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Looking for the Best Desktop for Photo Editing?

  • Are you in the market for the best desktop for photo editing?
  • Are you looking to upgrade to a better, faster and more powerful editing platform?
  • Are you tired of the dinosaur siting on your desk?

If you are looking for a new desktop for your photography business, these are a few options you can definitely look at.

Best Desktops for Photo Editing in 2018

  1. Microsoft 28″ Surface Studio at from $2,999.00 | (20 Reviews)
  2. Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27″ at from $1,279.00 | (504 Reviews)
  3. Our Pick: Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27″ at $1,869.00 | (63 Reviews)
  4. HP ENVY 34 Curved at $2,799.00 | (2 Reviews)
  5. HP ENVY 34 Curved (2TB SSD) at $2,999.00 | (11 Reviews)
  6. HP Z1 G3, 23.6″ 4K IPS at $1,199.99

1. Microsoft 28″ surface Studio Multi-Touch All in one Desktop

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Microsoft Surface Studio (Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB)

The Microsoft Surface a tank. It's built-in a way so that you can do all your editing chores without any issues. This powerful all-in-one desktop is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor. Graphics processing is taken care of by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics card with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Memory on the Microsoft 28″ surface Studio is powered by a 32 GB stick. Enough juice to run resource hogging applications like Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Premier or Adobe Camera RAW without any hiccups.

Internal storage on the desktop is a cool 2 TB of HDD plus a 128 GB SSD. The faster SSD drive gives you the option to leave your OS and image editing applications on this physical drive for faster access while editing.

This is a unique design, capable of being used in either its standard upright position or being used in the laid back studio mode. The second one is for photographers and editors who prefer a slightly more comfortable look for an extended work routine.

The large 28″ display offers a resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels. Large enough to display around 14 megapixel RAW files in full size. The display supports 10-bit color depth for a brighter and more realistic color display.

The display comes with multi-touch support which ensures that you can enjoy the full features of Windows 10. Just to confirm, Windows 10 comes preloaded in the computer. You can use either your fingers or the provided Surface Pen that makes it easier to edit and retouch files.

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Microsoft Surface Studio (Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB)
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Microsoft Surface Studio (Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB)
  • Includes Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse and a Zero Gravity Hinge that moves the display weightlessly from an upright angle, down into Studio Mode with one hand
  • Enjoy a 28-inch adjustable PixelSense Display with touchscreen and 13.5 million pixels of color and clarity
  • With Intel Core processors accelerated by a discrete NVIDIA GeForce dGPU, Surface Studio is up for anything
  • Reinvent the way you create with a unique set of tools like Surface Pen, Surface Dial*, and Windows Ink
  • Microsoft Surface Studio: Touch it. Draw on it. Visualize and develop your ideas like you would on a sheet of paper
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2. Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27-Inch Desktop

This 3.3 GHz quad core Intel core i5 equipped iMac packs in enough punch to be your one and only platform for all types if still and video editing requirements. The quad-core Intel Core i5 revs up to 3.3 GHz. It can be overclocked to about 3.7 GHz to handle more resource hogging applications and when working on critical tasks like blending multiple images or for producing time-lapse videos etc. Working on Photoshop and Lightroom is a breeze.

Internal memory of the system comprises of 2 sticks of 4 GB (total 8 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM. Storage on the system is 1 TB of traditional 7200 rpm HDD type. Graphics is powered by an AMD Radeon M290 GPU with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The system comes preloaded with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

The best bit (yes there is more) is the stunning display of the iMac. If there is one thing that Windows users have always envied about Macs it is its stunning display. The Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27″ comes with a 27″ 5K IPS Retina Display. That's a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels. That means you can view a large 14 megapixel image in full size while reviewing it. Most older DSLRs shoots at 16 megapixel.

Newer cameras mostly shoot at around 24 megapixel (barring a few high resolution full-frame shooters). Therefore this display gives an almost full sized view of most large sized images which is extremely useful for the purpose of editing and retouching.

