Best Laptops for Video Editing (December 2020)

by | Nov 26, 2020

Content creation is an art that can communicate with the audience at a deeper level. Filming interesting stuff is just as important as presenting the filmed stuff interestingly 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 ten best laptops in India that people can purchase to enhance their video production capabilities.

If you want to read reviews on any particular price range, please check out our articles on Best Laptops under different budgets here.

Best Laptops for Video Editing

1. Apple MacBook ProOverall Best Pick
2. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14Runner-Up Pick
3. HP Omen 15Value for Money
4. MSI GF63 Feature-Rich Laptop
5. MSI Bravo 15Best Budget Laptop
6. HP Pavilion 15Best Performance Laptop
7. Dell Inspiron 5408Best Content Creation Laptop
8. Mi Notebook HorizonBest Build Quality
9. Acer Aspire 7Best Multitasking Laptop
10. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3Honourable Mention

 

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1. Apple MacBook Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Flagship grade performance
  • Excellent battery Life
  • High-resolution FHD display

The MacBook from Apple should be one of the very first choices for any professional video editors.

The Apple MacBook Pro powered by the powerful Intel flagship-grade ninth-generation processor delivers possibly the best hardware and software optimized performance in the entire laptop industry.

Design and Build Quality

The Apple Macbook Pro weighs 2Kg which is a bit heavier compared to some other MacBooks, but given the 16-inch form factor and capable hardware inside, this is a very much acceptable number.

Just like any other Apple MacBook, this one comes with an aluminium alloy chassis which imparts a premium feel and exudes a sense of invincible durability.

Speaking of the screen lid, it has a matte finish with a shiny Apple logo in the centre. The lid feels smooth and the crafted finish is quite good at hiding fingerprints and smudges.

The magic touch bar display on the C deck provides content-aware shortcuts according to the app that is currently running which will prove very useful while editing videos.

The robust hinge mechanism and the uniform weight distribution of this premium laptop allow for one-hand opening and closing, which is, to be honest, an oddly satisfying experience.

Connectivity Features:

The Apple MacBook Pro features the following I/O ports:

  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

The thunderbolt ports can be used as a display port and data-transfer with suitable adapters.

Processor and Performance

This premium productivity machine from Apple is powered by the Intel i7 9th generation Hexa-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz that can turbo boost up to 4.5GHz under extreme loads.

The onboard 16GB DDR4 RAM makes sure that you won’t have any trouble with multitasking.

Thanks to the super-fast 512GB SSD inside, the apps load faster, the data transfer speeds are significantly quicker and the overall performance of the laptop is vastly improved.

If you want more power and speed, Apple lets you upgrade the RAM and storage according to your preferences. Even if this costs a lot of money, if you are hell-bent on squeezing out the last bit of performance from this laptop, it does reward you well.

The 4GB DDR6 AMD Radeon Pro 5300M dedicated graphics card works well in tandem with the processor to deliver the best possible graphics performance in this segment.

Rendering videos, adding graphics, working with after effects – all seem buttery smooth with this powerful CPU+GPU combination.

Display

The Apple MacBook Pro features a 16-inch quad HD LED-backlit IPS Retina display with a resolution of 3072 x 1920 pixels.

This panel has a peak brightness of 500 nits, which is almost double than some of the competing Windows laptops and yes the display is good for both indoors as well as outdoor usage.

With the famed Apple true tone technology, the colours on this display look natural and vivid, which will immensely help a video editor looking to colour grade his footage to perfection.

Thanks to the IPS technology, viewing from the sides isn’t an issue and there are no noticeable colour shifts whatsoever.

Miscellaneous

The Apple MacBook Pro comes pre-installed with Mac OS Catalina.

The magic keyboard on this laptop has adequately spaced keys with good tactile feedback,

The trackpad is big and extremely responsive, the designers from Apple have also managed to provide sufficient space for palm rest.

The webcam on the front of this laptop delivers excellent quality visuals and is apt for conducting video meetings and general chit-chats.

Battery Life

The monster battery life of the Apple MacBook is a primary reason why many working professionals are attracted to it.

It has a 100Wh lithium battery which gives almost 9-10 hours of battery life on everyday usage with moderate brightness.

When you do resource-intensive tasks like video editing, expect the battery to drain within 4-5 hours.

The bundled 96W universal Type-C power adapter juices up the battery from 0-100 per cent pretty quick.

Verdict

The Apple MacBook Pro is just a no-brainer productivity machine that accomplishes lots of work with its powerful six-core Intel processor and dedicated AMD GPU.

The price might seem high for most customers, but if you want a durable, future proof workhorse laptop, there is no better choice other than an Apple laptop.

