Live streaming is the thing to do like now and people are slowly starting to understand that earning a living by streaming live videos on Twitch, Youtube and even Facebook is becoming a job – and nothing to be ashamed of.
But in order to do this, one piece of equipment is more important that all: the device you’re streaming from. And today I am here to share with you the best laptops for live streaming on Youtube, Twitch or any other platform in 2021.
Until recently, being able to stream video live from a laptop was very difficult because of the lack of processing power.
But thanks to the fact that extremely powerful notebooks are now available on the market, today we have quite a few options when it comes to solid live streaming – and they are made to fit all budgets.
Below we have the best recommendations for you, in all price ranges, so you can begin right away your adventure of live streaming on Twitch or Youtube from a super-laptop.
Normally, the more you are able to spend, the better the machine you’re getting, but we have some cheaper options available as well, because we all have to start somewhere!
And to make things even easier, we’ll recommend laptops with two different screen sizes: 15.6″ and 17.3″ – while the latter are less portable, they are usually better choices if you get them for live streaming, as you need the extra screen space for your games.
Please note: for the those who are not very tech-savvy, these are NOT laptops for streaming movies or TV shows 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 the only thing you want to achieve.
These laptops are recommended for people who want to do their own streaming (usually playing games) on various platforms. If you only want to watch movies, we have some cheap Chromebook recommendations for you instead.
With these in mind, let’s check out below Techosaurus Rex’ list of the best laptops for live streaming below!
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If you’re in a big hurry and you don’t want to read through the entire list and go in depth, here are our top recommendations:
Best Budget Laptop for Live Streaming: Acer Predator Helios 300 (15.6″, i7-10750H CPU, RTX 2060 GPU, 512GB SSD)
Best Overall Laptop for Live Streaming: ASUS Rog Strix Scar 17 (17.3″, i9-10980HK CPU, RTX 2080 SUPER GPU, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD)
Now let’s check out some more details and other options that you have!
Best 15.6″ Laptops for Live Streaming
If you want a bit of portability, going for a traditional 15.6″ laptop is a good idea. These laptops don’t have a large screen (which could be a problem if you’re gaming, for example) but they pack a really solid punch over the hood.
Lenovo Legion 5
The cheapest entry on our list (at the moment of writing this article, at least) offers a cheap entry for wannabe live streamers, while also guaranteeing a decent performance overall.
Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, with 16GB of RAM, Lenovo’s laptop also comes with a solid graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti, which can easily handle more demanding tasks. It also offers a decent amount of storage – 512GB on a SSD.
While this isn’t the best possible laptop for streaming out there, it has the advantage of being the cheapest. It will also perform really well when you stream, but if you plan to do some serious gaming, it won’t be able to play them all on the highest settings.
But for an entry point and testing out the waters, it’s a really good choice. You can definitely start streaming with it right away and it offers a good performance for the price. There are better options below, but if you’re on a limited budget, this one will have to do.
It has a good display too, with an 144Hz refresh rate, which will make movement on the screen smoother and easier on the eye. It’s full HD, has some internal tweaks to prevent overheating and it is, overall, a more than decent laptop.
The battery is not amazing, lasting around 5 hours tops, but you’ll most likely keep it plugged in at all times anyway, so that shouldn’t be a big problem.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard and it isn’t the best looking laptop you will ever see, but it gets the job done, so if you’re on a budget, this is your best choice.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer’s Predator line is well known by gamers for all the right reasons: it comes at decent prices and offers amazing performance in return. The same goes for the Helios 300, which is one of the best laptops for live streaming in 2021, offering a lot of bang for your buck.
It is also a smaller laptop (15.6-inch display), powered by the 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H Processor which has 6 cores and goes up to to 5GHz, which is pretty impressive.
This is a really solid processor and I am surprised to see it on a product that sells for such a low price, especially when paired with an amazing graphics card.
The GPU itself is the amazing GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of dedicated RAM. This is one of the best graphics cards you can get on a laptop right now, so you’re up for a really sweet deal!
Pair that up with 16GB of RAM and you have a really good mix for streaming your games on Twitch, Youtube or Facebook.
It also have a really good display, with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms Response time, meaning that your games will move smoothly and nicely, helping your eyes a bit too.
In my opinion, since it’s not a lot more expensive than the first recommendation, it’s a much better choice – hence the reason behind it scoring the best budget award. So definitely get this laptop if you don’t have a massive budget available.
It also comes with fast SSD storage, and offers 512GB. While it’s not ideal, you can still make it work if you don’t have a ton of games or content to store. If you do, you can always consider an upgrade, an external HDD or even cloud storage.
Also have in mind that a ton of storage doesn’t mean much if the other specifications are crap – and for the Predator Helios 300, this is not the case!
It has all the bells and whistles you need, including a backlit keyboard, various ports and a decent battery life – although you’ll most likely keep it plugged in anyway when streaming.
All in all, this is a really good laptop for live streaming at an excellent price. It is a bit bulky and heavy, but it does the job it’s supposed to and I would consider it the best value deal on our list. So if you don’t have a ton of money to spend, choose this one!
MSI GL65 Leopard
Another really good option here for a streaming laptop, this one offers a small but important upgrade compared to the previous model. So if you have the extra money to spend, it’s definitely worth the cost.
While it has the same processor as the Helios 300 (the i7-10750H Processor), it offers a better graphics card – the GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB RAM. This will really help when it comes to streaming the latest games on the market!
All the specifications are basically the same as with the previous model, including 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The 15.6″ FHD display comes with a 144Hz refresh rate also, which is exactly what you need if you plan to do some live streaming.
