It can be quite difficult to find the perfect laptop for all of the tasks required of it. This is primarily true if your needs fall within the creative field, and even more so when dealing with high-quality video editing. The reason for this is that there simply aren’t enough laptops on the market for each individual niche.
However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Though the variables to consider may be greater in number, narrowing them down to where you can choose one is not really that difficult.
Not to mention that the advancements in technology continue to evolve providing laptops with increasingly powerful processors and memory allocations, making them suitable for whatever task is needed of them.
Here’s a list of what we think are the best possible powerful laptops out there that can be used for video editing.
Best 6 Powerful Laptops For Video Editors
There are varying styles and brands of laptops provided on this list. This includes a couple of laptops usually reserved for gamers, which shouldn’t be surprising seeing as gaming also requires the use of high-powered processors and other such related components.
We’ve tried to keep cost in mind when deciding on entries for the list. Try to keep in mind that when it comes to niche computers, you usually get what you pay for.
When it comes to professional-quality video editing, there’s really no better laptop for a video editor to get the job done than the 16” Apple MacBook Pro. For multitasking purposes, it comes packed with a powerful Intel core i9 processor (8-core), a Radeon Pro 5500M with up to 8GB of DDR6 memory, and up to 1TB of SSD storage.
The processing speeds are quite noticeable, as they can reach up to 5GHz with a Turbo Booster providing amazing rendering capabilities. That’s worth the purchase price alone for any video editing professional.
The stunning Retina display is unparalleled when it comes to accurate video representations, making every pixel pop. This brings to mind how well the graphics look with a Radeon Pro. This GPU combines power and power efficiency into one remarkable component.
The P3 wide color is another perk provided with the purchase, offering more vibrant greens and reds than sRGB. The True Tone technology also gives an even more in-depth picture regardless of what lies in the background.
This marvel of a machine also comes with a Touch Bar which makes scanning long clips and quickly zeroing in on specific video segments a breeze.
Improving on the previous generation, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is possibly the best Windows-based laptop for video editing. A hybrid 2-in-1 laptop-tablet with a 15” touchscreen and accompanying stylus, is incredibly handy when it comes to editing with precision on the go.
The display provides a 3,240 x 2,160 resolution, creating sharper images than the majority of laptops you’ll find on the market. Inside you’ll find an Nvidia GeForce 1060 GTX chipset providing an even greater graphical boost, upwards of 16GB of RAM, and a powerful, fully-configurable quad core processor. This Microsoft powerhouse also boasts up to 17 hours of video playback capability.
The price may be steep, but with every penny you’re buying more video editing power. You can still get your hands on an original Microsoft Surface Book, which is a great video editing machine in its own right. However, you’ll also need to settle for less power and a smaller 13.5” screen.
For a more all-around video editing laptop, look no further than the 2019 version of the HP Envy 13. The Envy has the honor of being our first 13” laptop on this list.
It’s a slim and sleek 2-in-1 convertible laptop with an elegant, lightweight design, and a Full HD display. It packs a punch with an 8th generation Intel core i7 quad core processor providing incredibly smooth video rendering, reaching speeds up to 4.6GHz.
Aside from the internal qualities, the case is made of high quality, durable metal that is built to last. The backlit touchscreen is made of protective glass able to take on your average day to day bumps and scratches. The HP Envy 13 also claims cutting-edge security in the form of state-of-the-art features like a webcam kill switch and integrated fingerprint reader to help safeguard your work.
There is a cheaper variant, the x360, that can also be considered a powerhouse for the price. However, unlike the HP Envy 13, it doesn’t have a 4K display, and we’re not sure it would be up to the task of editing 4K video. Yet, if price is an issue, it is certainly capable of handling 1080p footage without complaint.
Lenovo is not a brand you would normally associate with anything that had to do with creative tasks. This is especially true when you look at how much they put into the original Lenovo ThinkPad, which was created with the commuter in mind. Regardless, this version of the ThinkPad provides plenty of support for the budding video editor.
The laptop comes loaded with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8850H 6 core processor that can be boosted to speeds of up to 2.6GHz, and a whopping 32GB of dedicated memory. This alone is more than enough to take care of even the largest editing and rendering jobs you might have with relative ease.
You’ll also get a 1TB solid state drive, making the need for working with multiple external drives a thing of the past. This, on top of a series of varying ports will make it easier to take all of your editing components and devices along for the ride at a moment’s notice.
Our only 17” laptop on the list is an absolute monster. One of the best laptops for video editing today is without a doubt the Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop.
Don’t let the word “gaming” deter you. This Windows machine is more than viable for any kind of multimedia tasks presented and is capable of being one of the fastest laptops you can buy.
It comes with a built-in 2TB hard disk, which is overkill but provides plenty of storage space for every kind of media you’ll look to edit. In addition to the storage space, the Helios 500 holds 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, and uses an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. This particular GPU is of the high-performance variety that can accelerate plugins and visual effects.
Another boon to this purchase is that you can order it with either a six-core Intel Core i9, or an eight-core AMD Ryzen processor. Eight cores tends to outperform six, providing an edge to AMD in this regard. However, some people will always bet on Intel, making either choice a good one.
Looking for a multi-purpose laptop capable of editing video and gaming? The Razer Blade 15 is the best you can get. Even more than the Helios 500, the Razer Blade 15 was designed with the gamer in mind.
Now add that tidbit of information to the fact that gaming laptops tend to be some of the best you can find for multimedia purposes and you have a machine that is ideal for any videographer.
The highlight of the entire machine would have to be the NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card that comes with 8GB of GDDR6. It is a beast of a component and more than enough for both all-day editing work and late night gaming sessions.
The vapor chamber cooling system will ensure that things run smoothly regardless of what you’re currently using the laptop for. The machine also has 16GB of RAM and a large 512GB solid-state drive.
The 15.6” display panel is color calibrated directly from the factory, with a refresh rate of 144Hz making color accuracy a prominent feature. The 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H provides plenty of value making things run smoothly on all fronts.
This being a Razer laptop, you can expect plenty of additional components such as a Razer Chroma Keyboard and Razer Synapse 3 system to be included. This likely adds to the cost of the laptop, but with a Razer Blade 15, you get exactly what you pay for.