The best laptops for photographers can give traditional desktop hardware a run for its money. Unlike our fathers’ laptops 15 or 20 years back, lots of these feature pixel-perfect displays with remarkable contrast and stunning color, as well as consistently visible shadow detail. Here is our brief ranking.

MacBook 13 inch Retina

The Retina offers the best viewing experience bar none, having revolutionized laptop screen quality. It stands out with its contrast, brightness, saturation, and detail. The configuration lasts over 12 hours in tests.

Lenovo Think Pad T460

The ThinkPad T-series focuses on durability over style with its rigid design. That said, it is actually lighter than the Retina at 1.4 kg. It features superb anti-reflective coating. Overall, it’s great value for money.

Dell Precision 7720

This is one of the many configurable Dell laptops. By boosting the screen, processor, and GPU of the Dell Precision, a photographer will enjoy access to an excellent laptop for Photoshop. The 17-inch screen is perfect for photo editing and can be upgraded to 4K. On the downside, it’s a bit bulkier than the other laptops on here.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 succeeds Microsoft’s popular 2-in-1 device. It can run Photoshop without any issues with its full, installed version of Windows 10, and it remains an excellent choice for photo editing. The screen is beautiful, and the laptop comes with upgraded components. It competes with Apple’s MacBook with an ideal aspect ratio for viewing APS-C and full-frame images and a vastly superior 3,000 x 2,000 resolution.

The screen becomes a tablet when detached from the rest of the laptop. You can get the Surface Pen stylus if you pay a bit more. Experts recommend buying it in tandem with this great photo editing laptop.