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Experts Tell Us the Best Cheap Laptop For Video Editing

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Cheap Laptop For Video Editing. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Dell G5 15 SE (2020) Laptop

This product was recommended by Sean Paul from NarrowStep

For $1,199, this laptop comes with so many awesome features and a perfect fit for all your video editing needs. The Dell G5 15 SE transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 6 minutes and 43 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, sailing past the mainstream gaming laptop average (10:35). It not only surpassed the Omen 15 (12:34) and Legion Y545 (8:51), but also topped the Zephyrus G14 (6:59). It’s also one of the best video-editing laptops for beginners.


Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019

This product was recommended by Alex Perkins from All the Stuff

A standard intel core and ram for a smooth video editing and exporting should be at least i5 and 8gb ram. This Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019 surpassed the standard at a cheaper price. Its processor is 8th gen, i7 with 3k full view 10-point touch screen and 8gb ram. I find its design a dupe of Apple’s MacBook. It’s very sleek and of course, extremely portable, perfect for people on the go. Using Adobe Premiere software, quick importing and exporting videos are guaranteed as well as editing a 4K video without lag or crash issues.


Dell XPS 15 7590 Laptop

This product was recommended by Peter Brown from WindowsChimp

This laptop from Dell comes with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU. It is available in 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB RAM variants. The thing that sets it apart from others is the 4K resolution. The 3840 x 2400 screen is soothing to the eyes, covering 132% of the sRGB color gamut and blasting 434 nits of brightness to give you an excellent viewing experience and ease in editing the video. Overall, it is ideal for gaming and video editing tasks.


MacBook Pro

This product was recommended by Peter Brown from WindowsChimp

If you prefer macOS to Windows 10, the latest MacBook Pro is the best for powerful tasks like video editing. It comes with a super-fast Intel Core i9 CPU and a powerful AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU. The Touch Bar of Apple’s new MacBook Pro makes it unique from others. It can adapt to the application you are currently using. So, while video editing, you can perform many tasks like applying filters right from the Touch Bar.


ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop

This product was recommended by Miranda Yan from VinPit

Why is it recommended: -It has an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor and 8GB of RAM to handle complex tasks. -Intel-sponsored UHD 620 summing up its Graphic prowess. -13.3 inches full HD LED display screen boasts decent colour accuracy and strong viewing angles.


Dell XPS 13 9380

This product was recommended by Miranda Yan from VinPit

Why is it suggested: -It has a fairly good speed because of the quad-core i5 processor. -It offers 8 hours of use time with intensive work of high-resolution video editing. – Smaller, thinner, lighter 4K Ultra HD XPS 13 is unequivocally the best for video editing tasks.


Lenovo Legion Y540

This product was recommended by Osama Jangda from Gaditek

I’m recommending this product as it provides good value for money. You’re getting a 9th generation i7 with 16 GB of RAM and a 1660ti for the GPU. This is a good setup for low to mid range video editing.


Dell XPS 7390

This product was recommended by Sam Shepler from TestimonialHero

For video editors on a budget, the Dell XPS 7390 laptop is a great choice. If you are a professional, you will want to have the Dell XPS to create your video projects, especially for its screen. The XPS 15 laptop, the only one in the range with 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, offers a wider and more true-to-life color scale and produces color tones you won’t find on conventional displays. With more than 16 million colors, images on this notebook’s screen become more fluid, and the gradients are stunningly realistic for professional content editing, with greater depth and dimension.


Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop

This product was recommended by Jonny Andrews from My Charcuterie

The reason I like the Alienware m15 R3 is because it saved us about $5K & does an amazing job rendering HD video for our livestreams & recording edits. Like most probably would, when I first noticed our streams & edits weren’t coming out in true HD, I went down the research rabbit hole, adjusting the settings on all my equipment. Nothing helped. It then became obvious it was time to bite the bullet and upgrade the laptop. But rather than drop $7K on a new PowerBook, we chose to try this and hope for the best. The difference has been stunning.


Lenovo Ideapad 3

This product was recommended by Andy Michael from VPN Testing

The Lenovo Ideapad 3 has been everything I hoped for and more since buying it. I wanted an affordable laptop that would help me do all my regular tasks in an easy, efficient way, but the Lenovo has offered up much more than that. I actually started using it for my video editing and it does a great job. It’s got a nice 14’ screen, easy movement on the AllyFlex mousepad, and it runs strong no matter how big the file. Honestly, it’s all you need for video editing if you’re on the hunt for an affordable laptop.


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