Which Laptop to Buy 2020 for Photo Editing | Photo Editing Laptop Buyers Guide

Which Laptop to Buy 2020 for Photo Editing | Photo Editing Laptop Buyers Guide

Finding a laptop for photo editing in 2020 can be a challenge, but in this video, I have put together a list of my top picks and explain why I picked these laptops in order to help you make the best decision for your photo editing laptop in 2020. ►⏩►⏩ Check specs and pricing in the links below…

💻 Asus VivoBook 15 Thin ( https://geni.us/VivobookThin-i3 – Commissioned Earned)
💻 Acer Aspire Slim 5 ( https://geni.us/AspireSlim5-i3 – Commissioned Earned)
💻 Lenovo V14 ( https://geni.us/V14-R5-4500U – Commissioned Earned)
💻 Lenovo IdeaPad S340 ( https://geni.us/IdeaPadS430-i7-10G – Commissioned Earned)
💻 HP Envy x360 ( https://geni.us/Envyx360-R5-4500U – Commissioned Earned)
💻 HP 14 Laptop ( https://geni.us/14-i7G7-12GB – Commission Earned )
💻 MSI Modern 15 ( https://geni.us/Modern15-cuk – Commissioned Earned)
💻 Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 ( https://geni.us/Surface3-Ryzen7 – Commissioned Earned)
💻 Acer Spin 5 ( https://geni.us/Spin5-i710 – Commission Earned )
💻 Asus Zephyrus G14 ( https://geni.us/G14-R7-4800HS – Commission Earned )
💻 MSI Prestige 15 FHD ( https://geni.us/Prestige15-16gb – Commission Earned )
💻 Gigabyte Aero 15 ( https://geni.us/15in-10750H-16gb – Commission Earned )
💻 MSI Prestige 15 4k ( https://geni.us/Prestige15-cuk – Commission Earned )
💻 Acer ConceptD 3 Pro ( https://geni.us/AcerConceptD3Pro – Commission Earned )
💻 MacBook Pro 16 ( https://geni.us/i7MacbookPro16 – Commission Earned )

Photographers are on the go a lot. They are constantly on shoots and with this in mind, you need a computer that is light-weight, powerful, color-accurate, and has good battery life. So that is by which I am going to discuss how to pick the best laptop for photo editing.

Let’s dive into the content!

Light-weight (Can you have a big laptop that is light as well?)

There are a lot of great laptops out there but are there any laptops that will be able to meet all of the criteria I listed above. The first thing I want to discuss and I want you to consider earnestly is the weight and size of your machine. When you are editing photos in photoshop, sharp images vs blurry images can totally ruin your shoot. And sometimes that TINY LCD screen on the back of your camera just isn’t good enough to make sure you got the shot with the best light AND in focus.

For this reason, the screen size of your laptop is important. Do you want to have a nice LARGE 17-inch screen to know without a doubt that your image is in focus? Perhaps you are someone that can not stand lugging BIG gear around, so a 13 inch or 15 inch laptop may be the best bet for you. I am wanting you to THINK before you act. What are your preferences! I could tell you my preferences, but that would not be a fair assessment of what would work for you.

Big does not always mean HEAVY. The LG Gram is a laptop with a BIG screen and weighs under 3 pounds! That is incredible in my book. It is also very color accurate, has a great battery life, and packs some power. I won’t dive too deep into specific models yet, but I want you to get the idea.

How powerful does a photo editing laptop actually have to be? Well, lucky for you they don’t need to be CRAZY powerful. But I will warn you. If you think that your future may hold any video editing or motion design than I would consider getting one of the more powerful machines that I am going to recommend in this video.

As far as photo editing is concerned you definitely want to have a 7th or 8th generation i5 processor at a minimum! I personally always lean towards an i7. This allows me to be confident that if I were needing to browse the internet, edit photos, listen to music, and work on some branding in Illustrator at the same time I would have the power to do so.

As far as the RAM is concerned you can get away with 8GB of ram if you are only editing photos. But if you want to be surfing the web, listening to music, and editing photos at the same time I would recommend making that 16GB of RAM in order to make sure your computer will not get bogged down. You see, every time you open up a program on your laptop it pulls from the RAM memory. So if you have multiple programs at the same time 16GB of RAM will allow your laptop to remain running fast!

What about the GPU (graphics processing unit)? If you are NOT getting into photo editing or motion design this is not a concern. You can stick with the basics and save a boatload of money. BUT IF YOU THINK that you MIGHT, just might, get into any video editing than I would definitely direct you towards a laptop with at least the NVIDIA MX 150 or the GTX 1050.


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  1. Kevin Rodriguez on April 22, 2021 at 2:40 am

    2020 Mac Air to edit photos and video for canon digital camara

  2. Julita Zebrowski on April 22, 2021 at 2:41 am

    What would you prefer for photo editing?
    Microsoft surface laptop 3 15",
    MSI prestige 15,
    Or Lenovo ThinkPad 8th gen (not sure of the model).
    Thank you.

