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Top 10 Best Laptops for Video Editing – Our Most Recommended Laptops for YouTube & Film Editing

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  1. zzzbruh says:

    Great article, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the zbook studio g4 in comparison to laptops on your list ?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      A huge thumbs up from me is all I can say. Get it if you can afford it.

  2. Rob says:

    Hi, I got across with this laptop Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-57D4, is this good for editing videos?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Rob,
      Yes, Acer Aspire E15 E5-575G-57D4 laptop is an excellent choice if you’re on a budget, but for heavy video editing work, this laptop may not be the right choice. A newer model of this laptop is already launched (Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762) which has latest 8th Gen Intel Core i5 quad-core processor. It will be a better choice overall.

  3. Bob says:

    I’m not the best with laptops but can you suggest a laptop good for schoolwork but as well as Adobe After Effects?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Bob,
      There are quite a number of laptops that I can recommend you for your requirements. You can get yourself a Dell XPS 15, if budget is not a problem. If you’re looking for a budget machine then ASUS VivoBook M580VD-EB54 is a great option too. Both are powerful enough to run Adobe After Effects and can be easily carried in a backpack.

  4. Yoda says:

    I’m looking for a laptop to edit videos. Which would recommend?

  5. Scott says:

    Hey, me and my friend want to be doing YouTube and were wondering if you had any recommendations for an affordable laptop that can do quality editing.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Scott, Our best budget pick for video editing currently is the Acer Aspire E15 which offers decent hardware for video editing for price less than $600. If you find any laptop that has similar hardware specifications and available for less price then you can go with it.

  6. CJ Tyrrell says:

    Would the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 be a good option for video editing?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi CJ,
      Yes, it will be a good option. However, if you can spend $100 more then I would recommend you to buy the HP 15-cb079nr laptop for yourself. It has more powerful GPU than Dell Inspiron 15 7000 which will help a lot in video editing. We are also planning to add this HP laptop in our guide in the next update.

  7. Leo says:

    Excellent article, thanks.

    I was thinking to buy HP OMEN X Laptop $2350 dlls .
    *Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK (2.9 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores) + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X dedicated).
    *16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
    *1 TB 7200 rpm SATA; 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD

    I need to edit 4k video to make videos aprox. 1 hr long. My questions are:
    1.-Do I need a 4k screen to watch 4k video files?
    2.-Are the processor & video card enough?

    Thanks for your time & excellent support.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Leo,
      Yes, you will need a 4K screen as editing 4K video on 1080p screen doesn’t make sense to me but if this HP Omen doesn’t come with 4K display then you can buy the external 4K display and hook up with your laptop. As far as CPU and GPU are concerned, they are decent enough for 4K video editing.

  8. Tanya says:

    I am so lost but need to decide quickly since my 5 year old MacBook pro died. I’m in film school in Milan and can’t decide between HP Omen, Asus Vivobook pro and Asus Rog. I don’t want to spend to much and I’m done with Apple anyway because they get weirder every year, but video and photo editing are the only things I’m actually good at and enjoy as a livelihood. I know I have to pay to play, I just don’t want to waste money on something that will break the bank and become obsolete next year. Starving artist here (not much of a programmer… at all, but getting better)! Advice?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Tanya,
      I would recommend you to go with ASUS ROG Strix GL503VM laptop. It has powerful enough hardware which can handle video editing softwares with ease.

  9. Joe says:

    Im trying to set my son up with something he can edit his drone videos with .
    Dell 17567-5000BLK-PUS
    Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762
    Any input would be much appreciated . Thank You

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Joe,
      I would recommend you to buy the Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 laptop for your son. It has dedicated GPU which will help in running the video editing software smoothly.

  10. Kelli says:

    I was looking at HP x360 is this a good one for video editing??

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Kelli,
      There are lot of variants of HP x360. Can you tell me more about the specs of it?
      I would recommend its top end models which comes with quad-core CPU and dedicated GPU.

