The 10 Best Laptops For Photo Editing

Updated January 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. With so many reliable and high-powered laptops on the market right now, it can be difficult to find the one just right for your photo editing needs. We've rounded up some of the most popular and effective options, particularly those with notable color accuracy and uniformity. Whether you need a portable workstation or a featherlight road warrior, one of these top models will have you covered. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best laptops for photo editing on Amazon.

10. Razer Blade 15

9. Gigabyte Aero 15X

8. HP ZBook X2

7. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

6. Dell XPS 13

5. Dell XPS 15

4. Apple MacBook Air

3. Microsoft Surface Book 2

2. Apple MacBook Pro

1. HP ZBook x360

Editor's Notes

January 03, 2019: There aren't a ton of categories where Apple's ridiculously trendy devices meet or exceed the performance of Windows PCs, but this is certainly one of them. Apple's locked-down ecosystem ensures that every piece of hardware and software just works, and generally works very well. The MacBook Air is beloved by traveling journalists, and the Pro is right there with it, as it's somewhat larger and more powerful. We found one of the rare HP ZBook models with their proprietary DreamColor technology, which adds a major level of reliability to any process. The 2nd-gen Thinkpad Yoga is the only laptop available (aside from a $3,000 Alienware clamshell) with an OLED screen, which photographers may know is an exceptionally bright and bold display. The ZBook x360 costs over 2 grand, but it's quite worth it in light of the excellent hardware inside. The busiest professionals may want to consider the Gigabyte Aero, because it's a serious powerhouse, and has rare features such as a built-in Ethernet jack. The XPS 13 is Dell's answer to the lightweight MacBook Air, and it does a great job for traveling photographers.


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Last updated on January 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

A traveling chef, musician, and student of the English language, Chris can be found promoting facts and perfect copy around the globe, from dense urban centers to remote mountaintops. In his free time he revels in dispelling pseudoscience, while at night he dreams of modern technology, world peace, and the Oxford comma.


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