4 Best Desktops for Photo Editing (Update 2017)

Best Desktop for Photo Editing

Best Desktops for Photo Editing

If you are looking for the best desktop for photo editing in 2017, you have landed at the right place. Even though the trend is towards going mobile (e.g. connecting a great laptop for photo editing to a high resolution external monitor), but then again, if you want an amazing permanent workstation for all your photo edting tasks at home or at work, nothing beats a great desktop PC or Mac.

Top 4 Photography Desktops (2017)

  1. Our Winner: Dell XPS x8910-23420BLK Desktop (Availabe for $914.90 – This is the Editor's Choice for “Best Desktop for Photo Editing 2017”)
  2. HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop (PC Computer All-in-One at$1,999.95)
  3. Apple 27” iMac Desktop Computer (Priced atCheck on Amazon)
  4. The Lenovo Idea Centre 700-25 ISH (Priced atOut of stock)
Which PC or Mac should you buy for Photography Tasks?

Which PC / Mac Desktop should you buy for your photo editing work in 2017? We compared the best models and came up with 4 top performer in this category | Photo Credit: William Hook

Latest Update: June 2017
Replaced the the Lenovo Idea Centre 700-25 ISH with the new and powerful desktop PC VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 (Intel Core i7-6700, 16GB, 4TB HHD, Win 10 Pro)
Previous Updates: Feb and March 2017
March 2017: Replaced the HP Eny 2016 Model with the latest 2017 HP ENVY 34 CURVED All-In-One Desktop (Intel Core i7-7700T Quad Core Processor, 34″ Display, AMD Radeon RX460, Win 10 Pro, 256GB PCIe + 2TB Hard Drive, 16GB DDR4 RAM)

February 2017: Updated Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK Desktop (Availabe for $1,399.11) with the new model, the Dell XPS8910-23420BLK Desktop, retailing at $914.90

Top 3 Desktops for Photography

We discussed earlier the top laptop choices for photographers and the best monitors for photo editing. In this blog post, we shall look at the best desktops for photo editing. A discussion of the top four choices for desktops for photo editing is likely to be dominated by Apple’s products. However, we have kept this as impartial as possible with adequate representation from non-Apple manufacturers as well.

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At the top of your list of concerns when shopping for a desktop computer for photo editing needs is the route that you should take and I don’t mean the proverbial Windows vs Mac. Rather, I mean buy-off-the-shelf against building one to your taste.

There are several things that you need to look into when buying a desktop computer. While your requirements may not be too demanding for you to order one that is water-cooled, rather than fan-cooled, you simply cannot overlook the need for processing power.

1. OUR WINNER: The Dell XPS x8910

Best Computer for Photography in 2017: The DELL XPS 8910

The DELL XPS 8910 | Best Computer for Photography in 2017

This is yet another Intel Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz processor (upgrade up to 4.0 GHz) powered desktop computer with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti dedicated graphic card (with 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory).

While most photographers won’t need more than the installed 16 GB of RAM (and that is even if they have multiple RAW files open on Photoshop), this desktop can really flex its muscles with and can be upgraded to a whopping 64 GB of RAM.

Additionally, there is a total of 1 TB of storage and 7 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports for plenty of external storage and devices (e.g. just add a 2TB external storage, anyways we recommend keeping your photos on external drives only). Otherwise, the 2TB version is also available and costs not much more (DELL XPS 8910 with 2TB retails at$939.00)

Plus it has a blue ray combo drive and an SD Card Reader (USB 3.1). The Dell XPS 8910 comes preloaded with Windows 10 Professional.

Our Pick for “Best Desktop for Photo Editing”:  The DELL XPS 8910

Dell XPS8910-7020BLK Desktop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti
  • Intel Core i7-6700, up to 4.0 GHz Processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti with 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • 16GB DDR4 Included; 64GB Maximum
  • 1TB HDD Storage; DVD-RW
  • No Monitor Included
  • Windows 10 Home Operating System; Black

2. The HP Envy 34″ Curved All-in-One

Best PC Desktop & Monitor for Photo Editing: the HP ENVY 34 CURVED Desktop 2TB SSD 16 GB

The HP ENVY 34 CURVED DesktopTB SSD 32GB is perfect for Photoshop and other Photo Editing Tasks.

Okay, to begin with, this is an all-in-one PC Computer (the desktop is built into the monitor).

But the specs are equally impressive for your photo editing requirements, especially when you consider that it has an Intel Core i7-7700T 4.20GHz Processor, 16 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 TB hard drive (Pure SSD) and a NVIDIA GeForce 960A Graphics card.

The HP Envy PC comes pre-loaded with Windows 10. In addition, this power-packed PC/Monitor comes with Bang & Olufsen audio speakers and an HD web camera built-in.

