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    Hello all,

    I made a thread not too long ago about needing a PC for some video and photo editing, but I have decided to go for a laptop instead. Reason being is purely for the portability. So I'm going to need a laptop for this. The videos will be very short, 3-5 minutes at most. And photo editing shouldn't be too intensive I believe?

    I understand that a fast, i7 processor, good RAM and a lot of storage space are the most important things. Can anybody shed some light on what a good model would be?

    Budget wise, I can spend up to £1500. Can stretch this but only if necessary. I'm a student as well, so have access to any student discounts on the market.

    Thanks a bunch
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    http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product...s_1.2.2/159732

    The one above is a good one and at a fairly decent price. It comes with a good sound system too.

    Plenty left over for a bigger screen monitor at home and a 1tb external storage.

    Otherwise check and see how much with the discounts would it be to get a MacBook Pro 15" with the NVIDIA graphics card. If it is within your budget then this is the absolute best in terms of capability.
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    For editing 3-5 minutes videos, I wouldn't worry about speed too much. It would be a difference between something like 2 and 3 minutes of encoding time. Just don't get something really slow.

    I would also recommend a 15" MBP. Those screens are absolutely gorgeous, and the battery lasts forever. I would be OK with integrated graphics, though. NVIDIA graphics is not really useful for video editing (though useful if you want to play games as well). They also have extremely fast SSD, which would be helpful if you want to work with raw videos.
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    I'd say a 13" Retina MacBook Pro or 15" MacBook Pro would be ideal. Comes with built in software (iMovie and iPhoto) for your editing and all the Adobe stuff is available, as is Final Cut and Aperture if you need them too. Can't go wrong with a MBP, and Apple do student discount and I believe have some back to school offers on at the minute in addition.
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    (Original post by Alfissti)
    http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product...s_1.2.2/159732

    The one above is a good one and at a fairly decent price. It comes with a good sound system too.

    Plenty left over for a bigger screen monitor at home and a 1tb external storage.

    Otherwise check and see how much with the discounts would it be to get a MacBook Pro 15" with the NVIDIA graphics card. If it is within your budget then this is the absolute best in terms of capability.
    Just looked at it, looks like it has decent specs but I would have preferred an i7 processor to be honest. I know the videos aren't epically long, but still think that would have come in handy. Also I absolutely despise Windows 8, but I don't think that it's going to be possible to avoid that unless I go down the Mac route..



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    For editing 3-5 minutes videos, I wouldn't worry about speed too much. It would be a difference between something like 2 and 3 minutes of encoding time. Just don't get something really slow.

    I would also recommend a 15" MBP. Those screens are absolutely gorgeous, and the battery lasts forever. I would be OK with integrated graphics, though. NVIDIA graphics is not really useful for video editing (though useful if you want to play games as well). They also have extremely fast SSD, which would be helpful if you want to work with raw videos.

    (Original post by totalhijack)
    I'd say a 13" Retina MacBook Pro or 15" MacBook Pro would be ideal. Comes with built in software (iMovie and iPhoto) for your editing and all the Adobe stuff is available, as is Final Cut and Aperture if you need them too. Can't go wrong with a MBP, and Apple do student discount and I believe have some back to school offers on at the minute in addition.
    I went onto the Apple website and built a custom Macbook Pro, 13" with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB drive and it came to just below £2000..I suppose I could survive without the 16GB of RAM, but with 8GB of RAM it would only around £130 cheaper. This was with the student discount btw. Doesn't sound like this is good value for money to be honest.
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    (Original post by Entrepreneur123)
    Just looked at it, looks like it has decent specs but I would have preferred an i7 processor to be honest. I know the videos aren't epically long, but still think that would have come in handy. Also I absolutely despise Windows 8, but I don't think that it's going to be possible to avoid that unless I go down the Mac route.
    There is actually not that much difference between laptop i5 and dual core i7, as long as they are from the same generation (4xxx or 3xxx). It's mostly just marketing. I would ignore the i5/i7 tag entirely, and just look at number of cores, and clock speed (this only works within the same generation). MAYBE look at the amount of L2/L3 cache, too, but cache sizes don't matter much for video processing memory access pattern (mostly linear).

