Mini test

We take on sev­eral high-spec lap­tops and tell you which is best for your photo-edit­ing needs

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Ade­cent com­puter is a must for edit­ing high-res Raw files and get­ting stuck in with ad­vanced ef­fects. To­day’s en­thu­si­ast lap­tops can ri­val tra­di­tional desk­top hard­ware, with many boast­ing pixel-per­fect dis­plays with stun­ning colour, as well as wide con­trast to keep high­light and shadow de­tail con­sis­tently vis­i­ble. We’ve se­lected some of the most pow­er­ful lap­tops on sale to­day to en­sure you don’t waste time look­ing at load­ing bars when you could be out shoot­ing. Con­tin­u­ing ad­vances in pro­ces­sor tech­nol­ogy means you can now get 6-core chips in lap­tops that sac­ri­fice min­i­mal speed com­pared to their desk­top com­puter coun­ter­parts.

To see which lap­top is fastest, we ran the pop­u­lar Geek­bench and Cinebench bench­mark apps, as well as get­ting down and dirty with high-res­o­lu­tion im­ages in Pho­to­shop CC 2018. Screen qual­ity was as­sessed by our highly trained eyes, as well as a Dat­a­color Spy­der 5 Elite col­orime­ter to eval­u­ate colour ac­cu­racy, screen bright­ness uni­for­mity, and colour space cov­er­age.

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