Looking for a Video Editing Laptop ($1000 range). Need a review on this one

usmdesigner

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I want to jump into Video Editing and I'm starting off on a budget. I'm going to be using Hitfilm Express 4. I'm trying to stay in the $1000 range.

Saw this one on Amazon and wondered if it's a solid choice.

https://www.amazon.com/Pavilion-17-Notebook-Skylake-i7-7700HQ/dp/B01H40L6TC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1492713806&sr=8-1&keywords=HP+Pavilion+17+Notebook+upgrade+king&th=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=httpthinktv-20&linkId=421050166a512663876a076228908a46

Price: 1129

Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6MB Cache, 2.8GHz-3.8GHz) 45W
RAM: 12GB DDR4 2400MHz | Hard Drive: 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive
Optical Drive: SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer | Operating System: Windows 10 Home x64
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 | Display: 17.3" Full HD IPS UWVA anti-glare WLED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
12GB RAM & 1TB SSHD Upgrades | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty (View warranty section below for more details)


This one pushes past the $1000 range, and I don't really want to push past this price for sure. But I found this one through another site's review.

Also found this one as well:

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-Gaming-GeForce-VX5-591G-75RM/dp/B01N12YZ7B/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1503260827&sr=8-1&keywords=acer+aspire+vx+15&linkCode=sl1&tag=erec03-20&linkId=eff0c63fdd2aaa75f6f5ae326e21f6db

Price: 974

7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
HDD upgrade kit available (2.5” bracket with SATA and power cable). Contact Acer support for your complimentary kit.

I'm not looking for the best laptop out there with killer insane framerates. I mainly want something that will not just drag when trying to edit because I've put some effects in it.

Also, if you had to put a number on things. What would it be? For example:

1. CPU i7
2. SSD
3. RAM
4. Vid Card (minimum you'd recommend)

Or if this order is not correct. What would you choose? I've never done any of this, and I'm looking for someone with experience, but with a realistic sense to judge based on the budget fact.
 

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Both of these laptops hit the mark on the most important components you will need for video editing. Good processor, good video card, and a good display. My suggestion would be to go with your second choice and maybe invest on an external hard drive depending on how much video editing you are going to do since 256GB may run out quick.
 

usmdesigner

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I'm seeing some post about the 1050 ti not being good enough for video editing and that you need to opt for 1060+ with 6gb.

Is this just elitist?

That'll add around $400-$500 more on the price tag it looks like.
 
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