  11. Hayley Bault says:

    I’m interested in a laptop that supports basic youtube editing, financial software (ie, quickbooks and excel) and some basic gaming. I’ve started my own business and have outgrown my 7 year old laptop with a death rattle. Best buy is doing financing for alienware right now for 2 years interest free. But I’m debating whether it’s wiser to buy one of the lower cost models here and have better affordability or go for the big option that’s way more money $1300-$1600 but financing and a probability at longevity. I’d love your input!

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Hayley,
      I think buying a Alienware for these requirements would be overkill. You can go with something on budget – Acer Aspire E15 costs $600 on Amazon. It will be perfect for your basic video editing requirements and other everyday usage.

  12. Chris says:

    Hello Mike.
    I’m interested in a laptop that supports smoothly 4k video editing to make documentaries (45 minutes duration). I know that Nvidia Quadro Cards are the best for pro results, ¿right?. But, to buy a laptop with that GPU and enough RAM , SSD, and a fast CPU, is very expensive. My limit is 3k.
    I have these 2 options. The first one is with Quadro and the 2nd one is with Nvidia GTX 1080.

    My questions are, which one is the best option?. Is more important the GPU even though the rest of the components are inferior?. Is Quadro really worth the price?.

    Option 1.-
    Dell Mobile Precision 5520 15.6″ 4k
    Intel Core i7-7820 HQ 2.9 GHz
    16GB RAM
    512GB SSD
    NVIDIA Quadro M1200 4GB

    Option 2.-
    HP Omen X 17″ 4k
    Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK 2.9 GHz (up 3.9 Ghz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
    32 RAM
    1 TB SSD
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Chris,

      GPUs are important in a video editing laptop but other hardware plays vital role as well. For an instance, having a computer with less RAM and powerful CPU and GPU is of no use.

      Coming back to the point, the Quadro GPUs are very good for video editing. They dramatically increase the video rendering speed but the Quadro M1200 on Dell Precision laptop isn’t as powerful as GTX 1080. It is a budget Quadro GPU which is good enough for starters but compared to GTX 1080 on HP Omen, it is less powerful.

      HP Omen also offers much better hardware overall. It has 32GB of RAM which would aid a lot to run the video editing softwares smoothly while editing 4K videos and it also offers roomy 1TB of SSD.

      So, my choice of laptop will be HP Omen because Nvidia Quadro M1200 is an entry-level quadro GPU which isn’t as powerful as GTX 1080. However, if you can afford a laptop with Quadro P3000 or P4000 then please get it. They are beast for video editing.

  13. Will Ryan says:

    Hi what’s the best laptop for editing 4K videos that has a 4k display and is pretty powerful (RAM and Cpu etc) and reliable in terms of longevity? But is also budget friendly (800-900)ish.


    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Will,

      There are hardly any laptops that offers 4K display for under $900 and the ones that offer aren’t powerful enough for editing videos. So, I would recommend you to buy a powerful laptop with full HD display and get a 4K monitor. Of-course, you can’t take monitor everywhere but you can edit 4K videos on full HD display and whenever you need that extra screen space, you can connect it with the monitor and enjoy your video editing workstation.

      I would recommend you to get the MSI GL62M-7REX, it is the most powerful laptop you can buy in your budget.

  14. Kelso says:

    Hi Mike,

    I was wondering if there are any good budget 13 inch laptops for basic video editing. I was looking at the Dell XPS 13:
    Processor: intel core i5-8250U
    Memory: 8GGB LPDDR 1866MHz
    Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
    Video card: intel UHD graphics 620
    This would run me around $799, but is there anything better I can get for anywhere around this price that’s 13 inches? I’m constantly traveling so I need something lightweight and portable. I’m just getting into editing so I don’t need anything too high tech or expensive for now

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Kelso,
      For starters in video editing, it should be fine, but having a dedicated GPU will help in a long run. So, if you can increase your budget up to $1000, then you can buy this ASUS ZenBook which offers 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce MX150 dedicated GPU. It weighs just 2.5 pounds and its battery life is also decent so overall it is an excellent ultrabook to edit videos on-the-go.

