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Best Laptops for Adobe After Effects

After Effects is a post-production film making tool for creating visual effects and motion graphics.

Laptop Requirements for Adobe After Effects

The system requirements are generic, and it's preferred to have a media laptop with a modern graphics processing unit for successfully running AE.

32gb is a high amount of RAM, which has to be taken to account when choosing a laptop. 16gb is enough if you only want to meet the minimum requirements.

Windows System Requirements

Minimum:
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Quad-Core Processor
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1909 and later.
  • Memory (RAM): 16 GB of RAM
  • Graphics Processing Unit: 2 GB of GPU VRAM Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 472.12 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.   Note: If you use a Windows 11 machine with NVIDIA GPUs, you must upgrade to version 472.12 to work.
  • Storage space: 15GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
Recommended:
  • Processor: (8-Core or above for Multi-Frame Rendering recommended)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1909 and later
  • Memory (RAM): 32 GB recommended
  • Graphics Processing Unit: 4GB or more of GPU VRAM recommended
  • Storage space: Additional disk space for disk cache (64GB+ recommended)
  • Screen resolution: 1920x1080 or greater display resolution

Best Windows Laptops for AE

These laptops meet the recommended system requirements and let you use the software to its full extent without stutter.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar 16
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 16
G634JZ-XS96
$3,099.99
$2,899.99
Acer Nitro 5 17″
Acer Nitro 5 17″
$1,039.00
MSI Stealth 17 Studio
MSI Stealth 17 Studio
STEALTH1713017
$3,999.00
$3,969.00
ASUS ROG Strix G15
ASUS ROG Strix G15
G513
$1,109.99
MSI GE76 Raider 17″
MSI GE76 Raider 17″
GE7611046
$1,699.99
MSI Titan GT77 17″
MSI Titan GT77 17″
12009
$3,199.00
$2,599.00
MSI GE76 Raider 17″
MSI GE76 Raider 17″
GE76 12UE
$2,299.00
Alienware m15 R7
Alienware m15 R7
MXRRP
$2,399.00
Alienware M15 R6
Alienware M15 R6
P1RCD
$1,879.97
$1,786.38
MSI Stealth 17 Studio
MSI Stealth 17 Studio
STEALTH1713053
$2,799.00
MSI Raider GE66 15″
MSI Raider GE66 15″
12238
$2,599.00
$1,780.47
LG gram 16″
LG gram 16″
16Z90Q-R.APB9U1
$2,199.99
$1,799.00
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Budget Windows Laptops for AE

These cheaper options meet the minimum system requirements stated by the developer. You may experience slowness in some parts of the software.

Dell Inspiron 14 5420
Dell Inspiron 14 5420
4PRVF
$1,049.97
$851.70
MSI GF 15″
MSI GF 15″
$694.78
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13″
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13″
HNL-00001-cr
$715.35
Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6
Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6
NX.AU3AA.002
$798.86
$798.00
ASUS TUF 15″
ASUS TUF 15″
FX507ZC-ES53
$899.99
MSI GF63 15″
MSI GF63 15″
$647.50
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Mac System Requirements

Recommended:
  • Processor: 8-Core or above for Multi-Frame Rendering
  • Operating System: macOS v10.15 (Catalina) or later
  • Memory (RAM): 32 GB
  • Graphics Processing Unit: 4 GB of GPU VRAM
  • Storage space: Additional disk space for disk cache 64GB+
  • Screen resolution: 1440x900 or greater display resolution

Recommended Macbooks for AE

These laptops meet the system requirements stated by the developer.

Apple MacBook Pro 16” (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 16” (2021)
MK1A3LL/A
$3,499.00
$2,899.00
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Z15G001WQ
$3,085.97
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Z15G001WE
$2,899.00
$2,499.00
Apple MacBook Pro 16” (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 16” (2021)
MK1H3LL/A
$3,499.00
$3,178.00
Apple MacBook MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook MacBook Pro 16″
Z14V0016E
$2,799.93
$2,599.99
Apple MacBook MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook MacBook Pro 16″
Z14X000HQ
$4,229.99
$3,997.43
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Z15G001X8
$2,874.39
$2,697.43
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Z14X000HR
$4,793.38
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
$3,299.00
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Z14V0016F
$3,099.00
$2,897.43
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Apple MacBook Pro 16″
Z14W00108
$3,249.00
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Apple MacBook Pro 14″
Z15H00109
$3,699.00
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Updated on October 18, 2022.
These recommendations are based on technical details and requirements. We can't guarantee that the video-editing will run on every laptop.