Laptop Computers for Photo & Video Editing

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Home Computers & Laptops Laptop Computers for Photo & Video Editing
Published on January 14, 2016

I discuss what to look for in a laptop used for photo or video editing. Table of contents is below. Here are links to the specific models:

Toshiba Satellite S Series:
Toshiba Satellite Radius:
Toshiba Tecra:
Dell XPS 13:
Dell Precision:
Logitech Wireless Mouse:
Memory card reader:

* 1:00 Mac vs PC
* 2:29 Screen Size
* 4:06 Screen Resolution
* 8:10 Screen NITs
* 8:53 Touchscreen
* 9:50 Laptop vs Hybrid
* 11:20 Processors
* 15:10 HDD vs Hybrid vs SSD Hard Drives
* 20:04 Network
* 24:17 Touchpad
* 25:08 Mouse
* 26:54 Memory
* 27:43 Video Card & GPU
* 28:51 Docking Station
* 29:52 Upgradeability

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  1. Nice video, thank you for it 🙂 Out of curiosity, how come you don't touch on screen type – e.g. LCD vs IPS – for things like colour gamut and colour accuracy? Would these not be important considerations a;sp?

  2. Thanks for this video. Iam new to photography. I couldn't understand why Lightroom was crashing and freezing all the time. Now thanks to watching this I now know my laptop is not up to it. So thanks again. Just wish I had seen this before buying it.

  3. Clear, concise and extremely useful video (as usual). Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

  4. Hi Tony,
    great work mate,
    Quick question…
    For work at home, if I have a powerful laptop with a good video card

    Given 4K tvs are getting cheaper, how do you feel about just connecting laptops to 55 inch tvs to get a much larger screen.

  5. Should I get the Rokinon/Samyang 14 f/2.8 if I already have the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 for Milky Way/Astrohphotography? (for my Canon 70D)

  6. I really appreciate this video … my wife is in the market for her first laptop & I must say that if I hadn't taken to an iMac desktop years ago for all my photo and video work I would have recommended a PC. My first laptop computer was an IBM Thinkpad which I used primarily for film scheduling & budgeting — I actually made a living in freelance film-production for over 40 years, that is until the phone stopped wringing .. I loved the Thinkpad for many reasons (size, durability, production software etc) but a primary feature which I was keen on was the built-in mouse on the keyboard, which meant that your fingers never had to leave the keyboard ever which made that computer a terrific location tool … I guess that mouse must have been an IBM proprietary for no other computers (that I know of) featured it. I still use my old Thinkpad as my primary creative writing tool .. I love that mouse and my "old" desktop iMac is very much out of date (none of the new Lightroom, or PS apps fit) so I'm hoping that my wife's Mac laptop will be efficient enough to take on all the bells'n whistles I plan to include in the order (PS, LR, Final Cut) …. not certain how to approach this (Mac point of view) after listening to what you had to say about the 'upgradeability' of Toshiba & Dell. Any additional thoughts on this subject would be appreciated.

  7. i7 will eat your battery! Get a gaming laptop if you don't mind lugging around a beast! I recommend the upcoming Razer Blade Stealth. It's nicely priced, small, thin, light BUT you can plug in a desktop GPU if you need more powah!

  8. So, more RAM or SSD? (I3 5th generation)

  9. offsite ackups are one form of protection but can be limiting depending on your network upload speed. A portable hard drive may be a better solution, as long as you store it separetly to your primary data.

  10. "PowerBooks" and "PC is better bang for your back"? Yep, the old stereotypes don't apply anymore

  11. Confusing isn`t it? MHz or GHz :-)

  12. really useful video. Any views on using capture one with multiple cores. Does it suffer the same issues as LR or are more cores better?

  13. How does the colour on screen differ, are they calibrated and could you explain, if you connect to another screen, what level of quality is expected in colours reproduced through HDMI out.


  14. +Tony Northrup
    You mentioned multiple drives; laptops that have both an HDD and an SSD. Are there laptops with dual SSD drives?

    Great video by the way! Really fills a gap in the youtube library.

  15. Toshiba PCs have a screwy custom bios; I updated two PCs to win 10 recently, the Dell was no trouble but the Toshiba screwed up. So I wouldn't go for a Toshiba, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard are generally good work horses. When I travelled about for work I had these and they worked flawlessly. More expensive models are physically more robust as well, so cheap is not always best.

  16. Tony, why didn't you steer people to a desktop for starters? So many people want laptops without realizing the performance loss they suffer compared to same-price desktop machines. Not to mention screensizes, the comfort of a propper keyboard/mouse.
    Something that might be interesting for some of your more techsavy viewers (or even the non-tekkie ones that are interested in learning): Look at something like windows remote-app/remote desktop. I find on a good network, its latency is virtually non-noticeable during editing. I have been using this for a while now (including even more complex systems like USB over IP passthrough and so on).
    In short, what it allows me to do is have acces to a 64GB ram, 8 core/16 thread desktop machine on my surface, and edit with the power of that machine, all the wile using a small and thing laptop (microsoft surface) that doesn't even have to do anything, so it stays cool, silent and uses almost no battery.
    Also: Finaly! someone else who puts their task bar to the left of their screen! I thought I was the only one!

  17. Did I miss something? Did you mention getting a laptop with an IPS screen?

  18. Keep it simple, buy gaming lap-top. I am super happy with my Lenovo Y-50 4K.

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