August 14, 2015 at 4:54PM


Laptop for editing with a budget of $3200

Does anyone have recommendations for a laptop for editing HD video(4K is a possibility, but not a priority) that is under $3200? I currently own a 2010 Macbook Pro and I was originally saving up for a 15 inch retina macbook pro, but after looking at the specs, I realized that they changed the graphics card(non-CUDA) that may not work well with Adobe programs.

I primarily use Adobe Creative Cloud and DaVinci Resolve 12 for a wide range of work including sports clips, music videos, commercials for local businesses, and short films of various lengths.

I travel a lot so it must be a laptop that I can take with me on the go(memory space is not an issue since I use external hard drives).

I figure with the size of the budget, this enables possibilities that I may have not considered since in the past I've only dealt with Mac.

Any and all help/advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


i use both systems but i personally am also looking into a hp z workstation laptop.

The top end has a dreamcolor 10 bit monitor and will kill any mac at any spec.

currently i own a top of the line 15" retina and yes not having CUDA really kills. but i have one of the most recent models and was able to get it with nvidia graphics.

August 15, 2015 at 8:59PM

Kazu Okuda

Thanks for the recommendation! I think I'm going to wait a month or 2 now. Apparently Intel is going to be releasing a new processor. Another thing to look at is the coming release of products with Thunderbolt 3, which will be twice as fast as it's predecessor. This however, could be end of the year or even next year.

August 17, 2015 at 11:02AM, Edited August 17, 11:04AM


For $3200 I would get the Razer Blade

They pack the latest CPU and the latest nvidia graphics

There are cheaper PCs for the same specs but you have the budget and these are great for travel and editing

August 26, 2015 at 6:57PM

Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer

With that kind of money you can pretty much get whatever you want in terms of specs. I would recommend a PC as you can get a very powerful GPU for editing. Probably something around a GTX 1080. That GPU will run laps around any Macbook Pro setup in Adobe CC and Davinci.

Kind of a side note the reason everyone says Macbooks work so well for editing probably comes down to them using Final Cut X. This software is so well integrated with the hardware because the same company makes both that it absolutely flies in terms of speed. I still think that the components in the Macbook are not worth their price tag they charge. Just my two cents.

July 25, 2017 at 7:27PM

Kyle Acker
Cinematographer/ Video Editor

If you are doing any color grading or raw recording or high bitrate shooting, it is going to be laggy on a laptop. I have tried them all and there is always lag, I personally use a dedicated desktop now for that reason. If you are using a DSLR or mirrorless with the heavy compression then any of the high-end macs or high-end PCs will work fine.

July 26, 2017 at 10:13AM, Edited July 26, 10:13AM

Walter Wallace

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