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  • Laptop for Livestreaming Events

  • Nick Karner

    May 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Hi everyone. So it’s come to this. I’ve been asked by three different people about livestreaming their events, so I guess I’ve gotta do it. I ordered the BMD ATEM mini hdmi live stream switcher, but my laptop is super old and I think I need a new one. Issue is, if you google it, there are super expensive ones and really cheap ones. What I’ll be filming is plays and recitals. I’ll use camcorders, two at least, with an hdmi output. Long shows.
    What could I get that would just be exclusively for livestreaming? No gaming, editing, etc.
    what would then requirements be?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Geoff Chown

    June 15, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Key aspects are having an SSD boot drive and as many CPU cores as you can afford. I looked into this when I started with my relatively ancient Dell Latitude 6410, but it’s holding up fine because the i7-520M is a hyperthreaded dual core (4 logical cores) and I put an SSD boot drive in it back when I bought it for $100 5 years ago. It’s handling 4x 720p video streams and a few VST’s on the audio at about 40% CPU.

    I wouldn’t recommend getting something as frugal as mine, but I’d definitely recommend bleeding edge used corporate/government laptops from the likes of Dell or Lenovo because they’re built tough and generally more serviceable, and of course budget for a backup. You should definitely get a hyperthreaded quad core CPU (8 logical cores), which includes some more recent i5’s as well as i7’s.

    If you’re thinking new on a tight budget, they tend to have crappy fans that die and are buried under the motherboard, near impossible to replace. Run them hard, they die hard.

  • Kerrar Bone

    October 13, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Hello, I am using Dell G3 i5 for streaming and very satisfied.

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