Digital photos have drastically changed the world of photography and the computer is vital for unlocking the full potential of each image that you take as a photographer. With just a few of the right tools it is possible to tweak photos extensively. However, in order to do this you will need to have a laptop that has the specs and the features necessary to allow you to work on your masterpieces while on the go.
While many professionals will turn to Apple as their go to manufacturer for a photo editing laptop, there are several Windows computers that provide downloadable editing apps that can be used for free that will provide you with what you need to make your photos look their best. That’s the advice given by Ian from I/O Techie to help you find a photo editing laptop without breaking your budget.
What to Look for in a Photo Editing Laptop
When searching for the best laptop it is important to consider the processor speed. You will want either an AMD A10 or Intel Core i5, especially if you work with a lot of files at once or if you are editing extensively with Adobe Photoshop or another imaging editor. If you do not invest in a fast processor your system may be sluggish.
Another consideration is how much memory you need. Typically, you will want to purchase a laptop that has a minimum of 8 GB.
Storage is another important decision that will need to be made. While an external hard drive offers high capacities, a solid state drive will provide a faster performance. Solid state drives offer less capacity and they cost more than an external hard drive. Some photographers will purchase a smaller solid state drive to use for editing and then store the photos on a larger external hard drive.
Another consideration when searching for the best editing laptops is the screen size and the resolution. Larger monitors provide more room to view and edit images. High resolution screens will provide the most detail for cropping photographs and when zooming in on an image with high megapixels.
Other extras to consider for your photo editing laptop are built in card readers, multiple USB ports, and a drive to use for burning photos to a disc.
With all of this being said, here are a few laptops to consider for your stock photography photo editing needs.
Apple MacBook Pro
If it is in your budget, this is the hands down best photo editing laptop available.
Acer Aspire Ultrabook
The Acer Aspire Ultrabook is reasonably priced for all that it offers. For those with a lower budget, this laptop will do the editing jobs you need it to.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
If you are considering a tablet for your photo editing work, the Microsoft Surface Pro is the best there is for the job.
Another low budget option, the ThinkPad has all of the options necessary to get your photo editing work completed.
Overall, while the Macbook is the best photo editing laptop available, there are several other laptops that will provide you with the specs necessary to complete your photo editing work.