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Old 08-17-2016, 01:09 PM
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Photoshop CC scales beautifully, as does Lightroom.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbear99 View Post
Photoshop CC scales beautifully, as does Lightroom.
Adobe CC is extortion.
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:55 PM
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So yesterday I was looking at laptops and noticed that virtually all of the good laptops, unfortunately, have a 4K resolution screen. I'm sorry, but this is overkill. Everything on the screen is SO TINY! I use Excel daily, and I couldn't believe how small the cells were. Even in the file explorer, all the folders and text are so tiny. Is there any way to remedy this?! I tried changing the resolution to a lower resolution, but it looks horrible, because it doesn't fit the native screen resolution. Do they make ANY 1080p screens on a medium/high end laptop these days? I don't want to be constantly squinting.
I agree with you, 4K seems to be overkill re a laptop.

Have you seen the 2 in 1 Dell 7000 series laptops? Re your description of what you are looking for, you might find one that meets your criteria.

They come in both 15" and 17" form factors, 6th Gen i5 6200 series through 6th Gen i7 6500 series processors, 8 GB through 16 GB of RAM, Windows 10 (obviously), and 1920 by 1080 screens. All of the 15" models have SSD hard drives, as do some of the 17" models. The other 17" models have both...storage on a SATA drive, with the Windows 10 OS on an SSD drive. They're thinner than laptops that have a built in CD/DVD etc drives. If you need a ton of ports, Dell makes a small inexpensive dock....and you can get 3rd party docks with more features to facilitate an extensive multi monitor setup. They fold 360 degrees, and have touch screens for tablet style use. The prices range from $749.99 to $1349.99. Best Buy carries some of them, and of course all are available on the Dell website.

The screen died on my 1920 x 1080 Windows partitioned 17" Apple MacBook Pro in 2013 (after 6 years), and I have been mulling over what do do re a comprehensive setup since then (The 17" MacBook Pro hasn't been been built by Apple for 4 years, IIRC). I lugged a heavy 15" Windows 7 laptop around Manhattan for over a month in late 2014, and realized why the Surface and the MacBook Air exist . I noticed the Dell 7000 series a few months ago, and my future scenario gelled in my mind. I knew I wanted 'lightness'/portability, access to a 17" laptop, the newest i7 processor and 12-16 GB of RAM on one of the machines, touchscreen capability, have access to MS Office and Pages/#s/Keynote, access to 'iPhoto/Photos for Mac/and Windows' re photos, iTunes, tablet capability, and the ability to use Opera and Firefox on both.

I decided to get a new 13.3" i5 8GB of RAM MacBook Air (and an Incase outer shell, + Macally keyboard cover ($49.99 and $7.49)), and a 17" from the aforementioned Dell 7000 series. Both the 15" and 17" Dell 7000s have a rock solid form factor that, IMO, brings the quality in that respect of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to mind. I got the MacBook Air when Best Buy had a sale in mid July ($999 marked down to $849....I missed the sale price of $799 offered during a different sale in June) and was finally able to open it/set it up/tweak it within the last week at a Best Buy (so that the Geek Squad and Apple rep would be there for questions the few times that I needed them). I bought a pair of Beats Studio Wireless Headphones yesterday at Best Buy's '50 years/50 hours' sale that started yesterday...marked down from $379.99 to $199.99. The first one only worked in one ear. I immediately returned and got a replacement pair....working out quite well. Amazon also lowered their price to $199.99 for this timeframe. The Beats headphones easily Bluetooth paired to the MacBook Air and a cheap little 11.6 inch ASUS (Windows 8.1) I have.

I plan to keep my eye on the marketplace, thinking the 17" Dell will be available during the 'Black Friday to Christmas' period at a lower price that I can take advantage of at that time (this current Dell 7000 is the newest design, and will be available beyond the 2016 holiday season).

Best Buy has the portable Pioneer CD/DVD/Blue Ray burner that is Mac and Windows compatible for $74.99, so I may pick that up this weekend.

4TB portable USB 3.0 powered external hard drives are now available for a bit over $100, and if those head lower over the 'Black Friday to Christmas' period, I may take advantage of that as well.
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