Best Laptops for Video Editing

by | Nov 23, 2018

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 63Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG StrixBest Build Quality
4. Acer Predator Helios 300Best Value for Money Laptop
5.Asus FX504GEBest Budget Pick

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 2880 x 1880 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. Its 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 is 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 63

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Overclockable mobile processor
  • 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 63 is the latest addition to this lineup that bolsters the companies role in performance laptop segment.

A 120Hz display.. Yes!!!

A 120Hz display for starters.

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 not 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.

Latest H series processor from Intel…

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 256GB 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.

Thermals under 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.

The downsides…

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 63 is worth spending your hard-earned money.

Verdict

If you’re a professional video editor and want a serious rig to edit those 4K footage, the MSI GE63 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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Average sound output from speakers
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Below average battery life
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Accessibility to expansion slots is tough
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After sale service centres are limited

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7 8750H
SSD256GB
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
Battery Backup3+ Hours
Display15.6 Inch Full HD LED backlit 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 remain 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. Acer Predator Helios 300

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Best Value for Money Laptop
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Aggressive styling
  • Powerful GPU

Acer is no strange to the gaming and performance computing scene.

The company has introduced its predator lineup with amazing value for money specs even beating out some of the higher priced competitors with a punch.

Design and Build Quality

The Predator Helios 300 is designed to look like a macho laptop with sharp curves and accent lines.

The dual tone colour scheme looks fantastic and blends well with the overall design strategy.

Acer has given practicality and durability over aesthetic beauty with this laptop.

The thick bezels around the screen and bulky body might not impress the purist in you, but with the performance, it sure will.

Easy hardware upgradability is one of the key aspects of this laptop. You can easily swap storage or RAM modules, even if you don’t have any prior experience doing so.

The metallic finish keyboard C deck is strong and offer excellent durability and comfort while gaming as well as typing rigorously.

Processor and Performance

The Predator Helios 300 is priced very aggressively in its segment with some best in the class internals.

Going by the specs, this laptop is powered by an Intel Core-i5 7700HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz that can go up to 3.5GHz with turbo boost.

The device comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM that is expandable up to 32GB via the additional slot that is easily accessible by removing the backplate of the chassis.

Acer has managed to include a 4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti on this laptop.

This GPU in conjunction with the powerful true quad-core processor exceeds our expectations in performance.

Display

The Acer Predator Helios 300 features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colours appear vivid and vibrant with sharp and clear details on visuals as well as static images and text.

The bezels around the display are thick, but will soon get used to and pose no problem in the long run.

Miscellaneous

The keyboard on this device has a red backlight that adds to the overall design flair of the laptop.

The keys are sufficiently spaced and have a rubber feel to it. The size of the numpad keys is a bit smaller than the rest of the keys on the keyboard though.

The anti-ghosting technology prevents accidental keypresses effectively, which is a bliss for those who use shortcuts while editing videos or pre-assigned keys while gaming with this laptop.

Battery Life

The battery on this laptop is a 4-cell Lithium-ion pack which will last up to 6 hours on a single charge and expect this to drop further while performing processor intensive tasks such as gaming.

Verdict

The Acer Predator Helios is a budget level performance laptop which offers excellent value for money performance and durability.

Casual video editing and rendering would run with no hiccups or lags on this computer. Easy hardware expandability makes this laptop future proof.

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Quad-core processor

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Powerful GTX 1050 Ti

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Anti-ghosting keyboard

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Bulk and heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i5 7300HQ
SSD128 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
Battery BackupUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED IPS

5. Asus FX504GE

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Best Budget Pick
  • 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 inside…

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 colors 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
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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