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Which Laptop for 4K video editing?

Hi, I’m after a laptop that will deal comfortably with 4K video editing. I’m torn between the MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 15. I understand I need a powerful processor, plenty of RAM and a good graphics card. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please answer in idiot language as I’m really not upto speed with computing. Is there any graphics cards I should or shouldn’t avoid? And which out of the 2 laptops I’ve mentioned would I be best suited too or can anyone recommend another?
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Joel

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I'm going with not a good idea.

There is no "speed" in 4K video editing since the folk I know that do this run to the i9 32GB or more desktops. Both of those laptops can edit such slowly so for the novice the Apple with say Final Cut Pro may be better. But are you ready to wait for some operations to finish?

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Recent Intel CPU is Recommended

Intel mobile cpu's (laptop processors) which are fairly powerful and include their Quick Sync Video feature would be a good choice. Check for laptops that have at least a Core i7-8550U cpu (4-core/8-threads); even better would be the Core i7-8750H and Core i7-8850H (6-core/12-threads). All major brands of computers offer models with one of these processors.
If you can play with one in a store before deciding, that should give you confidence in your choice. I've used a number of different laptops over the years, and find that I quickly adapt to whatever keyboard and touchpad they have, but every machine has its own style. For example, my 4 year-old Lenovo 15-inch Y500 model is solidly built and runs quietly and smoothly. The backlit keyboard and excellent keys are a pleasure to type on, but the touchpad is not to my liking. So, I use a wireless mouse instead of the touchpad - problem solved. We also have a newer ACER laptop. It's thinner, lighter and easier to carry than the Lenovo, yet it doesn't "feel" quite as solid. The touchpad is way better than the Lenovo's, but the display screen has a limitation. It's an anti-glare screen which is OK, but the picture fades rapidly if you look at it from off to the side. This is only a problem if you're trying to share with someone else sitting beside you which places each of you off-center, so neither of you sees a good image. Not a problem at our house, but it could be if you collaborate with someone on a video edit!
The point is they all have some eccentricity or other, and you have to live with it.
As for Intel Quick Sync Video, it will edit and transcode video about as fast as a good dedicated graphics card and generate less heat, so that's worth considering. The most powerful laptops for video editing are probably the high-end Gaming models. These tend to have higher prices because everything has to be beefed-up, so to speak, to supply extra power, extra cooling, extra everything. You might want to take a look at Newegg.com. They have a category menu at the upper left of the main window where you can choose laptops or even gaming laptops. A left-column menu in the next page will let you select Intel 87xx or 88xx cpu to narrow down the listings.
The newest AMD Ryzen cpu's are really good, too, but I'm not sure about their heat output, fan noise, etc. compared to an equivalent Intel Core i7 cpu.

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Video Editing Laptop Guide

Don't just stick with MacBook Pro if you aren't apple lover because there are lots of laptops available in the market like New Dell XPS 15 7590, MSI Stealth, etc... that can be your perfect video editing partner. Go with minimum Core-i7/Ryzen 7 processor, graphics card with 4GB to 6GB VRAM, 512GB SSD and FHD or 4K display because that will make operations smooth. And go for newly released Dell XPS laptop.
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