Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:25 PM
Honestly, if you are going to start doing some video editing then you are ready to upgrade anyway. Here are some suggestions...
1) Core i7 if possible, but not less than core i5
2) At least 4 GB of ram
3) 17" widescreen (unless the weight is too much for you)
4) 500GB hard drive if you can swing it
5) an external hard drive for storage, back up or both
Now, it shouldn't go without saying that a laptop like this is going to be more expensive than most. Personally, I have two machines that I use... at home is my desktop and on the road is my laptop. My desktop I built last year and is a core i7 with 6GB of ram and 1 TB of hard drive storage with an external hard drive for backing up. You are NOT going to want to start creating videos without some way of backing up your creations. My laptop is a Dell Studio 1558 and does a decent job although rendering is a bit slower since it is a core i5 and 4GB of ram. I didn't buy it with the intention of editing video, but I can do it without getting frustrated if I really need to.
I suggest you stop by your local big box store like Best Buy or Staples and take a look at some of what they offer. Spend some time looking at screen size, sensing the weight, fell of the keyboard, etc. This will help you make a punchlist of pros and cons so that you can begin limiting what does and doesn't work for you.
Good luck and let me know how things work out.