Best Video Editing Laptops of 2017

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Best Overall

New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Editor's Choice

If you prefer editing on an Apple machine, the new 15-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar is hard to top. It comes with a faster Intel Core i7 CPU, a more powerful Radeon Pro 460 GPU and a brighter and more colorful display. The Touch Bar can even adapt depending on what app you're using, so you can apply filters or scrub through a clip without ever leaving fullscreen mode. Weighing just 4 pounds and 14.9mm thick, the new MacBook is even thinner and lighter than last year's model.

Best Video Editing Laptops of 2017
Product: Use Case: Rating:
New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Best Overall 4.5 out of 5
Dell XPS 15 Best Display 4 out of 5
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Most Portable 4 out of 5
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Best Performance 4 out of 5
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Best Bang for the Buck 4.5 out of 5
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro New and Notable N/A
  • Best Display

    Dell XPS 15

    Editor's Choice

    With a gorgeous, lightweight carbon-fiber chassis and an eye-popping 4K screen that displays 188 percent of the sRGB color gamut, the XPS 15 lets you edit video in style. The 15-inch, 4.6-pound laptop also offers strong specs, such as a quad-core, Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics and an NVMe-PCIe SSD.

    Dell XPS 15 Review

  • Most Portable

    Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

    Editor's Choice

    A 2-in-1 that's powerful enough for professional video editing and portable enough to take anywhere, the Surface Book with Performance Base has a powerful Core i7 CPU and discrete Nvidia 965m graphics with a colorful, 3000 x 2000 display. With over 9 hours of battery life, you'll be able to work while away from an outlet for a long time. Better still, the 13.5-inch screen detaches from its keyboard dock so you can use it as a tablet, editing videos while you stand up or sketching with its stylus. 

    Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Review

  • Best Performance

    Lenovo ThinkPad P70

    Editor's Choice

    If you need the most powerful video-editing laptop around and don't care about portability, the ThinkPad P70 could be your best choice. Lenovo's 17-inch laptop has the high-end components you need, not only for working on video files but for creating original animations and computer-assisted designs. You can configure the P70 with a quad-core, Core i7 CPU, Nvidia Quadro M4000M graphics, a 4K display and a color calibrator. 

    Lenovo ThinkPad P70

  • Best Bang for the Buck

    Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW

    A relative bargain, the ZenBook Pro UX501VW has a sharp and vibrant 4K display, a speedy quad-core Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and powerful Nvidia 960M graphics, all for just over $1,400. Despite these energy-gulping components, the ZenBook Pro UX501VW also lasts a strong 8 hours on a charge when surfing the web. A Thunderbolt 3 port allows you to connect to the fastest external drives on the market.

    Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Review

  • New and Notable

    Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

    Looking to offer an appealing alternative to the full-sized MacBook Pro, Samsung's 15-inch NoteBook 9 Pro has a lot of extra features Apple's laptop can't match. First is the Notebook 9 Pro's flexible 2-in-1 design that lets you swing the screen around during presentations and meetings. The screen is also touch-enabled and supports stylus input via Samsung's signature S Pen, which sports more than 4,000 level of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition. On the performance side of things, the NoteBook 9 Pro can be configured with a discrete AMD Radeon 540 GPU in addition to a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, so you definitely won't be lacking for power.

Few tasks require more horsepower than video editing. While you can trim small clips with even an inexpensive laptop, to work with raw HD or 4K video or to create special effects, you need a fast processor, strong discrete graphics and a high-resolution display. Here are five laptops that are powerful enough to handle even your most demanding video-editing projects.