Best Laptop for video editing under $1000

LaptopBuyCPURAMGraphicsHDD
ASUS TUF FX505DTRyzen R5-3550H8GB DDR4GeForce GTX 1650 4GB256GB SSD
ASUS VivoBook 15Ryzen R5-3500U8GB DDR4Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB256GB SSD
Dell G3 15i5-8300H8GB DDR4GeForce GTX 1050 4GB1TB Hybrid
Acer Nitro 5Ryzen R5-2500U8GB DDR4Radeon RX 560x 4GB1TB HDD

We live in an age where digital video has become fantastically simple to distribute through scores of online platforms. Video is a naturally brilliant tool for anything from brand promotion to simply sharing content within a community. If done professionally, video editing is an art and well-directed videos can naturally find a mass audience.

But, video editing is a taxing task. Even if you know editing, your laptop should be powerful enough to bear the grunt of powerful video editors. Aspiring professionals use software such as DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, and Final Cut Pro. These software tools are particularly resource-intensive and require heavy computational power to process them at appreciable speeds.

Video editing software runs best on laptops that have a perfect blend of multi-core CPUs, dedicated GPUs, an ample amount of memory, a comfortable amount of storage and a color-accurate display. We have compiled a list of the laptops that best satisfy the needs of a video editor as well as stay light on their pocket.

Here are the top 5 laptops for video editing under $1000:

HP Omen 15
44 Reviews
HP Omen 15
ProcessorQuad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
Hard Disk256GB NVMe SSD
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Display15.6-inch 120Hz full HD (1920x1080) IPS-type display
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
BatteryApprox. 5 hrs.
Weight4.85 pounds

Pros

  • Good display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast storage

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Display is locked to 60Hz when on battery power

The HP Omen 15 is technically a gaming laptop. It is built for gamers and is even branded under the Omen product range, which is exclusively meant for gaming products. But a little known fact is that gaming laptops, due to their powerful specifications, are also extremely suitable for video editing. This beast is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H chip and 8GB of RAM along with an Nvidia Geforce 1660 Ti GPU. The laptop uses a 256GB NVME M.2 SSD for storage. The multi-core i7 processor is the latest on the market and delivers industry-leading rendering performance. It has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display that delivers superior colour reproduction and good graphic quality. The battery life is below average but the Omen 15 takes the cake with its amazing performance. At $999.99, this beast is the most powerful laptop on this list.

Pros: Matte IPS Full HD display, super-fast NVMe SSD, amazing gaming performance

Cons: Very low storage capacity, below-average battery life, heating problems

Dell G5590
44 Reviews
Dell G5590
ProcessorQuad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
Hard Disk256GB NVMe SSD
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Display15.6-inch 120Hz full HD (1920x1080) IPS-type display
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
BatteryApprox. 5 hrs.
Weight4.85 pounds

Pros

  • Good display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast storage

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Display is locked to 60Hz when on battery power

The Dell G5590 is another offering from Dell that delivers superior performance at affordable prices. It packs the powerful 9th Generation 6-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU under its hood along with 8GB of DDR4 memory. For storage, it has a gigantic 1TB hard drive and a 256GB SSD to accommodate all unedited footage that you might be working with as well as all finished and edited videos. The laptop is powerful enough to handle 1080p video editing with ease as well as 4K video editing. It has a 5.6-inch Full HD IPS Display which has a wide color gamut, thereby reproducing accurate colors and making it suitable for color grading applications. It also has amazing viewing angles owing to the IPS panel, which is especially useful when you have an audience watching your work. The display is slightly dimmer than what would be expected. But the Dell G5 does have a Thunderbolt 3.0 port which can be used to connect the laptop to a dual 4K display setup, or a single 5K display. At $999.99, the Dell G5 is an amazing laptop for video editing.

Pros: Good keyboard, attractive design, sturdy build

Cons: Slow storage, odd positioning of directional keys, slight overheating under load.

