Is this Laptop any good for photo editing?

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Posted 9th Sep
Hey, I was hoping any computer gurus might be able to offer me some wisdom?

My very old and very budget laptop is on its last legs. I'm now working from home and it's it doesn't like the work I need to do, so I'm trying to find a not too expensive laptop (has to be laptop as I will need to take it to

the office occasionally) that can deal with light photo editing in photoshop and canva, and possibly light video editing nothing huge!

I would love to spend a fortune, but I just can't stretch too far right now. I've been researching for about 4 weeks but struggling to find something in my price range as really I'm just a bit clueless! I've seen a refurb Dell Inspiron 14" 5490 (always had refurb so that doesn't bother me) with the following spec:
3540610.jpgJust wondering if it's good enough? Or is there anything else around the £500 - £600 Mark that would suit me better?

Thanks in advance

Edit: this is £650
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More than enough, but Dell Outlet has similar specs but 16GB of RAM and 100% sRGB (reviews for various 5000 series Dells seem to vary from 56% to 90%) screen for £10 more

outlet.euro.dell.com/Onl…iFK
Thank you @spruceyb
I actually wanted the 7490 but I couldn't stretch that far. Unfortunately the £10 more is exc VAT it's £790 Inc!!!

What is the sRGB is that the screen output?
heidipiedy09/09/2020 21:43

Thank you @spruceybI actually wanted the 7490 but I couldn't stretch that …Thank you @spruceybI actually wanted the 7490 but I couldn't stretch that far. Unfortunately the £10 more is exc VAT it's £790 Inc!!! What is the sRGB is that the screen output?


Weird that my PC shows it exc VAT.

sRGB is the colour space
41879127-m7YNf.jpgso 100% sRGB can display all the colouts in the sRGB triangle, smaller percentages can only reproduce a smaller amount of those colours, so working on photo's isn't great on anything with a low sRGB % as your not sure how it will show up on other devices or prints.
What are the specs of your current laptop? If it doesn’t have an SSD, you’d be amazed at the difference one makes. If you’re only doing light work, then it might be a cheap fix...
@Diggsy My laptop is about 6 years old, and was only £200 back then
It's an ASUS x550ca
Intel ivy bridge duel core ulv 1.5ghz
6gb memory
750gb HDD
Intel R HD Graphics

It just freezes for 5 minutes when ever I open up editing programs, then it takes me forever to do anything as it's slower then slow, constantly get not responding. I just need something that means a 5 minute doesn't take an hour!
spruceyb09/09/2020 23:15

Weird that my PC shows it exc VAT.sRGB is the colour space[Image] so 100% …Weird that my PC shows it exc VAT.sRGB is the colour space[Image] so 100% sRGB can display all the colouts in the sRGB triangle, smaller percentages can only reproduce a smaller amount of those colours, so working on photo's isn't great on anything with a low sRGB % as your not sure how it will show up on other devices or prints.


That's not great, back to the drawing board, thank you for explaining this too me!
heidipiedy10/09/2020 09:29

@Diggsy My laptop is about 6 years old, and was only £200 back then @Diggsy My laptop is about 6 years old, and was only £200 back then It's an ASUS x550caIntel ivy bridge duel core ulv 1.5ghz6gb memory750gb HDDIntel R HD GraphicsIt just freezes for 5 minutes when ever I open up editing programs, then it takes me forever to do anything as it's slower then slow, constantly get not responding. I just need something that means a 5 minute doesn't take an hour!


I added an SSD to my mums laptop that’s much older and was very surprised with the results. You could try it, and if you’re not happy with the results, you could just use it in the newer laptop that you end up purchasing, or as an external backup in a cheap HDD caddy.

Edit - if you haven’t done so already, the update to Windows 10 is also worth looking at. My mums system was still on Vista, and the change in general nippiness was a lot more than I expected.

If you have Windows 7 installed, then you can still upgrade to 10 free. Lots of guides out there in Google
Edited by: "Diggsy" 10th Sep
Diggsy10/09/2020 09:33

I added an SSD to my mums laptop that’s much older and was very surprised w …I added an SSD to my mums laptop that’s much older and was very surprised with the results. You could try it, and if you’re not happy with the results, you could just use it in the newer laptop that you end up purchasing, or as an external backup in a cheap HDD caddy.Edit - if you haven’t done so already, the update to Windows 10 is also worth looking at. My mums system was still on Vista, and the change in general nippiness was a lot more than I expected.If you have Windows 7 installed, then you can still upgrade to 10 free. Lots of guides out there in Google


My friend has installed Windows 10 for me, I haven't noticed any difference apart from my wireless constantly kicks me off now. Then I have to reboot, which takes 10 minutes

I get what your saying and I think if I didn't need it everyday for work I would probably do that, but I need something more reliable and a bit more powerful - This laptop has had so many issues over the years. My screen cuts out, I've had the ribbon looked at.... I just think it's time!

Much appreciate your advice though!
heidipiedy10/09/2020 09:30

That's not great, back to the drawing board, thank you for explaining this …That's not great, back to the drawing board, thank you for explaining this too me!



pcspecialist.co.uk/not…14/


You can customise this laptop to your needs it's 72% NTSC which is the same as 99% sRGB
With an i5, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD (No Operating System)
it comes with Thunderbolt port which is nice.

Get your Windows 10 Key from here for around £10
cdkoffers.com/mic…tml (use code "brokensilicon" for 25% off)


Total cost comes to around £601
or you change the M.2 SSD Drive option to a faster PCIe 256 GB drive for an extra £6 which is much faster Read/Write
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