- A laptop is always a compromise and can not deliver top notch performance.
- Only 8 GB memory is a severe drawback, 16 GB would be much better.
- Only a single SSD is not enough. You need at least another 7200 RPM (e)SATA disk or USB3 disk for media.
- You need a wall outlet to power that extra disk and one for the laptop, because the battery does not last long enough under heavy load.
- The Intel HD 4000 card stinks for video editing, especially in comparison to nVidia with CUDA and 1+ GB VRAM.
- The i7-3537u is only a dual core @ 2.0 GHz.
The best you can expect is a system that is among the bottom 5%, at least 30 - 50 x slower than a fast system. Realize that when a fast system needs one hour to export a timeline, this laptop will need three to four days for the same job. Another reason you need that wall outlet. See PPBM5 Benchmark
May I add that IMHO a 13.3" screen might be a bid small for Premiere as well. I have a Dell Prescision 15.6" which is ok for occasionally editing, and if you get a 15.6" you might change the internal DVD drive to an extra harddisk - I did that with mine, so that I have two SSD's inside now, and together with 16 GB RAM, it works ok, but I still prefer my desktop.
I would shy away from an embedded Intel graphics chip. Intel makes great chips, but with video drivers, they have not been very good. Maybe things will change, but I recommend nVidia, or AMD/ATI for a video-editing rig. Those Intel chips, and their driver support (or lack thereof), are OK for general computing, but fall far short in the update department.
Thanks everyone. Very helpful indeed. I will keep all that in mind in trying to find the best of a bad deal.
Appreciate your reponses.
All the best
Good luck, and please update this thread, when you have made your choice, and all is working well for you, as it's a fairly common request.
The individual recs. that I could give, woud all fall short on the "light weight" end, as they are more "portables," than units that one would likely want to carry around for long hours.