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webo
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T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

I'm debating between the W520 or the T420 and I love the FHD screen on the W520 but it's a big machine and I'm hoping for something a little more portable.

 

Does the HD+ screen on the T420 exhibit a slight grid-like pattern? (I've used an Elitebook 8460 with a 1600 x 900 screen and it drives me crazy)  I'll be using it for video editing and photo editing so image quality is very important to me.

 

Will the T430 have the same HD+ panel?

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tripplec
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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

Get a Macbook...nothing else will touch them for sharpness and power. The OS and Mac applications are tuned for video, photo editing. I will likely cost less.

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webo
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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

Well I can't say I expected a reccomendation for Macs on the Lenovo forums :smileyhappy:

 

My main issue with the Macbook Pros is that it doesn't really fit the following requirements:

 

  • Cost: I'm looking for something under $1,400 (I can get a discount on Thinkpads through my employer)
  • Optical Drive: I'd need to get the last revision of the Macbook Pro since I need an optical drive (which might help with cost actually)
  • USB 3.0: I have a USB 3.0 enclosure for all my hard drives

Do you still think its worth getting a Mac?

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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

Macbook Pro TN screen is okay, but they are not that great. There is reason why some people lug around the iMac with IPS for onsite photoeditting.

Personally, i think you should get a T520 with FHD LCD, this may match the Macbook Pro for screen colour accuracy and you have more room for upgrade. Even a second hand W510 with FHD is okay.
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webo
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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

I almost feel like I were to get a T520 I might as well just go for the W520 since I'd still want an i7.  From a price standpoint, it's still in my budget (I'm also holding out for the W530 so we'll see if it still remains in price reach then)

 

Interesting that some folks would lug around an iMac for onsite work, never heard of that before.

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tripplec
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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?


webo wrote:

Well I can't say I expected a reccomendation for Macs on the Lenovo forums :smileyhappy:

 

My main issue with the Macbook Pros is that it doesn't really fit the following requirements:

 

  • Cost: I'm looking for something under $1,400 (I can get a discount on Thinkpads through my employer)
  • Optical Drive: I'd need to get the last revision of the Macbook Pro since I need an optical drive (which might help with cost actually)
  • USB 3.0: I have a USB 3.0 enclosure for all my hard drives

Do you still think its worth getting a Mac?


You'd have to wait for a T530 (Ivy Bridge) to get USB 3.0 since Lenovo never bother to put a 3.0 controller on the board as many other manufactures have with Sandy Bridge and earlier i-series Intel CPU's. Cheap way out but there is at least eSATA which was a must have for me.

 

MAC notebook screens even the smaller ones are crisp on crisp and they've very responsive system. Large due I am sure to the integration of OS X and the hardware. Their decrete graphics is always top notch selections. Their forte has always been in the video and digital photo field. Since that is what you're looking for the answer is clear. They work and support is A1 100% coverage.

 


 

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webo
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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

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Just FYI, the W520 has USB 3.0 also (as will the W530 when it is released)

 

I hear you on the Macs, I do like their screens but their technology is just a bit behind the times in that regard.  I have a new Mac Mini and my hard drives are doomed to USB 2.0 since there are no Thunderbolt enclosures at a reasonable price

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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

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Try running a Mac with Windows and then tell us about responsiveness.

Their discrete graphics card are okay, but not top notch. Only Alienware system can claim that.

 

@webo, yes lot of serious photographers lug around iMac for editting use, due to the size of the screen, better colour/contrast, better CPU/GPU. In the old day, some people lug around Mac Pro in a specialised transport boxes. 

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Re: T420 HD+ Screen: Good for photo/video editing?

I do a lot of video editing and my company bought T420's.  They must have gotten a deal.  These are business machines and do not offer the best performance for Video editing.  I don't think the screens are that good, and there is no HDMI out.  You cannot eye ball the color, you have to use the scopes.