Need recommendation for new laptop


  1. Posts : 410
    Windows 10 home Version 22H2 (OS Build 19045) and Windows 11 on laptop
       #1

    Need recommendation for new laptop


    First - should hardware questions (recommendations) be posted here. at "Performance & Maintenance", or elsewhere on this forum? If elsewhere tell me and I'll post there.

    I need to buy a new laptop and am moderately confused about specifications.. I don't care about brand - only specifications. I do a lot of photo and especially video editing. My preferences are in order of importance to me:
    • graphics card
    • display resolution (especially color faithfulness)
    • CPU (processing speed)
    • storage capacity
    • number of in/out ports

    Should add specs that affect photo or video editing? I know that video is very resource intensive and I don't want to have buyer's remorse when using my new laptop. I see a lot of attractively priced laptops but based on my limited knowledge of specs most seem to be lacking graphics and/or processing speed. I have several EHDs so internal storage is only moderately important.
    Thanks for your help and recommendations
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  3. Posts : 7,898
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    Note that the 'business' range of laptops like HP ProBook and Dell Latitude are claimed to be built to a higher standard have better support and are supplied with Windows 11 Pro for much the same price as the consumer range, which is why my last buy was a HP ProBook.
    Look for an IPS display but most laptops have a poor colour gamut range. Laptops with a better gamut are available but tend to be expensive. You will need a NVidia GPU or similar for video editing which gain adds to the price.
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  4. Posts : 15,480
    Windows10
       #4

    Without you specifying a budget range, your question is too open ended.
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  5. Posts : 6,297
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #5

    Why do you need a laptop?

    I know that it's not what you asked but a laptop performance will never mach a same price desktop.
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  6. Posts : 456
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Based on your preferences and needs for photo and video editing, here are some specifications you should look for in a laptop:

    Graphics card: A dedicated graphics card is important for video editing as it can significantly improve the rendering and playback of videos. Look for a laptop with a dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD with at least 4GB of VRAM.

    Display resolution: Look for a laptop with a high-resolution display, ideally 4K or better. This will provide better color accuracy and detail when working with photos and videos.

    CPU: A fast CPU is important for video editing as it will speed up the rendering and export times. Look for a laptop with a recent Intel Core i7 or i9 processor, or an AMD Ryzen 7 or 9 processor.

    RAM: At least 16GB of RAM is recommended for video editing, but 32GB or more would be better for handling larger files.

    Storage: Since you have external hard drives, you can go for a laptop with a smaller SSD for faster boot and load times. Look for a laptop with at least 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage.

    In/out ports: Look for a laptop with a variety of ports such as USB Type-A and Type-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, and an SD card reader. This will make it easier to connect external devices such as cameras and monitors.

    Based on these specifications, here are a few laptop recommendations:

    Dell XPS 15: Comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, 15.6-inch 4K display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.

    Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch: Comes with an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card, 16-inch Retina display, Intel Core i7 or i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB or 1TB SSD.

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15: Comes with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 15.6-inch QHD display, AMD Ryzen 9 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD.

    HP Envy 15: Comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, 15.6-inch 4K display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD.

    I hope this helps you in your search for a new laptop!
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  7. Posts : 410
    Windows 10 home Version 22H2 (OS Build 19045) and Windows 11 on laptop
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks for the recommendations! I have enough now to embellish my internet search.
    vgchat said:
    Based on your preferences and needs for photo and video editing, here are some specifications you should look for in a laptop:

    Graphics card: A dedicated graphics card is important for video editing as it can significantly improve the rendering and playback of videos. Look for a laptop with a dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD with at least 4GB of VRAM.....(other stuff in specs deleted for space efficiency)

    I hope this helps you in your search for a new laptop!
    But I do have some kudos.. It occurred to me that there are some essentials that I neglected to include. Notably:
    • Price - I need to stay below $2000 unless there's a great sale (at least 40% off)
    • Refurbished ?? - I'd like to go with new. Used means to me that a previous user found a hardware problem that I don't want to deal with.
    • Screen resolution and color rendition - Maybe I need to put this lower on my priority list.
    Thanks also to Zbook. I haven't looked at those URLs but I will.

    And why do I need a new laptop. My 5-year old Dell has a battery that won't charge. After 3 new batteries (only one OEM) I took it to a repair guru who couldn't fix the problem. I decided to live with it but am finding that the inability to work beyond an AC outlet too uncomfortable. And the computer is after all getting old.
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  8. Posts : 41,455
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #8

    The laptop business models (mobile workstations) come with better tested components and longer warranties.
    HP had included on site technical support.
    An additional consideration could be warranty duration, etc.

    This is a 2020 link for HPs Dream Color:
    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c06969132.pdf
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  9. Posts : 7,898
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #9

    zbook said:
    The laptop business models (mobile workstations) come with better tested components and longer warranties.
    HP had included on site technical support.
    An additional consideration could be warranty duration, etc.

    This is a 2020 link for HPs Dream Color:
    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c06969132.pdf
    Agrees with what I said in post 3! Business models generally come with Windows 11 Pro and 12 months on site support.
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