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Well optimized hardware and software

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Robust build quality

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Guaranteed software updates and support

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Expensive

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Catalina
RAM16 GB DDR4
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i7 9th generation
GPU4GB DDR6 AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
Display16-inch QHD LED-baclklit IPS ratina Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours

2. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful CPU+GPU combination
  • Robust build quality
  • Superfast 1TB SSD

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is designed to be an ultrabook capable of hardcore gaming.

Weighing just 1.6Kg, this laptop has surprisingly robust hardware inside capable of extreme gaming and productivity tasks such as video editing and graphics designing.

Design and Build Quality

The robust magnesium alloy build of the laptop feels very light in the hand and it is quite evident from its weight – just 1.6Kg. We were surprised at first but it is what it is.

The display lid has perforated holes on it which are done with the help of CNC machine and the high-priced variants of this laptop come with an anime matrix LED in these holes that doubles up as a secondary information display.

Well, this one doesn’t have that anime matrix but trust us, you don’t need it anyway.

The ergo lift hinge pushes up the deck and makes a comfortable angle for better typing and media consumption while sitting.

The side and rear vents for the airflow are spacious enough and the dual-fan system inside this laptop successfully keeps the internal temperature under check.

Connectivity Features:

The Asus ROG Zephyros G14 features the following I/O ports:

  • 2 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 1 x Type-C ports
  • 1 x Type-C (for power delivery, display port, G-sync support) port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

The proprietary charging port is also present but the Type-C port can also be used for fast charging.

Processor and Performance

This laptop is powered by the latest fourth-generation AMD Ryzen 5 – 4600H Hexa-core processor clocked at 3GHz.

With six separate cores at your disposal, this Asus laptop never breaks a sweat be it with everyday usage or with resource-intensive tasks such as gaming or video editing.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM inside handles multitasking without any hiccups. You can even expand the RAM up to 24GB to make this laptop a performance monster.

If you are a serious gamer or a video editor, you will want to expand the RAM as it does greatly help with the performance.

The laptop features a 4GB GDDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti dedicated graphics card which will run all the modern gaming titles and software just fine.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 has a 1TB SSD storage capacity, which performs much better and faster than a conventional HDD. Thanks to the SSD, this laptop boots up in second, apps load faster and the overall performance feels buttery smooth.

Display

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 features a 14-inch 120Hz Full HD IPS display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The Pantone validated panel has 100% of sRGB colour gamut, which means you’ll get a beautifully vivid, colour accurate display to work with.

The high refresh rate of the display will come handy while gaming and watching media. The smooth transitions and the jitter-free media experience is sure to amaze you.

This display has thin bezels on the sides and an 85% screen to body ratio which gives an immersive wide view experience.

Miscellaneous

The laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home OS.

The backlit keyboard of this laptop is easy to work within dimly lit environments. The keys have tactile feedback and are good for gaming and typing.

The touchpad on this laptop is precise and captures all finger movements accurately to provide precise gesture actions.

This laptop has two bottom-firing speakers and two forward-firing speakers, the audio is loud and clear.

Battery Life

This laptop from Asus is powered by a 4-cell 76Wh lithium battery. This machine lasts around up to 6 hours on average with a single full charge at medium display brightness.

The bundled 65W brick charger juices up the battery within two hours.

The battery does drain faster while playing AAA titles game, using heavy software such as Adobe premiere pro, Filmora 9, or photoshop.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a feature-packed Windows 10 laptop that is surprisingly lightweight considering the powerful internal hardware.

The latest fourth-gen AMD Ryzen processor along with the powerful Ti grade GTX series GPU from Nvidia delivers exceptional gaming as well as productivity performance worth its asking price.

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120Hz Full HD display

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Lightweight at just 1.6Kg

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Decent battery life

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No RJ-45 LAN port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8 GB DDR4
SSD1TB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 4600HS
GPU4GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Display14-inch Full HD IPS Display
Refresh Rate120Hz
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

3. HP Omen 15

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Powerful CPU+GPU combination
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life
  • Minimal, modern design 

The Omen series from HP is the company’s gaming-centric laptops with varied price tags, starting as low as Rs.75,000.

The Omen en002ax is one of the latest models with a fourth-generation AMD processor and Ti series Nvidia GTX GPU inside for a budget just around Rs.85,000.

Design and Build Quality

The HP Omen 15 has a metal-plastic mix construction to ensure a balance between durability and cost-efficiency.

While the display lid and the base plate is made from plastic, the C deck which houses the keyboard is crafted from metal.

Since the lid is completely made out of plastic, there is a slight flex on the display lid which is nothing big of a concern in everyday usage.

The embossed HP Omen logo in the chassis imparts a clean and professional look to this machine.

The hinge mechanism of this gaming laptop works well to offer a smooth opening and closing experience.

