Best Laptop For Video Editing [2020 Guide]

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Best Laptop For Video Editing [2020 Guide]

A short overview for those of you who just want some quick suggestions – These are our top picks for the Best Laptops for Video Editing:

#1 Best Laptop for Video Editing, The Allrounder:

MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US Ultra Thin Productivity

The MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US Ultra Thin Productivity has top-rated Performance and Mobility, with an excellent screen and a multitude of external Connectors.

Best Laptop for Video Editing: The Allrounder

Image-Source: MSI

#2 Best Laptop for Video Editing, High-Performance:

The Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT5P 15″ Thin Bezel FHD

The Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT5P 15″ Thin Bezel FHD Laptop houses some of the best-performing components that you can come by in a Laptop while still being reasonably slim and lightweight.

Best Laptop for Video Editing: Best Performance

Image-Source: Gigabyte


#3 Best Laptop for Video Editing, The Budget Choice:

ASUS VivoBook

The Asus VivoBook comes at an extremely reasonable price and lets you edit Projects that are not too high in resolution or complexity.

Best Laptop for Video Editing on a Budget

Image-Source: Asus

Read on for more in-depth information on what you should be aware of when buying a Laptop for Video Editing.

Video Editing on a Laptop

Video Editing or cutting Film used to be a job for specialists, that required the operation of heavy machinery. This would be a job that you would have to train on for a long time, working side-by-side with a team of helpers.

Today, everyone can be a Video Editor. After Moving Pictures went digital, it didn’t take long until the technology improved enough, making it possible for anyone to sit down in front of a Computer and edit their Videos.

As Laptops became stronger and cheaper, Video Editing could be brought to the masses, with many Software companies such as Adobe, Sony, Avid, Apple & Microsoft competing for customers in their specialized Video Editing Solution.

Some of the most popular Video Editing Software today is Adobe’s Premiere Pro, which is being used by beginners and experts alike.

Adobe’s Video Editing app, as well as, Apple’s Final Cut or Sony’s Vegas or even Microsofts Movie Maker, fortunately, all work in very similar ways, which makes it easier for us to recommend Laptop’s that will work well with Editing Video in any kind of Software you choose.

If you had to choose one: What is your main Video Editing Software?
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 44%, 293 votes
    293 votes 44%
    293 votes - 44% of all votes
  • Davinci Resolve 18%, 120 votes
    120 votes 18%
    120 votes - 18% of all votes
  • Final Cut 17%, 114 votes
    114 votes 17%
    114 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Avid 4%, 27 votes
    27 votes 4%
    27 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Sony Vegas 4%, 27 votes
    27 votes 4%
    27 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Blender 3%, 19 votes
    19 votes 3%
    19 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Apple iMovie 2%, 15 votes
    15 votes 2%
    15 votes - 2% of all votes
  • After Effects* 2%, 15 votes
    15 votes 2%
    15 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Cyberlink Powerdirector 2%, 12 votes
    12 votes 2%
    12 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Other 2%, 10 votes
    10 votes 2%
    10 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Pinnacle Studio 1%, 7 votes
    7 votes 1%
    7 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Edius* 1%, 7 votes
    7 votes 1%
    7 votes - 1% of all votes
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Because of its price, Editing Video used to be reserved for big Film productions like Hollywood Movies and TV Shows that could handle the cost.

Nowadays, Video Editing has become much more accessible to everyone and the need is higher than ever before:

With Video Platforms such as YouTube being as popular as they are, there are a multitude of people who upload their own Videos that were edited on their own Computer or Laptops.

Laptop vs Desktop

Laptops can be quite powerful, but they will always be outperformed (performance-wise) by desktop Computers & Workstations.

The reason, of course, is size. A desktop Computer has more room for Hardware components, so they can use more power and be cooled better.

So, if you ever find yourself wondering if there is something that can increase your work-speed even more than editing on a Laptop, it’s editing on a high-end Video Editing PC.

But, of course, not everyone needs a high-end PC, has the room for one or works at a single workplace. Some might need a few of the many benefits that come with a Mobile Device.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features that make or break a good Laptop for Video Editing:


Mobility is the first thing that comes to mind when opting for a Laptop vs. a Desktop PC.

It is much smaller, weighs less, has an in-built screen, keyboard and touch-pad, and – as we all know – also brings its own power supply in terms of a battery, that lets you work away from a power outlet for some time.

