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The Best Windows Computers for ProPresenter (2024)

This is a complete list of Windows desktop, laptop, and mini computers I use and trust for running Renewed Vision's ProPresenter 7 presentation and lyrics software in houses of worship, corporate meetings, digital signage, video playback, broadcast lower thirds and graphics, and more.

Looking for Apple computers instead? Check out The Best Apple Computers for ProPresenter.

Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Ultra

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The best overall Windows desktop computer for most ProPresenter users.

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The Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Ultra delivers notable performance from such an unassumingly small form factor.

Impressive specs include 13th generation Intel Core processors, dedicated NVIDIA T400 graphics, four memory slots that support up to 128GB of DDR5 RAM, two M.2 slots for fast SSD storage, and all in a 250 cubic inch box that still has space to offer a full size PCIe slot.

This checks all the boxes for a solid presentation build:

  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Current generation processor
  • 16GB or more of memory
  • 500GB or more of flash storage (no HDDs)
  • Dedicated graphics with at least three discrete outputs
  • Room for expansion, including at least one PCIe slot

My only other recommendation is to spend an additional $100 or so to upgrade the RAM to at least 32GB.


Recommended Configurations

Up to 27 million pixels of graphics/video output at 60Hz:

  • One 4K desktop display plus one option below:
    • Up to two 4K graphics/video outputs
    • Up to one 4K graphics/video output plus one 1080p NDI output
    • Up to eight 1080p graphics/video outputs
    • Up to four 1080p graphics/video outputs plus one 1080p NDI output

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Great performance for the price and size
  • 3 year warranty

Cons

  • 300 watt power supply leaves little overhead for upgrades
  • 16GB of RAM is a bit limiting

Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Ultra 30HA0021US Specifications
CPU Intel Core i7‑13700
GPU 1 x NVIDIA T400 4GB
Memory 16GB DDR5‑4800
Storage 1 x 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
Thunderbolt Support 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports (front panel only)
Display Support Simultaneous support for up to three displays via Mini DisplayPort:
Three displays at up to 5120 x 2880 resolution at 60Hz

Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Tower

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The best Windows desktop computer for more than two ProPresenter outputs.

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Take the top pick, give it more (space, power, slots, cooling, etc.), and you get the Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Tower.

This highly capable desktop boasts even more impressive specs:

  • Windows 11 Pro
  • 13th generation Intel Core i7
  • Dedicated NVIDIA RTX A2000 12GB graphics
  • 32GB of DDR5 RAM with support for up to 128GB
  • 1TB of M.2 flash storage plus two additional M.2 slots
  • Four SATA drive bays
  • Six USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports
  • Built‑in SD memory card reader
  • 750 watt platinum power supply

Overall, this machine has what it takes to cover a majority of needs and expectations not just now, but also for years to come.

Just be aware that you will probably need to add an I/O card like a Blackmagic DeckLink card to get more than three ProPresenter display outputs.


Recommended Configurations

Up to 34 million pixels of graphics/video output at 60Hz:

  • One 4K desktop display at 60Hz plus one option below:
    • Up to three 4K graphics/video outputs
    • Up to two 4K graphics/video outputs plus up to two 1080p NDI outputs
    • Up to eight* 1080p graphics/video outputs plus four 1080p NDI outputs

*While the computer can easily handle the processing for additional outputs, ProPresenter technically supports a maximum of eight discrete outputs.


Pros

  • Tons of room to expand and grow
  • Four discrete display outputs
  • Much better power supply than the ThinkStation P3 Ultra

Cons

  • Chipset and GPU theoretically only support up to four display outputs, even though there is often ample processing to handle more
  • No Thunderbolt support

Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Tower Specifications
CPU Intel Core i7‑13700
GPU 1 x NVIDIA RTX A2000 12GB
Memory 32GB DDR5‑4800
Storage 1 x 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
Thunderbolt Support N/A
Display Support Simultaneous support for up to four displays:
Four displays at up to 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz via DisplayPort

ASUS ExpertCenter PN64 Mini PC

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The best budget Windows desktop computer for ProPresenter.