Since this one’s a gaming laptop, it looks really cool too, with a backlit keyboard and a really nice design overall.
I also like the fact that it has a ton of ports, including an HDMI port (which many models are starting to dump), but also a Mini DP, an USB-C port and three regular USB ports.
All in all, it’s a good device that offers a lot for the money, making live streaming a breeze no matter if you plan to stream games or other activities.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15
Now let’s talk about breaking the bank! We’re still in 15.6″ territory, but Asus’ Republic of Gamers laptop doesn’t shy away from telling you exactly what it’s worth. And it doesn’t come cheap, that’s a fact.
But it does come with specifications that will make your jaw drop. For starters, we’re talking about a state of the art Intel Core i9-10980HK processor – the best of all processors on this list.
It also has a whooping 32GB of RAM, as well as a similarly jaw-dropping GPU, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 8GB RAM. These specs alone make it a real beast when it comes to live streaming anything.
The ROG Strix Scar 15 offers a ton of SSD storage as well – 2TB to be precise – which should be more than enough even today when you need more and more GBs for each program you install.
But the goodies won’t stop here. The display offers a 300Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time, making everything on-screen run smoothly and look amazing.
It still doesn’t offer 4K resolution, but for its small size, that’s not really needed and the FHD display is really high quality, offering a crisp, perfect image.
It comes with a backlit keyboard and all the goodies you can think of, including internal cooling for keeping the temperatures under control when things get heated.
It also has a large, perfect keyboard without a numpad, which is moved over to the touchpad in case you ever need it.
The only real con of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 is its price, as it costs way more than the previous models that I recommended.
Now, this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re already doing well with your live streaming and you can afford it. It’s even better, because you’re getting the best 15.6″ laptop for live streaming for the money.
But if you are just starting up, we would recommend choosing another model and not breaking the bank for this one – unless you really know you can afford it.
It is indeed an amazing laptop, but if you’re just starting, it might be better to start small and see if live streaming is really something you want to do and are good at. No need to spend a ton of money just to check things out.
In other words, this is aan amazing choice for those who have a bit more to spend, but don’t consider it a must have no matter what, especially if you’re just starting.
Best 17.3″ Laptops for live streaming
For live streaming, we do believe that going for a laptop with a larger screen is the way to do it. Therefore, unless you really want a 15.6″ model, it’s best to go with one of the products recommended below.
Acer Nitro 5
We’re getting back to Acer when it comes to budget-friendly options for live streaming, and the Nitro 5 is everything you need if you don’t have a big budget available.
The 17″ Nitro 5 is powered by a 9th generation Core i7-9750H processor (6 cores, up to 4.5GHz), the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card and also has 16GB of RAM.
The large display is really nice too – also with 144Hz refresh rates – making everything look smooth on-screen. You also get a backlit keyboard, a fual fan system to keep the temperatures low and various ports, including USB-C and HDMI.
The biggest drawback here is the really small storage it offers: just 128GB of SSD storage might not be enough for most people. So you would definitely have to invest in additional storage as the default amount simply won’t do.
But if you’re comfortable with this (or if you really don’t need more storage), then the Acer Nitro 5 is a really good large laptop for live streaming.
MSI GS75 Stealth
This MSI model is probably the best option that you have if you don’t have an unlimited budget, but you also want a large screen laptop that offers impressive performance.
The GS75 Stealth is a really solid model that isn’t cheap, but not extremely expensive either if we look at its specs. It is powered by an i7-10750HK processor, it has an amazing GPU (GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q with 8GB RAM) and 32 GB of RAM.
It is all paired up nicely with 32GB of RAM, resulting in a solid laptop that can easily handle any sort of live streaming or pretty much anything you throw at it.
The large display also offers a 300Hz refresh rate so even the fastest on-screen movements will look smooth and natural, while the laptop itself looks good, has a backlit keyboard and offers various ports, including two USB-C slots and an HDMI port.
While this is still not the best on our list in terms of performance, it is a mighty good laptop that would get no complaints from most streamers out there.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17
If you’re looking for a fancy, slim laptop that is extremely portable (considering its size), yet on that offers mindblowing specifications, you don’t have to look any further – this is THE laptop for ultimate live streaming on Twitch or any other platform.
This laptop gets the editor’s choice award, based on multiple factors which will be covered below. It’s simply the best option out there – but it’s not cheap!
For starters, it comes with the amazing 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, which is only matched by its smaller sized cousin that we recommended earlier. One of the best CPUs out there at the moment of writing.
But it won’t stop here – it also has a graphics card that makes us really happy – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER with 8GB of RAM. It can really handle anything you throw at it, and will do so with grace and style.
It also has 32GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for most, as well as a super huge storage: 2TB on two SSDs. Bascially, you don’t even need to think about any upgrades if you get this model!
The display is really good too, with solid image quality for you, as well as a 300Hz refresh rate.
We really have no complaints for this model which is by far our top recommendation for live streaming.
It is also really expensive, so let us say it again: if you’re just getting into live streaming, it might be best to invest in one of the cheaper models and see how it goes. You can always upgrade to an amazing laptop like the Strix Scar 17 when the money starts pouring.
We have recommended 7 very powerful laptop computers above, all of them being perfect for live streaming. We also did our best to cover all budget ranges, so that you have a model that’s as close to your budget as possible.
The golden rule of thumb here is that the more expensive models are also better, but don’t go above and beyond your means just to get the most amazing one out there: all these laptops are really good!
And if you still don’t really know what to choose – go for either the Budget Award or the Editor’s Choice laptops, depending on how much you’re ready to spend.
Now all I have to say is good luck with your streaming plans and may you have millions of subscribers and hundreds of millions of views as soon as possible!