The Laptop Guide for Creators

  • Published: 29 August 2019
  • A guide to buying the best laptops for video editing, photo editing and other creative work with a focus on the Adobe Creative Suite
    Double Screen ZenBook -
    4K XPS 15 -
    Razer Blade (I use this) -
    MacBook 15 -
    Aero 15 -
    Acer Concept D -

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Comments • 1 876

  • Snow
    Snow  8 hours back

    What do you think of the msi stealth for adobe premiere and gaming?

    • Andre Sulistian
      Andre Sulistian  10 hours back

      I love that closing statement

      • Sujith P Nair
        Sujith P Nair  14 hours back

        What about Macbook pro 13" ? Is that useful for video editing?

        • Corrvpt
          Corrvpt  1 days back

          Does the razer blade get very hot?

          • sandro ineichen. photo & video

            why going with the vega 20 GPU when u can have an eGPU Vega64? ... I mean I do 90% of edits in office.. not "on the fly" and the eGPU is like 10x more powerful than the mobile one. And it's even cheaper.

            • PJ Yelo
              PJ Yelo  2 days back

              Can u talk about Pr vs FCPX plz?

              • Zakaria Abed
                Zakaria Abed  3 days back

                Short and easy thnks dude

                • Satyam Kumar
                  Satyam Kumar  3 days back

                  The ZenBook Pro Duo doesn’t have good Delta E values. Would you still recommend it for colour accurate work?

                  • Jon-Mark Wiltshire
                    Jon-Mark Wiltshire  4 days back

                    Pretty surprised the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme isn't on the list. High power 6 core, discrete GPU, highly expandable ( two M.2 slots, upgradeable RAM ), 4K HDR or OLED touchscreen, TB3 + USB A + Full size SD reader, Windows Hello login, all with Thinkpad toughness and reliability. I spent 18 months comparing all the options and ended up choosing the X1E and it gets my vote for everything except mediocre battery life and just an OK (not bad) trackpad.

                    • FoxFX
                      FoxFX  4 days back

                      Any advice for 3d artists- people doing art for games which require high end video cards?

                      • Subrata Debnath
                        Subrata Debnath  5 days back

                        Make a video on Acer predator triton 300

                        • CJskate Tricks
                          CJskate Tricks  6 days back

                          *Proceeds to buy m15 with i9 32gb of ram and a 2080

                          • fayyazb
                            fayyazb  7 days back

                            Just what I wanted to know! Thank you very much Dave!

                            A quick question.
                            What is apt for intermediate user getting into Motion Graphics with After Effects, Cinema 4D and Blender etc. Been using Mac all my life but unfortunately Mac quality going for a nose-dive while price is sky rocketing, so pretty open for a ...ahem!...a PC for the first time!
                            Would really appreciate your expert advice. Thank you, again.

                            • cwli1
                              cwli1  5 days back

                              I build my own AMD desktops. Unfortunately I don't have so much experience with laptops but I know that the Huawei Kepler Matebook D is fine for video editing & 3D graphics, with many pleased user reviews. With ryzen 2500u, 4 cores, 8 threads. The only issue is its maximum of 8Gb of RAM.

                            • fayyazb
                              fayyazb  5 days back

                              cwli1 Laptop preferably, so I can connect to external display. Thank you.

                            • cwli1
                              cwli1  5 days back

                              Laptop or desktop?

                          • IVeverm0re
                            IVeverm0re  7 days back

                            Some other points to consider:

                            1) Look into the workflow of your creative work. If you don't use Adobe in your workflow, then the variables you want to consider might change. Right now, people are trying to get off the Adobe ecosystem as much as they can, but you might be stuck with it if the people you work with are using it.

                            2) Maybe you're a maker but you're not making videos or editing photos. That will could affect your decisions. For example, if you're an app developer, chances are you probably need a Mac.

                            3) Comfort in handling the equipment. If you're using the device to "make stuff", then you'll be spending a lot of time with the device so make sure the form factor and build quality matches your work/life style. If your habit is to just throw stuff into a bag, then get something that can stand up to it. Typing experience is also important.

                            • Alfonso Herrera Mora
                              Alfonso Herrera Mora  1 weeks back

                              What about the RTX Studio driver? Does it improve performance ?

                              • mattchu_chow
                                mattchu_chow  1 weeks back

                                I have no experience in this but Im looking to go to a film school, anyone wanna recommend what laptop i should get? Im leaning towards either a macbook pro or razerblade pro

                                • Ashish Choudhary
                                  Ashish Choudhary  1 weeks back

                                  Tech channel for non tech guys. It should be taken as a compliment.

                                  • Nielsf2704
                                    Nielsf2704  1 weeks back

                                    I wonder how capable the new Asus Proart Studiobooks will be like the W500 with the 4k 120 Hz display.

                                    • Junward Soyosa
                                      Junward Soyosa  1 weeks back

                                      Is there any chance to have one of your old macbook? 😂😂 that is pretty expensive here in Philippines 😫😫

                                      • Meizu Mikki
                                        Meizu Mikki  1 weeks back

                                        Thanks bro 👊

                                        • Ashin Ep
                                          Ashin Ep  1 weeks back

                                          Which is the laptop is better for maya autodesk , adobe premiere pro , phktoshop, web codding

                                          • Marlon Orellana
                                            Marlon Orellana  2 weeks back

                                            what about the msi p65?

