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When it comes to serious photo editing work your laptop must have more than just decent computing speed and a good memory.

These are just the bare minimum, to begin with. With increasingly high-resolution cameras hitting the market, the ability to edit files in as large a display size as one can get is also a major requirement.

These days, however, photographers tend to look for lightweight solutions – laptops that they can carry with them wherever they go. That means providing a high resolution large sized screen, an extremely high powered configuration capable of handling multiple applications as well as large-sized files and then combine everything together in a small, lightweight package raises a lot of opposites.

You need an off-road vehicle that handles like a sports car and gives the comfort of a luxury sedan. Is there something out there that can even remotely match such a requirement? Let’s find out.

Note: Any serious photography display should cover 90% or above of the Adobe RGB Color Gamut.

12 BEST Laptops in 2017 for Your Photo Editing Tasks

 

1. ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD

Best Selling Laptop for Photo Editing: ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD

Best Selling Laptop, Ideal for Photography Tasks: The ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD

The ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a wolf in a sheep skin, or at least that’s the first impression you are likely to have when you look at it followed by a rundown of its specifications. If looks are everything, then the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a serious laptop for an office-goer.

If performance is what is the defining parameter for judgment then the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is built to impress. This is a gaming laptop, but it will also impress a photographer looking for a reliable platform to run his best photo editing tools.

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  • This laptop is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz (Turbo up to 3.1 GHz) Skylake processor and 8 Gigs of memory.
  • The 15.6” Matte screen offers full HD display. IPS (In-plane Switching) technology gives bright display with very good viewing angles.
  • The 15.6” Matte screen offers full HD display.
  • IPS (In-plane Switching) technology gives bright display with very good viewing angles.
  • The full-sized keyboard has backlighting which makes the keyboard easy to be seen in complete darkness.
  • The device comes preloaded with Windows 10 operating system.
  • Inside the laptop, a 512-GB solid-state drive makes accessing software and files a breeze.

You can imagine how it feels like waiting for a 30 MB RAW file to load in Lightroom or for Photoshop to wake up from hibernation.

  • With an SSD these waiting times are a thing of the past.
  • To manage heat generated from the processors, the system comes equipped with a dual-fan system that sucks in heated air around the CPU and the GPU and blows it out of the system.
  • The fun part is the processor which gets a high 4340 points on CPU Mark. The dual core processor works fine when working with multiple editing applications working in tandem.

The GeForce GTX 960M GPU and the high 50 fps refresh rate of the laptop is what gives away the real purpose of this device. This might be an entry level gaming laptop but works just as fine to handle serious photo editing tools. As a matter of fact as a gaming laptop this would rank towards the second tier of the lot, but as a photo editing laptop, this one would be quite good.

Display: 15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 45% NTSC, Support ASUS Splendid Technology;
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ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, GTX 960M, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD) Glacier Grey
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ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, GTX 960M, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD) Glacier Grey
  • Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
  • 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. Windows 10 Operating System.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphic card; 8GB RAM; 512GB SSD Storage.
  • Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x HDMI, 1x Card Reader

See all the tech technical specification of the Asus K501 on the Asus website.

2. Dell Inspiron i7559-12623BLK 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 74%

Powered by 6th Generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU and with 8 Gigs of RAM, this is a heck of equipment.

Add to this a 1 TB HDD and an additional 8 GB SSD, and you have yourself a tool that could take on anything. Clock speed on the Core i5 processor is 2.3 GHz.

The presence of SSD means applications that are memory intensive are faster to load. For someone who frequently gets irritated while Photoshop awakes from slumber will appreciate the faster speed.

Display on the 15.6″ laptop screen is a true 1920 x 1080p (full HD). It is an LED-lit Truelife Screen.

As a photographer, you need a powerful graphics card to handle graphics intensive applications. The one on the Dell Inspiron i7559-12623BLK is a beast in that sense. It comes with 4 Gigs of dedicated RAM.

Again, this is a laptop that has been designed for the gamer. But having said that it should appeal to a photographer as well.

The Dell Inspiron i7559-12623BLK comes preloaded with Windows 10. That should get you up and running in no time. All you need is to install your preferred photo editing applications.

3. Microsoft Surface Book

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 67.6%
great for photographers, the surface book by microsoft

Quite a success: The New Microsoft Surface Book

You cannot keep an Apple or a Microsoft Surface book out of any discussion regarding laptops.

