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 / Size||Very Important! You’re dragging your laptop around and taking it on airplanes, so make sure it’s lightweight and super portable.|
|Display||A 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 Life||Very Important! You’ll be editing for longer times in locations that don’t have a power socket.|
|Performance||Long 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.|
|Connectivity||Very 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.|
|Durability||Your 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 / Size||Important, but not as much as a traveler. You’re taking much gear with you anyways.|
|Display||Between 15″-17″ IPS is recommended, unless you can bring an external monitor with you.|
|Battery Life||Semi-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.|
|Performance||Important. As of this point, we recommend a dedicated GPU and stronger processor. You’re working with deadlines, so you need to render fast.|
|Connectivity||Thunderbolt and USB 3.x ports are important. As you’ll be taking gear with you anyways, a couple of extra dongles is no problem.|
|Durability||Like 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 / Size||You have your laptop sitting on your desk, so this doesn’t matter.|
|Display||Recommended is to use external monitors. The display of the laptop is not so important.|
|Battery Life||30 Minutes of battery life is more than enough. Don’t pay any attention to this.|
|Performance||Very important! You’re trading portability for performance.|
|Connectivity||You use external monitors, a keyboard, mouse, etcetera. Make sure you have enough ports to connect it all. A thunderbolt can branch into any connection.|
|Durability||Your laptop sits on a desk, so don’t mind durability. Cheap plastic is fine.|