Of those three, definitely eliminate the Dell if you're going to use Premiere Pro CS5+ because of its CPU having only two physical cores, its display that falls below Adobe's minimum vertical resolution requirement of 900 pixels (it has only 768 pixels of vertical resolution) and the complete lack of a GPU that can use MPE GPU acceleration in Premiere (Premiere will be permanently stuck in software-only MPE mode). Also, 2GB of RAM is nowhere near enough RAM to run Premiere Pro CS5+ to anyone's comfort level (performance will be excruciatingly slow). This is assuming that you are sticking with the base configuration. Customized with the options I recomended (such as 8GB of RAM, a 1920x1080 display and a Quadro K2000M GPU), the cost of that Dell goes up by almost $400 USD (from the base price of $1,269 to over $1,643) - and you'd still be limited in performance by the dual-core CPU (which, BTW, is the only CPU that's currently available on that Dell).
With the other two, you will need at least one or two additional disks to run Premiere even semi-comfortably.
I forgot to mention that I plan on updgrading all of them to at least 8gb ram, maybe 16gb.
i'll also be getting an SSD for the boot drive, then move the stock drive to another slot.
In this case, go with the HP or MSI (among the three). The Dell is still hobbled by its dual-core CPU (the only CPU offered at all for that Dell), which is slower than even a mediocre quad-core CPU in terms of performance in CS6.
Sounds like you are in Canada.
Skip MSI; they have not been getting much of a reputation for solid, reliable, laptops for video editing.
Asus is selling rock-bottom priced laptops if you really need to cut cost to the bone.
My first choice recommendation would be to go with an ADK laptop. They are a audio/video editing centric company that has excellent laptops (Sager / Cleo platform) and excellent support for pretty decent prices on high-spec configurations. Unlike the HP/Dell laptops, their 15.6" 1980x1080 has expansion for multiple drives while retaining your optical bay.
HP and Dell are OK too, but more expensive for fully loaded configurations. Both companies provide a really nice base model, but then charge a lot for adding memory, drives, etc.
Dell provides really decent CPU choices, but you need to go to the "large business" section of their web site to see those CPU choices for the M4700.
If you go HP or Dell, get a newmodeus.com optical bay drive caddy to put a 2nd internal drive in your system. Buy the HP or Dell, then move the HD to the optical bay and buy a large SSD for OS, programs, and scratch/cache.
I keep flip flopping on what I want/need. I've looked at ADK but I'm weary since getting warranty help might be difficult since I'm in Canada I'd have to pay duty. I'm so seduced by the IPS dreamcolor screen the HP has. But you're right, they're expensive. But they have 3 yr warranty.
I don't really like the dell mainly because they look boring. I know it's not a big reason but still.
Back to the ADK. I'm just unable to see one in real life to help me decide. There's also not that many reviews I can find. Do you know extra resources I can find for more review type info on ADK's?
Thanks again for your help!
And what kinds of bad things have you heard a out the MSIs? There's a local shop who does MSI's and the owner likes to push them. He says they're great and that he services them there if I need to.
So many choices!
Ill look at Asus models too...
Sager is probably the best choice you have, far better than MSI and much more flexibility to configure to your needs than either HP or Dell, but they don't come cheap.
I like being able to choose the video card on the Sager and leaning towards this machine.
What's more optimal for CS6:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX GPU with 4GB GDDR5 Video Memory
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M GPU with 4GB GDDR5 Video Memory
AMD ATI 7970M With 2GB DDR5
The 680M is obviously the most expensive. Will I notice difference?
I'm editing HD clips from DSLR and raw photos in PS....
For Windows, no AMD ATI card will allow hardware MPE... only nVidia cards
Agree w/ John, skip the AMD for sure.
The GTX 680M is quite a bit stronger than the 675M having 1344 cores vs. 384 cores and better clock speed and memory bandwidth as well. Also, the 680M uses a 28nm process chip vs the 675M at 40nm, so it should use less power and produce less heat for the same amount of work. I would go with the 680M unless the 675M is significantly less money. What is the difference in cost?