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    What's a good laptop?
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    I currently have a custom built desktop computer. But I'm going to need to change over to owning a laptop. I a.m. not a computer tech. I don't know what would be needed and what wouldn't be in terms of specs.

    I would be editing photos 75% of the time & video 25% of the time. But I will be don't more video in the upcoming months/years, so it will be 50/50 eventually. (1080p-4K)

    I'm hoping on spending less than $1500 CAD.
    I am okay with a custom built computer (a this will allow me to upgrade I that future) or a factory-built one.

    I am from Canada.
    What can I get?
    What specs do I need?
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    You missed out "how big is a moving target?"

    What programs do you use for editing photos and video?
    This may have a bearing on the choice of computer.


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    And the always important: What is your budget?
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    Lightroom. Photoshop. Premiere.
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    Nothing in the $1500 range will be really upgradeable. You'll need to move into a higher price range to get something that has a graphics card that you can replace/upgrade. Processor is almost always soldered in place on machines in that price range. Amount of RAM will be whatever they give you, but probably only two sockets. You'll be on an i-series processor, none of the Xeon based laptops are even close to $1500 (unless things changed very recently).


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    A friend has been through a few ASUS gaming laptops and likes them as a breed. He's a staff shooter & sometime editor for his state-wide PBS group. Also does some work on the side. I've seen him cut HD in Premiere on them while on the road... Seems to work well (and he's a good editor). Also seem to hold up fairly well. Here's the rundown of the options from ASUS USA:

    https://www.asus.com/us/Notebooks/Ga...ries-Products/

    I'm leaning towards getting one, too. Lots of options for screen size & resolution, RAM, drives, etc. But you can get real work done on a sub-$1500 laptop. I'm leaning towards:

    UHD screen (maybe)
    32GB RAM
    SSD boot drive
    spinning data/footage drive (though I may shift my drive choices around).
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    What screen size?

    Get the latest specs, i7-7700hq or higher cpu, gtx1060 or higher, 4GB+ VRAM, thunderbolt3. And for sure before you buy anything, look on notebookcheck.net and see how the screen rates. Be sure the screen at least covers sRGB is has good viewing angles (must be IPS really) and has ~1000:1 contrast.

    I have last generation Acer V Nitro Black which is a very cost-effective laptop with quite a good screen. Better specs than a Macbook Pro for $800. I looked at some ROGs but they seemed kind of overpriced and ugly, and again check the screen carefully since low latency gaming TN screens are terrible for color accuracy.

    If you want top specs and don't mind a big heavy "laptop" (desktop cpu/gpu, user upgradeable) maybe look at sager/clevo?
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    https://www.techbargains.com/deal/43...-xps-15-laptop

    Not a bad option if you want something high mid range and quite portable. Comparable to MacBook pro.
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    What are the most important specs to be looking for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDirector View Post
    What are the most important specs to be looking for?
    If editing 4k, you'll need a Quad Core processor and at least 8gb ram. A dedicated graphics card with at least 2GB VRAM would be ideal as well, although the newer integrated graphics chips are getting better and better, so they might be able to handle 4k video. Probably any Apple laptop, even the cheapest, could handle any flavour of 1080p video just fine. I used to edit on a macmini up until a few years ago, but upgraded for 4k. Thunderbolt is nice but not really necessary. I edit mostly off USB 3 drives.
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