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So, you guys are pretty much going with desktops. Is there a significant reason a laptop would not be feasible? I'm curious about the new all in one's and if they offer what is needed. I saw one at Costco the other day that can be used like a tablet but also had a base with a wireless keyboard and mouse. I think it was 24".
Laptops are generally more expensive for less performance. Performance wise high end desktop > highest end laptop. Also overheating can be an issue if you have high powered stuff.
AND, funny enough, Windows actually runs best on a Mac.
Thanks again for the wealth of info! Now, if I only had the wealth to go all out! ;;) @Mike, I'm sure you are right with your recommendations. Right now, I'm running a cheap-o laptop (Toshiba Satellite) that's around 4 years old. That's why working in LR is killing me right now! LOL I'll poke around online and look at different systems and see what I can come up with. I love my laptop and my comfy couch though but see how a really awesome monitor will help with the editing process. `
If you are use to PCs, stick with them. The only time I tried the "Mac experience" I wanted to take a sledge hammer to it every day as the experience was so frustrating trying to find basic stuff that it got in the way of everything.
^^^ Aside from the $200 monitor comment I agree. If you are really into photography, don't cheap out on the monitor.