Top 5 Laptops For Video Editing

If you're usually on the go but need to do video editing and post-processing, you'd want to consider a laptop for video work. Like I mentioned before, if you're a professional - you're better off using a desktop computer.

Now, I realize there are usually two camps when it comes to video editing laptops- the Apple camp and the PC camp.

I know videographers who swear by Apple laptops to do post production, investing in only Apple accessories.

And I know others who rely only on PC based laptops and refuse to go anywhere near an Apple device.

Regardless of your preference, in this article, I'd like to show you five laptops which are great for video editing work. Do check them out in the store if you're in the market for one - they're all pretty good buys.

Factors To Consider

What are the factors to consider when buying a laptops for video editing? Well, I'd put the following as very important - a powerful CPU, a good graphics card, lots of RAM and ample data storage. Make sure your machine has these characteristics and you won't go far wrong.

1. Apple MacBook Pro

The first laptop of choice for video editing is the Apple Macbook Pro. Ask a young, hip and trendy person what laptop he or she uses to edit videos and you'll likely find that it's an Apple MacBook.

The Apple MacBook Pro

The Apple MacBook Air is, in my opinion, not as suited for video work. You need the more heavy duty MacBook Pro to do the job. The Retina display on the latest MacBooks do justice to your video productions.

Even better, hook up the laptop to a Thunderbolt enabled display and you're going to see some really gorgeous video. The Retina display on the latest MacBooks do justice to your video productions.

2. Toshiba Qosmio

Toshiba has been making a good run with its Qosmio series of laptops. If you're using professional level software for video editing (e.g. Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas) - go with the Qosmio laptop.

To be honest, I don't really know how you pronounce "Qosmio" and I had my doubts about it initially :)

The Toshiba Qosmio

But I do own one of these buggers and man - does it rock. You'll get smooth, fluid video and extremely fast rendering times on your post-production work.

The laptop comes with an nVidia 560M card and while it's not the best - it is the next best thing. That 1.5GB GDDR5 memory in the card does wonders for when working with video. It's also a very affordable laptop when compared to its competitors.


I've always been a fan of the Taiwanese brand ASUS. I think they make fantastic computers and its ASUS G74SX laptop is no exception.

Although it's geared towards computer gamers, the G74SX is great for video editing too. The machine is reliable and cheap, and comes with a nVidia 560M with 1.5GB GDDR5 memory.


4. Dell Precision M6600

The Dell Precision M6600 is a video editing workhorse. If you need the best laptop for your video editing needs, this Dell is definitely a strong contender. Dell machines are also known for their competitive prices and easily assessible customer service.

The Dell Precision M6600

5. HP Elitebook 8560/8740/8760w

Ok, I don't know why HP chooses to use those cryptic model numbers. But I know the HP Elitebook 8560/8740/8760w series of laptops are great for video editing.

The HP Elitebook 8560

A nearby school ordered a full suite of these models for teaching digital video and the teacher there told me they work great. Throw things like Adobe Premiere at it and you'll still see it runs great. The machines are a tad expensive but have rock solid stability and have a ton of options for your to configure it to your needs.

Wrapping Up ...

The above has shown you 5 choices for video editing laptops. The brands above are great for video editing work. However, as usual, I'd advise you do some research before you head out to the electronics store and shell out cash.

In particular, do some typing, touch or feel the laptop physically before you buy it. Best of luck and happy shopping!