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what to look for in a laptop to edit photos

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basic specs

accurate color display

  • ability to display all of the sRGB gamut and most of the Adobe RGB gamut is important for critical work

detailed high resolution display

  • if you don't mind giving up battery life, then, consider a 4K display rather than Full HD (1920×1080), especially if you are going for a 13“ or larger screen

touch screen

  • this could be very useful for:
    • fine editing with a pen, etc
    • flicking through your image gallery especially if you can use it as a tablet

good size SSD drive

  • 256Gb should be a bare minimum
  • 512Gb is better
  • 1Gb even better but is very expensive and may be overkill, especially these days when we can use a fast USB 3.0 or 3.1 external drive

fast computer chipset with lots of RAM

  • aim for a 10th generation quad core Intel i7 or perhaps i5 if you can't afford the i7 (quad core i5 will beat a dual core i7)
    • the HQ suffix is quad core and although better performance, it runs at 45W not 15W so eats up the battery faster
  • aim for minimum of 8Gb RAM, preferably 16Gb

fast graphics chipset with lots of RAM

  • in 2017, an example would be the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5

ports needed for photography

  • SD card reader preferable (otherwise need a external USB 3 card reader which is a nuisance)
  • USB 3.1 Thunderbolt port for even faster and more future proof capabilities
photo/laptop.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/02 22:58 by gary1

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