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Custom 4k Video Editing Laptop Under $2000 – CUK Model Z Review

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In this video, we are looking at the Model Z from Computer Upgrade King. A fast and affordable 4k video editing laptop under $2000 that can boost your workflow! ► Check prices in the description below!

If you are looking for a machine to handle your 4k video editing then you may have found your match, the Model Z by Computer Upgrade King is a fantastic build with a ton of power. So let’s dive into the full review.

⏩ Model Z by Computer Upgrade King
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Before I dive into this review let me just say I was very hesitant when the guys over at Computer Upgrade King told me they were going to send me a custom laptop build. I had never used a custom laptop. I am used to buying or reviewing name brand machines, so I was a little apprehensive when they mentioned this machine.

If you know much about me I like to review laptops in a systematic way to ensure I don’t miss any of the dirty details. I like to look at three specific areas when reviewing a laptop.

Build Quality

The Screen

Next, we move into the screen. Like I said the thin bezel is very nice. They have fit the webcam along the top without making the bezel too bulky. This has also allowed for a fairly this bottom bezel making this screen very nice to consume. The screen has a matte finish, so if you were looking for a glossy screen, look elsewhere.

Refresh Rate & Color Accuracy

It has a strong refresh rate a 144Hz and can reach roughly 95% RGB color range, which is great for video editing and graphic design.


Weight: It is a light laptop which I like. It weighs in at just under 5 lbs


Battery Life: You are going to need your charger because you may only get about 2.5 – 3 hours if you are working this computer.

2.5 – 3 Hours of Battery Life

Another thing I think is absolutely crucial to consider as a video editor and creative is the ports on your machine. The Model Z comes with the following ports.

2x USB 3.0 Ports
1x USB 2.0 Port
1x USB-C Port
1x HDMI Port
2x Mini Displayport
1x SD Card Slot
1x Network/Ethernet Port
1x Headphone Jack
1x Microphone Jack

Needless to say, this laptop has what you need as far as the port are concerned.

Build Quality

BAM, Build quality. I would give it an 82% so a solid “B-”. It is Great, but not A+ status.


Alright, let’s now jump into my favorite part of reviewing these machine, the performance tests!

First what kind of tech is the Model Z packing.

Processor: Intel Core 9th Gen i9-9750H Hexa Core Processor (2.6GHz – 4.5GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Hard Drive: 500GB NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 in Max-Q Design
Display: 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz Slim Bezel Display

So what can it do when putting it to the test of your average video editor, motion designer, or graphic designer? Let’s check it out!

Exporting a 9 minute 4k clip to 4k YouTube settings out of Premiere Pro


Exporting a 9 minute 4k clip to 1080p YouTube settings out of Premiere Pro


The fans did a pretty good job at keeping the machine cool.

At Idle it hovered around 45 degrees Celsius (around 113 degrees Fahrenheit)

When exporting out of Premiere the CPU temp jumped up to and hovered around 75 – 80 degrees Celsius (around 170 – 175 degrees Fahrenheit)

Ok, but what about rendering time. As a graphic designer working in today’s digital economy, I have been called on to create animated Instagram Ads and videos for some of my clients and rendering can take a lot of time. How does the Model Z handle rendering?

Rendering 3330 Frames in Premiere Pro


Photoshop save out 2GB Raw file to full quality Jpg

9.28 seconds

I loved testing the Model Z. Especially since it was a model I had yet to even consider looking into. I love finding those hidden gems and bringing them to you on this channel. I love the performance and build quality of this machine. If you are looking for a beastly laptop to edit video substantially under $2000 then you are in the right place. Light, faster, and well built.

It has my check of approval, what about yours?


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