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Experts Tell Us the Best 4k Video Editing Computer

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 4k Video Editing Computer. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Omen by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer

This product was recommended by Petar Petrov from DiamondLobby

Thanks to the fine combination of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super with 8GB of integrated GDDR6 RAM graphics card and the ultra-fast 9th generation Intel Core i9-9900K 8-core, 3.60 GHz processor, this powerhouse can comfortably handle the flawless editing and rendering of 4K footage. Once you have finished editing your content, you can render the video in minutes thanks to the super quick HyperX 32 GB DDR4 SDRAM. Once stored on the 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, you can access, play, and transfer the edited footage to an alternative device in seconds. One of the most impressive features of this powerful 4K video editing computer is its 750-watt power supply because of its power efficiency, which has been awarded the highest possible rating – Platinum.

HP 8100 Elite Tower

This product was recommended by Ryan Rollins from Teach Me! Personal Finance (TMPF)

With over 100 positive reviews on Amazon, this is one of the best available computers for video editing. Its Quad-Core process of 3.2GHz makes it super fast to process any kind of video. It also comes with 8GB DDR3, and 1TB HDD to give you enough space for your 4K video projects. Not only this, under the Amazon Renewed Guarantee, you can return or replace this in 90 days if you are not satisfied with the product. ACER laptops have been known for durability and performance and this Aspire 5 laptop is no exception. With over 28,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this laptop tops the list when it comes to 4K video editing. Its salient features include 4GB DDR4 memory, 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 3200U Dual-Core processor, 15.6 inches full HD widescreen, IPS display, Vega 3 mobile graphics and up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Apple iMac Pro

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

The Apple iMac Pro is one of the most powerful PCs that Apple has ever made. It is arguably one of the best video editing computer money can buy right now. It is pricey to be sure, but in exchange, you will get sublime build quality, in addition to some of the most cutting-edge components around today.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This PC comes with a Kaby Lake mobile processor and Nvidia Pascal graphics. Surface Studio 2 is a pretty capable video editing computer that is a lot more powerful than the original. Its PixelSense display with Surface Pen support provides a unique way to interact and edit your video.

Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This is arguably one of the best video editing laptops out there. The Alienware Area-51m has a space station aesthetic that is powered by an overclockable 9th Gen Core i9 desktop processor and the latest RTX 2080 GPU.

Apple Mac Pro with Afterburner Card

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

If you’re looking for a custom made, rack mounted desktop computer that laughs in the face of the processing power needed to work in 4K and will still be around and viable when you’re editing 16K resolutions, then this is the computer for you. I’ll be the first to admit that most people won’t be able to afford it, myself included, but this beast will pay for itself in pro applications. The aluminum housing allows for 360-degree access to the entire system. 3D film animation, 8K compositing, building complex 3D environments, running multiple pro applications and more are possible. The processor can be overclocked to 4.4 GHz if needed. Visuals are handled by dual AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards. Graphics performance is further boosted by the included Afterburner card, which accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW codecs in Final Cut Pro X. Connectivity is provided by Apple’s half-length PCIe 3.0 x4 I/O card, which offers two 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A ports and two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports, which use the USB Type-C interface and support 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2/3.2 Gen 2 and DisplayPort. The top of the system has two more Thunderbolt 3 ports. A Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, a power cord and the Apple 32 Pro Display XDR 16:9 Retina 6K HDR IPS Display are included at this price point.

2019 Apple MacBook Pro

This product was recommended by Matthew Nguyen from Surge Marketing Solutions

I have been shooting video for over a decade now and the main equipment for videography is a laptop. You would say a video camera is but it’s not, the laptop is your foundation to making great video unless you have your editor. You can rent any camera for a job but you cant rent a laptop. I’ve grown up using windows and avoided Apple computers due to the price. It took me a while to convert over but once I did it was the best decision for me and my business. For creatives, it’s the best in my opinion. No more crashes, no more error messages, solid build, and most importantly a stable software platform. I’ve been using Apple computers for 8 years now and only the past couple of years I have been editing 4K videos. My old 2012 Macbook Pro 15” Retina was able to edit 4k video. Yes it wasn’t the fastest and the heat the laptop produced was very hot the fans were always on Max speed. I decided to upgrade last year due to the main fact that the new operating software would not support it. My Macbook sold on eBay for £450 which is amazing for an 8-year-old laptop. I purchased a new Macbook Pro 16” and it is just amazing without even looking at any Windows Laptop. For creatives the Macbook Pro 16” is the laptop of choice, a massive battery, large screen, amazing heat management, speed, and quality of materials is just the best but you do pay for this. The rendering speeds and exporting times are so fast. Final Cut Pro is the software I use as it is so reliable and pleasant to use. Premiere Pro is not pleasing to my eye but I hear a lot of editors use Premier on the Macbook and love it. I would not cut corners on getting a laptop especially if you are editing 4k video. Having a capable laptop will save you a lot of time and improve your workflow. I edit using 3 monitors and it handles 4k editing brilliantly. A Macbook Pro will certainly last you 5 years so in my opinion it is a really good investment. If you are in the market for a new laptop for 4k editing I would recommend getting a Macbook Pro but I would wait for Apples new Macbook Pro 16” M1 version which will be released very soon. If you’re not able to afford one then the current models will drop in price. Their new M1 chip versions will beat any laptop in terms of speed, power consumption, and heat management by 50% or more. Every laptop company will be playing catch up for at least 4-5 years. – 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor – Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz – AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory – 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory – 1TB SSD storage¹ – 16-inch Retina display with True Tone – Magic Keyboard – Touch Bar and Touch ID – Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

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Written by Zak Parker

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