Video and photo editing are two of the most stressful things you can do on your computer. Editing anything high resolution on your computer requires a whole lot of horsepower from your computer. This is because working with 4K video requires a lot of CPU and graphical muscle. An interesting thing about laptops for photo and video editing, is that many of them are gaming laptops.
This is because editing and gaming both require a lot of hardware performance. So keep that in mind if a laptop you are shopping for has gaming in its name. Chances are it will be just as good for editing. This article will become a bit technical, but by the end you will know what to look for when choosing a new laptop for photo and video editing. Special thanks to Andrew Mantarro for the cover photo.
To start you will need a fast processor. A processor is the chip inside of your laptop that essentially controls everything you do. Ideally you’ll want to look for a processor with four or more cores. These cores to keep it simple are smaller processors within the main processor. So the more cores you have the more computer power you have. Thankfully today most laptops come with multiple cores so there is no need to worry about getting one with less than four.
The next area to focus on is the graphics card. The graphics card also referred to as the GPU is responsible for creating the image that you see on your display. The GPU renders the image to your monitor by converting the data in real time to your display. These range anywhere from $100 all the way to $2000. Luckily for laptops these are usually already included inside. Most of the popular photo and video editing software is capable of using the GPU to speed up editing and give more performance to your computer.
RAM is something many people have heard of, but do not know what it does inside of the computer. RAM is short for random access memory and is one of the key components to a lighting fast computer. Imagine RAM like a closet with nothing in it. When you open a program on your computer you are adding clothes to the closet. The more clothes you add to your closet the less space you will have overtime. Therefor the more RAM you have the more clothes you are able to store inside your closet. The RAM temporarily stores the information on your computer in this digital space. The other component of RAM is its speed. To go back to the closet analogy the faster your RAM runs the quicker you are able to retrieve clothes from your closet.
Now that all of the important technical components have been covered lets take a look at the best laptops for photo and video editing.
The Asus ROG Strix G is a dedicated gaming laptop that brings a lot of power to the table. Featuring an Intel i7 9th Gen processor with six cores you’ll have plenty of power for editing. This laptop has 16gb of RAM running at 2666MHz. For storage it comes with a 512gb M.2 SSD so I recommend purchasing an external hard drive for more storage space. The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. The Asus ROG Strix G also features bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.
This beast of a laptop is the Acer Predator Triton 500. With 32gb of RAM you’ll have more than enough for your most intensive editing tasks. Similar to the ASUS ROG Strix mentioned above this also has a intel i7 9th Gen processor. The GPU featured is a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. This GPU is excellent and will perform wonders while editing.
If you are looking for a laptop with more accessibility then check out the Lenovo IdeaPad. This laptop has a 4K UHD LED touchscreen with multi touch support. The best thing about this laptop is that it comes with a 1TB SSD so you’ll have plenty of storage space to save your projects. In this laptop you will also find a NVIDIA 1650 that has 4GB of dedicated graphics memory.
Razer has been in the gaming industry for a while now and has established themselves as a force in the market. The Razer Blade Pro 17 follows suit by delivering a ton of performance at a premium price point. This laptop allows you to choose between a NVIDIA RTX 2070 or a 2080 GPU. Personally I would choose the GTX 2070 graphics card because it is the cheaper option and for most people the 2080 GPU is overkill for editing. With the Razer Blade you will also get a 17.3 inch full HD LED display.
The ASUS Tuf gaming laptop is a great budget option for those looking for an editing laptop. Coming in at $700 you are getting a lot of performance for a low price. The Tuf laptop features a 512gb SSD and a Ryzen 5 3360H processor that has integrated graphics. The integrated graphics card means that there is no dedicated graphics card that the other laptops feature. This is downside because integrated graphics cannot compete with a dedicated GPU, but it will get the job done.
ASUS delivers another wonderful editing and gaming laptop with the ROG Zephyrus M. This laptop has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The processor is an Intel Core i7 9th Gen at 2.6GHz. If you are also interested in gaming on this laptop then you will be happy with the 240Hz display with a 3 millisecond response time.
The Lenovo Ideapad S940 is an upgraded version of the Ideapad S740. The differences are that the S940 comes with a 10th Gen Intel i7 rather than a 9th Gen i7 that the S740 features. One of the biggest upgrades this laptop comes with is the 16GB 4266MHz memory. That is blazing fast for laptop memory and you will notice a difference when using this laptop.
As you would expect from a brand like Razer, they have another powerhouse laptop to make this list. The Razer Blade 13 is a phenomenal laptop that features a 13.3′ 4K display that is touch screen with 10 finger multi touch support. Inside you will find an Intel i7 10th Gen processor with 16GB of memory at 3733MHz. To go along with this you will have a 512GB SSD to save your work.
The MSI GS75 packs a lot of punch and delivers everything you need for photo and video editing. With 32GB of memory running at 2666MHz and a lighting fast 1TB NVME SSD you have a lot of horsepower at your fingertips. This laptop also comes with a micro SD card reader, something any photographer would value greatly.