Best Laptops for Video Editing (January 2020)

by | Jan 1, 2020

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 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Asus FX705DTRunner-Up Pick
3. HP OmenFeature Rich Laptop
4. Acer Nitro 7Value for Money Laptop
5. Lenovo legion Y530Best Budget Laptop
6. MSI GF63 9SCHonorable Mention

1. Apple Macbook Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent battery life
  • Timely software updates
  • Robust build quality

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 is the latest laptop offering from the Cupertino giant to go on sale in the Indian market 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!

Some other neat little tricks will keep your mind away from this omission.

Display

For the editor in you, Apple has packed in a 15.4-inch Quad HD display which looks gorgeous with a 2880 x 1800 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, 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.

Video editing professionals will appreciate this display as it makes them more aware of the original colour tone of the visuals they’re working with.

Software Support

The software inside is Apple’s revered Mac OS. It’s 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.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Apple MacBook Pro is powered by the eighth-generation Intel Core i9 processor with 16 gigs of 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 GPU contributes to the buttery smooth performance of this laptop in the graphics department.

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

Apple MacBook Pro is the best Apple laptop you’ll get in the country at present. It’s the best laptop out there for content creators. Period.

No other laptop brands match Apple’s prowess in hardware and software optimization resulting in the best possible performance without cutting corners when it comes to battery life.

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Lightweight and portable

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Excellent software support

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Powerful processor

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Lack of adequate USB ports

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Mojave
Internal Memory
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i9 8th gen
SSD512 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro 560X
Battery Backup8-10 Hours
Display15.4 Quad HD LED Backlit IPS Retina Display

 

2. Asus FX705DT

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for all-around performance
  • 17.3-inch widescreen display
  • The high-speed SSD storage

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

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

Whatever it is, the Asus TUF FX705DT is one of the best laptops that money can buy under a budget of Rs.70,000.

Processor and Performance

This machine features an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor. What does it mean for you? Smooth multitasking and gaming without considerable lags or stutters.

Is it better than an Intel Core i5 8300H?

Yes. By leaps and bounds.

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 1650 is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

Tasks that require heavy computing resources like video editing and gaming is buttery smooth with this powerful CPU and GPU combination.

Display

The 17.3-inch full HD display is the largest-sized display you can purchase at this price range

The colours are vivid and the brightness levels are decent.

This widescreen panel offers immersive media viewing as well as gaming experience without any fail.

Asus has provided a 512GB SSD drive with this premium laptop. This elevates the performance of this laptop to the next level.

Miscellaneous

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.

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 needing to be juiced up.

Summary

Overall, the ASUS TUF FX705DT 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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Beefy AMD Ryzen processor
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Powerful GPU

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Preloaded Windows 10 OS

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7-3750H
SSD512 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650Ti
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display17.3 inch Full HD LED Backlit IPS

3. HP Omen

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Easy hardware upgradability
  • Powerful CPU+GPU
  • Micro-edge full HD IPS display

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

The Omen series is the revamped performance-oriented laptops from HP targeting the young audience in the country looking for a gaming laptop.

Build Quality and Design

The new HP Omen 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 dual-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 fibre and brushed metal finish along with a very unusual Omen logo in the red accent colour.

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

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-9300H 2.4GHz 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.

The all-new 4GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 performs better than any other GPU currently in the market when it comes to gaming performance.

With this laptop, you’ll be able to play almost every game currently on the market in ultra settings with very high frame rates.

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

The 256GB SSD secondary storage along with the primary 1TB HDD makes the device boot up faster and app loading times can be 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 RGB 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 Li-ion integrated battery inside, the HP Omen can last for about 4 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 Omen is a great performance oriented laptop that can double up as a capable media consumption device.

