Wow Speed, Great Durability, ’Meh’ Design: HP ZBook Power G8 Review

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For photographers, choosing a laptop is often a balance between power and price. The HP ZBook Power G8 is designed to fit in that balance. The Power line isn’t as robust a performer as HP’s Fury line, but it’s a step up from the more portable Firefly and Studio lines. With the base model starting at $1,899, it is $500 less than a MacBook Pro with the same storage. Heading all the way up to $3,149 for the most memory, the Power G8 isn’t a cheap laptop. But, it offers a lot of high-end performance without the highest price tag.

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This Powerful PC Has a Gorgeous Screen: HP ZBook Firefly G8 Review

The HP ZBook Firefly G8 offers solid performance and a beautiful screen, but has some ergonomic oddities.

For creatives, choosing a laptop is a delicate balance between ergonomics, performance, and price. The HP ZBook Firefly G8 prioritizes the latter two, mixing as much as 32 GB of memory in builds that are nearly half the cost of a similarly outfitted MacBooks. Weighing as little as 3.1 pounds, the ZBook Firefly G8 has several features photographers look for in laptops. But, the Firefly goes a little further with extras like an eco-friendly recycled build and an anti-glare screen. The specification sheet rarely shows a complete picture, so I spent a few weeks with the ZBook Firefly G8 to see if the laptop stacks up as a worthwhile option for creatives.

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This Colossal Monitor Is a Multitasker’s Dream: BenQ PD3420Q Review

The BenQ PD3420Q will probably take up your entire desk, but you’ll get a lot done.

As a photographer, I typically have more than one program open at once. But only enough screen real estate to work with one application at a time. Enter the BenQ PD3420Q. The PD3420Q is a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor that has 33 percent more real estate than the typical screen. Those 34 inches have the potential to be the multitasker’s dream. Use both Capture One and Photoshop at the same time, without minimizing. Work from three Word documents simultaneously. Heck, watch YouTube while you edit photos; I won’t judge.

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Is It Good For Photographers? Lenovo Yoga 9i 15-inch Review

The Lenovo Yoga 9i offers a lot of promise for photographers but falls flat in some ways.

When it was announced, I wondered how the Lenovo Yoga 9i would do for photographers. Like many of you, I still own a 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro. That, for us, was the best laptop you could get your hands on for photography. But we’re now six years later. And PCs have come a long way. Unfortunately, they’re not all still appealing to photographers. The Lenovo Yoga 9i is targeted at both gamers and creatives. Lenovo got a whole lot right about this laptop. But they also did some things that made me not want to use it at all.

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An Imperfect MacBook Pro Alternative: Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 Review

The Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 laptop is a decent MacBook Pro alternative for photographers and creatives with some questionable omissions.

For a long time, MacBook Pros were the go-to option for photographers and creatives in need of a mobile computing solution. That’s no longer the case with the recent influx of competitively priced and highly capable Windows mobile workstations. The Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 is one such example, packing a lot of firepower under the hood at a reasonable price. For US $1,999, you’re getting an Intel i7-9750H Hexa-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 discrete GPU, 32 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of solid-state storage. To top it off, it’s got a stunning Pantone validated 4K display that covers 100% of the AdobeRGB color space. The spec sheet certainly looks impressive, but how well does it perform in the real world? Find out in our Asus ProArt StudioBook 15 full review.

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A Fire Spitting Creator’s Laptop: Razer Blade Studio 15 2020 Review

The Razer Blade Studio 2020 will make an excellent alternative to Apple products for creatives who can stomach the price and the big elephant in its room.

We had some rather nice things to say about the Razer Blade Studio 15 in 2019 when we reviewed it, and we have some great things to say about the 2020 model as well. Razer has made some important changes to the computer both on top of and under the hood, which should make this laptop a dream for creators. Does the 2020 model warrant a price increase over last year’s model, and does the average photographer need this much raw power in their laps? Find out in our full review of the Razer Blade Studio 2020 laptop.

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Laptop Review: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition (Photographers Rejoice!)

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition deserves serious consideration from photographers and creatives in search of a MacBook Pro alternative.

From a cursory glance, it’s easy to mistake the mercury white Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop for a MacBook Pro. The only real giveaway is the lack of a glowing apple on the Razer’s lid. Apple’s line of MacBook Pro laptops has been the go-to option for photographers and creatives for quite some time. But an increasing amount of this user base has been jumping ship to Windows alternatives in recent years. Apple’s general lack of innovation, disappointing price to performance ratio, as well as the company’s heavy-handed walled garden approach to hardware and software development are just some of the reasons cited by those making the exodus from Macs to Windows.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga A940 All-In-One PC (Is It for Photographers?)

The Lenovo Yoga A940 All-In-One Desktop is a feature-rich Surface Studio.

The Yoga A940 All-In-One Desktop PC is Lenovo’s more affordable take on the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 concept designed with photographers and creative professionals in mind. Like the Surface Studio 2, the Lenovo Yoga A940 features a double-hinged, high-resolution, touch screen display attached to a base unit that houses the All-In-One’s components. Unlike the Surface Studio, Lenovo actually integrated a dedicated keyboard tray and QI wireless charging pad into the Yoga A940’s base unit. This makes for an arguably neater design, particularly if you like to store everything away neatly when not in use. Lenovo also includes all of the peripherals with the Yoga A940, which include a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth Active Pen, and a Content Creation Dial. The Content Creation Dial is Lenovo’s spin on Microsoft’s Surface Dial, an optional accessory for the Surface Studio 2 that costs US $99.99. All of this adds up to a compelling All-In-One desktop solution, but how’s it fare under real-world use? Let’s find out.

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Editing Photos with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop

We played with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop at the Sony Kando trip, and it impressed us.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop is one of the few PCs to genuinely excite me about the computing world as it pertains to photography and creativity. I’ve tried Asus, but it was nothing that would make me want to leave the cult of Steve Jobs (HE IS NOT DEAD). But the performance of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop raised my eyebrows. Coupled with the company’s initiative to target creatives, I’m optimistic that they’ll be one of the first to really win us over from Macs. Razer has catered to the gaming world for years, and as a former professional gamer, I’m ecstatic that they see the creative market as a serious one.

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First Impressions: Lenovo Yoga A940 All-In-One Desktop for Creatives

More and more creatives are integrating PCs like the Lenovo Yoga A940 into their workflow in place of Apple computers.

When Microsoft first announced the Surface Studio back in October 2016, it was met with significant fanfare and interest amongst creatives. This was thanks to its innovative design, along with the fact that it addressed many of the requirements that creatives felt weren’t being met by their Apple desktops and laptops. Fast forward to today and Microsoft has since released version 2 of the Surface Studio while a number of other PC manufacturers have introduced their own take on the Surface Studio concept as well. The Lenovo Yoga A940 All-In-One desktop is one of them. We got to spend some hands-on time with the Lenovo Yoga A940 last week here in New York City while attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience! East technology media event, and think that it’s certainly worthy of consideration for photographers and other creatives in the market for a new computer that can tackle their creative needs.

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