This sounds great, but let’s make sure we don’t sacrifice anything by being too mobile:

Laptop Size

As we discussed earlier, Video Editing performance is increased by using a larger Device (because of power, cooling, and space) so it would seem to be safe to say, that bigger Laptops perform better than small Laptops.

In part this is true. Bigger Laptops have more room for larger Batteries, that are then able to deliver more power longer or more performance in that same time.

Bigger Laptops sport a larger Screen too, which can make it easier to work with. In addition, the Keyboard can have more Keys such as a Number-Pad in 17” Laptops compared to 14” or 15” Laptops which can be a life-saver in some Video Editing Apps.

But all of this is only true at times:

Sometimes big Laptops are just manufactured badly, and there has been invested no thought into the cooling layout or parts arrangement by the manufacturer. This is why the larger Laptop can be offered cheaper.

Usually, the smaller a Laptop gets – while still keeping good performance -, the more research and planning has to be put into the manufacturing of the Laptop by the Laptop Company, inflating the price, which only makes it worthwhile for the Company to invest these extra resources into Laptops that will have high-end parts built in, that can then be sold for a higher price.

There is little reason to invest lots of money into a Product that will then be sold for very little money, unless it will be sold often, or the margins are high.

Long story short:

Bigger Laptops, like 17”, can usually be cooled better and the battery is bigger, which allows Laptops to house stronger components, also with added benefits of Screen and Keyboard.

But Performance should be the real metric to make a decision on. More on that later.

For Video Editing on a Laptop, I recommend going with either a 15.6” or a 17” Laptop. Especially the 15.6” Laptops represent a sweet spot, that combine a large enough Screen while still being portable enough and having room for higher-end components that can be cooled well enough, so they don’t have to be throttled too often.

Choose 17”, if you rarely carry your Laptop with you and need more performance than a 15.6” can offer.


As Laptop Manufacturers usually make good use of the available space in a Laptop chassis, the larger the Laptop, the more it usually weighs.

Battery and Cooling make up most of the weight in a Laptop and they sort of go hand in hand. A larger battery can offer more wattage, which means more performance for the in-built components, which means more required cooling.

Another thing to note is that larger and high-performance Laptops can come with an external PSU that is a lot heavier than with smaller Laptops. This means you have the heavy external PSU on the charging cable in addition to the Laptop to carry around when you move your workplace.

What many people do is buy additional charging cables and Power Supply Units (PSUs) to have at their home and workplace, so they don’t have to be carried around every time you move your Laptop.

Same, of course, can be applied to Monitors and Input Devices:

You might want a lower-end, smaller and lightweight Laptop to carry around, but have additional Monitors, Keyboard, and Mouse available at the places you usually work at.

That way you carry your Data with you but utilize additional Devices that are stationary. For working on a commute or in remote places, of course, this is not a solution.

How do Performance and Size relate to each other in a Laptop?

As mentioned above, the type of device with the highest performance potential to edit Videos on is a desktop PC. This is all because of size.

The more Performance a Hardware component is supposed to deliver, the more power it draws, meaning it has to be cooled more. Making both the PSU (or battery) larger and the Cooling larger.

The type of cooling I am talking about here is using a block of heat conducting metal that tries to spread the heat of a component (e.g. CPU) over a larger area to transfer it to its environment, mostly air.

This passive cooling can be improved by using a fan (active cooling), which pushes air over and across this passive cooler, transporting the hot air away from the passive cooling block, making room for cold air to be heated again and again.

This cools the hardware component even better than passive cooling, with the added problem though, that the Fan makes lots of noise. So we might be able to reduce the Cooler size a bit, but trade size for noise.

The initial problem remains, if we want more performance, we either have to be satisfied with getting a larger Laptop and/or a louder Laptop OR be ok with having our hardware throttled a bit at times.


As Video Editing is a process that demands a lot of performance from the Laptop, your Battery will, of course, drain much faster than when browsing or streaming a Movie.

Most Laptop Manufacturers state the Laptop’s Battery Life on the Product Sheet (which is usually around 8 – 15 hours) but beware that this is measured while only doing very low-performance tasks such as browsing and text-editing.

You can easily divide that by 3 or more, to get the Hours of high-performance Video Editing.

