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 for 2018 (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 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. 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 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 smaller 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.
All in all, a good option for gamers who want to stream: it runs on Windows 10, supports a Full HD eDP 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 2018 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 the jump in price is very low.
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 or 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!
Probably there are not a lot of streamers who afford getting these final two laptops, but if you’re looking for the best, this is what you need to pay for it. It’s all worth it, though.
This Alienware laptop, for example, does make you believe that it was created by aliens. It has a large, 17″ display and it is powered by the Intel Core i7-7820HK which can be overcloked all the way up to 4.4GHz. It also has a whooping 32GB of DDR4 and the GPU is even more impressive: NVIDIA GTX 1080. In other words, you’ll get smooth video and high FPS everywhere!
This is a VR Ready laptop, too, with QHD resolution (2560×1440) offering a lot of storage too thanks to the 256GB SSD / 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD. To be honest, for this price I would’ve expected at least a 512GB SSD or even more, but no product is perfect if you have limited amounts of money to spend. However, this one’s pretty close!
So if you want an amazing laptop that delivers a super punch in terms of performance, this is the one you should choose. It’s really expensive – but still not out of this world expensive as the next recommendation. If you have more money to spend, go with the better option below. If not, the previous laptops should just do a great job until you earn enough to afford it. This will happen sooner rather than later!
MSI GT75VR TITAN PRO
This is probably that laptop that you look at, drool at and end up buying something else because it’s so incredibly expensive. But if you have the money to get it, it’s definitely the best choice on our list and probably one of the best choices in the world. You can’t compete with the Titan!
This large laptop has a 17.3-inch display that supports 4K resolution (yes, you read that right: 4K!) It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7820HK processor with 64GB of RAM. The graphics card is just as impressive: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X. In other words, this is an absolute beast!
It excels in terms of storage too: a 1TB SSD, plus an additional 1TB HDD to offer you even more options. VR Ready, RGB SteelSeries Keyboard with anti-ghost key, translucent led keys that can be colored individually, advanced cooling systems… this machine has everything you can dream of (and maybe some extras too). It is heavy, of course, but it’s worth it. Of course, only if you have the money to match its huge asking price.
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 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!
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!