The best photo-editing laptops for photographers in 2024

The best photo-editing laptops won't just be the perfect tool for photographers needing to do some photo editing. A machine with a fast processor, plenty of RAM, and a large storage drive will also give you a computer ideal for home-working - these slimline marvels will quite likely outperform that dusty old desktop tower in your office!

Ben Andrews
Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

Recent updates

06/17/2024: Replaced previous-generation MacBook Air 15 with the current-gen 2024 M3 model - see our full review for more details.

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FeaturesSuper-powerful, with a stunning screen, and a reasonable selection of ports★★★★★
DesignThe benchmark for sleek mobile computing, period.★★★★★
PerformanceEven in base spec, this is a force to be reckoned with★★★★★
ValueOther laptops give better bang per buck, but then the best never comes cheap.★★★★
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FeaturesM3 chipset is faster than ever. SD slot and HDMI port welcome. Stunning screen.★★★★★
DesignSome may miss the touchbar, but this is a pleasure to use. Screen notch is controversial.★★★★★
PerformanceAwesome with 16GB (or more) memory, but the base 8GB config could be restrictive★★★★
ValueYou'll always pay extra for the Apple premium, but this is still a hugely capable laptop.★★★★
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FeaturesAll the features of a regular well equipped laptop, plus creator-focussed extras★★★★★
DesignWe appreciate the efforts made here to tailor a laptops to creatives - it's a pleasure to use★★★★★
PerformanceSuper-fast hardware makes light work of most tasks. It also drains the battery fast, however★★★★
ValueYou get a lot of features and performance here, so inevitably there's a high price to pay★★★★
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FeaturesThere's everything you could want here, and more besides★★★★★
DesignThe big screen reduces eye strain, and the gamer ethos is nicely muted★★★★★
PerformancePerformance is simply awesome, as it should be for such a pricey investment★★★★★
ValueIf you'll be subjecting a laptop to long, intensive edits, this could be worth the mega outlay★★★★
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FeaturesA gorgeous screen combined with potent power. A pity there aren;t more ports and an SD slot, though★★★★
DesignThin and light, but with a usefully large screen★★★★★
PerformanceApple's M3 silicone provides ample editing power, all while sipping battery juice★★★★★
ValueSuch style doesn't come cheap, but this is a genuinely versatile laptop for frequent travellers★★★★
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FeaturesIt's not that well equipped when compared to other laptops, but it compensates with genuine tablet usefulness★★★★
DesignWorks equally well as a laptop or tablet - ideal for travel★★★★
PerformanceSurprisingly good speed for such a slim device, though it won't break any records★★★★
ValueWorth the money if you need a laptop that can do double duty as a tablet too★★★★
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FeaturesPorts are few, but otherwise there's everything you really need here for editing on the go★★★★
DesignA triumph of design: incredibly slim and portable, yet packs formidable speed★★★★★
PerformanceShockingly fast and capable for such a slim, lightweight laptop. Stick to 16GB or more RAM though★★★★
ValueIt's not cheap, but considering this is a MacBook, the pricing is fair★★★★
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FeaturesThere's everything you really need here, providing you can live without a 4K screen★★★★
DesignIt's not the slimmest laptop, but it's comfortable to use★★★
PerformanceFast and with good battery life. The 240Hz screen also has excellent color space coverage★★★★★
ValueThis laptop provides some serious bang per buck - it's our value champ★★★★★
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FeaturesLaptop and tablet versatility with stylus support and a high-res screen★★★★★
DesignClever hinge design and cooling system. High overall build quality★★★★★
PerformanceAging processors starting to be outclassed, but there's still a decent turn of speed here★★★★
ValueYou'll get faster laptops for less money elsewhere - you've got to want that hybrid design to justify the price★★★
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FeaturesA well designed, well made laptop with efficient performance and a great display★★★★
DesignSleek, light and well made, but we'd like a few more ports★★★★
PerformanceThere's enough speed to deal with most tasks, but this isn't a laptop for heavy workloads★★★★
ValueWorth the money if you prioritise battery life over outright performance★★★★
Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

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