Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: West Chester, PA
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I can't comment on Apple, because I have no experience with it. So I will speak to what I do know:
Don't buy Alienware.
My previous company bought 8 or 10 Alienware gaming laptops as 3D CAD workstation laptops. This is what the IT guy later told me: 1/4 of the laptops was Dead On Arrival, 1/2 had at least one serious problem in the first year of ownership and after 2 years all but 2 laptops had been replaced, because they had died or broken too often.
Many types of laptops are powerful enough to do the video editing that you want to do, just don't get a Netbook. Even though you will do video editing, I wouldn't go overboard on high-end CPU and amount of memory (2 GB should do), because that will very quickly drive up the cost.
What you do want to spend big on is a large hard drive, for all the photos and video.
Many video editing programs are optimized for the Intel CPU, although AMD CPUs will certainly be up to the task.
If you want to go for higher quality over money-saving, I like Lenovo as a brand.