  • The Microsoft Surface Book has a display size of 13.5” with Microsoft’s PixelSense Display of 3000 x 2000 resolution. The intense pixel density is capable of producing a high amount of detail.
  • Inside the laptop is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor (the 1 TB configuration comes with i7 processor) and has 128 GB of SSD drive.
  • Internal storage is 16 GB RAM. The configuration is powerful enough to run most of Adobe’s resource hogging applications without a hiccup.

4. ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 74%

The ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW is a 15.6” laptop comes with a 4K display and touchscreen abilities. Touchscreen models are slowly getting some response.

Though, touchscreen abilities, at least in the case of a photo editing laptop or for that matter a gaming laptop is a debatable topic.

Sure you can do simple things like opening up an application and dragging screens around and those sort of stuff with consummate ease, but intensive editing work cannot be done with precision using touch control. That being said the touchscreen control options are very intuitive. The screen incorporates ten points of control that facilitate smart gestures.

  • The Intel Core i7 Skylake processor with Quad-cores and a clock speed of 2.6 GHz is an extremely powerful tool. Add to that a Nvidia GTX960M GPU that has a 2 GB GDDR5 RAM, and you have yourself a powerful combination.
  • 16 gigs of RAM ensure that you never run out of memory when working with resource hogging applications like Photoshop or Premiere Pro.

One of the things photographers always look out for is the ability to check an image in full resolution.

But small screens rarely make all that difference. The ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW has UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). That means for every inch of space on the screen you have 282 pixels.

Apart from these features the screen also has IPS display and 74% Adobe RGB color reproduction. Plus, the screen comes with color calibration right out of the factory. This means brighter display, better contrast, and truer colors.

  • Additionally, the laptop comes with 512 GB of SSD storage.
  • There is no standard HDD. But you do get Thunderbolt connectivity for up to 20 Gbps transfer speed.
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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 Home)
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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 Home)
  • 15.6" Touch IPS 4K Ultra­-HD display, 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • Powerful Intel Skylake Core i7­-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quad­core CPU (turbo to 3.5GHz). Nvidia GTX960M GPU
  • 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s and 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type­C), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type­C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI.Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC reader, 802.11ac Wi­Fi
  • Windows 10 (64 bit) Home. 1 ­year International Warranty with 1­ year Accidental Damage Protection.

5. Apple MacBook ProMLH42LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop with Touch Bar

Color GamutRetina Display (P3 Color 25% more than standard RGB)
Best Laptop for Photography

The Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch (also available in 13.3 inch) – Ideal for all your Photoshop and Lightroom Tasks.

You can’t keep a MacBook out of this list, can you? No way. The Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch Laptop with Touch Bar comes with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 512 GB of RAM. You can further tweak the processor to clock up to 3.6 GHz.

  • The MacBook Pro Laptop has four Thunderbolt ports.
  • 16 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM powers the device memory.
  • Graphics is powered by Intel HD Graphics 530.
  • Plus, the laptop comes preloaded with Mac OS Sierra.

Apple’s Retina display is legendary. It offers the best display among its contemporaries, a reason why it is so popular among photographers. The 15.4” screen has a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. True colors and a crisper display are a must have for every photographer who post-processes his RAW files himself. The Apple MacBook Pro MLW82LL/A is a great laptop to run your post-processing applications in that sense.

You get an internal storage of 512 GB of SSD. SSD storage is lighting fast and is better for resource hogging applications. Though on the flip side you are sure to run out of storage within a month.

To know more about Apple's choice to pick P3 as a color gamut standard and not Adobe RGB, read more here.

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Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A 15.4-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 512GB Retina Display), Space Gray
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Mac OS Sierra

6. ASUS ZenBook UX303UA 13.3-Inch FHD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10 (64 bit)

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 60%

The Asus ZenBook UX303UA is a 13.3” FHD touchscreen powered laptop designed primarily as a mobile workstation. It has some pretty interesting features that should appeal to a discerning photographer as well; someone who does most of his photo editing while he is traveling.

  • Inside the hood is a powerful 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz.
  • The processor can be further tweaked to cycle at upwards of up to 2.8 GHz. 8 Gigs of RAM give enough memory for the laptop to tackle multiple applications and or render large RAW files or render time-lapse videos without many issues.
  • The 13.3” screen has touch capabilities. The ability to touch means for most office work you can safely disregard the mouse.

Where the ASUS ZenBook UX303UA scores over other laptops with similar functionality is that the actuators are only 6mm in size, whereas the industry standard is 9mm. This makes the touch functionality of the ASUS ZenBook UX303UA superior to other laptops.

