Displays, monitors, and all the trimmings.
Screen quality is crucial in video editing. If you edit high-resolution (HD) video footage that viewers will watch on HD devices, you need to make sure you see an accurate depiction of the footage on your screen as you edit, including crisp imagery and color accuracy.
Most laptop screens are LCD screens that use the RGB (backlit red, green, and blue hue) system to display their color gamut, or the full array of colors they can successfully mimic. The brightness of your display is measured in nits, and the definition is measured by the number of pixels contained in one column of the screen.
A high-quality display on your laptop is important, but the size of it matters less. Because you’ll likely plug into a larger external monitor for editing work, shelling out extra money for a bigger screen on your laptop isn’t wise.
Many cheaper monitors display at full HD (FHD) or less (meaning they display 1080 pixels per column), which can be just fine for a secondary monitor. However, a UHD (Ultra High-Definition) display, as found on many premium laptops, offers crisper video resolution and is a good tool for video editors.
UHD is the equivalent of roughly 4,000 pixels in a column and is sometimes referred to as 4K UHD. Slightly more high-definition than 4K, Apple’s trademarked Retina display is named for the fact that it claims to make pixels undetectable to the human eye.
If you’re looking for an HD monitor with a bright display that can be seen from all angles, a 4K OLED display will do the trick. OLED technology is an advanced way to light up vibrant colors and keep images vivid, even when you’re standing to the side of the screen.
A more affordable way to increase your viewing angles than an OLED screen is to look for an LED monitor with IPS (in-plane switching) screen technology. The liquid crystals used in an IPS LCD monitor can shift horizontally, which helps increase the screen’s color accuracy when viewed from an angle.
Connectivity, battery life, and add-ons
If you plan to invest in a high-end laptop, the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices should never pose a problem. Battery life, however, does vary between premium machines and should be considered. This can range anywhere from eight hours to nearly 20.
Don’t let little odds and ends sway your purchase. If you require more ports for HDMI or USB cords, a memory card reader, or other extras like external webcams, you can purchase these items easily from Amazon and other major retailers and then simply plug them into your laptop.