Best video editing laptop 2024

Tired of mediocre performance? Feeling the need to unleash your creativity? Forget choppy cuts and sluggish edits. Embrace video editing beasts – blazing-fast processors, pixel-hungry graphics, and stunning displays. Render speeds that make coffee breaks obsolete. No more settling – conquer your vision, frame by frame, with a champion tailored to your 4K, 6K, or even 8K dreams.

The most affordable video editing laptop on our list is the MacBook Air M1, which you can still snag for around $800 on sale. Our top choice is the most expensive MacBook Pro 16-inch M2 Max with 96GB of RAM and 4TB of storage, costing you a whopping $5,299. 

If you prefer working within Windows on a PC laptop, you will require a discrete GPU, which will drive up the cost and devour battery life. If you don't mind being tethered to an outlet, there are several PC laptop options you should take a serious look at. However, if you're a run gun always creating on-the-go type, then an Apple MacBook is your best option, as the engineering wizards at Cupertino have mastered performance and battery life using some form of dark magic. 

Compiling this list took a great deal of time, and it will change, grow, and be updated as we review newer laptops. Enough with the pretense; let's jump into which laptops are the best for video editing. 

CES 2024 is rapidly approaching, and some upcoming changes will be made to our best video editing laptops page. With the launch of AI PCs, we're already seeing more laptops in several price ranges that can handle your video editing needs, and we'll be bringing those to you soon and updating our list. 

The Quick List

Don't have the patience to scroll through the whole list to find your next video editing laptop? No worries, I lack patience too, here's a quick look at all the laptops on our best video editing laptops list complete with link that will take you directly to a review of the laptop your heart desires. 

1. MacBook Pro 16-inch (M2 Max, 2023)

The MacBook Pro 16 brings beauty, beastly performance and the longest battery life we’ve seen, but the price could be a dealbreaker. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)
The best video editing laptop

Specifications

CPU: M2 Pro
GPU: M2 Pro
RAM: 16GB to 96GB
Storage: 512GB to 8TB
Display: 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3024 x 1964 pixels, 254ppi)
Size: 14 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 4.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Powerful overall and gaming performance
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First-in-class battery life
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Excellent audio
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Beautiful display

Reasons to avoid

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Really expensive

The MacBook Pro M2 Max 16-inch isn't just a laptop; it's a mobile video editing throne. Boasting Apple's M2 Max chip, 16 to 96GB of RAM, and up to 8TB of storage, it crushes competitors and even surpasses previous MacBook Pros. Our reviewer called it "a deity" for video editing, thanks to its unmatched performance and a ridiculous 18 hours, 56 minutes of battery life. Throw in a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display and a responsive keyboard, and you have a machine light-years ahead of the competition.

But power comes at a price, literally. Starting at $2,699 and reaching a jaw-dropping $5,299 for the reviewed configuration, this MacBook Pro makes even seasoned reviewers hesitate.

So, is it worth it? If you're a professional video editor demanding the absolute best, undeniably yes. For everyone else, the price might be a reality check. The MacBook Pro M2 Max 16-inch is the king but be prepared to pay the royal ransom.

See our full MacBook Pro 16-inch (M2 Max, 2023) review.

Razer Blade 16

Best PC video editing laptop

The Razer Blade 16 is the best Windows laptop for video editing of 2023 (Image credit: Future)
The best Windows video editing laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-13950HX
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 2TB SSD
Display: 16-inch WQUXGA 3,840 x 2400Hz)
Size: 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 5.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Strong performance and graphics
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Solid battery life
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Sleek, 16-inch chassis
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Bright and colorful dual-mode display

Reasons to avoid

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You have to reboot to switch display modes

Unleash your inner editor with the Razer Blade 16, a blazing-fast machine packing a 13th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, an RTX 4090 GPU, and 32GB of RAM. Edit fearlessly on the stunning 16-inch WQUXGA display, boasting vibrant colors and impressive brightness. The comfortable keyboard ensures a smooth editing flow.

However, this beast has a demanding appetite. Battery life clocks in at just 5 hours, meaning you'll be near a power outlet for extended projects. Performance also takes a hit when unplugged.

Despite these drawbacks, the Razer Blade 16 stands as a top contender for PC video editing in early 2024. Its gorgeous design, raw power, and editing prowess are undeniable. Just remember to pack your charger!

