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Lenovo Laptops for Photo Editing

Here's a great selection of lenovo laptops for photo editing.

Considered one of the world’s best-known laptop brands, Lenovo boasts a number of fantastic product lines, including the ThinkPad, the IdeaPad, the Yoga, and the Legion. Product types range from budget to premium and from traditional clamshell laptops to 2-in-1s. Having acquired IBM's personal computer business in 2005, Lenovo has only thrived and grown since. It also honours its philosophy that “Different is Better” through continuous innovation.

Lenovo has a well-deserved reputation as the king of productivity. With their focus on longer usage and accessible usability, Lenovo's laptops are renowned for their high-quality keyboards, solid build, and long battery life. They offer great value in every major category, from low-cost laptops in the IdeaPad range to Lenovo’s premium 2-in-1, to the gaming-oriented Lenovo Legion range. As mentioned before Lenovo is always innovating – it’s often among the first to offer new technology, as it did with some of the laptops in the ThinkPad range, which have up to 11 hours of battery life and charges super-fast.

Most run of the mill blogs and articles opining about “the best laptop for photo editing” give a cursory introduction to photo editing requirements and usually break these down by laptop specification.

At Choosist, whilst we love our products, what we’re about is you. What follows is an explanation of what you’ll need from your investment of time as well as money.

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1. Visual accuracy and clarity

At the risk of stating the obvious, these are paramount as you’ll be making fine detail judgements, often down to a pixel. If the rendering and colours are off, so will your hours of hard work be!

Therefore, look out for the following key items in a laptop screen.

Firstly the screen technology. Commonly the options are TN (twisted nematic) VA (vertically aligned), IPS (in-plane switching) and OLED. The latter two are the best, the OLED proving greater contrasts too, but the VA and TN (often not stated) are getting better and better. IPS and OLED offer the best colour accuracy and viewing angles. If you can afford the premium then go for it.

Resolution. Generally speaking the higher the better as it provides more detail in the same space. But bear in mind that the smaller the screen, the less difference that extra resolution can make, as the eye can only perceive so much at the same scale.

Similarly, size, arguably, also works on the “more is better” principle. The greater the screen ‘real estate’ the more you can see at any one time. This also means space to accommodate the image alongside the tools and palettes without a cramped and cluttered screen. But size comes at several costs - price, portability by dimension and weight but also requirement. The bigger the screen, the higher the resolution screen you’ll need to view at the same level of detail.

2. The ability to run demanding software

Whether you’re a photoshop fanatic or a GIMP user, working with image files, especially in RAW format, a laptop for photo editing requires some grunt under the hood. The following areas will need your attention

The processor sometimes referred to as the CPU, has to perform some serious computations to convert your thoughts and ideas into visual reality.

Whether you buy AMD or Intel, you’ll want to get 4 cores (a core is a processing unit) and above, the latest generation of processor. For example, an Intel i7 - 8550 which is 8th gen will be better than intel i7 - 7500 which is 7th gen. Thereafter its the speed, usually written as GHz, that you’ll want to maximize.

Don't forget to look out for the suffix. Processors that end in Y should be avoided, whilst U will indicate a lower powered version, although top end varieties of U processors will manage. Those ending in H or K will be high performers but will usually be bigger and bulkier affairs.

RAM is equally critical to ensuring a smooth uninterrupted experience when editing your prize-winning portraits or awesome action shots.

Your processor computes batches of data (image details, commands to alter the image etc) and the size it can work on at any one time is determined in large part by the RAM which is the space in which the work can be done. To do this RAM is very fast memory but this makes it expensive hence there's less of it than in your hard drive.

8GB will handle it, but if you want to ensure avoiding lag 16GB or above will be better.

Hard drive choice is not just about storage space. With excellent cloud storage and cheap external devices, long-term storage is cheap.

Graphics cards have hitherto been the first go to spec when searching for the best laptop for photographers. Graphics cards ensure that whatever the processor makes happen to the image is delivered quickly and accurately to the screen.

As such discrete or separate graphics cards, usually by NVIDIA or AMD, have been insisted upon, but modern integrated cards are catching up fast and can save you some serious pennies.

If you want a laptop for photo editing, the laptop’s operating system will need to be compatible with the software package you’re after.

