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Old 11-14-2013, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm in the market for a new laptop, before i head out to Colorado in January to finish school.. (Steamboat Springs, woot!)

My price range is about $1,000 - $1,100

Here's the kicker, I don't know a damn thing about computers.. at all.. hopefully i can get some good help here!

Things I will be using it for:
Basic school stuff (nothing special needed on the laptop for school, just basic stuff.
Editing (GoPro) videos, and editing some pictures.
Music (and has good sound output too)
One that holds a lot of vids and pics.

Is Windows 8 the best route to go? I'm VERY interested in the touchscreen ones that I've seen.. that has the apps on the front and all.

Size wise: something normal sized, not one of those huge screen ones that weigh like 45 lbs.

If anyone has any good input on which one to look at, that'd be great!
Like i said, I'm computer retarded..

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Out of personal preference, if I were to upgrade my current laptop, I would purchase the google chrome book. I currently own a MacBook from 08 and I love it, but to pay as much as Apple is asking, for something that will perform relatively similar is a hard thing to wrap my head around. Unless your immersed in apple products already and want to stay with the apple brand, there are plenty if good options for a lot less than $1000. Best of luck in school.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Almost every computer nowadays can do 95% of all tasks. The one thing that can kill computers are photo and video processing programs. For that you need power.

Before choosing a platform I suggest choosing a video editing program first. If you are doing very basic editing then any program may work (Premier elements, basic Sony Vegas, etc.).

I used Premiere, and Sony Vegas, but I like Apple's software for ease of use and I'm an anti-Apple fanboy. I use apple products but never pimp it and hate those that do, "OH it just works" no it fucking doesn't just work it has problems like any other computer.

But yeah, if you're going to edit videos just here and there, then go play with ones you like and stick with it. If you might seriously edit video then choose wisely.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Almost every computer nowadays can do 95% of all tasks. The one thing that can kill computers are photo and video processing programs. For that you need power.

Before choosing a platform I suggest choosing a video editing program first. If you are doing very basic editing then any program may work (Premier elements, basic Sony Vegas, etc.).

I used Premiere, and Sony Vegas, but I like Apple's software for ease of use and I'm an anti-Apple fanboy. I use apple products but never pimp it and hate those that do, "OH it just works" no it fucking doesn't just work it has problems like any other computer.

But yeah, if you're going to edit videos just here and there, then go play with ones you like and stick with it. If you might seriously edit video then choose wisely.
Yeah I mean I've never really edited too much stuff, but on the new laptop I'll be doing some, not a WHOLE lot, so just basic programs would be good for me. I won't get too into it.. basically just editing cool snowboard vids and motorcycle vids.

Thanks guys!
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get an alienware 14.for more power than a mac and in your spare time you can game very well too. its windows 7 which trust me as a geek, 7 is far superior to 8. 8 was designed around looks not efficiency so it really bogs down the system. hope this helps
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Almost every computer nowadays can do 95% of all tasks. The one thing that can kill computers are photo and video processing programs. For that you need power.....

.....I used Premiere, and Sony Vegas, but I like Apple's software for ease of use and I'm an anti-Apple fanboy. I use apple products but never pimp it and hate those that do, "OH it just works" no it fucking doesn't just work it has problems like any other computer.
You said theagic words right there! "Ease of use!" I have been using apple computers for a decade n a half. For my photography and lately for some basic GoPro and iPhone video editing! I like Apple computers. I'm a fan, (...without being a fanboi!). I should also state that I am practically computer illiterate. Don't know how they work, just need them to. And Apples do!!!

Of course they can have problems! They're a machine just like anything else. And NO, I am NOT a swiller of KoolAid! But Apple software and computers are great,.. For people that don't care about learning computers. Most of the software for mac's is easy enough to use and figure out without ever opening a manual. How many pc apps can you say that about. Shit, I haven't read any OS operating instructions in something like 6-7 years! (...Photoshop is a different animal all together.)

Now if you want to be a "Power User?" Well that's going to be more complicated no matter which platform you choose. And remeber this, jdang is right. Once you commit to a platform and start investing in software, hardware, etc? It's hard and expensive as hell to switch!

So make your choice wisely. You'll likely be living with it a long time, good or bad!
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Alien ware is the second biggest ripoff after apple
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Probably out of the price range, but getting a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a normal spinning hard drive is a good idea since they are much less likely to fail, and are faster than normal spinning disk hard drives. You are much less likely to have a "hard drive failure" that loses everything stored on your computer. It is essentially just a big flash drive.

They were pretty expensive 2 years ago when I bought my apple laptop, but now it may be feasible in your price range.

I would also look for something refurbished... more bang for your buck if you really want to be able to edit HD snowboard vids.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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personally I hate anything windows passed XP. I like lenovos if I'm running windows. I run redhat / XP on mine. I also have a macbook pro. If you are editing ANYTHING its really where you want to be. MAC's run on top of linux which is a little more stable and powerful than window....being a non-geek that likely doesnt matter to you, but information is useful. I used to (old school) do a lot of video editing with Avid Cinema and it would chew up my windows box to the point literally nothing else could be processed. Of course with later windows OS's you can build a laptop with a ton of disk space and memory to combat those issues, but they also come loaded with a ton of bloat-ware.

I'm surprised no one else mentioned it....but if you are editing photos or video that'll be a task in itself with a touch screen. I like a keyboard/mouse myself.

I dont know much about the suggested chrome laptop but its worth looking into. The alienware is overkill, especially if you know nothing about computers.

Regardless what you go with disk space (solid state rocks), LOTS of memory and processors are key!
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Regardless what you go with disk space (solid state rocks), LOTS of memory and processors are key!
Yup. Lots of RAM and high processing speed. You can save money by getting a smaller solid state drive in the computer and adding a cheaper external drive to store everything on, especially all your raw video, movies, etc.
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