New Laptop for Video Editing: HP vs Lenovo?

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philaguila

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I am currently looking for a new laptop, I travel a lot so I would need something portable but that can still be a workstation. Now I've brought my searching down to 2 different laptops but they are both tailored to what I need them for which includes:
Heavy RAW full high definition 1080p video and photo editing. (Sony Vegas 12 & Photoshop CS6 + Lightroom 4)
After Effects CS6
Music editing
3D Max and other 3D art
Some graphic design

I also want to include that I have a 2TB external hard drive and that if I need to for either one of these laptops, I am willing to buy a SSD (Samsung 840 Pro) to replace a HDD.

Please also let me know if there are other better configurations available to create on a different website (like sager.com) but for no more than $1,800.
AND if there are is any upgrading or downgrading that I should make to the best configuration of the two I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you!

The Specs for the HP
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
OS and recovery media System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
Processor 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) edit
Graphics card NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA] edit
Memory 12GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) edit
Hard drive 1.5TB 7200 rpm Dual Hard Drive edit
Hard Drive Acceleration Cache NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache edit
Office software No Additional Office Software edit
Security software No additional security software edit
Primary battery 30% off 9 cell Lithium Ion Battery edit
Display 17.3-inch diagonal Full High Definition Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080) edit
Primary optical drive Blu-ray writer & SuperMulti DVD burner edit
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam edit
Networking Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) edit
Keyboard Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad edit
Included Warranty Services Included 2 Year Warranty



And here are the specs for the Lenovo

ThinkPad W530 - 1 Year Depot Warranty Edit
Processor: Intel Core i7-3740QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) Edit
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Edit
Operating System Language: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English
Display Type: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready Edit
System Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K2000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory Edit
Total Memory: 16 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (4 DIMM) Edit
Keyboard: Keyboard Backlit - US English Edit
Pointing Device: UltraNav with Fingerprint Reader Edit
Camera: 720p HD Camera with Microphone Edit
Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm Edit
Micro Hard Drive (mSATA): 16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive Edit
Optical Device: DVD Recordable Edit
System Expansion Slots: Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader Edit
Battery: 9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++ Edit
Power Cord: 170W Slim AC Adapter - US (2pin) Edit
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna Edit
Integrated WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN Edit
Integrated Mobile Broadband: Mobile Broadband upgradable Edit
Language Pack: Publication - US English

Accessories and options:
1YR Onsite Next Business Day + Accidental Damage Protection Edit
 

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Sorry, I forgot to add that since I'll be editing movies, I expect more of my customers to ask for Blu-ray disks over dvd's and the Lenovo you showed me and the one I have both only write to DVD. But my Lenovo example is customizable with the components. Maybe if you'd be able to convince me more...
 

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Thank you! And if I do decide with the HP, should I instead get the cheapest HDD option and replace it with a SSD? Samsung 840 Pro? An since I have a WD Passport 2TB external hard drive would that be enough to compensate for the storage?
 

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That's a good question about the USB 3.0. I doubt the read/write speeds of the burner would be able to saturate a 2.0 connection though. Yeah, the external writer would show up just like an internal drive would in Windows when plugged into the system.
 

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Also, what would you reply to JD88's comment about buying the $800 laptop and then buying the SSD, and Blu-ray writer separately. Would that alternative, and im open to getting used to windows 8, be better in your opinion?
 
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