However, that being said, the touchscreen does not make the light pen completely obsolete. That remains the best photo editing tool by far. The display is IPS LED backlit and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 dots. Plus, the screen has a wide display angle of 178˚.

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The ASUS ZenBook UX303UA has 256 GB of SSD storage. SSD storage enables faster access for resource hogging applications.

The backlit keyboard is a breeze to work with in low light situations. For example when in flight you can turn on the laptop, reduce the screen brightness and work on your editing chores without disturbing your fellow passengers.

Another feature of the laptop is its long lasting battery. This one is rated to last for up to 7 hours. That means it should be enough for a long flight. The small size of the laptop means it is compatible with most photography backpack. It does not have a huge bulk and can easily slide into the laptop holder of your existing laptop bag.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 Home)
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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 Home)
  • 15.6" Touch IPS 4K Ultra­-HD display, 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • Powerful Intel Skylake Core i7­-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quad­core CPU (turbo to 3.5GHz). Nvidia GTX960M GPU
  • 512GB SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s and 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type­C), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type­C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI.Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC reader, 802.11ac Wi­Fi
  • Windows 10 (64 bit) Home. 1 ­year International Warranty with 1­ year Accidental Damage Protection.

7. Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, 17.3 Full HD G-SYNC

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 100%
Perfect for Image Editing Work: the Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, 17.3 Full HD G-SYNC

One of Acer's best laptop for photography work: the Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop

The Acer Predator 17 is designed for the serious gamer.

  • This monster is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 HQ processor with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz. It can be further tweaked to cycle at up to 3.5 GHz.
  • The other configurations of the laptop are 16 Gigs of DDR4 Dual Channel RAM and
  • 256 GB of SSD drive with RAID 0 architecture and 1TB of SATA HDD.
  • The giant 17.3” screen comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and features a widescreen IPS display as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

Though the last of these features is something of an extra for photographers. They would hardly be using this for game playing. They would be interested more in the GPU.

In regards to a GPU, this laptop has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with a dedicated eight gigs of GDDR5 VRAM. Two features on the Acer Predator 17 you would love, regardless of whether you are using this as a gaming laptop or for editing your RAW files, is improved heat management.

The Predator Dust Defender mechanism with AeroBlade fan which throws alternating airflow ensures that dust does not accumulate over the internal components, mainly the processing units. This maintains the operating temperature at a relatively cool level. When working with Photoshop, Lightroom and other applications simultaneously, heating up of the laptop becomes a major problem.

The other feature is the Predator FrostCore. This one too pushes down the temperature further for better performance of the CPU. Finally, the laptop comes with an Acer exclusive extra Cooler Master fan for sustained cooling.

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Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, Core i7, GeForce GTX 1070, 17.3' Full HD G-SYNC, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, G9-793-78CM
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Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, Core i7, GeForce GTX 1070, 17.3" Full HD G-SYNC, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, G9-793-78CM
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD RAID 0, 1TB HDD
  • Windows 10 Home

8. ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 15-Inch Gaming Laptop

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 53.3%

The ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 is a 15″ gaming laptop designed for the serious gamer. When we bring in gamers to the equation, the laptop should appeal to photographers as well. Especially those who routinely use Photoshop, Lightroom or other resource hogging applications for editing their photos and videos.

  • At the center of the laptop is a powerful 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700 HQ 2.6 GHz Skylake processor.
  • Plus, you also get 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a dual hard drive.
  • You get a standard 1 TB SATA hard drive with a maximum RPM of 7200, and you also get a 128 GB M.2 SSD drive.
  • The presence of SSD drive ensures that you can access your applications and images at a much faster rate than standard HDD. This is a must have for time-consuming applications or loading large file sizes.

The 15.6” Matte IPS screen offers full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution display. Graphics processing is controlled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with dedicated 4GB VRAM.

The keyboard of the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 features a reinforced design. There are almost 100 soldered points on the keyboard for that extra durability and powerful feel when typing. Additionally, the keyboard has red-backlit keys with 1.8 millimeters of key travel.

ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB, 128GB SSD (ROG Metallic)
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ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB, 128GB SSD (ROG Metallic)
  • Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz. 16GB RAM; 1TB 7200RPM + 128GB M.2 SSD Storage.
  • 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM gaming graphic card.
  • GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network.
  • Feature the latest USB3.1 Type-C port for more convenient connectivity options.
  • 100 solder points for durability and solid-feel, one piece keyboard with 1.8mm of key travel, gives you responsive keystrokes when typing and entering commands; The slide-off upgrade panel offers instant access, fit an M.2 SSD, a bigger hard drive or upgrade memory.

