7 Best Laptops For Photo Editing in 2019

From avid photographers to graphic design professionals, a solid photo editing laptop is an important part of your everyday life. Photos may seem simple — you browse through them on Facebook and other social media platform, you would not think how intensive it is to actually edit them.

The files that professionals work with are high resolution image files that generally require specialized photo editing software. The most popular photo editing software, such as Photoshop, have fairly intensive minimum requirements to run, so you’ll want to make sure you have a laptop that can handle it, and then some.

Below are seven of the best photo editing laptops on the market today.

Dell XPS 15

Dell’s XPS 15 is a high-end Windows 10-based laptop today with all of the hardware that you could ever need for photo and video editing alike. Most importantly, it comes with a 15-inch 4K display that will bring you all of the clarity that you need.
With an Intel Core i7 processor that can be clocked up to 3.8GHz, and backed by 16GB of RAM, this laptop will be able to manage photo editing tasks without any problems. 512GB of SSD storage keeps things moving quick, and gives you plenty of space for your photos.

Buy it now: Amazon

Microsoft Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 is another beast of a machine for photo editing. You can get it in the 15-inch PixelSense display, which is essentially Apple’s Retina clarity, but on Windows. And, you can take your photo editing on the go, since the display itself detaches from the keyboard. You have a stylus with the laptop to make adjustments as well.

You can configure the Surface Book 2 for your needs, but our configuration makes your photo editing quick — this one has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage space. You can adjust it as needed, too.

Buy it now: Amazon

Google Pixelbook

Next up, we’re looking at the Google Pixelbook. This is no Windows or macOS device, but instead runs on Google’s Internet-based operating system, Chrome OS. That said, you won’t have access to things like Photoshop or many full-scale Adobe products, but Google Pixelbook does have access to the Android Google Play store. And that has a suite of photography editing apps, as well as Adobe’s mobile suite available to you.

The Google Pixelbook has a beautiful display, the perfect screen for editing photos. If you plan to do any movie streaming or video content, this is the display to use for entertainment.

The power is all there for photo editing as well — there’s an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. You should be able to multitask well with this laptop, as well as get some light photo and video editing in.

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iPad Pro

The iPad Pro can be an excellent device for doing photo-editing on the go as well. Not only do you get a large screen with the bezel-less display, but you can truly outfit this as a laptop by attaching a TypeCover to it. And the iPad Pro is pretty much getting some laptop capabilities with the new iPad OS software, which treats the iPad Pro as more of a laptop.

You still get the App Store, but the App Store does have a suite of apps available for photo and video editing alike.

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Apple MacBook Pro

As we suggested, the MacBook Pro is an excellent choice for photo editing — it’s got a big 15-inch display, but comes with that beautiful Retina display for the stunning clarity that you need in your photos. And with a massive color gamut, you’ll be able to see every little detail.

The MacBook Pro has quick hardware as well. It features an Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, and even has a dedicated video card to do a lot of the heavy lifting.

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MacBook Air

Don’t need something as powerful or as large as the MacBook Pro? Then you might want to consider the MacBook Air — it’s a 13-inch display, but still comes with the much-loved Retina panel.

It has some slightly downgraded hardware, such as a slower processor, only 8GB of RAM, and integrated graphics, but it’s still able to handle photo editing tasks easily.

Buy it now: Amazon

Surface Laptop 2

The Surface Laptop 2 might be last up on our countdown, but it’s still an excellent device for photo editing. It’s essentially Microsoft’s own MacBook Air, coming with slightly downgraded hardware from the Surface Book 2. It actually has a smaller, 13.5-inch PixelSense display, which gives you that really sharp clarity.

You can configure your Surface Laptop 2 in just about any way that you want, but this one comes with 8GB of RAM, an Intel i5 processor, and a smaller 128GB SSD drive. You can configure it on the product page for beefier hardware, but that does increase cost.

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Most laptops out there are able to handle photo editing tools without any problems; however, you really will want to make sure that you’re picking something up with a high definition screen. When editing photos, you know more than anyone else that you need to be able to see every detail and color.

That said, a MacBook Pro or Surface Book 2 are some of the best ways to go, but you can’t go wrong with a Surface Laptop 2 or MacBook Air, if money is a constraint.