Video editing is undoubtedly one of the most intensive tasks you can throw at a laptop, constantly pushing your CPU and GPU to the limits. Other than just the best video editing software, you will require a high-quality display together with decent hardware specifications to process large video content.
No matter if you’re a professional creator or a novice in video editing, investing in the right machine will greatly improve your productivity.
With a whole lot of options available, one may easily puzzle especially when comparing their specs. Below we’ve put together a list of recommendations to select the best laptop for your video editing needs.
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List of best laptops for video editing in Malaysia
“The new Victus by HP Laptop 16 has quickly become our top-pick for all of its tip-top specs and features packed into a distinctive and sleek machine. For YouTube and 4K video editing, this laptop is supreme considering its outstanding performance and the overall package.”
Within an almost 15-inch footprint, the Victus by HP Laptop 16 features a 16.1-inch Full HD display in a micro-edge design. You can see every detail in your content creation as it has a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 and a high refresh rate of 144Hz. Considering the IPS technology plus anti-glare, working outdoors or under bright lighting is certainly easier with wide viewing angles.
Built for gaming, you’ll get a full-size, island-style, backlit keyboard with anti-ghosting technology on the Victus by HP Laptop 16. The cooling system is upgraded with a wide rear vent design to enhance thermal efficiency, keeping your system cool when carrying intensive tasks such as rendering and gaming. You can find ample USB ports for peripheral connections and file transfer but most importantly, an HDMI 2.1 for external monitor connection in case you need a larger screen with higher resolution.
Editing YouTube and 4K videos are effortless on the Victus by HP Laptop 16. With an 11th generation Intel i7, 8-cores processor with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.60GHz, you can breeze through all your basic computing tasks and video creation. It also comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD for seamless multitasking and app switching, keeping the overall system fast and responsive
Battery-wise, the Victus by HP Laptop 16 can last up to 7 hours and 15 minutes on video playback. A little drawback is its 70Wh battery is still recharged using a traditional AC power adapter through an AC smart pin.
Not only for a good relaxing time after a long day, but gaming also benefits a video editor as innovative and creative gameplays can put your creativity to the test. The Razer Blade 15 proves to be a beast in both video editing and gaming by delivering powerful performance through its latest processor and graphics card.
The Razer Blade 15 features a 15.6-inch big Full HD display with support for 100% sRGB. Video editing is easier and more comfortable on the large screen while protecting your eyes from discomfort over extended viewing. You won’t miss any crucial moment in your gameplays thanks to the high refresh rate of 144Hz.
As expected from a true gaming machine, the Razer Blade 15 is solid and sturdy. Crafted with CNC Unibody Aluminium, the chassis is anodised in a black finish with a backlit green Razer logo in the centre.
With a weight of 2.09kg and almost 20.0mm thick, this laptop isn’t that portable to carry around. However, with this size, comes the ample USB ports and other essential I/O ports provided.
Powered with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the Razer Blade 15 provides fast and responsive performance when handling your video editing software. For the base variant, it comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD which are already sufficient for most levels of video editing tasks. The discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 supercharges your graphic performance with the capabilities to handle most popular AAA titles.
If you’re always running intensive video editing and rendering tasks that pushes your laptop to its limit, we recommend you grab the advanced model for a bigger boost in performance. Using a 65WHr battery, the Razer Blade 15 lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge so you should bring along its battery adapter when working for long hours.
[This review is based on the basic model]
CPU:Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Display:15.6-inch FHD, 144Hz, 100% sRGB
Ports:1x Thunderbolt 3, 3x USB 3.3 Gen 2 (USB-A), 1x USB-C 3.3 Gen 2, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
With a built-in secondary touchscreen, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is an ideal machine for graphic design and video editing work. It’s also powered by a superb battery that can last for whole day work.
The 14.0-inch Full HD display has a massive 93% screen-to-body ratio and supports up to a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Given that it’s an IPS screen, you can enjoy a wide viewing angle and high colour accuracy. It’s also PANTONE Validated for professional-grade accuracy and certified for low blue-light emissions, providing a stunning visual experience while reducing strains to your eyes.
A main highlight of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is its extra secondary display - Its ScreenPad Plus, which can be titled for an optimum viewing experience. For your designing work, you can put all your tools, references and source files on it. This allows you to make full use of the main screen to display your work without sacrificing it for a split-screen display.
