Best Laptops for Video Editing (November 2019)

by | Nov 16, 2019

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

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

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

What’s the catch?

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

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

Best Laptops for Video Editing

1. Apple MacBook ProOverall Best Pick
2. MSI Raider GE75Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG ZephyrusFeature Rich Laptop
4. HP Pavilion 15Best Reliable Laptop
5. Acer Predator Triton 300Value for Money Laptop
6. Lenovo L340Honorable 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. MSI Raider GE75

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful RTX series GPU
  • The superfast primary SSD storage
  • Excellent thermal control

Up until recently, the Alienware series ruled the performance-oriented laptop segment with no second thought. But with the MSI Raider, the story begins to change.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI Raider GE75 shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.

The metallic chassis with a brushed metal finish and sharp lines delivers a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

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

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

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

The processor inside this beast machine is an Intel Core i7 9750H with 16GB DDR4 RAM out of the box.

What’s more interesting than the use of the latest processor is the GPU. MSI decided to beat the competition single-handedly with an 8GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 2080 card inside,

The results?

It delivers. This laptop crushes the competition by leaps and bounds.

The 1TB hard drive plus 1TBGB SSD combo works seamlessly to deliver high-speed computing and gaming experience on this machine.

Display

Coming to the screen, this unit boasts of a 15.6inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

What’s special about this display is that it’s got a whopping 144Hz refresh rate.

With great colour accuracy and brightness levels, this screen is perfect for gaming.

MSI got it correct when they paired a powerful processor and GPU with this 144Hz panel. It helps in utilizing the maximum potential of this laptop.

Lighting Effects

The next crazy thing about this laptop is its individually controlled RGB lighting effects.

The controls are comprehensive and the combinations you can try out is infinite.

Thermal Cooling

There are seven heat pipes inside this laptop to keep it cool without throttling. This keeps the laptop thermals in control.

Additionally, if you have to cool the laptop further, the Cooler Boost button is one touch away on the keyboard deck.

But do remember, this cooling comes at the expense of some fan noise.

Response Rate

Oops, we almost forgot one important thing about this laptop.

The response rate.

The display on this machine has got a response time of 3ms which is the fastest among the laptop displays available for consumers.

Negatives

Now let’s switch to the negatives about the laptop.

The gesture trackpad has no Windows precision driver support and the gesture accuracy is average to say the best.

Then comes the sound from the speakers. Even though MSI claims that this laptop has got great speakers, we didn’t feel the same.

Invest some bucks on a Bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go!

Verdict

To wind this up, The MSI Raider GE75 is one of the best laptops for video editing that you can currently get in the Indian market without a second thought.

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Cutting edge hardware

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Robust build quality

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Loud and clear speakers

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Average trackpad response

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7 8th gen 8750H
SSD1 TB
GraphicsNvidia RTX 2080 8GB DDR6
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz

3. Asus ROG Zephyrus

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Robust build quality
  • Powerful processor and GPU
  • The high-speed SSD storage

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 the latest and greatest CPU + GPU combination delivering excellent performance.

The ROG Zephyrus is a flagship performance laptop from Asus loaded with beefy hardware for the best possible computing experience ever.

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 in 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 Zephyrus gaming laptop.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3750H quad-core processor inside this laptop is clocked at 2.4GHz and can extend up to 4GHz to the most.

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

Supporting the CPU in its duties is the equally powerful 6GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 1660Ti GPU.

This laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM on board with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 32GB.

The high-speed 512GB SSD storage will further elevate the performance of this laptop to a whole new level.

Display

The Asus ROG Zephyrus features a 15.6-inch full HD panel having a refresh rate of 120Hz 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 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 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 Zephyrus has an anti-dust design with dual fans to keep the temperature in check even during peak loads.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus is a performance-oriented laptop that is very much suitable for a variety of tasks which need high computing performance.

The comfortable, RGB keyboard and the larger 15.6-inch 120Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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Dual speakers with amplifier

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1-year onsite warranty

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Fast charging support

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Noisy at times

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorRyzen 7 Quad Core 3750H
SSD512 GB
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB1
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD

4. HP Pavilion 15

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Best Reliable Laptop
  • Powerful CPU+GPU
  • Superfast 512GB SSD storage
  • Fast charging support

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

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

Build Quality and Design

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

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

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

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

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

The minimal black coloured design looks and feels refreshing as well.

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is a ninth-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor which is one of the latest offerings from Intel to the performance mobile computing market.

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

There is a 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU inside the chassis for that significant extra oomph when it comes to gaming and graphics-intensive tasks.

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

The high-speed 512GB SSD storage helps further improve the performance of this laptop.

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

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

With the abundance of hardware 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 nation-wide service network is yet another reason for you to consider purchasing this laptop.

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Minimal yet elegant design

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Robust build quality

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Bang & Olufsen audio

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7-9750H
SSD512 GB
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit Display

5. Acer Predator Triton 300

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Value for Money Laptop
  • SSD + HDD combination
  • Powerful dedicated GPU
  • Minimal bezels around the display

The Acer Predator Triton 300 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 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-i5 9300H quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can go up to 4.GHz 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 Predator Triton 300 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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Minimal yet stylish design

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Comfy keyboard

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Excellent thermal control

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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

6. Lenovo Ideapad L340

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Honorable Mention
  • Powerful processor
  • Dedicated flagship-grade GPU
  • Full HD display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is the flagship Ideapad gaming laptop offering excellent internal hardware specs at a very enticing price point.

This performance-oriented laptop will be an ideal choice for those who are looking for a multipurpose laptop under Rs.70,000.

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 Ideapad L340 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 Ideapad L340 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.

The specially designed hinge mechanism allows this laptop to be opened all the way p to 180 degrees.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel TN display. The visuals are 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 thicker and is an eyesore to the rest of the elegantly crafted build.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is powered by the newer 9th Generation Intel Core i5 – 9300H processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can turbo boost up to 4.1GHz.

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 speed 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 dedicated4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card.

This makes the laptop capable of computing tasks such as simulation and video rendering without breaking a sweat. You can play almost all popular games with medium to high settings effortlessly.

Another USP of this device is that it ships with a large capacity 1TB for offline storage purposes. The main downside of this is that HDD’s are slower than SSD’s, both in terms of booting speed and app loading times.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on port distribution either. This Ideapad laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

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

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion battery, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is an all-round gaming laptop which excels in almost every aspect. If you are planning to purchase a laptop for versatile use, this is it.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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Slow HDD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
SSD
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
Battery BackupUP to 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED

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

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

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

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