Which Laptop to Buy ?

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I have a laptop at the moment and I know some don't like laptops for photo editing but I have used one for years with no problem. My wife (nurse) has a chance of a laptop with her work and the best choices I can see on there are below but I cannot decide between them.

They are both powerful enough but I just wondered about the display and colour accuracy. From what I can find online it seems the MSI is pretty good but the HP has an IPS display which I read are good



OMEN by HP 17-inch Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-8750H 8GB 1TB/128GB SSD GTX 1060 6GB

OS:
Windows 10 Home 64

MODEL:
OMEN by HP - 17-an101na, Product code: 3ZV26EA

PROCESSOR:
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1 GHz with Intel®

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Turbo Boost Technology, 9 MB cache, 6 cores)

CHIPSET:
Intel® HM370

MEMORY:
8 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)

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2 user-accessible memory slots; Transfer rates up to 2666 MT/s.

STORAGE:
1 TB 7200 rpm SATA, 128 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD

DISPLAY:
17.3" diagonal FHD 144 Hz IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)

GRAPHICS:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

AUDIO:
Bang & Olufsen, dual speakers, HP Audio Boost, DTS Headphone:X™ support

POWER:
230 W AC power adapter

BATTERY TYPE:
8-cell, 86 Wh Li-ion

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Supports battery fast charge: approximately 50% in 45 minutes

NETWORK:
Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN

WIRELESS:
Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 5 Combo

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(MU-MIMO supported; Miracast compatible

PORTS:
1 Thunderbolt™ 3 (Data Transfer up to 40 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge);

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3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge); 1 Mini DisplayPort™; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45;



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MSI GP73 Leopard 8RE 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop


CPU:
Coffeelake i7-8750H

OS:
Windows 10 Home

STORAGE:
128GB SSD, 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

COMMUNICATION:
Killer Gb LAN, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v5

AC ADAPTER:
180W adapter

DIMENSION (WXDXH):
419 x 287 x 32 mm

DISPLAY:
17.3" FHD (1920*1080), 120Hz wideview 94%NTSC color Anti-Glare 3ms

CHIPSET:
Intel® HM370

GRAPHICS:
GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5

MEMORY:
16GB - DDR IV 8GB*2

WEBCAM:
HD type (30fps@720p)

KEYBOARD:
Backlight Keyboard (Full-Color)

WEIGHT (W/ BATTERY):
2.7 kg

AUDIO:
2x 3W Speaker

BATTERY:
6-Cell , 51 Whr

AUDIO JACK:
1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone-out (SPDIF)

I/O PORTS:
1x Type-C USB3.1 Gen2

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2x Type-A USB3.1 Gen1

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1x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2

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1x RJ45

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1x SD (XC/HC)

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1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI

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1x Mini-DisplayPort
 
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It all depends which angle you're going to view the screen from I suspect.
Yes I read the IPS has a lot better viewing angles.

I at first thought the MSI was the one to go for as it has 16 GB Ram and apparently excellent colour range of 99% sRGB and I think 85 adobe. Then I read it has a TN screen and they are a no-no for photo editing.

So I thought OK then its the HP but it only has 8 GB Ram and the screen although excellent (according to reviews) is only 90% sRGB and around 50% adobe for colours


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Yeah my wife gets them at a good price - do why are the Dell computers so much better than the MSI and HP I mentioned ?
Good screens, well built & spec'd. I've no experience with MSI and mixed experience with HP (some good, some not) but Dells seem to last well and have a good spec for the cost. I don't know a firm reason not to buy either of these, but if I didn't have a large discount available then they wouldn't be where I would start to look (TBH I'd buy a smaller machine & use an external monitor for home editing if I HAD to have a laptop - which is what I do with my XPS).
 
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Good screens, well built & spec'd. I've no experience with MSI and mixed experience with HP (some good, some not) but Dells seem to last well and have a good spec for the cost. I don't know a firm reason not to buy either of these, but if I didn't have a large discount available then they wouldn't be where I would start to look (TBH I'd buy a smaller machine & use an external monitor for home editing if I HAD to have a laptop - which is what I do with my XPS).
Thanks for that. I have a HP at the moment and it's been good to be honest but it's getting old and slow now. I had decided on the msi as it has great reviews and good color range but it's TN screen and I read TN is no good for editing. My present laptop is an ips screen
 
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Thanks for that. I have a HP at the moment and it's been good to be honest but it's getting old and slow now. I had decided on the msi as it has great reviews and good color range but it's TN screen and I read TN is no good for editing. My present laptop is an ips screen
I had a TN screen a while back, and couldn't understand why my images looked so different on different computers. My present Dell is nearly 4 1/2 and still adequate: I replaced both drives with larger versions, but had to swap out the 1TB SSD for a 2TB HDD because I needed the space and couldn't afford the upgrade to SSD. Otherwise it's stock, same 16GB RAM etc.
 
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Yeah I am pleased I never went for the MSI - it looks like it will be the HP Omen which has an IPS screen and is an excellent laptop (apparently) but its colour range is not as good as the MSI
 
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