Best Laptops for Video Editing

by | Aug 28, 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. MSI GE 63Overall Best Pick
2. Apple MacBook ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG StrixBest Build Quality
4. MSI GL62M 7REXBest Value for Money
5.Asus FX504GEBest Budget Pick

1. MSI GE 63

Overall Best 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

2. Apple MacBook Pro

Runner-Up 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 is a flagship laptop offering from the Cupertino giant with some of the latest and greatest technology in the industry.

Build quality – Top notch!

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.

Retina display – a treat for the eyes!

For the editor in you, Apple has packed in a 15-inch 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.

Software support is on par with Windows…

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 – a welcome improvement to the traditional keyboards…

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 video editors, the trimming and resizing – all these can be done by your fingertip without having to meddle with the mouse.

Extras…

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.

The only downside we can think of this device is the lack of adequate ports. You will have to plug in a lot of USB devices and Apple politely refuses to add more ports.

You will have to spend a few extra bucks on a port extension module for plugging in all that devices at once to this laptop from Apple.

Final thoughts…

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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Expensive

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Sierra
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR3
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Quad Core 2.7GHz – 3.8GHz
SSD512 GB
GraphicsAMD Radeon 455 2GB DDR5
Battery BackupUp to 10 Hours
Display15 inch 2880 x 1800 Retina display

3. Asus ROG Strix

Best Build Quality Pick
 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. MSI GL62M 7REX

Best Value for Money
  • Budget performance laptop
  • Excellent for casual editing and gaming
  • Quad core processor performs well
MSI is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer best known for releasing feature-rich products into the market with an affordable price tag.

The GL62M is the company’s premium budget gaming laptop currently on sale in India under Rs.70,000.

HQ processor with four real physical cores…

This laptop runs the show with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 3.8GHz.

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 1050 Ti GPU.

The powerful GPU also aids in fast and responsive 4K video editing.

The device comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM on board with an option to expand up to 32GB.

Traditional HDD + SSD mix…

In terms of storage, this laptop comes with a 1TB of mechanical HDD to store your files and media, accompanied with a 128GB SSD for faster booting times and app loading.

Display and extras…

The display on this device is a 15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview display that has good viewing angles with no noticeable colour tone difference when viewed from different angles.

The brightness of this panel is good 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.

The keyboard is backlit with a single red colour illumination.

The keys feel nice and tactile.

There is a slight flex on the keyboard chassis but nothing that affects the usability of the device.

Speakers and about the battery…

There are four downfacing speakers that 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 scenario.

Verdict

The MSI GL62M 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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Mini display port
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Excellent cooling
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128GB SSD
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Speakers lack bass
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Build quality not up to the mark
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Limited service centers

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4 Exp . Up to 32 GB
ProcessorCore i7 7700HQ 2.8GHz – 3.8GHz
SSD128 GB
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB DDR5
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 Inch LED Backlit Wideview Anti-glare Display

5. Asus FX504GE

Best Budget Pick
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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