ASUS Zenbook 13
305 Reviews
ASUS Zenbook 13
ProcessorQuad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
Hard Disk256GB NVMe SSD
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Display15.6-inch 120Hz full HD (1920x1080) IPS-type display
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
BatteryApprox. 5 hrs.
Weight4.85 pounds

Pros

  • Good display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast storage

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Display is locked to 60Hz when on battery power

The Zenbook 13 has built a reputation for itself by being a Windows laptop having a footprint similar to that of a MacBook. Nonetheless, the thin body packs a powerful punch that can easily support video editing. It ticks boxes for performance, with an eighth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVME SSD. The 13.3-inch Wide-View Full HD display is equipped with the NanoEdge bezel technology that results in a 95% screen-to-body ratio. It weighs just 2.6lbs, thus retaining the reputation of the thin-and-light chassis that the Zenbook series is known for. It has a durable design as well as an extensive array of ports and connectivity options. The only concern is that the laptop does not have a discrete graphics card, but the processor is powerful enough to take most of today’s video editing workloads without complaint. Besides, the addition of a discrete GPU would result in a drastic increase in body weight due to the extra cooling that would be required. All in all, the $998.43 Zenbook 13 is a powerhouse that offers a perfect blend of portability and computational greatness.

Pros: Portable, amazing display, generous storage capacity

Cons: No discrete GPU

HP Envy x360
18 Reviews
HP Envy x360
ProcessorQuad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
Hard Disk256GB NVMe SSD
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Display15.6-inch 120Hz full HD (1920x1080) IPS-type display
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
BatteryApprox. 5 hrs.
Weight4.85 pounds

Pros

  • Good display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast storage

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Display is locked to 60Hz when on battery power

The Envy lineup of laptops by HP is a premium line of laptops that are meant for business professionals and those who have a desire for an elegant and formal design. You might think that such a lineup might cost more, and most of the laptops do. But the AMD Ryzen-powered Envy x360 defies the stereotype. It has a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU along with 16GB of DDR4 memory and an entry-level AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU. The 15.6″ FHD IPS micro-edge WLED touchscreen display is mounted on a hinge that turns a full 360 degrees. This is the first high-quality HP laptop that’s powerful enough for video editing without compromising on the essentials. Moreover, the AMD Ryzen chip dramatically decreases costs while maintaining the same level of performance as the top corresponding Intel chips. It has a stellar collection of ports with two USB 3.1 ports, a USB Type C port, an HDMI Out port as well as an Ethernet port. The laptop has a powerful 256GB PCIe NVME SSD that is blazingly fast but somewhat small for video editing. Overall, the $786.00 Envy x360 is an eye-catcher that can also easily sail through video editing applications.

Pros: Great performance, amazing display, plenty of memory

Cons: Touch display isn’t very useful in video editing

Apple Macbook Air
1,507 Reviews
Apple Macbook Air
ProcessorQuad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5-3550h processor
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
Hard Disk256GB NVMe SSD
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM
Display15.6-inch 120Hz full HD (1920x1080) IPS-type display
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
BatteryApprox. 5 hrs.
Weight4.85 pounds

Pros

  • Good display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast storage

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Display is locked to 60Hz when on battery power

This list would be incomplete without the MacBook Air. The Apple MacBook Air is a laptop that would always take the cake when it came to efficient memory management and an amazing UI. The 2019 Macbook Air, currently available at $899.99 on Amazon, is the pinnacle of a video editing laptop. It has a gorgeous 13.3-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology that provides the best visuals and colors in the market. The 1.6Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor is managed with superior efficiency, to such an extent that you will never experience a slowdown on this laptop. It has 8GB of memory and it uses the onboard Intel UHD Graphics 617. It is the only laptop on this list to support all major video editing software in addition to the Final Cut Pro, the proprietary powerful video editing software by Apple. With a MacBook Air, you not only get a powerful video editing machine, but also a portable powerhouse with 13 hours of battery life. At $1099, the Macbook Air is a full $100 over the budget that we have promised, but each penny is worth it. But if you are interested in the MacBook Air and don’t want to splurge the extra $100, you can search for older MacBook Air models that did not have the Retina Display. Additionally, you can also keep an eye out for the Apple Refurbished Store for better deals on second-hand laptops and also on sales such as Black Friday.

Last update on 2020-07-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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