On no Laptop would I expect to be able to do more than 3 Hours of intensive Video Editing on the in-built battery alone.

Multimedia Features, Screen & Audio

When editing Videos, chances are high, that you will be doing some color-correction and grading on your footage too. This can only be done to a high standard when your Laptop screen displays the Colors correctly, evenly and has a high enough resolution.

IPS Panel

There are two main types of so-called “panels” that Laptops usually house. The TN panel and the IPS (In-Plane-Switching) Panel. Although TN panels have a lower response time for changing pixel values, this is only important in tasks such as high-end gaming.

For Video editing though, the IPS Panel is the way to go, as these panel types have a much better color display and contrast ratio. They do come at a slightly higher price than TN-Panels, but are worth the extra money.


There are two main Types of Display Resolutions for Laptops that you should be considering: 1920×1080 (2K) and 3840×2160 (4K).

In a Laptop, as you are usually editing on a single Monitor, you will have to get as much information on that single screen as possible.

Your Footage, the editing timeline and a lot of other Menus, UI & Effects Panels that help in your editing process. Maybe even some reference Images and Sound editing controls. Anything below a 2K resolution will not let you display all of these on-screen.

4K, of course, will give you a lot more room for your User Interface, but beware that all your Menu fonts and icons will get a lot smaller too, sometimes so small, they strain your eyes and exhaust you a lot faster than working on a 2K Screen.

Best Laptop for Video Editing - Premiere Pro GUI

Microsoft Windows does have a thing called “Display Scaling” that lets you scale up small fonts on high-resolution Displays, but this has to be supported by your Video Editing App too and doesn’t always work well with every 3rd-party Software. You might want to check this before going the 4K route.


Let’s face it: Sound on Laptop’s will never be satisfactory. Especially the lower-end audio spectrum lacks a lot of “uuhmpf”, and this comes at a reason.

Because low-frequencies need a large speaker-membrane to be generated, due to size-constraints you just can’t fit large enough speakers or a large enough resonance-area into a Laptop.

The only way to do professional audio-editing and -listening on a Laptop is with Headphones or in-ears, that are close enough to your ear to get away with producing even low-frequency sound at a very low volume.

Editing with Headphones on a Laptop

Of course, it would be nice to show a version of an edited video to a client or colleagues, directly on the Laptop with Sound, but without external speakers, this will be a sub-optimal experience in almost all Laptops.

Talking about Head-Phones, a Head-Phone Jack should belong to the standard repertoire of any Laptop for Video Editing.


Mobility and Multimedia are important, but what it really gets down to at the end of the day, is Raw Video Editing Performance.

Let’s take a look at some of the key Hardware Components that play major roles in speeding up your Video Editing Workflow:

Processor (CPU)

The CPU is the single most important Hardware component in Video Editing.

Although many CPU Manufacturers advertise the Number of CPU-Cores much more than the CPU-Clock-Speed, Video Editing benefits more from a CPU that clocks high compared to a CPU that has a lot of Cores.

For Video Editing on a Laptop, the currently best CPU’s come from Intel with the Intel i7 8750H, i7 8850H, and i9 8950HK.

The Intel i5 8400H and 8300H too can be enough for some Video-Editing tasks that are not quite as complex.

AMD, unfortunately, is still playing a bit of catch-up in terms of CPU Performance in Laptops, but the closest you can get to a good AMD Video-Editing CPU is the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, that has 4 Cores and a base-clock of 2,3GHz.

Because of its 6 Cores / 12 Threads, great single-core Turbo clock and performance, the currently best-performing CPU for Video Editing on a Laptop is the Intel i9 8950HK.

Laptops with this CPU though usually come at a premium price, so if you are looking for a more budget-friendly version of that CPU, consider the i7 8750H, which is still excellent but a lot more moderately priced.

Here are some Multi-Processing Benchmarks for Laptop CPUs:

CPU NameCoresGHzCinebench R15
Intel Core i9-8950HK62.91269
Intel Core i7-8850H62.61023
Intel Core i7-9750H62.61152
Intel Core i7-8750H62.21063
Intel Core i5-8400H42.5819
Intel Core i5-8300H42.3795
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U42.2662
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U42.0584
Intel Core i7-7820HK42.9784
Intel Core i7-6820HK42.7694
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U42.3701
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U42.1620
Intel Core i9-9980HK82.41740
Intel Core i9-9880H82.31650
Intel Core i9-10980HK82.41800
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H83.31937
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS83.01918
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H82.91820
Intel Core i7-10875H82.31716
Intel Core i7-10750H82.61431
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H63.01570
AMD Ryzen 5 4700U82.01170
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U62.3830
Intel Core i7-10710U61.11080
Intel Core i7-10300H42.5920
CPU NameCoresGHzCinebench

Graphics Card (GPU)

Although Video Editing seems to be a very graphically intensive task, the Graphics Card is actually not utilized as strongly as one would think.

