Top Five Laptops for Photoshop

Posted by Steve Tolley

So you’re looking for a laptop that can handle your daily Photoshop exploits. Perhaps your current laptop just isn’t up to the task, or maybe you’re constrained to a desktop system. No matter the reason, if you’re looking to get the best laptop for Photoshop, read on.

The best laptops for Photoshop will possess the same basic features. A large, bright, high resolution screen is a must. The processor should be fast, and the machine should have enough RAM to handle those big, 60+ layer projects. You’ll need at least four USB ports for a graphics tablet, digital camera, backup medium, and hub. The hard drive should be fast and reliable, and offer ample space for all your projects.

It may seem a bit daunting to find a laptop that meets all of these requirements - luckily, we already did the work for you. Read on to see the top five laptops for Photoshop.

Alienware Area-51 M17X - $1799

Alienware is known for producing high-end, powerhouse gaming laptops - it should be no surprise that their machines also make excellent Photoshop laptops.

The Alienware Area-51 m17x features an Extreme High Definition 1200p 17″ display, which allows every detail to shine through in bright clarity. It runs an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor for amazing speed and performance, and is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT. High-speed RAID storage is available with a capacity up to 1TB, and there’s also the option for a Smart Bay, which provides last-minute extra storage of 500GB.

HP Pavilion DV5T - $1200

This sleek and beautiful HP Pavilion laptop hides a lot of power under it’s alluring silver body. Sporting a 15.4″ widescreen display with a resolution of 1680 x 1050, the DV5T offers excellent clarity and viewing angles on it frameless LCD.

The DV5T runs an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, and a 250GB 5400rpm HDD with ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection - drop your laptop, and the system will automatically stop spinning the hard drive discs to help prevent against data loss.

Dell Studio 17 - $1400

The Dell Studio 17 laptop is both creative and professional looking, and it has the specs to back it’s name up. Boasting a 17″ display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, this machine has an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz processor, ATI Radeon HD 3650 dedicated graphics, 3GB of RAM, and a 320GB 5400rpm HDD, as well as a slot for a second hard drive.

The machine sports four regular USB ports and one high-power USB port, as well as a FireWire port and flash card reader. The keyboard has a blue backlight for night use, and the system is loaded with the DellDock, which is similar to the OS X dock and makes accessing programs easier.

Sony Vaio FW

Perhaps the smallest laptop on this list, the Sony Vaio FW combines a thin, stylish body with good specs and a beautiful, crisp screen.

The FW features a 16.4″ widescreen display with a resolution of 1600 x 900, an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.80GHz processor, a 400GB Serial ATA drive, and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. The laptop includes an SD/Memory Stick Duo/Express card slot for easy photo uploading, and battery life up to eight hours, which is impressive for such a powerful machine. To top things off, it has personal surround sound speakers, so you can enjoy listening to some nice music while working.

MacBook Pro 2008 - $2200

And of course, there is the MacBook Pro. Often regarded as one of the best Photoshop notebooks available, it comes with a 15.4″ display with a resolution of 1440 x 900. The machine has a 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, and a 250GB Serial ATA 5400rpm HDD. Or you can opt for the bigger 17-inch MacBook Pro for more viewing area.

The MacBook Pro 15 has a beautiful, bright screen, and the body is thinner than many other laptops of similar dimensions.

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This entry was posted on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 5:58 pm and is filed under Articles. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

4 Responses to “Top Five Laptops for Photoshop”

  1. liam Says:

    Hey man, really lovely post - I’ve been looking for a list like this for some time. Thanks for putting it together.

  2. Steve Tolley Says:

    @liam no problem mate, glad you found it useful :D


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