Best laptops for Photo editing – July 2020

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Whether you are a professional photographer or a newbie who wants to learn photo-editing, you have come to the right place. We have listen down few of the best photo editing laptops out there in the market.

The best photo editing laptops can take your photography to the next level. They can run the best professional photo editing apps with ease, with enough power to process large uncompressed images at ultra-high resolutions.

They’ll also have large (and fast) storage options to hold all of your work on, and their high-resolution screens are bright, vibrant and capable of displaying accurate colors.

Now, getting a decent laptop for photo editing doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive thing out there. As you’ll realise, basic photo editing like cropping, resizing and applying straightforward filters, can be performed on most devices. But we’ve prioritised graphically-capable laptops in this list because if you’re looking for a photo-editing laptop specifically it’s likely you’ll want to do at least some advanced stuff. 

What makes a laptop a Good Photo Editing laptop?

We have prioritized graphical capabilities above other elements but there are few more factors.

Now every laptop has an IPS display which gives you a much cleaner, brighter, wider viewing angles and better color reproduction. Resolutions are now higher than ever with full HD display to 4k display giving the user the best digital experience possible.

In terms of other specs, one should go for min 8GB of RAM, likewise Intel core – i5 with 8-9th generation in it. It must have minimum 256 GB SSD storage, bigger is better if you are going to store more photos.

In this list of BEST PHOTO EDITING LAPTOP 2020, I have not considered budget a restriction, this entire list is purely based on performance. This list consists of laptops which fulfill laptop requirements for photo and video editing.

Best Photo Editing Laptops :

10. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

CPUIntel core i5 / core i7
RAM8GB/16GB
Display15-inch, 2496 x 1664-pixel
Storage256GB/512GB/1TB
GPUIntel Iris Plus
Size 13.4 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight3.4 pounds

The surface laptop 3 with Intel CPUs has an aluminium chassis, which gives laptop a sleek, premium look. For photographers, the new 15 inch 2k display gives a pretty promising display and capable of reproducing an amazing 105 of sRGB Colour gamut. They also have long lasting battery life, fast performance etc.

Microsoft also sells an AMD version of the surface laptop, user can decide which processor to choose from.

Pros
  • Slim, lightweight chassis
  • Attractive metal design
  • Fast performance
  • Comfortable Keyboard
Cons
  • Scant port selection
  • Integrated graphics still under perform

9. HP Envy 13 (2019)

CPUIntel core i5 / i7
GPUIntel UHD 620/GeForce MX250
RAM8GB/16GB
Storage256GB/512GB/1TB
Display13.3-inch,1080p or 4K 
Size12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
Weight2.8 pounds

The latest HP Envy 13 is an excellent all-around laptop that has a sleek, stylish aluminum chassis, fast performance and more than 11 hours of battery life (on the 1080p model).

The Envy 13 is an cheaper alternative of XPS 13 but offer some feature Dell does not provide.

Pros
  • Attractive chassis
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Fast performance
  • Long battery life (on FHD model)
Cons
  • No thunderbolt 3

8. Lenovo Legion Y7000

CPUIntel Core i7 
GPUGeForce GTX 1060
RAM16GB
Storage256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Display15.6-inch, 1080p 
Size14.2 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches
Weight5.3 pounds

Lenovo legion y7000 as the specs indicate is a gaming laptop. Gaming laptops are naturally good photo-editing laptops. Why? Because they come with discrete graphics and powerful GPU which can easily run heavy software like Photoshop.

For most people, Lenovo legion y7000 is a great laptop with a very powerful GPU, 15.6 inch 1080p display this laptop will give you a blast of colours. It also has excellent keyboard quality that we expect from Lenovo.

Pros
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Strong performance
  • Solid battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Disappointing speakers
  • Awful nosecam
  • A pretty heavy laptop

7. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 – Extreme

CPUIntel Core i5/Core i7 
GPUGeForce GTX 1050Ti
RAM8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB 
Storage256GB/512GB/1TB
Display15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K
Size14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight3.8 pounds (FHD)/4 pounds (4K)

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 extreme comes with excellent keyboard, tons of security, wide range of ports, all included in a sleek, premium chassis. While its battery life can be improved, this laptop is the fasatest laptop in the list.

The best part of this laptop is its display, it has Jaw – dropping 4k HDR display with 186 percent of sRGB colour gamut. This display even surpasses that of Apple Mac book pro, dell XPS 15 and Asus Zenbook pro 15.

Pros
  • Stunning 4K HDR display
  • Slim, durable chassis
  • Fantastic keyboard
  • Blazing-fast performance
Cons
  • Heating Issues

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

CPUIntel Core i5/Core i7
GPUIntel UHD 620
RAM8GB/16GB
Storage128GB/256GB/512GB/TB
Display12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel
Size11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches 
Weight1.7 pounds/2.4 pounds (with keyboard)

Surface Laptop pro 6 is 2-in-1 laptop which has  quad-core CPU, the 2-in-1 can run Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom without breaking a sweat.