Sure, there are some Effects that a good GPU can speed up, but most of the heavy lifting is done by the CPU. Decoding Footage and Effects Calculation is a CPU’s job, while the Graphics Card very seldom gets to do tasks more demanding than displaying Program Interface and Footage to the inbuilt Laptop Screen or external Monitors.

There are other Tasks such as 3D GPU Rendering or 3D Gaming, that are much more demanding on the GPU.

For Video Editing, a solid mid-tier GPU will deliver very similar performance to a high-end GPU, at a better overall value. See the following Benchmarks:

Best GPU for Video Editing


I recommend starting with at least an Nvidia GTX 1060 for Laptop-Buyers with a smaller budget, and going with an Nvidia RTX 2060 or even an Nvidia RTX 2070 for those who have some more money to spend.

Memory (RAM)

Editing Videos is a task that can demand a lot of RAM. Smooth real-time Editing is the ultimate Goal, and this can only be done when most of your footage and applied Effects can be cached into your System’s Memory.

The higher your Footage and Project Resolution are, the more RAM you will need for a smooth Video Editing experience. But how much Ram do you really need for Video Editing?

A good baseline for 2K Editing on shorter Projects is 16GB of RAM.

That said, though you might be much happier with having 32GB of Ram in your Video Editing Laptop, especially when your Project Resolutions get higher, you use more Effects, or edit on a lot more Footage that might also result in longer Project-Timelines.


There are three Storage types that are being used in Desktop PCs and Laptops nowadays:

  1. The good old HDD (Hard-Disc-Drive)
  2. The SSD (Solid State Disc)
  3. NVME SSD (Non-Volatile Memory Express SSD)

Each of these Storage devices has some pros and cons that you should be aware of before choosing your new Laptop for Video Editing.


The Hard Disc Drive is the currently cheapest Storage Type when we measure the Cost per Terabyte. A Terabyte of HDD Space currently costs around 22$.

As cheap as an HDD is, it unfortunately also is slow in read- and write-performance of Data to and from the disc. Typical Speeds of sequential reading and writing are around 100Mbyte/s.

HDDs are best used for Backups and Footage or Project Archiving, that are not actively being worked on.


Solid State Discs come in at around 100$ / Terabyte. They are 5 times as expensive as HDDs, but fortunately also 5 times as fast.

A typical SATA SSD can read and write at about 500MByte/s sequentially.

An SSD is usually great for having your Operating System and Software run on.

The (M.2) NVME SSD

This type of Storage Device is very similar to the SATA SSD in terms of its inner workings. It is priced at around 200$ / Terabyte but has speeds that are up to 6 times faster than even those of a SATA SSD. (30 times faster than an HDD!)

This type of Storage should optimally be used for your Project Files and Footage, as it is blazingly fast for real-time reading of your Footage.

Ideally, a Laptop for Video Editing will have at least two of the above-listed Storage Devices. A large HDD for longer-term storage and archiving and either a smaller SSD or smaller NVME SSD for active projects.

Best Laptop for Video Editing - SSD vs NVMe


External Connectors

An ideal Laptop for Video Editing should be able to drive some external Devices that you either carry with you or have waiting for you at your typical work-areas.

This usually includes a Keyboard, Mouse and external Monitor, a Tablet and external Speakers. An external Hard-Drive and Headset or Headphones are two more Devices that almost anyone will have to use while editing.

At a minimum, therefore, your Video Editing Laptop should have 3 to 4 USB connectors, either a Display Port or HDMI Plug and a Headphone Jack for Line Out and Mic in.

Our Picks: Best Laptops for Video Editing

The Allrounder:

MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US Ultra Thin Productivity Laptop

Best Laptop for Video Editing: The Allrounder

Image-Source: MSI

This Laptop is the Allround-King of Mobile Video Editing. It has a 15.6” IPS Level Full-HD Display which is Anti-Glare and has an excellent Color and Contrast Ratio.

