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Laptop for Video editing and Gaming

by GadgetRocket / September 21, 2016 3:19 PM PDT

My budget is around INR. 1.5 lac which translate to around ($2200). My main purpose is of video editing and then gaming. I would like to get one with best possible build quality and after sale service (BOTH MUST).
Requirements:
Screen : 15"- 17" (FHD)
RAM : 16 GB minimum
CPU : Intel 6th
GPU : 6-8 GB
SSD+HDD : 128GB+1TB (Minimum)
Batter-backup : 3 hours +
Weight : Doesn't matter that much (2-4 KGS)
Pretty much interested in Dell. I have checked some of the MSI's but not sure about the quality and after sale service, that is why i am not able to decide. ASUS is also there but again not sure !

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Tell more about your after sale expectations.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 3:22 PM PDT

I run into folk all the time that want Windows and app support from the laptop maker. In short, nope. Unless you pay by the hour they don't.

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Pretty much basic
by GadgetRocket / September 21, 2016 3:29 PM PDT

As anyone would expect, if anything goes wrong Brand should take full responsibility to fix it. I have just gone through a blog of a guy who got his motherboards damaged which was from MSI. He sent it for repair and MSI sent him back saying there is not issue with it, unfortunately to make it even worse the return shipment got damaged and the price they declared in shipment for insurance was Rs.3500/- and the original motherboard was of 35,000/-.
This thing should not happen which is what i expect. My Reliability and their Responsibility.

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Then no model I know of will do save Apple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 3:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Pretty much basic

Only Apple and those Microsoft PCs (Surface) come with any expectation of "if anything goes wrong Brand should take full responsibility to fix it."

Microsoft has issued updates that have broke things and you have written what you are expecting for support.

This collapses the world of PCs to just two companies. Microsoft and Apple. Both have laptops for you to look over.

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PS. And with that screen size the last standing maker is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 3:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Pretty much basic

Apple.

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Okay thank you
by GadgetRocket / September 21, 2016 3:41 PM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion and information.

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Don't you think so ?
by GadgetRocket / September 21, 2016 3:43 PM PDT

MacBooks are pretty much outdated in terms of hardware.

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You asked for something (I quoted you on it)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2016 4:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Don't you think so ?

And if I take you seriously that lead me to just one maker. Maybe you didn't actually mean what you wrote but I have to take your word for it.

That said, here's what my son has and we did install a 99USD 480GB SSD for a speed boost. It FAILS your requirements but it was good enough that I bought one too.

Try this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01578ZKPO

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Regarding Video Editing
by gaucherre / September 23, 2016 11:12 PM PDT

There's something you should know about the hardware involved in video editing. The fastest and most efficient hardware for this task is Intel's Quick Sync feature which is built into the HD Graphics of cpu itself. Quick-sync will render/convert/transcode your video significantly faster than any Nvidia (CUDA) or Radeon gaming gpu. The bigger the job the more time you save by using Intel's built-in feature. Also, there have been a couple of comparisons where the image quality of Quick-Sync rendered video was deemed superior to that of the separate gpus. I believe that Nvidia has improved since then but it can't match the speed of Quick-Sync. If the laptop will allow you to switch between the Intel integrated graphics and a separate gaming gpu that would be the perfect scenario. Otherwise, maybe choose a Core i7 cpu with Intel IRIS graphics. This might be a reasonable gaming gpu while still providing the top-notch video editing you get from Quick-Sync. Investigate these possibilities before you buy if you want to get the best overall value.

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How set are you on the warranty requirements?
by Zouch / September 24, 2016 3:35 AM PDT

If that is paramount, then the closest you are going to get is, as Bob says, Apple - if you can afford their outrageous prices.

Otherwise, I think you are down to a choice of either the Asus Republic of Gaming (ROG) machines or the DELL XPS range, which incorporates a lot of the old Alienware features, acquired when they bought Alienware.

I'd be inclined to go with the Asus - I have an Asus non gamer, good quality build but a dreadful trackpad, though that wouldn't be a problem gaming or video editing, you'd likely be using a gaming mouse anyway.

Very much a personal choice.

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