See our full Razer Blade 16 review

MacBook Pro M2 14-inch

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro

Armed with Apple’s new M2 Pro pr Max chipset. The MacBook Pro brings power and endurance., You also get that familiar iconic chassis. (Image credit: Future)
Best 14-inch laptop for video editing

Specifications

Display: 14-inch, 3024 x 1964-pixel
CPU: Apple M2 Pro and Max (10-12-cores)
GPU: M2
RAM: 8GB - 96GB
Storage : 512GB - 8TB
Weight: 3 - 3.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Impressive performance
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Over 14 hours of battery life
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Great port selection
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Beautifully vibrant display with crisp detail
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Excellent audio

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Off-putting notch
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Still no Face ID

The MacBook Pro M2 14-inch offers familiar sleekness and portability, weighing a mere 3.5 pounds and fitting seamlessly into your camera bag. But its true highlight lies inside power and portability in perfect harmony.

With an average of 14+ hours on or off the grid, this laptop caters to creators on the go, ensuring uninterrupted workflow wherever your travels take you.

Upgrade to the M2 Max chip for a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU, boosting performance even further. It also comes with 32GB RAM (expandable to a whopping 96GB!), ideal for demanding tasks.

The base model starts at $1,999, while the M2 Max configuration sets you back $2,899. Though lacking a flashy design revamp, pure performance sets this MacBook Pro apart.

Apple vs. the World: Since the M1 chip's release, Apple has pushed the bar for per-watt performance and battery life, leaving PCs scrambling to catch up. This trend shows no signs of slowing down as Apple readies its 3nm chips.

While the design remains unchanged, the M2 14-inch MacBook Pro proves Apple's dominance in mobile video editing with unmatched power and portability. However, the price tag might leave some hesitant.

See our full Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022) review.

MSI Creator Z16P

MSI Creator Z16P

MSI’s Creator Z16P is close to being the perfect content creating laptop. With a potent Intel Core i9 CPU, an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti GPU, and a combination of style and class-leading performance that makes it a winning choice for content creators. (Image credit: Future)
Best 16-inch Windows video editing laptop under $1,600

Specifications

Display:
CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080Ti
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 2TB SSD
Weight: 5.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent build quality
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Powerful performance+
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Massive bright colorful crisp display+
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Solid audio performance
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Good webcam

Reasons to avoid

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Bottom can get hot
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Middling battery life

Content creators, rejoice! The MSI Creator Z16P is a content-gobbling beast, packing a 12th Gen Intel CPU, an RTX 3080 Ti GPU, and a stunning 16:10, 165Hz touch display. This machine screams creativity, especially with its unique touchscreen advantage over MacBooks.

Unleash Your Inner DaVinci: Adobe Suite? Easy. Color grading in Resolve? A breeze. The Z16P devours creative tasks, letting you sculpt your vision without a hitch. Plus, it doubles as a decent gaming rig!

While easily portable for a workstation, the sleek Z16P comes with a hefty price tag. Be prepared to invest – literally, as this might require a loan!

The star of the show is the immersive, vibrant touch display. This unique feature unlocks creative possibilities unavailable on MacBooks, making it a tempting choice for certain workflows.

For creators seeking unrivaled power, a beautiful touch display, and portability (with deep pockets), the Z16P is a dream come true. But for the price-conscious, other options might be more wallet-friendly.

See our full MSI Creator Z16P review.

HP ZBook Studio G8

HP ZBook Studio G8 review best video editing laptops

(Image credit: Future)
Best 15-inch laptop for editing video

Specifications

Display: 15.6-inch, OLED 4K (3840 x 2160)
CPU: Intel Core i9-11950H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 6GB vRAM
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 2TB SSD
Battery Life: 4:56
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stunning 4K OLED display
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Powerful overall and gaming performance
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Comfortable keyboard
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Good audio

Reasons to avoid

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Almost $5K for top configurations

The HP ZBook Studio G8 isn't just a laptop; it's a content creator's statement piece. This $4,727 beauty retains the G7's award-winning style but packs a serious punch with an 11th Gen Intel Core i9, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, and an RTX 3070 GPU.

It's a Creative powerhouse that will allow you to conquer any project, from Adobe Suite to video editing, with seamless performance. This machine is built to handle even the most demanding tasks.

