HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr Review

A solid laptop for an affordable price

 

OUR OPINION

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15 offers stellar performance and battery life at an affordable price.

FOR

  • Affordable
  • Solid gaming and overall performance
  • Runs cool while gaming
  • Great battery life

AGAINST

  • Dim, somewhat dull display when compared to costlier ones

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr is an entry-level gaming laptop with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GPU, with an agile SSD and great battery life, all wrapped up in a striking, fairly portable design.. However, the dim, somewhat dull display does the laptop and gamers a minor disservice. Still, its combination of specs, power and endurance places the laptop as part of the top cheap gaming laptops under ₦400,000.

HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr Price and Configuration Options

The ₦321,000 base model of the HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr has an Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 3GB of VRAM. The ₦365,000 model reviewed here, the 15-dk0046nr, has an Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 12GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.

Meanwhile, the ₦360,000 model gives you an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM.

Design

One thing’s for sure – the Pavillion doesn’t look like the typical gaming laptop. Instead of the tired black-and-red motif, the laptop has black with emerald accents. And if you really want to step off the beaten path, you can get the system with purple flourishes. Opening the laptop reveals a green backlit keyboard with some funky polygon-shaped speakers.

 

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The HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr weighs 5 pounds and measures 14.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches.

Ports

There is a decent amount of ports on the Pavilion 15.

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On the left side of the laptop is a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI port, an Ethernet RJ-45 port and an SD media card reader.

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On the right side, you’ll find an additional two USB 3.1 Type A ports and jacks for the headphones and power.

Display

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15’s 15.6-inch, (Full HD) 1920 x1080 screen isn’t the brightest or the most colorful compared to the 4k display, but it delivers great image quality nonetheless, smallest details in pictures and scenes (such as the intense bright green of blaster fire) really pops.

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In terms of brightness, the Pavillion averages 241.2 nits. Additionally, its sRGB gamut percentage was 65.8%

 

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Keyboard and Touchpad

The keys on the HP Gaming Pavilion’s keyboard are snappy and responsive. You can type faster than you normally would with this HP laptop’s keyboard.

The 2.4 x 4.6-inch touchpad delivered firm, springy feedback. Still, Windows 10 gestures works smoothly, no input delays.

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Audio

Regardless of the volume, every sound comes out loud and clear from the laptop’s Bang & Olufsen dual speakers, be it jazz or opera, or any sound at all. The voicings, instrumentations will come out clear, no noice.

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Gaming, Graphics, and VR

The Pavilion 15 packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. At the laptop’s highest graphical settings (1080p with Ultra settings), modern graphical marvels such as “Far Cry New Dawn” and “Hitman” averages out at 54 frames-per-second and 57 fps, respectively.

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On the virtual reality front, this HP gaming laptop averages 5.9 fps on the SteamVR Performance test.. It’s enough to top the 5.3 average.

Performance

Open plenty browser tabs, play YouTube videos on all those tabs, i can assure you that you can still play games smoothly without lagging.

The Pavillion 15 takes as little as 10 minutes and 42 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p.

When it comes to file transfer speed, the HP Gaming Pavilion’s 256GB SSD copied 4.97GB in 14.5 seconds, which is a transfer rate of 351 megabytes per second.

Battery Life

For a gaming laptop, even an entry-level system, the HP Gaming Pavilion 15 has a pretty long battery life. The system lasted 5 hours and 26 minutes on our battery test, which consists of continuous web surfing at 150 nits of brightness.

Bottom Line

Overall, the HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr is not to be slept upon, it’s a budget system that equally satisfies your need.

The slightly USA used is available at 250,000 HERE

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Playstation 5 – PS 5 Release Date, Price, Games and News Update

PS 5 Release Date

Sony has confirmed that its new next-generation console will be called the PlayStation 5, and it’ll be out next year, launching in time for “Holiday 2020”, which many suspect to be by or before January 2020, nonetheless there remains a possibility of it being much later than that.

PS 5 Features

THE PS5 CONTROLLER HAS USB-C

Sony also announced a technology it’s calling “adaptive triggers,” which will go in the primary R2/L2 triggers on the PS5’s controller. According to Sony, developers will be able to “program the resistance of the triggers,” giving the example that you’ll be able to “feel” the increased tension as you draw back a bow or force you to push down with extra pressure if you’re driving through rough terrain.C

The company also announced several changes that it’ll be making to the controller on the PS5. Chief among them is replacing the current rumble technology that Sony has been using since the original PlayStation for new haptic feedback technology that it promises will offer a “broader range of feedback.”

Wired got a hands-on preview with a prototype PS5 controller, which it notes looked “an awful lot like the PS4’s DualShock 4,” although Sony isn’t confirming if it’ll call it the DualShock 5 just yet. Wired also confirmed that the PS5’s controller will finally be making the jump to USB-C as well as other refinements like a larger battery and improved speakers.

GAME INSTALLATIONS WILL BE MANDATORY ON THE PS5

In an interview with Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and PS5 system architect Mark Cerny gave some additional details about the upcoming hardware. “There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware,” Cerny said, clarifying the company’s original announcement of ray-tracing support and allaying concerns that Sony might resort to software tricks to manage it.

The Wired interview also confirms that the PS5 will use standard 100GB Blu-ray discs — Sony had previously confirmed that the console will offer a disc drive — but all games will have to be installed to the internal SSD this time around.

