Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Is This A Good Laptop For Video Editing?
Mudbone
post Apr 25 2016, 01:41 AM
Post #1


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.750
Joined: 6-May 10
From: Charlotte, NC (residence)/Boston, MA (home) USA
Member No.: 10.329



I'm about to pull the trigger on a new laptop that I plan on using for video editing. For the price, this seems like the best option. Just thought I'd post it here to get feedback from more computer savvy members of GMC biggrin.gif

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-aspire-r1...p;skuId=4503200

Do you guys have any other suggestions?


--------------------


He who laughs last thinks slowest.

"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens


Gear:

Guitars: Uncle Rufus' Twanger Classic
Amps: Mississippi Boom Box
Mojo: Hammer of Odin and a pair of Ox gonads
Inspiration: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Zero to Hero: 1,387/10,000

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
GeneT95
post Apr 25 2016, 03:56 AM
Post #2


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 164
Joined: 26-March 08
Member No.: 4.701



Depends on what you mean by Video editing. The computer you linked my be fine for simple editing of shorter videos. But it may not do want you want if your are doing more than that.

Pros : Solid state drive
Cons : Poor video card, no dedicated video card memory, overall low amount of ram for a video editing machine

A cursory check of the site for machines in the same price range have potentially some better picks with regard to Video card ( the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940/950M performs a little better than the card on the linked machine) and some of those laptops have more memory. For instance this machine, HP - ENVY 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Silver, has double the ram and a better video card by rating reviews of performance. The trade off is it doesn't have a solid state drive.

I don't like either Acer or HP, but if I was buying a affordable laptop for video editing and the choice was between two boxes similar in price, I'd probably choose the one with the better video card first and one with a card with dedicated memory. You can always add a solid state drive for around 100$ later. But I don't believe you can swap in a better video card.

For instance, a comparable Asus box is this one, Asus - K501UX 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive. Its 100 dollars more with a smaller SSD, twice the memory, and a better Video Card by ratings.

If I were buying, I'd bounce my choices by comparing Video Card, RAM, then type of Hard Drive. The last two can be upgraded later. But I don't think the first one can. Some may argue Video card, Hard drive, then ram. I believe it may go either way. Ram can be pretty cheap to upgrade. Of course, this is if the machines considered can have its ram upgraded. I don't know about Intel machines anymore, but Retinal Display Macs have the RAM hardwired to the board and are not upgradable.

A benchmark review for video cards can be read here, http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForc...M.138026.0.html , or do a google search. The HD520 is a entry level. The Geforce 950M is in the next class up per NotebookCheck.com.

This post has been edited by GeneT95: Apr 25 2016, 04:02 AM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Mudbone
post Apr 25 2016, 04:24 AM
Post #3


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.750
Joined: 6-May 10
From: Charlotte, NC (residence)/Boston, MA (home) USA
Member No.: 10.329



QUOTE (GeneT95 @ Apr 24 2016, 10:56 PM) *
Depends on what you mean by Video editing. The computer you linked my be fine for simple editing of shorter videos. But it may not do want you want if your are doing more than that.

Pros : Solid state drive
Cons : Poor video card, no dedicated video card memory, overall low amount of ram for a video editing machine

A cursory check of the site for machines in the same price range have potentially some better picks with regard to Video card ( the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940/950M performs a little better than the card on the linked machine) and some of those laptops have more memory. For instance this machine, HP - ENVY 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Silver, has double the ram and a better video card by rating reviews of performance. The trade off is it doesn't have a solid state drive.

I don't like either Acer or HP, but if I was buying a affordable laptop for video editing and the choice was between two boxes similar in price, I'd probably choose the one with the better video card first and one with a card with dedicated memory. You can always add a solid state drive for around 100$ later. But I don't believe you can swap in a better video card.

For instance, a comparable Asus box is this one, Asus - K501UX 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive. Its 100 dollars more with a smaller SSD, twice the memory, and a better Video Card by ratings.

If I were buying, I'd bounce my choices by comparing Video Card, RAM, then type of Hard Drive. The last two can be upgraded later. But I don't think the first one can. Some may argue Video card, Hard drive, then ram. I believe it may go either way. Ram can be pretty cheap to upgrade. Of course, this is if the machines considered can have its ram upgraded. I don't know about Intel machines anymore, but Retinal Display Macs have the RAM hardwired to the board and are not upgradable.

A benchmark review for video cards can be read here, http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForc...M.138026.0.html , or do a google search. The HD520 is a entry level. The Geforce 950M is in the next class up per NotebookCheck.com.


Wow, that was incredibly helpful biggrin.gif I think I'm going to have to reconsider now. That Asus that you posted looks like a good deal.


--------------------


He who laughs last thinks slowest.

"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens


Gear:

Guitars: Uncle Rufus' Twanger Classic
Amps: Mississippi Boom Box
Mojo: Hammer of Odin and a pair of Ox gonads
Inspiration: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Zero to Hero: 1,387/10,000

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Todd Simpson
post Apr 25 2016, 09:21 PM
Post #4


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 14.739
Joined: 23-December 09
From: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member No.: 8.794



What he said!! smile.gif The original unit you mentioned is more of a tablet with a keyboard option connected. For video editing I'd suggest FOUR CORES if at all possible. The export/render times can kill you on a dual core machine. I've got a dual core i5 and a quad core i7 and it's just night and day difference. Also, the dual core has the kind of crap video hardware similar to the original unit you mentioned, while my other laptop has a dedicated video card with dedicated video ram. Again, night and day. Both my are macs but the concepts are very similar. Here is an acer with dedicated video card and quad core i7 processor. Just about $150 more than your original unit on amazon.

Asus N550JX

It doesn't have an SSD drive but it does have a 1 Terrabyte hard drive. Video editing takes wads of hard drive storage space. Ideally, you would put your operating system and applications on an SSD drive and do all your video storing on a regular drive. Many folks replace the DVD drive in their laptop with a second drive. I"ve done this to one laptop and am going to do it to the other.

QUOTE (Mudbone @ Apr 24 2016, 11:24 PM) *
Wow, that was incredibly helpful biggrin.gif I think I'm going to have to reconsider now. That Asus that you posted looks like a good deal.


This post has been edited by Todd Simpson: Apr 25 2016, 09:26 PM


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 20th July 2017 - 01:35 PM