Best Laptops for Video Editing (March 2019)

by | Mar 19, 2019

Content creation is an art that can communicate with the audience at a deeper level.

Filming an interesting stuff is just as important as presenting the filmed stuff in an interesting manner to the viewers.

Most of the content creators travel extensively to shoot these cherishing moments on the frame and would like to edit these on the go.

What’s the catch?

The need to have a powerful laptop to run those apps that would do the trick.

In this article, we shortlist for you, the best five laptops that video editors can purchase to enhance their productivity.

Best Laptops for Video Editing  

1. Apple MacBook Pro 2018Overall Best Pick
2. MSI GE 73Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG StrixBest Build Quality
4. Asus FX504GEHonorable Mention
5. HP Pavilion 15Honorable Mention

1. Apple MacBook Pro 2018

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Overall Best Pick
  • Well optimized hardware and software
  • Guaranteed free software updates
  • Suitable for on the go editing sessions

Apple is a class apart when it comes to consumer electronics. The company has got its share of loyal fan following, which we honestly think is worth deserving.

Apple products work as advertised – which is becoming an oddity these days. Now let’s discuss the Apple MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro 2018 is a flagship laptop offering from the Cupertino giant with some of the latest and greatest technology in the industry.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality is nothing short of excellent.

The aluminium unibody design we are familiar with previous Apple products is retained with this release as well.

There’s no illuminated Apple icon in the back though. Those who like to flash their swag in the dark – forgive Apple, please!

There are some other neat little tricks that will keep your mind away from this omission.

Display

For the editor in you, Apple has packed in a 15.4-inch WQHD display that looks gorgeous with a 2880x1880 pixels resolution.

The colours are spot on and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors. Rest assured, you won’t miss out on any minute details in your frames with this guy.

Being an IPS LCD display, the viewing angles are great. Apple has integrated its TrueTone technology on this laptop.

TrueTone technology use four-channel sensors that measure brightness and ambient colour and then feed this information to the display driver for lighting up the screen accordingly.

TrueTone feature allows the display to accurately display true to life colours, no matter what lighting conditions prevail in the surroundings.

Software Support

The software inside is Apple’s revered Mac OS. It is known for the fluidity and responsiveness without any lags after a while.

And no. I’m not taking a dig at Microsoft Windows, even though.. aah let’s leave it aside.

Editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro runs so well on this machine.

Once you get the kick of using an Apple product for editing, there’s no turning back.

Touch Bar

The USP of this laptop, if we’re allowed to say that is the touch bar. It’s an OLED strip up front, placed on the top of the keyboard replacing the function keys.

It’s content sensitive and the behaviour varies with the type of app that you are currently running.

As for video editors, the trimming and resizing – all these can be done by your fingertip without having to meddle with the mouse.

Performance

The all new Apple MacBook Pro is powered by the eighth generation Intel core i7 eighth-generation processor with 16 gigs of high-speed DDR4 RAM.

With the excellent optimizations between the Mac OS Mojave and the hardware, this laptop is perhaps the best mobile computing device out there.

The dedicated 4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro 560X makes video editing and rendering buttery smooth.

The Ultrafast 512GB SSD ensures you faster app and OS loading times and enhances the performance of these apps while carrying out heavy duty tasks such as rendering a video.

You will have to spend a few extra bucks on a port extension module for plugging in all that USB devices at once to this laptop from Apple.

Battery Life

As we’ve discussed earlier, the software and hardware are very well optimized to ensure extremely long lasting battery life when it comes to such a powerful machine.

The all new Apple MacBook Pro lasts for about 8-10 hours on moderate to heavy usage, which is almost double the screen on time of its competitor devices.

Verdict

If you have the money, Apple MacBook Pro is what we suggest. It’s the best laptop out there for content creators. Period.

Final Cut Pro – the holy grail of content producers and video editors is only available in the MacOS platform and nowhere else.

FCP edits and renders the videos significantly faster than Adobe premiere pro.

If you are a fan of FCP and want to use that for your edits, Apple MacBook is the best and the only choice for you out there.

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Sharp and vivid display
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Excellent performance
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Stellar battery life
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Build quality
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Lack of USB ports

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Sierra
Internal Memory
RAM16 GB DDR3
ProcessorIntel Core i7 eighth gen
SSD512 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro 560X
Battery Backup8-10 Hours
Display15.4-inch WQHD LED

2. MSI GE 73

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful CPU + GPU combination
  • Perfect laptop for gamers
  • Excellent temperature management

MSI used to be a budget, peripheral supplier. Not anymore. The company has been rapidly releasing high-end gaming as well as performance laptops into the market for a while now.

The MSI GE 73 is the latest addition to this lineup that bolsters the companies role in performance laptop segment.

Display

The MSI GE73 comes equipped with a large 17.3-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display has a high refresh rate of 120Hz. Usual laptop displays come with 60Hz panels that aren’t bad at all.