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Small yet mighty, the ASUS ExpertCenter PN64 packs quite a punch for such a tiny size.

It offers a 12th generation Intel Core processor, integrated Intel UHD graphics, DDR4 memory, fast M.2 flash storage, and even comes with Windows 11 Pro.

For the smaller and less demanding ProPresenter systems, this is an excellent bang for the buck.


Recommended Configurations

Up to 18 million pixels of graphics/video output at 60Hz:

  • One 4K desktop display at 60Hz plus one option below:
    • One 4K graphics/video output
    • Up to two 1080p graphics/video outputs plus up to one 1080p NDI output

Pros

  • Price
  • Small form factor
  • Three discrete display outputs
  • 1TB of flash storage

Cons

  • No dedicated graphics
  • Little room for expansion or upgrades
  • No Thunderbolt support

ASUS ExpertCenter PN64 Specifications
CPU Intel Core i5‑12500H
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory 16GB DDR4
Storage 1 x 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
Thunderbolt Support N/A
Display Support Simultaneous support for up to three displays:
Two displays at up to 4096 x 2304 resolution at 60Hz via HDMI and one display at up to 7680 x 4320 resolution at 60Hz via DisplayPort

Adamant Custom 24-Core Workstation

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The best pre‑built Windows desktop computer for ProPresenter money can buy.

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Let's be real here...

If you're getting up into presentation machines this powerful, you're probably going to build them yourself.

However, if you lack the skills or time to build your own then this is every bit as good.

With the latest generation Intel Core i9 processor, gobs of DDR5 RAM, fast M.2 storage, and one of the top performing graphics card on the market today, this is the exotic car version of an off‑the‑shelf desktop computer.

Throw everything you can at it and it may not even break a sweat. 🏃‍♂️💨


Recommended Configurations

Up to 72 million pixels of graphics/video output at 60Hz:

  • One 4K desktop display plus one option below:
    • Up to seven 4K graphics/video outputs*
    • Up to four 4K graphics/video outputs plus up to four 1080p NDI outputs or one 4K NDI output
    • Up to eight* 1080p graphics/video outputs plus up to six 1080p NDI outputs or two 4K NDI outputs
  • Two 4K desktop displays or one 8K desktop display at 60Hz plus one option below:
    • Up to six 4K graphics/video outputs
    • Up to four 4K graphics/video outputs plus up to four 1080p NDI outputs or one 4K NDI output
    • Up to eight* 1080p graphics/video outputs plus up to four 1080p NDI outputs or one 4K NDI outputs

*The graphics card is limited to four physical ports, so additional outputs will need to be obtained by multi‑screen processors or Blackmagic DeckLink card(s).


Pros

  • Performance
  • Expansion and upgrade capability

Cons

  • Windows 11 Home 🤦‍♂️
  • You can build an identical system for considerably less
  • Still only four physical display outputs
  • A more powerful platinum power supply would be nice

Adamant Custom 24‑Core Workstation Specifications
CPU Intel Core i9‑14900K (Liquid cooled)
GPU NVIDIA Geforce RTX 4090 24GB
Memory 128GB DDR5
Storage 1 x 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
Thunderbolt Support N/A
Display Support Simultaneous support for up to four displays:
Four displays at up to 4096 x 2160 resolution at 120Hz via HDMI or DisplayPort

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 6

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The best Windows laptop computer for ProPresenter.

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If Clark Kent or Bruce Banner were a laptop, they would be the Lenovo ThinkPad P1. Unassuming bespectacled gentleman on the outside hiding superhuman power and abilities underneath.

I mean, it has an Intel Core i9 and a freakin' NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 in it for cryin' out loud! 😱

Granted, it's the laptop version of the 4090 with 16GB of video RAM, but still... It's a 4090 in a laptop!

And if you don't need the "leap tall buildings in a single bound" or "turn green and rip your shirt off" model then there are more subdued, yet still highly capable, ThinkPad P1 models like this one available at more affordable price points.

So if you want mobility without sacrificing much performance, this SuperHulkMan™ is what you want.


