The best laptops for photo editing

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1. Best overall: MacBook Air 15
2. Best screen: Asus ProArt OLED
3. Best 2-in-1: Surface Studio 2
4. Most portable: ZenBook S13
5. Most powerful: MacBook Pro M3
6. Best budget: Vivobook Pro 16
7. Best gaming: Predator Helios 16
8. Biggest screen: Dell XPS 17
9. Most versatile: Zenbook Duo
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The best laptops for photo editing provide the power to run editing software without struggling and high-resolution, colour accurate displays to ensure you see your work as it really looks. There are plenty of laptops that meet this criteria, but you also need to consider your own priorities, from portability to connectivity.

Dell Precision 5470

Dell Precision 5470
We found this powerful laptop handles photo editing and more with ease. We experienced no lag with 3D rendering, and it can give the MacBook Pro a run for its money.
Read our 4.5-star review


Framework is harder to find, but it could be worth it as a sustainable investment since it's designed to be easy to take it apart and swap components. That means it can keep up with changes as internal components improve, and the demands of editing software increase, which may happen as more AI tech is incorporated.
Read our 4.5-star review

Acer Swift Edge 16

Acer Swift Edge 16
Our reviewer's verdict was that the Acer Swift Edge 16 is an excellent all-around laptop. It strikes a fine balance between power and portability, and is surprisingly light and agile for a 16-inch laptop. While it’s not built for the beefiest of 3D rendering tasks or video editing, it is still capable of handling image-editing tasks with ease.
Read our 4.5-star review

Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for over 15 years, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a managing editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.

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