    I went onto the Apple website and built a custom Macbook Pro, 13" with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB drive and it came to just below £2000..I suppose I could survive without the 16GB of RAM, but with 8GB of RAM it would only around £130 cheaper. This was with the student discount btw. Doesn't sound like this is good value for money to be honest.
    Again I would not recommend the i7, since their i7 is also only dual core, and hence about the same as i5, just more expensive.

    The problem is the 1TB drive. Apple doesn't offer conventional harddrives with MBPs anymore, and 1TB SSDs (700MB/s, compared to about 100MB/s for conventional hard drives) are still extremely expensive. Good if you want very fast storage... bad if you want a lot of space. If you REALLY need the space, don't want to use an external drive, and don't care about storage speed, a MBP isn't for you.
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    (Original post by Entrepreneur123)
    I went onto the Apple website and built a custom Macbook Pro, 13" with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB drive and it came to just below £2000..I suppose I could survive without the 16GB of RAM, but with 8GB of RAM it would only around £130 cheaper. This was with the student discount btw. Doesn't sound like this is good value for money to be honest.
    You don't need necessarily need an i7, though. For what you said ("light editing") an i5 would be fine. Intel's Iris graphics aren't the best in the world, however, but for basic photo and video editing you'll be fine. Just get the 8GB model with 256GB and an i5 I'd say, if you want to keep your budget to a minimum (around £1250 without discount). If you really feel the urge to stretch, though, don't bother speccing a MBP13 to an i7, just get a 15" MBP where quad core i7 comes as standard.

    But yeah, £1250 - 13" Retina MBP, dual-core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
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    I've looked around, and after taking what you guys said about me not needing to get too epic a laptop, I've narrowed it down to these 5 models:
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...04798-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...37020-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...70768-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...64435-pdt.html
    http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product...s_1.2.2/159732

    The first 5 are all £700, the final one is £600. Which would be the best in my position? I'm leaning towards the gaming laptop, it looks like it has the best specs so far.
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    The first one does look pretty good. The CPU is definitely faster than all the other ones.

    It's slightly heavy at 2.4kg. The resolution is also pretty low for 15" at 1366x768. Most 15"s nowadays are at least 1920x1080. Macbooks and some high end PC laptops go even higher (MBP 15" is 2880x1800, that's almost 5x as many pixels). Anything above 1920x1080 is probably just mostly marketing, but 1366x768 to 1920x1080 should be quite noticeable.

    Battery life up to 5 hours is not the best... but it's hard to do better in that price range without sacrificing a lot of speed.
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    Ignore the Macbook; it's over-priced for very little specification. You pay for a big light up plastic logo on the lid.

    I recommend the Dell XPS15 or the Dell m3800. Both have higher resolution screens than the MBP. The latter has a better graphics car (former is same as MBP), both use an i-7 processor with a high clock speed, both have a higher GPU speed and both run Windows 8.1 (which I prefer).

    Avoid any laptop that includes an HDD. HDD's are only; the way forward in the SSD.
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    Ignore the Macbook; it's over-priced for very little specification. You pay for a big light up plastic logo on the lid.

    I recommend the Dell XPS15 or the Dell m3800. Both have higher resolution screens than the MBP. The latter has a better graphics car (former is same as MBP), both use an i-7 processor with a high clock speed, both have a higher GPU speed and both run Windows 8.1 (which I prefer).

    Avoid any laptop that includes an HDD. HDD's are only; the way forward in the SSD.
    The m3800 is also more expensive than the MBP, and has half the battery life (though to be fair, it's slightly lighter). The K1100m I believe is actually slower than the Iris Pro in most situations. It's only useful for people who need the extra Quadro functions (people doing 3D CAD, etc). The 2nd storage on m3800 is really nice.

