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Old 07-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Laptop Suggestions (NEED CONTOUR/STORYTELLER USERS!)

Okay, so here's my situation:

- Currently have a cheapo Gateway desktop. Does what I need it to just fine (primarily just web surfing).
- I have a cruise coming up in 2 months, and a trip to the Keys in December.
- I'm buying a helmet cam to record SCUBA diving and stuff during both of those, as well as paintball games.

What I need:
- A reliable laptop to serve NO purpose other than to download videos off the camera during my vacations so that I can keep using the SD cards without running out of space. It doesn't have to anythng else. Just store a couple hundred gigs of video until I get home and put them on my real computer.

Is that something that I can get away with with a netbook? Are there any tablets (have to run Windows) with that sort of memory capacity? I'm not real up to speed on current computer tech options here.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Chrome books are nice simple computers. They are fast and portable.

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Old 07-10-2013, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is probably a stupid question, but when I'm talking about saving video files onto the computer for storage, am I needing the "memory" number or the "hard drive" number? I assume the later, since I'm not finding anything over 16 gig for the former.
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Hard drive. 16 gigs of RAM is a lot.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It would be hard drive. Really if you had any device that you could plug a hdd into you should be fine. I think they make 1.5 tb portable drives for around 100-150 or the ones you have to plug in with 4 tb for about 150-200.

I might suggest usb 3.0 but 2.0 would work as well. really depends on how you plan on getting them off the card.

I might suggest something with an integrated card reader and usb 3.0.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dammit. Now I can't find a simple list of system requirements for the camera's desktop software anywhere. As of January 20th, it didn't work with Windows 8*, and I can't find a yes/no if it will work with Chrome (it seems to only be Windows and Apple).

*Because as of then, Apple hadn't updated Quicktime to work with W8. Anyone know if that's happened yet, as it's yet another question Google doesn't want to answer for me.

It's a Contour that I'll have to use Storyteller to do anything with on my computer, by the way...just in case anyone knows about that specifically.
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If your just looking to unload your pictures from your phone, any computer should treat the phone as an external device. Then you can just click and drag the pictures from the phone to your computer.

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Well, if you are simply looking for the cheapest storage device and don't care if it's painfully slow there's this

And if you need more than 350GB space for your videos, you can always pick up one of these

Or you can get a chromebook and an external drive as chromebooks are cheaper, however they aren't windows based.

Note: I chose the cheapest options, so they aren't going to be the best quality, however they will function as you need them to.


EDIT: Just saw that you said it might not be compatible with windows 8. How does the contour store your videos? If it is using any type of SD card (microSD, mini SD, etc) you can just remove that and stick it into the computer and directly transfer the files while bypassing storyteller, and then transfer them to your desktop and work with them in storyteller on your desktop. (In theory anyways... Mileage may vary with reality.)

EDIT 2: Or if you aren't opposed to buying used/refurbished, and want to just play it on the safe side with the whole Storyteller thing, there's this laptop for fairly cheap running windows 7 home premium that should work for your purposes
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