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Looking for laptop for video editing.

57 34 May 13, 2018 at 07:56 PM
I am looking for a laptop that would be decent for video editing with Adobe. I had great success with this forum when someone led me to a great desktop computer for work. The only problem is my budget is about $300 for the laptop. I know it probably won't get me much, but if it's possible, then I want to make it happen. Thanks in advance for any help!

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$300 for a decent basic laptop is pushing it let alone one you want to do video editing on. I would recommend you reevaluate the budget or work scenario.
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If that's your max I would sign up for dell refurbished, wait for a half off sale, and grab a Precision M4800.

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About as good as you're going to get for $300....
https://www.ebay.com/b/PC-Laptops...20Gen%252E

Many of the old 3rd-4th gen i5/i7 processors perform just as well (benchmarks) as the newer chips, just that most newer CPU's lean toward power savings an integrated video chips. Cost difference is less than ~$10/year though...not a big deal.
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IMO, if your budget is $300 you aren't going to find a laptop with good video editing capabilities. Like LiquidRetro said, keep saving till your budget increases to 600-700 and then you'll be in a good area for video editing laptops.
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If you want to do video editing on a laptop I would look at Linux it is much lighter and so the laptop will work better. Dell has good support for Linux

https://itsfoss.com/best-video-ed...are-linux/

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Memory: 4 GB
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Display: 14" HD+ (1600 x 900)
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IMO, if your budget is $300 you aren't going to find a laptop with good video editing capabilities. Like LiquidRetro said, keep saving till your budget increases to 600-700 and then you'll be in a good area for video editing laptops.
I disagree with that as a blanket statement, simply because we have no idea how in depth OP gets with video editing. And here's a revised list with some decent options including some i7 quads and dedicated video cards...
https://www.ebay.com/b/PC-Laptops...20Graphics

Would he be better off saving $600-700? Sure. But maybe he doesn't have that luxury of waiting if video editing is his source of income and he doesn't have any other computer right now? Dunno.
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If you want to do video editing on a laptop I would look at Linux it is much lighter and so the laptop will work better. Dell has good support for Linux

https://itsfoss.com/best-video-ed...are-linux/

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Dell Latitude E6420
System Identifier: 129495

$309.00
Processor: Intel Core i7 Quad (i7-2760QM) 2.40 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 250 GB
Display: 14" HD+ (1600 x 900)
Cosmetic Grade: B
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
This is a pretty old machine. Somewhere around about 7 years. Linux has it's places and it is lighter weight but easy media creation isn't its strong suit. OP would be limited in software choices to options that are not great, slower, and crash prone. Here is a brief overview of video editing on linux. https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/co...inux_2017/

do note windows 7 will stop receiving security updates in january of 2020 so that time is ticking quickly too.
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This is a pretty old machine. Somewhere around about 7 years.
I have that exact laptop, with a 250 GB SSD, my first exposure to the Dell outlet, and the best $500 spent on tech (came with 3-year NBD warranty, even). It's still capable; I did update to W10 some time ago when it was free.
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Yeah, we still have a few of the E6420's here at school... only the i5 CPU's though. And they run pretty good. I think OP would be better off with one with a dedicated video card though, so he doesn't have to share RAM...especially if it's a 4GB'er on Win10.
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Thanks all for your suggestions! A lot of great info!
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