Stunning visuals will have you Immerse yourself in your work with the breathtaking OLED 4K touchscreen. Vivid colors and brightness bring your creations to life.

This MIL-SPEC tough laptop can handle the bumps and bruises of creative life on the go. The Price of Beauty: Be prepared to splurge. At $4,727, the ZBook Studio G8 is an investment, not just a purchase.

If you demand peak performance, stunning visuals, and rugged durability, the ZBook Studio G8 is a dream come true. But its hefty price tag might make you think twice.

See our full HP ZBook Studio G8 review.

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1

(Image credit: Future)
The best workstation for video editing

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12950HX vPro
GPU: Nvidia RTX A5500 16GB
RAM: 64GB
Storage: 2TB SSD
Display: 16-inch, 3840 x 2400
Size: 14.3 x 10.5 x 1.2 inches
Weight: 6.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 16-inch display
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Clicky keyboard
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Great audio
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Strong performance

Reasons to avoid

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Short battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 isn't for the faint of wallet – we're talking $4,663 for a workstation. So, unless you're a high-roller professional or a Fortune 500 baller, look away now.

Sure, it boasts a gorgeous 16-inch 4K display, a keyboard that sings to your fingers, and enough grunt (Core i9 processor, RTX A5500 GPU) to tackle any project, from editing Godzilla movies to building virtual spaceships. But here's the rub: Is the design as exciting as a beige office wall, and is the battery life? Let's say you'll be tethered to your desk more often than not.

Don't get me wrong, this is a powerhouse machine, one of the best workstations and video editing laptops I've tested. But the price tag and lackluster battery life leave a bit of a bitter taste. So, is it worth the splurge? If you're rolling in dough and need the absolute best, maybe. But for everyone else, there are plenty of other fish in the (more affordable) sea.

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 review.

MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air M2

(Image credit: Future)
Best entry-level budget ultralight for video editing

Specifications

Display:
CPU: M2
GPU: M2
Storage: 256GB - 2TB
Weight: 2.7 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Elegant redesign
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Good performance
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Bright, colorful screen
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Comfortable keyboard
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Excellent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Only two ports
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SSD somewhat slower than M1 Air

Apple makes a surprising appearance in the budget-friendly content creation category with the MacBook Air M2. Starting at $1,199 for the M2 chip with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, it presents a compelling option for creators on a tight budget. Its lightweight design and efficient M2 processor enable fast rendering times and all-day battery life, making it ideal for basic editing tasks. For users requiring more RAM, a 16GB upgrade is available for $200.

Additionally, the previous generation MacBook Air M1 remains a strong contender at an even more attractive price point, often found new and on sale for around $800. This incredibly portable machine (weighing just 2.8 pounds) boasts impressive all-day battery life, allowing for seamless editing on the go.

Overall, both the MacBook Air M2 and M1 offer excellent value and performance for entry-level content creators. Their respective price points cater to varying budgets, making them worthy considerations for those starting their creative journey.

See our full review of the MacBook Air M2 or M1

How to choose the best video editing laptop

Choosing the best video editing laptop for you depends on a couple of things. One is your budget -- how much are you willing to spend? And another is what you’ll be using it for -- of course you’re video editing, but are you simply trimming small clips in 720p? Or are you editing massive projects in 4K? Your answer will determine what kind of system you need.

If you want to get into video editing as a hobby, we recommend starting out with a cheap gaming laptop. It’ll offer you a decent amount of power and you’ll get a feel if you want to stick with video editing for the future. If you’re a professional that needs a top-of-the-line video editing laptop, you’re going to need a sharper and brighter display to get your work done, which will cost a pretty penny. So when you’re buying a video editing laptop, ask yourself -- how much do you actually need it?

How we test video editing laptops

There’s a number of tests that we run on video editing laptops to make sure they’re up to par with our standards, such as Geekbench, which measures the overall performance of the CPU, and the HandBrake video editing test, which determines how long a laptop takes to transcode a video from 4K to 1080p. To test the GPU, we use synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and 3DMark Fire Strike.

Performance isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when you’re looking to buy a video editing laptop. We also take into account the display, specifically the resolution, the sRGB color gamut coverage and average number of nits that its panel can produce. Considering that content is frequently consumed on phones with OLED screens or giant colorful TVs, you need to make sure you’re able to see what your users will be seeing when you’re editing videos.

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming. 

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