Budget laptops for video editing

By Rishabh | Published on 15 Jan 2021
Budget laptops for video editing
Budget laptops for video editing

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 Gaming 3

Here is a laptop which is not just geared towards filmmakers and video editors but also gamers looking for high performance at a budget. Video editors can make good use of the laptop’s internal specifications. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, which has proven to be a well-performing chip in multicore tasks, especially during video editing. Your rendering times will be shortened dramatically, thanks to the CPU alone. To help enhance your effects and preview them properly, you get a powerful GTX1650 GPU paired with 8GB of RAM, which ensures that the laptop’s performance is snappy and responsive. To give you quick access to your files, the 512GB SSD will be quite handy. 

ASUS VivoBook S S14

For video editors on the go, the ASUS VivoBook S14 is a good option. The lightweight design packs in a punchy performance for all kinds of users, but ideal for video editors. The i5 11th generation CPU on board helps applications such as Adobe After Effects, Premier Pro and many other demanding ones run smoothly on the system. The 14-inch display may seem a bit small, but it produces sharp images with dynamic colour representation. When editing video, this is a key component that must be kept in mind. The 512GB NVMe SSD is complemented by the 32GB of Intel Optane memory, allowing speedy access to your core files. 

Acer Nitro 5

This offering from Acer is geared towards gamers, but the CPU capabilities make it a viable option for video editors to consider. If your work is light and does not require you to use multiple software at once, this laptop will breeze through it all. The internals include an i5 CPU, a GTX1650Ti GPU, large storage capacity with a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. Together, these specifications make the laptop a portable video editing powerhouse, which goes a long way towards improving your overall work and editing output.

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