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gstepic
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Would T550 with i7 5600U be ok for video editing?

I am interested in getting a camera that can do 4K video but want to make sure I can edit the videos. I would mainly be doing vacation/travel videos. I have the Yoga 2 Pro with an i7 4510 processor and it can barely handly photoshop. I want a 15" screen as opposed to the 13" I have now. I want something with decent battery life (at least 8 hours), 512 GB solid state drive, high resolution IPS screen, and somewhat easy to carry around. I am guessing I would need to have more than 8 GB ram. The T550 seems to meet my requirements but I have no idea how the performance will be compared to my current YP2.

 

And speaking of YP2, I am a little disappointed how easly the paint is wearing off the keyboard, I have not had this problem with other laptops. I have had it about a year and a half and several keys are totally unreadable.

 

Gary

 

After writing this post I checked out the W550s and it was about the same price and had a NVIDIA K620M 2GB video card as opposed to the INTEL HD graphics 5500 card,on the T550 model,  not sure how much of a difference between video cards.  I had a W520 which I liked but it was a brick, seems like newer models are a little slimmer and do have an IPS screen (my older model had a nice screen but it was not an IPS screen).

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Re: Would T550 with i7 5600U be ok for video editing?

The K620M is a fair amount better than the Intel card, and you might be able to use the Mercury Playback Engine on it if you're using Adobe Premiere Pro. (It's not officially listed, but IIRC there was a way to enable it.)

FWIW, I bench 1390 on Fire Strike with my W520 overclocked, and 1700 on the W550s overclocked. However, the ridiculous thing is that the K620M has a 64-bit bus, which might choke on 4K video.

Between the 3K W550s IPS touch screen and the W520 FHD TN screen, I personally prefer the W520's. The W550s touch screen has a really bad antiglare coating, which isn't even very matte, so you get the worst from both worlds: a shimmery screen with defined reflections. The colors are also far better on the W520 TN (assuming it's the 95% NTSC color gamut panel).

Of course, YMMV.


W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
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Re: Would T550 with i7 5600U be ok for video editing?

Thanks, after doing a little more research I am thinking of getting the new Dell XPS 15, the non touch version. It is about the same price and has an i7 6700HQ Quad core processor, 3840x2160 resolution screen, and NVIDIA GTX960M 2GB DDR5 graphics card. I am not a tech geek so hopefully those specs are good for light video editing.

 

I do wonder but no hdmi port on the Lenovos. I had a W530 and used the mini display port to hdmi adaptor when using my desktop monitor and when using this combe when get the dreaded blue screen crash message on my laptop.

 

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Re: Would T550 with i7 5600U be ok for video editing?

The GTX960M is a LOT faster than the K620M (online Fire Strike says 4000ish, and a 128-bit bus like the old Quadro 2000M). But being a 60 watt card, it has a high heat output. I'm not too sure that the XPS 15's slim chassis can handle the heat well.

The keyboard also looks less than mediocre, but it might not be a sticking point for some.

ThinkPads generally has (mini) DisplayPort because it's a more advanced standard, and it's easier to go DP to HDMI than vice versa. Do try updating the drivers for the Intel and/or NVIDIA graphics cards though.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
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Re: Would T550 with i7 5600U be ok for video editing?

Thank you for the reply. Everything has tradeoffs. I admit I really like the Lenovo keyboards more, being an accounting I like the number keypad that is included. But I am using an external 10 key now so I can still use it for crunching numbers or just use an external keyboard for office work.

 

I am not going to do that much video editing. I will mainly be doing bookkeeping type work and I am always listening to music on my laptop so hopefully it will not overheat for those functions. I am going to still do some searching before I make up my mind.

 

Gary

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