Hi, I am looking for the best windows laptop (around $1500) to work with and edit large image files in photoshop CS5 (my D800 produces files about 60 megs each). It could have a 15.6" screen but 17" would be better. Dell is trying to sell me an XPS Laptop L702x Intel® Core™ i7-2760M but I am not too keen on Dell's reputation and this computer does not have a graphics card that supports Open GL. Having said that I am not too sure how important Open GL is but I know that it does enable photoshop to do some kinds of processing quicker. Such a graphics card may well not be too important and/or come at a price well outside of my budget.
I have been told at least 8 megs of ram is very important as is having 3 disks. One smallish one for programmes, one large one for data and one small but fast SSD that would be great as a photoshop scratch disk. Two of these disks could be internal and one external. Can you have an external SSD disk that functions at full speed?
The next problem I will have is that I am living in France and need an English keyboard but I'll face that hurdle once I have the computer I am looking for.
Any help you could give me on this would be very gratefully accepted.
With the most recent i7 chips being used in so many different laptops, you have many options. My recommendation would be to read through the article I recently wrote (updated 7/2012) on choosing a laptop for photo editing/organizing. I also add some links to some powerful Windows machines, including a link to avadirect.com, which is a company who allows you to customize the laptop to an unbelievable degree, including having three hard drives/SSD drives inside.