I'm currently looking to buy a laptop that will allow me to edit various video projects on the move using Premiere Elements 11 (may upgrade at some point). This will serve as my main editing device until I upgrade my desktop, then serve as a portable editing station as I will be at uni next year as well as traveling a lot this year. I do a mix of animation and live action short film work using 1080p footage from my Canon 600D. I am currently looking at the £500 mark, I know it's tough to get a good editing laptop at that price, but I'd rather not spend much more. Currently I have found 3 options, and was wondering if anyone had any advice. The aspects of each laptop I am concerned about are highlighted in red
Lenovo Z50-70 http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/lenovo-z50-70-15-6-laptop-w hite-10022700-pdt.html?intcmpid=display~RR~Home+%3E+Laptops+%26+Netbooks+%3E+Laptops+%3E+L aptops~10022700
Intel i5 processor (1.7 - 2.7 GHz) Is this fast enough? The system requirements specify 2Ghz or faster, and this is only achieved with 'turboboost'
1Tb SSHD 5400rpm 7200rpm is often stated as a minimum for editing, will I get by with this, especially as it's a hybrid drive, or will I have to use an external drive?
NVIDIA graphics card
Full HD 15.6" screen
1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI Will I be restricted by only having a single usb 3.0 slot (for use with external hard drives etc)?
HP Envy 15 http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-15-j151sa-15-6-lapt op-silver-10011520-pdt.html?intcmpid=display~RR~Home+%3E+Laptops+%26+Netbooks+%3E+Laptops+ %3E+Laptops~10011520
AMD A10 processor (2.5 - 3.5GHz) While this is significantly faster than the i5, Passmark gives the i5 a higher CPU rating PassMark - CPU Performance Comparison
1Tb SSHD 5400rpm
No disk drive Frustrating, though external disk drives aren't too expensive
AMD graphics card
Fulll HD 15.6" screen I've read several comments that the screen isn't as bright as ideal, not a deal breaker, but I would like to be able to use the laptop outside
4x USB 3.0, HDMI
Intel i7 processor (2 - 3.1GHz) This is the draw factor of this laptop
1Tb HD 5400rpm
DVD/RW disk drive
NVIIDIA graphics card
Full HD 17.3" screen As I'll be taking this laptop with me a lot, I'd rather it was 15" rather than 17", but the 15" version lacks the disk drive and full HD screen
1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI
Any thoughts/other suggestions in the price range would be appreciated.