Advice on laptop spec if JUST used for Snagit screen recording

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I know this is basic but I am not a techie and would really appreciate some advice.

I am going to buy a laptop next week that I will basically JUST use for screen recording webinars.  (I have another computer for other work).

So I don't want to overspend but I do want the best possible video/audio to be recorded (audio is from the webinar, not my microphone).  I would like to go for a smallish screen size but is this inadvisable? I am confused as to how that &/or resolution will make a difference.  Although I am recording on this device, I will be playing back on larger desktop monitors.

I plan to get a large storage drive e.g. 1TB.  Do I need to bother with SSD?

I imagine RAM is not really important

Would welcome anyone's recommendations on spec list

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Rick Stone

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Wow, I'm surprised there are no replies on this yet. 

I think the age old saw of computers always applies here. Always opt for the fastest processor, most RAM, and fastest and largest storage drive you can afford. 

It's worth noting that components are reasonably priced. Just this week I purchased a 1TB SSD for $79 at my local MicroCenter. 

If it were me, I'd first decide on my budget for a device. Then I'd set about looking at what's available for that price range. And I know you aren't a techie, but things like installing more RAM or swapping out a hard drive are often fairly straightforward tasks. Not really all that unlike replacing a sink faucet, or swapping a battery in your car. So it's entirely possible to purchase a fairly decent machine from a processing standpoint, then upgrade to more memory or a SSD after you make the initial purchase.

I'm sure that now that I've replied, I'll see others chiming in with their own advice. Not that it has anything to do with the fact it was me, only that the thread should pop back to the top of the thread pile briefly.

Oh, and lest we forget, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching. There will likely be many "deals" to be had! This is the time of year when I make my Office 365 purchase. I made it last night from HP and got it for $79 instead of the normal $99.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Well, if all your doing is recording internet activity. You don’t need much of a computer to handle that task.

For the most part, Camtasia’s recommended min requirements

May be all you need. I’m not certain I agree with the “2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum” That’s unimpressive from my perspective. Still, you’re only recording the screen and running the internet. So, it might even be overkill for this purpose?

If your creating 1920 x 1080 videos, you’ll need a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Most cheap laptops include a higher quality processor, if it sports a 1920 x 1080 monitor.

 2.0 GHz processors or lower? Are what I would except to find with only the cheapest laptops and 1366 x 768 monitors.

If you’re recording basic 720p videos. I’m would think the minimum requirements would do.With the exception of RAM.

4GB of RAM may be a bit low? Windows 10 consumes a lot of RAM. So I’m not comfortable saying 4 is enough.If you get a 8GB RAM laptop, its probably going to have a strong processor.

AN SSD is unnecessary. Your looking to store data, so you only need a spinning disk. Laptops have notoriously slow 5400rpm disk drives to save the battery. So transferring files from the laptop to the other computer will require some patience.

What you capture is all digital. Meaning, even if the monitor is sub-par, and the speakers sound rough. What’s captured will be clean. If you let the computer handle the color and audio settings. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with the internet connection.

If it were me, I’d want a 4 core processor and 8GB of RAM. That way it’s not a boat anchor overall, and capable of more than mediocre tasks.  

Regards, Joe

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Sorry I didn't realize this was a SnagIt question.
Heres SnagIt recommendations.

Windows System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server 2012 R2

    • Windows N requires the Media Foundation Pack
  • .NET 4.6 or later
  • 2.4 GHz single core processor (dual core i5 required for video capture)
  • 1 GB of RAM (4 GB required for video capture)
  • 1GB of hard-disk space for program installation
  • We recommend the 64-bit Snagit installation when using multiple monitors or a 4k display
  • 64-bit Snagit installation required for Combine Images feature
As  far as I'm concerned, my recommendations for Camtasia above stand for SnagIt as well.
Current dual core I-5's are all rated higher than the 2.0 processors recommended for Camtasia.Which to me is ridiculous, considering how demanding video editing is.

I restarted my computer.Just to see how much memory Windows 10 was consuming  with nothing running. It consumes 3.1 GB's on my computer.

That leaves little for anything else. If you had only 4GB's

Sorry for any confusion.

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Thanks a lot for your help everyone - much appreciated!  :-)