Buying a laptop to run DaVinci Resolve on a $1500 to $2000 budget is easier than you’d think. I’ve selected a few excellent options.
Any of the choices I suggest below represent better value for money than a Macbook Pro. Full disclosure, I’m an Apple user. As much as I’d like to, I can’t put a Mac in this list. DaVinci Resolve has a few important minimum system requirements that need to be met, and in this price range Apple gives me nothing that can compete with these Windows laptops.
Below is a summary of what to look for in a 2019 / 2020 model gaming laptop to run DaVinci Resolve.
- The Intel 9th generation i7-9750H and 8th generation i7-8750H are the common processors to the laptops I investigated in this price and performance range. Nothing changes faster than computer specs, so I’ll do my best to update the info here and my selections at least every couple of months.
- At least 16GB system RAM, but as you’ll see in my selections below, if you look carefully you can find 32GB in this price range also.
- A decent GPU. Below you’ll see GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Any of these will be just fine for your average HD and 4K use in Resolve with most common AVC/H.264 mirrorless camera files, Blackmagic BRAW, ProRes, ProRes RAW etc.
- All of the below has SSD storage, some have SSD + HDD. In any case you’d likely want to consider fast external video storage as well.
Navigate This Article
Top Five Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve Under $2000 in 2020
Below are a few good budget laptop choices for DaVinci Resolve. In fact, they will be suitable for any video post production software. These are Amazon affiliate links. It’s also worth taking a look at the “other products related to this item”. If you click on “see more product details” you can also check “compare with similar items” as well. You might find something slightly different that suits you better, or even at a better price.
- HP Omen | 15.6″ | i7-9750H, 32GB, 1TB NVMe, RTX 2060 6GB – BEST VALUE
- MSI GS65 Stealth | 15.6″ | i7-9750H, 16GB, 512GB NVMe, RTX 2060 6GB
- Acer Predator Helios 500 | 17.3″ | i7-8750H, 16GB, 256GB NVMe + 1TB HDD, GTX 1070 8GB
- Alienware M15 | 15.6″ | i7-9750H, 16GB, 512GB NVMe, RTX 2060 6GB
- Razer Blade 15 | 15.6″ | i7-9750H, 16GB, 128GB NVMe + 1TB HDD, GTX 1660Ti 6GB
Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve for $1000 in 2020
Below I’m listing the best laptops for DaVinci Resolve that I can find around the $1000 or under mark. I’ll add more as I research what’s available and update them as often as possible. There is no Thunderbolt 3 on these, so expanding via a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU won’t be an option.
Expand DaVinci Resolve Performance with an eGPU
One important thing to consider when selecting a laptop for Resolve is if it has Thunderbolt 3. This makes it possible to use an eGPU to expand performance.
All laptops now come with USB Type C ports. It can be confusing because both USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 use the USB Type C connector. However, just because a laptop has a UBC Type C port, doesn’t mean it has Thunderbolt 3. Be careful and check the technical specs of the laptop carefully.
All of the laptops I’ve mentioned have Thunderbolt 3, and will be able to take advantage of an external eGPU for a performance boost in DaVinci Resolve.
- Learn more about DaVinci Resolve Minimum System Requirements
- Read more about using an eGPU in my article The Best DaVinci Resolve eGPU Options
- Read more about Resolve monitoring in my article Low Budget Resolve Monitoring and Video Color Management
- Read more about storage in my article The Best Storage for Video Editing | Post Workflow Strategy & Backups