Recommended Configurations

Up to 27 million pixels of graphics/video output at 60Hz:

  • Built‑in display at full resolution plus one option below:
    • Up to three 4K graphics/video outputs
    • Up to two 4K graphics/video output plus one 1080p NDI output
    • Up to eight* 1080p graphics/video outputs plus one 1080p NDI output

*While the computer can easily handle the processing for additional outputs, ProPresenter technically supports a maximum of eight discrete outputs.


Pros

  • Build quality
  • Incredible performance for a laptop
  • A GPU that runs circles around all MacBook Pros

Cons

  • It's still a laptop, and won't compare to a desktop with similar specs
  • Don't expect great battery life from a performance laptop
  • No Ethernet port

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 6 Specifications
CPU Intel Core i9‑13900H
GPU NVIDIA Geforce RTX 4090 16GB
Memory 32GB DDR5‑5600
Storage 1 x 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
Thunderbolt Support 2 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4.0 40Gbps ports (supports data transfer, Power Delivery 3.0, and DisplayPort 1.4)
Display Support Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built‑in display and:
Two displays at up to 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz via Thunderbolt/DisplayPort and one display at up to 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz via HDMI

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I started my career over 23 years ago as a freelance live and ENG camera operator for broadcast television networks including ABC, FOX Sports, and Speed Channel. For more than a decade, I was also a tech director for 3 different non-denominational churches with congregation sizes between 800 and 5,000 members. I began using ProPresenter starting on version 3, and have used it consecutively in many production environments ever since. Additionally, I have spent the last decade running this website and consulting with organizations to help them find the right cameras and maximize their results. Learn more about Joel


ProPresenter Computer Buyer's Guide

ProPresenter is a powerful and feature‑rich presentation software developed by Renewed Vision for macOS and Windows.

Originally developed for houses of worship to display lyrics, slides, and media content, it has grown to be a more versatile application for corporate meetings, sporting events, conferences, concerts, education, theaters, live broadcasts, and more.

It includes a multi‑layered architecture that allows you to build complex and creative workflows and presentations with backgrounds, text, shapes, image files, video files, effects, and even live video inputs.

It supports up to eight discrete outputs, can provide alpha channels for keying, and supports custom resolutions and edge blending.

The Stage Display and multi‑viewer features give you the ability to create custom confidence displays with timers/countdowns, notes, slide previews, and even chord charts for on‑stage talent, speakers and presenters, and production personnel.

There is also abundant support for control inputs and outputs including MIDI, DMX, AMP, and RossTalk. As well as dynamic content solutions like web view and the ability to send messages to ProPresenter via web‑server.

All in all, ProPresenter is loaded with more features than most users will ever desire and the possibilities for its use are plentiful.

Processing

When choosing a computer system for ProPresenter, two key considerations are:

  1. The total number of pixels that require processing and output
  2. How much processing is required for every pixel

For example, outputs that only show a full screen image or a black background with static text will require substantially less processing power than outputs that are combining multiple layers or combining many different screens for a stage display or multi‑viewer.

Simply put, the more you ask ProPresenter to do the more power will be required.

The systems and configurations outlined in this list are a general representation of what to expect when it comes to output processing.

If you are expecting ProPresenter to handle more complicated tasks like multiple multi‑viewers, lots of custom animations or video effects, or alpha channels from video files then I highly recommend getting much more machine than you think is required.

HEADROOM is the keyword for all of this.

Outputs

There are three ways to output pixels from the computer that are generated by ProPresenter:

1. Graphics Outputs

Graphics outputs, also called native or desktop outputs, are fed directly from the computer's operating system and GPU. They are available via physical ports on the machine like HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, or USB‑C (that supports the DisplayPort standard).

The desktop background, desktop interface, application windows, mouse pointer, and screen savers can appear on any graphics output.

ProPresenter can utilize any graphics output seen by the operating system for output.

As an example, a computer that supports a total of three displays can have:

  1. One desktop output (for ProPresenter's control window/interface)
  2. One ProPresenter "audience" output
  3. One additional ProPresenter output - like a stage display or announcements screen

Keep in mind that a desktop monitor will always count towards the number of maximum supported displays for any computer system.

