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Best (RELIABLE) Laptop for Premiere Pro?

Explorer ,
Sep 18, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

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I'm moving to Bermuda for a few months from the US just to get a break from the same four walls. I'm renting a house on the beach.  I have lots of film editing to do.  I had planned to ship my PC (Lenovo P520 Thinkstation with Intel Xeon W-2255, 1TB Flash drive, 32GB RAM, NVidia Quadro RTX 4000,  and Monitor (Dell 3219Q) but I just got a round-trip shipping cost from DHL and it's about $4400, which is more than what this system cost me to buy.   Plus I would have to be without it during the time it's shipping which is over a week each way because of customs and shipping schedules.

 

So, since I'm overdue for a new laptop anyway, my Plan B is to buy a new laptop with enough horsepower to run Premiere Pro well and take it in my carry-on luggage, and bring a smaller 24" monitor that I already own in my checked luggage.   What do you suggest for a powerful AND RELIABLE laptop?   (FWIW I'll also be running FL Studio and Photoshop on it)

 

Thanks in advance!

 

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I use an acer predator helios 300 with the RTX 2060  with the 2.60 i7 with 16GB of ram and two SSD one at 500MB (stock) and another 1TB that all fits inside. Works amazing, zero issues, incredibly fast and reliable with a good price for what it is

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Thanks.   I've always heard Acer was a budget brand so I hadn't considered it.   This is a very expensive trip and it's for doing work, so I don't want to nickel-and-dime the computer part.     Rescuecom, seems to think Acer is the least reliable brand based on their service calls, and that Microsoft and Lenovo are the best:   https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2020-rescuecom-computer-reliability-report-301068125.html

 

But Consumer Reports back in 2016 thought Acer was slightly more reliable than Lenovo and Microsoft was the worst.   

It's hard to find good data.  This looked  promising until I downloaded their PDF and it was from 2009, even though the web page is from 2020.  https://www.squaretrade.com/laptop-reliability-1109/

 

One factor in favor of the Lenovo's I'm considering is is that they're spec'ed to MIL-STD-810G so it might be able to take a little more handling than some others.   I currently own 4 Lenovo's, a Toshiba and a Microsoft, The latter two have required service but none of the Lenovo's ever had but that's too small a sample to draw conclusions from.

 

In some online discussions on this I've heard people distinguish between "consumer" and "commercial/business" models or brands.   Do those terms mean anything?  Because if so I definitely want the latter.   One of my Lenovo laptops at home I use as a media center in my house so it runs close to 24/7, and both of my Lenovo Thinkstation desktops routinely run 24/7 either performing server tasks or orchestrating overnight backups

 

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This is an expensive trip where I will be doing real work, so reliability is of the utmost importance.   I'm glad that your Acer has served you well, but that doesn't indicate broad statistical reliability.   This report from Rescuecom does not suggest that Acer is a very reliable brand.    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2020-rescuecom-computer-reliability-report-301068125.html

  Moreover I'm not trying to save money -  this is an expensive trip so I don't want to risk it by buying tless than the very best gear.

I currently own 4 Lenovos, a Microsoft and a Toshiba and only the Lenovos have never required service.  Two of the Lenovo's run 24/7 and one of them runs nearly 24/7 but I STILL don't regard any of those facts as more than anecdotal, either.    I'm looking for broad statistical data more along the lines of the Rescuecom report, and recent -  2019 or 2020.   Consumer Reports and Which magazine (a kind of British Consumer Reports) have both rated laptop reliability in the last year but they're behind paywalls so I can't see them.  Does anyone here know what they say?

I'm looking for some stronger reasons to believe one brand is more reliable than another.  The Lenovo laptops I've considered are tested to MIL STD 810G, which is promising, but I don't know if some of the other brands are too. 

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Unfortunately, any and every kind of machine may fail...  Never been to Bermuda, but cut some spots for the Bermuda market many years ago...  It's not Siberia.  I'm sure you'd be able to rent a laptop there with support so if there were any issues, you'd be able to get it fixed or a replacement unit pretty quickly.    

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