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    Bad News...

    1. Just 7 days after forking out for windows 7, my sony laptop has packed up. Lots of BSOD, screen artifacts etc. After much ranting and soul searching, I accepted that the MOBO has gone (again). I forked out $800 to get it replaced about a year ago (3 month warranty )

    2. I am now significantly poorer

    Now the good news...

    I have a nice shiny new laptop with i7 processor, 1TB HD, 4GB Ram, 17.3 1600x900 screen

    I managed to get a docking station with it (google HP xb4 for the curious)

    Its got some wicked speakers, a hard drive dock and lots of goodies

    Oh, and I persuaded myself to get the 3 year warranty for $249

    Everyone needs to post bigger pictures, as 800x600 suddenly looks small
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    Nice, are you going to use it for your main PP machine?

    My new laptop is only a i3, wicked though

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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    Nice, are you going to use it for your main PP machine?

    My new laptop is only a i3, wicked though
    I don't have anything else
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    Is that w7 licence 64bit and transferable...?

    Man that laptop sounds a beast! I'm not downsizing any pics now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    Is that w7 licence 64bit and transferable...?

    Man that laptop sounds a beast! I'm not downsizing any pics now...
    Its Windows 7 Ultimate - I got a friends and family rate price

    Laptop is an HP 3108TX

    It has just been replaced with a new model, but the guts are the same. Got a reasonable price at Harvey Norman. At least the Sony died on probably the best weekend of the year to get a good deal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    Its Windows 7 Ultimate - I got a friends and family rate price

    Laptop is an HP 3108TX

    It has just been replaced with a new model, but the guts are the same. Got a reasonable price at Harvey Norman. At least the Sony died on probably the best weekend of the year to get a good deal!
    I was in there today - they were advertising 50 months interest free and I looked at an i7 laptop as well ..... but I still want to rather go with a mac when they have a decent deal on one .
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    I didn't bother with the 50 months offer. Seems a long time to pay for something that will be lucky to last that long!

    I managed to negotiate a discount on the bundle by not using the credit option.

    Spent all yesterday evening putting 64 bit windows on it. Took ages! I had to download about 30 separate drivers for it. (There must be another way...Giles? )

    Anyway, its now all set up and raring to go. Just need it to stop raining so I can get out and take some photos.

    One thing I have noticed is that the LED lit screen is not as good as my old sony x-brite panel. It has a "dull" appearance. I might end up over processing my images .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    One thing I have noticed is that the LED lit screen is not as good as my old sony x-brite panel. It has a "dull" appearance. I might end up over processing my images .
    I don't like my LED laptop display as much as my PC one, I wouldn't want to PP anything on this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    One thing I have noticed is that the LED lit screen is not as good as my old sony x-brite panel. It has a "dull" appearance. I might end up over processing my images .
    How do you know your previous screen wasn't too bright?
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    I did wonder, but I am sure the new range of LED screens are not as bright. The best thing about my old laptop was the screen.
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    Does this site load any faster on your new laptop?

    It's playing up for me big time

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    If that's a general thing with LEDs then it's going to be a pain especially when they become more popular. We may have to process two versions of all our pics; an LCD-friendly version and and LED-friendly one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    Does this site load any faster on your new laptop?

    It's playing up for me big time
    I really doubt it's a client-side problem. The site is pretty basic, there doesn't seem to be any intense javascript, Flash etc.

    Speaking of slow, PhotoRadar seems to be one of the slowest around. Takes forever to upload a single photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    Does this site load any faster on your new laptop?

    It's playing up for me big time
    Its playing up right now. Just switched over to IE8 to try and its ok for now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgin View Post
    If that's a general thing with LEDs then it's going to be a pain especially when they become more popular. We may have to process two versions of all our pics; an LCD-friendly version and and LED-friendly one...
    They will probably make advancements in LEDs. LCDs were pretty dull initially.

    If it gets to be annoying, I might get a screen to go with the docking station. Don't get me wrong, the screen is pretty neat, just different.
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    Didn't think it would help.

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    I just dont get this,you spend a fortune on camera gear,travel and so on but get a laptop to pp your images.
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    Nothing wrong with a laptop? If you need it you can always add a proper screen/keyboard etc at home

    Adams new laptop kicks the crap out of my desktop for grunt too.
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    the screen is soo important,its like chopping the legs off ya race horse on the morning of race day....
    God made two great lights; the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night. He also made the stars.
    And He set them all in the heavens to give light upon the earth; And God saw that it was good.

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    So? Laptoop screens are fairly good and so long as they are calibrated should do a job.
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    on the small size though,nothing like a good big screen to look at
    God made two great lights; the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night. He also made the stars.
    And He set them all in the heavens to give light upon the earth; And God saw that it was good.

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    '17.3 1600x900 screen' is a bit small.. Well probably compared to 22"+ desktops but its hardly miniscule...?
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    I was going to defend my laptop, but I see Rob's been in to bat first

    Screen size is fine. Its bigger than the last laptop and higher rez, so relatively speaking its a great improvement.

    Having a desktop and monitor etc would probably be better, but I cannot take it camping etc. I would also need to set it up in another room rather than on the dining table . At least if I am on the laptop in the family room, I can interact a bit more.

    I do have a 46" Sony x series if I want a bigger screen...
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    Adam, you and me are so different

    Spending all that coin on a windoze laptop to match your BMW and still leave room in the back for the golf clubs

    Why not a mac? for that kind of $$ you could have got a kick arse 17" macbook pro.

    Desmond - you'll never get a deal on current Apple gear, best you can hope for is some kind of interest free deal, but it's often excluded from that.

    Just buy one if you want one.

    My laptop is pretty much dead, but I've had 5 years of hard use out of it, so can't complain. Still runs OSX and CS4 fine.

    I'll be buying a new one soon, probably a 15" macbook pro, and maybe slide an ipad into the order as well, just to keep the kids off the laptop.

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    I did think about getting a mac, but decided to stick with windows this time around. I'm involved in a lot of Microsoft stuff at work at present (Office 2010 upgrades, IE8 upgrades, etc) so it's beneficial for me to keep up to date at home as well

    Maybe next time...
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