At 4 pounds you can easily carry it with you at all times, while still having top-end Video Editing performance: The Intel i7-8750H CPU makes your real-time editing snappy and smooth, while the 6 Cores / 12 Threads accelerate Multi-Processing Tasks such as Encoding and Decoding of the Footage.

The MSI P65 Creator has an Nvidia GTX 1070 Graphics Card with 8GB of VRAM, more than enough for boosting CUDA-based Effects Calculations and driving two extra Monitors via HDMI and Mini Display Port Connectors.

32GB of RAM should keep you more than happy for all kinds of project-complexities, even such as 4K Editing of 10Bit RED Footage or Projects that have a long editing Timeline.

The in-built 512GB of NVME SSD Storage, offers excellent read and write speed for loading and saving your Footage in Realtime and should be enough space for storing some projects before having to add additional external Drives.

Additional Connectors include 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x Type-C (USB3.1 Gen2 / DP / Thunderbolt™3), Mini Display Port, HDMI, RJ-45 LAN, and a Headphone and Mic Jack.

The budget choice:

ASUS VivoBook, Intel i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB

Best Laptop for Video Editing on a Budget

Image-Source: Asus

The Asus VivoBook comes at an extremely reasonable price and lets you edit Videos that are not too high in resolution or complexity.

This is the perfect Laptop for starters, who want to edit self-made Videos for YouTube or other online Platforms when extreme editing speed is not of utmost importance, and your paycheck does not rely on you having a Video-Edit done by the end of the day.

The Asus VivoBook houses an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU with 4 Cores at 1.6GHz base clock and a Turbo of up to 3.4GHz.

8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD let you cache and edit less complex projects in up to real-time and the additional 1TB Storage HDD sports more than enough room for saving your projects and backing up lots of revisions of your files.

It comes with a 15.6” Full HD Display, and a bunch of Connectors for external devices: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, Microphone/Headphone Jack, and an SD-Card Slot for directly transferring your footage to your Laptop.

At 3.7 pounds the VivoBook is extremely lightweight. The in-built Wifi and Windows 10 Home OS complete the very budget friendly impression of the Asus VivoBook.

The High-Performance Choice:

GIGABYTE AERO 15-X9-RT5P 15″ Thin Bezel FHD

Best Laptop for Video Editing: Best Performance

Image-Source: Gigabyte

The Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-RT5P 15″ Thin Bezel FHD Laptop houses the best components that you can come by in a Laptop while still being reasonably slim and lightweight.

It sports an Intel i9-8950HK CPU with 6 Cores / 12 Threads, that clock up to 4.9GHz for excellent real-time Timeline Editing Performance even with some of the most complex projects. Rendering out your Project to an encoded Video File doesn’t get any faster on a Laptop.

32GB of RAM and a 1TB Intel 760P NVMe SSD make reading and caching of your Project Footage an extremely fast experience and the SSD lets you save quite some Data before having to add additional external Drives.

The newest Nvidia RTX 2070 Graphics Card generation is built into the Laptop, accelerating your Viewport Speed and Effects calculation.

The 15.6” 3mm Ultra-Thin Bezel Display is an IPS Anti-Glare Panel rated at 100% Adobe RGB and has a UHD resolution of 3840×2160 pixels (4K).

It very surprisingly weighs only 4.5 pounds and has an in-built SD-Card Reader. Additional Ports include an RJ-45 Lan Connector, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x Thunderbolt 3 Type-C USB 3.1, HDMI and Display Port and a combo Audio Jack.

Why does it say “Gaming Laptop” everywhere I look? I want to do some serious work!

Almost every Laptop has the Word “Gaming” in its title. This, of course, doesn’t mean you can only game on it. The Gaming community is just one of the biggest target groups and “most-eager-to-buy”. This is why most marketing is oriented at Gamers.

Laptops that can be gamed on, though, can also very well be worked on, with Video Editing being one of the many things you can do excellently on “Gaming Laptops”.

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That’s about it! What kind of Laptop are you thinking of buying? Feel free to ask for help in the Comments.

Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!



I want to get into video editing and need a laptop for this
i can’t spend a lot since i’m just starting out
can you suggest a laptop in the $1000-$1100 price range

Hey Paulo,

Thanks for dropping a line!

