Which laptop around $300-500 should I get? will a video editing program work?

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This is sort of two questions in one.

I'm going to have to replace my laptop for school soon. I don't want to spend over $400, but if there is a laptop in the price range of $300-500 that could handle Premiere Pro (or some alternative program like it....I would only able to do simple videos, else I'd use a build) without skipping I'd want that. I doubt there are any, though.

I had this a few years ago http://www.cnet.com/laptops/hp-envy-17-3070nr/4505-3121_7-35120322.html and it skipped on playback of videos w/o cuts.


If there are none like that, what is the best laptop on the market at that price range?
 

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While it is technically possible to upgrade the GPU on some laptops, (SAGER's allow you to do this.) Finding a mobile GPU is very difficult. They don't sell them, you have to find a broken laptop and cannibalize it for it's video card.

Almost all laptops allow you to upgrade ram without too much trouble.

Why do you want to do video editing on a laptop rather than a desktop? You could build a decent video editing desktop for $400.00.

Your HP Envy shouldn't be having a big problem rendering video. (I think that's what you're saying about it skipping playback?) I suggest updating your video card drivers if it is.

Is that the only reason you're upgrading? It'd also probably sell for close to 300-600 dollars.

The specs on your current laptop are about the specs you'd get for your budget. It would be hard to find a better computer for $500.00

If your machine is broken, you'll probably have to buy something used with similar stats for that price range. This is what I use and I do light video editing work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-Gaming-Laptop-G53SX-15-Core-i7-2-20GHz-8GB-ram-2GB-Nvidia-GTX-560M-USB-3-0-/231146223589?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item35d16377e5

It isn't that much better than your envy.

A new machine with the latest i7m & integrated graphics will be able to handle premier pretty well. You don't need a graphics card to do video editing. I know people who do video editing on older integrated graphics and it gets the job done.
 

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I did build a fantastic rig that I had to end up selling in order to afford school.


Of course I don't want to use a cheap labtop to edit video. I just need to get a new labtop for school and was hoping it'd also be cabable of some video editing as a plus


im getting exhausted as I type this and it is probably incoherent, but tomorrow I plan on posting a question on how to get the best labtop for dragon naturally speaking home 12 since I had a stroke and it's a pain to type out all my notes....cya.



nno I sold the Eny years ago as I was told the GPU and/or CPu were weak.
 

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down to a 12-inch screen, I guess.

I'd say up to $6-700, but I'd prefer not to go over $500.

The recommended system requirements Dragon Naturally Speaking lists are bare minimums, and a little research claimed instead I should go for:

at least a 2.2 GHz Intel dual core or equivalent AMD processor, 2MB L2 cache, at least 4GB RAM and a 7200 RPM hard drive.

the other day I purchased a laptop from Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-15-6-laptop-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive-white/4196052.p?id=1219096895555&skuId=4196052) because my older one failed to boot at one point, but I plan on returning it ASAP. It's slow and I don't think it'll run dragon. plus I know I could get a better deal somewhere..
 

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"Get it, get a little money together later and throw in a Samsung 840 Evo and a Dual Channel RAM Kit and it will be way, way faster."

fast enough (with those additions) to run Premiere Pro? how about before?
or I just read about Lightworks...
 

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check out the protection plans here from Lenovo's website

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/essential/g-series/g510/?cid=us:sem|se|google|387081997|G510|IIP_NE_Essential+G+Series|65105984&ef_id=UzonAQAABHMMpDDo:20140401025624:s

or the protection plans here, from the amazon link you provided me

http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-15-6-Inch-Laptop-59406709/dp/B00HIYA9ZM/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t

Which of these plans mean regardless of what happens, incidentally or whatever, it would get repaired/replaced..and of those, which is the best value?

I'm returning the ASUS I acquired from Best Buy within two days. It's awfully slow.
 

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thank you for all your help.

this is irrelevant, but do you see computers and/or laptops that can flawlessly handle programs such as Premiere Pro affordable within the next decade?

for instance, I had an i7 3930k 32gb ram raid 0 hdd's etc home build...do you think a product of that caliber will be available at stores likes Best Buy marketed towards budget-conscious consumers within the next decade?
 

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I can't seem to find an Ideapad G510 in crucial.com's memory advisor.
 

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I emailed crucial anyway.

is it identical to the 1 stick currently installed? 12gb RAM would be great:love: or would I have to remove it?

I'm buying a 120gb 840 evo as we speak. Why should I need more than 120gb?

Do you think I should use the SSD as the primary drive instead of this 5400RPM HDD? This PC's sort of slow. I'd follow these instructions: http://lifehacker.com/5837543/how-to-migrate-to-a-solid...
 

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hmm...I always thought the RAM sticks had to be identical.

That sounds easier than the directions on lifehacker, but how much does an enclosure cost? what is the benefit of not having it internal? unless this D drive business is a HDD in the second bay.
 

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hesitant to hit "place order" on the ram. unless you're positive there are no prime-eligible alternatives of identical quality.
 
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