10 Best Laptop For Film Editing in 2021

It's the close of 2020, and several laptops have been manufactured by several laptop giants. In this article, we will be focusing on the few ones that have managed to stay relevant all through the year when it comes to film editing.

These laptops are not only the best laptops for film editing right now; they also provide you with the best future technology required for film editing.

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Product Name

Price

Rating

Store

Apple MacBook Pro 16"

$2,249.00

Razer Blade 15

$1,529.96

HP Envy x360

$799.00

ASUS TUF A15

$1,743.63

MSI 15 Inch Gaming Notebook

$1,674.99

The New Apple MacBook Pro is everything they said it is and more. It was made for film editing and can handle several other graphic intensive functions.

Key Points

  • 16 inches of stunning display
  • Packed with four Thunderbolt 3
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 11 hours of battery life
  • Ninth Generation intel core i7 with six cores.
  • Pros:

    • A fast fingerprint login feature
    • The Best sound quality
    • It is perfect for gamers.

    Cons:

    • Comes with a horrible front facing camera
    • No MagSafe power adapter
    • It is overpriced.

    Features

    Display

    Never has an Apple notebook seen such a big display since the dawn of the MacBook. The new Apple MacBook Pro comes in a beautifully designed 16 inch retina display. It can deliver crystal clear whites and ultra-deep blacks with the liquid crystal molecules that accurately align photos; this combines with p3 white color Gamuts to bring every image to life.

    Processor and Memory Speeds

    Video editing requires fast processing and memory speeds; that's why Apple's New MacBook is thermally designed with the Intel core i9, which can go as high as eight cores. There are also about 16 threads of processing power supporting these cores, which at the end of the day result in processing power and time that is difficult to compete with it. When compared to the quad-core MacBook Pro, the performance can be estimated to be 2.1 times better.

    We also like to state that the fan blades are better and the impellers on the new MacBook pro are bigger; this guarantees about 28% better optimum airflow. This change in design gives you the freedom to enjoy about 12 watts of extra power from your new mac book pro. You never have to worry about freezing of your laptop while multi-tasking because whether you are running hundreds of audio samples or editing over a billion-pixel image, the 2666MHz DDR4 in the MacBook pro has got you covered.

    Graphics

    We all love to enjoy good graphics quality, whether we need a laptop for video/film editing or to play the most recent MMORPG. Apple's MacBook pro has blessed you with the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M. Any graphic project should be a breeze for you since there are options to supercharge the MacBook pro with the Radeon Pro 5600M.

    Other important features you get with the MacBook Pro include

    A new keyboard that Apple calls the magic keyboard is installed; this brings you a first-hand magic experience with its touch bar, Touch ID, a truly dedicated Escape Key, and the inverted T-arrow key. These keys function to suit their various purposes. There is also a bigger and better mic and bass with noise-canceling woofers. These mics can compete with mics in other laptops in this category. 

    Permit us to add that this laptop for video editing also packs 8TB of ram storage for you. There is a 100-watt lithium battery, and it promises 11hrs of non-stop work. You also get the Apple T2 chip with the best security on any Apple Device, and Thunderbolt 3 featuring four ports, two on each side of the MacBook pro, which is completely reversible.

    The Razer Blades 15 is a beast that features the chroma RBG lighting and Thunderbolt 3

    Key Points

  • CNC aluminum anodized unibody
  • Thunderbolt 3 enabled
  • 9th Generation Intel core i7 with six cores
  • 16GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD, and 1TB HDD storage
  • Webcam and IR sensor enabled
  • Pros:

    • It has a durable aluminum body
    • Incredible and fast processing power

    Cons:

    • No fingerprint sensor
    • Terrible battery

    Features

    Display and Graphics

    The Razer blade 15 comes with features that every laptop made for video editing must have and more. Its fully immersive bezel display is proof of this; with 15.6 inches of display available, your gaming and video editing experience are about to be taken to a whole new level. This PC offers you resolutions as high as 1920 x 1080. You also get to enjoy all the real colors, and this laptop also comes with support for 100% RGB color. 

    Additionally, there is an inbuilt NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, so whether you want to create graphical content or play games, the Razer blade 15 screen will be able to offer a refresh rate of 60Hz.

    Power and Speed

    When it comes to power and speed, the Razer 15 is proof that size does not matter. This device packs a 9th generation intel core i7 processor, and it also comes with 16GB of ram, 128GB SSD, and 1TB HDD is also packed into the little beast.

