I'm obsessed with lightweight, discrete graphics laptops, especially models that excel at video editing and 3D. And not just for the specs and charts, but to see what it's like in everyday use. It's not perfect -- battery life and the touchpad aren't great, and it's pricey -- but as a video production machine that you can tote around, it won me over. The NT-15 Quadro is Origin's first wave of laptops that use NVIDIA's Max-Q graphics, which bring nearly the same power as regular laptop chips but with significant weight and power savings. On top of Max-Q versions of the GeForce GTX 1080 (used in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus), GTX 1070 and other gaming chips, NVIDIA also offers professional, Quadro graphics cards: the P3000, P4000 and P5000 Max-Q.
I need a new laptop. I have a high-spec but old Toshiba Portégé that has served me well, but I'm starting an art course and will study photography so need a top-notch screen (perhaps touch screen?) and more processing power. Do I have to get a Mac or is Windows a good option? Last week's column covered the needs of a history student, who wanted a laptop costing up to £500. Professional photo and video editors typically go for the most powerful machines they can afford, with prices ranging from about £1,500 to £3,000.
But there's no doubt that Apple took its eye off the ball in the Mac market while it spent years concentrating on the iPhone, and that has given rival PC manufacturers a real opportunity to capture a slice of Apple's creative pie. Intel got the ball rolling back in 2018 with its Creator PC initiative, which was further boosted by Nvdia's Studio campaign the following year, which aimed to extend the company's graphics technologies beyond its traditional gaming audience and into the creative industries. As a result, all the main PC manufacturers, including market leaders such as Dell, HP and Lenovo, now offer extensive portfolios of laptops and desktop PCs that are specifically aimed at creative users in fields such as graphic design, photography, video editing and animation. The involvement of Nvidia, with its RTX ray-tracing graphics technology has also attracted gaming specialists such as Razer and Gigabyte, whose expertise with high-end gaming graphics has allowed them to design some impressively powerful laptops for professional users. So creative users are now spoilt for choice, with dozens of laptop and desktop systems now vying for their attention.
The ProArt line of creator-oriented devices was a stroke of marketing genius by ASUS, helping separate them from rivals with a line of premium devices. A prime example is the Studiobook 16 OLED H5600 laptop, tempting artists with high performance, a beautiful 16-inch 4K OLED display, and an "ASUS dial" for video or photo editing. With this model, ASUS is focusing more on bang-for-the buck with components like an RTX 3070 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 eight-core CPU. The question is, can a reasonably priced laptop like this keep up with more expensive models or even high-end gaming laptops when it comes to performance? To find out, I got a hold of a well-specced but modestly priced Studiobook 16 OLED model and put it to work on some photo and video editing jobs.
Video editing is one of the most strenuous tasks you can put your PC through, so when you're shopping for a laptop for video editing, you'll want to make sure you're loading up with some heavy hardware firepower. You don't necessarily need the absolute highest-end gear, however, and the processor and graphics inside the notebook are just part of the equation. Simply buying a gaming laptop and calling it a day might be enough if you're just casually streaming or creating videos, but serious video editors will also want to take into account the quality of the display and port selection, among other factors. A lot of notebooks have crossed our test labs in our quest to find the best laptops. Read on for our picks for the best laptops for video editing, followed by buying advice and information on how we tested.