  3. Tanjuma Hussain on April 22, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Do you think a Huawei matebook 13 AMD ryzen 5 be suitable for my Graphic design degree this year (I’m in my first year)? I am still at a learning level.

  4. Nishanth D on April 22, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Kindly make such video for vr ready laptops ..plz…

  5. JDSPeterS Gaming on April 22, 2021 at 2:43 am

    why is the first pick a laptop with 54% sRGB coverage… in a photo editing laptop video?

  6. Tamara Mijatovic on April 22, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Why can’t i find these laptops in my country, every single one that i searched for specs are totally different or am i dumb 😂

  7. Mohammad Tanbir on April 22, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-52Z1, Core i5 10th Gen, 8GB Ram, 512GB SSD, GTX 1650 Ti 4GB, 15.6" FHD 144hz

    please do make a video on this laptop.
    want to know what’s the sRGB color percentage of this laptop?

  8. Adam Gearhart on April 22, 2021 at 2:44 am

    I can’t find a source that says the MacBook Pro 16in has 100% Adobe RGB.
    100% P3 but not Adobe RGB

  9. REVERSE FLASH on April 22, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Any samsung laptops you recommend???

  10. Dre' The Gamer on April 22, 2021 at 2:46 am


  11. Gabriel K on April 22, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Nice work!! Why didn’t you pick the Omen or the Legion 5 ? They have great sRGB accuracy, no?

  12. Kierra Kallunki on April 22, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Sooooo happy you didn’t say smash the like button. Extra likes from me for being nice and not annoying!!!:):):)

  13. Jen Kja on April 22, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Thanks for the lovely video! Can you say something about the differences of these laptops when it comes to thermals and fan noise? I’m looking for a laptop which keeps fairly quiet and cool during multitasking /Photoshop work 🙂

  14. kahlo on April 22, 2021 at 2:49 am

    What laptop for both photo and video editing? … Not MAC

  15. Water on April 22, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Idk if i should get acer aspire 5 a515or Lenovo ideapad 5 14inch and if i should get intel or amd. I just need to run multiple adobe cc programs, media players, and chrome at same time. My current mpb is older model and has 8gb ram but it can’t even handle chrome and cc open at same time. I’m also used to my retina display and are these fhd screens comparable to retina

  16. Carlos Alonso Barrantes on April 22, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for that video. I think the Asus Zenbook 14 UX425 deserves a place on your list. It has a good color accuracy. The downside is that the RAM memory cannot be upgraded, but with 8GB RAM it is sufficient for many photographers using photoshop, C1 and lightroom. Dont you think?

  17. Robert Martin on April 22, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Asus Zephyrus M15 4K?

  18. Victor Muñoz on April 22, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Nice video, we need more tech YouTubers specialized in designers and artists 👌

  19. Rohan Debbarma on April 22, 2021 at 2:57 am

    I wish Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 had a webcam. 😭

  20. Leaderbot_X400 on April 22, 2021 at 2:58 am

    what is your opinion on the lenovo yoga c940? the 4K i9 version

  21. A Hughes on April 22, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Ben, I love your work. I’ve watched hundreds of your videos now as I’m looking to buy a creator laptop for myself (as a career marketing professional looking to get his hands dirty and do some video editing for social media campaigns etc) and one from son (who’s starting a Fashion Styling degree next month and will need to use Adobe Creative suite). I’m so grateful for your in depth reviews and advice.
    I have two questions: firstly, I notice the latest Del Inspiron 15” 7501 has a fantastic spec, 6 core i7 processor & GTX 1650ti GPU at an estimated $1400 price point but you don’t mention it. Any particular reason? Secondly, on their list of recommended requirements for Photoshop, the GPU list is exactly the same as for Premiere Pro. Lots of creators have echoed your comments: you don’t use your GPU much if at all for photo-editing so why are Adobe saying this?
    Thank you so much! 👍🏽🙏🏽

  22. Adolfo Montoya on April 22, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Hello Ben! Could you recommend the better laptop for graphic design? AZUS Zenbook Pro Duo or Macbook Pro 16 inch?

    Main usage would be for Adobe Illustrator. Thanks!

  23. Axel Ayala on April 22, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for the video I was checking some for programming and photo edition

  24. kenya thompson on April 22, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Is the ASUS VivoBook 15 supportive with LR?