But having to deal with videos at all time, editing and playing back – having a display with higher refresh rate definitely helps.

Smoother video playback ensures your eyes are stressed out watching the screen for a long amount of time.

The videos you shot will feel buttery smooth, and the playback experience will be worthy of the price you’ve paid for the laptop.

Processor and Performance

Inside this beast is the powerful Intel Core i7 8750H.

This powerful quad-core processor is coupled with a whopping 8GB Nvidia DDR5 GTX 1070 to squeeze out the maximum juice while editing and rendering your videos.

There’s a 512GB SSD thrown into the mix along with the usual 1TB HDD. The SSD will load your apps fasters and will increase the rendering speeds significantly.

Thermal Control

High-performance laptops are susceptible to heating – no wonder, thanks to their heavy duty internals.

This overheating might lead to throttling and may result in frame drops and stutters.

MSI has introduced the cooler boost technology by which the dual fans spin like crazy to bring the temperature under control.

This works well at the cost of slightly increased noise levels.

Negatives

Is this laptop perfect?

No.

It has got some quirks that might bother you. The sound output from those speakers is average.

Even though there is a lot of room for upgrading the internals, accessibility is a bit of an issue. Other than that the MSI GE 73 is worth spending your hard-earned money.

Verdict

If you’re a professional video editor and want a serious rig to edit that 4K footage, the MSI GE73 does just that in style.

The processor inside is powerful enough to render the videos without skipping any frames in between.

The SSD inside also helps a lot when it comes to the loading times of video editing apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

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120Hz display
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Powerful Intel H series processor
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8GB DDR5 GTX 1070 GPU
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An average sound output from speakers

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Below average battery life
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Accessibility to expansion slots is tough

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7 8750H
SSD512 GB
Graphics8 GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
Battery Backup3+ Hours
Display15.6 Inch Full HD LED  Backlit Wideview Anti-glare Display

3. Asus ROG Strix

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 Best Build Quality
  • Tough and durable chassis
  • Excellent thermal design
  • 1-year global warranty

Asus has been a major player in the Indian market, thanks to its budget laptops and popular Android smartphones.

The ROG series from Asus is primarily aimed at gamers in mind featuring latest and greatest CPU + GPU combination delivering excellent performance.

The ROG Strix is a premium performance laptop from Asus that has is one of the most versatile laptops priced under Rs.1,00,000.

Design and Build Quality

Laptops of the ROG series have an intimidating and aggressive design aesthetics. The Strix laptop does have the same appeal as well.

There are sharp lines all across the chassis and a giant ROG logo at the back.

The cooling vents are placed at the backside of the keyboard deck to ensure maximum ventilation during the operations.

There is no flex on the keyboard deck or the chassis whatsoever. The whole laptop feels very durable and sturdy.

Processor and Performance

Asus has packed in one of the best available processors inside this ROG Strix gaming laptop. The Intel i7-8750H is a true beast when it comes to raw computing performance.

This four core CPU can handle resource intensive tasks like a champ and multitask between the apps like a breeze.

Supporting the CPU in its duties is the popular NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of DDR5 memory.

This laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM on board with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 32GB.

For professional video editors, expanding the RAM is a must because they have to run resource intensive apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

These apps will work with 8GB RAM but for better multitasking, having more RAM is beneficial.

Display and more

The Asus ROG Strix features a 15.6-inch FHD panel having a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The refresh rate is the number of times a display’s image is repainted or refreshed per second. The more the refresh rate of a display, more smoother will be visuals for our human eyes.

This 120Hz display will make editing a whole lot easier for professionals. Only with an enhanced refresh rate display, they can evaluate the content they have just produced.

Seeing a full HD video shot with 60fps on a display with 60Hz will grossly undercut the quality and certainly miss certain frames.

When it comes to the gamers, the response time of this display is 3ms meaning there is practically no delay with your mouse clicks and actions happening on the screen.

Excellent Thermal Design

Having the system remains at a constant moderate temperature is a must when it comes to high-performance laptops.

Especially during editing and rendering if the laptop becomes too hot, the processor will start to throttle and the performance will diminish.

The ROG Strix has an anti-dust design with dual fans to keep the temperature in check even during peak loads.

The trapezoid cuts in the ventilation systems at the back ensures maximum airflow from the interior to outside.

Final Verdict

The ROG Strix is a fine performance-oriented laptop that is very much suitable for a variety of tasks such as video editing and gaming.

The comfortable, RGB keyboard and the 120Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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120Hz Full HD display
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Excellent build quality
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Powerful processor
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Heavy and bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8 GB exp. Up to 32 GB
ProcessorCore i7-8750H
SSD128 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit IPS

4. Asus FX504GE

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Honorable Mention
  • Best for all-round performance
  • Suited for graphic intensive tasks
  • Excellent everyday performance

We don’t really know what strategy Asus plan’s during its laptop release.

