Budget laptops for video editing

By Sudhanshu Singh | Published on 28 Aug 2020
Budget laptops for video editing

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Exploring your interest in video editing and want to invest in a laptop that suits your daily needs as well as allows beginner-level video editing? There are a lot of mid-range laptops that are capable of running heavy editing software, but they’re not as efficient as some of these laptop models we’ve curated from Amazon. These laptops offer fast storage, good performance, thermal control and more to help you take the first step in your journey to becoming a pro video editor.

Mi Notebook Horizon Edition 14 XMA1904

The Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is the flagship model from the company. It comes with a 14-inch Full HD display that has a screen-to-body ratio of 91%. The laptop is made of aluminium and magnesium alloy and weighs 1.35kg. It comes with an option to choose between a 10th Gen Core i5 and 10th Gen Core i7 processors. Both the variants come as standard with 8GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2666MHz, and 512GB SSD NVMe Gen 3 storage on the Horizon Edition. Graphics performance is taken care of by a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX350 card. For battery, it gets a 46Whr pack that offers up to 10 hours backup on a single charge using its 65W charger. For connectivity, two USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a Type-C port, HDMI 1.4b port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a charging port.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i 

The Ideapad Slim is available in different configurations, but all the models share a common trait – an excellent battery life. It claims 7 - 7.5 hours of backup on a single charge. However, what makes it capable of handling beginner level video editing is its hardware. It comes with up to 10-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce MX330 discrete graphics and integrates Intel Iris Plus with an SSD, helping to complete the most challenging tasks. As for the display, you can choose between 14-inch, 15.6-inch or 17-inch, but only the first two can be considered under a budget. As the name suggests, ‘Slim’ form factor is ensured with a 19.9mm thin body that weighs around 1.5kg.

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331FAL-EG075T

The Asus Zenbook 13 is another thin and lightweight alternative if you need to add a bit of video editing to your daily mix of tasks. Internals include a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8265U 8th Gen processor paired with 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB SSD for storage. It has a 13.3-inch screen, Intel Integrated UHD Graphics 620. The company claims 15-hours of battery life on a single charge, which should ideally give around 6-7 hours in the real use case. Additionally, it has Harman Kardon-certified audio system with low-distortion smart-amplifier technology that can boost volume by up to 3.5x.

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54

This laptop is meant for entry-level gamers, but it packs hardware that will suit the best for video editing if your budget is restricted. It has 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-9300H processor 9th Gen processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive 7200rpm. It has a 15.6-inch display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics that ensure a good visual experience and graphical performance. The company claims 10-hour battery life and the audio is enhanced by Waves MaxxAudio sound technology, featuring MaxxBass, MaxxVolume and MaxxDialog for an immersive audio-video experience.

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