At, Smarron writes:

I’m looking into getting a new Ultrabook with:

  • Third-generation Core i5 processor (3 MB L3 cache and 1.7 GHz with boost up to 2.6 GHz)
  • 6 GB DDR3 memory
  • 500 GB HDD with 32 GB SSD

I mainly use iTunes, CyberLink PowerDirector 11, and Adobe Lightroom. I edit HD video as well as pictures.

My question: will this Ultrabook be able to run these programs flawlessly? I don’t plan on running them all at the same time. My current computer just can’t handle any of these programs right now; sound and video is too glitchy to do anything.

UltrabookThe specs you’ve listed here are well above par for most video editing tools and programs. The big concern with Ultrabooks is whether or not they’re powerful enough due to their thin bodies. There’s a misconception going around that laptops are still incapable of doing heavy computing tasks like video rendering and HD editing. I can confirm after having edited HD video many times over on a MacBook Pro that the only real difference between a laptop and a desktop computer in terms of performance is the cost and upgradability benefit.

You can upgrade a desktop PC cheaper and easier than you can a laptop. Most laptops can’t be upgraded beyond their RAM and possibly the hard drive. It’s just the nature of the technology, and that leaves many power users frustrated as technologies develop and increased performance is in demand.

Ultrabooks aren’t netbooks by any definition. They’re built to be powerful enough to replace your primary computer while still being small and light. This says more about the efficiency of modern processors than anything.

Yes, you can get more bang for your buck on a desktop. There are indeed hardware configurations available for full desktop PCs that laptops have yet to approach. That much is true. What we need to get past is the fact that HD video editing isn’t anything new, and the standard hardware available on modern Ultrabooks is more than capable of competing with the high-end desktops of yesterday.

Unless you’re talking about converting RED camera footage at 4k and above, the configuration you posted above should be enough to get the job done for you.

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