The best laptops for Photoshop

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1. Best overall: MacBook Air 15
2. Best screen: Asus ProArt
3. Most power: MacBook Pro (M3)
4. Best value: Vivobook Pro 16
5. Most portable: ZenBook S13
6. 2-in-1: Surface Laptop Studio 2
7. Biggest screen: Dell XPS 17
8. Most versatile: Zenbook Duo
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The best laptops for Photoshop have enough power to avoid struggling with the more power-hungry GPU-accelerate features in Adobe's software while also providing colour-accurate displays that allow you to see your photos, designs or digital art as they really looks. However, different users will have different priorities in terms of portability, screen size and budget.

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Apple MacBook Air 15 test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildIt's a MacBook, so it looks great.★★★★★
PerformanceThe M3 chip provided great processing and graphic performance for Photoshop in our tests★★★★★
DisplayClear and bright, we're big fans★★★★
PricingThere cheaper laptops for Photoshop, but this is well priced for a MacBook★★★★
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Asus ProArt Studiobook OLED test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildPremium build with useful features.★★★★★
PerformanceFaultless performance even for things much more demanding than Photoshop.★★★★
DisplayGreat touchscreen with excellent colour coverage.★★★★★
PricingIt's very expensive.★★★
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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M3 Pro) test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildPremium Apple quality.★★★★★
PerformanceLots of power for demanding workflows beyond Photoshop.★★★★★
DisplayThe biggest and best screen on a MacBook.★★★★★
PricingMore expensive than necessary for Photoshop.★★★
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Asus Vivobook Pro 16 test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildslim build with a premium feel.★★★★★
PerformanceExcellent performance for this price.★★★★
DisplayGood enough colour coverage for most users that have very specific needs.★★★★
PricingVery well priced for these specs.★★★★★
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Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildIncredibly light and compact.★★★★★
PerformanceSolid all-round performance but no dedicated GPU.★★★★
DisplayGreat colour coverage and accuracy.★★★★★
PricingMore expensive than the base MacBook Air 15.★★★
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Surface Laptop Studio 2 test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildInnovative form factor with handy easel mode.★★★★★
PerformancePlenty of configuration options.★★★★★
DisplayGreat touchscreen with solid specs for Photoshop.★★★★★
PricingMore expensive than some comparable laptops.★★★
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Dell XPS 17 test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildSurprisingly slim and light for such a big laptop.★★★★
PerformanceLots of configuration options.★★★★★
DisplayGreat touchscreen with lots of space for Photoshop.★★★★★
PricingRelatively expensive.★★★
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Asus Zenbook Duo (2024) test results
AttributesNotesRating
Design and buildVery innovative form factor.★★★★
PerformanceLots of power on offer.★★★★★
DisplayThe dual screen format is unusual but can be very useful.★★★★★
PricingReasonably priced considering you get two screens.★★★★
Dell Precision 5470

Dell Precision 5470
This model handles not just Photoshop with ease, but also more resource-intensive tasks like image editing and 3D rendering with no lag or performance issues to speak of. It can give the MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro a run for its money, even though that costs $1,000 more.
Read our 4.5-star review

Acer Swift Edge 16

Acer Swift Edge 16
The Acer Swift Edge 16 is an excellent all-around mid-range laptop. It may lack the graphics power for 4K gaming or heavy 3D rendering tasks, but it can handle basic editing in Photoshop.
Read our 4.5-star review

Framework

Framework
Framework is great for Photoshop work, because you can upgrade it if you find yourself needing more power as file sizes get larger. The hot-swappable ports are super useful, especially if you have more than one place of work. For example, you can swap the HDMI port for a MicroSD port if you need to.
Read our 4.5-star review 

Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.

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