  15. Jeremy says:

    Hi Mike,

    You haven’t mentioned anything about the Microsoft Surface Book 2. Is this a good machine for non basic video editing? I am looking for a 13″ option because I also travel a lot.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Jeremy,
      Yes, Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a good option for video editing and we are going to add it in our guide in the next update. But, if you buy the 13-inch model then make sure that you buy the one with dedicated GPU.

  16. Patrick says:

    Hi, I just read all your whole article about the best laptops for video editing. For me, this far I’ve found that Dell Inspiron 7472 and Asus Zenbook UX430UN are both pretty good too. Here are some specs from these two (which are similar)
    i7-8550u (1.8Ghz, up to 4.0Ghz
    Nvidia GeForce GT MX150 2GB DDR5
    16 GB of RAM
    FHD Display (Trulife LED with dell, Splendid LED with Asus)
    What do you think about this? Should i grab one of this? Thank you!

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      These laptops would be good for basic video editing only as their GPU isn’t much powerful. You can check out Dell Inspiron 7577 with quad-core i5 and GTX 1060. It costs under $1000 and is capable enough to handle even 4K footages.

  17. Martin says:

    I recently bought GoPro hero 6 black and found out that my current laptop is way too outdated to play and edit HEVC 4K videos. So now I’m looking for new laptop for 4K video edditing (Adobe Premiere Pro, Corel Video Studio etc.) and which is able to play GoPro’s new codec HEVC/H.265.
    I was wondering if Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6″ Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM Memory, 256GB SSD, E5-576G-5762 will be good enough? Budget max $900.

    Greetings from Latvia!

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Martin,

      As you can spend up to $900, I would recommend you to buy the Dell Inspiron i7577 to you. It has quad-core i5 processor and GTX 1060 GPU which can do a lot of heavy lifting.

  18. Jason Strange says:

    Hi Mike,
    I am a complete noob and am looking to travel and shoot 4k videos from drones and Go Pro Hero 6. Edit this and upload to youtube. After smallest laptop possible for weight but still needs to get the job done. Be a bonus if I can draw and design things also. What do you think? Budget up to 1500.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Jason,

      I would recommend you to buy the Lenovo Yoga 730. It is a convertible 15-inch laptop that weighs less than 3 pounds and it can be used for video editing and drawing both. As far as performance is concerned, this laptop doesn’t provide the best hardware you can get for the price for video editing. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-8550U processor with 16GB of RAM and has dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. You can get a laptop with better specs than this, but it won’t be smallest and lightest. So, overall I think this would be the perfect laptop for your requirements which supports pen (costs extra) inputs as well.

  19. Gastón says:

    Hi im looking for a laptop which i can edit using Premiere and After Effects on high quality, without any lag, and “quick” export time, also to use on the daily basis and to do a little bit of gaming my budget is 700 dollars. Thanks

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      I would recommend you to get this Dell Inspiron 7567 Laptop for yourself. It offers best specs you can get for the price and it should be good enough for editing videos. But, I would recommend you to replace its HDD with SSD that will help in improving the video export time.

      1. Gaston says:

        Thanks and for $500 to $600?

        1. Mike Johnson says:

          For under $600, the Acer Aspire E 15 will be best option. You get all the entry level hardware which is best for starters in video editing.

