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So I'm looking for a laptop for college next school year.
I looked around Newegg and this caught my eye: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312165

But it seems a bit expensive for it specs. The thing is, after using thinkpads for so long, I desperately want the "joystick/trackball/red button" mouse in the center of the keyboard. I'd be hugely disappointed to have to be condemned to the raw, finger-numbing action of having to continuously slide my finger on a inconveniently placed trackpad with little to no accuracy nor precision.

Are there any other options for me? I'd perfer the best specs possible for running Photoshop, Sony Vegas, After Effects. Naturally, I could always upgrade said laptop as well, but it is even worth it?


What is your maximum budget?
$900, I can push it higher if it's absolutely worth it.

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
College, Photo and video editing.
Scissor type keyboard preferred as opposed to chicklet

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Llenovo

What screen size do you require?
No preference. Anything around 15" is fine

What screen resolution do you require?
No preference

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
No preference

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
7 hours?

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I'd prefer a laptop that doesn't have the GPU to play intensive games to keep me from playing them tongue.gif. (Thus Llenovo)

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 x64

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
no pref.

How much hard drive space do you need?
500GB at least

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
A webcam would be nice

Is there anything else we need to know?
I desperately want the trackball mouse, but I will sacrifice that if there is something of much better value.


Edit: Or how about the
ThinkPad T430 Laptop, is the i5 fine?
https://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=FC448E05D12BD000069CA73F6D0D1FA8&action=init
$849.15
Intel Core i5-3230M Processor (3.20GHz, 3MB Cache, 1600MHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4000
Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
14.0" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM)
500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Edited by nickkay - 5/31/13 at 9:27am
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I wouldn't want to try to do any heavy editing on a laptop with only integrated graphics (i've done it before, its mind numbing and will take 3X as long at minimum) - if you can hold off for a few more months, haswell chips are coming out which will be significantly more powerful, longer battery life, etc. (its a terrible time right now to buy a laptop)

If you must buy a laptop right now the IdeaPad Y500 Laptop - 59360241 (on the lenovo website) would be an excellent choice, its currently $880, 1080p screen, 15", a dedicated GPU and Core i7 processor. Just my 2 cents though thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

I wouldn't want to try to do any heavy editing on a laptop with only integrated graphics (i've done it before, its mind numbing and will take 3X as long at minimum) - if you can hold off for a few more months, haswell chips are coming out which will be significantly more powerful, longer battery life, etc. (its a terrible time right now to buy a laptop)

If you must buy a laptop right now the IdeaPad Y500 Laptop - 59360241 (on the lenovo website) would be an excellent choice, its currently $880, 1080p screen, 15", a dedicated GPU and Core i7 processor. Just my 2 cents though thumb.gif

Normally I'd buy workstation laptops for video/photo editing on the go.

A Quadro K3000M is a good GPU or the equivalent AMD.
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i'm a fan of the sagers and Malibal lineups

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np6652-clevo-w650sr-p-5846.html
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My tip for video editing: Get the most powerful processor you can afford in your laptop. your GPU isn't as important.

I use Vegas 11 Pro 64 bit, which has GPU acceleration(IGPU or dedicated GPU). It works ok without GPU acceleration, but video rendering, depending on formats, are most heavily affected by CPU, this is especially true of you render out in WMV.
A gpu helps but its not as important as getting as many threads to render on as possible.

the i7 3840QM is the best video editing cpu for a laptop that you can get without going to extreme cpus, and it still maintains good battery life.

You should avoid getting low end laptops with thing less than an i7 because of how much it hampers performance of video rendering.
am i7 quad will run circles around those i5 duos because they have twice the threads for video rendering.
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