5 best edit­ing laptops

These por­ta­ble com­put­ers can keep up with the de­mands of edit­ing soft­ware.

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Find a por­ta­ble com­puter that can keep up with your edit­ing needs.

BIG­GER SEN­SORS, more megapix­els, larger file sizes – these are just a few of the chal­lenges your edit­ing setup will come up against. It can be bad news for your home com­puter, tax­ing it well be­yond its lim­its and re­sult­ing in hor­ren­dous slow-down. How­ever, fear not, help is at hand.

This month we’re tak­ing a look at five laptops guar­an­teed to give you the abil­ity to run a wide range of edit­ing soft­ware, such as Pho­to­shop, Cap­ture One and Affin­ity. While the prices may seem a bit daunt­ing at first, this is one area where heavy users can’t af­ford to skimp, and these CPU pow­er­houses pro­vide ex­cel­lent bang for their buck. Whether you’re Mac or PC, lap­top or tablet, there’s go­ing to be some­thing here to suit your needs.

HP Pav­il­ion Pro 14-bf154sa 14in £750

Although it comes in cheaper than the com­pe­ti­tion, the HP Pav­il­ion Pro has a ton of pow­er­ful fea­tures. You get an In­tel Core i7-8550U pro­ces­sor and 8GB of RAM that al­lows a solid 1.8GHz of per­for­mance, or up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost. There’s also an on-board 256GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB graph­ics card, which should make light work of any in­ten­sive edit­ing soft­ware.

The 14in Full HD 1920x1080 WLED back­lit screen is a touch larger than oth­ers in test, which is great for those who like to work close up. While it’s not the sleek­est of­fer­ing here, it does house one USB Type-C and two USB 3.1 con­nec­tions, as well as an HDMI port, ideal for hook­ing up ex­ter­nal drives, or screen mir­ror­ing on your home tele­vi­sion setup. It also boasts a de­cent ten-hour bat­tery life, which is es­sen­tial for keep­ing you go­ing on those long jour­neys. Not bad for the price. cur­rys.co.uk SPEC Pro­ces­sor: 8th Gen­er­a­tion i7 Screen size: 14in | Stor­age: 256GB SSD

Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro i5 8GB RAM £979

Slightly out there, the Sur­face Pro is half-tablet, half-lap­top. This i5 ver­sion fea­tures a 7th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5, 8GB of in­ter­nal RAM and a 128GB SSD, per­fect for a light­ning fast work­flow. It boasts a 13.3in Pix­elSense touch dis­play, with a stun­ning 2736x1824 res­o­lu­tion and 3:2 as­pect ra­tio, that sup­ports ten-point multi-touch as well as the Blue­tooth Sur­face Pen (£100). Us­ing the Sur­face Pen essen­tially turns your screen into a graphic tablet, just like the Len­ovo, sup­port­ing 4096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity and tilt sup­port – a must-have for per­fec­tion­ists.

The ma­jor sell­ing point here is the porta­bil­ity, weigh­ing in at a re­spectable 770g. There is an on-screen key­board, though you can also buy an ad­di­tional Blue­tooth key­board (£90). For the price, mo­bil­ity and ex­cel­lent 13.5-hour bat­tery life, this is def­i­nitely one to con­sider. mi­crosoft.com SPEC Pro­ces­sor: 7th Gen­er­a­tion i5 Screen size: 13.3in | Stor­age: 128GB SSD

Len­ovo Yoga 920 13in £1199

This con­vert­ible 2-in-1 touch­screen of­fers some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. Pack­ing an In­tel Core i5-8250U pro­ces­sor and 8GB of in­ter­nal RAM, like the Dell, it’s eas­ily got the chops to han­dle Pho­to­shop. This Win­dows ma­chine can be used as a tra­di­tional lap­top, or flipped over to ap­pear more like a tablet. It boasts a touch­screen that’s com­pat­i­ble with the in­cluded Ac­tive Pen, mean­ing you can use it like a graphic tablet with up to 4096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity – very im­pres­sive.

The 13.9in IPS touch dis­play mea­sures 1920x1080 Full HD, though you can up­grade to a UHD 4K screen at ex­tra cost. You also get a 256GB SSD, and a nifty fin­ger­print scan­ner, per­fect for ex­tra se­cu­rity. De­spite the stel­lar per­for­mance, the bat­tery re­ally shines, promis­ing 15.5 hours of con­tin­u­ous us­age, ideal for those long, de­mand­ing nights of edit­ing. len­ovo.com SPEC Pro­ces­sor: 8th Gen­er­a­tion i5 Screen size: 13.9in | Stor­age: 128GB SSD

Dell New XPS 13 From £1199

Dell’s ul­tra-por­ta­ble Win­dows of­fer­ing, which claims to be the small­est in class, fea­tures an 8th Gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5-8250U pro­ces­sor, which of­fers up to 3.4HGz of per­for­mance. As stan­dard, it packs 8GB of in­ter­nal RAM and a 256GB SSD, which is more than the MacBook Pro. It has an In­tel UHD Graph­ics card and 13.3in Full HD 1920x1080 In­fin­i­tyEdge dis­play, which isn’t quite as high-res as oth­ers in test, but will eas­ily man­age to do your pho­tos jus­tice when re­view­ing them.

If you pre­fer to edit on the move, the bat­tery is rated to last just a touch un­der 20 hours, which is ex­tremely im­pres­sive. Just like the MacBook, you have ac­cess to two Thun­der­bolt 3 Type-C ports, which al­low you to con­nect to mul­ti­ple dis­plays, ideal if you have an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor. For the price, this lap­top boasts a stun­ning de­sign and equally im­pres­sive per­for­mance. dell.com SPEC Pro­ces­sor: 8th Gen­er­a­tion i5 Screen size: 13.3in | Stor­age: 256GB SSD

Ap­ple MacBook Pro 13in 2018 From £1249

This mini-mar­vel from Ap­ple fea­tures a com­pact 13in screen, and packs an im­pres­sive punch in the power stakes. You get a 2.3GHz dual-core 7th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sor, which can utilise the Turbo Boost to re­turn up to 3.6GHz – eas­ily enough to han­dle Pho­to­shop. The base model, which costs £1249, also in­cludes 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD mem­ory. While SSD is ex­tremely quick, this will fill up in­stantly, so we highly rec­om­mend in­vest­ing in ex­ter­nal stor­age from the off.

The 13.3in LED-back­lit Retina dis­play fea­tures IPS tech­nol­ogy and sup­ports a high na­tive res­o­lu­tion of 2560x1600 pixels, which sup­ports over a mil­lion colours – ideal for per­fect­ing your tones. It also claims a ten-hour bat­tery life – though this is im­pres­sive, in real-world us­age you may ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ing re­sults, es­pe­cially if you’re run­ning in­ten­sive edit­ing soft­ware. ap­ple.co.uk SPEC Pro­ces­sor: 7th Gen­er­a­tion i5 Screen size: 13.3in | Stor­age: 128GB SSD

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