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Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (3.3 Ghz Quad-core processor,1 TB Hard Drive,8GB DDR3L)
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Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (3.3 Ghz Quad-core processor,1 TB Hard Drive,8GB DDR3L)
  • 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive1
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290 with 2GB video memory
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3. Our Pick: Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27″

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Apple iMac MF885LL/A 27-Inch Desktop

The upgrade of the Apple iMac MF885LL/A consists of a 3.5 GHz quad-core 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. The processor can be overclocked to a maximum of 4.1 GHz. Internal memory on the Mac is 8 GB of 2400 MHz stick. The graphics on the system is powered by a Radeon Pro 575 GPU with 4 GB of VRAM.

A major update on this new iMac is the addition of the Fusion Drive. Apple's Fusion Drives are a hybrid mechanism that incorporates a traditional HDD and a Solid State Drive rolled into one and performing in unison. Inside these Fusion Drives are two separate drives, but they are programmed to work in unison.

The Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27″ comes with 1 TB of Fusion Drive. You can opt for the higher version of this iMac if you are ready to shell out more money. For about $200 more you will get a 2 TB fusion drive storage and a 3.8 GHz processor that can be overclocked to 4.2 GHz. For all practical purposes though, the Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27″ is a great platform.

The display on the Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27″ is its most talked about and admired feature, just like any other Mac system. The large 27″ display comes with a Retina Display of 5120 x 2880 pixels.

Again, good enough for displaying around a 14 megapixel image on it at full size and no cropping. The display supports up to one billion colors and offers 500 nits of brightness for a super sharp display.

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OUR PICK: Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27 Inch, 3.5GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive
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OUR PICK: Apple iMac MNEA2LL/A 27 Inch, 3.5GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive
  • 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
  • 8GB 2400MHz memory
  • 1TB Fusion drive
  • Radeon Pro 575 with 4GB video memory
  • Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display. Built-in FaceTime HD camera
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4. HP ENVY 34 Curved Desktop Intl i7 – 6700K

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HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 512GB SSD 2TB HD 32GB RAM

The thing I like about the HP ENVY Curved is it makes a statement immediately on first look. At 34″ (diagonal) it is the largest desktop display that we have discussed thus far. The resolution of the display however is 3440 x 1440 pixels. That means the display can handle only small sized images at full resolution. If you want to display even high resolution images in half the display ratio the screen will struggle.The iMac's Retina Display wins the race in this aspect.

But where the large display will come in handy is when handling two or more images at the same time blending or dragging slices out of one image and onto another one. It will also come in handy when editing videos. The entire timeline can be displayed which is extremely useful.

But beyond the crazy display size it packs in quite a bit of punch for your resource hogging tasks. The HP ENVY 34 Curved is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700K processor capable of running at 4 GHz (native speed). It can be overclocked to 4.2 GHz using the Extreme Power Processor.

Internal memory on the computer is 32 GB of ultra performance RAM. Graphics is powered by NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics card with 2 GB of dedicated VRAM and total 8 GB of VRAM. Internal storage on the computer is 512 GB of SSD M.2 drive. It also packs in a traditional HDD of 2 TB storage space.

When compared to with regular SSD's which runs at a speed of about 500 MB/s, the M.2 SSD runs at a speed of about 2500 MB/s. This is an extremely quick read speed (write speed averages at about 1500 MB/s) and therefore increases the speed of your workflow manifold.

HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 512GB SSD 2TB HD 32GB RAM (Intel Core i7-6700K processor - 4.00GHz TURBO to 4.20GHz, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD + 2TB HD, 34' WQHD LED (3440x1440), Win 10) PC Computer All-in-One
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HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 512GB SSD 2TB HD 32GB RAM (Intel Core i7-6700K processor - 4.00GHz TURBO to 4.20GHz, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD + 2TB HD, 34" WQHD LED (3440x1440), Win 10) PC Computer All-in-One
  • Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz with TURBO BOOST to 4.20GHz (EXTREME-power processor)
  • 32 GB of RAM (ULTRA performance);NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics w/2GB dedicated & up to 8GB total video RAM
  • 512GB SSD M.2 Drive (speed: 2500 MB/s !!! ) + 2TB HD (2.5 TB total space); HDMI ports in&out
  • 34" CURVED Brilliant diagonal widescreen WQHD LED-backlit display (3440x1440)
  • Bang & Olufsen audio speakers, HD web camera&mic, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac(2x2) & Bluetooth 4.0, 2xUSB 3.0; 3xUSB 2.0 (rear); 2xUSB 3.0 (bottom); Wireless keyboard/mouse, etc
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5. HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 2TB SSD 32GB RAM

