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As long as the laptop meets the Adobe Premiere Pro CS5: System Requirements including screen resolution and AT LEAST two different physical 7200 RPM SATA disks and an i7 CPU, you should be OK. Sager is the brand to have a look at. None of your links meets those requirements.
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I recently purchased the Dell Studio
16 XPS with SSD and an i7 processor to do
nothing but Photoshop, Lightroom, and PP CS5
processing for approx 2 TBs of past & present video
footage (including AVCHD) and full HD 24P and 30P
footage from my DSLR; I run WIN 7 with 64 bit in 8 GB ram; all
my cache's are on the SSD and I have gigabit network
that serves up my source files at approx 40-70 MBytes/sec
(depending on the file or files); I use the QNAP TS259 Pro as
my NAS; the Dell has the ATI hi-performance graphics card
that only partially takes advantage of the Mercury Playback
Engine(no hardware acceleration with the ATI); I'm extremely
happy with the technologies; I can do the majority of my video
editing W/O pre-rendering altho at times for precision stuff I do
pre-render; having the historical perspective of using PS & PP since
1997 on Windows platforms I can assuredly tell you that the
performance and productivity uplifts from the marriage of these
software & hardware technologies is nothing short of miraculous;
I couldn't be happier; don't skimp on your laptop: 1)i7 2)8GB or more
DDR3 RAM 3) fast disks or SSD 4)HD capable monitor and 5) graphics
card that preferably takes full advantage of the Mercury Engine; you'll need
to shell out about $2500 for all of this (excluding the 30" monitor that I use with mine)
Hope this helps....
I also endorse the Sager laptops. Couple one with adequate specs., 3x internal SATA HDD's, and then eSATA externals, and one would have a great video editing laptop - as far as laptops go.
The HP 8740w notebook will offer the Nvidia 5000M mobile graphics card. The 5000M is listed on Nvidia's Mercury Playback Engine list. This would be a good option for your creative work. However; I'm sure it will be quite pricey. Dell will also utilizing this GPU in one of their Precision Mobile Workstations. Hopefully both of these options will be ready before you start school. The Dell looks like a really good option. As I look at their current high-end workstation, you can actually get 3 hard drives in the system and up to 32GB of RAM. That's an awesome laptop. You wouldn't have to buy another machine for quite a while.
Good luck with college!
I wouldn't stay away from a brand just because you've had problems in the past. If you had serious problems and they never got resolved or something, perhaps, but if you survey enough people, you'll eventually find there is no brand with 0 problems.
I have a $700 HP laptop at home that has worked reasonably well for editing. The key is to have an external drive connected to it and keep your videos on that. As others suggested, make sure it meets the requirements. If it does, you should be fine with an external drive attached.
Thank you for all the feedback. I just looked at those Sager laptops and I was amazed; those are the best laptops out there without doubt. I didn't want to spend much money because it's only for one semester but I think I can give it a use when I come back. This is the laptop I'll be buying.
With the Full HD (1920x1080)16:9 LED Backlit Super Clear Glossy Widescreen
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5870 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 (Which one would be the best choice from this one and nVidia they offer)
Intel® Core™ i7-840QM
8GB or RAM
500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid (And I'm buying two external hardrive, a Fantom Drives 500GB)
What do you think?
The only thing is that all these cost me $2,200 plus the insurance I need to buy. I think I might need to work even more during this whole month.
I had several problems with those brands and some relatives did too, so I just don't like to buy from those brands.
I also will look at the Dell mentioned here.
Thank you all.
could you pls be a bit more specific on your system?
Which core i7? 720qm, 740qm, 840qm?
Which ati card? mobility 5650, 560v?
I'll check & get back to you; that machine is offline
at the moment..
It's a i7 720qm,SSD, XPS 1645 with the ATI HD 4670(1 GB Memory)
rated at 432 Gflops by ati; nice package; I really enjoy it..
You absolute do not want an ATI graphics card if you are going to be using Premiere CS5 What you need to take advantage of the MPE hardware acceleration is an nVidia CUDA card with a minimum of 768 MB of dedicated memory.