Best Travel Laptop For Photographers

Bryan Nelson

If you’re a photographer and you like to travel often, then you need a laptop to help you edit the photos. That’s why, we decided to list the 5 best travel laptops for photographers that you can buy this year without breaking the bank. I ranked them based on my personal opinion and i tried to list them based on their price, quality, durability and more. Let’s get started with the list!

No Time To Read? Watch The Video:

Which Is The Best Travel Laptop?

5. Microsoft Surface Book

Best Budget

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Frequent travelers know the burden of having to carry a laptop around in their bags every single trip and taking precious luggage weight to themselves. Today I have compiled a great list of laptops tailored specifically for frequent travelers, these laptops are not just small and light, but deliver excellent performance, battery life, and amazing designs. As a budget option in this list I have included the legacy Microsoft Surface Book, which may be old by today standards, but it is still one of the best laptops in the market, delivering great performance, amazing visuals, detachable screen, stylus support, tons of battery life and attractive design on top of everything else. Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at this affordable laptop.

If you haven’t seen a Surface Book before you are in for a treat and lucky you to experience this innovation for the first time. The Microsoft Surface Book is made out of two parts made out of solid magnesium, that is attached with a snake-like hinge that is called the dynamic fulcrum hinge, this is the future. The whole design is very minimalistic and beautiful, and yes, the screen of this device detaches and can operate on its own. The whole thing is a little thicker and heavier than most designs but it is a joy to use.

The display of the Microsoft Surface Book is pretty much the best in the price range, as it is equipped with a 13.5-inch PixelSense 3000×2000 resolution panel. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio but it delivers a flawless viewing experience, with an amazing vibrancy, great color reproduction amazing accuracy and brightness you cannot compete with it at this price. It managed to reproduce about 112.6 percent of the sRGB color gamut with a Delta E rating of 0.63, and the brightness of 380 nits just makes it better.

Performance-wise the Microsoft Surface Book is equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU of the 6th generation with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD drive. On top of that, it has an integrated Intel HD graphics unit with a VRAM of 1GB making this device a beast in productivity and even some professional editing work.

The battery life is pretty solid as it can achieve more than 8 hours with a single charge, and it charges pretty fast as well.

If you want a cheap laptop that will be the perfect travel companion this is it.

4. Acer Spin 3

Best Convertible

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

If you want a good-midrange 2-in-1, you should feel lucky, because the Acer Spin 3 is very attractively priced and will deliver excellent functionality and experience for its price. This amazing 2-in-1 has a great battery life, solid performance, manages to stay cool under heavy tasks and is pretty thin compared to other 2-in-1’s.

First of all, I should mention that the Acer Spin 3 measures 12.95×9.41-inches and are just 0.78-inches thick making it a perfect travel companion, on top of that it has a mid-range weight of just 3.75-pounds. It has a plastic build all-around with a gorgeous brushed finish to it, and while the plastic build is not the most attractive choice, at this price you can’t realistically complain about it. The screen and the deck are connected with two extra sturdy hinges, that are pretty flexible as well, allowing you to transform between Laptop, Tent, Stand and Tablet modes smoothly. In terms of connectivity, you will find two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Acer Spin 3 is equipped with a 14-inch in-plane switching touchscreen display that has a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. While the screen is surrounded by thick bezels it delivers a solid overall experience and it managed to reproduce decent colors. The brightness was solid as well, and overall I can describe it as decent, not great, not terrible.

The keyboard is backlit and is pretty spacy, providing a 1.2mm of key travel and is pretty pleasing to type on generally. The touchpad is pretty solid as well and it supports the Windows Gestures with precision drivers.

In terms of performance, the Acer Spin 3 is equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U CPU that has a base clock speed fo 1.8GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.6GHz. On top of that it is packed with 16GB of memory, 512GB of SSD storage and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 that will make this system a beast in productivity.

As I said this laptop can pump out about 12 hours of battery life and it is a great tool for frequent travelers.

3. ASUS ZenBook

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

Asus has an amazing lineup of thin and ultraportable laptops that are perfect for travelers, and most of them deliver great value for the price, but the ASUS ZenBook just takes it to another level. this laptop has a perfect keyboard, some solid performance specs, durable build quality, an attractive design and many more. Let’s take a closer look.