9. Lenovo Y700- 15.6 Inch Full HD Gaming Laptop

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 36.5%

Gaming laptops are traditionally preferred by photographers for the simple reason that these laptops are designed to be pushed to the limits of their hardware and software capacities. These laptops are routinely used to play high-performance games. They have superior heat management, better hard drive technology, often with SSD and of course state of the art processing and GPU.

  • The Lenovo Y700, comparatively, is a demure system, which comes with 6th Generation Intel Quad Core i7 CPU and
  • a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD. There is no SSD storage.
  • You also get 8 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and
  • a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU for taking care of the graphics requirements.
  • The 15.6 IPS Anti-glare display comes with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080).

A primary requirement for laptops that are used by photographers is that they need robust heat management. Good heat control ensures that the delicate internal components of the laptop remain cool and within operating limits for optimum performance. Gaming laptops usually come with these extra heat management features because they generate a lot of heat when you are laying resource hogging games.

Thus, these laptops are ideal for photo editing purposes as well. The Lenovo Y700 has integrated thermal fans ensure that the internal components of the laptop remain cool even when you are running multiple photo editing applications.

Backlit keyboards are a must have when you have a habit of editing your RAW files on the go. In flight when cruising miles in the air, you can finish doing batch processing of your images to adjust white balance, contrast and or black and white conversion. A backlit keyboard is an extremely useful feature to have for such purposes.

10. The 2017 MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228 15.6″

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 63%
  • The 2017 MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228 15.6″ is an ultra-portable gaming laptop
  • It is powered by a 7th generation Intel Core H series i7-7700 processor
  • Has a clock speed of 2.8 GHz / 3.8 GHz and a GTX 1060 GPU.
  • The laptop has a 512 GB SSD and
  • An additional 2 TB (5400 RPM) of traditional storage.
  • Plus, you get 16 GB of DDR4 memory.

The laptop has a series of cooling features that every photographer, working on resource hogging applications must have.

Designed for the advanced gamer, the Cooler Boost 3 feature employs dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and the GPU. It employs a total of 5 heat pipes that ensure maximum cooling performance even when you might be working on large RAW files or editing time-lapse video sequences.

The viewing angle on the 15.6” IPS display is 178 ˚. It offers a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (UHD). It integrates MSI’s exclusive True Color technology that is perfectly calibrated to render colors as natural as possible. Needless to say, truer colors are what every photographer looks for when editing their images before soft proofing and printing.

Additionally, the 2017 MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228 15.6″ has a backlit red keyboard layout. A backlit keyboard is perfect when working in low light environments. Sometimes to achieve the best-saturated display, photo editors prefer to work away in darker corners of a room. However, that usually means they hardly have much light to see where their fingers land on the keyboard. A backlit keyboard is a perfect solution for such situations.

11. Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-75RU

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 59.5%

Size does matter, especially when it comes to playing with your image files. Larger display easily highlights blemishes or areas of concern in an image file, something that a smaller screen will hide till it is too late to rectify. The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition comes with a large 17.3” display that is just perfect when working on your RAW files or scrutinizing your JPEG compositions before sending them away.

  • The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700 HQ 2.6 GHz Skylake processor (6MB Cache) and
  • a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with
  • built-in 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • The internal memory of the laptop is a good 16 GB DDR4 dual channel.
  • Internal storage of the laptop is 1 TB (5400 RPM).
  • The device comes preloaded with Windows 10.

The vast real estate of 17.3” offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (full HD). Full HD resolution allows you to get a significantly high-resolution display of your images on the screen. A higher resolution display complements a larger screen as you can get a larger more detailed view of your images.

This is just perfect for the purpose of editing/post processing of your images. It highlights the issues in your images, such as sensor dust or lens smears, or dead pixels which are easy to overlook when reviewing images on a smaller display.

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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-75RU 17.3' Full HD IPS Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home
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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-75RU 17.3" Full HD IPS Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 (6MB Cache)
  • 16 GB DDR4 Dual-Channel Memory
  • 1 TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 17.3-inch Full HD Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 7-hour battery life

12. ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 55%

The ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM performance VR is another extremely powerful gaming laptop in this segment.