The C deck features a speaker grill pattern right above the keyboard which is not the speaker but the air intake.

The dual fans inside keep the internal temperature in check and don’t sound too loud unless the processor hits peak loads.

Connectivity Features:

The HP Omen 15 features the following I/O ports:

  • 3 x USB 3.1 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x Mini display port
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • Media card reader
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The HP Omen en0002ax is powered by the latest fourth-generation AMD Ryzen 5 – 4600H Hexa core processor with a base clock speed of 3GHz.

This powerful processor offers excellent performance when it comes to multithreaded applications. With the maximum clock speed of 4GHz, this CPU can handle gaming and other productivity tasks without any lags or stutters.

Speaking of the RAM, the HP Omen 15 comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200Mhz. This memory is fast enough to run anything you throw at it with relative ease.

If you ever feel the need for extra performance, HP has provided the provision to expand the RAM up to 16GB.

Quite surprisingly, HP has included an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti GPU inside this machine with 6GB of DDR6 VRAM.

With the Hexa-core CPU and this Ti series GPU, you are assured to have one of the best
possible gaming experiences from a laptop in this price bracket.

We are surprised how HP managed to tug in that 6GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti dedicated graphics card at this price.

The 512GB NVMe SSD inside has whopping read/write speeds for quick boot, app loading and data transfers.

Display

The HP Omen 15 features a 15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS technology with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display has narrow bezels from the 3 sides which make the panel look wide and big. The increased screen to body ratio reflects in the immersive media consumption and gaming experience as well.

This panel has punchy and vivid colours and a decent peak brightness of 250nits, enough for effortless indoor usage.

Thanks to the FHD resolution, the visuals and text look sharp and crisp to the eyes, without ant pixelations.

Miscellaneous

The HP Omen 15 comes pre-installed with the Windows 10 Home operating system.

Surprising enough, this laptop even with its 15-inch form factor comes with a smaller keyboard without the dedicated num pad.

This six-row keyboard has LED backlighting for easy low light usage. The keys are well spaced and have good key travel, enough for a comfortable typing experience.

Similar to most other HP laptops, the trackpad on this machine supports multi-finger gestures that work flawlessly, thanks to the Microsoft precision driver support.

Even though the stereo speakers sound clear indoors, we’d recommend you to use a good earphone or headphone for the immersive acoustic experience.

Battery Life

The HP Omen en0002ax is powered by a 6-cell 70Wh lithium battery which is rated to last up to six hours of usage in a single charge.

With gaming, expect this device to last anywhere from 2-3 hours.

The bundled charger supports fast charging and can juice up the battery inside pretty quick.

Verdict

The HP Omen 15 packs in powerful hardware inside capable of delivering exceptional gaming and everyday performance.

If you are looking for a minimal looking, performance-oriented laptop, this should be the one on your list.

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Excellent thermal performance

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Good bezel-less Full HD display

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Wi-Fi 6 support

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 4600H
GPU6GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

4. MSI GF63

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Efficient thermal controls
  • Powerful processor and GPU
  • Decent FHD display

MSI is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer best known for releasing feature-rich products into the market with an affordable price tag.

The GF63 is the company’s ‘premium budget’ performance-oriented laptop currently on sale in India under Rs.8,000.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI GF63 9SC shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.

The superior quality plastic chassis with a matte finish and sharp lines deliver a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

The red and black dual-tone colour scheme matches the gaming flair and looks premium.

With the clever hardware design, MSI has managed to shave a lot of thickness on this laptop when compared with their previous models.

The keyboard deck is solid and there is no sort of flex while pounding the keys during intense gaming sessions.

The keyboard is backlit with a single red colour illumination. The keys feel nice and tactile. There is a slight flex in the keyboard chassis but nothing that affects the usability of the device.

With ample exhaust vents placed all around the chassis, MSI has succeeded in keeping the internal temperature in control without throttling the performance of the processor inside.

Connectivity Features:

The MSI GF63 features the following I/O ports:

  • 3 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 1 x Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • 3.5mm audio jack and microphone jack

Processor and Performance

This laptop runs the show with a tenth-generation Intel Core i5 10300H processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 4.5GHz.

The processor is a true quad-core variant with excellent performance even when the device is run under full load. Assisting this processor in delivering stellar performance is a 4GB DDR6 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650Ti Max Q GPU.

This powerful GPU also aids in fast and responsive 4K video editing. The device comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard with an option to expand up to 32GB.

In terms of storage, this laptop comes with a 512GB SSD to store your files. The inclusion of an SSD makes this device perform on par when compared with its competitors.

Display

The display on this device is a 15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit wide-view display which has good viewing angles with no noticeable colour tone difference when viewed from different angles.

