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Content creation laptop suggestions and opinions

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello everyone,

 

Let me try to be as short as possible.

 

I am looking for a very portable laptop for heavy content creation. I do 3D animations, heavy After Effects and a lot of photo editing, and with that travel a lot.

 

So I am looking for something with a great display, preferably at least 98% Adobe RGB, i7 8750h, and dedicated graphics card, like 1050 or 1060.

I really do not care about battery that much, as it is going to be plugged in while doing most of my work.

Portability is crucial, so as slim and light as possible.

 

 

My options for now are:

  • Razer Blade 2018 (PROS: great screen, great hardware, very light, 1080p versions is affordable CONS: heat issues, a lot of problems and RMAs)
  • MacBook Pro (PROS: great screen, support and reliability  CONS: Too expensive with not great hardware and IO)
  • Asus Zenbook Pro UX550GE (PROS: good screen, affordable, good hardware CONS: build quality)
  • Dell XPS 15 (PROS: great screen, good hardware, portable CONS: a lot of issues, RMAs, pricey)

 

If any of you have any suggestions of a laptop that I should add to the list, have experience with any of the ones on the list, or something I should add, I am all ears!

 

Thank you!

 

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Been an XPS user for about a year and a half now and I can say that I probably won't buy another model of laptop. I love it


Hi how are ya

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The MacBook Pro has great hardware depending on what software you are using. If you use FinalCut Pro its going to blow away all of those laptops and then some, but for After Effects that is a different story. 

 

Apple will be adding new graphics options to the MacBook Pro that feature Vega 16 and Vega 20 Graphics. I would wait a few more weeks while those models start hitting stores and reviews go out. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
14 minutes ago, Slottr said:

Been an XPS user for about a year and a half now and I can say that I probably won't buy another model of laptop. I love it

Glad to hear that it is working out for you! But I read so many people complaining about overheating issues, screen flickering etc. I know every piece of electronics is a hit or miss, but I would really like something reliable as I would not like to risk losing my work. But your comment made XPS stay in the game :)

13 minutes ago, DMN DangleBoy said:

Sorry I'm not answering to your question, I just want to you made your account to 2013 for a phone than dipped for 5 years, NANI? 

I am not a very forum type guy, but I watch every single LTT video, and this time I really need help and opinions from other people :)

12 minutes ago, DrMacintosh said:

The MacBook Pro has great hardware depending on what software you are using. If you use FinalCut Pro its going to blow away all of those laptops and then some, but for After Effects that is a different story. 

 

Apple will be adding new graphics options to the MacBook Pro that feature Vega 16 and Vega 20 Graphics. I would wait a few more weeks while those models start hitting stores and reviews go out. 

That is the thing, I understand how good it is with FC, and I know I could do Windows dual boot, as I am very dependent of my AE Plugins, but I don't know if the hardware is really worth that money, as I can get something a lot more powerful for less money

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8 minutes ago, altWOOT said:

as I am very dependent of my AE Plugins, but I don't know if the hardware is really worth that money, as I can get something a lot more powerful for less money

Well I do know that Adobe updated their apps to use more of the hardware that it has access to., not sure how much that has changed performance.

 

Unfortunately while Adobe is the industry standard, their software is very poorly made when it comes to hardware/software acceleration. 


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6 hours ago, altWOOT said:

MacBook Pro (PROS: great screen, support and reliability

corrected for you

6 hours ago, altWOOT said:

Asus Zenbook Pro UX550GECONS: build quality, cooling)

also corrected

6 hours ago, altWOOT said:

Razer Blade 2018

CONS: heat issues

Not really actually

 

TBH the pros and cons you've listed above are lacking in every model but I'm lazy to correct everything for you

6 hours ago, altWOOT said:

98% Adobe RGB

I don't think any laptop display has this kind of colour coverage. 80-90% is possible.

 

Location? Budget? Preferred max weight in kg/pounds and min battery life in hours? Any preference on display size? Any other requirements?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Location? Budget? Preferred max weight in kg/pounds and min battery life in hours? Any preference on display size? Any other requirements? 

Thanks for the corrections, I just threw in what I found in my quick research.

 

Budget: preferably around $2000, could go up to 2500 if really worth

Weight: not over 2.2kg

Display size: 14-15,6

And as I said, screen quality is crucial, as I do a lot of color sensitive work, and I know Dell, Apple and Razer offer one of the best out of the box factory calibrated screens

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18 hours ago, altWOOT said:

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Where are you from? No preference on battery life? Are you OK to do manual display calibration?


Laptop Reviews:

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Intel Core i5 8300H 2.3-4.0GHZ Samsung 8GB DDR4 2666MHZ RAM SC Samsung PM981 NVMe 256GB SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare) Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB 144Hz LG IPS panel

 

Brother's Laptop - Aspire 5

Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6-3.4GHZ 4GB+4GB DDR4 2400MHZ RAM WD 1TB HDD+Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB Nvidia MX150 2GB

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

 

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