Laptop under ~ $2000 for Video Editing Purposes (Zero Gaming)

Hi, I've seen many existing threads but they are mostly for Gaming purposes. I would like to request tips on getting something purely for HD/4K (occasionally) video editing using 'Adobe Premiere Pro' and general day to day usage. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

I feel specs like an 15.6" or 17" screen, i7 or Rhyzen 7 4800H processor, NVidia1660Ti (or above) GPU, with 16GB ram and 512GB/1TB SSD, 350-500 nits and more than 80% sRGB screen should suffice.

However, couldn't zero in on anything after browsing Dell, Lenovo, Asus etc. Either the prices are higher or the reviews have been bad (mainly by gamers about overheating).

So really want a pro advice based on someone's personal experience or credible research. Will really appreciate your help. Regards!

P.S. I have never played any video games and will never play one, so kindly do not dive into Gaming centric Laptop debates. So if a gaming laptop is average for gaming but good for editing work I'll be happy to buy purely for the intended end usage.


  • I had similar requirements as you and ended up getting the 4k touch screen XPS 15. They have a version without the touchscreen which is cheaper:

    Using it daily for about 2+ mths now, it's a solid machine and will go 7ish hours on the battery for general use.

    XPS 15 - 7590 Laptop

    9th Generation i7-9750H (6 Core, Up to 4.50GHz, 12MB Cache, 45W)
    15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Glare Non-touch IPS 100 sRGB 500-Nits Display
    512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
    16GB (2x8GB) Up to 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC
    GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5

    $1,889.00 (4 in stock)

    If you want a slightly newer version with 10th gen Intel

    XPS 15 - 9500 Laptop
    * i7-10750H Processor (6 Core, Up to 5.00GHz, 12MB Cache, 45W)
    * 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe
    * 16GB (2X8GB) Up to 3200MHz
    * 15.6 inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) Anti-Glare InfinityEdge 500-Nits Non-Touch Display
    * GTX 1650 Ti 4GB


    • Thanks guys for your replies. Just a quick query - what are you thoughts on something like a G7 17 from Dell versus getting a XPS 15 9500 - purely from the specs and reliability from editing point of view (I know it's technically a 'gaming' laptop)

      Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
      Screen: 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits 144Hz
      GPU: NVIDIA(R) GeForce RTX(TM) 2060 6GB GDDR6
      RAM Size: 16 GB
      SSD Capacity: 1 TB

      I know the screen nits are on lower side but rest of the specs appear superior (at least on paper). And this is currently selling for just ~1750 in the Dell 20% off sale on eBay.

      Is there anything worth regretting in using this kind of 'Gaming' laptop for 'Performance' purposes?

      • Chassis is different, gaming laptops are typically heavier / thicker because they need more cooling, but there are of course thin-light gaming notebooks nowadays like ASUS ROG Zephyrus, Razer Blade 15, MSI GS65 Stealth et cetera

        But a high end gaming laptop isn't very different from a 'content creation' laptop, it used to be that you'd give up portability for power but it is now possible to have both in a single package. Some of the more premium laptops may offer OLED / Micro LED display, e,g XPS can be specced with 4k OLED and the MSI Creator 17 is the world's first laptop to come with Micro LED as a standard feature. You can buy this for $2249 on ebay…

        If you're happy with the 72% NTSC color gamut performance there's nothing wrong with using a Dell Gaming laptop for content creation.

        • Wow, that MSI Creator thing looks amazing. I mean I didn't even know that 1000 nits is a thing. Is there any catch and how is MSI to deal with? I have only owned Dell/HP/Lenovo in past so not sure. It is a bit over the budget but I might stretch if this is a good product. However, not sure why it's not being sold at other major shops (JB/TGG/Harvey?Officeworks etc.)

  • Was going to say this but it's expired.
    else this is still in stock though a bit over your budget.

    Personally the 1650ti is really weak compared to the incoming 3000 series.

  • Probably best off getting a laptop with a rtx card, then you are future proofed, and m2 SSD, and plenty of ram

  • Macbook Air with M1 was made specifically for purposes like this. I'm not a Mac fan but the reviews are glowing.

    • Not sure if I can deal with Macs as have always been a Windows user. Infact I had bought a new Macbook Air back in 2014 (peer pressure), which I ended up selling on Gumtree in frustration as couldn't stand the strange keyboard combos and general layout of everything. No offence to Apple fans on OzB, but Windows (laptops) and Android (mobiles) are my go to. Thanks for your input though.

    • SSD usage issues are starting to show up, which might be an issue if not fixed in software as the SSD is soldered to the motherboard and isn't replaceable!

  • only visiting to see how many times dell was mentioned…

  • I am a windows user but have a macbook pro pretty much purely for Final Cut Pro for 4K video editing. A macbook air running final cut pro is a much faster machine compared to a $$$$ Windows PC running premiere pro with GPU accelleration. It is scary how well optimised the Apple ecosystem is for videoediting.. It will handle 4K video in realtime, renders are almost instaneous. If you are doing video editing, its a no brainer..