I'm shopping around for a good thin-and-light laptop that I can use for Macromedia web content creation and video editing (both home hobby videos and videos for inclusion in Flash products, using Pinnacle Studio 10.5). I need the laptop to be very portable (4 - 5 pounds), so that cuts down on my options. I am looking at a Dell Inspiron 710m with the following specs:
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 755, 2GHz, 2MB Cache, 400MHz FSB
1GB DDR SDRAM (or 2GB if necessary)
100GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive (w/ external HD at a higher rmp if needed)
Intel® Extreme Graphics up to 64 MB shared memory
Total for that system would cost about $1600, reasonable for a thin-and-light laptop. However, I'm worried about the graphics card (or lack thereof). I don't plan to do any heavy-duty gaming and probably won't do 3D graphics rendering, but I have heard that Inspirons are not great for video editing either. Any input?
On the other hand, I could shell out an additional $800 for the latest Sony Vaio SZ140 and get:
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400 (1.83GHz)
1GB (512MB x 2) PC2-4200 DDR2, 533MHz RAM
100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA
Hybrid Graphic System - NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7400 with TurboCache™ supporting 128MB and Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 224MB dynamically allocated shared (RAM/Video) memory
I really don't want to spend that much more money unless video editing won't work at all without a dedicated video card.
Is it worth the extra $$$ to go with the Vaio?