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New Laptop - recommendations?

Hi All,

I am looking at buying a new laptop and know I want to be able to have Final Cut installed as that is my preferred editing software. I looked at the new MacBook's but I've never personally owned one so not sure what they are actually like. I saw the memory on the new one isn't particularly high.

I've always owned HP's but this will be my first laptop which I need to be able to handle editing software which will output at a high quality.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!


  • Hi Jennifer,

    Do you need a laptop because you travel a lot? To be honest as en editor who's edited a lot of content and used many laptops over the years. The thing I would recommend is a desktop (Windows), get it custom built to your needs. The good thing about that is that you can change parts and adapt as things go. Long term, its better. Secondly, I know you're a fan of FCP, but I'll be honest, Premiere will not only make your life easier but it will be able to handle just about any kind of footage you throw at it. Believe me, give it a day or two to practice, its great.

    11 months ago
  • PC's and Premier Pro together with all the Adobe Creative Suite tools is like my old Land Rover (or even Triggers broom). They're all a bag of highly functional bits and easily fixable or upgradeable. I'd agree with Michael that unless one really does need the portability of a laptop a custom built desktop makes a better edit suite.

    The old Apple v PC issue/myth from a time long ago when Apple were the only option for media production has passed into ancient history, but still lingers. There's a reason why more Avids are now PC based. There's a reason why the BBC switched from FCP to Premier.

    11 months ago
  • Thanks both, I’m limited for space and want to be able to take it with me hence wanting a laptop. I noticed on Premiere that you can’t buy it though and that you have to buy a subscription, I won’t be using it full time so couldn’t justify the cost, assume there is no way to buy the program outright?

    11 months ago
  • Unless Adobe has changed its business model recently the full Creative Suite to buy was around £2,000. The rental deal was an alternative. FCP is certainly cheaper but one doesn't get the depth of tools or the seamless integration of those ubiquitous Adobe tools.

    11 months ago
  • If you want to use FCPX you have no choice but to buy a Mac. I use FCPX and really enjoy it. Resolve was a £1000 when I bought FCPX but it is now the same price as FCPX. My advice for what it's worth is buy Resolve unless you have already invested time and money inFCPX

    11 months ago
  • There's a Black Friday offer still going to set up a £30 a month subscription for a full Creative Suite deal with Adobe. One gets everything, all the tools, plus 24/7 support. It'd be over £2,000 to buy.

    11 months ago
  • I bought a new 'old' macbook pro 15 inch recently to replace my older 17inch as a travel machine, but usually have an older desktop mac for day to day. I avoided buying the very latest laptop due to fears of keyboard issues and the special touch bar (and all the extra dongles you need just to have USB!).

    So i have a pre-touchbar i7 machine. This runs well for Davinci Resolve and adobe apps although i usually only have After Effects and not Premier on it. I have been using Davinci Resolve for a few years now coming from FCP7 (tried FCPX and PP for a while) and find it works very well for short and long form edits and grades.
    Davinci works on PCs as well so you could still stick with HP if you want - you will certainly get more power for your cash with a PC. Try the adobe subscription - although I found it quite hard to get out of a subscription for Premier - they have 2 types - a monthly one that you really can leave immediately (you pay more for this) and a regular saver monthly where they expect you to keep going and you cannot get out of it quickly.

    11 months ago
  • You're right Jennifer. Just noted that Premier Creative Suite is no longer available to buy, only on subscription. I wonder what happens to ones enstalled software though after ones annual contract expires if one doesn't renew?

    11 months ago
    • In the Adobe world, it simply stops working when you stop paying for it.

      10 months ago
  • I've been researching laptops also, and so far have settled on the HP lineup as the best out there, with Del and Lenovo coming close. I currently use an HP and I'm planning on upgrading, because it's been a great machine for me.

    Regarding editing suites... it's very worth your while to check out Resolve. v15's editing toolkit is impressive, and because of that I barely touch even LightWorks now, and haven't paid for Adobe's cloud software for years. If you're looking for a professional grade toolkit that's affordable, Resolve has you pretty much covered from soup to nuts -- even if you don't shell out the whopping $300 to upgrade to the Studio version, and it includes far better color tools than Adobe does.

    Runs well on modern laptops also, provided that you get one with a decent discrete GPU.

    10 months ago