The Best Laptops for Photography
Gone are the days when you needed expensive equipment, rolls of film and your own dark room to get into photography. Now, with the right laptop and a decent camera you can create an entire portfolio of snaps, edit them with various programs and share them with friends or post them to your own site.
The right kind of laptop for anyone interested in photography will have plenty of storage, a great deal of graphical punch, and an excellent screen. There are plenty that fit this description of course, but we’ve narrowed it down to three particular models that we feel offer the perfect choice for the budding photographer.
HP Envy 17
We’ve already sung the praises of the Envy 17 in our 20 Best Laptops feature, but it merits inclusion here as well because of how well it works for photography. The 17.3-inch screen is particularly bright and larger than the standard 15.6-inch display. It’s also LED-backlit and perfect for viewing photos (or videos) at high resolution.
The internal specifications are also top-of-the-line. The Intel Core i7-2670QM is backed up with 8GB RAM and, particularly important for photography, is the inclusion of AMD’s Radeon HD 7690M XT graphics card. This impressive GPU will kick in whenever you’re doing anything graphically intensive – such as editing streams of HD footage.
What will also make it attractive as a photographer’s laptop is that the Envy 17 comes pre-installed with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premier Elements 9 – premium software suites that will let you get started editing immediately. Thankfully, the Envy 17 also comes with a stonking 1.5TB hard drive – so no matter how large your video files or albums get, you’ll have the space to spare.
The Mac has long been the go-to device for musicians and photographers and it’s not difficult to see why. The range got an update in 2011 and now boasts an AMD Radeon HD 6750M dedicated graphics card and a high-speed Thunderbolt connection. Although Thunderbolt peripherals are a little thin on the ground at the moment, we expect to see more in the future. If you’re regularly moving large files – like photos and videos – around, then you’re definitely going to appreciate the faster speed.
Apple has it’s own software range and every Mac comes with iPhoto – a program that will arrange, organize and let you edit pictures. It’s an excellent tool for getting started with photography and although it lacks some of the features of more professional software suites, it serves as a great introduction.
You’ll get a respectable six hours of battery life from a MacBook Pro, and it’s certainly more portable than the larger HP Envy 17. If you want to take your portfolio on the road with you, then this is probably a better choice. Also, because of the Mac’s popularity – you have a huge range of accessories and extras to choose from. Needless to say, if you already own an iPad or an iPhone – the MacBook Pro is the obvious choice.
Samsung Series 9
Easily the most portable of the three laptops, the Samsung Series 9 is only 14mm thick and weighs a paltry 1.2kg. If you plan to take your photos out and about on trips or holidays, then this is an ideal companion that lets you drop in your photos and begin tweaking them straight away.
One huge selling point of the Samsung Series 9 is its excellent screen, which has a pin-sharp 1,600 x 900 high definition pixel resolution. Because the screen is a matte display, it’s not covered with a glossy reflective transistor coating, so you’ll be able to work on your photos outside or in brightly lit areas without having to suffer irritating reflections.
The power isn’t as strong as the other two machines we’ve listed as the Series 9 comes with an Intel Core i5 processor and an integrated graphics card. There are also only two USB ports which can be limiting in terms of connectivity. But the internal SSD drive means that this laptop is very quick off the mark when it comes to booting-up and accessing programs.
If you’re looking for a great laptop, check out T3 Magazine’s best Ultrabooks round up.
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on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 am under Laptops.
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