A Guide to buying a laptop for Video Editing 2018

There are few computing tasks that require more power than video editing. If you are considering investing in a laptop for video editing, have a read of our guide for the key specifications you should look for.

Memory/ RAM

In order to run multiple applications at the same time, your laptop should have at least 16 GB RAM. If you are doing a small amount of video editing, then 8GB of RAM will be sufficient. Laptops will have the option to upgrade the RAM but we recommend investing in 16GB RAM from the start to ensure peace of mind.

Graphics Processing Unit

The GPU is very important for live streaming and faster editing capabilities. A large GPU will dramatically speed up your editing and rendering times. Also, look out for a device that includes a dedicated graphics card rather than incurring additional costs for purchasing a graphics card.

Processor

A fast processor is essential for video editing. The majority of laptops suitable for video editing are powered by Intel i7 processors.

Hard Drive

For video editing, don’t even consider getting anything other than an SSD (solid state drive). SSD storage has no moving parts and stores on interconnected flash memory chips reducing start-up times for apps, opening files and starting your computer. This adds speed and fewer opportunities to malfunction. The last thing you want is for your computer to crash in the middle of a design job and starting from scratch again.

High-Resolution Display

Finally, to be able to see your creations at their best aim for a high resolutions display. High-end devises offer 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 for crystal clear and immersive imagery. We recommend aiming for at least full HD 1920 x 1080 display for a laptop for video editing.

HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstations

HP ZBook mobile workstations are tailor-made for mobile creatives and design professionals with the most demanding project. For this reason and the excellent product specifications, the HP ZBook Studio is our top choice for the best laptops for video editing. The HP ZBook Studio range allows you to bring your ideas to life of the world’s brightest 4k laptop display and remove limitations for your creative workflow with fast editing and rendering.

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Apple MacBook Pro

A popular choice among our Creative Agency customers, the MacBook Pro reaches new heights in compute performance. The 8th Generation Intel Core processor, Radeon Pro discrete GPU and fast SSD storage allow you to power through pro-level tasks like compiling code, rendering 3D models, adding special effects or encoding video faster than ever before.

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Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS is a favourite with tech industry blogs. At the very top end, it has a 4K Ultra HD colour-accurate display (3840 x 2160) you can see each detail of every pixel making it perfect for video editing. The Dell XPS also blazes through more intensive tasks with powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor  Intel HD Graphics 630 + Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB), 16 GB RAM plus fast 512 GB SSD storage.

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We hope this buying guide has helped you in your search for the perfect laptop for video editing. At Eurieka.ie we have the largest product catalogue from the world’s leading brands so if you are looking for a laptop for video editing on a budget and some of these recommendations are outside of your budget we have more affordable alternatives available.

Get in touch with one of our expert Sales Team today on (01) 460 6038 and we can recommend the perfect fit for your specific needs.

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