We’ve mentioned photoshop, GIMP and Sketch but there are other software that may be important. From Affinity Photo to the oddly named Alien Skin Exposure, from Lightroom to Luminar 3, most are available on both Windows and Mac.

However, Apple’s more than basic ‘Photos’ is exclusively macOS and Microsoft’s Photo Editor 10 is Windows only.

And let’s not forget ChromeOS. Whilst these tend to be lighter weight laptops, we’re starting to see beefier models hit the market. Whilst these will not compare with MacBook Pros or Lenovo Thinkpad workstations, they can be great for lightweight work on the move. But, they won’t be running full Adobe Photo without laggy and complicated streaming / remote desktop set-ups. Can a Chromebook ever be the best laptop for photographers? One day maybe, but for now, if you’re serious and you can afford it, probably not.

3. Compatibility with your other devices

Nowadays there are wireless options available for nearly every type of peripheral. Wacom style tablets, multifunction mice as well as 3D mice are all available as wire-free. So the best laptop for photo editing on the market no longer needs to be the laptop with the most ports on it!

Where wireless options do not exist hubs and adapters abound aplenty which may be fine if your laptop will be parked permanently on your desk. However, if you might be using it more than one location or if you do not want to use an external hub, the number and speed of ports may be an issue. This is even more important as the number of ports on laptops seem to be reducing, with one of them often doubling as the power input.

So, to put it simply, when you’re looking for the best laptop for photo editing for ‘you’, you’ll need to establish your connectivity needs in advance.

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After a powerful and flexible convertible? Look no further. This nifty laptop is powerful and full of features while also looking amazing, too. Its ultra-thin design, together with 15.6 in screen and thin bezel edges, makes this ideal for those who want to get the maximum performance and style in one package. The 15.6 in touch screen is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and Intel HD graphics card. This allows you to take advantage of features such as Windows ink where you can turn your thoughts into pictures and actions. Flexibility is also at the heart of the Lenovo Yoga 720 with its 360-degree hinge. It's light enough at just 4.4 pounds to allow you to turn it into a large tablet device to use on your lap or on the train. If you like music while you work, then you'll also love the built-in JBL speakers with Dolby audio premium. These can deliver enhanced bass and volume without any distortion. Take your productivity to the next level with the Lenovo Yoga 720 laptop.

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An elegant black design is only the first thing you notice about the Lenovo ThinkPad P51; this laptop combines beauty with power, and will make a long-lasting impression. You will also soon find out how powerful it is thanks to its Intel Core i7 7th generation processor. It means the casual gamer can do everything from streaming games live to playing with other gamers online with no lack of quality or lag. What's more, the 15.6-inch IPS display will allow you to see images in all of their color and glory with the smallest of detail. For those that enjoy watching movies or their favorite YouTubers, you will also have the benefit of the Dolby Home Theatre sound system that will make your front room sound like a cinema. If like many people, you take advantage of online banking, you'll be grateful of the Lenovo ThinkPad P51 fingerprint reader that will keep your personal information safe and secure.

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Lenovo Thinkpad P50

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The Thinkpad P50 is Lenovo's thinnest, lightest and most mobile workstation to date, but that doesn't mean this laptop lacks substance. The Thinkpad P50 offers a beautifully large 15.6in UHD 4K display, able to produce rich visuals; plus, this machine is certified to run ISV applications. Overall, there are plenty of quality features loaded into this laptop, with one of its most impressive being its 16GB of RAM. The Intel® Xeon® Processor makes this laptop ideal for performance-seeking users, and the X-Rite® Pantone® color calibration means that you get absolutely no bleed on the screen whatsoever. The FLEX Performance Cooling system keeps the whole machine quiet at high levels of performance, and the end result is a workstation that packs more in than you could possibly believe. In its essence, this laptop is designed with work and play in mind, and is the perfect companion for those seeking a laptop that is portable but also powerful.

