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How To Choose A Best Laptop For Video Editing?

Buying a new laptop can really be a difficult task. A wide range of laptops available in the market and choosing the best one is a tricky task. Things would get worse when you need a laptop for the specific purpose like video editing or gaming. Getting a perfect video editing laptop is a rocket science as you need to consider many things like processor speed, RAM, graphics cards, screen resolution, battery capacity and much more.

In this post, I’m gonna help you by pointing out a few important things which should be considered while buying video editing laptop. 

7 Things To Look For When Buying A Video Editing Laptop

Just keep the below factors in your mind while selecting a good laptop for video editing. 


Go for Solid State Drive instead of Hard Disk Drive

There are many reasons to choose SSD over HDD. When it comes to video editing laptops, you need a laptop with a fast hard disk drive like SSD. Solid State Drive is much faster and durable when compared to HDD. Moreover, it consumes less power than HDDs and are lighter in weight. SSD do not make any kind of noises like HDDs and you never experience heat generation problem too.

Faster processor is always better

When it comes to video editing laptops, you need one with the fastest processor and maximum cores. If you are planning to work in HD or 4K quality, you will need a faster processor like Intel Core i7 4770S or 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-core processor. Make sure that the software you are using is compatible with the processor. For an average video editing purpose, you can go for 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

At least 8GB of RAM 

A better RAM offers the necessary space to functionally run the editing programs. For normal video editing, 8GB of RAM is a must. However, if you are planning to go HD, you can opt for 16GB or 32GB RAM. You can even go higher if your budget permits.

Powerful Graphics Card 

Try to get a video editing computer with powerful graphics capabilities and higher frame rate performance. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) with higher core & memory clock speed would be better. Also, the graphics card should consume less power and produce low heat to get the good result. Also, you need to check that the chosen graphics card is compatible with your API (Application Programming Interface). Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and AMD Radeon R9 290X are the best graphics card suitable for a video editing laptop. 

USB 3.0 Ports

Although most of the laptops offer 4-6 USB ports, but, not many laptops offer USB 3.0 ports. Try to buy a laptop that offers at least two USB 3.0 ports. It helps in connecting external storage media devices without any problem and makes the video editing process a better experience. Two USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports would be enough for a perfect video editing laptop.

HDMI Port and VGA Connectors

If you are a professional, you may need to prepare the video presentations and thus choosing a laptop with HDMI ports and VGA connectors would help a lot. 

Good Battery Backup

Video Editing can be a lengthy process which can take up to 5-6 hours. The main reason of using a laptop for video editing is that it can be used during travel or power failure. So, it would be good to opt a laptop that can withstand 2-3 hours with its battery backup.


Video editing is a challenging job and selecting a good video editing laptop with high-performance features is really an art. There are many common things to be considered while choosing the best video editing laptop like screen size, screen resolution, motherboard, graphics card and so on which I’ve discussed in this post. 

I feel that a powerful and speedy laptop is needed to handle the video editing software and processing. What is your opinion? What are the things would you like to consider while buying a laptop for video editing? Share your views through comments. 

About Nirmala Santha Kumar

Nirmala is a devoted blogger who blogs at MyMagicFundas.com. She is one of the active partners in this blog who would like to publish posts on her fascinating topics.

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  1. RAM, Graphic card, Fast procesor and powerfulful battery. That makes a best PC for sure. Everyone should care about these if they are truely into video editing.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Nirmala Santhakumar

      I’m accepting your views on the factors for video editing Sasidhar, thanks for coming by!

  2. When it comes to video editing, I love my mac! My husband has a PC, and I use mac. Between the two, I find using screenflow on my mac makes video editing a breeze.

    I like things simple and not too complicated nor techie. I have been doing many videos, so much so, I had to purchase an external hard drive to put them on so I don’t clutter my computer space.

    Thanks for bringing up this topic.


    • Nirmala Santhakumar

      That’s great to know that you’re using Mac to edit the videos Donna. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Purchasing external drive is a wise choice to make out system clean and precise. Have a great weekend 🙂

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