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Look like a perfectly good laptop for your purposes, and it can even be quite acceptabe for HDV. Seems like a good buy:
Fits in your budget
Sager is very good
IMO you can't go wrong with this one.
Two Sagers here...Go Sager!!
Three Sagers here... perfect for SD!
(If you don't mind lifting and carrying them),
thanks so much guys....I won't be buying the laptop for awhile, so the price on these current models could go down a bit which would be nice.
Looks like you guys said to go with the Sager over the Asus model........although the Asus specs looked pretty good and for a better price.
I have a few more questions. I went to Sager's site and started customizing a laptop......here is the link.
it's 230 bucks to upgrade to 8 GB ram
the primary HD is 500 gig 7200rpm
for an extra 100 bucks i can get another hard drive
then for 275 i could get a blu ray burner
so that puts it a little over $2100
IT has all this stuff standard I believe for 1500 bucks and Esata II hard drives. I can add a 3rd hard drive for 95 dollars. It doesn't have a blu ray burner, but I don't need one.
Is Sager that much better than Asus??
And the main question that didn't get answered was........Will i be able to work on stuff on my laptop then move the project over to my desktop?
Thanks a ton for your help! I plan on making the purchase mid summer....and who knows....maybe prices will drop a bit. :]
I use my CLEVO/SAGER machines all the time for remote editing w/clients,
and transfer the projects to desktop system for completion... works great.
With CS5 there is no external monitoring capability of CUDA/MPE sequences
via firewire, so that is something to consider if you work with clients in the room,
or if you need to output your project to DV tape (without disabling the hallmark
feature of the new release and re-rendering the timeline before output).
I have no experience with Asus mobiles, but my CLEVO/SAGER machines have
served me well with no serious trouble... except the combined weight of the
systems plus power supplies.
I would max out RAM, 7200rpm HD's and get the Blu-Ray... you might need it later.
If it offers the internal TV tuner as an option, I would skip it.