    They both have pros and cons, I wouldn't exactly call MBP "over-priced for very little specification", especially if you don't feel the same about the m3800.
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
    The m3800 is also more expensive than the MBP, and has half the battery life (though to be fair, it's slightly lighter). The K1100m I believe is actually slower than the Iris Pro in most situations. It's only useful for people who need the extra Quadro functions (people doing 3D CAD, etc). The 2nd storage on m3800 is really nice.
    If you take the price of a Dell and take the price of a custom configured 15" MBP (the basic model is not compareable in specs) you will find the MBP is around £300 more expensive. Even then the MBP graphics card will be slightly worse, however the MBP would have a 3 hour longer battery life so I suppose they can cancel out. You end up paying for the Apple name and not what's inside.
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    If you take the price of a Dell and take the price of a custom configured 15" MBP (the basic model is not compareable in specs) you will find the MBP is around £300 more expensive. Even then the MBP graphics card will be slightly worse, however the MBP would have a 3 hour longer battery life so I suppose they can cancel out. You end up paying for the Apple name and not what's inside.
    Did you notice that the price on the Dell site is excl. VAT, and the price on the Apple site is including VAT?

    VAT on £1700 is £340.

    I know what you mean about paying for the Apple name. I thought that for a very long time, too, and it was true for a very long time. It changed when the new MBP came out late last year. The late-2013 models were much faster and a few hundred £s cheaper than the early-2013 models.

    I was looking for a laptop earlier this year and didn't even look at Apple initially because I thought they were all overpriced. I am glad I did eventually take a look. I ended up getting a MBP. I was almost going to buy a Lenovo that's slightly cheaper with much worse specs.
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
    Did you notice that the price on the Dell site is excl. VAT, and the price on the Apple site is including VAT?

    VAT on £1700 is £340.
    It still works out less. i just priced a MBP with the spec to equal the high-end M3800. it came to over £2500.

    I know what you mean about paying for the Apple name. I thought that for a very long time, too, and it was true for a very long time. It changed when the new MBP came out late last year. The late-2013 models were much faster and a few hundred £s cheaper than the early-2013 models.

    I was looking for a laptop earlier this year and didn't even look at Apple initially because I thought they were all overpriced. I am glad I did eventually take a look. I ended up getting a MBP. I was almost going to buy a Lenovo that's slightly cheaper with much worse specs.
    I was looking for a new laptop but have decided to wait until the Asus GX500 is released as the initial spec is fantastic. There's no price though for it yet.
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    (Original post by Entrepreneur123)
    I've looked around, and after taking what you guys said about me not needing to get too epic a laptop, I've narrowed it down to these 5 models:
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...04798-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...37020-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...70768-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...64435-pdt.html
    http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product...s_1.2.2/159732

    The first 5 are all £700, the final one is £600. Which would be the best in my position? I'm leaning towards the gaming laptop, it looks like it has the best specs so far.
    The one from CostCo.

    Won't touch the Acer.

    The first one is a generic and a bit too much to pay for something of that specification.

    I'm surprised none of them are Full HD.
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    (Original post by Madeline_H95)
    It still works out less. i just priced a MBP with the spec to equal the high-end M3800. it came to over £2500.
    The standard config on the £2,199 MBP is the same as the high end (£1,719 + VAT) M3800 I believe.

    MBP has slightly faster CPU, slightly faster SSD, much faster GPU (750M), and equal RAM. M3800 has the second drive and slightly higher resolution screen.

    But either way, the prices are pretty similar, and they both have pros and cons.

    I was looking for a new laptop but have decided to wait until the Asus GX500 is released as the initial spec is fantastic. There's no price though for it yet.
    Yeah the GX500 does look very good. I only decided against it because at this point in my life, speed isn't really that important anymore (since I play games only on PC now), and battery life is absolutely the most important thing (and weight, since I travel a lot and carry my laptop for long distances on foot). I can actually get 10 hrs out of the 13" MBP (Apple advertises 9 hrs). So I'm pretty happy with it.
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    (Original post by Entrepreneur123)
    I've looked around, and after taking what you guys said about me not needing to get too epic a laptop, I've narrowed it down to these 5 models:
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...04798-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...37020-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...70768-pdt.html
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...64435-pdt.html
    http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product...s_1.2.2/159732

    The first 5 are all £700, the final one is £600. Which would be the best in my position? I'm leaning towards the gaming laptop, it looks like it has the best specs so far.
    Have you checked the pcspecialist website directly? and customise the system to your needs? they tend to be heavier as they are gaming orientated but still pretty good.http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptop-computers/
    Also scan do custom laptops. Overclockers,etc

    Or even novatech like this one here, price excludes windows so you can add on which one you want. http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/ran...piren1736.html

    Also saveonlaptops, laptopsdirect, amazon, etc
 
 
 
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