The TUF FX504GE series we’re discussing here matches the company’s own ROG lineup in terms of raw specs.

Whatever it is, the Asus TUF FX504GE is one of the best laptops that money can buy under a budget of Rs.80,000.

The H Series Processors from Intel

This machine features an Intel Core i5 8300H processor.

What does it mean for you?

Smooth multitasking and gaming without considerable lags or stutters.

Is it better than an Intel Core i7 7700HQ?

Close, but not the same.

With the 8GB DDR4 RAM and the endless scope of upgradability, you can expect some class-leading performance out of this product.

On the graphics front, the 4GB DDR5 NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

Decent 15.6-inch Full HD Display

The 15.6-inch full HD display is not mindblowing, to say the least, but it’s definitely passable.

The colours are OK and the brightness levels are decent. What disappointed us was the mediocre viewing angles.

Asus has provided a 128GB SSD drive on top of the standard 1TB HDD with this premium laptop. This elevates the performance of this laptop to the next level.

No USB C port!

Speaking of port distribution, shockingly Asus has omitted the USB C port.

This came as a surprise to us because Asus is one of the few manufacturers who introduced USB C to even their entry level laptops.

Average battery life

The battery life on this device is nothing spectacular nor particularly disappointing.

With the powerful hardware inside, this laptop lasts for a good four hours before having the need to be juiced up.

Summary

Overall, the ASUS TUF FX504GE is an excellent choice for those who care for the performance output rather than the aesthetics.

This laptop features a very powerful processor coupled with equally efficient GPU that will let you do the editing and rendering tasks much easier at an affordable budget.

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Powerful processor
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Best in class GPU
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Easy upgradability
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No USB C
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Mediocre viewing angles

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8 GB exp. up To 32 GB
ProcessorCore i5 – 8300H
SSD128 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD IPS Display

5. HP Pavilion 15

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Wide service network

The Pavilion series has been a runaway hit for HP with its great specs at reasonable price segments.

The new Pavilion 15 is lurking in the premium laptop market with some of the best in class internals and loaded with features that will attract customers for sure.

Build Quality and Design

The new HP pavilion follows the design principles set by previous pavilion laptops priced under Rs.60,000.

But the one thing that sets this device apart from the rest is the all-new black and green accent that the company has now chosen over the much popular red and black option.

The already good build quality of the previous generation pavilion notebooks now has elevated into a whole new level that isn’t just good but great.

The matte finish on the chassis feel-good to touch and the overall colour scheme looks pretty cool.

The hinge mechanism of this laptop is one of the robust factors and works pretty well even at times with a single hand.

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is an eighth generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor which is one of the latest offerings from Intel to the performance mobile computing market.

This processor in itself is capable of running the most demanding of apps without any hassles.

There is 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU inside the chassis for that significant extra oomph when it comes to gaming and graphics-intensive tasks.

The GTX 10 series graphics cards are known for ultra-fast graphics processing and will help video editors to render the content as fast as possible.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM gives enough leeway to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

The 128GB SSD secondary storage can make the device boot up faster and even some of the most necessary app loading times can be reduced significantly.

The primary 1TB hard disk is of significantly faster 7200rpm, which performs significantly better than other laptops in its price segment running at 5400rpm.

Display

The 15.6-inch display on this laptop is one of the best in class, we’d have to admit.

This full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels has amazing clarity and colour accuracy that will get you hooked up to this laptop in case you love to watch movies on your laptop.

The not so thick bezels around the screen make it look even larger and provides an immersive viewing experience.

When it comes to video editing and rendering, the 60Hz display provides a smooth full HD experience that feels buttery smooth without any frame skippings in between.

Miscellaneous

The green keyboard backlighting is a sort of unique thing when it comes to this laptop. It feels refreshing and somewhat pleasing to the eyes.

The Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers are placed in the front keyboard deck facing the user and sound loud and clear.

The new improved design of internal Wi-Fi antenna provides you with the best possible signal reception resulting in guaranteed network connectivity within a certain possible range.

Battery Life

With a 3-cell Li-ion integrated battery inside, the HP Pavilion 15 can last for about 5 hours on a single charge.

The built-in HP fast charge technology will help you to juice up the battery up to 90% in just under 90 minutes.

Verdict

The HP Pavilion is a great performance oriented laptop that can double up as a capable media consumption device.

With the abundance of hardware feature such as USB 3.1 ports and an SSD at a couple of rupees less than its contenders, this laptop is definitely worth checking out for video editors and other professionals.

The brand name and the national service network is yet another reason for you to consider purchasing this laptop.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Great display

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Powerful internals

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i5 – 8300H
SSD128 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

 

There are a lot of other laptops of for video creators and YouTubers that deserve a mention in this article.

But as we have to pick five among the bunch, we were forced to leave them behind.

If you’re interested to read more about them, here is the link to our comprehensive buying guide.

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