The brightness of this panel is great and the anti-glare coating further increases the legibility of the display in brightly lit environments.

Furthermore, the screen can be calibrated according to your individual preference with the help of MSI Dragon centre app.

Speakers and Battery Life

The dual speakers on this device sound louder than some of its counterparts. Even though the lack of bass is quite understandable, there are no noticeable distortions even at high volume levels.

The battery of this device lasts for about 5 hours on a single charge under normal usage and if you’re gaming or doing some heavy rendering, the battery drains much faster.

Verdict

The MSI GF63 is a premium budget performance laptop priced just under Rs.85,000.

If you’re tight on budget but aren’t ready to compromise on power, this is the right choice for you at present in the Indian market.

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Comfortable backlit keyboard

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Built-in dual speakers

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Dual antenna Wi-Fi

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Thick bezels around the display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10300H
GPU4GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours

5. MSI Bravo 15

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Best Budget Laptop
  • FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate
  • Easy hardware expandability
  • Terrific everyday performance 

MSI is a Taiwan based multinational information technology company that manufactures affordable premium gaming laptops and related hardware.

The MSI Bravo is a thin and lightweight gaming laptop retailing in the Indian market for a budget well under Rs.75,000.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI Bravo 15 has an all-plastic chassis construction which doesn’t feel cheap at all. The brushed finish on the lid embossed with the MSI logo in the top centre looks very attractive to the eyes.

Thanks to this brushed finish, this laptop hides fingerprints and smudges like a champ.

The MSI Bravo 15 is probably one of the very few gaming laptops out there to weigh less than 2Kg.

Specifically, this laptop weighs just 1.86Kg and feels like just any other normal laptop.

The sturdy hinge mechanism helps in smooth open and closing experience without any issues.

With adequate friction, this hinge keeps the display lid from wobbling even when placed near a speeding fan.

MSI has ergonomically placed many air intakes in the bottom section with three exhausts – two in the rear and one in the left for good thermal performance.

The dual-fan arrangement with six heat pipes successfully keeps the internal temperature from spiking when the processor is under heavy loads.

Connectivity Features:

The MSI Bravo 15 features the following I/O ports:

  • 2 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 2 x USB Type-C ports
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

The USB Type-C port on this machine does not support Thunderbolt 3.

Processor and Performance

The MSI Bravo 15 comes powered by the latest fourth-generation AMD Ryzen 5 – 4600H Hexa-core processor with a base clock speed of 3GHz and a turbo boost up to 4GHz under peak loads.

The ample 16GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz handles resource-intensive tasks without breaking a sweat.

While this is more than enough to play games, edit videos and much more, MSI has given the provision to expand the RAM up to a whopping 64GB.

The GPU inside this machine is the AMD Raden RX5500M with 4GB of dedicated VRAM. This GPU is capable of running almost all the modern AAA titles at very high graphics settings with consistent frame rates.

Productivity tasks such as video editing, graphics designing and simulations will run just as fine on this thin and lightweight laptop.

Speaking of the storage, the MSI Bravo has a 512GB SSD inside that boots up the machine quickly and shows a significant improvement in terms of overall system performance.

There’s also an additional slot for M.2 SSD to expand the storage capacity further.

Display

The MSI Bravo 15 features a 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The high 144Hz refresh rate of this display provides an ultra-smooth experience, be it with gaming or with media consumption.

This is an IPS panel with good colour reproduction and wider viewing angles. Thanks to the 5ms response rate, gamers will find this laptop right at home.

This anti-glare coated panel has a peak brightness of 220nits which is more than enough for indoor usage purposes.

Miscellaneous

The MSI Bravo 15 comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home OS.

The tenkeyless red-backlit keyboard on the deck has an ample key travel distance that results in a comfortable fast typing experience.

To optimize the gaming performance, MSI has provided a built-in software called Dragon Center software where you can customize settings according to your preference.

The trackpad, even though it comes with Microsoft precision driver supports, acts finicky at times and fails to register gestures.

Battery Life

The MSI Bravo 15 is powered by a 3-cell 51Wh lithium battery that is rated to last up to 5 hours of continuous usage.

The 144Hz display takes its toll on the battery and drains out pretty quickly during gaming.

We advise you to plug in the 180W AC charging adapter while playing games on this laptop for an optimal experience.

Verdict

The MSI Bravo 15 is one of the lightest gaming laptops that you can get your hands on in the market at present.

The hexa core processor and the powerful GPU inside let’s run games and do professional work without any sort of lags or stutters.

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Comfortable backlit keyboard

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Good thermal performance

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Robust build quality

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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM16 GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 4600H
GPU4GB DDR6 AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare IPS Display
Refresh Rate144Hz
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours

6. HP Pavilion 15

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Best Performance Laptop
  • Excellent quality display
  • Dedicated Nvidia GTX series GPU
  • Powerful quad-core Intel processor

HP was reluctant at first to enter the performance laptop market in India and concentrated only in the budget and premium mid-range segment.

