When the world of photography made the shift from film to digital technology, the computer became an important tool for unlocking an image’s full potential. Using the right tools, it is possible to tweak a photo extensively.

With the technology that is available, it is important to find a laptop that offers the specs and features that you need in order to be able to work on your photos. So, the question is, what is the best laptop for a photographer? While many professional photographers tend to use Apple, the fact is that there are some great Windows laptops that offer some great editing apps that can be downloaded and used, often for free.

When choosing the best laptop for photography there are several things to consider.


It is important to have a quick processor such as AMD A10 or Intel i5. This is particularly important if you are going to work with a lot of files at once or if you are going to be doing extensive editing using Adobe Photoshop or one of the other image editors. If you have a slow processor your system may become sluggish.


Another consideration is the RAM. Most photographers will want a laptop with at least 8 GB. In addition, it is important to consider the type of storage that you want. External hard drives were the only option in the past, but a solid state drive provides faster performance than a hard drive. The downfall of solid state drives is that they have a smaller capacity than an external hard drive.

Screen Size and Resolution

Another factor to consider is the screen size and resolution. Obviously, the larger the screen size the more room you will have to look at your images and edit them. High resolution screens allow you to see the image in more detail, which can help if you are zooming in on a high megapixel image or if you are cropping photos.

Top Laptops for Photo Editing

When taking all of the above into consideration there are several laptops on the market that stand out.

  1. MacBook Pro: this is definitely the leader when it comes to editing photo. If you can afford the hefty $2000 price tag, the MacBook pro is definitely the top option.
  2. Lenovo ThinkPad L540: for around $650 the Lenovo ThinkPad is a great photo editing laptop that will not break the bank. While the color reproduction is not the best, it is still very good and this laptop is one of the best at this price point.
  3. Microsoft Surface Pro: for those who enjoy working on a tablet, the Surface Pro by Microsoft is by far the best choice. The screen is small at only 12 inches but represents color quite well.
  4. Acer Aspire Ultrabook: this lightweight laptop offers an Intel Core i5 processor, a quick solid state drive, and 8 GB of memory. The display is bright and colors show up well.

These are just a few of the laptop options currently available. There are several others that perform well and can be considered based on your particular needs.