    Other Features of the Razer Blade 15

    One of the other features we loved about the Razer blade 15 includes the ability to customize the keyboard light to whatever color you desire. The Razer blade 15 also comes with several easy to connect ports like USB 3.1 ports, a mini-display, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and the freedom to expand the display on your device via the thunderbolt 3.

    The Razer Blade 15 is thin, it's compact, and it comes in a carefully crafted aluminum body that is durable while still retaining thinness of 0.78".

    Coming in a 15.6inch full HD touch screen is the HP Envy x360.

    Key Points

  • 8th Gen Intel core i5
  • Quad-core processor
  • Pros:

    • Sleek design and body

    Cons:

    • Screen brightness on battery mode is terrible
    • Average battery life

    Features

    The HP Envy x360 is the perfect device for every filmmaker and video editor on a budget. It is also perfect film editing learners. It comes with a hefty 15.6 inch full HD screen and packs an 8th generation Intel core i5 inside. With this device, you get up to 1TB of storage space combined with 4GB of ram.

    The HP Envy x360 won't deliver as high as the AMD Radeon and NVIDIA graphics that we all love when it comes to graphics; still, you should be able to do decent video and film editing with its integrated Intel UHD graphics coprocessor and get to see your jobs done in resolutions of 1920x1080.

    Lastly, you will be able to communicate wireless with the HP Envy x360 via a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.

    ASUS is back with the ASUS TUF A15, and it promises to deliver power and speed as you have never seen on any other gaming or film editing laptop

    Key Points

  • 16GB RAM and 1TB of ROM storage available
  • Anti-dust technology
  • Pros:

    • Able to handle high-intensity task without the Cpu getting hot

    Cons:

    • Dull display

    Features

    This device was made to serve you with enough power for any task you want to perform. Whether it is the most intense gaming sessions or creating content using a combination of its inbuilt NVIDIA GeForce graphics and AMD Ryzen 4000 series, it's just a regular day in the life of the ASUS TUF 15.

    You also get 1TB of inbuilt storage space and 16GB of RAM. You also get a whopping 8hrs battery life when this laptop is fully charged. Asus says the computer is designed to be military-grade, so it should survive falls from short distances and is very mobile.

    You might also like to know that the laptop packs very compelling speakers. The two speakers produce immersive sound with deep bass. Virtual surround sound is also available to give you that theater experience. Additionally, there are expansion slots for features like SSD storage. The laptop also has self-cooling and cleaning fans to remove dust that can cause damage.

    Whoever said a gaming laptop can’t be used for film editing never heard of the MS1 15. The range of features it packs is enough to prove that all work and no play will indeed make you dull.

    Key Points

  • 64GB RAM and 2TB SSD
  • Intel Core i7 with six cores
  • Windows 10 Home operating system
  • Pros:

    • Battery life is good
    • The screen display is excellent
    • Incredible speed

    Cons:

    • Speakers aren't loud
    • The trackpad can get a bit annoying

    Features

    With six cores on its intel core i7, the MSI 15 is the rogue of the bunch, it was built for gaming, but that doesn't mean it will not serve you well when used for film editing. The processor can clock speeds between 2,5GHz-4.5GHz. The hard drive and RAM size are also some of the features that make this laptop special. Imagine 64 GB of RAM and 2TB SSD storage packed into one device; that is one insane storage capability.

    The MSI 15 is not about to let you down when it comes to graphics capability since it packs the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. With 15.6 inches of full HD display available, you get a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

    The laptop comes in an aluminum body design, and six pipes work together to reduce heat and maximize airflow during intense film editing projects.

     The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo ultra-video editing laptop is one PC from ASUS that proves time and time again that ASUS is one of the big players when it comes to film editing laptops.

    Key Points

  • 15.6 inch Nano touch screen and 14 inches matte touch screen
  • IR camera
  • 9th Gen intel core i7 with 1TB and 16GB ram
  • Pros:

    • 2 Very intuitive displays
    • Two fans, one for the CPU and one for the GPU

    Cons:

    • Bad battery life
    • Feels heavy
    • Keyboard feels odd

    Features

    Display

    This film editing laptop was made with the intent of blowing your mind away. The 15.6-inch display is enough to give you Goosebumps. It is has two displays and one is the 4K UHD Nano edge touchscreen. That's not all the Asus ZenBook pro-Duo offers. When it comes to displays like the name duo states, it also packs a screen pad. The screen pad is also a touchscreen, and like the main display, it is also 4K. Both displays open you to a world of endless multi-tasking possibilities. There is also a pen that can be used on both displays.

