Best laptops for Video and Photo editing

Most of the smartphones you get these days have the built-in capability of editing a simple video just like most laptops, but when it comes to serious video and photo editing, you need to step up these devices a notch.  You would agree that video & photo editing, gaming is resource intensive. As such, most laptops have transformed themselves into powerful and flexible machines to handle the task. However, only a few among them score.

Things worth noticing when you are hunting for such a kind of laptop are processing power, memory, graphics card and hard drive space. The Processor, RAM, storage, and display all play an important part in the equation. Broadly speaking, the things to generally look for in such laptops are high RAM (8 or 16GB), Nvidia Graphics Card (4 or 8 GB), Full HD screen resolutions and powerful processors like i5 or i7. A Full HD display gives you crystal-clear views for media editing & engaging movies.

Laptops for Video and Photo editing

Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch with Retina display


The high-end configuration machine ships with a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of flash storage, 16GB of DDR3L RAM, integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5. Besides, it is equipped with retina display that helps reduce glare while maintaining color and quality. The 2880×1800 resolution on the 15-inch MacBook Pro on the other hand, lets you see more of your high-resolution images with pixel-for-pixel accuracy. When you see over 4 million pixels packed into a display, the results you get are positively stunning. The images, you thus coupled with graphics can take you to a new real level of realism in gaming. All the innards come enclosed in a thin aluminum case that weighs just 4.46 pounds. All of this power comes at a cost — $3199! As a Windows user, you could install the Windows OS using BootCamp on an Apple machine and you would be all set to go.

Dell XPS 15

Laptops for Video and Photo editing

This machine is capable of offering reliable performance if you do not mind spending extra dollars to get the work done well. The fully loaded version of the machine comes with 3840 x 2160 pixel touch screen display and costs $2500. Considering the price which is heavy from user’s perspective, the laptop is lighter, and sleeker from manufacturer’s side. The newer version features a sharp 4K display, improved battery life, 2.2GHz fourth-generation quad-core Core i7 chip and Nvidia graphics card. It is up for order  with up to 16GB of RAM, and either 512GB SSD or a 1TB hard drive. All these elements are more than enough for offering a smooth video editing experience. Apart from hardware benefits the machine offers, it can be hooked up to multiple monitors and turned into a home base video editing work station as needed.

HP ENVY Touchsmart

HP ENVY Touchsmart

The selling point of this machine is the touchscreen interface that is not noticeable in other brands that are available in the market. Internals of HP Envy include Intel quad core i7 third generation processor, expendable memory up to 8 GB, HD graphics, 750 GB hard drive, turbo boost up and more. The lithium battery helps you get extra hours for working (around 8 hours) and its technical specifications extend support for any kind of video editing software. The 17.3-inch Full HD display gives you crystal-clear views for more media editing & engaging movies. It has a screen resolution of 1366 X 768 to afford clear images without any blur in it. Price – $1,058.

Asus  Zenbook UX301

Best laptops for Video and Photo editing

A lightweight body with a slim profile and 13.3-inch multi-touch display at resolutions ranging from 1080p up to a Retina-esque 2560×1440 pixels (1920×1080 is available as well) Asus Zenbook appears as one of the best laptop available for photo and video editing. The innards of the machine reveal it has big 256GB SSD and runs a core 17 processor in a slim and smart design.. The place where it falls short in delivering – it has  maximum 8GB of RAM. Get it for $1,299

Lenovo Y50 UHD


It’s a laptop blessed with 15-inch ultra-high-definition (3840×2160) display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M with 4GB of GDDR5. While all the specifications help it to be considered as one of the best buy for video and photo editing machine, its weight at 5.3 pounds, hamper portability slightly and disappoints us. Apart from this, the laptop is good and performance and display are features worth noticing. Price – $1,399.99.

Do let us know if you have any recommendations.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. Dan

    For just personal videos, most modern consumer laptops sporting at least 15″ screens can accommodate just about any NLE software, from freebies like “Lightworks” up to Sony Vegas, FCP, et al, and there are those as you mention for use re hi-res raw from recorders. For production-grade mobiles, I kind of like GoBoxx MXL series laptops, but they’re not in everyone’s price range, starting $4K-$5K USD (Dell Precision line has been pretty good too).

  2. Les Martin

    I have the current HP Envy Touchsmart 15. It has the worst keyboard i have ever used on a laptop. The 17 inch version has the same issue. And the fan is real loud. Other than that? it’s fine.

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  4. Cheryl

    I wish revewers would stop touting the Lenovo Y50 (FHD and UHD) because the there is a known issue with the yellow (think brown mustard, not dandelion) that Lenovo has yet to address. Based on all the forums, Lenovo doesn’t seem to have any intention of doing so anytime soon.

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