Help with selecting laptop for video editing

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by merlin3942, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. merlin3942

    merlin3942 Newbie

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    Looking for recommendations for a new laptop to be used for live-streaming, recording, and relatively intense video editing/rendering. I've been told I'll need at least 16GB ram, 512GB SSD main drive, something with multiple cores.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $2000-$2500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer? - Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook? USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: HP, Dell, Lenovo
    b. Dislike: ASUS
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? Video editing/rendering, live streaming with multiple cameras

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) No games

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 4-6 hours

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? on-line purchase

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.) High resolution (1080p)

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.) Glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? No

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need? 512GB SSD for main drive, 1TB HDD archive storage

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop? - in the next 3-4 weeks

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop? 5 years or more

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? 1-2 weeks

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? Ship for repair

  2. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    New xps 17. Great system for what you are looking for.

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