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Laptop Purchase for Video Editting: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 or Y510P or MSI GE60 2OE

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June 24, 2013 7:35:14 PM

Hello all!

I am looking to purchase a laptop for Video Editing. I was hoping to keep the price under $1000 dollars but may reconsider depending on how much the specs make a difference. I've narrowed down my choices down to the following 3:

Lenovo Ideapad Y500
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

Lenovo Ideapad Y510P
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

MSI GE60 2OE
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_productpage.aspx?cid=6&...

The MSI seems to not have SSD, which i've read is important for video editting. Correct me if i'm wrong, but would that make Lenova Y510P a better option since it has 1TB 5400 RPM+24GB SSD?

Please advise, i'm a bit new to this and would hate to make the wrong decision.
June 24, 2013 8:10:31 PM

I prefer going to XoticPC.com and customize one by self. That way you can have what you needs at the price you want. The 3 laptops you listed above have bad cooling system, not good for CPU-intensive tasks to run in a long time.
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June 24, 2013 8:27:16 PM

The SSD will help with load times on the video editing program but may not be ideal for large video files. I only say this because the more video files you have the more space you will need and thus a larger SSD. Ideally, you would have two drives in the system, an SSD for the OS and programs and an HDD for the video and data files. The SSD drive in the Lenovo is an mSATA drive and is used as a cache drive in the system. You could possibly replace the mSATA with a larger mSATA drive and move the OS to it but I couldn't begin to tell you how that's done and it would add to the cost of the system.

If you are willing to consider a 4th option you could check out these laptops from Sager: http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus... The model in the link can be configured with an SSD as the OS drive and with a second drive as a data drive.
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June 24, 2013 11:26:50 PM

Thanks Ken! The option looks promising but with the added costs, it seems to be out of my budget.

I recently stumbled upon this deal: http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-y500/43035...

It is the Lenovo Ideapad Y500 with the following features:
• 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
• Windows 8 64
• NVIDIA GeForce GT750M GDDR5 2GB
• 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
• 15.6" FHD LED Glossy Wedge 1920x1080
• 1TB 5400 RPM+16GB SSD
• DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
• 6 Cell Lithium-Ion
• Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230
• Bluetooth Version 4.0
• One year
• Notebook
• Integrated HD Camera
• HDMI (Out)

For the price of $839.

This fits my budget, but I was curious to know how much it may difference in terms of performance compared to say the Y510P?
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June 25, 2013 5:13:42 AM

To compare the processors you can read the specs for each on these links from Intel:
i7-3630QM: http://ark.intel.com/products/71459
i7-4700MQ: http://ark.intel.com/products/75117/Intel-Core-i7-4700M...
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-4700MQ-Noteb...
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4700MQ-vs-Intel-C...
All that to say you might not find much of a performance difference. However you may see a boost with rendering on the i7-4700MQ.
I think it would be safe to go with the Y500.
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November 23, 2013 6:09:02 PM

I bought the Lenovo Ideapad Y510p for video editing. I am thoroughly pleased with the amount of power stuffed into this laptop. You can set the video cards to automatically be set in SLI (the SLI shuts off when the laptop is not plugged in to conserve battery power and SLI only lets you use 2GB of VRAM instead of the 4GB total between the two cards) or you can manually set the two cards to be used as different cards. The base model comes with 8GB of RAM which is upgradeable.

I also compared the Y510p to several other laptops from Asus, Sager, and Alienware. The Y510p is matches up pretty well against Sagers and other laptops in the same price range and screen size as the Y510p. Plus, the Y510p has dual GPUs which none of the other laptops in its price range has.

The Y510P stacks up against another popular video editing choice, the Macbook Pro, pretty well. The 15-inch Retina Macbook Pro with all the upgrades (costs ~$3299) is only marginally better in processor speed than the Y510p. The MBP has the same GPU but only has one (vs. the Y510p 2 GPUs). The only thing that the MBP has over the Y510p is the SSD storage and the Apple logo. The Y510p is roughly $2000 less.

