My primary computer is now a laptop. I use Apple’s top-of-the-line 17″ MacBookPro with the fastest processor available and a full eight gigs of RAM. I made the decision to use this as my main computer even though I own faster desktops. The reason is ease of use, portability and consistency.
I never have to worry about keeping my data synced because I only use this one computer now. When I need to do color accurate work, I just hook up to my external Apple 24″ Cinema Display and go to town.
But the amazing thing is how the laptop lets me edit anywhere I go. I recently finished a shoot in the Palouse. Because I had my laptop, I was able to get images to the client within hours of capture.
Moreover, I’ve killed time (before it kills me) editing photos in a variety of locations. For instance, once, while sitting in a jury pool, I edited images. I’ve edited images on the BART when in San Francisco, on airplanes and especially in airports. Of course I have edited images in my hotel room but I’ve also edited in public libraries, fast food franchises and even a super mall’s food court.
I’ve edited images sitting in a hospital waiting room, in my lawyer’s office, while waiting for a haircut and even once, when I was on a tight deadline, while sitting in the back row of a movie theater (it’s a long story.)
So the next time you buy a computer to use for your photography, consider a laptop and all the cool places YOU might get to edit your images.