The all-new Pavilion series is the revamped performance-oriented laptops from HP targeting the young audience in the country looking for a powerful computing laptop.

Build Quality and Design

The new HP Pavilion 15 has an aggressive design stance and unconventional form factor which might not appeal to everyone.

This is indeed a gaming laptop and features gaming-centric design choices to improve the overall performance of the machine.

The wide hinge mechanism works very well and holds the monitor upright without any flex or squeaks.

The back panel of this laptop comes with a mix of carbon and brushed metal finish.

The cooling vents are located at the backside with the fans facing downwards and are adequately large enough to bring down the internal temperature from peaking at intensive workloads.

Connectivity Features:

This HP Pavilion 15 features the following I/O ports:

  • 3 x USB 3.1 ports
  • 1 x Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN port
  • MicroSD card reader

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is a ninth-generation Intel i5 9300Hprocessor which is one
of the best budget 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.

The all-new 4GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650i performs better than most other GPUs currently in the market when it comes to gaming performance in its price segment.

With this laptop, you’ll be able to play almost every game and do video editing for 4K videos.

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

The 512GB primary SSD storage makes the device boot up faster and app loading times are reduced significantly.

The inclusion of an SSD also reduces rendering times when it comes to processing video editing content.

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 gaming, the 60Hz display provides a smooth full HD experience that feels buttery smooth without any frame skippings in between.

Miscellaneous

The violet-coloured backlit keyboard 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 53Wh Li-ion integrated battery inside, the HP Pavilion 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 15 is a great performance oriented laptop that can double up as a capable media consumption device.

With the abundance of hardware features and an SSD at a couple of thousand rupees then its contenders, this laptop is worth checking out.

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

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Aggressive design

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Premium build quality

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Robust hinge mechanism

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 9th generation – 9300H
GPU4GB DDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours

7. Dell Inspiron 5408

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Best Content Creation Laptop
  • ExpressCharge Technology(80% in 60 min)
  • Vivid Full HD display
  • Lightweight and portable

Dell is the oldest computer hardware manufacturer company in the world. The Inspiron series from Dell has been in the market for a while, catering to students, casual users and professionals alike.

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 is a thin and lightweight laptop that packs enough firepower to deliver butter-smooth everyday performance.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 has an all-metal aluminium chassis which not only helps in reducing the overall weight but also ensures durability.

The striking minimal design of this laptop is very attractive and finally, let’s Dell match the aesthetics of the modern Asus and Acer laptops.

This is an ultrabook laptop weighing just 1.43Kg. Carrying this machine inside the bags and backpacks is a no-brainer.

The specially designed ergo lift hinge raises the laptop base from the ground at an angle when the display lid is opened.

This feature results in a comfortable, interactive posture for the user. Not only that, the raised base allows in ample air intake to keep the hardware inside from thermal throttling.

Connectivity Features:

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 features the following I/O ports:

  • 2 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • MicroSD card reader
  • 3,5m combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 is powered by an Intel i5 – 1035G1 quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 1GHz and turbo boost up to 3.6GHz.

This mid-range tenth generation CPU from Intel offers smooth performance – be it with everyday usage or multitasking.

Besides the CPU, Dell has thrown in an Nvidia MX330 dedicated GPU inside, with 2GB of DDR5 VRAM.

In case you intend to do casual video editing and gaming on the go, the presence of this dedicated GPU will help a lot.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard is clocked at 3200Mhz and offers a lag-free experience. This laptop also has the provision to expand the RAM up to 32GB.

Regarding the storage, the Dell Inspiron 5408 has a 521GB SSD inside with super-fast transfer speeds for overall improved performance.

Display

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 features a 14-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare wide viewing angle display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This panel is one of the best displays you can get for a budget under Rs.70,000. Covering 99% sRGB colour gamut, the colours look vivid and punchier than ever before.

Thanks to the smaller size of the display and the FHD resolution, the pixel density is on the higher side resulting in excellent, sharp visuals and text.

With a peak brightness of 300nits, this panel is very much legible indoors, even under brightly lit environments.

The viewing angles are a slight letdown but it is not an issue unless you start viewing the panel from extreme angles.

Miscellaneous

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 comes pre-installed with the Windows 10 Home OS.

The keyboard on this machine is not a full-sized one and lacks the dedicated num pad.

The keys are well spaced and the tactile feedback is decent. Since this is a backlit keyboard, you will find no issues in using the laptop at night or under dimly-lit conditions.