I got the perfect laptop for you and it only costs $998.00. Please have a look at the 2020 model of the Lenovo L340 17.3″ FHD Gaming Laptop. Below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTC 1650
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 512GB Solid State Drive
Weight ~6.17pounds
Display 17.3″, 1920×1080

As mentioned, the Lenovo L340 17.3″ FHD Gaming Laptop costs $998.00 but it does have an i7-9750H CPU and 16GB of RAM that will ensure that your workflow is fast and smooth. It also comes with a 512GB SSD to add a little snap factor to the laptop’s performance. The best part? The laptop comes with a bigger screen real estate with its 17.3-inch display making it a steal for its price.



Hi Alex,
I wanted to build a PC initially but I need to be mobile from time to time so I decided to go for a laptop instead
What video editing laptop can you recommend for around $1500? If possible, I want a laptop with at least 32GB RAM.
Please help, thanks!

Hey James,

Thanks for asking!

In your case, a laptop will make more sense if you need to be mobile every once in a while. And for your budget, I suggest that you consider the Lenovo Legion Y545 15.6″ FHD Gaming Laptop priced at around $1,475.00. Below are the specs of the laptop:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Memory(RAM) 32GB DDR4 RAM
SSD 1TB Solid State Drive
Weight ~6.00 pounds
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The i7-9750H CPU and 32GB RAM of the Lenovo Legion Y545 enables it to deliver a great performance in making your workflow fast and smooth. It also has two (2) storage options with its 1TB SSD (where your OS and commonly used programs get installed) and 1TB HDD for your other files. For it’s price, the Lenovo Legion Y545 is just perfect for what you need it for.



Hi Alex.
Thanks for the detailed article!
I am looking for a laptop for the following uses:
– Studies (MS Office, Matlab, etc….)
– Adobe Creative Suite Video and Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and After Effects)
– Gaming (CS:G0)

I have seen the MSI GS75 Stealth.
2.3 GHz Intel Core i9-9880H Eight-Core
17.3″ 1920 x 1080 144 Hz IPS Display
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6)
What are your thoughts about it?
Would upgrading the RAM to 64 GB make big difference?
What else do you recommend in the same range?


Hi Hussain,

Thanks for dropping a line!

The MSI GS75 Stealth with the i9-9880H CPU, 32GB of RAM, and RTX 2070 GPU is actually a great choice especially now that it’s on sale for $2,599.00. The i9-9880H CPU and 32GB of RAM will deliver task responsiveness when you’re actively working inside the software and the RTX 2070 GPU with its support for CUDA core acceleration will deliver a better render performance in case you need to use the GPU render engines. Of course, it goes without saying that this laptop is more than powerful enough to handle your CS:G0 gaming sessions.

In terms of upgrading the RAM to 64GB, 32GB of RAM is more than enough. However, if you work on very large projects and very complex scenes, 32GB may not suffice and you may need to go for 64GB. In my book though, if you have the means, you might as well go for 64GB because RAM is something you can never have enough of and at the same time, it makes your laptop even more future proof.


Serene Duff

Hi Alex,

I love your laptop editing breakdown, thank you so much.
I’m trying to find a laptop that I will be able to edit photos and high definition videos for social media platforms such as youtube and instagram, but with the current pandemic situation I’m very cautious about my spending budget. I’m comfortable with spending about $1,000 but am willing to consider up to $1,600 (AUD), but cannot afford to further spend much more on anything such as ram or storage space outside of this budget.
I would like something that will upload fairly quickly, and handle fast video editing using softwares including Adobe Premiere Pro, lightroom and photoshop.

I am happy to consider a desktop computer as opposed to a Laptop, and any additional alterations such as storage that I can buy with my computer or laptop that you recommend.

Would you have anything in mind that fits my budget and performance requirement?

Thank you so much!

Serene Duff 🙂

Hey Serene,

Thanks for asking!

AU$1,000 in today’s exchange rate comes up to only about US$590 and that would be woefully inadequate when looking for a laptop for your use case scenario. US$665 can get you the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop G3579-5965BLK-PUS but of course, the maxim “You get what you pay for” obviously applies here.

