This article showcases our top picks for the Best 4k Video Editing Laptop. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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HP ZBook Studio G3
This product was recommended by Alex Perkins from All the Stuff
A laptop with compact of notable features best suited for professional video editors. It has 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 pixels and 15.6 inches display, delivers ultra-fast performance and renders radically faster with 32GB RAM and hard disk storage of 512GB that can hold hundreds of 4K videos and photos. It is also equipped with Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 processor which has new HP vapor force thermals that keeps cools during the editing process or any task being done.
Apple M1 MacBook Air
This product was recommended by Eric Angerer from EZMoments
Macbook Air has been a blessing to edit 4K footage with since the release of the new M1 chip. As a videographer, I need a computer that can handle large files and files that require considerable computing power. The footage can be edited in full quality while not slowing down the system as it typically would for any other computer. Say goodbye to proxying files and hello to native editing abilities! If it’s a lightweight and trusted computer you need for 4K video editing, choose this one now.
Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Chip
This product was recommended by Seb & Michelle from Gominplanet
Editing on a laptop use to be slightly scary. Will I have enough render speed? Is my graphics card good enough? Is my software optimized for the kind of platform I’m using and footage? With its latest infrastructure, Apple is now offering faster processing power but also a smoother integration with programs such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. Working with 4K files used to be a proxy story but now, with these new M1 laptops, you can edit, playback and render in all 4K glory. With an 8 core GPU (that’s what will make a difference in your render and accessing your video files within your project), the only question is: are you a fast enough editor for this laptop?
New Dell XPS 17 9700
This product was recommended by Petar Petrov from DiamondLobby
The XPS 17 9700 by Dell is the best laptop for 4K video editing. Thanks to the 17 UHD+ (3840 x 2400) display, you can preview and edit 4K footage in true 4K format while the integrated GeForce RTX 2060 and 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10885H will provide you with all the editing and rendering power necessary. Besides those, you will find that this magnificent 4K editing laptop also features 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD for quickly storing and accessing all of your 4K content. If you aren’t so much into bulkier laptops, you’d be pleased to hear that the XPS 17 9700 by Dell features the new InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display technology. This means that the display is not only brighter than ever but also features significantly smaller bezels throughout.
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop
This product was recommended by Ryan Rollins from Teach Me! Personal Finance (TMPF)
ACER laptops have been known for durability and performance and this Aspire 5 laptop is no exception. With over 28,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this laptop tops the list when it comes to 4K video editing. Its salient features include 4GB DDR4 memory, 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 3200U Dual-Core processor, 15.6 inches full HD widescreen, IPS display, Vega 3 mobile graphics and up to 7.5 hours of battery life.