With the abundance of hardware features such as USB 3.1 ports and an SSD at a couple of rupees less than 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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Unique design

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Robust build quality

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Powerful internals

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i5-9300H
SSD256 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit Display

4. Acer Nitro 7

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Powerful Ryzen processor
  • Supplementary 256GB SSD storage
  • Genuine Windows OS preloaded

The Acer Nitro 7 is an entry-level gaming laptop succeeding the popular performance-oriented Helios series.

This macho machine packs in some serious punch in terms of hardware internals which performs on par with the other counterparts in the similar price league.

Design and Build Quality

The Nitro 7 is designed to look very minimal and aesthetically pleasing while preserving the performance of its predecessor models.

The company chose to design this laptop in such a way that equal importance is given both functionality and aesthetic beauty.

The black coloured chassis with blue inserts in between looks fantastic and blends well with the overall design strategy.

The bezels around the display are minimal this time and make this laptop look very futuristic and appealing to the eyes.

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 Acer Nitro 7 is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 7 quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can go up to 4.10GHz 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 state of the art 4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU on this laptop.

This GPU in conjunction with the powerful true quad-core processor exceeds our expectations in performance – be it with gaming or during the day to day productivity tasks.

The 1TB HDD plus 256GB SSD combination works well to ensure a lag usage experience with this premium mid-range laptop.

Display

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

This display has a locked-in 60Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth video and game playback.

Refresh rate denotes the number of frames the screen can display per second. The higher this number, smoother will be the visuals.

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 blue 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.

The anti-ghosting technology prevents accidental keypresses effectively, which is 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 4 hours on a single charge and expect this to drop further while performing processor-intensive tasks such as gaming.

Verdict

The Acer Nitro offers excellent value for money performance and durability for a device under Rs.70,000.

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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One year international warranty

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Narrow bezel display

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Backlit keyboard

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heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
SSD256 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650
Battery BackupUP to 4 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

5. Lenovo Legion Y530

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Powerful processor
  • Best in class GPU
  • Impressive battery life

The Lenovo Legion Y530 is a feature-rich gaming laptop that is priced well under Rs.50,000.

For those users who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying all their performance indices, this one will be a perfect choice.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say that Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in the country.

No matter what the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Legion Y530 has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis.

The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Legion Y530 has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full-sized desktop keyboards.

The keys are large, spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time.

Display

The Lenovo Legion Y530 features a 15.6-inch full HD TN display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This display is adequately colourful and rich in details.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are very thin it has the slimmest bezels in the sub. Rs.50,000 price segment.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels.

The Lenovo Legion Y530 is powered by a newer 8th generation Intel Core i5 – 8300H processor clocked at 2.3GHz which can turbo boost up to 4GHz.

With Turbo Boost technology-enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource-intensive is launched, the cores will run at the higher clock to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups.

With the 8GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

Accompanying the processor is a 2GB DDR5 dedicated Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card.

This makes the laptop capable of gaming with almost all the newer titles with low to medium graphics settings.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either. This Legion series laptop from Lenovo comes with 3 USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB Type C port along with the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion cell, the Lenovo Legion Y530 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Legion Y530 priced under Rs.50,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

If you need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Minimal bezels around the display

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Stereo speakers

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Rich connectivity options

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No SSD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8300H
SSD
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX1050
Battery BackupUP to 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

6. MSI GF63 9SC

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Honorable Mention
  • Fast charging
  • Powerful performance
  • Suited for video editing and multitasking

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 9SC is the company’s ‘premium budget’ performance-oriented laptop currently on sale in India under Rs.80,000.

Design and Build Quality

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

Processor and Performance

This laptop runs the show with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 9300H processor clocked at 2.4GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 4.1GHz.

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 DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 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 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

Four downfacing speakers produce loud sound output. The audio from the laptop lacks punch.

The battery of this device lasts for about 4 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 9SC is a budget performance laptop priced just under Rs.80,000.

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

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Thin bezels around the display

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Relatively silent operation

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Built-in amplifier

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Feels bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
SSD512 GB
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS

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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