If you can up your budget to around US$1,000 (around AU$1,696), you can get the Lenovo Legion Y530 priced at around US$992. Below are the specs of the Legion Y530:

CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
HDD 1TB Hard Disk Drive
Weight 2.2 kg (~4.84pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

With an i7-8750H CPU and 16GB of RAM at the heart of the Lenovo Legion Y530, you can expect a more than decent performance from this laptop. The CPU-RAM combination of the Legion Y530 will deliver task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software. And in the event that you come into additional funds, you might want to install an SSD onto the laptop for that additional snap factor.

If you’re considering a desktop, please have a look at the site’s PC Builder Tool. It’s a web-based tool that lets you specific your budget and use case and gives you the best recommendations based on your inputs. You can find the tool here:


Patryk Jarac

Hi Alex,

Thank you for you article and all replies here, hope you know how helpful it all is!

For video editing purposes (I occasionally do 3d design as well but that’s not a priority) – Could you let me know what you think about dell laptops?
I’m looking into 15 inch screen, ideally in 4k, and minimum of 32 gb of ram and less than $3k
I have found 3 options:

Precision 7530

Intel Core i9-8950HK (Six Core 2.90GHz, 4.80GHz Turbo, 12MB 45W)
NVIDIA Quadro P3200 w/6GB GDDR5
32GB, 1X32GB, DDR4 2666MHz Non-ECC Memory
M.2 2TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Or xps 15
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK (16 MB Cache, 8 Core, up to 5 GHz)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 2666 MHz
1 TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive

Precision 5540
Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9880H (8 Core, 16MB Cache, 2.30GHz up to 4.80GHz Turbo, 45W, vPro)
Nvidia Quadro T2000 w/4GB GDDR5
32GB,2x16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-Ecc Memory
M.2 1TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

I was looking into your ‘gaming’ laptops recommendations as well but often they don’t have 4k res or have less than 32 gb of ram. I’m also not a fan of the ‘gaming’ look, but I could live with it if it was worth it I suppose?

Hi Patryk,

Thanks for dropping a line!

Dell laptops are good options but at the end of the day, I don’t have a specific laptop brand to recommend because I always base my recommendations on price to performance ratio. That said, it doesn’t matter what brand a laptop is as long as it delivers the best performance you can get based on your specified budget.

However, if you are specific with your requirement of a 4K display and a minimum of 32GB RAM, let’s look at your Dell options. All three are actually good options but I’d rather have you get the XPS 15. You see, the Precision 7530 and Precision 5540 have Quadro GPUs and I don’t tend to recommend the use of Quadro graphics cards UNLESS the software you use specifically required a Quadro graphics card.

That said, the XPS 15 with its 9980HK CPU and 32GB of RAM will surely give you a fast smooth experience in your workflow. All in all, this particular laptop should be more than enough for your use case scenario.



Hi Alex, so I have been going back and forth on getting a laptop and finally decided on two refurbished low ends . But I need to pick one and I am stuck (I have to go with one of these because of a budget). My use is for video editing and graphic design, throw in illustration and animation in a year or two. The first is:
1. hp omen 15 AX03DX
1TB & 128GB SSD
8GB DDR4 ram
Intel core i7-6700HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB
2. Acer Nitro 5
Intel core i5-7300HQ
256GB SSD + Space for HDD
Which do you think I should go for and why? Thanks.
P.S. Compliments of the season

Hey Jennie,

Thanks for asking!

First off, if I may ask, how much is your budget?

The reason I’m asking is because you mentioned you decided on refurbished low-end laptops. I don’t tend to recommend refurbished laptops especially if you’re going to use it for work because the warranty on these laptops is not as extensive compared to a brand-new laptop. Furthermore, you just don’t know as to when something will break or get messed up on a refurbished laptop.

However, if you are decided on a refurbished laptop, you might as well go for the HP Omen 15 AX03DX because it has the better CPU among the two laptops. The GPU may not be as powerful as that of the Acer Nitro 5 but at least, you get 2 storage options on the HP Omen 15 with its 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD compared to the 256GB SSD of the Nitro 5. A word of caution though – this laptop may perform nicely but it goes without saying that you can’t expect it to perform just like a higher-specced and more expensive laptop.



I need your recommendation for a laptop to be used for photo editing and I will be using mostly Photoshop and Lightroom. What’s the best bang for the buck laptop I can buy if my budget is around $2000? Thanks!

Hey Jessie,

Thanks for asking!

