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 on platforms like Twitch or Youtube.
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 for 2019 (or any other platform you prefer).
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 that are amazing for live streaming – and they are cheap too!
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 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 your main thing. These laptops are recommended for people who want to do their own streaming (usually playing games) on Twitch or Youtube. If you only want to watch movies, we have some cheap Chromebook recommendations for you instead.
So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out Techosaurus Rex’ list of best laptops for live streaming below!
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US
The cheapest entry on our list (at the moment of writing this article, at least) offers a really good entry point to wannabe streamers at a more than decent price. It’s a regular display laptop – 15.6″ – but that doesn’t matter much as your audience won’t know that.
Powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, with 8GB of RAM, MSI’s gaming laptop also comes with an amazing graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB of RAM. It is all rounded up with a nice combo for storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD.
Although this is a really solid option for those with a limited budget, we do have better performing products below. However, if you just want to test the waters and not jump head-first, this laptop should deliver a decent performance, despite the fact that it doesn’t offer a ton in terms of RAM (GPU and otherwise) and the 1TB HDD, although large, it is very slow at 5,200 RPMs. However, there’s enough space on the SSD to store your games and do some decent streaming.
All in all, a good option for gamers who want to stream: it runs on Windows 10, supports a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, it’s thin and light for a gaming laptop and comes with a backlit keyboard and nice design.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer’s Predator line is well known by gamers and 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 2019 if you want to stick to a lower budget.
It is also a smaller laptop (15.6-inch display), powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor which goes up to to 3.8GHz. It has 16GB of DDR and an amazing dedicated graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. In other words, it’s much better than the previous recommendation and not much more expensive – so overall a better choice in my opinion.
It comes with SSD storage, but unfortunately only offers 256GB of it. 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.
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!
ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS
We’re moving to larger gaming laptops now. They cost a bit more, but also offer more in return and not just in screen size. But size matters too, especially when gaming or other types of video content is involved, and we have plenty of that from the 17.3″ display this laptops offers.
It also offers a lot in terms of performance! Powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor with 12GB of RAM and paired with the GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB RAM, this one’s a real beast that can handle your live streaming with ease.
In terms of storage, it offers a combo that mixes speed with lots of space: 128GB SSD and 1TB 7200rpm HDD. And since it’s built for performance and processing more than a regular laptop, it also has advanced cooling options thanks to the duo-copper thermal module and dual cooling fans.
In other words, a really good choice for those who have a bit more to spend and want a larger display for their laptop. I personally think that a 17″ laptop is a must if you want to get serious with live streaming, gaming and/or video editing. Plus I absolutely love the design of this one!
CUK ROG Strix Scar Edition
An upgraded laptop created by Computer Upgrade King, this model features some truly jaw-dropping characteristics, making it probably the best laptop for streaming in our list – and it’s a large one as well at 17.3″. Perfect!
There is a real beast under the hood, though: powered by the 8th Gen i7-8750H, this laptop goes up to 3.9GHz and has a 9MB Cache. In other words, it’s extremely fast and its processing power is one of the best you can find for prices that don’t require selling your kidneys.
It also has 32GB of RAM and the truly impressive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, with 8GB of dedicated RAM. It also rocks in terms of storage, with 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD combo offering all the space you need for the latest games, video editing or whatever you want to do.
All in all, this is my recommended laptop if you have the budget for it. It’s an upgrade and some people don’t really like to get something that has been touched by a third party, but in this case it is Computer Upgrade King that we’re talking about and we’ve never heard anybody complain about their upgrades.
With an amazing price and specifications as impressive as the ones that the CUK ROG Strix Scar Edition offers, you really have nothing to complain about!
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S
If you’re looking for a fancy, slim laptop that is extremely portable, yet on that offers some impressive specifications, the Zephyrus S is the laptop you need in your life.
It has a smaller screen – at 15.6″ it’s not really perfect if you plan to spend a lot of time staring at it, but it does come with nVidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card which is by far the best on today’s list.
It is also powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H Hex-Core processor and has 16GB of RAM, as well as 512GB of NVME SSD storage. In other words, it is a really good laptop that can handle live streaming of modern games and anything in between. The graphics card is what sells this one, and it also gets bonus points from the design.
So if you’re planning to travel a lot and you still need a solid laptop to do some streaming on, this would be the best choice. IF you’re going to stay mostly in one place, I recommend getting a laptop with a larger screen which, even though heavier and less portable, is better long term for your eyes and comfort.
We have above 5 very powerful laptop computers that are perfect for live streaming on Twitch or Youtube and we did try to cover all the budget ranges. Of course, expect to get better performances from the more expensive products on our list – but in the end they are all really good and I am sure that, knowing your needs and budget, you will make the best choice!
You can always start with a cheaper product if you don’t know how things will go, then upgrade to a more expensive laptop once the money starts coming in.
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!