The title of ‘content creator’ has a lot of different meanings. It could be someone who writes, someone who produces videos or podcasts, someone who animates or does graphic design, or someone who does photography. What all of these things have in commons is that you need a good, reliable, well-performing computer to get your job done effectively. In this article, we’ll be going over the computing needs for different types of content creators, and our recommendations.
For a writer, the most important thing is often being able to write whenever the urge strikes. You also want to make sure that you have a well-spaced and easy to use keyboard so you’re not waiting on your hands to write the words your brain is producing. As with any computer, you want it to be fast and responsive and not get in your way -- it’s nothing but a tool at the end of the day. Tools are supposed to make your job easier, not harder. For these reasons, our top choice for writers would be a 14” laptop. Specifically, the Dell Latitude E7480. The E7480 provides the perfect balance between portability, price, and performance and should be a great choice for any avid or current writer on a budget.
Photographer, Graphic Designer, Video Producer or Animator
People that produce videos or create animations have unique computing needs. These overlap very closely with photographers and graphic designers, which is why we’ve grouped them all into one part. These tasks require a lot of resources. You need a lot of RAM, you need as many Processor cores as you can get, and you need a lot of fast storage because the files you’re working with are very large, especially if you’re working with higher-than-FHD resolutions. Video editors working with a lot of special effects or overlays or animators working on complex objects or scenes often also need the ability to add in a graphics card to accelerate performance in their tasks. For these reasons, our top choice for video producers or animators is the Custom HP 8300 Tower with a 6th Gen processor.This unique computer combines the robust chassis of an HP Elite Tower with the modern power and performance of Intel’s 6th generation platform. This machine comes equipped with a quad-core i5-6500 processor, a 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and 16GB of RAM. It also has the ability to support up to 32GB of RAM, high-speed NVMe SSD’s, and has an upgraded 550W power supply to support graphics cards that require external power. This machine has tons of upgrade potential and will grow with you as you grow your craft.
Podcast producers typically don’t have insanely unique computing needs. Most of the complexities and unique computing requirements in producing a podcast come down to your DAW, or digital audio workstation. This is software like Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, or Audacity that allows you to create, trim, and edit audio clips. Software like Audacity can run on just about any Windows computer, and Avid Pro Tools is very hardware intense and requires a bit of horsepower to run well. If you’re not sure which DAW you’re going to be using to produce your podcast yet, the best route to go is the safe one. The great thing is that because Blair Tech systems are all so affordable, it’s hard to go wrong because you’re always shopping budget-conscious. Avid recommends at least 16GB of RAM and a Core i5 processor or better for Pro Tools, so one of our Lenovo ThinkCentre M900’s configured with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD would work great!
Creators of all kinds have different needs. Depending on your exact use case, the above suggestions may or may not work for you. As always, do your research to ensure that what you’re buying meets the requirements of the software you’re using. To view all of the options we think are great for content creators, click this link to take you to our creators page! If you can’t figure it out yourself, feel free to reach out to our sales team by shooting us an email or giving us a call, and we’d be happy to help get you set up with exactly what you’re looking for to get the job done easily and efficiently.