From the first glance, I thought that the ASUS ZenBook is made out of plastic however, this laptop has a full-aluminum alloy construction. On the deck it has the Asus special spun-metal finish with its circular patterns which looks excellent and manages to reflect the light beautifully, making this simple silver design much more interesting. The aluminum construction also makes the device extremely durable against external damage, and on top of that, it is light and portable, measuring 12.7×8.8-inches and just 0.7-inches at its thickest point with a weight of 3.1-pounds. In terms of ports and connectivity, you will get plenty of options, such as two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a USB Type-C port, an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The 14-inch screen of the ASUS ZenBook is excellent as it delivers plenty of sharpness with its Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. Everything looks pretty crisp and vivid, as this panel managed to reproduce about 96.1 percent of the sRGB color gamut with plenty of accuracies which is nice to have. It has plenty of modes you can choose from like the Eye Care mode which allows you to work more without getting tired.

In the performance department, the ASUS ZenBook is capable of getting through a lot, thanks to its 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD for fast booting times, and 1TB of HDD for storage. With these specs the ASUS ZenBook is capable of running through every productivity task and many more, you won’t be disappointed with it.

2. HP Spectre x360

Best Design

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Hp’s Spectre series has delivered one of the most attractive ultraportable devices in the market, and the latest x360 is no different. This device is pretty expensive but it delivers tons of performance and features for its price, like its high-performance specs, lengthy battery life, amazing screen, durability, and tons of ports.

The manufacturer has given the gem-cut nickname to the design of the HP Spectre x360, and it really looks like it, as it is designed to reflect light from different angles. It rocks some pretty aesthetically pleasing angular patterns that makes this laptop look like a statement piece. Combined with its premium price and performance, this design on this ultra-portable makes it extremely attractive, since there are a few options in the premium market, as eye-catching as this one. It also has a great build quality, and measures just 0.57 at its thickest point and weighs about 2.9-pounds in total.

This laptop is equipped with a 13.3-inch in-plane switching display with Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 that delivers plenty of sharpness and detail. On top of that, the screen is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass NBT which is essential for a touchscreen 2-in-1 ultraportable. This display managed to reproduce about 109 percent of the sRGB color gamut and was pretty accurate at that, and on top of that, the brightness was excellent at 369nits.

In the performance department, the HP Spectre x360 packs a lot of punch, since it is equipped with the 8th Generation Quad-Core, Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with a base clock speed of 1.8GHz and boost clock speed of 4GHz. Also on top of that, it is armed with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD and the graphics are provided by the Intel UHD Graphics 620 unit, and overall these specs make this device a capable beast. The battery life was perfect as well as it could achieve about 13 hours in my tests which means that you don’t have to worry about it.

If you want a beautifully designed lightweight laptop with plenty of performance specs and lengthy battery life, don’t look further than the HP Spectre x360.

1. Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch)

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Coming to the top of the list we have one of the best laptops ever made let alone for traveling, the brand new 16-inch version of the Apple MacBook Pro. This laptop might be a little expensive but it is the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, with plenty of performance, solid keyboard, beautiful 16-inch screen, great speakers, amazing design and tons of other pros that make this one the best MacBook Pro.

If you have already seen the 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro, you will see that it resembles a lot to it, and this laptop has pretty similar dimensions to its as it measures 14.1×9.7×0.6-inches which is amazing to see. The bezels around the screen of the device are very thin, and it has the same unibody aluminum build that carries on to the perfect minimalist design. The Touchpad of the device is pretty huge and above the keyboard, you will spot the OLED touch bar which is perfect. In terms of ports this device has four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack, so start investing in some dongles.

The display of this device is just amazing and really huge, as this 16-inch Retina display, is bigger and better than its predecessors, with 3072×1920 resolution. Sharpness isn’t a problem and it delivers some natural images which are really beautiful. The colors are amazing as well as it managed to reproduce 114 percent in the sRGB color space, with tons of accuracy, and the brightness is solid as well at 429 nits.

If you want power and versatility look no further because the Apple MacBook Pro is a powerful beast, thanks to its Intel Core i9 CPU with 16GB of RAM, superfast 1TB of SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics unit with GDDR6 memory and an Intel UHD Graphics 630 to give it some aid. The Apple MacBook Pro is definitely a workstation level laptop that will help you get through everything that you may think of.

When you take its lengthy battery life of 12 hours into consideration things just get better than ever for travelers.

Leave a Comment