Plus, the numerous optimised apps for overall workflow lets you enjoy a smooth transition during multitasking on the ScreenPad Plus.
Under the hood, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 equips the latest 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor. This quad-core processor paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD can handle most graphic designing and video editing tasks without hassle. Despite being an entry-level discrete graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 is decent enough to handle GPU demanding programs and most multiplayer online games. On the other side, this laptop is top in power efficiency. It can last up to 17 hours before the next recharge, providing all-day productivity.
[This review is based on the UX482E-GHY071TS model]
The Acer Nitro 5 is a brilliant laptop for a student or a beginner in video editing. Aside from its solid performance, we also consider its more affordable price tag, especially for students who are tight on budget.
Designed in the gaming lineup, the Acer Nitro 5 has all the characteristics of a gaming laptop. First, this laptop looks bold and durable, measuring around 23.9mm thick and 2.3kg weight. It has a large 15.6-inch Full HD display with IPS technology, offering a wide viewing angle of up to 170 degrees. You get a flashing RGB keyboard that can be configured with the NitroSense app to change the lighting settings.
The Acer Nitro 5 fulfils all the requirements to handle basic video editing tasks. It is equipped with the recent 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11370H quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. You can easily upgrade the memory and storage post-purchase with the additional M.2 slots for a more responsive system.
For graphics cards, the Acer Nitro 5 features a discrete NIVIDA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR6 memory. You can expect it to handle most graphic demanding programs and game titles smoothly without any screen freeze. Based on test results, the 57.5 Wh 4-cell Li-ion battery can last up to 9 hours, which is quite impressive for a true gaming laptop.
The versatility of a 2-in-1 laptop greatly helps in video editing tasks. It allows you to work in your most comfortable modes while its touchscreen feature let you fast-forward on videos more conveniently. The Lenovo Yoga 9i is a high-performance hybrid laptop for video editing.
With a lightweight design of 1.37kg, the Lenovo Yoga 9i comes with a 14.0-inch FHD display with IPS technology. The glossy screen delivers more saturated colours, deeper blacks and brighter whites which is perfect for professional photo and video editing tasks. To add on, the display is touch-enabled, allowing you to navigate faster and smoother. You can extend your display with an external monitor via the USB-C 3-in-1 port for larger viewing.
Moving onto the specs, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is equipped with an latest 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and an integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The large 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD makes video editing on this laptop buttery smooth, however, bear in mind that the memory is soldered to the system board. Thus, the RAM is not upgradeable post-purchase.
The built-in stereo speakers on the Lenovo Yoga 9i are commendable. Supporting Dolby Atmos, sounds delivered are crisp and clear. Powered by an integrated 60Wh battery, this 2-in-1 laptop can last around 17 hours and is rechargeable using a USB-C adapter.
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Priced just under RM3000, the Acer Aspire 3 is a budget alternative for those looking for an all-rounder video editing laptop. It has all the essential features and specs to handle most common video editing software.
Measuring at 1.7kg weight and almost 20mm thick, the Acer Aspire 3 isn’t lightweight with its wide 15.6-inch Full HD display. Supporting a screen resolution of up to 1920x1080, the IPS screen also comes with Acer ComfyView to minimize eye strains after long hour usage.
Considering its affordable price tag, we can fully understand the Aspire 3 doesn’t have a multi-touch screen. A good number of interfaces and ports are offered including USB ports, an HDMI port and an RJ45 Ethernet port.
With an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, the Acer Aspire 3 fulfils the minimum requirements to handle basic video editing tasks. For an entry-level graphic card, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics is also rather good at performing adequate editing. However, for anything more intensive such as rendering, the laptop may start to struggle slightly. Its 36.7Wh battery can provide juice for a maximum of 9 hours based on MobileMark 2014 test results.
[This review is based on the A315-58-55M4 model]
CPU:Intel Core i5-1135G7
GPU:Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display: 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 pixels (FHD), IPS
Ports:2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ45, 1x 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
6K and 8K video editing on laptops are becoming more accessible. You can now easily get a piece of the most powerful graphic cards such as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX series on hand. For professional-level video editing, we recommend the Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R5.
