Best $1500 Laptop @ Best Buy

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Here's the situation.

I am looking for a buying recommendation at Best Buy.I can get any laptop, 2-1 or tablet at Best Buy for $1500 or less. That's not 1500.01 or any other store - these are hard limits that cannot be altered in any way, shape or form.
I have never used an Apple product and would prefer to stay with Windows products

  • The primary use of the laptop will be to produce short videos for internet distribution
  • Other uses will be standard MS office work and email
  • The laptop does not need to be portable so battery life is not overly important (still needs to be a laptop)


Thanks for your help in advance!




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What have you found in your extensive research that you did prior to posting?

I'm completely torn by the ultra portable 2-1 type devices versus a traditional laptop. The portability versus additional horsepower is the decision I am having a hard time with.


Microsoft - Surface Pro 4

HP - Spectre x360

MSI - GE72 Apache Pro-070

Is tax included in the purchase, and if so, what's the tax rate you'll be paying - giving us the real amount you have to spend on the device and any accessories?

TxDreamz said:    The laptop does not need to be portableTxDreamz said:   The portability versus additional horsepower is the decision I am having a hard time with.Well, which one is it - is portability a requirement or not?

Can you answer the following questions?

Are you planning to game? Like Call of Duty or Warcraft
After or before tax?
Does size of screen matter (And please don't say you want the biggest for the best price, you will then lose CPU power to compensate for the cost)

Connman said:   
TxDreamz said:    The laptop does not need to be portable
TxDreamz said:   The portability versus additional horsepower is the decision I am having a hard time with.
Well, which one is it - is portability a requirement or not?


Gotta love it.

FW turning into couch potato research.

Tax is not included.
Accessories will be paid by me and cannot be combined with the laptop purchase.

forbin4040 said:   Can you answer the following questions?

Are you planning to game? Like Call of Duty or Warcraft
After or before tax?
Does size of screen matter (And please don't say you want the biggest for the best price, you will then lose CPU power to compensate for the cost)

No gaming.
Before tax.
12 inches or bigger.

EradicateSpam said:   
Connman said:   
TxDreamz said:    The laptop does not need to be portable
TxDreamz said:   The portability versus additional horsepower is the decision I am having a hard time with.
Well, which one is it - is portability a requirement or not?


Gotta love it.

FW turning into couch potato research.

I am sorry to disappoint you. I have some brain damage due to combat.
I don't expect people to understand ... was just looking for advice from a community that's much smarter than me.

High priced windows laptops are made for Gaming. Anything over $1000 is most likely designed in that way (Screen, CPU, Video Card)

MAC's are popular because they are all in one. And is really meant for the person who isn't big into 'customizing stuff but has lots of money to get top of the line'

A Microsoft Surface ($850) is a good way to go if you like light, but still have some decent processing power.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-surface-pro-4-12-3-128gb-i...

If your are buying this laptop to do serious video editing (Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc.), have a look at this articleand this one.
The equipment requirements of the software should drive your laptop decision.

I would want a laptop with:
- 17.3" full HD (1920x1080) IPS matte screen, giving me as much real estate as possible for the editor UI
- Core i7 xxxxHQ (not U) CPU for better rendering speed
- 12~16GB RAM, with the possibility to upgrade later to 32GB (rendering is memory and CPU intensive)
- At least 3 USB3.0 ports
- A Display Port for connection to larger monitors
- A Thunderbolt or USB Type C port for outboard equipment
- 1TB spinning hard drive (for storage) plus a minimum 240GB SSD for the OS and editing cache
- Separate GPU and graphics memory (2GB minimum)

If I was locked into buying from Best Buy, I'd look at something like the Alienware AW17R3-3758SLV- $1500 new on sale, $1350 open box.




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