The trackpad on this ultra-lightweight laptop is of decent quality and supports multi-finger gestures.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 14 5408 is powered by a 3-cell 40Wh lithium-ion battery which is rated to last up to 6 hours on a single charge.

This laptop uses a barrel pin for charging and the adapter comes with Dell ExpressCharge technology that will juice up the device up to 80% in just under 60 minutes.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 5408 is a well-built ultrabook with exceptional performance and decent battery life.

Priced under Rs.70,000 this is one of the lightweight, performance-oriented laptops you should consider.

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Powerful Intel quad-core processor

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Sleek aluminium chassis

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Dedicated Nvidia MX GPU

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No Thunderbolt 3 support

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8 GB DDDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 1035G1
GPU2GB DDR5 Nvidia GeForce MX330
Display14-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

8. Mi Notebook Horizon

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Best Build Quality
  • Lightweight metal chassis
  • Dedicated Nvidia GPU
  • Powerful tenth gen Intel processor

The Mi Notebook horizon is a lightweight notebook that is easy to portable and it comes with a powerful Intel processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi notebook uses a metal chassis for its exterior. The strong metal body is good at hiding fingerprints and reliable as it prevents dents and scratches.

The butter-smooth matte finish texture on the lid gives a premium feel in hand and looks pleasing to the eyes.

The laptop weighs only 1.35Kg. This laptop can be easily carried away on tours. The small size of the laptop requires less space inside the bags to fit.

Its robust hinge mechanism gives a break-free open and close lid operation. The strong hinge holds the lid strong to prevent wobbliness.

For the cooling, the single fan inside the laptop releases the heat through respective vents.

Connectivity Features:

The Mi notebook horizon comes with the following I/O ports:

  • 2 x USB 3.1 ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • 1 x Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The Mi notebook is powered by a tenth-generation Intel i7 U series quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

With the increased load on the CPU, the frequency turbo boosts up to 4.9 GHz.

The laptop has soldered 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard that does almost every task we throw at it with ease.

The 512GB PCIe Nvme SSD inside boots up the laptop in less than 10 seconds. The modern SSD delivers fast data transfer speed and it’s a known fact that SSD’s are always better than HDD.

For the GPU, this laptop has a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX350 graphics which can deal with medium games and basic video editing.

Display

The MI notebook horizon features a 14-inch full HD anti-glare display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display produces good colours. It is perfect for binge-watching movies and TV shows, playing video games, and editing.

The sufficient brightness level of the laptop is good for indoor use. Also, the contrast ratio is well balanced to deliver deep blacks and punchy colours.

Miscellaneous

The tactile keyboard of the laptop has 1.3mm of spacing which is great for travel bloggers who used to type a lot.

The symmetrical position trackpad supports multi-finger gestures and delivers quick response on clicks, swipes, and taps.

The MI notebook horizon does not have a front built-in camera. Instead, the company gives you a separately 720p webcam that can be used with USB support.

The stereo speakers inside the laptop give a good audio output when used indoors.

Battery Life

This laptop is powered by a 46Wh lithium-polymer battery which provides about 6 hours of screen on time in a single charge.

Thanks to the bundled 65W AC adapter, this laptop gets juiced up from zero to hundred pretty fast.

Verdict

The MI notebook horizon is an ultrabook that will be your perfect companion in your trips to stay connected in style.

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Dedicated 720p webcam inside the box

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Thin bezel Full HD display

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Faster 512GB SSD

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No keyboard backlighting

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8 GB DDDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i7 10th generation – 10510U
GPU2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX350
Display14-inch Full HD anti-glare Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

9. Acer Aspire 7

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Best Multitasking Laptop
  • Powerful CPU+GPU combo
  • Decent battery life
  • Excellent FHD display

Acer Aspire is a popular mid-range series laptop just like the Asus Vivobook lineup covering entry-level to premium mid-range segments.

The Aspire 7 is the top of the line gaming laptop priced under Rs.60,000 featuring a ninth-generation Intel processor and a dedicated Nvidia GPU.

Design and Build Quality

The Aspire 7 is made from high-quality plastic materials with an overall decent fit and finish.

The classy matte finish on the lid with the Acer logo at the centre gives a premium feel and looks to it.

This laptop weighs about 2.15Kg, making it significantly heavier than most of the laptops mentioned here. But since Acer is branding this as a gaming laptop, the weight issue isn’t much of a real issue.

The robust hinge mechanism of the laptop gives smooth opening operation of the lid with a single hand.

The fans inside this laptop can get relatively louder under heavy loads, so we suggest you use an earphone or headphone while gaming for the best audio results.

Connectivity Features:

The Acer Aspire 7 features the following I/O ports:

  • 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • 2 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 1 x Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN port
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The Acer Aspire 7 is powered by an Intel i5 9th generation quad-core processor with the base clock speed of 2.4GHz with the ability to turbo boost up to 4.1GHz.

