What are the best laptops for video editing?
Choosing a laptop for video editing can often seem like a difficult task. There are hundreds of different laptops available but often they are not good enough for video editing. If you are going to choose a laptop for video editing, you need to make sure it has plenty of power to do the task. Digital video editing can make huge demands on a computer.
You need to make sure the laptop you choose has at least an i7 quad-core processor. You will also need plenty of Ram with 16GB being the minimal requirement. It needs plenty of power from its graphics card to handle the demands of digital video. A solid state drive is also a must. Older disk based eSata drives are no longer good enough for video editing. Finally, the screen size should be at least 15 inches. So with all that in mind, let’s look at some of the best laptops available for video editing.
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Dell XPS 15 (2020)
Dell has a good reputation for producing quality laptops for the digital video production. The Dell XPS 15 has an excellent 15.6 inch screen resolution of 3840 x 2400 to give you plenty of user space for editing programs like Premier Pro.
It has an Intel Core i7-10750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU. So it has plenty of power to handle the demands of editing digital video. Its build quality is good too, with an aluminium and carbon fibre case, which makes it light at only 4.5 pounds and ideal to carry around town. It has 32GB of ram and 1TB SSD drive.
CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Intel UHD 630/Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 1TB HDD or 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch (1080p/4K/4K OLED) | Size: 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.7-inches | Weight: 4.5
Price: $1700.00 £1288..00 € 1435.00
Dell G5 15 SE (2020)
The Dell G5 15 SE is another quality laptop from Dell that won’t let you down when it comes to video editing. It is one of the first laptops with new AMD hardware. The Dell G5 15 SE comes with the an AMD R7 4800H CPU chip that will make light work of any rendering you may need to do while cutting your masterpiece.
It has a 15.6 inch screen that gives you to give you 108% of the sRGB color gamut, which is plenty of resolution for video editing. It also has good battery life that should give you over 7 hours of use. It has 16GB of Ram, a 512GB solid state hard drive and an AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card.
CPU: AMD Ryzen R7 4800H | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5600M | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch (1080p, 144Hz) | Size: 14.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds
Price: $1600.00 £1212.00 € 1351.00
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019)
Apple has an excellent range of laptops for video editing. There 16 inch Macbook Pro will make light work of any video editing work you may happen to want to do with it. It comes with a fast speedy Intel Core i9 CPU and a powerful AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card to handle the most difficult of video processing tasks. It has a bright and colourful 3072 x 1920 16 inch display, so you will have plenty of screen resolution to use programs like Premier Pro.
The touch bar can adapt to use programs like Final Cut X or other video editing programs. This MacBook Pro weighs just 4.3 pounds, which means it is light enough to carry between editing jobs and is only 0.6 inches thick. There is also a 6-speaker sound system for you to listen to your video edits without the need for extra speakers. It has 512GB solid state drive and 16GB of Ram.
CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon 5300M/5500M | RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB SSD | Display: 16-inch (3072 x 1920) | Size: 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4.3 pounds
Price: $2150.00 £1629.00 € 1815.00
Microsoft Surface Book 3
The Microsoft Surface Book 3 is two devices in one. Not only is it a powerful laptop for video editing, you can also detach the screen with the electromagnetic latch and use it as a tablet. At full spec, the Microsoft Surface Book 3 can become a superb solution with an i7 processor and a 1TB SSD drive. There is an SD card found in the keyboard section of the laptop, which should be useful for importing your video files from your video camera.
It has an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, which will easily handle video editing and complex work with After Effects. The 15-inch screen of the Surface Book 3 has a resolution of 3240 x 2160, so you will have plenty of screen space for graphics work and video editing. Battery life is good too and you should expect to get up to 17.5 hours of use.
CPU: Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.4-inch, 3240 x 2160 IPS | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD | SD card reader: Yes | Thunderbolt 3: No
Price: $2400.00 £1818.00 € 2026.00
HP ZBook Studio X360
The HP ZBook Studio X360 is another great choice for mobile video editing. At full spec you can fit up 64GB of Ram, so you will have plenty of power to run your chosen editing program. You can also fit up to 4TB of SSD storage to hold your many video files and it has an i9 processor for lightning fast rendering.
You can fold the screen back of the HP ZBook Studio X360 so it works as a tablet, which you can use with the included pen tool. There is also an SD card slot to import your video files and the NVIDIA Quadro P2000 graphics card, which will give you plenty of power for your video edits. The 15.6-inch screen has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, so you should have plenty of space to see all the features of Premier Pro.
CPU: Up to octa-core Intel Core i9 | Graphics: Up to NVIDIA Quadro P2000 | RAM: Up to 64GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, (3840 x 2160) IPS | Storage: Up to 4TB SSD (2x 2TB drives) | SD card slot: Yes | Thunderbolt 3: Yes
Price: $2250.00 £1705.00 € 1900.00
Razer Blade 15 2020
The Razer Blade 15 has an optional OLED display rather than a traditional LCD screen, so it won’t let you down for image quality. Its sharp 4K display is perfect for editing you UHD video files. It has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, which will give you plenty of power for your video editing work. It has plenty of connections too with three USB-A ports, one USB-C, one HDMI 2.0b port and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
At full spec the Razer Blade 15 has a 512GB SSD for storage, 16GB of Ram and an i7 processor. It is also light too, weighing only 4.8lbs, which is perfect for mobile editing. The 15.6-inch screen has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, so you will have plenty of space to see all what your chosen video editor has to offer.
CPU: Up to octa-core Intel Core i7 | Graphics: up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 OLED/LCD | Storage: Up to 1TB SSD | SD card reader: Yes (Advanced model only) | Thunderbolt 3: Yes
Price: $1700.00 £1288..00 € 1435.00
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