Best Laptops for Photoshop and Lightroom – Specs and Recommendations

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What is the best laptop for Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom in 2019? How much power do you actually need to edit photos in Photoshop or Lightroom? ►⏩►⏩ Check availability and pricing in the links below!

The models below are the best for photo editing in Photoshop or Lightroom.

⏩ Lenovo Yoga 730 13in (7 Hours + 97% RGB)
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⏩ Lenovo Flex 5 15in (5 Hours + 100% RGB)
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⏩ MacBook Pro 15in (7 – 8 Hours + 99% RGB)
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⏩ MacBook Air 13in (7 Hours + 99% RGB)
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⏩ Dell XPS 15in (6 – 7 Hours + 98.5% RGB)
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⏩ HP Envy 17in (6 – 7 Hours + 100% RGB)
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⏩ LG Gram 17in (10 – 12 Hours + 100% RGB)
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Photographers are on the go a lot. They are constantly on shoots and with this in mind, you need a computer that is light-weight, powerful, color-accurate and has good battery life. So that is by which I am going to discuss how to pick the best laptop for photo editing.

Let’s dive into the content!

Light-weight (Can you have a big laptop that is light as well?)

There are a lot of great laptops out there but are there any laptops that will be able to meet all of the criteria I listed above. The first thing I want to discuss and I want you to consider earnestly is the weight and size of your machine. When you are editing photos in photoshop, sharp images vs blurry images can totally ruin your shoot. And sometimes that TINY LCD screen on the back of your camera just isn’t good enough to make sure you got the shot with the best light AND in focus.

For this reason, the screen size of your laptop is important. Do you want to have a nice LARGE 17-inch screen to know without a doubt that your image is in focus? Perhaps you are someone that can not stand lugging BIG gear around, so a 13 inch or 15 inch laptop may be the best bet for you. I am wanting you to THINK before you act. What are your preferences! I could tell you my preferences, but that would not be a fair assessment of what would work for you.

Big does not always mean HEAVY. The LG Gram is a laptop with a BIG screen and weighs under 3 pounds! That is incredible in my book. It is also very color accurate, has a great battery life, and packs some power. I won’t dive too deep into specific models yet, but I want you to get the idea.

Powerful

How powerful does a Photoshop laptop actually have to be? Well, lucky for you they don’t need to be CRAZY powerful. But I will warn you. If you think that your future may hold any video editing or motion design than I would consider getting one of the more powerful machines that I am going to recommend in this video.

As far as photo editing is concerned you definitely want to have a 7th or 8th generation i5 processor at a minimum! I personally always lean towards an i7. This allows me to be confident that if I were needing to browse the internet, edit photos, listen to music, and work on some branding in Illustrator at the same time I would have the power to do so.

As far as the RAM is concerned you can get away with 8GB of ram if you are only editing photos. But if you want to be surfing the web, listening to music, and editing photos at the same time I would recommend making that 16GB of RAM in order to make sure your computer will not get bogged down. You see, every time you open up a program on your laptop it pulls from the RAM memory. So if you have multiple programs at the same time 16GB of RAM will allow your laptop to remain running fast!

What about the GPU (graphics processing unit)? If you are NOT getting into photo editing or motion design this is not a concern. You can stick with the basics and save a boatload of money. BUT IF YOU THINK that you MIGHT, just might, get into any video editing than I would definitely direct you towards a laptop with at least the NVIDIA MX 150 or the GTX 1050.

Is the hard drive something to consider? YES! If you want your laptop to be fast and reliable, I would definitely make sure your laptop comes with a solid-state hard drive. This SSD has no moving parts which are what make it fast and reliable.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. can you recommend a laptop that is with removable or foldable keyboard or all of them are weak in harddrive etc.? also – how would it feels with 14 inches screen, big enough for photoshop? some yoga's are like this. i am used to the 15,6 inches but i can image how much portable would be the 14 inches laptop.

  2. Hi! Great advices! What laptop do you recommend for photo editing and video editing? Through Lightroom, Photoshop and premiere pro? Thanks!

  3. Thanks so much for this video!
    I am wondering what screen resolution you recommend?
    My current laptop the photos on my computer look totally different than my phone when comparing.

  4. Great video and really informative you should put the video on photo and video editing laptops you referenced in the description so it's easier for viewers to jump to your next piece of helpful content

  5. Thank you for your videos. It has really helped me to understand what makes a good graphic design laptop. I was hoping you'd made a separate video on color accuracy in detail. Thanks again!

  6. So GPU isn’t important if you’re using it for drawing? I have a 2015 Cintiq Companion 2 with 8gb of RAM and an i7 processor with an SSD but it still lags considerably on the basic brush tool even when it’s the only program open. So I’m wondering if I upped to 16gb of RAM on my next laptop will make it better? The i7 processor didn’t seem to help the lag on my CC2 so idk how accurate the advice that processors are more important than RAM is…

  7. Hey, great video. Do you think the MacBook Air is good for photoshop, I’m about to go into college and I’ll be doing a lot of graphic designs.

  8. Hi thanks for the video. I like a bigger screen for my photo editing and was thinking of connecting my laptop to a monitor. I was wondering do you think this a practical and what's the best way to do it? Thanks.

  9. Lenovo Yoga S740-14IIL 14" UHD 4K i7-1065G7 16GB/1TB SSD MX250 Win 10

    Hi, what do you think of this one? It's just under 1400 euros. Or any better, in your opinion, for the same price? Regards from Vienna

  10. Hi Ben!

    Thanks so much for the information. What do you think of the 2018 Flagship Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 15 15.6" FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop/Tablet-Intel Core i7-8550U up to 4GHz 16GB DDR4 512GB SSD NVIDIA MX130 Windows Ink Fingerprint Reader Backlit Keyboard W10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFVPBRV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_VEM8DbN9SB78N for photo editing?

  11. Hi, I got a question. I;ve got a Lenevo Ideapad (Intel core i7 2,60HZ with 16gb Ram). In terms of power, its great! In terms of screen not not so much. When I send my edited photo's to my iphone or my friends macbook is see a whole of more of the picture. So i feel real insecure when editing on my laptop. Is it possible to just buy a better external screeen for editing or do I really need to buy a new laptop? Thanks for the help!

  12. I use an Apple IPad Pro for general internet use. I’m interested in trying out photo editing as a possible part time income earner. In your professional opinion, are any possibilities in the Apple Computer line that I could use for part time photo editing jobs worldwide? Or would I be required to invest in a non Apple Desktop or whatever to use? Thank you in advance.

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