Best Laptops for Video Editing (March 2020)

by | Feb 24, 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. Asus ROG Strix Scar IIIOverall Best Pick
2. MSI Stealth GL65Runner-Up Pick
3. Apple Macbook ProBest Apple Laptop
4. Acer Predator Triton 300Value for Money Laptop
5. Asus FX504GEFeature Rich Budget Laptop
6. HP OmenHonorable Mention

1. Asus Rog Strix Scar III

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Overall Best Pick
  • RTX 2060 Nvidia GPU
  • 240Hz Full HD display
  • Ninth generation Intel CPU

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 Scar III is a premium performance laptop from Asus that has is one of the most versatile laptops powered by a ninth-generation i9 processor.

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 accent lines all across the chassis and a giant illuminated 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 Scar III gaming laptop. The Intel Core i9 – 9750H is a true beast when it comes to raw computing performance.

This eight-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 equally powerful 6GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU.

This laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM on board with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 64GB.

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.

The 1TB SSD inside this machine significantly increases the performance to a whole new level.

Display

The Asus ROG Strix Scar III features a 15.6-inch full HD panel having a refresh rate of 240Hz with Nvidia G-sync support.

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 240Hz 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 Thermals

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

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

The ROG Strix Scar III 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.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Strix Scar III is a 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 larger 15.6-inch 240Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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Bezel-less display

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Robust build quality

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Powerful internal hardware

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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i9 9750H
SSD1TB
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED 240 Hz

2. MSI Stealth GL65

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent thermal control
  • Latest GTX series Nvidia GPU
  • 120Hz Full HD display

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 Stealth GL65 is the latest addition to this lineup that bolsters the companies role in the performance laptop segment.

Display

This laptop houses a 15.6-inch full HD 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 helps.

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

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

Processor and Performance

Inside this beast is the latest and greatest ninth-generation Intel Core i9 9750H.

This powerful quad-core processor is coupled with a whopping 6GB Nvidia DDR6 GTX 1650 to squeeze out the maximum juice while editing and rendering your videos and playing AAA games.

There is a 512GB NVMe SSD inside this laptop for offline storage purposes. The SSD will load your apps fasters and will increase the rendering speeds significantly.

The onboard 8GB DDR4 RAM is sufficient for most of the resource-intensive work you might have, but if you feel to have more raw power, it can be expanded up to 32GB.

Thermal Performance

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.

Verdict

If you’re a professional video editor or gamer and want a serious rig to deal with these professionals, the MSI Stealth GL65 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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Excellent display

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DAC enabled sound output

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Thin bezels around the display

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i9 9750H
SSD512 GB
Graphics4GB DDR6 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650
Battery Backup3+ Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview Anti-glare Display

3. Apple Macbook Pro

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Best Apple Laptop
  • 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

 

4. Acer Predator Triton 300

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Value for Money Laptop
  • One year international warranty
  • Powerful CPU+GPU
  • Fast charging support

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is an entry-level performance-oriented laptop succeeding the popular 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 Predator Triton 300 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 Predator Triton 300 is powered by the powerful ninth-generation Intel Core-i7 9750H quad-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz which can go up to 4.5GHz 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 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 2TB 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 144Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth video and game playback.

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 Predator Triton 300 offers excellent value for money performance and durability for a device under Rs.85,000.

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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Robust build quality

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Built-in dual speakers

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Multi-gesture touchpad

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Heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory2TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H
SSD256 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650
Battery BackupUP to 4 Hours
Display15.6 Full HD LED Backlit IPS

5. Asus FX504GE

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Feature Rich Budget Laptop
  • Best for all-around performance
  • Suited for graphics-intensive tasks
  • Excellent everyday performance

We don’t 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.

Processor and Performance

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.

Display

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

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

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

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.

Verdict

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 DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 – 8300H
SSD128 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit IPS

6. HP Omen

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Aggressive and unique design
  • Powerful processor and GPU
  • IPS Micro edge 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 i5-9350H 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 even some of the most necessary app loading times can be reduced significantly.

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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Aesthetically pleasing design
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Great display

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Powerful internals

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9350H
SSD256 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch IPS BrightView Full HD

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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