  • The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 – 6700 HQ Quad Core
  • Windows 10 Home version plus
  • 6GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 + G-Sync.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 100 VR ready graphic card with a built-in memory of 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM forms the graphics processing unit of the laptop.
  • Plus, you can also use a VR kit with this laptop as the display is VR ready.
  • Internal RAM of the laptop is a dedicated 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM.
  • The laptop has a display size of 15.6”.

Moreover, the screen resolution is full HD (1920 x 1080p). A larger resolution easily projects the details in an image which a smaller resolution screen cannot project.

Plus, the ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM comes with the anti-glare display. Many times when working in less than optimum situations, such as when shooting tethered in an outdoor location, the glare of the sun can completely obscure the display on a laptop. Though there is no better solution than using a laptop screen hood, having an anti-glare screen helps a lot.

  • Total internal storage is 1 TB (5400 RPM) plus a 128 GB M.2 (SSD) drive.
  • The laptop has a full sized backlit keyboard.

A backlit keyboard has become a standard requirement of sorts, especially for people who frequently find themselves doing fine tuning of their images while in flight or while sitting in the lounge.

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM Performance VR Ready Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Windows 10 Home 6GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 + G-SYNC 15.6' Full HD 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD 8GB DDR4 RAM
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ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM Performance VR Ready Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Windows 10 Home 6GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 + G-SYNC 15.6" Full HD 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz/3.5GHz) Quad Core Processor, Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • 6GB GDDR5 VRAM Nvidia® GeForce GTX 1060 VR Ready Graphics + G-SYNC; DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 15.6" Full HD Anti-Glare G-SYNC Display (1920 x 1080); HDMI; Mini DisplayPort; USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt
  • 128GB M.2 (SSD) Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400RPM Storage HDD; Intel 802.11AC 2x2 WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Full Size Red Backlit Keyboard, HD Webcam, SonicMaster Sound, Gigabit LAN, 1 Year Warranty

13. Our Pick: The DELL XPS 15 4K Ultra HD

Color GamutAdobe RGB @ 100%

The Dell XPS is also great (especially for pro photographers) as the display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB Color Spectrum.

In many ways, the Dell XPS 15 Touch 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD is a strong competitor to the Apple MacBook Pro we also covered in this review post. As a matter of fact, it outdoes the Apple MacBook Pro in many ways.

To start MacBook Pro doesn’t have a 4K display. The Retina Display on the Apple MacBook Pro is 2880 x 1800. The display on the Dell 15.6” Inspiron is 3840 x 2160. The Apple MacBook Pro does not have a multi-touch screen; the Dell has that as well.

The Dell XPS 15 is powered by a 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor (up to 3.5 GHZ). It is an extremely powerful quad-core processor that produces a superlative performance when gaming. Backing it up is an array of 32 GB DDR DRAM to handle even the most resource hungry photo editing applications in the business.

Plus, the GPU of the Dell is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 2GB GDDR5 memory. The MacBook Pro has the slightly less preferred AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU. The Dell XPS 15 has a  1 TB SSD storage, ideal to keep plenty of photos and movies ready for editing.

Solid State Drives are matchless regarding their performance and power consumption. There are no moving parts inside, they are faster in terms of startup, quieter when they are running and consume a lot less power when compared with their normal HDD cousins.

Read more about the Dell XPS 15 Touch on the Dell Website, or see reviews and details of this great laptop for photography enthusiasts on Amazon.

Dell XPS 15 9550 Touch 15.6' 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) High Performance Laptop 6th Gen Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 1TB SSD, 32GB Ram Bluetooth 4.1 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Win 10 Home
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Dell XPS 15 9550 Touch 15.6" 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) High Performance Laptop 6th Gen Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 1TB SSD, 32GB Ram Bluetooth 4.1 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Win 10 Home
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core (6M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
  • 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2133MHz; 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5
  • 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch Display

Best Laptop for Photo Editing

Comparison Table

Laptop Adobe RGB Display Size Amazon Price
ASUS K501UW-AB78 N.A. 15.6" Buy at $799.00
Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 74% 15.6" Buy at $815.00
Microsoft Surface Book 67.6% 13.5" Buy at $1,449.99
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 74% 15.6" Buy at $1,435.98
Apple MacBook Pro MLW82LL/A
P3 (RGB @125%) 15.4" Buy at $2,720.38
ASUS ZenBook UX303UA 60% 13.3" Buy at $1,435.98
Acer Predator 17
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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-228 63% 15.6" Buy at $1,999.00
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Rajib

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

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.