Best Laptops For Video Editing

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In the present time, the creation of video content is booming and there are more and more creators who are joining the bandwagon of creating good content for consumption over the web. Shooting videos is one part but editing a large number of video files to a packaged and finished product is what consumes most of the time. Video editing is an extremely demanding situation and it needs a lot of physical hardware to render what we would be the final product.

Since Video editing is a very demanding process, it requires full hardware support for faster processing and better turnaround time. Start with the processor. You will need a multi-core processor to take up the processing responsibilities of handling the heavy video files. If you are making videos for youtube and with a Full HD resolution, you will at least need a Core i7 or higher processor. These processors have multiple cores which allow faster processing of heavy files. For anything 4K or higher, consider the higher range of processors from Intel like the Core i9 which come with 8 cores.

The second most important thing is the available memory on the system. You will need anything from 8 GB or higher. Look for around a 16 GB or high-speed RAM to extract the maximum out of your laptop. Then comes the dedicated graphics which will easily decode the video information into high-quality pixel information. Most video editing programs now use dedicated graphics through hardware acceleration to extract the highest quality and lesser turn around time.

Next thing to focus on is the storage as it has to be big enough to accommodate large files and also read/write the data at higher speeds. It is advisable to go for Solid State Drives or commonly known as SSD’s. SSD’s do not have any moving parts inside and hence allow the read-write speeds to and from are higher. This, in turn, will allow faster rendering of video files when loading them in a video editing project.

Last but not least, is a display. If you are considering portability then you would rather go for a 4K or a Full HD screen. For those who use laptops to edit videos on a stationary set up, an additional better and bigger monitor would be a great idea as you can use multiple screens to edit the video as well as have better and truer colour reproduction from the bigger screen if that is a built for the task display. It must be noted that 4K screens are not really cheap and also happen to draw a lot of power. So it is not advisable to buy a 4K laptop unless your entire workflow is in 4K.

Summing up the above criteria, we have listed some laptops which would suffice the needs of moderate to a heavy video editor.

MacBook Pro 15-inch With Touch Bar

Macbook Pro 15 Touchbar


If you are an Apple user or prefer to buy one, then you are better off with the latest MacBook Pro 15-inch with the touch bar. It is available with Intel Core i7 CPU and also has a Radeon Pro 460 Graphics Processing Unit. The display is also brighter and displays true colours. Moreover, the touch bar can also be configured according to the application program that you are using allows you to operate several functions.

The new MacBook Pro is lighter as well as thinner than its previous model and incorporates SSD drives for faster turnaround times. It is one of the reliable laptops around for editing videos on the go as well.


CPU – Intel Core i7/ Core i9

GPU – AMD Radeon Pro 555X/560X

RAM – 16GB/32GB Storage – 256 to up to 2TB

SSD storage Display – 15.4-inch


2. Dell XPS 15



The Dell XPS 15 comes with a brilliant screen that produces amazing colours covering 164 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. It produces a brightness of 447 nits which is quite high. The sharp screen is paired with matching hardware delivering a smooth performance. Powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 CPU, it is accompanied by an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q for handling the graphics department. Moreover, it gets some carbon fibre treatment which makes it lighter than its previous version, which makes it a slim and powerful editing machine.


CPU – Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9

GPU – Intel UHD 630/Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti

RAM – 8GB/16GB/32GB

Storage – 1TB HDD or 256GB/512GB/1TB

SSD Display – 15.6-inch


3. Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area 51m



The Alienware Area-51m is as unique as its name and is one of the able contenders for editing. It is powered by Intel Core i9 desktop processor which supports overclocking as well. The processor is run along with the latest RTX 2080 GPU for that high processing power. It features a gorgeous design and is ready to support more hardware upgrades. With a 17.3-inch screen and a super-fast SSD. It will also allow you to upgrade it at a later stage as the major components are upgradeable. Do note that this laptop is a bit on the pricier side.


CPU – Intel 8th Gen Core i7/9th Gen Core i7/Core i9

GPU – Nvidia RTX 2060/2070/2080

RAM – 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB

Storage – 1TB HDD or 512GB/1TB/2TB SSD

Display – 17.3-inch (1080p/4K)

4. Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch

Microsoft Surface Book 2

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a powerful laptop, which can also be used as a tablet. SO it becomes a good option to edit videos, especially for content creators who also have to work on the go. The Surface Book is offered with 8th Generation Intel Core i& CPU and dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. Not only this, you get a 4K display and a long enough battery life to last at least 12 hours. There is a 13.5-inch screen option too, but you will be limited to integrated or GTX 1050 graphics. It also supports surface pen which enhances the overall experience.