    Other Features

    The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo in no way lacks in the power department. It loads a 9th Generation core i7 quad-core processor that can clock 4.5GHz. When it comes to dedicated graphics for all your film editing and gaming, the Asus ZenBook pro-Duo gives you the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060.

    You will also like to know that this film editing laptop packs 1TB of SSD storage capacity and 16GB of inbuilt RAM. Facial recognition with the Inbuilt IR system is also a breeze. There is also an efficient cooling system to make sure you never have to worry about overheating from heavy tasks.

    Microsoft Surface Book 3, with its rear and front-facing camera, was built for everything; whether you need a laptop or a tab to carry about.

    Key Points

  • USB A and USB C slots
  • 10th Gen Intel core processors
  • 17.5hours battery life
  • Pros:

    • Great laptop for multi-tasking
    • Comes with a detachable screen

    Cons:

    • Comes with windows 10 Home and not Windows 10 pro

    Features

    This device was built for power-intensive tasks, and it packs 30% more power than its predecessor, which is the Microsoft Surface Book 2. When it comes to power and performance, the Microsoft Surface Book 3 comes with a 10th Gen Intel core processor. The detachable tab makes it seamless to use and gives you incredible power while on the go. So you can game and work whenever you want and wherever you are.

    You also get to witness the power of the NVIDIA GTX GeForce GPU with this video editing laptop. The Microsoft Surface Book 3 also comes with two cameras, one on the front and the other facing the rear. Additionally, this film editing laptop boasts of 17hrs of battery life.

    Other accessories and features that come with the Microsoft Surface pro include a Surface pen that makes painting and designing a breeze. There is also a surface precision mouse that helps ensure that everything you do is accurately done. And lastly, a surface dock that turns your Microsoft Surface Book 3 into a surface dock.

    Coming in a crisp 15.6 inches 144Hz display is the ROG Zephyrus G15 from ASUS. The ultra-thin laptop is a powerhouse.

    Key Points

  • Self-cooling and Self-cleaning anti-dust system
  • 4.2GHz processor
  • 1TB+ 16GB
  • Long-lasting power
  • Pros:

    • Beautiful and well-designed body
    • Enjoy fluid work or gameplay

    Cons:

    • Cooling fans are loud
    • Not appropriate to be put on the lap because of how hot they can get sometimes

    Features

    The ROC Zephyrus G15 from ASUS is one laptop every film editor must get. This laptop is one of the best in its class as it comes with a self-cooling and self-cleaning anti-dust system. The cooling system is described as a ROG intelligence cooling system. Moving this laptop should not be an issue as it weighs 4.85 pounds and comes with a thickness of 0.8".

    When it comes to power required for heavy tasks and gaming, the ROC Zephyrus G15 gives you 16GB of RAM combined with 1TB of inbuilt storage capacity. There is also an AMD Ryzen 4000HS processor, which can reach frequencies of 4.2GHz; this optimizes battery life while boosting this device's performance.

    Remember we said that the Zephyrus G15 has an anti-dust and self-cooling system? The fans on these laptops are a lot thinner than the regular ones adopted by many other laptop manufacturers; this ensures that the NVIDIA graphics card never has heating issues.

    With the Dell XPS 15, Dell shows that it also has something to offer when it comes to film editing laptops.

    Key Points

  • Eye safe display technology
  • 4K display
  • Dual fans
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Pros:

    • Awesome screen display
    • The trackpad is very responsive
    • The 10th Gen core i7 inside makes it future proof for about 2-3 years

    Cons:

    • Loud fan noise
    • Only USB type-C ports supported

    Features

    With a 10th Gen core i7, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM, the Dell XPS 15 still has a lot more it packs under the hood. This laptop for video editing features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics.

    The display is a 4K+ impressive display, which is boosted by Adobe RGB and several other display enhancing features. So whether you are a graphics design or a filmmaker using this laptop for creation, your whole world just got a lot easier. Several tools are fully embedded to make your job easier and faster. 3D rendering of videos and graphics is fluid.

    The Dell XPS 15 is also equipped to keep keeping your CPU and GPU cool. There are two separate fans, dual heat pipes and vents that work to make this feature possible. You also get one of the biggest touchpads you will see on any device, about 62% larger than the regular touchpads.

    Other essential features that we love about the Dell XPS 15 include its completely immersive surround sound speakers and gorilla glass six that protect the laptop screen from getting damaged.

    The Acer Predator Helios 300 is here to serve you all you need for film editing and gaming.

