Video editing require much wizardly and as much horsepower to pull through especially if you’re under an obligation to deliver nothing else but quality from raw HD or 4K videos. This demands a good video editing laptop.
Now, that was the bad news part. The good news? With a good dedicated laptop backed by superior specs, you no longer need to slave in front of your computer for hours- and even days- in order to deliver excellent videos.
However, a good video editing machine won’t make you an editing god per se, you need to spend a few bucks for high-quality movie and video editing software/programs, for instance, Resolve, Premier Pro, and Lightworks to mention but a few.
Here, we’ll borrow much from what we saw earlier on the music production laptops buying guide. However, there a few musts that I can’t stress enough;
The best video editing laptop needs to be super fast. For this, opt for a computer with either Intel’s latest Core i7 or i5 quad core which has rocket speeds though slightly on the higher pricier side. Again, the RAM size shouldn’t go below 8GB.
So, here is a list of the best and most powerful video editing laptops/ Pcs for your most demanding projects.
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM looks as tough on the outside just as it is on the inside. It’s powerful 2.6GHz Core i7 6700HQ CPU from Intel’s 6th generation is all a professional video editor would wish for in a video editing laptop.
This engine’s performance is boosted by the presence of 16GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA G-SYNC. These 2 components work together to improve your laptop’s performance by minimizing lags and reducing power consumption.
You’re also getting an enormous 1TB internal HDD for almost all your storage needs. What makes this Asus L502VM a great laptop for video editing is its USB Type C (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port. Imagine transferring a 2GB video file in utmost 2 seconds!
Moreover, this machine utilizes Asus’ Hyper Cool Dual-Copper Cooling Technology with 2 fans and dedicated heat pipes to keep the CPU and the GPU cool regardless of your operations.
15.6’’ screen size, USB 3.1 port, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 6th Generation 2.6GHz Core i7 processor, 1TB HDD, Weight 4.9lbs
In case you found Asus ROG Strix GL502VM rather pricey, here is an affordable option for you from Dell. It’s affordable but not cheap in the construction department.
This laptop is designed with unstoppable game lovers in mind. And that is what makes it the best laptop for a video editor.
Dell i7559-2512BLK boasts a powerful 2.6GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 (6700HQ) processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX for professional standard and detailed graphics.
This laptop is also fitted with amongst the best RAM models DDR3L SDRAM with 8GB space capacity. Moreover, it has 1TB HDD onboard storage space and an 8GB SSD optical drive bought separately.
Dell i7559-2512BLK is also favorably light and has a powerful battery offering at least 10 hours of power when fully charged.
2.6GHz Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor, 15.6’’ LED-lit (1920x1080 pixels) Screen, Windows 10 installed, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD
MSI Leopard is amongst a few killer video editing laptops with NVIDIA GTX 10 series and Intel’s 7 generation i7-7700HQ with up to 2.8-3.8GHz power.
This model comes with a 15.6’’ (3840x2160) UHD+4k display with performance-class graphics. To your delight, the screen offers up to 1700 view range.
When MSI states that GP62MVR Leopard Pro is dedicated to diehard gamers and video editors, do know that they mean every word. This model’s RAM is 16GB which is a real deal in the video editing world. You also get 1TB HDD making 7200rpm and 256GB M2 SATA hard drive.
15.6’’ (3840x2160) display, 7th generation i7 engine, 16GB RAM, 1TB+ 256GB SDD, 4K ready
This Acer Aspire VX 15 is Acer’s latest addition in this field. Its great features are already wetting the videographers’ appetite compared to previous models from this brand.
It flaunts a huge 15.6’’ full HD IPS display with great imaging from its onboard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.
It also sports a 16GB DDR4 RAM alongside the most sought-after 256GB SSD.
Its iron-red backlit keyboard gives it a tough look while its dual-fan cooling system ensures that you get optimum performance from the processors.
Quick Specs15.6-inch full HD Screen, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 256GB SSD storage, Weight 5.51lbs
Crossing over to one of the priciest video editing laptops, we get this MacBook Pro MLH42LL. Its price range is a few hundred dollars to the 3 grand mark. However, that is quite understandable given its innovative design and intuitive features.
Apple claims that this is amongst the most powerful gadgets that it has released. This machine introduces Apple’s Touch Bar which is a revolutionary Multi-Touch feature that lets you access commands in a snap.
This MacBook Pro MLH42LL also has powerful specs including 2.7GHz Quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM size and 512GB hard drive storage space.
2.7GHz Quad-core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Touch Bar, 15.4’’ Screen with 2880-by-1800 maximum resolution, Weight: 4 pounds
There you have them; 15 great laptops that guarantee smooth studio operations as you record and produce your hits or edit your raw videos. Remember that specs matter more than the brand. However, you need not go for a brand that doesn’t please you. It’s very likely that your favorite brand will have most of the specs that you’re looking for in a good laptop for music production or video editing.
Of most importance, always consider the RAM, processor, screen size and resolution, and the storage space amongst other specs. The above laptops have been selected from those with the best specifications and features for professional and amateur music producers and video editors.
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Quinn is an audio engineer who is passionate about music production gear. He's been a journalist profiling popular musicians and the gear they use. When not helping musicians and audio producers in studios, he's scouring the market to find the latest gear and music production tech.