Thinkpad: I'm game for either a 15" or 17" screen.Most of my videos will be done
Best Used $2000-$2700 Thinkpad for Video Editing? -- I'm in the market for a used ThinkPad to primarily use for video editing. I'm game for either a 15" or 17" screen.
Most of my videos will be done in Camtasia, and some in daVinci. Most will be no longer than 20-30 minutes.
If you were to spend $2500 on a used ThinkPad for this purpose, what would you recommend?
You should be able to get a very stout P17 with plenty of RAM and an upgraded video card, 4k screen, etc. for that kind of money. I paid in that range for mine new with an i9, 32GB of RAM (later bumped to 64GB), RTX A3000, 1TB M.2 SSD, 4k screen etc.
Also worth noting that a P17 is a BEAST of a machine. It's huge and heavy. It'll fit in a backpack, but you WILL know it's there. 😃
There are lighter 15" machines with plenty of power that are readily available in that price range as well. Even some that will be lighter and easier to lug around. But with the possible tradeoff of thermal limits and performance limits.
And I forgot to mention, pay particular attention to the screen, both resolution (Iwouldl guess 4k is a necessity) but also color gamut. Lenovo does put some really low-end screens in some machines, and you;ll end up with muddy colors, etc. which could affect how your videos are perceived on it. You'll want the highest end screens with the widest color gamuts and preferably factory calibrated.
.. thanks. This sounds like a great way to go. I already have an x270 and a T460. So having a "beast of a machine" actually would work pretty well.
I've got a 13" MacBook Pro, a ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 (4k OLED, i7) and my P17. The P17 is by far the most powerful and capable (it gives my 2020 built i9 gaming rig a good run for its money). And it's my favorite machine.
.. I just realized .. are you saying I could get a NEW P17 in this price range .. for around $2500 .. with all those specs?
There's on on that linked page that's i7, 16GB RAM, 4k screen and and RTX A2000. Adding RAM is easy, but that GPU is only one level up form the base, which might not suit your needs as well as something a bit beefier.