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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 its preferred to have a media laptop with a modern graphics processing unit for successfully running AE. GeForce MX570 or better mobile GPU is needed.

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.

17″
MSI Katana 17
MSI Katana 17
13835
Play 80% of new games on recommended RTX 4060 GPU32 GB RAMi7 CPU
$2,298.00
15″
HP Victus 15
HP Victus 15
TPN-Q279598U1AV
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU32 GB RAMAMD CPU
$749.00
$733.21
14″
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14
UX6404VI-DS96T
Play 90% of new games on recommended RTX 4070 GPU2023 model32 GB RAMThinTouchscreen
$2,094.99
16″
ASUS ROG Strix G16
ASUS ROG Strix G16
G614JI-XS96
Play 90% of new games on recommended RTX 4070 GPU2023 model32 GB RAMi9 CPUHigh resolution
$2,199.99
$1,999.99
16″
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 16″
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 16″
82WQ0002US
Play 100% of new games on recommended RTX 4080 GPU2023 model32 GB RAMThini9 CPU
$2,404.00
15″
HP Victus 15
HP Victus 15
TPN-Q279598U1AV
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU64 GB RAMAMD CPU
$814.00
15″
MSI GF63 15″
MSI GF63 15″
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 3050 4GB GPU32 GB RAMi5 CPUIPS screen
$769.00
$764.00
14″
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 14″
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 14″
Z1I-00001
Play 70% of new games on recommended RTX 4050 GPU32 GB RAMTouchscreen120hz screeni7 CPU
$2,799.99
$2,269.03
15″
HP Victus 15″
HP Victus 15″
Victus
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU32 GB RAMAMD CPUIPS screen
$698.00
15″
MSI Cyborg 15
MSI Cyborg 15
Cyborg 15 A12VF
Play 80% of new games on recommended RTX 4060 GPU32 GB RAMi7 CPU
$1,024.00
15″
Eluktronics RP-15
Eluktronics RP-15
G2
Play 90% of new games on recommended RTX 4070 GPU64 GB RAMAMD CPUHigh resolution
$1,999.00
14″
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 14″
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 14″
Z3G-00001
Play 80% of new games on recommended RTX 4060 GPU64 GB RAMTouchscreen120hz screeni7 CPU
$3,699.99
$2,999.99
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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.

15″
HP Victus 15
HP Victus 15
TPN-Q279598U1AV
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU16 GB RAMAMD CPU
$647.00
15″
HP Victus 15
HP Victus 15
TPN-Q279598U1AV
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU16 GB RAMAMD CPU
$605.00
15″
MSI GF63 15″
MSI GF63 15″
GF63 thin
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 3050 GPU16 GB RAMi5 CPU
$649.00
15″
MSI GF 15″
MSI GF 15″
Play 70% of new games on minimum GTX 1650 GPU16 GB RAMTouchscreeni5 CPU
$665.00
$651.67
15″
HP Victus 15″
HP Victus 15″
Victus
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 2050 GPU16 GB RAMAMD CPUIPS screen
$609.99
15″
MSI GF63 15″
MSI GF63 15″
Play 70% of new games on minimum RTX 3050 4GB GPU16 GB RAMi5 CPUIPS screen
$635.00
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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.

14″
Apple MacBook Z15J001WD 14″
Apple MacBook Z15J001WD 14″
Trusted brand32 GB RAMThin
$2,849.00
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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.