The onboard 8GB DDR4 RAM is adequate for handling most of the apps and games, but if you feel the need for more memory, it can be easily expanded up to 32GB.

The Acer Aspire 7 comes with a 512GB SSD that boots up the machine in less than a minute and accelerates the app loading time and performance.

The Aspire 7 laptop has the powerful 4GB GDDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU inside which when combined with the powerful processor, delivers excellent performance not just with gaming but also with regular day to day use and other productivity tasks.

With this GPU, you can play most of the modern games with 60-90 fps on medium to high graphics settings.

Display

The Acer Aspire 7 features a 15.6-inch full HD LED-backlit comfy view display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display here is well refined and of high quality. The colours look vivid, and the texts appear sharp and clear.

The brightness level is suitable for indoor and adequate for outdoors.

Overall the display is very much suited for media consumption and gaming.

Miscellaneous

The Acer Aspire 7 comes pre-installed Windows 10 Home OS. The backlit keyboard gives the flexibility of working in dark rooms.

The keys have good click response and are well spaced to avoid ghost presses. Even though the key travel distance is minimal, this keyboard feels quite decent for typing.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire 7 is rated to last up to 6 hours on a single charge under normal usage but will burn down in under 3 hours if you choose to game hard.

It depends on what kind of stuff you process on the laptop; the battery life varies.

The battery charging process is also faster, thanks to the high amperage charger bundled with the device.

Verdict

The laptop is a real deal when it comes to gaming and productivity purposes at the same time.

The power processor along with the dedicated GPU makes this laptop a clear winner when it comes to gaming in the sub-Rs. 60,000 price segment.

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Dedicated Nvidia GPU

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Easy hardware expandability

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Comfortable keyboard

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Noisy fan

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8 GB DDDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 9th generation – 9300H
GPU4GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED comfy view Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 5-6 Hours

10. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

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Honorable Mention
  • 4th generation AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • Powerful Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU
  • Comfortable backlit keyboard

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is a value for money laptop priced conveniently under Rs.75,000 featuring powerful internals capable of delivering exceptional computing performance.

The Ideapad gaming 3 laptop is not just a gaming laptop but can be used as an everyday laptop for school and office uses – thanks to the moderate industrial design.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Ideapad gaming 3 is made from plastic materials. The quality of the construction feels nice and durable for the asking price.

The chamfered edges on the lid at both sides and the matte finish all over the chassis provides a soft and premium feeling in hand.

The fan inside this laptop does sound a bit loud under heavy loads. Weighing at 2.2Kg, this laptop is a bit hard to carry in backpacks.

Connectivity Features:

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 features the following I/O ports:

  • 2 x USB 3.2 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • 3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

This laptop is powered by the fourth generation AMD Ryzen 7 – 4800H octa-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and turbo boost up to 4.2GHz.

Lenovo has also included a dedicated 4GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPU which shares the load of CPU when it comes to graphics processing.

The faster 3200MHz 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard makes multitasking easier and delivers smooth computing performance.

You can upgrade the RAM up to 16GB if you feel the need for more power.

The Lenovo Ideapad gaming 3 features a 256GB SSD for OS and a 1TB of HDD storage for storing your offline files.

Display

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS LED-backlit anti-glare display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colours turn out to be vivid and punchy, and the texts and visuals appear sharp and detailed as well.

Thanks to the IPS technology, viewing from an angle up to 170 degrees the image on the display has no noticeable colour shifts.

This panel has a maximum brightness of 250 nits which is not the best in the segment by any means, but quite adequate for indoor usage.

The thin and minimal bezels around the display and 16:9 aspect ratio offer an immersive wide view media consumption experience.

Miscellaneous

This laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home.

The blue-backlit keyboard looks amazing in dimly-lit environments and the sufficiently spaced keys with good tactile feedback ensure a pleasant typing experience.

The trackpad on the deck comes with Windows precision driver support and the gesture actions feel very fluid and accurate.

The integrated webcam on this laptop works fine in well-lit conditions and can be used for the likes of online classes, video conferencing etc.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad gaming 3 laptop is powered by a 45Wh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for 4-5 hours of normal usage.

Lenovo has also included a 135W fast charger in the box to juice up the battery fairly quickly.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad gaming 3 is a feature-packed premium mid-range laptop with a powerful processor and a best in class dedicated GPU.

If you are looking for a budget champion laptop for gaming or video editing, it’s well worth checking out this laptop.

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Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

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Trackpad with windows precision driver

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SSD + HDD storage
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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDDR4
SSD256 GB
HDD1 TB
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 – 4800H
GPU4GB DDR6 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS LED-backlit anti-glare Display
Refresh Rate60Hz
Battery LifeUp to 4-5 Hours

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

But as we have to pick the best ten 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 laptop best list.

