I need some help choosing a laptop for video editing and compositing
I'm looking into getting a new laptop for video editing and compositing. My budget is ~2k€ and I'm looking into gaming laptops as they seem to pack a punch.
I currently have a desktop with an i5-4460, 16Gb RAM, and a Radeon R9 290 4Gb, and it's starting to not work so great. For our latest "Just waiting for Friday" short-ish film I used my work laptop, because the movie was for a work event. That's a Dell XPS 15, i7700hq, GTX 1050 and 32 Gb of RAM and a 1Tb ssd. However I won't use my work laptop for my other own videos. Also I had issues with that laptop: the charger port needed replacing, the USB-C dock sometimes does funny business, and lately everything is slowing down like crazy. But since it's my work laptop I can't do much to it. Also it's steering me away from Dell for my own stuff.
Anyway, I'm looking at Windows laptops (not desktop, that's for sure) and my requirements are:
- Minimum: i8750, 16Gb Ram, 1060 Max-Q, 256Gb SSD, USB-C port; buyable in Finland to get the Nordic keyboard layout
- Nice to have: more ram, 1060, 1070 Max-Q or 1070, 2nd disk with 1-2Tb, high-refresh display (120-144hz), SD card reader
What I'd be using it for: HitFilm Express, Davinci Resolve 15.2, Fusion 9; sources from GH5 (4k 8bit 100Mbps or 4k 10bit 150Mbps), A7 iii (4k 8 bit 100Mbps) delivering to 1080p. And I usually edit out of an external drive (Samsung T5 SSD), that's the reason for the USB-C port as requirement.
I think I want to go with 15,6", but I don't discard 17,3". On that budget I won't find 4K display, so FullHD will do.
I have narrowed it down to:
- Razer Blade 15 (15,6") - 1999€
- Asus ROG Strix Hero 2 (15,6") - 1999€
- Asus ROG Stric Scar (17,3") - 1799 €
All of them have i8750 processor, 16Gb of RAM, 256GB SSD drive and 1060 graphics card (Max-Q for the Razer).
The razer has a 2TB HDD and both Asus have 1TB.
The Razer has 60Hz screen, the Hero 2 144Hz and the Scar 120Hz. All of them FullHD with the Scar being bigger, of course. Both the Razer and the Hero 2 claim 100% sRGB but no info on the Scar.
The Razer is super good looking and well build and a tad more compact than the Hero 2.
The Razer doesn't have SD reader, which is a bit of a bummer. The other ones do.
The Razer's USB-C is also Thunderbolt.
The Razer has a massive and lovely glass covered trackpad, much better than the Asus' ones.
The Hero 2 has thin bezels (like the Razer) but a stupid-nose-hair webcam placement.
The Scar is substantially bigger than the other 2 (41,5 x 28 x 2,4 and 2.95Kg) vs Razer (35,5 x 23,5 x 19,9 and 2,07Kg) and Hero 2 (36,1 x 26,2 x 2,61 and 2,4Kg). That also means that both Asus have full keyboard with keypad, but the Razer doesn't.
I'm a bit worried of the massive 17,3" size. Between the Razer and the Hero... the Razer is prettier, smaller, has more HD but, the Hero has SD card reader, better screen refresh and full keyboard (and marginally better graphics card).
I'll take any advice I can get!!