Bestlaptops for video editingWindows Central2021
Best overall: Razer Blade 15 Studio EditionRunner-up: Dell XPS 15 (9510)Best portable: HP Spectre x360 13Premium notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ExtremeBest budget: ASUS VivoBook S15Best workflow: ASUS ZenBook Pro DuoBest value: HP ENVY 14Best overall: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition
Razer's most capable laptop used to be the Blade Pro 17, but that title now goes to the impressive Blade 15 Studio Edition. This beastly portable workstation houses powerful NVIDIA GPUs, with the option to go all out with a Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. This is the sort of performance you'd expect on a serious video editing workstation desktop, but it's right here on a laptop.
There's also the choice of 9th or 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, calibrated 4K display, and up to a 1TB SSD. It's quite the specifications list. Oh, and I forgot RAM — which starts at just 16GB, but can be topped out at 64GB. And we're not just talking video editing here either. The Blade 15 Studio will make mince work of digital artwork and even engineering software.
The display is a 4K OLED panel, rocking full touch support, HDR, as well as 100% DCI-P3 rating. This makes it quite a compelling display for visual work where color accuracy is essential. What's more interesting is how Razer managed to cram all this into a thin notebook, coming in at just 0.70 inches thick and 4.88 pounds.
Just be wary of how pricey the Studio can get when you add the most expensive GPU option.Pros:Amazing performancePowerful dedicated NVIDIA GPUsGorgeous 15-inch displaySleek mercury designCons:Really expensiveSubpar Battery lifeNo Intel Core i9
Runner-up: Dell XPS 15 (9510)
The Dell XPS 15 has been a firm favorite of ours over recent years, along with its smaller sibling, the XPS 13. This latest iteration of Dell's 15-inch notebook can be kitted out with up to 11th Gen Intel i9-11900H CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 2TB PCIe SSD, plus there's the option to include an NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM. In other words: it's almost perfect for video editing.
The design hasn't changed since the last few models, and that's not a bad thing as it still looks gorgeous and holds up well to what other manufacturers are rolling out. The only downside to the RTX 3050 Ti is the performance in games compared to gaming-focused Razer Blade laptops. However, this is still way more capable than integrated Intel graphics.Pros:Loads of configurationsStunning displayPowerful internalsGorgeous designWindows HelloCons:Slower in gamesCan get pricey
Best portable: HP Spectre x360 13
Sometimes you don't need a massive 15-inch display for a laptop to get everything done. That's where the HP Spectre x360 13 is a solid choice. It's a premium convertible Ultrabook that offers some serious value when compared against studio-grade notebooks.
You've got all-day battery life, yet relatively reliable performance with the option of up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD. While it may be a smaller display, HP didn't cut any corners here and offers a 1080p option or a $200 4K AMOLED upgrade, the latter being well worth it for video editing.
For connectivity, there are two Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.1, 3.5mm audio jack, as well as a microSD card reader. All your media and files will be secured using a fingerprint reader and IR camera, both supporting Windows Hello. The keyboard is excellent, so too is the Microsoft Precision-powered touchpad.
The Spectre x360 13 is a beastly convertible Ultrabook with considerable performance packed inside a gorgeous portable chassis.Pros:Unique designAll-day battery lifePrecision touchpadWi-Fi 6Optional 4K AMOLED displayCons:Not as powerfulNo discrete graphicsA little pricey
Premium notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Lenovo refreshed its ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop with some enticing new features. First up is the display, which includes a beautiful 4K OLED panel with HDR and touch support. That display also has X-Rite Pantone color calibration, making it perfect for creative work like video editing.
You can configure the Lenovo X1 Extreme with up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (MaxQ with GB GDDR5), and a whopping 64GB of RAM. The keyboard is excellent, the laptop looks premium, and there are other handy features like Wi-Fi 6 compatibility along with Windows Hello infrared and ThinkShutter.Pros:Amazing keyboardGorgeous designHDR supportPlenty of RAMDedicated NVIDIA GTX GPUCons:Can get pricey
Best budget: ASUS VivoBook S15
If you want to save some money or happen just to be starting out, the more affordable ASUS VivoBook S is a great choice. It's not the most powerful laptop in our collection, nor will it win any awards for the plastic (yet sturdy) build, but it houses a very capable integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU at an affordable price.
The laptop looks more expensive than it is. Inside is an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor with an AMD Vega 8 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. It'll be just good enough to play some games and should be able to handle some video editing as well. It's let down by the dim display, and rather slow solid-state drive (SSD) write speeds.
You may want to pass on this laptop if you need one that will last for longer than a few hours, but it's challenging to find a notebook with similar specs for a better price.Pros:Premium styleSolid build qualityPlenty of ports including USB-CAMD Ryzen 5000 CPUCons:Dim displayBattery lifeSlow SSD
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