Best Laptop for After Effects on Any Budget

Best Laptop for After Effects on Any Budget

In this video, you will find the best laptop for After Effects on Any Budget. I have put together a list of the best budget laptops for video editing in After Effects ►⏩►⏩ Check specs and pricing in the links below…

In this video, I don’t want to only recommend laptops for you to use in After Effects. I want you to understand exactly what you need in order to have a powerful video editing laptop for After Effects. Buying the best laptop is not just taking my word for it. It is about understanding your individual needs and then being able to make a qualified decision.

***YES, the entry-level budget is NOT CHEAP relative to a $300 – $600 laptop, but I would not personally purchase anything less powerful than these models if you want a smooth After Effects experience.***

⏩ Adobe After Effects Entry Level Budget
💻 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 MSI GF75 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Acer Nitro 5 *Ryzen 5* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Acer Nitro 5 *Intel i5* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Lenovo Legion Y540 *i7-9750H* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Lenovo Legion 5 *Ryzen 5* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Lenovo Legion 5 *Ryzen 7* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 HP Pavilion Gaming *i5-10300H* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 HP Pavilion Gaming *i7-10750H* ( – Commission Earned )

⏩ Adobe After Effects Mid-Range Budget
💻 HP Omen 15 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Asus Zephyrus G14 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Asus Zephyrus G14 – Ryzen 7 4800H ( – Commission Earned )
💻 MSI Creator M15 ( – Commission Earned )

⏩ Adobe After Effects Mid – High End Budget
💻 Gigabyte Aero 15 *Base Model* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Acer Predator Helios 300 ( – Commission Earned)
💻 Asus ROG Strix G 17-in ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Dell XPS 15 9500 *Base Model* – Commission Earned)
💻 Asus ZenBook Pro Duo ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Asus ProArt StudioBook 17 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Acer ConceptD 7 Pro ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Gigabyte Aero 15 *Performance* ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Apple MacBook Pro 16 ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Razer Blade Advanced ( – Commission Earned )
💻 Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition ( – Commission Earned )

When choosing a laptop for After Effects you have to consider a few spec choices. First of all you need at least 16GB of RAM to run most functionalities in After Effects. Sure you can run After Effects with a laptop that has less than 16GB of RAM, but you will run into issues with lag and the possibility of the program crashing from time to time.

The next thing to consider is having a dedicated GPU. The GPU will run most of the graphical and mathematical calculation necessary for a smooth rendering and display experience in After Effects. If you’re choosing a laptop for After Effects, I highly recommend getting a laptop with at least a NVIDIA GTX 1650. Personally I would go for a 1660Ti and above, but sometimes budgets are limited, and it totally makes sense if you can’t spring for that extra power.

The last thing to consider is the CPU. Well, not last, because it is the least important, but last, because it is the last thing I am mentioning when considering purchasing a After Effects laptop. So you want to have at least an i5-9300H or a Ryzen 5 4600H for your After Effects laptop. This will ensure you have enough brains in your laptop to run After Effects smoothly.

28 thoughts on “Best Laptop for After Effects on Any Budget

  1. DOES THIS EXIST? 13 to 14 inch (no larger), 4k display, touch screen, 32gb ram, 1tb solid state hard drive, 4gb or more dedicated graphics, fast cpu. Can run 4k video editing and Adobe After Effects and Pro Tools Audio.

  2. Hi,


    I'm trying to wrap my head around this issue. I have a computer with the following:

    1. i5 – 10th Gen

    2. 32GB RAM

    3. GTX 1660ti

    4. M.2 Nvme storage

    5. Separate SSD i can use for cache

    But still, playback of a simple project is never in Real-time, whether it is at 3rd Quality, Half or Full…. and the 4th Quality is touch and go on consistent 100% smooth playback.

    What kind of Specs are required for 100% smooth playback?

  3. All the laptop is mid high range budget, for after effect still best in PC, almost this laptop can still rendering fast for Insta story video duration with basic effect not more 10 minute video duration with 4k and complex effect

  4. Thank you for this, I have a legion 5 and was wondering why after effects was running poor, I didn't know the problem was the ram.

  5. Device name DESKTOP-I138061

    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz 2.40 GHz

    Installed RAM 4.00 GB (3.84 GB usable)

    Device ID 6513C62E-D7D9-4CCE-A81F-E57F8B1A8799

    Product ID 00330-80000-00000-AA207

    System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor

    Pen and touch No pen or touch input is available for this display

    this laptop do after effect support ?
    i m from Nepal

  6. I use after effects and I’m torn between getting the zephyrus 14 with the ryzen 9 4900hs and 2060 VS. the msi creator 15 4K. Any tips or advice?

  7. Will i be able to use after effects on lenovo ideapad flex 5? I've never used after effects but i've seen some cool videos made on after effects so i think i'll like it. I want to create something for myself like cool particles effect or sth. Do u think it will handle it?

  8. Hey help me !
    I've an old laptop, Lenovo G570 (4GB RAM + 500GB Total hard-disk + Intel Dual Core i3-2370M CPU + 2.4Ghz clock-speed)
    If I upgrade it to – 8GB + 2TB SSD , Will I be able to run Adobe After Effects cc ??
    I can run Android Studio smoothly with my current specs btw!

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