Of the two, the Acer and swap out the 5400 RPM drive for a 7200 RPM drive.
They both look good. The graphics card in the Asus is better, and the faster HD is probably the most important factor in editing video. I don't know if the slightly slower processor in the Asus will make much of a noticeable difference.
Also, if you look around the web, Asus seems to have a much better reputation than Acer.
Thank you both for the quick replies! I am leaning toward the Asus. I was all set to buy and then I saw the Acer with its SSD and faster CPU but slower HDD and lesser GPU. I can always add an SSD to the Asus.
An SSD is really nice to have, but for Premiere especially it doesn't help that much (mostly because they're usually too small to house all your footage). Good luck with your purchase!
Thanks so much again! I really appreciate the additional insight on the hard drive. Do you think I would be wise to get an additional drive for the empty slot or perhaps an external using thunderbolt?
Really, once you get an SSD, even just for personal use, you can never go back. Everything (programs opening, copying files) just works a lot faster. And their prices are dropping, so I would grab one. If you're working with smaller amounts of footage, then their speed for video editing can be a huge asset. For bigger projects, you still have a fast HDD to fall back on.
Moved to the Hardware forum.
I would give my nod to the Asus. Asus has been building ROG laptops for quite awhile now and seem to have a lot of the kinks worked out. Video editing, unlike gaming, will max out a CPU and keep it there.
While the brand doesn't matter as much for workstations (full size workstations, not laptops), it matters a great deal for laptops and smaller.
Video editors using Acer chime in if you have some great success stories to share using high-end laptops for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Finally, whatever laptop you select, most of the forum laptop users here report upgrades to RAM, adding SSD drives, etc. to help out the base models.
Wow, those laptops are both pretty powerful. I'd personally lean towards the Asus for the Thunderbolt connection.
If you consider the Acer VN7-791G-792A, the specs are even closer.
Of the 2 the Asus everyday. You won't notice the difference in the CPU's but you will more so with the GPU's as the 970 is a decent step up from the 860m. Add in extra SSD/HDD and RAM (I believe it goes up to 32GB but check), and see if they have allocated the 16GB as 2x8GB sticks or 4x4GB sticks.
Other option I would suggest looking at a custom PC builder such as Cyberpower, Xotic or other (no affiliations, heck I don't even live in the same country). You will be able to get a much more tailored system with a better upgrade path within your budget. You will get better CPU, better GPU, RAM options up to 32GB and more flexible drive and msata combinations and most importantly some flexibility with the way the system is configured. Some are re-brands of popular gaming laptops, some are from the more custom line of chassis and some are just tweaked versions of your off the shelf names. Plus you don't have to crack the thing open to replace drives etc. that you are paying for but won't use due to slow speeds and the warranty implications that can come from doing this
Not saying buy this as you need to shop around and find what suits you best but as an example this is from Xotic.
Sager NP8670 (Clevo P670SA)
- SAGER Spring Savings
- FREE!!! – U.S. UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code "FREESHIP" in Checkout) [U.S. Lower 48 ONLY / Restrictions Apply]
- 17.3" FHD 16:9 "Matte Type" Anti-Glare Ultra Bright Screen (1920x1080)
- Standard No Dead Pixel Policy
- 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4720HQ (2.6GHz - 3.6GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache)
- - Stock OEM Thermal Compound
- NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 965M (2.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX12 (Maxwell) w/ Optimus™ Technology
- 16GB DDR3 1600MHz [2x8GB] Dual Channel Memory (SKU - RAM04S)
- Sager Branding
- Standard Laptop Finish
- No M.2 mSATA Drive
- No M.2 mSATA Drive
- 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDYY1)
- 120GB Crucial BX100 Series SSD [SSD2 - SATA III] (SKU - SSD092)
- Bluetooth Included *With select wireless cards only* (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
- Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 7265 [M.2 Chip] 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 (SKU - WIFIX1)
- Internal 6-in-1 Card Reader
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (4-Cell)
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- ~Windows 8.1 - 64-Bit (64-Bit CD Included) + MS Office 2013 Trial
- LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support (Labor through XPC)
Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Parts Warranty Repairs (SKU - WTY099)
- * 24/7 LIFETIME U.S. based technical support
* Extreme QA testing by dedicated technicians
* 24-72 Hour stress testing and benchmarking to ensure top performance and stability
- Standard Production Time
Drops to $1386.13 with 3% cash pricing.
....yesterday that Asus laptop in a 15 inch version was on sale refurbished at New Egg for $950.
Last summer, I bought the Asus G750jw refurbished and it arrived in like new condition. I immediately upgraded the memory to 24 GB and installed twoCrucial SSDs and the machine performs very well.
These newer models have a far better GPU and faster CPU.....I am using the thunderbolt port to connect a hi res external monitor.......Asus is a good choice !
Is the Thunderbolt and output only or an I/O port?
The Thunderbolt on the Asus G751 is an I/O for Thunderbolt devices and/or can act as a mini Display Port for a monitor.
Thanks everyone for helping me with this decision! I am going with the Asus. I was going to place my order and then I discovered this alternate model Asus which is slightly less expensive ($100 less) at the moment:
ASUS ROG G751JL-DS71
- Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.6GHz)
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- 1000 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
- 17.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GTX965M 2GB GDDR5
- Windows 8.1
This appears to be the same machine with a step up in processor but a step down in GPU. It seams to me I am still better off going with the G751JT-CH71 which specs again are:
ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71
- Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz
- 16 GB DDR3
- 1000 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
- 17.3-Inch Screen, Nvidia GTX970M 3GB GDDR5
- Windows 8.1
If anyone thinks this cheaper option is in some way advantageous please let me know. I am going to make my purchase tomorrow and at the moment am feeling very good about the CH71. Again, thank you all so much! I truly appreciate your help!