If you want to be a successful vlogger, even if you have the best ideas for your videos, you can’t achieve too much unless you get help from your laptop: video editing is a resource-demanding process and unfortunately not all laptops can handle that. Videos shot in High Definition also require a ton of storage space, so you need to go for laptops that offer enough capacity for your creations. There are also other aspects that you should take into consideration when choosing a great laptop for vlogging and we are here to help you make the right choice by sharing with you the best cheap laptops for vlogging in 2017. We’re focusing on products under $1,000.
Why under $1,000? It’s true that the best of the best will cost you thousands of dollars – but you don’t really need a top product if you’re just starting, on the contrary! Focus on creating great quality first, then see the money pour into your pockets and only afterwards invest in better equipment. But start small – and our recommended products below are just there, offering frustration-free video processing for the future vlogging superstars.
So let’s not waste any second and let’s check out the best cheap laptops for vlogging under $1,000, for beginner vloggers and not only!
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Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK
This is the ultimate budget laptop for vlogging! Coming at a great price, the 15.6-inch Full HD Display laptop offers a ton of great advantages for beginner and experienced vloggers. First of all, it’s biggest selling point is the processor / RAM combo: it runs on a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (up to 3.1GHz processing speed) and has 8GB of RAM. Processing power is extremely important when it comes to video editing, and this one can handle a heavy load!
It also has a dedicated graphics card without which a laptop for vlogging won’t offer too much. In the case of the Acer Aspire E15, we’re talking about the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of RAM. Although this is not the latest and best performing card in the world, it’s amazing for our budget and can really do business! The laptop is rounded up by an insanely fast SSD, but it only offers 256GB of storage and this is its biggest Con. However, you can easily add extra storage on the cheap (a large HDD or an external HDD) and your problem will be solved.
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HP 15t Star Wars Laptop
The force will surely be with you if you choose this laptop for vlogging! It has one major problem, and I will start with it: it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card, which would make everything a lot more complicated. Its integrated card should handle light video editing (like Cyberlink PowerDirector), but not more. So from start, only go for this model if you know you don’t need it for intense video editing or playing games on it as it will not work well!
Cons aside, this laptop comes with a decent processor (Intel i5-6200U processor) and 12GB of RAM, as well as a bit more storage space than the previous version: a 2TB HDD! That should be enough to hold a ton of video files and its the main reason why its on the list. It also has a really good Webcam if you don’t want to invest into one, which can be considered a bonus. So, despite the big problem caused by the lack of a dedicated graphics card, this laptop could be really good for specific types of vlogging (those which don’t require a lot of video editing).
Acer Aspire V 15
We’re back to laptops that offer dedicated graphics cards and this Acer model comes with a more than decent one: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2GB VRAM, which should handle even the more intense video editing you need for your videos. It’s a 15.6″ Full HD laptop with a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor (that goes up all the way to 3.5GHz) and has 8GB of RAM.
This model also offers decent storage space: 1TB HDD. It could use a SSD, but those are really expensive and we’re on a budget so for now we have to deal with what we have. However, all the specifications of this model are really nice and you’re getting a really god laptop for vlogging for your money!
Lenovo IdeaPad 700
We’re getting close to the top of our budget, but we have some good stuff here! This is, in my opinion, the best laptop on our list! The IdeaPad 700 is powered by a great Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core processor and a whooping 16GB of RAM! Even more, it offers great storage options with a nice combo: a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. In other words, we’re talking about amazing performance and storage capabilities at a great price!
But there’s more! The 15.6″ Full HD IPS AntiGlare laptop is also powered by a GeForce GTX 950M card with 4GB of RAM, meaning that this laptop would be a really good option even for gaming vloggers out there. If I really want to find something to complain about, I’d mention the fact that it doesn’t come with an optical drive so you can’t use your CDs or DVDs, but that really doesn’t matter too much today. It’s an amazing laptop for vlogging!
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E560
Last but not least, we have another great Lenovo laptop for vloggers. This one is at the very top of our budget, but comes with some really nice bells and whistles, like a fingerprint reader. But its specifications are also really solid: the laptop is powered by an Intel Dual Core i7-6500U processor and 16GB of RAM, while also offering the super fast SSD for storage. We only have 500GB of Storage, that’s true, but it’s not the end of the world in my opinion especially since we’re talking about amazing transfer rates.
I am not jumping with joy because of its dedicated graphics card: the AMD Radeon R7 M370 with 2GB DDR5 memory. It’s about the same thing as the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX card, so its still decent, but if this laptop came with at least a slightly better card, things would’ve been a lot better. Either way, this is an amazing laptop and one of the best a limited budget can buy for vlogging!
PLEASE NOTE: The description for the laptops has been written based on the US versions of each product. I have tried to cover as much ground as possible and I am also sharing links to our friends in Europe, but since laptop manufacturers name and create their products differently based on the region they’ll be sold in, I wasn’t able to find exact matches in all cases. But I tried to keep things as close to the US version of the recommended laptop as possible and I still think that all the recommended products are great for vlogging. Just make sure that you double-check the specifications of each model if you decide to buy following the UK&Europe links.
Now these being said, you have five great laptops for vlogging on the cheap. You will rarely feel that you purchased a budget laptop, actually, so you should be extremely satisfied no matter which purchase you make. If you want me to pick one or two for you, then I would definitely go for the Lenovo IdeaPad 700, although our first recommendation (and the cheapest), the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK is also a really great choice! The trickiest is the Star Wars laptop since it would only be fit for a specific group of vloggers (those who don’t need a lot of video editing).