7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2017 5:41 PM by Warren Heaton

    Best laptop for After Effects?


      I'm planning on buying a laptop for work with Photoshop, After Effects (and possibly Premiere).  I'd like to keep the budget around $1500.  I've looked at some of the gaming laptops, but are they overkill?  is there a slim, professional laptop with the horsepower to do what I want to do at this price point?



      16+ GB ram

      Core i7

      Nvidia 1060 graphics (or close to it)


        • 1. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
          Peru Bob Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          You want at least 32 GB RAM for After Effects.

          What type of media will you be editing and what effects will you use?

          • 2. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
            Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

            Here is my suggestion.  This is a custom configuration from Xotic,  I suggest you explore to get the GTX 1060 based system  but I have limited time right now.  It is all SSD package, use the Samsung 850 for your OS/Applications and the Samsung 960 for all the project files. I really would like to have one of these myself.


            It is priced at:


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            1 x NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti (4GB) GDDR5 (Pascal) DX12 $0.00  
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            • 3. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
              Warren Heaton Adobe Community Professional

              When working in Premiere Pro, do you know what video settings you'll be using?  You'll want to be sure that the laptop that you choose supports the bandwidth requirements of the video that you'll be cutting.  If going the USB-C/USB3 route to save on the cost of the laptop, PR's proxy workflow should work for you; however, I consider Thunderbolt a must have.





              • 4. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
                thalgar Level 1

                I doubt I'll be working with any video larger than HD.  I'm primarily an animator, so I'll be animating with elements and artwork more than video.  As far as effects, I don't have any third party add-ons (Trapcode, etc).  I'll be using the effects native to after effects.

                • 5. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
                  thalgar Level 1

                  I'm not all that experienced with editing, I'd just like some ability to do it in case I want to monkey around with it.  I'm an animator, not an editor, so it's not vital.  I agree, I do want Thunderbolt.

                  • 6. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
                    Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

                    Finding a recent laptop with Thunderbolt will be a major problem

                    • 7. Re: Best laptop for After Effects?
                      Warren Heaton Adobe Community Professional

                      B&H Photo Video carries 121 laptops with Thunderbolt 3:

                      B&H Photo Video


                      They still carry one model with Thunderbolt 2 and another with Thunderbolt 1. 


                      They also have a pretty good used selection.