Rather than start yet another which laptop thread, I thought it might be better to revive this one. How important is a graphics card for use with lightroom, maybe elements in the future and potentially a small amount of video editing? The cards below are the two I am looking at.
I've narrowed my choice down to two laptops, the PCSPECIALIST Ultranote II or CosmosII (both I have specced with a full HD IPS screen.
One has an Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator 4600 graphics card, which I believe is built in graphics rather than separate?
The second has a choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 840M 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX11, or the 850M.
Otherwise the specs are identical between the two choices, but the second laptop will be more than £150 extra.
I've had a play with some Macbook Pro's, and whilst very nice, any with a retina screen and even approach the spec I desire completely smash my budget and are utterly unaffordable for me
Finally, has anyone had experience of PCSPECIALIST? Slightly wary of it as I haven't heard of it before, but they seem to be well received on the internet, and one of their machines is available from Curry's so should be legit (without the IPS screen or SSD and at a greatly increased price).
While there will be a variety of opinions, my IT experience wants to make these points....
- If you are on a budget, why are you trying to purchase a laptop for image/video editing? You can get a lot more bang for your buck and true performance with a desktop PC and high quality display. Trying to edit images/video on a laptop is ALWAYS a compromise and ALWAYS more expensive to get the compromise.
- With regard to the video systems you reference, it's a laptop. They are all in the same league as far as performance. And the video card performance is a moot point when editing images, it's just not the most important factor. RAM, CPU, even Drive Speed is more important. And since these are all laptop mobile chipsets, they are all going to be fairly limited on color space, etc so it's a really a moot point. I would be more concerned with stability and driver compatibility. And with that in mind, the Intel chipset will likely be the most trouble free with regard to drivers and maturity. (At least that is usually the case.) And I would definitely avoid an AMD CPU/Chipset which is what might be coming with the Nvidia graphics.
Get all the RAM you can without killing your budget (16GB should be enough) and at least a 240GB SSD for the OS, apps and scratch/working disk area. This applies to both a desktop or a laptop.