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#1 Mei Lewis

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 03:41 PM

My desktop computer is getting seriously old (3-4 years) and I need to get a new machine. I'm thinking of getting a laptop now and a new desktop sometime in the next 6-12 months.

I'll use the laptop primarily for some light work on stills in Lightroom and the usual email, web and office stuff but I'd also like to be able to do some basic video editing.

Does anyone edit HDSLR footage on a PC laptop? What's the experience like?

I basically want something that has:


  • 1080P screen
  • Numeric keypad (for use as shortcut keys in lightroom)
  • Fast enough for video editing (5D2 footage in Premiere Pro)
  • HDMI Out
  • Able to add SSD at a later date.



Would one of these be okay for basic editing?
http://search.dell.c...combo-card.html


Dell XPS 17 Laptop - Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 (1x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card)


2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor 2.2GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
6GB (1x2GB, 1x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel SDRAM
1TB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Dual HDD - (2x500GB)
DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)
3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M Graphics Card - 3D Capable
17.3 inch (44 cm) FHD 3D WLED TL (1920x1080) 1080p with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
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Is there a PC laptop that a lot of people use for this sort of stuff?
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 05:14 PM

Personally I'd get the desktop first. You pay a lot more for the same spec in a laptop.
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 06:34 PM

I take your point and I've always avoided laptops where possible, but now I really need something portable so I can work away from base and to show clients work.
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 06:24 AM

I've done quite a lot more readin garound now and I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the Dell machine.

This thread on creative cow says the GPU is (unofficially) supported in PP CS5 which is exactly what I want.

I'm getting the version with RAID HDs, I figure in a year or so I could always swap top SSD for a nice speed boost, when the preice comes down.
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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:01 AM

which is exactly what I want.




Yes it certainly is - the speedup is phenomenal.


Bear in mind that hard disk prices are currently rocketing due to the crocodile-infested status of many Thai manufacturing plants after the recent floods. God forbid we should use the opportunity to build a hard disk manufacturing plant here.
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#6 Richard Boddington

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:10 AM

God forbid we should use the opportunity to build a hard disk manufacturing plant here.[/size][/color]


Manufacture something in a G7 country? That's a good one Phil, hilarious!!

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:56 AM

I ordered the above laptop, along with 3x 4GB memory modules to upgrade to 16GB. Supposed to arrive Monday, I'll report back when I have it up and running.
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#8 John Sprung

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:14 PM

Bear in mind that hard disk prices are currently rocketing due to the crocodile-infested status of many Thai manufacturing plants after the recent floods.


I'd expect this to be a temporary supply issue, nowhere near as big as the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Back to normal in 2Q12....



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