If the computer is a laptop, the specifications should clearly detail how many total display outputs are supported and whether or not the built‑in display counts towards that number.

2. Video Outputs

Video outputs are not native to the operating system or GPU. Therefore, they require additional third party hardware and drivers, and must be supported by developers and their applications.

They come in either internal PCIe or external Thunderbolt/USB form factors.

In general, the PCIe products can support one or many inputs/outputs while most Thunderbolt/USB products only support one input/output.

These products also include interfaces like SDI for seamless integration with professional video equipment like production switchers and routers.

Here are some important caveats that pertain to video outputs:

  1. Video outputs are not seen directly by the operating system so they cannot show the desktop or application windows without workarounds
  2. Video outputs will not show the mouse pointer or screen savers
  3. Video outputs do not count towards the computer's or GPU's maximum supported display outputs
  4. Video outputs only work with applications that support that specific piece of hardware and compatible drivers
  5. Video outputs still require the computer's GPU to generate the pixels and video information before being passed to the output(s)

Currently, Renewed Vision only supports video output from Blackmagic UltraStudio and Blackmagic DeckLink products.

3. NDI Outputs

NDI is a royalty‑free interface standard that enables video and audio content to be transferred over a standard IP network.

It is a compressed format that requires a necessary encoding/decoding process on each end of the signal.

It also requires proper wired (keyword) network infrastructure to work reliably. I recommend reading NewTek's NDI networking white paper to get an idea of best practices for implementing NDI over a network.

NDI‑compatible hardware decoders or software decoders are required to interface properly with ProPresenter NDI outputs.

Also be aware that ProPresenter currently only works with full bandwidth NDI, not NDI|HX.

A major catch with NDI is that it requires twice the processing compared to a graphic or video output.

Not only do the pixels need to be generated by the computer's GPU, but they also must be compressed into NDI's codec before being transmitted.

Therefore, I recommend treating each NDI output like two outputs to account for the extra processing required to compress the feed.

DisplayLink

DisplayLink uses a computer's CPU (not GPU) and USB ports to create additional display outputs.

These outputs are not counted as a standard graphics output and are therefore not considered in the total number of supported outputs.

However, it is important to know that DisplayLink adapters are not supported by Apple or Renewed Vision at all.

DisplayLink adapters are also not supported by yours truly.

So you're on your own if you choose this method.

Don't choose this method.

Considered yourself adequately warned.

Pixels Are Not Free

No matter what, remember that every pixel must be processed. This includes every graphics, video, and NDI output.

Plan accordingly.

Mirrored Outputs

If you require more than one projector or display to show the same content at all times, then it is always recommend to distribute (split) that signal after it is output from the ProPresenter computer or connected output hardware.

It rarely ever makes sense to ask the computer to duplicate pixels for an entire output. Remember, pixels are not free.

I recommend using SDI as much as possible. It is the industry standard for video distribution in professional video and production environments, and is clearly standardized for reliable distribution as well as transmission over long cable lengths.

If you choose to distribute HDMI, then I highly recommend using only powered HDMI distribution amplifiers from licensed and approved HDMI Adopter brands like Extron, Atlona, Kramer, or FSR that offer equalization and EDID management for every individual output.

And if you choose to use HDMI cables longer than 5 meters or 15 feet, I only recommend using ATC‑certified AOC fiber cables from licensed and approved HDMI Adopter brands like FSR, Kramer, or Gefen.

Live Streaming

Another feature offered by ProPresenter is live streaming directly from the application.

While this can be useful in some instances, it is not a solution I recommend using long‑term.

The live streaming features and settings are quite limited. And when a crash or issue does arise, you may lose multiple things all at once.

ProPresenter is presentation software, first and foremost. I suggest keeping it that way and finding other ways to stream.

In general, I almost always recommend using dedicated hardware for separate devices for separate tasks. This goes for things like switching cameras, overlaying graphics, recording video/audio, and encoding live streams.

Need Help?

I understand choosing the right equipment can be daunting.

If you have any questions I will be happy to help.

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