Which is the best laptop for Photoshop?

Introduction

Are you looking to purchase yourself a new laptop with the sole intent of photoshopping into the early hours? We put together this guide for you.

In recent years the requirement for having a computer that has some power behind it has grown exponentially with the software we use becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives.

Photoshop is most likely one of the widest used pieces of software. Almost every creative profession in some shape or form will require photoshop skills from time to time.

What are you looking for?

When it comes to a laptop that is built for photoshopping there are a few things to consider. In this section we will talk about all the qualities that make a fantastic laptop for photoshopping on the go.

Screen Size & Weight

If you are looking for a portable laptop you are much better off choosing a 13.3″ laptop. The screen will be smaller but it will be easier to put into your bag. However, if you don’t mind carrying around something that is larger and heavier? Go the 17.3″ screens which boast the most real estate.

Power & Performance

For those who are after the best photoshop experience, we recommend the best components that your budget can afford. Laptops that have more RAM, and faster processors like the i5 & i7 are perfect for Photoshop. It is also worth purchasing a laptop that comes bundled with a Nvidia GPU. This is because Photoshop can leverage the power to give a better user experience.

To SSD or not?

The last point that I really enjoy talking about is the fact that some of the laptops listed in this article come with and without an SSD. From a performance point of view, if you can afford something that has an SSD? Buy it. The performance increase is insane when compared to a standard mechanical drive.

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In this section, you can find the full lists of products. This features products that are cheap, expensive, big screens, dedicated gpus, and much more. We like to give you the list so that if you see something that catches your eye, check it out!

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13-inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, Intel Iris, OS X) - Silver - 2015 - MF839B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

Price: £1,115.00
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 6000, OS X El Capitan) - Silver - 2016 - MMGF2B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook 12-inch Laptop (Intel Core m3 1.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 515, OS X El Capitan) - Rose Gold - 2016 - MMGL2B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook with Retina Display MK4M2 12" 12-in Laptop Computer - Gold - 256GB OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro MF840LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (256 GB)

 
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Intel HD, OS X Yosemite) - Silver - 2015 - MJVE2B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook 13-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD, Intel HD, OS X) - White - 2008 - MB402B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

 
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Apple MacBook with Retina Display 12-inch Laptop (Intel Core M 1.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD, OS X Yosemite) - Space Grey - 2015 - MJY32B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop (Intel Dual Core i5 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X Yosemite) - Silver - 2012, Apple Computer

Price: £1,298.48
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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop (Intel Dual-Core i5 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Intel HD, OS X) - Silver - 2011, Apple Computer

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Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display - (2.8GHz, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB Flash Storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics)

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Apple MacBook 12-inch Laptop (Intel Core m5 1.2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 515, OS X El Capitan) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLH82B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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£1,393.81 December 19, 2016
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Apple Macbook Air 11-inch (Z0RL0005A) - 2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, 256GB Flash, 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 6000, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, OS X 10.12 Sierra) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLH12B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop (Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 2.0 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540) - Space Grey - 2016 - MLL42B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz 13 inch MJVE2ZP/A, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch Laptop (Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris, OS X) - Silver - 2015 - MJLQ2B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB, Intel HD Graphics, OS) - Silver - 2010 - MC371B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

 
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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch Laptop (Intel Dual Core i5 1.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X) - Silver - 2012 - MD223B/A - UK Keyboard, Apple Computer

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Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6 inch HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-5005U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics Card, Windows 10) - Black, Lenovo

Price: £332.99
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ASUS ROG Strix GL702VT-GC018T 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M Graphics Card, Windows 10), Asus

Price: £1,146.62
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MSI GL62 6QC 484UK 15.6-Inch FHD Gaming Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i5 6300HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, GeForce 940MX Graphics Card, Windows 10), MSI COMPUTER

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ASUS ROG Strix 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz, FHD 1920 x 1080 Screen, NVIDIA Pascal GTX1060 (6 GB), 16 GB, 1 TB + 128 GB SSD, Windows 10) - Black, Asus

Price: £1,279.49
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ASUS ROG GL552VX-CN239T 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD Plus 128 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Windows 10), Asus

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Omen by HP 15-ax000na 15.6-Inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Shadow Mesh) - (Intel Quad Core i5-6300HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M - 4 GB Dedicated Graphics Card, Windows 10), hp

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MSI GE72 6QD-033UK Apache Pro 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10), MSI COMPUTER

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New MSI Gaming Intel i5 Turbo Laptop, 8GB Ram, 2 Graphics Cards inc Dedicated 2GB Geforce, 1TB HDD, Windows 10, inc 5 Year Warranty, MSI COMPUTER

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ASUS GL552VW 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 256 GB SSD, DVDRW, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M Graphics, Windows 10) - Black, Asus

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MSI GP62 6QF "Leopard Pro" 1087UK 15.6-Inch FHD Gaming Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i7 6700HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB Storage, GTX 960M Graphics Card, Windows 10), MSI COMPUTER

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New MSI Gaming Intel i7 Turbo Laptop, 2 Graphics Cards inc a Dedicated 2GB Geforce, 12GB Ram, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1, inc 5 Year Warranty, MSI COMPUTER

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Alienware 13 Gaming 13.3 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5-6200U, 8 GB, 256 GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 2 GB, BT4/AC, Wi-Fi, FHD, Windows 10) - Black, Dell Computers

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New MSI Gaming Intel i7 Turbo Quad Laptop,16GB DDR4 Ram,SSD,2 Graphics Cards,1TB HD,Win 10, inc 5 Year Warranty, MSI COMPUTER

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Alienware 17" Gaming Laptop - (Silver) (Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 6GB NVIDIA GTX 1060, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, Windows 10), Dell Computers

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Conclusion

There are quite a few laptops that we would recommend for Photoshop that it comes down to a question of budget. If you want something light and portable, then go for a Macbook. They are by far the best when it comes to power in a portable package, and they look awesome! But they do cost a pretty penny.

On the flipside, some of the better-specced windows based laptops are actually more powerful and come with larger screens which can really take your photoshopping experience to another level. But they do come with a price, their insane weight.

If you are still struggling to find yourself a laptop that is perfect for Photoshop, leave a comment and we will do our best to help you find the perfect laptop!

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