                                            • paraparama
                                              paraparama  2 weeks back

                                              Do you have nay recommend for a bugdet video editing laptop ?

                                              Since I don't have high budge, Im looking through 'gaming' laptop territory with fairly good screen color reproduction. I'm now considering on the Lenovo Y540. It is cheap (compare to workstation laptop) and comes with 6-core i7.
                                              the screen is also 'okay-good' (I found that the 60Hz one has about the same color reproduction rate as 144Hz so I would opted for the first.)

                                              • cwli1
                                                cwli1  2 weeks back

                                                The Huawei Kepler Matebook D is fine for video editing with many pleased user reviews. With ryzen 2500u, 4 cores, 8 threads.

                                            • Pacoste
                                              Pacoste  2 weeks back

                                              OPENED MY EYES! Thank you, forever!

                                              • Big Will
                                                Big Will  2 weeks back

                                                I need a laptop for music production what do you recommend Dave Lee

                                                • Big Will
                                                  Big Will  2 weeks back

                                                  Louis Treffer thanks

                                                • Louis Treffer
                                                  Louis Treffer  2 weeks back

                                                  Check for low latency... With dpc latency or latency mon.... Stay away from Dell xps 9570....

                                              • Galen Long
                                                Galen Long  2 weeks back

                                                Not a huge MacBook fan, liked them back when they actually built a real laptop being the big 17" but since they have eliminated that size I'm just not interested in paying 5 k for a baby laptop. Have you checked out any of the custom laptops built by Xoticpc ???? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

                                                • Dallon Ghan
                                                  Dallon Ghan  2 weeks back

                                                  I'd like to see laptops with thunderbolt review

                                                  • N Ho
                                                    N Ho  2 weeks back

                                                    @DaveLee How about the MSI PS63 with the 1650 max-Q?

                                                    • EE CC
                                                      EE CC  2 weeks back

                                                      Hahhahaha!!! Total bullshit. I’ve worked at a multinational company that creates thousands of unique creative products each year. We hire writers, photographers, designers, retouchers, artists, sculptors, and every type of creator you can imagine...and they all use Macs for almost 20 years now! What is this about, “only this last year are Macs good enough?” If anything, our company could not function without Macs. And I come from the PC world! I even built PCs before, but creators in real business know Macs. PCs are good. This isn’t about bashing PCs, but let’s get real, people!

                                                      • TheBeybladeSport
                                                        TheBeybladeSport  2 weeks back

                                                        Nice. Jesus Bless

                                                        • Intelligence Injection
                                                          Intelligence Injection  2 weeks back

                                                          How would you tell if something is color accurate if no one knows what others see exactly

                                                          • lunaedits
                                                            lunaedits  2 weeks back

                                                            What’s the best laptop for adobe after effects?

                                                            • Limxzero
                                                              Limxzero  2 weeks back

                                                              The "graphical chip"... 🤨

                                                              • Xavier Schattel
                                                                Xavier Schattel  2 weeks back

                                                                No Surface products...??

                                                                • Isabella Yuki Cross
                                                                  Isabella Yuki Cross  2 weeks back

                                                                  Sorry not being goid at english can you confirm me if i get it right? So other Macbooks other than Macbook pro 15 is still have problem with Adobe or upgrade apply for all macbooks?

                                                                  • GAURAV PP
                                                                    GAURAV PP  2 weeks back

                                                                    0:54 Munna jhund me to 🐖🐖 ate hai , 🐅🐅 akela ata hai , apple is 🐅🐅

                                                                    • alejandro polanco
                                                                      alejandro polanco  3 weeks back

                                                                      hi Dave
                                                                      Make a video about the offers that will con of gaming laptops on this coming Black Friday

                                                                      • vannak keo
                                                                        vannak keo  3 weeks back

                                                                        Wow! I didn't know that about the batteries before. Thanks very informative

                                                                        • D RP
                                                                          D RP  3 weeks back

                                                                          What about the Galaxy book S?

                                                                          • palanium
                                                                            palanium  3 weeks back

                                                                            Best reviewer ever ! This guys is a MACHINE !

                                                                            • ben wonderful
                                                                              ben wonderful  3 weeks back

                                                                              Basically the MacBook is the best. Roger that waiting for mine to come in the mail

                                                                              • Nick Skarin
                                                                                Nick Skarin  3 weeks back

                                                                                What are your thoughts on the MSI P65 Creator?

                                                                                • dinesh Limbu
                                                                                  dinesh Limbu  4 weeks back

                                                                                  bro which laptop do you like to use in ur opinion

                                                                                  • Charlie Lord
                                                                                    Charlie Lord  4 weeks back

                                                                                    I'm looking for a laptop for my 4k video editing, after effects work and general content creation. I have a budget of around £1500. What laptop and which configurations would you recommend? Thanks.

                                                                                    • Vish Bhojwani
                                                                                      Vish Bhojwani  1 months back

                                                                                      The MBP 15 has 500 nits brightness according to Apple’s website but here you say it’s 450

                                                                                      • Louis Bourlès
                                                                                        Louis Bourlès  1 months back

                                                                                        Is the 13inch MBP with Intel graphics enough for Adobe Premiere pls ?

                                                                                        • Universe 00100111
                                                                                          Universe 00100111  1 months back

                                                                                          Can you suggest something for programming?

                                                                                          • iwokeuplikethis
                                                                                            iwokeuplikethis  1 months back

                                                                                            dont you dare touch that dislike button