The Best Laptop Computers for Photography

Updated April 17, 2017

Digital photography demands precise control of image colour and manipulation. When tethered to a digital camera, laptop computers offer access to immediate image capture and a quick reference for image fine-tuning. A laptop used for photography must contain a significant amount of storage space to accommodate the large digital image files, a large amount of memory to run the required image editing software and offer system reliability and easy maintenance.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

The W700 marks a new era in laptop design. The W700ds offers the first dual-screen mobile workstation. The laptop comes complete with a 17-inch main screen, but has a retractable 10.6-inch second screen designed to supplement the main. The W700ds offers a number of innovations designed for the photographer/graphic artist, including an integrated Wacom digitizer and pen. Wacom tablets and pens see the majority of use in the graphic arts/photography industry, where they are used in place of a computer's mouse to edit images and graphics. The built-in X-rite colour calibration tool provides the photographer with greater image accuracy, precise Pantone matching and a consistently true display. Additional features include the ability to install dual hard drives, up to 320 gigabytes (GB) each, and Wi-Fi, WiMax and Bluetooth wireless options. As of December 2009, the base price of the W700ds starts at £2,036.

Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro

Professional photographers and graphic artists have used Macs exclusively for years. The 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop offers the photographer a solid aluminium body, a battery designed to last eight hours on a single charge, an LED-backlit display and a large hard drive up to 500 GB in capacity. The MacBook Pro also offers the Mini DisplayPort---providing a pure digital connection to external monitors. The 17-inch MacBook Pro offers lightweight portability (it weighs 2.99kg.); up to 3.06 gigahertz (Ghz) of processor speed; up to 8 GB of memory. The MacBook Pro also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. As of December 2009, the base price of the 17-inch MacBook Pro starts at £1,624.

Dell Studio XPS 16

The Dell XPS 16 offers Intel's new i7 processor technology---currently the fastest processor available. It also offers full 1080p high definition (HD) support. The XPS 16 is available in a 15.6-inch or 16-inch ultrawide display. The XPS 16 can hold up to 8 GB of memory, a maximum 500 GB hard drive, DVD or optional Blu-ray drive plus it offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile broadband options. The i7 processor technology allows processing speeds of 1.73 Ghz to 3.06 Ghz. The XPS 16 also offers an optional RGBLED (red, green, blue) display that provides a 100 per cent colour gamut for vivid, true-to-life colour renditions. As of December 2009, the base price of the Dell XPS with i7 processor technology starts at £1,314.

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From 2002-2006, Kenneth Hamlett was publisher and head writer for UNSIGNED Music Magazine, an online publication with over 100,000 readers. Prior to establishing UNSIGNED, Hamlett was a business solutions analyst and spent 15 years formulating and writing proposals for supply chain business solutions. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.