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Latest 2017 HP ENVY 34 CURVED All-In-One Desktop (Intel Core i7-7700T Quad Core Processor, 34' WQHD LED (3440x1440) Display, AMD Radeon RX460, Win 10 Pro, 256GB PCIe + 2TB Hard Drive, 16GB DDR4 RAM)
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Latest 2017 HP ENVY 34 CURVED All-In-One Desktop (Intel Core i7-7700T Quad Core Processor, 34" WQHD LED (3440x1440) Display, AMD Radeon RX460, Win 10 Pro, 256GB PCIe + 2TB Hard Drive, 16GB DDR4 RAM)
  • Latest 2017 7th Gen Intel i7-7700T Quad Core Desktop Processor & Windows 10 Professional
  • Dedicated AMD® Radeon RX460 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card & 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Memory
  • 34" Curved Widescreen WQHD LED-backlit (3440 x 1440); Use the 34" as a monitor for another device with HDMI-in or if 34" isn't enough, you can plug in a secondary monitor with HDMI-out!
  • 256GB Eluktro Pro-X Performance PCIe SSD to handle your operating system and applications plus a 2TB hard drive for extra storage.
  • Wireless Keyboard & Optical Mouse; Sound bar for incredible audio with Bang & Olufsen: Front-firing quad speakers direct sound toward you at a 45-degree angle for clear, loud audio.

3. The Apple 27” iMac Desktop Computer

Best Mac for Photo Editing in 2017

The Best iMac for Photo Editing: The 27″ Apple iMac Desktop with 2TB Storage.

To round up this discussion of best desktops for photo editing we take a look at the Apple 27” iMac. Apple’s desktops and laptops have long been favorites among photographers and the photo editing community.

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This iMac computer in many sense combines the best that Apple has to offer. It is powered by a 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Processor, 8GB Memory (configurable up to 32GB) and a 2TB fusion drive.

The Apple iMac has an AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDRs5 memory. It has 2 Thunderbolt ports giving it lighting quick transfer speeds both ways.

Apple iMac MK482LL/A 27-Inch Retina 5K Display Desktop (Intel Quad-Core i5 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive, Mac OS X), Silver
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Apple iMac MK482LL/A 27-Inch Retina 5K Display Desktop (Intel Quad-Core i5 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive, Mac OS X), Silver
  • 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 8GB Onboard Memory (Configurable up to 32GB)
  • 2TB Fusion Drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

4. VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 (The NEW Power Horse!)

The New VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre Best for Heavy Photoshop and Video Editing Work

The New VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre (also an ideal Desktop for Photography Work)

This new VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre Desktop (available since May 2017) is powered by a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-6700 with of 16GB of RAM (it is also available at 8GB). The storage capacity is a solid 4TB with 1TB SSD. The graphics card is the high-performance and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 720.

This desktop is the newest PC Desktop we have picked and the Intel Core processor is ideal for photo and video editing work. In terms of connectivity, the Lenovo ThinkCentre has 8 USB ports, 4 Display Ports, and 1 VGA Port.

VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 - Intel Core i7-6700 - 16GB - 1 TB SSD - 4TB HDD - Win 10 Pro - 3 Yrs Warranty
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VCI Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 - Intel Core i7-6700 - 16GB - 1 TB SSD - 4TB HDD - Win 10 Pro - 3 Yrs Warranty
  • Processor: Intel i7-6700 Quad Core Processor (8MB Cache, 3.40 - 4.0 GHz)
  • Storage: 1TB Solid State Drive & 4TB Hard Drive | DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM | NVIDIA GeForce GT 720 1 GB Graphics | 8 x Total USB Port(s) | 1 VGA - 4 Display Ports | Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Onsite Warranty
  • Hard Drive & RAM Upgrade* | View Product Description for more details | The system includes our renowned Technical Support which answers your technical support calls within an average hold time of only 15 seconds. Upon arrival of your new PC, please contact Vision Technical Support to register your systems for our Managed Services. After registration, you will receive one year of Vision Computers free technical phone and remote support.
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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 6 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favorite pursuits.

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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 6 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favorite pursuits.

8 CommentsLeave a comment

  • I really think Dell is just a scam company!!! My monitor broke after 2 months!! They don’t return emails, I’ve talked with 6 different people. I have been hung up on, lied to, I haven’t been called back and after tests and tech out, Their products are junk & if you have to deal with anyone in technical support or customer service, you will so regret having purchased their products. l still have not have not received a replacement monitor. Warning to anyone considering a dell product, DON’T DO IT!!!

  • So Dell will actually do the job they should be doing in the first place, honoring the warranty, only because it is now seen by many people??? Wow, that’s a company that I will continue to want to do business with…never again.

    • If you don’t know (haven’t seen) Dell headquarters address I seriously doubt that you have researched or reached out to anyone. Do you know what the internet is?

  • I’ve used Dell XPS Desktop for years for my photography business. I am also a Mac book pro user during the my day job as a Corp photographer. I love both, but have to say the Dell surpasses in speed and being able to have several programs open at once. I would also add that Dell has amazing customer support that I have used multiple times and have always been very happy!

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