With your $2,000 budget, the best laptop for your use case scenario I can recommend is the 2019 model of the Asus ROG Strix Scar III. This laptop goes for around $1,999.99 and below are its specifications:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 1TB PCIe Nvme Solid State Drive
Weight 2.5 kg (~5.5pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The Asus ROG Strix Scar III comes with a snappy i7-9750H CPU that guarantees task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software while it’s RTX 2070 GPU packs support for CUDA core acceleration for better rendering speeds should you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, you can’t go wrong with the 2019 model of the Asus ROG Strix Scar III!

Also, feel free to look at the site’s PC Builder Tool for other laptop recommendations depending on budget and use case scenario. You can find the tool here at



Hi Alex,

I am an editor that’s constantly on a move. Currently, I am looking for the best lightweight laptop option, on which Premiere Pro will work the best and fastest (and a bit of Fater Effects, but nothing heavy). Do you also have any comparisons/recommendations in the lightweight category? My budget is around 2 000 Euros, and I am looking for a long-term solution for at least two years of a good performance.
Typically, I deal with 4K footage, sometimes RAW files. I don’t do any graphics or motion design. My only priority is video and audio editing using Creative Cloud.

Thanks a lot in advance!!!

Hey Emilia,

Thank you for dropping a line!

Lightweight laptops such as ultrabooks are best for portability especially if you are always on the move. However, these ultrabooks also tend to be lightweight in terms of specs and may not be able to deliver the best and fastest performance for what you need the laptop for. Conventional laptops with high-end components will surely give you a smoother editing performance but the tradeoff is that they tend to be on the heavy side especially if you need to lug it around.

If you are willing to bear the brunt of having to carry around a conventional laptop, the Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-9RT5 is your best bet for your budget of €2,000 (which is around $2,197). Below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i9-8950HK 2.90GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
Weight 2.1 kg (~4.62pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-9RT5 is available for around $2173.99 but despite its 2.1 kg (~4.62pounds) weight, you get a snappy i9-8950HK CPU that will deliver a very smooth editing experience when you’re working inside the software. In addition to that, you also get an RTX 2070 graphics card with CUDA core acceleration that will give you real-time video editing and fast output rendering when you’re using Premiere Pro. All in all, this laptop is more than capable of handling whatever editing/rendering task you throw at it.

Also, you may want to check the site’s PC Builder Tool at for other recommendations based on your budget (you may need to do a little currency conversion as the tool’s default currency is in USD) and use case scenario.


Emilia Ondriasova

Dear Alex, thanks a LOT for your recommendation. Highly appreciated.


You can take a look at Gigabyte’s AERO 15 OLED which is produced specifically for creators.
Here’s the link of product introduction, and you can see if the features meet your needs


Hi Alex!

What are you thoughts on this laptop ASUS X571GT, here are the specs i5 9300h, 4GB + 16GB 2600 mhz RAM, 512gb SSD, 4gb gtx 1650. FHD IPS DISPLAY. it was around 1100USD

It will be used for photo editing (Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One), layout (Indesign), 30 sec to a 5 min video clips (DAVINCI Resolve, HITFILM EXPRESS),

Is the specs enough for the following tasks?

Hey Miguel,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

The ASUS X571GT at its price of around $1100 should be good enough for what you need it for. However, if you are open to other options, you may want to take a look at the 2019 Dell G5 laptop. Below are the specs of the Dell G5:

CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Memory(RAM) 24GB DDR4-2666
SSD 256GB Solid State Drive
HDD 1TB Hard Disk Drive
Weight 2.6 kg (~5.72pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The 2019 Dell G5 laptop is available for around $1,099.94 but with this model, you get a snappier i7-8750H CPU and 24GB of RAM which would definitely give you a smother editing experience compared to the ASUS X571GT when you’re working actively inside the software.

Also, please check the site’s PC Builder Tool for other laptop recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario. You can find the tool at


Alex de la Paz

Hi Alex, my son needs a new laptop for his MBA course. The marketing syllabus indicate it may be heavy on video editing. But of course that is one subject alone. The rest would be more on research work. Kindly recommend a model I can gift him with. A moderately priced one may fit my budget.
Thank you.

Hey Alex,

Thanks for asking!

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend on the laptop?

Alternatively, you may want to check the site’s PC Builder Tool at for laptop recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario.