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Hi all. I am currently in the market for a new laptop capable of video editing (HD). Therefore, with the mantle 'faster and fatter is best' in mind, I am looking for something with the following specs… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Hi all. I am currently in the market for a new laptop capable of video editing (HD). Therefore, with the mantle 'faster and fatter is best' in mind, I am looking for something with the following specs :-

At least a 2ghz processor (Dual 2 Core perhaps?)
2GB+ RAM (preferably 3 or 4GB)
1280x1024 screen res
7200rpm hard drive (bigger the better)
USB/firewire ports
SVGA output
etc

Here's the rub - my budget is around the £700-£800 mark. Any advice e.g. makes/models to go for/avoid would be appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
This is good request for recommendation.
#2
As a guide, I have a Dell 1737 with a 2.26ghz C2D processor (8400, with 3mb cache) 3GB RAM and Intel onboard graphics. It'll play 720p content without a hiccup, smooth as you like.

Cost me ~£650, has HDMI output as standard, mine has a 1440x900 screen but you can get bigger if your budget allows. Can't fault it really, although if you want a 2nd HDD I suggest you spec your machine that way when you buy it as the parts to add a second drive afterwards are seemingly impossible to get hold of.
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chrishill
As a guide, I have a Dell 1737 with a 2.26ghz C2D processor (8400, with 3mb cache) 3GB RAM and Intel onboard graphics. It'll play 720p content without a hiccup, smooth as you like.

Cost me ~£650, has HDMI output as standard, mine has a 1440x900 screen but you can get bigger if your budget allows. Can't fault it really, although if you want a 2nd HDD I suggest you spec your machine that way when you buy it as the parts to add a second drive afterwards are seemingly impossible to get hold of.


Thanks for the info. Sounds great, did you buy directly from Dell?
#4
Google 10% OFF Dell. (no doubt shown on this site in Vouchers)


A Studio 17 is recommended. Free personalisation, a 4 year at home warranty, high resolution screen, Blu-Ray ,HDMI, 500GB hard drive,4GB Ram, 2.4Ghz low wattage CPU for £730!

About £1300 less than an Apple that does not even have Blu-Ray, HDMI or 500GB
#5
mrobbo
Thanks for the info. Sounds great, did you buy directly from Dell?


yep, just look for the 'studio' range. I wish I'd had the budget for the blu-ray drive, additional graphics and better monitor (the RGB-LED screen is apparently phenomenal).

LadyEleanor
Google 10% OFF Dell. (no doubt shown on this site in Vouchers)

A Studio 17 is recommended. Free personalisation, a 4 year at home warranty, high resolution screen, Blu-Ray ,HDMI, 500GB hard drive,4GB Ram, 2.4Ghz low wattage CPU for £730!

About £1300 less than an Apple that does not even have Blu-Ray, HDMI or 500GB


glad someone else agrees :thumbsup: cracking machine for the price and the HDMI-output is brilliant
#6
Thanks all. I have more or less made my mind up to go for one of these. Unfortunately there was a 10% off Dell voucher code, but this ran out four days ago. I think I will await another voucher code before taking the plunge.
#7
No they have not. It was released today. dmxdimension gives it as do many other web sites.

A brilliant offer also not so souped up same model without blu-ray.
£572 including extra 10%


Still with the very important 4 year warranty, ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3650, 3GB Ram and 320Gb drive.
banned#8
you will have a job editing HD with any of the above laptops in HD, they playback will be jaggy and juttery. Search google for how do I edit HD video on a pc !!!!
#9
I do not think you know what you are saying.

You have said zero to qualify what you say.
The video performance is not too far off the £2000 Macbook Pro.
#10
I have seen the differance between a Windows laptop and Mac Book for video editing. It's jusy so mucch better on a mac, and I hate to admit that. If Video is your main aim then really, go for a Mac Book, or Mac Book pro if you can afford it. Or just wait for the new Mac Book to come out in March, it's had a few good updates that make it worh waiting for. If you want a more versatile machine then get a high spec Vista Laptop with a good dedicated video card, not the poor intel chipset. And for editing HD video teh mac again is miles ahead. And you get all the software in the Mac already. So need need to buy an extar video editing software.

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