Need a new production machine


So I will be starting a new job that will require light photo/video editing, heavy video conferencing, infographic creation, social media management (lots of tabs and windows) and old school desktop publishing (newsletters and flyers). The organization will purchase me one laptop…so what should I get? I’m trying to keep the price reasonable, but willing to submit up to a $2500 request. So go crazy folks.

Comments (9)

9 responses to “Need a new production machine”

  1. wright_is

    Personally, I would go with a decent ThinkPad with plenty of memory and a couple of external displays and docking station.

    I have a ThinkPad L (mid-range series from quality), with a Core i7-8000 processor, big SSD and 16GB RAM, which I use for testing with Hyper-V VMs. It runs very nicely.

    For photo editing and heavy duty VM work, I still use my desktop (Ryzen 7 1700, 32GB RAM, 3 large SSDs and a large HDD for backups).

    • Bats

      In reply to wright_is:

      I think your suggestion is good. I think the ability to attach a second or third monitor is very important especially when it comes to audio,video, and image files.

  2. Paul Thurrott

    Surface Book 2 15-inch.

  3. Hassan Timité

    Do you want a big or middle size or small device ?

  4. Polycrastinator

    XPS 15 with the new Intel+AMD GPU combo. And an external webcam to avoid the stupid position of the one Dell builds in.

  5. Usman

    Surface Book 2 15 or the Razer Blade 14 / Blade Pro (17 Inch).

    I own a Book 2 15 and have owned a Razer 14, you can't really go wrong with either *

    * Ok Book 2 has problems/keep in minds, its a jack of all trades master of none (it doesn't hit its maximum clock speed, but that's to keep the unit touchable, and not get insanely like the MacBook Pro. This will mean renders will take a bit longer. It's those little edge cases, that are balanced by other things, like a 3:2 aspect ratio, high DPI screen, one of the best laptop keyboards, pretty much the best webcam I've ever seen on a laptop and factory calibrated display.

    You'd want to go with 16GB RAM and tbf a minimum of 256GB Storage + external USB SSD or 512GB internal storage.

  6. rameshthanikodi

    if you're looking for something cost-effecient, i've always recommended the Lenovo Yoga 720.

  7. brisonharvey

    Thanks everyone! I decided to go with the Surface Book 2 15" and give it a try. Looking to get a second monitor as well to help expand my workspace when I am in the office.

  8. lukenlow

    This is really one of the best solutions, he was interested in this topic and came to the same conclusions