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Look for a laptop that will help you unleash your creativity but also allow you to immerse yourself in visual excellence? Well, the Lenovo ThinkPad P71 is for you. With color calibration that gives you a consistent color across every landscape and location, and an amazing 1920 x 1080 pixel, HD resolution, it is impossible not to feel engrossed in whatever you are designing or watching with these high-quality and ultra realistic graphics. What's more, work on Lenovo's award-winning keyboard, complete with a redesigned touchpad - the full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard is renowned for its ergonomic prowess. It's not all about appearance, though. Underneath the hood of this machine, you'll find Intel 7th Gen Core and Xeon processors so that you can exceed your productivity levels, flex your creativity, and even engage in 3D gaming. When it comes to the Lenovo ThinkPad, it can take you to the next level, be it for work or play. Let this machine empower not only your workload but also yourself.

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If you are looking for a traditional laptop with a difference, consider the Lenovo ThinkPad P52. Its discrete NVIDIA Quadro P2000 graphics adaptor make this high-tech laptop VR-ready, enabling you to taste the future through its modern and sophisticated design. This is coupled with intensive speed from the 16 GB of RAM and SSD, which can ensure that your favorite software and games can run well and without lag or hassle. What's more, the 15.6 inch 4K UHD touchscreen display brings you the latest in both vivid and exuberant graphics and interactive technology, allowing you to get close and personal with both professional and entertainment software. The touchscreen allows you to have an accessible interface from which to play, design and work; it's add a modern touch like no other. Add to this USB-C Thunderbolt 3 technology for quick data transfers, and you have a laptop that values communication, speed and power. What else could you want?

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This laptop is the absolute business, and business is what it's primed for. For entrepreneurs and startups alike, this is an immense laptop that has been designed with workloads in mind, meaning that it gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by all that this deceptively slim laptop is capable of. The X-Rite PANTONE® color calibration ensures that your presentations will be captivating and vibrant, while the screen itself comes fully-loaded with an FHD 4K Display that has added IPS Technology too. The keyboard is literally an award winner, making this laptop comfortable to use. The Dolby® Home Theater® ensures you are compromising on sound quality either, making its clear audio ideal for Skype chats with suppliers. Plus, connectivity is not going to be a problem, even when you're out on the road. The option to use WWAN for 3G/4G Connectivity is a godsend for business owners and their teams.

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Budget

Lenovo's 2-in-1 Chromebooks is strong and simple enough for the demands of school or university note-taking and storage. Their reliability and low price make it a highly attractive option for parents and educators. These 2-in-1 Chromebooks, pack a pretty powerful punch for a small budget laptop. For a very reasonable price you get over 9 hours of battery life and a pretty good processor, all packed into a sleek body. They also offer very good performance for a budget laptop, as well as an enjoyable typing experience for everyday workloads.

All-rounders

The Lenovo IdeaPad series offers everyday laptops for first-time users. There’s an IdeaPad for everyone. Embracing form, function, style, and fun, each IdeaPad delivers a responsive performance you can rely on. The Lenovo IdeaPad range proves you don't need to spend a fortune on a premium laptop which doesn't cut corners on performance. You can pick up a mid-range machine for a very reasonable price and the highlight is their compact aluminium design, making it a good option for anyone who doesn't want to break the bank for a premium laptop, but to feel as if they have!

The most recent 2-in-1 laptops certainly live up to the industry hype. Their user-friendly design has a built-in slot for the accompanying stylus pen and a webcam cover for added privacy. If you factor in long battery life and a classy design, these laptops are undoubtedly one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market for its price.

The Legion range is also a very good option for casual gamers who want a laptop that can impress at a highly competitive price.

High-end

Though built for business, products in the high-end ThinkPad range are an excellent choice for anyone who needs to be mobile and productive. They are extremely light, boast a long battery charge and have an outstanding keyboard. These ultrabooks also sell themselves on a powerful CPU and speedy Solid State Disk.

The Lenovo ThinkPad range offers a well-built and secure 2-in-1 business hybrid that's also powerful, excellent for productivity and doers. It features two great webcams and some powerful specs under the bonnet. All in all, a buy which guarantees reliability and performance.

At Choosist, we take very seriously the task of finding a Lenovo laptop which meets your specific needs. If you are looking for a Lenovo laptop, you’ll find a comprehensive range here, whether for light and general use, heavy-duty professional work or for high-powered gaming. Just let us know your requirements and we’ll find the best model and price. Simple! Whatever your needs and whatever your budget, Choosist is happy to find the perfect Lenovo machine for you.