As always, thank you for reading and have a great day!

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Buying Guide For The Best Laptops For Video Editing

Content creation is the trending scenario right now among the youths.

The video consumption has increased significantly since Jio started offering cheaper 4G data at a competitive price.

Whatsoever, the thing is – video editing is just not limited to basic youtube videos it is much more than that.

For example gaming videos that are being recorded at high fps and to edit those high definition videos, you need a powerful laptop.

Picking up a laptop that is powerful enough to handle video production and related tasks from thousands of models out there is no mean task.

To make things easier and for you to come up with a learned purchase decision, we have written this short yet concise buying guide.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

CPU

The CPU as you all might know is the brain of the computer. Having a powerful processor inside is of utmost importance to have a smooth and stable computing performance.

There are mainly two brands of processors that are available with laptops in the market – namely Intel and AMD.

It is always better to have at least a true quad-core processor for the best possible performance.

There are processors with six cores and up to eight cores when it comes to laptops available in the Indian market.

You can go with Intel H-series 9th or tenth generation processors, in case you failed to find an eleventh generation CPU.

When it comes to AMD, the latest and greatest fourth-generation AMD Ryzen series processors offer six cores for better multi-threaded performance.

If budget is not a concern, you can also consider the latest Apple M1 powered Macbook laptops as well.

GPU

Video editing is a graphic intensive task that requires a discrete graphics card to assist the processor.

If you want a seriously powerful laptop for content creation, make sure the laptop you are going to purchase does have at least a GTX grade GPU from Nvidia.

Yes, you can edit videos on laptops with integrated graphics and entry-level MX series GPUs from Nvidia, but the performance won’t be anywhere near promising for professional uses.

For video editing and other content creation tasks, you can go with discrete Nvidia GPUs such as GTX 1650, 1650Ti, 1660, 1660Ti and higher.

Never go for anything below the GTX 1650 unless you are a casual user. AMD RX series GPUs are equally powerful as well.

Most of the graphics cards nowadays come with 4GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM which is quite acceptable, but anything higher is also very much desirable for smooth performance.

RAM

Most of the performance laptops in the market priced Rs.60,000 and above come with 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard.

While this is enough for most of the editing purposes, anything higher will enhance the performance further.

Even if you don’t find any laptops with more than 8GB of DDR4 RAM, make sure the laptop has the provision to expand the RAM in the future.

This will let you increase the RAM further by yourselves if that is in any way required for your workflow.

Display

Having a good, vibrant display is of great importance for content creators. The colour reproduction has to be accurate for precisely managing the colour tones and temperature.

Almost all casual laptops come with a 45% NTSC(National Television Standards Committee). If we convert it into sRGB the number we get is around 63 to 67%, which is not said to be vivid.

There are also high-quality panels that have 72% NTSC, which is almost 96-100% sRGB and that display has true-to-life colours.

Also, make sure the laptop has an IPS display which provides good viewing angles and in terms of colour quality, it is better than older TN panels.

I/O Ports

The I/O ports are necessary to connect the laptop to external devices. And being a video editor you must look for a mini display port or HDMI port.

Modern laptops come with USB Type-C that allows you to connect the laptop with other monitors for added versatility.

Thermals

Thermal performance of the laptops is often neglected even by seasoned tech freaks. People tend to concentrate only on the hardware but not bother thinking about how well the internal temperature is managed, which is of equal importance.

Unless the laptop has a good thermal performance, the hardware inside will heat up considerably and the resulting thermal throttling will significantly affect the performance.

Having dual exhaust fans, multiple heat sinks and adequate air intake and exhaust vents are necessary for optimal thermal control of the laptop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1: What to look for in a laptop for video editing?

Ans: While buying a laptop for video editing purposes, you must be aware of multiple factors such as the processor, GPU, connectivity options and the display.

Q.2: Which laptop should I aim for – macOS or Windows laptop?

Ans: Apple laptops running macOS are heavily optimized and work well for professional content creation.

If you have the budget for purchasing an Apple laptop, then undoubtedly it is the best. If you are on a limited budget, opting for a well-specced Windows laptop will be your best bet.

Q.3: Is a desktop computer better than a laptop for video editing?

Ans: Yes. Laptops are portable machines with limitations in terms of thermal controls, hardware and power delivery.

Desktops work on AC power and the hardware is different from that of laptops – in terms of performance and efficiency.

Q.4: Which software is the best for video editing?

Ans: It depends on your use case. There are hardcore professional software such as Adobe Premier Pro and Sony Vegas for hardcore video editing whereas apps such as Filmora go caters beginner content creators who want something simple and easy to use.