The Y510p is an oil magnet (as you have probably read in the reviews). It is very easy to leave finger and palm marks on the laptop.

In the end, I am personally extremely happy with the laptop and look forward to spending some quality time in After Effects on it. This is a great laptop and I encourage you to buy one!
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April 15, 2014 12:38:22 PM

How do you feel about the y510p for video editing now? Render times good with After effects? Does AE use the full 4 Gb of video ram?

Thanks


Hamman13 said:
I bought the Lenovo Ideapad Y510p for video editing. I am thoroughly pleased with the amount of power stuffed into this laptop. You can set the video cards to automatically be set in SLI (the SLI shuts off when the laptop is not plugged in to conserve battery power and SLI only lets you use 2GB of VRAM instead of the 4GB total between the two cards) or you can manually set the two cards to be used as different cards. The base model comes with 8GB of RAM which is upgradeable.

I also compared the Y510p to several other laptops from Asus, Sager, and Alienware. The Y510p is matches up pretty well against Sagers and other laptops in the same price range and screen size as the Y510p. Plus, the Y510p has dual GPUs which none of the other laptops in its price range has.

The Y510P stacks up against another popular video editing choice, the Macbook Pro, pretty well. The 15-inch Retina Macbook Pro with all the upgrades (costs ~$3299) is only marginally better in processor speed than the Y510p. The MBP has the same GPU but only has one (vs. the Y510p 2 GPUs). The only thing that the MBP has over the Y510p is the SSD storage and the Apple logo. The Y510p is roughly $2000 less.

The Y510p is an oil magnet (as you have probably read in the reviews). It is very easy to leave finger and palm marks on the laptop.

In the end, I am personally extremely happy with the laptop and look forward to spending some quality time in After Effects on it. This is a great laptop and I encourage you to buy one!


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August 11, 2014 7:45:18 AM

Hamman13 said:
I bought the Lenovo Ideapad Y510p for video editing. I am thoroughly pleased with the amount of power stuffed into this laptop. You can set the video cards to automatically be set in SLI (the SLI shuts off when the laptop is not plugged in to conserve battery power and SLI only lets you use 2GB of VRAM instead of the 4GB total between the two cards) or you can manually set the two cards to be used as different cards. The base model comes with 8GB of RAM which is upgradeable.

I also compared the Y510p to several other laptops from Asus, Sager, and Alienware. The Y510p is matches up pretty well against Sagers and other laptops in the same price range and screen size as the Y510p. Plus, the Y510p has dual GPUs which none of the other laptops in its price range has.

The Y510P stacks up against another popular video editing choice, the Macbook Pro, pretty well. The 15-inch Retina Macbook Pro with all the upgrades (costs ~$3299) is only marginally better in processor speed than the Y510p. The MBP has the same GPU but only has one (vs. the Y510p 2 GPUs). The only thing that the MBP has over the Y510p is the SSD storage and the Apple logo. The Y510p is roughly $2000 less.

The Y510p is an oil magnet (as you have probably read in the reviews). It is very easy to leave finger and palm marks on the laptop.

In the end, I am personally extremely happy with the laptop and look forward to spending some quality time in After Effects on it. This is a great laptop and I encourage you to buy one!



Thank you for the encouragement. I am considering buying this laptop. But is this laptop good for frequent editing of HD videos of short duration (upto 20 minutes)? Could there be problems with heating, as one of the respondents suggests? Is the i5 processor adequate for HD video editing needs?

Could you please answer this question soon? I'm about to purchase a laptop, and I need advice now.

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August 11, 2014 7:53:33 AM

How does Lenovo Z510 (with i7 processor) fare as a laptop for frequent editing of HD videos of a short duration (upto 20 minutes)? Will it be better than Lenovo Y510p?

I need a quick answer to this question please.
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