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Top 5 Laptops for Photographers
LCD technology has improved drastically in the last several years. It wasn’t so long ago that color quality was a sigh-inducing mediocre at best. If you weren’t using the laptop for photography you might not mind it, but it was impossible to do detailed and accurate work on photos on a standard laptop LCD screen. Thankfully, that is no longer the case, and it is now possible for photographers to use a laptop for editing and not rely on an external monitor exclusively.
There are many modern laptops today with screens that are brilliant, sharp, and exceedingly bright, capable of displaying far more than the typical 40 or so percent of the color gamut normally visible on a laptop display. The following is a list of the top 5 laptops for any serious photographer. Most of the best screens come on larger laptops in the desktop replacement category – if you’re looking for a portable laptop, it is possible to find one with decent color but none will be as good as the laptops listed below.
5. Acer Aspire 8920G
The Aspire 8920G is one of the larger laptops on the market, weighing in at 9lbs with an ample 18.4” LCD. It packs an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to 4GB RAM and a 512MB GPU, but most importantly, it contains an HD ready 1920×1080 resolution and an LCD capable of displaying 90% of the color gamut.
4. HP EliteBook 8730w
HP has developed some new technology for the EliteBook 8730w, which they call DreamColor. A collaboration between HP and Dreamworks Animation, it selectively backlights the LCD and claims to be able to display over 16 million beautiful colors. The EliteBook has a 17” LCD with an ample 1920×1200 resolution, and can come packed with high end features such as an Intel Extreme Quad-Core CPU, 8GB RAM and a 1GB GPU.
3. Lenovo ThinkPad W700
Another seriously bulky laptop, the W700 tips the scales at 8.3lbs while supporting a 17” display with a 1920×1200 resolution. A bright and improved LCD makes it capable of displaying up to 72% of the color gamut, but the W700 was built with designers in mind and is unique in that it comes with an integrated Wacom digitizer and color calibrator. It can sport some impressive specs as well, with Intel Extreme Quad-Core processors to go with 8GB RAM, 1GB GPU, and nearly a whopping 1TB in storage space for all your high resolution photos.
2. Dell Precision M6400
The Precision M6400 is a laptop that was built for high powered design. Along with the Intel Quad-Core Extreme processor, 1GB GPU and fully 1TB HDD, you can also get up to an astounding 16GB RAM if you want. The 8.5lb laptop also happens to sport a 17” 1920×1200 LCD capable of displaying a perfect 100% of the color gamut.
1. Sony VAIO AW
The VAIO AW manages to keep a larger display than most of our entries – with an 18.4” 1920×1080 LCD – while simultaneously staying lighter at 8lbs flat, which alone serves to make it an attractive option. However, the most important feature on this laptop is an advanced display capable of representing an unbelievable 137% of the gamut. The laptop is quite capable too, featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512MB GPU and up to 1TB of HDD space.