Most people can do basic photo editing on almost any laptop. However, not all PCs offer advanced features, high performance, beautiful displays, and ample storage space for those looking to take their photography to the next level.
With the ultra high resolution display, you don't have to worry about performance issues. While this powerful device is our top pick for photo editing, we'll talk about other options for Mac users, those on a tight budget, and photographers who appreciate lightweight designs for portability.
Best laptop for photo editing: Dell XPS 15 (9500)
Why should you buy this: The Dell XPS 15 has everything that makes a laptop great – good looks, solid build, great performance, and long battery life – and goes well with its creative display.
Who is it for: Anyone who wants a first-class display and doesn't want to forego performance.
What we thought of the Dell XPS 15::
Dell continues to top our list of the best laptops for photo editing, and the reason is simple: the screen. The XPS 15 configurations include an option for full HD resolution, an IPS display with 4K resolution and full touch support, and an LED 4K UHD + panel without touch. Both 4K displays support 100% of the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces – which is extremely rare – while the contrast of the LED display is spectacular – although it doesn't quite match the older OLED displays, which are sadly no longer available.
The new upgrades include 10th generation Intel Core i7 CPUs with up to eight cores and 16 threads and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics. The basic design of the XPS 15 is the same across the board and offers two memory slots for up to 32 GB of system memory and up to one terabyte of SSD storage space. Connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort port, a wide range of USB ports, and an SD card reader.
Theshould give you everything you need to support both legacy accessories and high-speed connections – both are essential for the modern photographer.
Read our Dell XPS 15 review
Best Mac for Photo Editing: MacBook Pro 16
Why should you buy this: It's powerful, has super premium workmanship, has one of the best displays, and is the standard for creatives around the world.
Who is it for: Anyone who wants a powerful laptop with a color-accurate display – and is not married to Windows.
What we thought of the Apple MacBook 16::
Macs remain the go-to place for advertising designers, graphic artists, and many other creative individuals. Sure, Windows-based devices work just as well, but Apple and Adobe have put a lot of work into ensuring that MacBooks remain the first choice for photographers.
The new MacBook Pro 16 may have issues with a mostly redundant touch bar and a bit bulky in size, but it's still the best Mac for photographers. It has a fantastic display that combines a crazy maximum brightness of 500 nits with extensive support for the DCI-P3, sRGB, and AdobeRGB color spaces.
Also, Apple has been tightening up on design criticismThe appearance of the display (which now has a resolution of 3072×1920), the largest FAA-approved laptop battery, Intel Core i9 processors, and a full thermal redesign to fix heating issues. What's special about it is that the 16-inch version comes with discrete AMD Radeon Pro 5300 or 5500 graphics and is not as overpriced as the 13-inch version.
Read our Apple Macbook Pro 16 Review
Best affordable laptop for photo editing: Asus ZenBook UX425
Why should you buy this: It's a reliable, affordable laptop that offers a great display and performance at a fraction of the price of our market leaders.
Who is it for: Anyone who needs to edit photos – but has a pretty tight budget.
What we thought of her Asus ZenBook 14 UX425::
The ZenBook 14 UX425 is our cheapest laptop here, but don't let that fool you. The configurations include an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and integrated graphics for a 14.0-inch IPS display with full HD resolution – but touch is off the table. The screen supports almost 100% of the sRGB color space, but only 74% of the Adobe RGB color space. That's not as good as the XPS 15 or the MacBook Pro, but it does suit laptops that sell for hundreds of dollars more.
The display has a maximum brightness of around 365 nits, which exceeds our preferred 300 nits standards. The contrast is excellent at 1,061: 1, while the color accuracy is 1.41 (less than 1.0 is perfect) – not as good as the more expensive options here, but well above standard and very good for a budget laptop. The 67 watt hour battery offers great longevity and is both trustworthy and conservatively attractive.
You can spend a lot more on a laptop's photo editing, but unless you need the best possible colors for your displayproves you don't have to break the bank.
Read our Asus ZenBook 14 UX425 review
Best compact laptop for photo editing: Razer Blade Stealth
Why should you buy this: The Razer Blade Stealth is a neat little laptop with enough power for photo editing but doesn't take up that much space in your backpack.
Who is it for: Anyone who doesn't want to carry around a super heavy laptop for photo editing while on the go.
What we thought of her Razer Blade Stealth:
When you think of Razer, photo editing is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. While Razer is known for making slot machines, the stealth laptop is a fantastic option for photo editing. It combines various factors such as strong processing power, a beautiful screen display and a powerful GPU to create a high quality, ultra-light photo editing platform. Fortunately, the stealth laptop lets you play and edit everything in one game.
Now offering the fastest 13.3-inch HD display with 100% sRGB, the Razer Blade Stealth is designed to avoid problems with your edits. It also has a new OLED touchscreen option that makes editing more precise and easier for users. You will have no problem seeing every detail of your game and photos as the display has fantastic contrast and over 400 nits at maximum brightness. But wait, there's more. Stealth is also equipped with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU. In combination with Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6 and a powerful quad-core CPU, a machine is created that you could only dream of.
It might not be the most powerful laptop on the list, but it is the lightest and most portable of the range. The real advantage is that being good at one thing doesn't just matter. Its versatility really makes it a gem. You get many benefits with the Razer Blade Stealth. Because of the speed, reasonable battery life, and classic design aesthetics, this machine will suit your needs and is sure to stand out from the rest.
Read our review of the old Razer Blade Stealth