The best video editing laptops

August 9th, 2021  |  by Maria Ayalde

The best video editing laptops

Video editing is now so engrained in what we do, from social media to YouTube to feature films, that you actually need to work wherever you are. But if you are editing on the go you’ll need a laptop that’s up to shape!

One machine that every video editor should have is a laptop. But getting a good laptop for your editing jobs can be a daunting task especially when you don’t where to start. Fear not! We have the best video editing laptops suitable for all video editors including those on a tight budget.

What to look for in a video editing laptop

A laptop that’s going to be used for video editing needs to have several specs. Check them out;

CPU

The CPU is the most important aspect of any laptop. Since video editing is demanding, you need a powerful CPU. One that will work with minimal downtimes.

Storage

Videos tend to take up much space. To this end, you need a laptop with more than enough storage space. Look for a laptop with over 1TB of storage.

Alternatively, make a point of clearing all your old files to make room for new ones. Additionally, get a laptop with SSD storage rather than HDD as the latter is a bit slow.

RAM

A laptop's RAM is more like its engine. Since most videos are big, you'll require a machine with strong RAM. We recommend going for a laptop with RAM of anywhere from 8GB or more.

The trick is, the bigger the RAM, the faster the laptop will work. Again, if your videos are bigger, like 4K, resolution, you need more than 16GB RAM to get going.

Display

How can you make sure your video is well-edited if you cannot see what you're working on?

This is why you need a powerful display on your laptop. A 4k display is recommended, but since most of these laptops are expensive, you can go for the best display within your budget.

Graphics card

Essentially, having a graphics card on your video editing laptop is not a priority. But having one will go a long way in making your work easier. If your video editing entails working on motion graphics and colour grading, we recommend installing a graphics card on your laptop.

Ports

How many ports do you need in a laptop? Well, this depends on how many external devices you need to connect. It’s advisable to go for a laptop with as many ports as possible.

We’re talking about USB-C, HDMI-ports, SD Card slots, and so much more. This will allow easier connections with other devices such as monitors and external drives.

Now that you know a thing or two about laptops, let’s take a look at some of the best video editing laptops to have;

Acer Predator 300 Gaming Laptop

This gaming laptop works perfectly for video editors as it's designed to handle large files.

What we liked about it:

8th generation, core i7 processor

Big RAM 8GB

256GB SSD storage

Full HD display

Windows 10 OS

HP spectre 13x360 laptop

This core i5 laptop works perfectly for video editors. With 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, the laptop will work.

What we liked about it:

Strong RAM and processor

Full HD display, touch screen

Windows 10 OS

Sturdy battery life

All-round performer

Great price

Huawei MateBook X Pro

This 8th generation core i7 laptop is designed to suit all your video editing needs. With 13 hours of battery life, the laptop will serve you well.

What we liked about it:

Sleek design

Strong battery life

Big storage space of 512 GB SSD

3K full View screen

8GB RAM

Dell XPS 15

With an i5 processor and 9th generation CPU, this laptop will comfortably cater to all your video editing needs. The laptop is very portable, only weighing approximately 2kgs, with a smooth and sleek design.

What we liked about it:

RAM starting from 8GB to 64GB

A big storage space starting at 256GB to a whopping 2TB SSD

It runs on Windows 10, 64-bit OS

When it comes to the display, you can get either FHD or 4K UHD

A powerful battery that can run 13 straight hours

It has a built-in SD slot

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