Live streaming has become extremely popular over the past couple of years and I am sure that pretty soon people will say, without feeling the partial shame they feel today, that they earn their living by streaming live videos on platforms like Youtube or Twitch. Until then, though, everybody has to start somewhere and we’re here to help by sharing with you the best laptops for live streaming on Youtube or Twitch (or, in the end, any platform you prefer).
Until recently, being able to stream video live on a laptop was not really possible, but thanks to the fact that extremely powerful portables are available on the market, combined with the need everybody has to dump the space and non-portable desktop computer, there are quite a few options that are decent or amazing for live streaming, based on your budget. And below we have the best recommendations for you, keeping budget in mind as well, but with some options for those who don’t really mind breaking the bank on getting a super laptop for live streaming on Twitch or Youtube.
Please note: for the those who are not very tech-savvy, these are NOT laptops for live streaming videos from Netflix, Hulu and so on. Although these products can definitely do that, you don’t have to spend that much if watching your favorite series is your main thing. These laptops are recommended for people who want to do their own streaming (usually playing games) on Twitch or Youtube.
So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out Techosaurus Rex’ recommendations below!
ASUS ROG G751JT-WH71(WX)
Although this is the cheapest entry on our list, I am pretty pleased with finding it, to be honest. It is a great gaming computer that can handle even some of the most demanding current generation games and it is definitely a good budget choice for streaming on Twitch / YouTube. It is powered by a solid Intel i7 processor (the 4720HQ model) which runs at 2.6GHz and can be boosted up to 3.6GHz. It’s got 16GB of RAM and comes with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of RAM.
Although clearly not the latest and best specs you can find on the market, you can’t complain for this price! We’re also talking about a large laptop as it has a 17.3-inch display going at Full HD, 1920×1080 resolution. It has 4 USB 3 slots, 1 HDMI slot and 1x Thunderbolt 2 slot – in other words all that you need to turn it from a good gaming laptop into a good live streaming one. There are better options out there, but if you look at the price, you won’t have any reasons to complain!
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-78CE
I would always recommend, if you buy a laptop for gaming or for live streaming, to go for a larger screen size and that’s what you’re getting from the Acer Predator model here (and most of the recommended laptops on this list). Apart from its 17.3-inch Full HD screen, you also get some of the best specifications for a good price. At the moment of writing this article, there’s a $370 discount if you purchase it, so a great deal – but this might change in the future so its best to act now!
The laptop is powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and it comes with 16GB of RAM. It also has the great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics card with 4GB of RAM, a card that can handle a lot and deliver great performance. Another great thing about the Predator is that it offers a 256GB SSD, together with the 1TB HDD. In other words, a really, really good deal and another great find that I am pleased to be able to share with you.
ASUS ROG G752VT-DH74
We’re back to a Republic of Gamers laptop, and another great offer on our list. Powered by the Intel Core i7-6700HQ, it goes up to 3.50GHz to offer a great performance. It’s backed up by the 24 GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M w/ 6GB VRAM gaming graphic card with G-Sync. Yes, it’s not the 980, but the specs are still pretty good!
It also offers a lot of storage thanks to its 256 GB SDD + 1 TB HDD combo and all the ports that you need for a complete experience. It is a very good option at a fair price, its only problem being the graphics card. If it were the 980M, then this would’ve been the perfect streaming laptop. But even with the older model equipped, it still means business and you’ll surely be very satisfied with its overall performance.
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-73ZW
We’re switching between the Republic of Gamers and Predators on this list, and now it’s time for an Acer product to get in the spotlight. This powerful computer is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 32GB DDR4 Memory and the great NVIDIA GeForce GT980M card with 4GB of RAM.
Its 17.3-inch screen offers Ultra HD definition (3840 x 2160) for crystal clear experiences. It also offers a ton of storage: a traditional 1TB HDD and a great 512GB SSD. The SSD is actually large enough to hold multiple games and not just the operating system, making everything run even faster. All in all, another great product that isn’t as cheap as the others on the list, but it also runs at a nice discount at the moment of writing this article: get it now and you save $398! (Please have in mind that this offer will most likely change in the future so the price might be different from the one that we’re seeing today). A must buy if you have the funds!
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74
We’re rounding up the list with a slightly smaller ASUS laptop. Although I usually prefer gaming on a larger screen (17 inches when it comes to laptops), the specifications of this particular model are just too good to ignore them. And maybe you prefer a smaller laptop, in which case this is the option for you.
With a screen size of 15.6″, the STRIX GL502VY-DS74 offers full HD resolution and is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics card with 8GB of RAM. It also offers good storage: a 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD, rounding up a really good gaming computer that can handle live streaming without a problem, all packed in a smaller package than all the other models on the list.
We have 5 very powerful laptop computers that are perfect for live streaming on Twitch or Youtube and I did try to cover all the budget options. Of course, expect to get better performances from the more expensive products on our list – but in the end they are all good and I am sure that, knowing your needs and budget, you will make the best choice.
Now all I have to say is good luck with your streaming plans and may you have millions of subscribers and tens of millions of views!