The display 12.3 inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel is bright, vivid and accurate. Everything a photographer can ask for. It also covers 136 percent of sRGB colour gamut and reached 400 nits of brightness.

One has to buy the surface pen which is a stylus which enables touchscreen editing giving user a tablet like experience.

Pros
  • Vivid and accurate display
  • Superfast performance
  • Long battery life
  • Snappy keyboard
Cons
  • USB type – C unavailable

5. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

CPU Intel Core i3/ Core i5/Core i7
GPUIntelIris Plus
RAM8 GB/16 GB/32 GB
Display256 GB/512 GB
Storage13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel or 4K
Size11.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
Weight2.9 pounds

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is literally one of the best dell laptops out there. Its new flagship comes with a 13.4 inch, 4k display which provides bright and accurate colours.

It also has a battery life of 11 hours. With its intel 10th gen processor it is a powerful competitor out in the market.

Pros
  • Slim, premium design
  • Strong performance
  • Bright, vivid 13.4-inch display
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Lack of Ports

4. HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

CPUIntel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9/Xeon
GPUIntel UHD 630/Nvidia Quadro P1000/Quadro P2000
Display15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K
StorageUp to 4TB
Size14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
RAM8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB
Weight4.9 pounds

The HP Zbook studio x360 G5 offers a powerful and an extremely detailed and vibrant display. Equipped with amazing workstation class performance, this beasty device is an excellent option for those who need the most powerful setup to run demanding programs.

This laptop has a great battery life and a very rugged chassis which makes it look different from other competitors.

Pros
  • Versatile design
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Long battery life
  • Amazing performance
Cons
  • Lid flexes

3. Apple Mac Book Pro (16 inch – 2019)

CPUIntel Core i7/Core i9
GPURadeon Pro 5300M/5500M
RAM16GB/32GB/64GB
Display512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB
Storage16-inch, 2072 x 1920
Size14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches 
Weight4.3 pounds

 This laptop is just your type if you’ve been waiting for Apple to make a better keyboard. The Magic Keyboard on this premium laptop ditches the Butterfly mechanism in favor of a scissor switch, and the result is a much more comfortable typing experience. You also get a bright and sharp 16-inch display with slimmer bezels, powerful performance from an available Core i9 CPU and robust AMD Radeon 5300M or 5500M graphics. 

You also get up to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of storage if you really want to splurge. The 11 hours of battery life is another plus on this laptop, dwarfing the runtimes of its competitors. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is pricey, and Apple still doesn’t include full-size USB ports, but overall this is a very formidable workstation for creative pros. 

Pros
  • Radically improved Magic Keyboard
  • Immersive 16-inch display with slimmer bezels
  • Beastly performance
  • Powerful 6-speaker audio
Cons
  • 4k display not available

2. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga(4th Gen, 2019)

CPUIntel Core i5/Core i7
GPUIntel UHD 620
RAM8GB/16GB 
Display14-inch, 1080p or 4K
Storage256GB/512GB/1TB 
Size12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight3 pounds

Lenovo took a chance with their Thinkpad X1 yoga, the first metal ThinkPad, and it paid off. While we still love the signature matte-black carbon-fiber found on most ThinkPads, the aluminum and magnesium ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a gorgeous change of pace.

Not only does it have a slim design, but this convertible 2-in-1 flaunts a bright display that reaches 402 nits and covers 106% of the sRGB color gamut.

Also as lenovo promises, best in class keyboard as always. This is surely one tough competitor out in the market.

Pros
  • Bright, vivid 1080p display
  • Slim, durable aluminum chassis
  • Best-in-class keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No SD card Reader

1. HP Spectre x360 15

CPUIntel Core i7-8565U
GPUNvidia GeForce MX150
RAM16GB
Display15.6-inch, 4K OLED
Storage1TB
Size14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
Weight4.5 pounds

Hands-down, the best photo editing laptop is definately the HP Spectre x360 15. The highlight of this machine is a 15.6-inch, 4K OLED display that is exceptionally vivid (256% of the sRGB color gamut) and blindingly bright (483 nits). That panel is the only thing that will take your eyes off the Spectre x360 15’s elegant chassis, which looks like something only the rich and famous could afford. 

Photographers will also appreciate that the laptop’s discrete MX150 GPU offers enough graphics oomph to run demanding photo-editing programs with some help from a Core i7-8565U CPU. And the keyboard on the Spectre x360 15 is one of the best around.

Pros
  • Lux design
  • Good performance and graphics
  • Vivid 4K OLED display
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Bezels are a bit thick

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