    Key Points

  • 15.6 inches full HD display
  • 16GB RAM, 512 SSD
  • Oil, water, and heat resistant
  • Pros:

    • The keyboard is top-notch

    Cons:

    • Bad Battery life

    Features

    To round up this list of best laptops for video editing, let us introduce to you the Acer Predator Helios 300. Being last on the list in no way means this beast of a laptop is lower than any of the others previously listed.

    The Acer Predator Helios 300 was crafted to perfection. It comes in a beautiful textile woven design. Permit us to add that this device is made from oil, water, and heat resistant materials. When it comes to technical features, the Acer Predator Helios 300 gives many other film editing and gaming laptops a run for their money because it features a 10th Gen Intel i7 with a processor count of six. The screen is also 15.6" and offers users a full HD backlit IPS display.

    With 6GB of dedicated NVIDIA graphics and a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, the Acer Predator Helios shows competition that there is a particular reason it is called the best laptop for gamers and film editors. It also comes with 16GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a slot for upgrades should you need a much bigger storage capacity.

    Lastly, heat cannot slow down the Acer Predator Helios 300 because of the inbuilt Aero Blade 3D fan system.

    Comparison Table

    Laptops

    Standing screen display size

    Screen Resolution

    Memory Speed

    Graphics Coprocessor

    Graphics Card Ram Size

    Wireless Type

    Apple Mac Book Pro

    16 inches

    3072x1920

    2.6GHz

    Intel UHD Graphics 630

    4GB

    Bluetooth, 802.11ac

    Razer Blade 15

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    4.5 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti

    N/A

    Infrared

    HP Envy x360

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    3.40 GHz

    Intel UHD Graphics 620

    N/A

    Bluetooth

    ASUS TUF A15

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    3.200 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    6 GB

    Bluetooth, 802.11ax

    MSI 15 inch Gaming Notebook

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    2.666 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    6 GB

    802.11ax

    Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

    15.6 Inches

    3840 x 2160 Pixels

    2.666 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    6 GB

    Bluetooth, 802.11ax

    Microsoft Surface Book 3

    15 Inches

    3240 x 2160 Pixels

    N/A

    Intel

    N/A

    Bluetooth, 802.11ax

    ROG Zephyrus G15

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    3.2GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti

    6 GB

    Bluetooth, 802.11ax

    Dell XPS 15

    15 Inches

    3840 x 2400 Pixels

    5GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

    4 GB

    Bluetooth

    Acer Predator Helios

    15.6 Inches

    1920 x 1080 Pixels

    2.933 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    6 GB

    802.11ax

    Buying Guide for the Best Laptop for Video Editing

    Battery Capacity

    When selecting a laptop for video editing, one of the most important criteria we noted was the laptop's battery life. Laptops for film editing need an extraordinary battery life because video editing softwares requires a lot of power.

    Screen Size and Screen Resolution

    When it comes to graphics quality, the screen size and screen resolution were vital making our picks for the best laptops for film editing. The screen size of the best laptops we picked were 15" 6 inches or more, and the screen resolutions were not less than 1080p.

    Graphics Coprocessor and Graphics Card Size

    All the laptops for video editing we picked for film editing had dedicated graphics processors and coprocessors. They also had graphics size from as low as 4GB and higher.

    Memory Speed

    Laptops for film editing need to have large memory speeds; that's why we selected the best laptops with the highest memory speeds.

    Cooling System

    While working and gaming, it is normal for your laptops to get heated. The laptops we picked have efficient cooling systems, combined with dust removal and systems to prevent them from overheating during heavy work.

    FAQ

    What laptop specs do I need for video editing?

    For a laptop to successfully carry our video editing functions without freezing or slowing down, the computer must have these specifications.

    • RAM should be greater than 8GBIntel core i5, i7, or i9 with at least four cores
    • About 256GB of SDD or 500GB of HDD
    • Graphics card with nothing less than 2GB size

    Can you edit 4k on a 1080p laptop?

    Yes, you can. As long as your laptop can edit 4K videos, you should have no problem editing 4K videos on a 1080p laptop.

    Is 8GB RAM enough for Video Editing?

    8GB of RAM is enough. However, you will need to turn off many background apps and use your 8GB RAM laptop for only small video editing projects and resolutions lower than 1080p. To edit higher resolution videos, 16GB of RAM is ideal.

    Is Core i5 good for Video Editing?

    Yes, Core i5 is suitable for video Editing to an extent. However, it is limited to video editing and won't take on tasks like video rendering.

    To conclude, we would like to say that the best laptop for film editing is not limited to the ones we have listed. Still, once you read this article, you should get a good grasp of all the qualities, specifications, and features the best laptops for video editing should have.

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