the same price with a worse display (non-touch).

What would you recommend for me? Nice screen, 13'', SSD would be nice, able to handle Adobe products (Lightroom, Photoshop maybe), and some light gaming here and there possibly... mainly will be used for photo editing.



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You can probably get last year's XPS with the better screen for close to $1000 right now. Won't do much with gaming but could handle 2-3 year old games. The 13 inch XPS is gorgeous.

You can also get The Yoga 900 for under $1000. Pretty light/sleek.
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