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    Hi, I'm hoping someone can provide me with some guidance. I have previously used a desktop for video editing, however now wish to have the convenience of using a laptop to edit home videos. My desktop has been a dell, using Pinnacle Studio version 11. As I have not had any major issues with the desktop I have been leaning towards a dell laptop.

    I notice PC World have a couple of dell laptops in the sale:

    Studio 489.
    Specs
    Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
    Processor speed 2000
    Memory Size 4 GB MB
    Hard Drive Capacity 320 GB (5400)
    Optical Drives BLU RAY DISC COMBO DRIVE
    Screen Size/Type 15.4" TrueLife Widescreen
    Graphics Card Type ATI Radeon 3450
    Graphics Memory 256 MB

    Inspiron 1545 399.
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
    Processor speed 2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache
    Memory Size 3 GB MB
    Memory Type DDR 2
    Hard Drive Capacity 250 GB (5400)
    Optical Drives DVD/RW
    Screen Size/Type 15.6" Widescreen
    Graphics Card Type Integrated

    Is the studio worth the extra money? (I'm editing standard dv) or would the 1545 be OK? Is it a good choice, or should I should I be looking at a different laptop (e.g. customised direct with Dell)?

    I appreciate your guidance.

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    I suggest the cheap one and spend the rest on a big external drive for media. I suspect both may be irritatingly clunky if you want to edit hdv, avchd - best to try befor you buy or get a sale / return deal.

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    Thanks Mark, just noticed that the 1545 doesn't have a firewire port, as such I will probably now look to get a customised model direct from Dell.

    Am I correct as you indicated the cheaper model (I am only expecting to edit in standard definition (DV) for the next a few years):
    1. I need to focus on processor speed, what would be the minimum you would suggest?
    2. The internal memory of 3gb is sufficient (or will more make a noticeable difference)?
    3. The intigrated graphics card will not cause a problem
    4. The speed or size of the hard drive is not a problem (if I get a larger,quick external drive).
    Thanks again for your help.

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    1. Dual core is cool but the faster the better.
    2. Sufficient.
    3. Not umless you want to play crisis it wont. lols.
    4. Will work with only the internal drive but system likely to be much more responsive with a second external drive for media.

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