Best desktop for photo editing: HP Envy 34" Curved

HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 2TB SSD 32GB RAM

The specs of this desktop and the one that we just finished reviewing before are identical in all aspects. The only difference is the internal storage.

This one has a 2 TB storage while the one we discussed previously has 2.5 TB.

But we are not concerned about just the quantity of that storage. And this is important. This one has a 2 TB SSD drive (no HDD or hybrid storage), while the previous computer has a 2 TB HDD and a second SSD of 512 GB. Thus, you have a larger SSD storage with this computer, which makes a huge difference in the longer run. You can store your RAW and JPEG images on this entirely SSD system and access them at the blink of an eye without having to rely on an external drive all the time.

HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 2TB SSD 32GB RAM (Intel Core i7-6700K processor - 4.00GHz with TURBO BOOST to 4.20GHz, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD drive, 34' WQHD LED (3440x1440), Win 10) PC Computer All-in-One
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HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 2TB SSD 32GB RAM (Intel Core i7-6700K processor - 4.00GHz with TURBO BOOST to 4.20GHz, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD drive, 34" WQHD LED (3440x1440), Win 10) PC Computer All-in-One
  • Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz with TURBO BOOST to 4.20GHz (EXTREME-power processor)
  • 32 GB of RAM (ULTRA performance);NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics w/2GB dedicated & up to 8GB total video RAM
  • 2 TB SSD Drive (MASSIVE pure SSD); HDMI ports in&out
  • 34" CURVED Brilliant diagonal widescreen WQHD LED-backlit display (3440x1440)
  • Bang & Olufsen audio speakers, HD web camera&mic, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac(2x2) & Bluetooth 4.0, 2xUSB 3.0; 3xUSB 2.0 (rear); 2xUSB 3.0 (bottom); Wireless keyboard/mouse, etc

6. HP Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation Desktop PC 23.6″ 4K IPS

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HP Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation Desktop PC: 23.6-inch 4K IPS (3840×2160)

The HP Z1 G3 All-in-One is a surprisingly powerful desktop computer. But at a price tag that is significantly lower than the rest of the systems that we have discussed here. The system is powered by an Intel Quad-Core 3.2 GHz i5-6500 processor capable of being overclocked to a maximum of 4 GHz.

Memory on the system is a good 8 GB of DDR4 2133 MHz RAM. Graphics on the system is powered by an Intel HD Graphics 530 unit.

The only thing that the system loses out to in comparison with other systems on this review is the storage. HP Z1 G3 All-in-One has a 1 TB HDD storage unit that spins at 7200 rpm.

Another major feature of the desktop is undoubtedly its display. At 23.6″ it is far smaller than some of the other systems that we have discussed thus far. However, it has a display resolution of 3840 x 2160, which is quite respectable. There is an MXM slot as well. This ensures that you can upgrade the system to use an improved GPU unit should the need ever arise.

HP Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation Desktop PC: 23.6-inch 4K IPS (3840x2160), Intel Quad-Core i7-6700, 1TB HDD, 8GB, WiFi+Bluetooth, Windows 10 Professional
  • 23.6" 4K IPS (3840x2160) | Integrated Intel HD 530 Graphics
  • Intel Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz (4 cores 8 threads, Max 4.0GHz, 8MB Cache)
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD | 8 GB DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM
  • 802.11ac + Bluetooth v4.2 Combo | Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
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Rajib's love for the road is second only to his love for photography.
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Rajib’s love for the road is second only to his love for photography.
Wanderlust at heart and a shutterbug who loves to document his travels via his lenses; his two passions compliment each other perfectly.
He has been writing for over 7 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favorite pursuits.

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