Laptop for drone video editing 4k

Well it’s clear that my old laptop cant handle modern video editing tasks so I need an upgrade. Put a local computer shop on the case and they have offered the below.

Does anyone who knows computers/video editing have an opinion on whether either of the two options below will be enough for semi-professional editing tasks?

Option 1
HP Zbook 15u G3
i7 6th Gen with 16GB Ram, 240GB
Intel Core i7 6600U 2.6ghz (up to 3.4ghz)
16GB DDR4 Ram
240GB SSD
AMD Firepro 4190M Graphics Card
Bluetooth 4:0
Display Port & VGA
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1
15.6" FHD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Refurbished & Boxed
1 Year Warranty
£649.00

Option 2
HP Zbook 15 G2 i7 Quad Core with 16GB Ram, 240GB SSD
Intel Core i7 4910MQ 2.8ghz (up to 3.7ghz)
16GB DDR3 Ram
240GB SSD
Quadro K2100 Graphics Card
Bluetooth 4:0
Display Port & VGA
2 x USB 3:0, 1 x USB 2:0
15.6" FHD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Refurbished & Boxed
1 Year Warranty
£694.80

Really expensive mate.

The first one is a low power CPU and weak GPU.

Second one is really old.

Neither would be suitable if you intend to work with H.265.

There will be loads of black Friday deals for gaming laptops which would be ideal.

What’s your budget mate? I’ll see what I can find.

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Similar specs new on ebay for a lot less.

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Thanks, ideally didn’t want to spend more than £1200 if buying new

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You will get a cracking gaming laptop that will breeze through anything you throw at it for £800 - £900.

Is portability an issue for you?

They are generally a bit heavier but much more powerful than ultrabooks etc.

I think the local shop was taking the piss with what they offered to be honest. Must be stuff they were trying to get rid of.

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Portability is not an issue and neither is battery life

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Are you in a rush for it?

I’d hold out until next Friday. Theres some decent deals at the moment but can only get better.

I’ll post some in here as I find them and you can see what you think.

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That would be much appreciated! Not any rush and happy to wait for a good deal in the sale.

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Just as an example, something like this I would be looking out for.

It’s only got 8GB RAM but could be upgraded.

Ideally something like that with 16GB.

Its £150 more than what you were quoted for the refurbed one but almost current generation, 6 core i7 and decent GPU.

Here’s a comparison of the processor for the second one you were quoted.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-9750H-vs-Intel-Core-i7-4910MQ/m766364vsm9700

And here’s the first.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-9750H-vs-Intel-Core-i7-6600U/m766364vsm36828

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Hi, I know this is just above your budget but thought I’d mention.
I brought the 17” older spec version of this a couple of years ago from Scan computers and it still handles editing and streaming well,
Don’t know if it will be included in B Friday but these are pretty good specs
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/156-msi-gp65-leopard-9se-078uk-gaming-laptop-144hz-i7-9750h-rtx2060-6gb-16gb-ddr4-1tb-hdd-256gb-ssd

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Thanks for that and for the comparison! Really helps!

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Looks good, maybe it will drop a bit next week, ta!

Does it have to be a laptop ?

You can buy a lot of desktop for less pennies

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Good point.

Could probably get a desktop and 4K monitor and still be under budget.

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This as well :point_up_2:
Desktops tend to have even better specs, built my own for far less than I Could buy it for ‘high street’ and better spec.

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Has to be a laptop, I work from multiple offices and sites!

Worth keeping an eye out for the above specs or better if it needs to be laptop, otherwise you can find it’s obsolete quite quick.
All down to budget!

Could I get away with 8gb ram?

More is better, I’d suggest at least 16gb

Having done that myself I’d say not ideal, 16gb ddr4 is a happy level for most software, as mentioned above it can get processor and memory hungry very quickly, causes bottlenecks in the system / lagging.
8gb ddr4 will cope but 16gb will do it faster and more efficiently coupled with a good ssd(nvme)