  25. kivu paterson on April 22, 2021 at 3:02 am

    31 comments active asf I see smh

  26. kage of nature on April 22, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Hey Ben, Need a review of MSI Creator 15M and Creator 15 for video editing

  27. Alex Wild on April 22, 2021 at 3:04 am

    I don’t understand why there are so few views and likes on your videos, the content really deserves attention🙏

  28. Chris Aviles on April 22, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Hey love your stuff I currently have an HP 15-bw0xx is this a good laptop for photo editing in Photoshop, lightroom, Adobe premiere, and Adobe vfx? Any advice will be greatly appreciated

  29. Siddharth Kshatriya on April 22, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Looking laptop for productivity ( photo and some video editing ) purpose only, budget is 900$

  30. Rohan Debbarma on April 22, 2021 at 3:13 am

    HP Omen 15 vs Asus TUF A15 both Rygen 7 4800H comparison please.

  31. Anina Lonte Photo & Video on April 22, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Hi Ben Z. Thanks for awesome content. Would love your take on the lenovo Y540 please?

  32. Piyushshewani Shewani on April 22, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Is HP omen 15 better with AMD ryzen 7 or Intel i7

  33. Mark H. on April 22, 2021 at 3:20 am

    I just found your channel and think your presentations are amazing!!! I do not do any photo editing however use my laptop primarily for organizing and viewing photograph albums. I’d like something that shows the photos in a true and accurate form. Do you suggest a color accurate laptop like these 9r is this overkill? Or do I need to just pick a laptop that has the highest display/screen image quality? I’m overwhelmed and really value your honest guidance!

  34. Rombout Versluijs on April 22, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Everything below 70 orso shouldn’t even be in this list. You can not use that for photo editting. No matter if it’s entry model. Makes the bottom of the list kind doubtful

  35. R. Scott Duncan on April 22, 2021 at 3:21 am

    I was close to purchasing the Dell XPS 15 9500 but after reading quality control and reliability issues I changed my tune. Wondering what your take is of the Asus Zenbook Flip 15 Q528EH from Best Buy? It has the 11th gen i7-1165G7, 16Gb ram, and does have 100% sRGB. Not sure of the Adobe numbers. I’d also like an old-school SD slot. Thanks for this video. It’s very helpful.

  36. Chris Free on April 22, 2021 at 3:21 am

    im shocked some of these laptops only come with 256gb of storage ..my cellphone has more storage..

  37. CCLovejoy96 on April 22, 2021 at 3:22 am

    I’m stuck.
    Zephyrus G14. Vs. Dell XPS 15. For photo editing?!? The XPS version without the touch screen that is.

  38. Andy T on April 22, 2021 at 3:22 am

    What about Prestige 15 with the new 11th gen CPU? Less more (4 vs 6) than the 10th gen

  39. shashank b on April 22, 2021 at 3:26 am

    MSI Creator 15 please!!!

  40. Rombout Versluijs on April 22, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Weird no omen 15 2020 or wasn’t it released then?

  41. Bards Lorenz Hernandez on April 22, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Would you recommend the huawei matebook 14 for photographers? Appreciate the feedback bro

  42. glacier8 on April 22, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Youuu…. Might be kinda hot

  43. FatToDaCat Yo on April 22, 2021 at 3:29 am

    At the beginning of the video you said you would answer questions in the comments. But you did the exact opposite lol. You responded to one person (50% sure it’s a bot) about something totally unrelated. Left the rest hangin

  44. Viinod Amara on April 22, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Is there any budget laptop with 70% Adobe RGB? It’s a shame, we don’t a cheaper option just for nice display.

  45. Keetana Sivakumar on April 22, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I am a digital illustrator who just needs a laptop to convert rgb files to cmyk to print. What would you recommend. I already own the Ipad Pro 1tb

  46. Alberto Mensio on April 22, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Hi Ben, thank you for this video.
    I’m looking for a portable PC, with which I can edit with lightroom raw files of about 50 megabites. I don’t have to do video editing. Possibly something with 8gb of Ram expandable or 16GB of Ram.
    Budget 700$ can you help me?

  47. Riley Chip on April 22, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Hey Ben, I’m an intermediate photoshop user. I want to purchase the a laptop that will be able to last 4 years in the evolving tech world. Do you think the 16 inch MacBook pro with 9th gen processer would be able to last until the start of 2024? Also, the Adobe Photoshop system requirements recommends a rather intensive gtx 1660 (5500m 4GB equivalent roughly). In 4 years time they’ll probably put something like the rtx 2060 as the minimum requirements, so is it worth investing in a higher end GPU for photo-editing, given my case. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks 🙂

  48. TheCoomer on April 22, 2021 at 3:32 am

    I’m glad you you added the cheaper laptops as as when you are starting off you do not have a lot cash. Is it only after a few years you can afford the high price laptop

  49. alessandro borta on April 22, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Hi Ben, about a 17" do you think is better Msi creator 17 i7 10th or Hp Omen 17 i7 10th? Thanksss

  50. Brandon Rosario on April 22, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Question what if you get a entry level laptop but buy a decent photo monitor to attach to the laptop.