Engineered with an incredibly fast refresh rate of 165Hz, the Alienware M15 R5 features a crystal-clear 15.6-inch Full HD display with IPS technology. You won’t feel any eye strains over extended viewing with the reduced blue light emissions without impacting image quality.
Besides ample USB ports, this laptop comes with an HDMI 2.1 which allows you to connect up to an 8K resolution external monitor. Do note that this gaming laptop is quite heavy with a maximum weight of 2.69kg.
With 8-cores, 16-threads and up to 20MB of cache on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, the Alienware M15 R5 delivers high performance across any application and game. Combined with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics, you can handle video editing and rendering high quality 8K content.
There are AI networks featured in the GPU manage power on per-frame basis, constantly optimising the system to provide maximum performance when you’re editing videos.
The Alienware M15 R5 packs 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD to keep the system faster and snappier, taking your mega-tasking abilities to a new level. Also, the Alienware Cryo-Tech Cooling Technology maintains your system’s stability and temperature during its peak performance. It carries four independent copper heat pipes to provide heat dissipation across all the core components.
CPU:AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3070
Display:15.6-inch, 1920x1080 pixels (FHD),165Hz
Ports:2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x RJ45, 1x Global Headset jack
For After Effects and 3D animation, a capable processor is vital. The MSI Pulse GL76 with its massive display and the latest processor is a splendid laptop for heavy video editing.
With a titanium grey metal chassis and contour lines, the MSI Pulse GL76 has a futuristic aesthetics appearance. You can enjoy an ultra-large viewing on the 17.3-inch QHD display which supports a high resolution of up to 2560x1440. Its fast refresh rate of 165Hz guarantees that you won’t miss any detail in video editing and gaming. Supporting close to 100% sRGB, this laptop is ideal for content creation.
Under its sturdy hood, the MSI Pulse GL76 equips the latest 11th-generation Intel Core i7 and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphic card. This 8-core processor supports up to 4.6GHz dual-core turbo frequency to maximise efficiency in multi-task work and productivity.
For memory and storage, it comes with a huge 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. You won’t face screen freezes or any sluggish experience when running Adobe Effects and 3D animations with these configurations.
Not to forget the MSI Pulse GL76 supports the most recent Wi-Fi 6 which is 3 times faster than the previous Wi-Fi 5, delivering a lightning-fast Internet experience. You’ll save plenty of time uploading and downloading content, streaming and surfing the web.
[This review is based on the 11UEK-217 model]
CPU:Intel Core i7-11800H
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3060
Display:17.3-inch, 2560x1440 pixels (QHD),165Hz, IPS, close to 100% sRGB
Ports:1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x HDMI,1x audio combo jack
If you’re new to video editing, you’ll probably think of what laptop specs you’ll need for video editing. It’s not a matter of specs here, but on what part of a computer specification you should be looking at. Here are the few to focus on:
1. Processing Power
Being the brain of the overall system, the processor is the most crucial component in a laptop. In video editing tasks, most of the hard work of playback and rendering is handled by your processor.
You should always opt for the latest generation processor as it’s usually boosted with significant improvements compared to the previous generation.
For basic video editing, our suggestion is to get at least an Intel Core i5 or an AMD Ryzen 5 processor to ensure smooth workflow.
2. Storage and Memory Space
An immense amount of storage and memory space is required when you’re editing a video.
It doesn’t matter you’re a professional creator or just a beginner; ideally, you should look for fast SSD storage and a minimum 8GB RAM for memory.
On memory, the more the better as your laptop can load files smoothly without impacting the overall booting process especially when multiple background apps are running.
An SSD storage allows you to load the video files quicker, playback footage easily without frame drops and archive them quickly after completion.
Video files can also take a lot of storage, so if you’re working on 4K video editing, we recommend at least 512GB of SSD and 1TB for higher quality content.
When it comes to screen size, you should choose the right one according to your primary usage and portability. A larger display may be more comfortable to work on but at the same time, it will add on significant weight.
If you don’t own an external monitor, we suggest you choose a minimum size of 14.0-inch.
Naturally, you should also aim for a high resolution IPS screen that can support at least Full HD (1920x1080).
Do look for one which can cover close to 100% of the sRGB spectrum for more accurate and deeper colours.