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Torquehd
Posted on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I know there are some computer nerds on Badweb, and it's time to buy a new laptop. Current one only has 4G RAM and lags when I use photoshop, recording software, or video editing software. Additionally it can't even play youtube 1080p smoothly, I assume that's the RAM as well. And forget editing 1080p. 720 is the most my computer can handle.
I don't game but I do record video occasionally. Wife is a photographer and I'd like to get a drone for myself but she wants me to be able to video weddings and stuff too. Don't need to edit 4K, I think 1080p is the highest I'd want to go. At least for now.

32G ram is cost prohibitive, looking at 16G. This is what I'm looking at
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VivoBook-F510QA-Laptop -Computer/dp/B07TYKPNJX/ref=sr_1_6?fst=as%3Aoff&qi d=1564945541&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-b in%3A13580790011%2Cp_n_feature_fourteen_browse-bin %3A2057441011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A2423841011%2 Cp_89%3AASUS%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011%2Cp _n_feature_twelve_browse-bin%3A9521908011%2Cp_n_fe ature_two_browse-bin%3A562241011&rnid=562234011&s= pc&sr=1-6

In short, 16G ram[edit, 20G], 512G SSD, quadcore processor, it has a Radeon R7 which I've read is on the low end but I'm assuming that's more for gaming than video editing.

The only thing that scares me about this laptop is that it's a third party company who takes "new" products and upgrades them. They have a 30 day warranty. I've had 4 or 5 laptops over the years but I don't know much about them.

Any insight? I like the price point of this computer, ~$600. Not wanting to spend more but I could probably be convinced if there was a good reason to.

(Message edited by torquehd on August 04, 2019)
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Pwnzor
Posted on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've got several ASUS laptops, and they are excellent units.

My oldest one (I-7 w/16GB RAM + 256GB SSD) has been in constant use, both as a desktop replacement and a mobile office. 10-12 hours per day running up to 5 screens plus casting to a sixth screen at the same time in various configurations.

Also have an I-5 with 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD that gets abused like crazy and it just won't give up.

Also have an I-3 started it's life with 4GB RAM and a 500 GB HDD, which I just upgraded to Win10 Pro, added another 4GB of RAM, and swapped in a 512GB SSD and it's like brand new.

So... ASUS = Good.

I also have a couple of HP X360 Convertibles that are top notch machines as well.

All of them were $500 or less except for the I-7.

That being said, if you're doing any kind of real video editing you are going to run out of space on a 512GB SSD, so load your software on that, but store all your big files on an External HDD or SSD. My I7 has two 2TB external HDD's and I've got an 8TB NAS plugged into my router which stores all my security camera videos, my music collection and backups from every other computer in the house.

ASUS good.
HP good.

Intel processors generally better than AMD (in my opinion) but I did just get my daughter a new laptop that has the AMD Ryzen processor and 16GB DDR4 RAM and some iteration of the Radeon graphics chipset and it is impressively fast... so, AMD has apparently come a long way.
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Torquehd
Posted on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 08:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My current laptop is an Asus, I like it and from what little I know about them, I like them as a company.

BTW, ASUS is short for Pegasus : )

I have a 500G external hard drive but I just looked at Bestbuy and you can get a 2TB for like $60 now! That's ridiculous!

My other option for a computer would be to get a refurbished unit from Bestbuy. Similar specs to the above link. I'm just wary of buying a used computer.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

AFAIK, RAM is cheap compared to the other stuff. A lot of times your computer will have two slots but only one card so you can easily double whatís there. +1 on an external drive. A built in SSD will help with the computing speed and Iíve seen 4 TB externals for under $100. Should be easy enough to come up with something to suit you.
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Sifo
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So did you order this PC? Any issues? Thinking about pulling the trigger on this same unit.
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Torquehd
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I haven't yet. Currently moving from one coast to the opposite. Planning to purchase when I get back to the PNW.
I'm leaning toward a refurb from best buy with similar specs. I dont know if it makes a difference but I feel better buying computers from bestbuy than Amazon.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 - 06:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

They all come from the same place. China.

I've got 154 pallets of them in my warehouse right now. Some are going to the Amazon DC and some are going to the Best Buy DC. HP, Apple, Asus, Acer, Samsung.
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Froggy
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd be wary about buying from a 3rd party seller on Amazon unless you can get something like Square-trade protection on it. Last thing you need is to plop down $600, then 2 months later the budget RAM they put into it conks out, and Asus refuses to help.

I do recommend buying from BestBuy or if you have a Microsoft Store near you, one from there. You won't find as good of a deal as their stuff is new instead of refurbished, but then you don't have to worry about support if it is a dud, even if you don't get an extended warranty.



If you don't plan on bringing it everywhere with you, look at something like a regular laptop instead of an ultrabook. A regular laptop is bigger, heavier, and thicker, but is more upgradable down the line and cheaper. They are often faster too, as ultrabooks have lower wattage parts to reduce heat output and run longer on the battery.

Gaming laptops are nothing special, they just cost more (gamer tax), and often look ugly and have useless lights. I usually recommend the business class laptops, they tend to be built better.

I'm going to see if I can find something in your budget that works for you.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Last decade or so, I've been getting refurb stuff.
A year older than new but tested more rigorously before release than new.
And half the price of cutting edge and warranty time.

Z
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Torquehd
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That's what I was thinking froggy. The ones I'd been looking at on Amazon are from third party companies who "upgrade" "new" laptops and then sell them cheaper than market value... made my spidey sense tingle or something. But bestbuy is pretty much the standard name in household electronics imho. Their name stands behind whatever they sell.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Always verify who you're buying from on Amazon.

I buy almost everything on Amazon these days. Ebay was fired years ago, and dealing with minimum wage morons in a brick and mortar store just wastes my time and energy.

I average 10-15 purchases per month. Prime membership has myriad advantages and I save so much time I feel as if I've added years to my life.

I've been told that I don't play well with others... mostly by a bunch of sensitive nancy-boy hipster (or hippie) types. You know, co-workers, pedestrians, other motorists...

I guess my Amazon membership benefits others as much as it benefits me!

Your mileage may vary.
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