Best Laptops for Photoshop and Lightroom



Lisa Gade explains the most important features and specs to look for when buying a laptop for photo editing in programs like Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out you don’t need to buy the most expensive and heavy notebook to get the job done well. She talks about processors, graphics, screen quality and resolution and storage and provides a list of suggested 13 and 15 inch laptops and Ultrabooks that will do the job well. Though this is aimed…

38 thoughts on “Best Laptops for Photoshop and Lightroom

  1. Could you please make one for people who work on photoshop as well do a lot of video editing. It will be very helpful. I am looking into the new XPS 15 and I am not sure.

  2. Thanks for another great video! I bought the HP Spectre a few months ago and I really love the pen and when I get tired of sitting at the table ( no desk yet) I go into my living room, fold it into a tablet and use my lap or fold my legs to be comfortable. My wife pretends she’s not jealous when I sign on with the face recognition but she always makes a comment about my “ fancy laptop “ 😂! She travels for her job and it’s always someplace great so I don’t feel so bad!! You have always been a great help! Take care!

  3. This video nails Photoshop and Lightroom requirements on the head. I'd say you might need dedicated graphics (something like a MX150) if you're doing Photoshop renderings with multiple layers and blending modes, but Intel Integrated is more than enough to handle it just fine.

  4. Hello there, I am a 2D designer/illustrator/photo editor (who plans to peek into video 3D in following years) and I am on a lookout for a new notebook for about half a year now. I just want to say thanks to Lisa, this channel was one of the best ones when it came to answering my questions. Finally I have made my pick for my next notebook. It will be the Lenovo X1 Yoga 3rd gen, because of the 100% color accurate screen, the compatibility with hi-end Wacom pens and Lenovo's longevity (later on I plan to pair it with the Lenovo's external GPU if needed – as it has no internal GPU other than Intel 620) – I am so-so with the knowledge about notebooks and such… could you please justify my choice? Does it make sense? 😛 Thank you!

  5. i got the aero 15x, came with 512 pcie drive and i plan to buy a 2tb sata ssd later on when they get cheaper. ive been reading next year theyll come out with 4tb so ill wait to get it til then

  6. Hey, I notice you didn't mention anything about full size SD card slots. It's a dying trend, but it is a huge convenience, and as a photographer it might eliminate one of the few dongles you will continue to need far into the future. I HATE the trend towards MicroSD card slots, even in "professional" machines like the XPS 15" 2-in-1. USB-C is the future, but you can't get a USB-C drive into a camera, and won't for the foreseeable future.

  7. Also, in your comment about storage, I use an Internal SSD for my new and active projects, and move them over to mechanical storage once a product is delivered, or after I am done with the majority of my edits. On a 256GB hard drive I can fit 4-5 active photography projects and the occasional Premiere video project to boot. The process of "archiving" older projects to a large mechanical storage device also acts as a good reminder to back up my files!

  8. Thanks for a fine review and works for those who must edit while being mobile. Bang for buck wise, those who have a studio presence still rely on a desktop or workstation. There has always been the issue with laptops that they are non-legacy machines, difficult and expensive to upgrade with standard components. If I end up with a real need to travel extensively and produce a finished product away from home base, then I'll upgrade my trusty older i7 LT…

  9. It's as if you read my mind. This question is exactly the one I've been researching recently and couldn't seem to find decent answers from people who actually knew what they were talking about. Thank you Lisa!

  10. I have worked with Photoshop and Illustrator for years. Nothing is better then The MacBook 15 inch. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 inch is a good alternative. I am just not a fan of Microsoft OS

  11. Could you please do a review of the new HP Envy's (especially the x360 ones)? And while you're at it, maybe a smackdown between the x360 15 Envy and Spectre? I was fixed on buyimg the Spectre, but it's way more expensive and now I'm thinking about getting the Envy instead…

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