Ever heard about a 4K footage? If you are interested in editing videos then you would definitely have heard of a 4K resolution video. This is the resolution that would test your skills as a video editor and showcase your work as a videographer. However, this kind of footage is not for just any kind of laptop or computer. Very soon manufacturers to be able to sell laptop to edit and render high resolution videos with ease, will need a computer with the right components. In this article, the specs needed in a video editing laptop will be discussed, as well as the best 3 laptops out there that satisfies these conditions.
What you need to edit
For a video editor, your CPU is a very important factor regardless of the kind of software you use. Even though some software like DaVinci Resolve relies heavily on the GPU, having a powerful CPU is still very important. The CPU helps to handle actions like Rendering, and playback while you are working with your preferred video editing software. This article is too short to cover topics like clock speed and overclocking, but all you need to know is that if you have a at least 4 physical processing cores (Quad core CPU) that run at clock speeds of at least 2.2 to 3.5GHz base clock speed. Usually, most Intel core i7 CPUs can handle most video editing or any equivalent AMD CPU.
The rule here is simple, the more ram you have the more space you have for multitasking on your laptop. This is a very important factor when it comes to video editing as you will need lots of ram for a smooth workflow. The recommended minimum in the year 2020 is 16GB dual channel RAM while a 32GB to a 64GB is perfect for the job.
The best thing to get for a storage in 2020 is an SSD storage device. Anywhere from 512GB of SSD supported with another 2TB of Hard drive to 2TB of SSD supported with 2TB of Hard drive. Although if you are on a budget, you can get a model with 256GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD which is the common setup out there.
Best Laptops to get for editing
Alienware Area-51m (Multitasking beast)
This is probably the most beasty video editing laptop you can get right now.
SPECIFICATIONS: RAM: 8GB or 16GB or 32GB or 64GB | STORAGE SIZE: 1TB OR 512GB HDD/ 1TB OR 2GB SSD CPU: Intel 8th Gen core i7/ 9th Gen Core i7 | DISPLAY: 1080p or 4K of 17.3-inch | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 / 2070
This laptop is a peace offering from Alienware to Video editors as a way of telling them its more than just for gaming, it can do even more.
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
Obviously, you know that you cannot talk about video editing and not mention the MacBook Pro. Even though they have had some bad iterations in the past. The 2019 MacBook Pro is a still a contender in 2020.
SPECIFICATIONS: GPU: AMD Radeon 5300M/5500M |RAM: 16GB/32GB/64GB | STORAGE SIZE: 512GB / 1TB / 2GB SSD | DISPLAY: 16-inch at 3072 X 1920 | CPU: Intel core i7
Microsoft Surface Book 2
This model has been stated as being the most flexible video editing laptop.
SPECIFICATIONS: RAM: 16GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 | STORAGE SIZE: 512GB / 1TB / 2GB SSD | CPU: Intel core i7 | DISPLAY: 15-inch at 3240 X 2160