Crowdsourcing: Which Laptop is Best for Using Shotcut?

I dock my laptop and use 2 external monitors


Brilliant. Great idea. That solves that then!!!

Looks like you can reuse your Nitro RAM. Here’s the compatible memory for your old laptop from Crucial:

And the new Nitro 5 you’re looking at now:

Looks like both support DDR4-3200. Your old RAM might be DDR4-2400/2666 instead of 3200, but that may not be a noticeable performance difference. Prices are reasonable if you did want to upgrade.

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Merci de cette information.

You could also consider: HP Elitebook x360 1030 g2 + Seagate HDD External Disk Expansion Desktop 10TB (USB 3.0). I do all my Shotcut editing in this baby.
Pros: Never slows down nor even crashes;
Cons: Must be a long term investment. My last HP Elitebook served me well for 10 years!
Cheers mate.

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Hey Ben, I just looked again at the Nitro 5 model you considered buying (because I considered buying it for myself :grin:) and noticed on Acer’s home page that Windows 11 is officially supported. They offer a free upgrade for new purchases. So it appears there is no technical reason this laptop can’t do Windows 11, and that a purchase at outlet/refurbished prices may restrict Windows 11 only in the sense of licensing to get a lower price, which could be worked around.

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R92M home page:

The only downside I’ve seen in the few reviews I’ve briefly watched is that the display is dim and only supports 57% of sRGB gamut. That would be devastating for you as a designer. But you’ve got your two external monitors, so you’d be fine so long as you used those exclusively.

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Wow! Thanks for the follow up! Does Windows 11 offer any benefits over Windows 10 with regards to Shotcut?

As for monitor, you are right. That is the least of my concerns because I typically use a larger, more color-accurate external monitor.


I have both Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems. I don’t see any advantage of one over the other as far as Shotcut is concerned.

However in the thread below @WarpNine has been having difficulties with Shotcut ever since his system auto-upgraded from Windows 10 to 11.

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Like @Elusien said, I wouldn’t expect any direct benefits for Shotcut at this point. The main benefit of Windows 11 support is a longer service life for your hardware, so it doesn’t run Windows 10 unsupported several years from now when no security patches are released for Windows 10.


Good point, which is why I updated one of my Windows systems from 10 to 11 (the other doesn’t have the necessary hardware).

Windows 10 support ceases on Oct 14, 2025

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