I've heard that the major performance bottlenecks on laptops are the hard drives. I'm hoping to purchase a laptop for video editing and was thinking of going with a p4 1.4Ghz with 512 DDRAM, an external 19' monitor and external Firewire Hard Drive. My question is if I am eliminating the typical laptop computer bottlenecks by using an external firewire HD and CRT monitor? I would assume so since it would seem like RAM, CPU, Video Card (for video editing) and other features that one can easily opt for on a laptop nowadays shouldn't slowdown the system like they might have done a 'short' while ago.
Let me know what you guys think.
I think there is a major difference between a desktop chipset and a mobile chipset. The best option i think is to used a desktop for video editing.
About the firewire, recently I read an article( forgot where I read it) that the new USB 2.0 hardisks have more bandwidth than firewire products. Unfortunately, there not many(none that I know of) USB 2.0 enabled notebooks(mainly because the notebook chipsets are a bit lagging behind the desktop ones.) and also the only USB 2.0 hardisk solution currently available is from Maxtor.
Another factor to consider is the video capture support on notebooks, I think the only way to do it effectively on a notebook is to use an external MPEG1/2 encoder(like the ones available from Hauppage).