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 something truly achievable – 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 Facebook in 2020.
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 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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Best 15.6″ Laptops for Live Streaming
Lenovo Legion Y7000
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 i7-8750H processor, with 16GB of RAM, Lenovo’s gaming laptop also comes with a solid graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated RAM. It is all rounded up with a nice combo for storage: 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.
While this is not the best possible combo that you can get – especially in terms of the graphics card, we are talking here about a budget gaming laptop that will allow you to start streaming without breaking the bank. There are better options below, but if you’re on a limited budget, this one will have to do.
You do get a nice looking laptop though, with a backlit keyboard and enough USB slots to plug in all your peripherals (including an USB-C slot and HDMI port). 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.
All in all, a good option for gamers who want to stream on a budget: it comes with Windows 10 already installed, supports a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, it has decent cooling, 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 2020, offering a lot of bang for your buck.
It is also a smaller laptop (15.6-inch display), powered by the 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H Processor which has 6 cores and goes up to to 4.5GHz. This is a really solid processor and I am surprised to see it in 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, 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 – probably the best on this list in the budget category.
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!
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!
Omen by HP
Another really good option here for a streaming laptop, this one offers a few upgrades compared to the previous model. But 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 Intel Core i7-9750H Processor), it offers a better graphics card – the GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB RAM and also more RAM – 32GB. This will really help when it comes to streaming the latest games on the market!
It also offers just 512GB of SSD storage, but I have to say it again that even though more storage is always good, that’s the easiest thing to fix when it comes to gaming laptops – the Processor and the GPU are the most important elements here, and the Omen has them!
Since this one’s a gaming laptop, it looks really cool too, with the traditional red touches of HP’s line, with a backlit keyboard and a solid display that also has an 144Hz refresh rate.
All in all, it’s a good device that we’re talking about and you can still purchase it at a more than decent price.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar III
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 i9-9880H processor – the best of all processors on this list.
It also has 32GB of RAM, as well as the really good GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8GB of RAM, which makes it more than ready to handle your live streaming with ease.
The ROG Strix Scar III offers a ton of SSD storage – 1TB to be precise – which should be more than enough even today when you need more and more GBs for each game you install.
Now it’s up for you to decide if the huge price spike is indeed worth it – you’re getting a better processor and more storage, basically, compared to the previous model – but this option does exist. It also offers an incredible refresh rate of 240Hz, which makes it perfect for even the most intense games.
If you want my honest opinion – you’re going to get it even if you don’t – I would suggest that you get a different laptop if you’re just starting and you don’t really know 100% that live streaming is what you’re going to do long term. It’s a massive investment and, even though it’s a really good laptop – otherwise it wouldn’t be on this list – for beginners, the previous ones (or one of the larger devices below) might be better mainly due to their lower price.
In other words, this is a really good 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
Acer Predator Helios 300 (17″)
Yup, our top recommendation in terms of price/quality ratio also has a similarly great offer with a bigger screen!
I personally consider 15.6″ laptops to be a bit too small for professional live streaming and I would always recommend getting a larger display – like this 17.3″ – even though this makes the laptops themselves a lot less portable and heavier.
But you really need the extra screen space and fortunately this model has all the requirements to power up the display and offer a flawless gaming experience without really breaking the bank.
The 17″ Helios 300 is powered by the Intel i7-9750H processor (6 cores, up to 4.5GHz), the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics with Max-Q Design and also 16GB of RAM. While the latter is the least impressive of the bunch, it’s lso the easiest and cheapest to upgrade if you need more.
The large display is really nice too – also with 144Hz refresh rates – and you’re getting decent storage thanks to the 512GB SSD. Overall, this is a really solid laptop with a decent price for a 17-incher.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S
If you’re looking for a fancy, slim laptop that is extremely portable (considering its size), yet on that offers some impressive specifications, the Zephyrus S is the laptop you need in your life!
This laptop gets the editor’s choice award, based on multiple factors – many of which we’ll cover below. What matters is that this is an almost flawless product which is perfect for streaming on Twitch, Youtube or any platform you choose.
While it doesn’t have the most impressive processor on our list, the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU it has gives us no real reasons to comlain. The GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, on the other hand, makes us really happy, offering a lot of juice power for all our gaming needs.
It’s biggest con is the fact that it only comes with 16GB of RAM, but fortunately upgrading it is the easiest thing you can do and it’s worth the trouble in my opinion. That if you really feel that you need more – chances are that the 16GB it has will be enough at least for a while.
Apart from this, it offers 1TB of SSD storage, 144HZ refresh rates and really good display overall, while the design of the laptop itself is really nice, perfect for gamers.
It might look strange at fisrt with that “gap” at the top, above the keyboard, but that’s where the fans are so it’s not just for looks, that area is really important when it comes to keeping your laptop cool.
All in all, a really good product – a perfect one for streamers, in my opinion thanks to its large screen and great processor/graphics card combo.
We have above 6 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 as soon as possible!