Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

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Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:46 am

Hey guys!

I am currently looking for a laptop for podcasting, video editing, and general use.
My budget is $550-675 and I am currently thinking about getting this one: HP Pavilion Power 15t
It has these specs:
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1TB 7200RPM hard drive
12 GB DDR4 RAM
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display
Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 2GB dedicated graphics.
I like the fact that this laptop has a backlit keyboard and doesn't look so much like a gaming laptop.

Currently I am using my dad's laptop with the specs listed below, so anything more powerful will be a HUGE upgrade.
Intel Core i3-4030U
1 TB 5400RPM hard drive
4 GB DDR3 RAM
15.6" 1366x768 TN display
Integrated Intel Graphics

I also have a few questions.
1. Do dedicated graphics help with video editing?
2. Is the cost of an SSD worth it?
3. Is 12GB of RAM enough?
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by StargatePioneer » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:53 am

It seems a reasonable unit. If you could afford one of these ( HP OMEN 15" Intel i7, GTX 1050 Gaming Laptops - $779.99 + $5 standard shipping
https://computers.woot.com/offers/hp-om ... dium=share ) it might work out better for you.

In laptops the more processing power you can buy the better. Laptop processors are slimmed down models that go into desktops, often with less cores to process with. So the faster the better.

YES - you absolutely want the best graphics card you can afford if you are streaming, editing or processing video. The GPU means more to those processes than the CPU does but you need the best of both you can afford.

YES - you want an SSD for your OS drive with a traditional HDD for storage if you can get it. You’ll need to speed of the SSD for processing and the lower cost of the HDD for long term storage.

Yes, 12 GB of RAM is good, 16 is better. But this is something you can easily add after the fact when it goes on sale.

Good luck and ask questions if you have them!


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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:42 am

StargatePioneer wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:53 am
It seems a reasonable unit. If you could afford one of these ( HP OMEN 15" Intel i7, GTX 1050 Gaming Laptops - $779.99 + $5 standard shipping it might work out better for you.
I can't really afford $785 because of my limited budget.
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by StargatePioneer » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:56 pm

That’s okay. The one you pointed out should do just fine.


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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:30 pm

I also found a gaming laptop from Costco
Acer Aspire 5 Nitro - $649 ($150 off)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
256GB NVMe SSd
8GB DDR4
15.6" Full HD IPS display
Nvidia Geforce 1050 4GB Graphics
This laptop can be easily upgraded by removing a screw on the bottom to access but does look more like a gaming laptop. I went to Costco and looked at the demo unit. I didn't do any performance testing, but the laptop felt fast, although the build quality is lacking.

I don't know if Black Friday will bring any good deals or not. I also could just buy a laptop from eBay from 3 years ago with Intel Core i7 4th or 5th generation, 8-16GB Ram, etc. for $400-$500.
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by StargatePioneer » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:18 am

zacharywebb wrote:I also found a gaming laptop from Costco
Acer Aspire 5 Nitro - $649 ($150 off)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
256GB NVMe SSd
8GB DDR4
15.6" Full HD IPS display
Nvidia Geforce 1050 4GB Graphics
This laptop can be easily upgraded by removing a screw on the bottom to access but does look more like a gaming laptop. I went to Costco and looked at the demo unit. I didn't do any performance testing, but the laptop felt fast, although the build quality is lacking.

I don't know if Black Friday will bring any good deals or not. I also could just buy a laptop from eBay from 3 years ago with Intel Core i7 4th or 5th generation, 8-16GB Ram, etc. for $400-$500.
Everything will be a trade off but you are right in that most laptop storage and memory can be upgraded easily. Unfortunately not all graphics cards can be upgraded as easily and not all laptop processors can be upgraded at all. With this Acer you listed it has a pretty good graphics capability but the processor could be better. I do like the SSD drive but wish it was bigger.

I don’t know if I would get a 3-4 year old laptop. You never know what will go wrong with it.

There are “deals” on Black Friday/Cyber Monday but in my experience you have to watch what’s being sold. Sometimes stores bring in special cheap models just as a door buster since customers have the holiday buying craze. But if you do your research there are some good deals to find.

Good Luck!


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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:55 am

The Acer Aspire 5 for $599 seems like a good offering.
Specs:
Intel Core i5-8250 (8th gen quad-core CPU)
Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB Dedicated graphics
256GB SSD
8GB RAM
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by StargatePioneer » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:44 pm

zacharywebb wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:55 am
The Acer Aspire 5 for $599 seems like a good offering.
Specs:
Intel Core i5-8250 (8th gen quad-core CPU)
Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB Dedicated graphics
256GB SSD
8GB RAM
Did you end up ordering it?
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:42 am

StargatePioneer wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:44 pm
Did you end up ordering it?
No, it is "currently unavailable" on Amazon. I've looked at a cheaper Acer Aspire from newegg.
Microsoft Store and eBay also have the Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS for $579-599. The only problem with that model is that it has a TN display.
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Re: Laptop for Audio and Video Podcasting

Post by zacharywebb » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:03 pm

I ended up getting the Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS from eBay for $579.99. This laptop has an extra m.2 ssd slot and can have RAM upgraded up to 32GB.

Here are the specs:
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Nviidia GTX 1050 4GB graphics
8GB DDR4 RAM
1TB 5400 RPM hard drive (slow)
15.6" TN display
Some extra perks of this laptop are a backlit keyboard and the fact that it doesn't look like a gaming laptop.

I'll update this thread in 1-2 months to tell how it does. Thanks for you guys' help.
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