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Help me choose a laptop please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sjrm95, Apr 15, 2014.

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  1. sjrm95

    sjrm95 Thread Starter

    Apr 15, 2014
    I am looking to upgrade my laptop. I don't use it for gaming, but I have to do basic video editing for university. I use Sony Movie Studio 12 Platinum Suite.

    I have narrowed it down to two laptops:

    (Custom built) Lenovo Z500
    Processor: Intel Core i5 3230M 2.60GHz
    RAM: 4GB (possibly able to upgrade this to 6 or 8 GB)
    Hard Drive: 1TB
    Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GT 635

    (Refurbished) ACER Aspire E1-572
    Processor: Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8 GHz
    RAM: 6GB
    Hard Drive: 750GB
    Graphics Card: Not sure (but it is Integrated and not Dedicated)
    Amazon link for this laptop can be found here
    Price: £419.99

    I'm leaning towards the ACER based on price. Having looked at benchmark tests it seems that both are very similar, with the i5 even outperforming the i7 on some tests.
    The other issue is dedicated graphics card vs integrated one. I don't believe it to be too important if I'm not gaming but please correct me if I'm wrong.

    I'm not very savvy at all with hardware so any help will be appreciated! Please note that the video editing will not be very intensive, however the clips may be quite long for my university projects.

    Thanks for reading! A little bit of clarity would be nice :)

    If anyone has any alternatives then my absolute maximum budget is £500.
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