CPU – Intel Core i7

GPU – Nvidia GTX 1060

RAM – 16GB

Storage – 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD Display – 14-inch (4K)

5. HP Spectre X360

HP Spectre x360

The HP Spectre x360 a good looking machine which is capable of handling some heavy tasks as well. It comes with a 15.6-inch display that is 4K and 157 per cent of the sRGB spectrum. The x360 gets a good and comfortable keyboard which will otherwise impress the regular users who have to type a lot. It also gets a decent battery life which is good enough for about 8 hours of usage. The x360 comes bundled with the HP Active Pen which has two programmable buttons, and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Specs

CPU – Intel Core i7

GPU – Nvidia MX150/GTX 1050 Ti

RAM – 8GB/16GB

Storage – 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD

Display – 15-inch (3240 x 2160)

6. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme is a powerful laptop which also got its first discrete graphics card. It comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics processing unit and a 4K HDR display. Not only this, you can choose for an 8th generation Intel Core i9 CPU along with a massive 64 GB of RAM. This makes it a perfect candidate for video editing. The ThinkPad X1 can be put through high humidity, sand and dust as it is designed to survive such extreme conditions as well as repeated drops. However, the battery life isn’t that great, especially when compared to some of the powerful and pricey laptops in this category.


CPU – Intel Core i5/Core i7

GPU – Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti

RAM – 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB

Storage – 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD

Display – 15.6-inch (1080p/4K)

7. HP ZBook Studio X360 G5

HP ZBook Studio x360

HP’s ZBook Studio x360 is a powerful laptop which is ready with it’s it Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics. The shell of the ZBook Studio x360 is made of durable military grade aluminium. It comes with a beautiful 4K display and a tactile keyboard. You also get a good enough battery life which is enough for your extensive editing needs. The laptop looks premium and carries a beautiful design.


CPU – Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9/Xeon

GPU – Intel UHD 630 or Nvidia Quadro P1000/P2000

RAM – 8GB/16GB/32GB

Storage – single or dual 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB SSD

Display – 15.6-inch (1080p/4K)

8. Asus ZenBook Pro 15

Asus Zenbook Pro 15

The Zenbook Pro 15 comes packed with a 4K display and an Intel Core i9 processor and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. The shape and form factor of the laptop is lightweight and quite compact and it also features a secondary screen, also known as the Screenpad. The Screenpad also has support for apps like music, calculator, numpad etc. You can also use the secondary display for multitasking, for ex. Watching a match on the secondary display while working on the primary. The screen on the Zenbook Pro 15 provides 141 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. The keyboard on the Zenbook Pro 15 is also really comfortable to type. However, you would find the battery life a bit short, considering is power hungry nature.


CPU – Intel Core i7/Core i9

GPU – Intel UHD 630 or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti

RAM – 16GB

Storage – 512GB SSD

Display – 15.6-inch (4K)

9. Lenovo Legion Y7000

Lenovo Legion Y7000

The Lenovo Legion Y7000 is one affordable and capable laptop which can take up most of your video editing needs. It gets Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 processor coupled with a GTX 1060 graphics processing unit. It features a 15.6-inch Full HD display covering 153 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut with 277 nits of brightness. The battery life is also decent for the price. However, the Legion Y7000 makes it a wonderful choice of a video editing laptop in a budget. Specs CPU – Intel Core i7 GPU – Nvidia GTX 1060 RAM – 16GB Storage – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD Display – 15.6-inch (1080p) 10. Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is a lightweight and slim gaming laptop. It comes packed with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB graphics card and 16 GB of RAM. It’s 15.6-inch Full HD antiglare display which has a 120 Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync.


CPU – Intel Core i7

GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

RAM – 16GB Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD

 Display – 15.6-inch Full HD


10. Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is a lightweight and slim gaming laptop. It comes packed with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB graphics card and 16 GB of RAM. It’s 15.6-inch Full HD antiglare display which has a 120 Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync.


CPU – Intel Core i7

GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

RAM – 16GB

Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD

Display – 15.6-inch Full HD

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