  20. Milton Mojica says:

    Tell me which one should I go with for video editing in Sony Vegas Pro (mostly):

    1- Dell XPS 15 9560 4K UHD TOUCHSCREEN Intel Core i7-7700HQ 16GB RAM 512GB SSD Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 Windows 10 Home

    2- ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 4K Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, Gaming GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD+1TB HDD, 15.6” UHD (3840 x 2160) WideView, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint,N580VD-DS76T

    3- Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD+ Touchscreen Ultrabook (8th Generation Intel Quad Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) – Black

    Please I need an answer ASAP…

    I’ll be editing ads and most of them will be in the 1080p category but i don’t want to have problems handling a 4k resolution video if I need to… Thanks

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Dell XPS 15

  21. Florencia says:

    Hello, which would be the main difference between Dell XPS 15 and VivoBook Pro? I have to decide between one of these two, I need it mostly for video editing and rendering and I want the best but the difference in the price disconcerted me. I can get the dell with 500GB SSD and on the other hand I can get the VivoBook with the exact characteristics you mentioned. Which is better?

    1. Mike Johnson says:


      The main difference between both the models is display. Both are 4K panels but XPS 15 has better color accuracy (100% sRGB color gamut). If that’s important to you then get the XPS 15, otherwise VivoBook Pro is equally powerful and value for money offering from ASUS.

  22. Jack Tortland says:

    I need a solid laptop for video editing since I’m going off to college for film.
    I was looking at the MSI GS65 Stealth, which has the following specs:

    15.6″ 144Hz Display, 95% sRGB coverage
    GTX 1060 6G GPU
    i7-8750H 6 Core CPU
    16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
    256GB SSD

    It’s also ultra thin and easy to carry around.

    With this in mind, would you still say the XPS 15 is better for video editing?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Jack,
      The display on the Dell XPS 15 is slightly better as it has 100% sRGB coverage and it is a true 4K panel. However, specs on MSI GS65 are better as the most powerful GPU that the Dell XPS 15 can be bought with is GTX 1050 Ti. For film major, I think both are good options but if we talk about the Dell XPS 15 with i9 processor, 32GB RAM and GTX 1050 Ti in particular then this config could really change the game.

  23. Ellie says:

    Hi Mike,
    Between the Acer Aspire E 15 and HP Pavilion 15 you have on this list, which would you recommend for basic video editing on a budget, and why would you go with one over the other?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Ellie,

      If you’re starting with video editing and going to be serious about it, then I would recommend you to go with the HP Pavilion 15 laptop because it has better CPU and more powerful GPU. Of course, that added performance also makes it cost more than Acer Aspire E 15, but you’ll appreciate its performance if you’re planning to continue video editing for a long run.
      If you edit the videos occasionally, then get the Acer Aspire E 15. It is the best budget all-purpose laptop out there. It has adequately powerful CPU and GPU which output enough horsepowers to get you going through almost anything but a little bit slow sometimes than the HP Pavilion 15.

  24. Joe says:

    Thanks for this list.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      You’re welcome Joe.

  25. Adam says:

    Will Acer Nitro 5 with Intel Core i7-8750H, 16 GB (SO-DIMM DDR4, 2666MHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti + Intel UHD Graphics 630 good enough for video editing?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Yup, definitely.

  26. Miles Powell says:

    I need a new computer for editing my videos. I use Adobe Premier and I plan to stream some games as well as a few other hobbies like audio recording and music production. Im thinking of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition, any input?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      ASUS ROG Strix is indeed a great option but for about $100 more you can get the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-52-78VL) which comes with the newest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU which is a great value for $1200.

  27. Jacob says:

    Hey Mike,

    I’m currently looking for a laptop around $700 for editing video and photo without any lag with a smooth rendering. What laptop would you recommend ? And, do you think that for a beginner MacBook Air is enough for editing video and photos?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      MacBook Air is enough for beginner-level editing work if you do it with patience. If you are looking for a Windows alternative to it, then Acer predator Helios 300 is excellent option. However, don’t expect its battery to last for a long time. For around $700, there is HP Pavilion 15 and the MSI GV62 8RD gaming laptops. You will find them in our guide to buy the laptops under $700 here.

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