July 4, 2015 at 12:08PM

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Best Editing Laptop Under $1000?

What is the best editing laptop under $1000 that can handle 4k footage?

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The problem is that you are going to need a laptop with a powerful graphics card, which means something like a "gaming" laptop, and there's not a lot available under $1,000.

July 6, 2015 at 1:57AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I just bought a XMG C404 for about 900USD used on ebay which has a NVidia 860m and a powerful quadcore. It's fast. Look into used gaming laptops!

July 6, 2015 at 8:12AM

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The Acer Aspire V15 is slightly above $1k and very much capable of doing video editing.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314704

July 6, 2015 at 11:34AM

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Mooey
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I was quoted yesterday (as I'm also in the market) for a refurbished 2011 27" iMac, i7 3.4GHz, 1TB, 16GB of RAM, and 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6970 GC for $1150.-- +tax with warranty and 15day return policy at an Apple authorized dealer. SOLD!

July 7, 2015 at 7:47AM, Edited July 7, 7:49AM

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Christopher Allison
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If you're interested they have them in stock and ready to go. Mac Hollywood @ 6613 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA -- Ph. 323.957.9557

Christopher Allison

July 7, 2015 at 7:52AM

I purchased a 13" early 2011 MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 from Craigslist for $400 (it's got Intel HD Graphics 3000 512mb). I upgraded to an SSD for $100, installed 8gb of ram for $50, cleaned out the dust on the fans, and replaced heatsink compound on the CPU and graphics processor. It's not a blazing fast editing machine, but it does work as a mobile work station for cutting C100 footage/GH4 footage or anything where you're working with proxies. I don't recommend processing exports on this, but for basic cutting it's great. Cheers -George

July 7, 2015 at 2:38PM

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George Mihaly
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Again Guy L. beat me to the punch. A laptop has a 3yr average lifespan. Your keyboard gets dirty, it costs you a hundred dollars to get it replaced if you do the job and double if you hire it done. What ever you pay for your laptop, you will get far more bang for your buck with a desktop. A desktop can last for years and years and if you go the laptop route, be prepared to pay hundreds in repairs for an anemic machine in comparison. I built a screaming machine for editing a couple yrs ago for about $700 and can easily upgrade it to keep with the times without replacing everything. You can't do that on a laptop. You can build a desktop computer into a mini case and find a monitor to make it portable, but I encourage you to make a laptop your last choice esp if money is tight.

July 7, 2015 at 11:17PM

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Of course a desktop has advantages, but if you need mobility with your gear, then a laptop is necessary. There's also ways of preserving your laptop like using a USB keyboard/mouse or even opening it up and (carefully) cleaning the fan of dust.

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July 8, 2015 at 4:36PM, Edited July 8, 4:36PM

BTW, my desktop has a ssd primary drive and secondary drive and a huge disk drive. It has 32 gigs of fast ram, it has a great power supply, everything on your laptop will be cheaply made.

July 7, 2015 at 11:19PM

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I don't think it's possible to get a laptop that handle well 4k for that price. I would go for a used macbook pro, powerfull enough, good battery life, reliable, keeps value if you want to sell it, and for the 4k, use proxy files.

July 9, 2015 at 7:01AM

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