Post-production video editing (4K/ HD clips) is a tough task that requires a high-resolution display, powerful graphics (GTX 1060 GPU) and a fast processor on non-linear editing system (NLE). I’ve reviewed the best laptop for video editing.
With a decent laptop and video editing software, you’ll quickly trim, splice, cut and arrange video clips on NLE timeline. Don’t grapple with slow media exports, pixelated images, and incompatible touchpads. The Best Mac for Music Production or the Best Laptop for Music Production will require more precise renders.
Reviews: 7 Best Laptop for Video Editing 2019 Reviewed
As an expert video editor at OTOTO, I started out using Mac Mini (with iMovie) before progressing to the proprietary software like Logic and GarageBand. Definitely, I love powerful laptops that will also work for my traveling video editing.
1. Best Overall: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
A sparkling Mac with a difference. Clearly, Apples Macbooks have earned the accuracy and top performance features. MacBook Pro integrates amazingly with video editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud suite.
It has the all-powerful Radeon Pro 580 graphics card, one Thunderbolt, and a single power cable. The MacBook has a Blackmagic eGPU (external graphics card) that will enhance the laptop’s functions in color grading, 3D animation, and gaming.
Luckily, this MacBook Pro has the innovative touch ID technology and touch bar plus the Iris 640 graphics card. It works well with Adobe Suite and Final Cut Pro, which is a great plus for video editing. It has True Tone Display that changes to match its colors and hence fit the environment.
This MacBook Pro is sleek and lighter, which is amazing for commuting or on-the-go video editing. It has a 32GB RAM plus a 6-core i9 processor that makes it very easy to edit my 4K videos. I loved Siri, thanks to the T2 chip, on this MacBook Pro like opening video editing software.
2. Best Touch Display: Dell XPS 15 (Fast 4K Rendering Speeds)
Best Windows laptop for video editing. XPS 15 9570 is a powerful laptop for CPU intensive video editing tasks. With a 4.8 GHz clock speed and a six cores – Core i9-8950HK processor, it’ll easily handle the different video editing software. It has RAM type DDR4-2666 MHz of 32GB.
It has a 3.5mm audio jack, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, UHS-II SD card, and USB-A 3.1 ports that will allow you to connect different devices. However, you can also connect the Windows 10-based laptop to a Thunderbolt 3 docking station to enhance device connection. This laptop’s InfinityEdge display has an appropriate size, resolution, and color reproduction coming in either 4K (3840×2160) or FHD (1920×1080) resolution.
The producer Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU. However, since there is the Thunderbolt 3 port having 4 PCIe lanes, it’s possible to link some eGPU to get additional power. Further, to store the large music files, this laptops comes with a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD.
I noted that the NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card (with 4GB video RAM) is competitive but not highly competitive in the market considering bandwidth, bus rate, and memory. However, this graphics card will still serve your video editing tasks.
3. Most Versatile: Huawei MateBook X Pro
Huawei MateBook Xis a durable, smart and fast laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, and an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor. Huawei MateBook X Pro has an aluminum unibody, the great sandblast finish and some amazing diamond-cut edges.
With its spill-proof and backlit keyboard (with the Touchpad technology too), you’ll find it great for editing your clips even in dark environments.
For fast touch sign it, the laptop comes with the fingerprint scanner. It also has an amazing extra-large trackpad, stereo speakers which work great with Dolby Atmos.
The laptop is light (weighs 2.93 pounds) and slim (thickness varies from 0.19 inches to 0.57 inches), which is great for traveling video editing.
4. Best Performance: Microsoft Surface Book 2
5. Best Detachable: MacBook Air
6. Best Business: Lenovo Yoga 720
7. Best Value: HP Pavilion 15
8. Most Innovative: Google Pixelbook