Buying guide to see which is the best video editing laptop. Learn everything about computer hardware and performance to make your own choice. Do you need a workstation laptop or one for traveling?

What kind of video editor are you? That’s the first question you need to ask yourself when buying a new Windows laptop for video editing. There’s no laptop that can tick all the boxes, so you have to know what’s important for you. There’re mainly three types of video editors. Listed below are the laptop features important to them.

The Traveling Video Editor

You travel around the world and edit on the spot. From hotel to hut and even in the middle of the rain forest.

Weight / SizeVery Important! You’re dragging your laptop around and taking it on airplanes, so make sure it’s lightweight and super portable.
DisplayA bigger display means a larger laptop. However, it’s the only display you have so it better be good. Between 15″-17″ IPS is recommended.
Battery LifeVery Important! You’ll be editing for longer times in locations that don’t have a power socket.
PerformanceLong battery life means less performance. Make sure your laptop has a quad-core and you should be good to go. Don’t expect perfect performance for a portable laptop.
ConnectivityVery important is an SD card reader and a thunderbolt port. The first one speaks for itself and the thunderbolt is connection that can go to anything through a dongle.
DurabilityYour laptop has to be strong. Don’t get a plastic body.

The Location Video Editor

This is the kind of editor that takes his laptop to a film set or hotel room. You have tight deadlines so a reliable and fast laptop is required.

Weight / SizeImportant, but not as much as a traveler. You’re taking much gear with you anyways.
DisplayBetween 15″-17″ IPS is recommended, unless you can bring an external monitor with you.
Battery LifeSemi-important. Most of the time you can power your laptop. If you get about 2-3 hours when sitting on a train, it’s enough.
PerformanceImportant. As of this point, we recommend a dedicated GPU and stronger processor. You’re working with deadlines, so you need to render fast.
ConnectivityThunderbolt and USB 3.x ports are important. As you’ll be taking gear with you anyways, a couple of extra dongles is no problem.
DurabilityLike before, important. But it doesn’t have to be carbon. Aluminum is perfect!

 

The ‘Desktop’ Laptop Editor

You mostly edit at home, but instead of getting a desktop you do prefer to have a laptop just in case. Performance is the most important for you and portability totally not.

Weight / SizeYou have your laptop sitting on your desk, so this doesn’t matter.
DisplayRecommended is to use external monitors. The display of the laptop is not so important.
Battery Life30 Minutes of battery life is more than enough. Don’t pay any attention to this.
PerformanceVery important! You’re trading portability for performance.
ConnectivityYou use external monitors, a keyboard, mouse, etcetera. Make sure you have enough ports to connect it all. A thunderbolt can branch into any connection.
DurabilityYour laptop sits on a desk, so don’t mind durability. Cheap plastic is fine.