That super-fast SSD is still the biggest update that Sony is showing off, and it says that the installation requirement is due to the speed difference between the optical drive and the internal solid-state one. Sony does promise that the SSD’s improvements to how it reads data means that games will be able to take up less space, though, which should help soften the blow for the mandatory installation requirements. Sony will also let developers break up the installation of their games — say, by installing just the multiplayer components or just the single-player campaign — on the PS5.

Also new on the PS5 is a “completely revamped user interface” that will show off far more detailed social features on the home screen. Sony promises that you’ll be able to see (and launch directly into) specific features of a game, like a single-player level or multiplayer match, directly from the home screen, instead of first having to launch the game and then navigate in.

All of this information joins the existing details that Sony has already revealed earlier this year, like the eight-core CPU (which will be based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line) and custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware, “3D audio,” the support for 8K gaming (as well as for 4K gaming at 120Hz), a much lower power consumption option, PS4 backwards compatibility, and that ultra-fast SSD.

There’s still a lot we don’t know, of course, like how much storage Sony will be offering (a question that becomes far more important with mandatory game installation), what kind of VR options there’ll be, or what the actual hardware will look like or cost. But with the new holiday 2020 release date, it likely won’t be too long before Sony starts giving some answers to those questions.

PS 5 Price

The PS4 found big success by undercutting the Xbox One at launch with its $399 price tag, but the PS5 might not be quite as affordable. In his quarterly forecast (as reported by Twinfinite), Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda predicts that the system will launch for $499, which is $100 more than what the PS4 and PS4 Pro sold for at launch.

PS 5 Games: The Titles to Expect

While the PS5 has yet to be confirmed, it’s never to early to speculate which titles may land on Sony’s next gen system. First-party title Ghosts of Tsushima has yet to get a release date, meaning we could see it hit PS4 and PS5 at once. And while we’re speculating, don’t be shocked to see sequels to PS4 megahits God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Spider-Man on the PS5.

We now know that the long awaited The Last of Us: Part II is coming to PS4 on May 29, 2020. And while PS4 games will work on PS5, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of enhanced edition for the new console, much like Sony delivered with The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4. 

As far as third-party games, Bethesda already confirmed that its upcoming Starfield game is a “next-generation” experience. We also wouldn’t be shocked to see The Elder Scrolls VI and Cyberpunk 2077 land on Sony’s next-generation hardware. And since they release like clockwork, expect new Madden, NBA 2K and FIFA titles around the PS5’s launch window.

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Airtel Night Plan, Data Plan, Customer Care

To enjoy the very cheap Airtel Night Plan, you have to opt-in to tariff plan called Airtel SmartTrybe.

To opt-in to Airtel Night Plan Dial *312#. You get: 30% extra data on bundles of N500 and above purchased in all campuses in Nigeria 1GB for N500. Valid for 7 day.

How to subscribe to Airtel Night Plan

  • STEP 1: Migrate to Airtel SmartTrybe by dialing *312# then reply with 1.
  • STEP 2: After the migration, dial *312#
  • STEP 3: Reply 1 for 500MB for N25 valid from12am – 5am
  • OR: Reply 2 for 1.5GB for N200 valid from12am – 5amEnjoy these night plan from Airtel

How to subscribe to Airtel Data Plan

To get started, Dial *141# OR…

Daily / Weekly Plans

PriceData AllowanceValidityUSSD CODE
N5025MB1 Day*141*50#
N10075MB1 Day*141*100#
N200200MB3 Days*141*200#
N3001GB1 Day*141*354#
N300350MB7 Days*141*300#
N500750MB14 Days*141*500#
N5001GB7 Days*141*502#
N5002GB1 Day*141*504#
N15006GB7 Days*141*1504#

Airtel Customer Care

Simply call 111

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MTN Recharge and Data Plan Codes

MTN Recharge Code | How To Load Airtime On MTN SIM (USSD Code)

You should know that MTN Nigeria recharge codes contain a 12-digit PIN. So, follow the step below for loading airtime n your phone:

  • To load or recharge an MTN line, dial recharge PIN in the following USSD format: *555*PIN# and then Send/Ok. For example, If the airtime PIN is 1111 2222 3333, include *555*111122223333# and press Send or Ok on your phone’s dialler.
  • If successful, you can dial *556# to check account balance.

That’s all!

MTN Data Plans and Subscription Codes in Nigeria

Here are latest MTN Data Plan Prices. You will also see code for checking your MTN data subscription balance.

  • 1.5GB Browsing Plan for Mobile (24/7 30 days) – text 106 to 131 – ₦1000
  • 2GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 130 to 131 – ₦1200
  • MTN 3.5GB mobile data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 110 to 131 – ₦2000
  • 6.5GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 107 to 131 – ₦3500
  • 11GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 116 to 131 – ₦5000
  • 25GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 117 to 131 – ₦10000
  • 40GB MTN data plan (24/7 30 days) – text 150 to 131 – ₦15000
  • 1GB MTN Daily (24 hours) – SMS 155 to 131 – ₦350
  • 2GB 2 days Plan (48 hours) – text 154 to 131 – 500 Naira
  • 60GB MTN data plan (24/7, 60 days) – text 118 to 131 – 20000 NGN
  • 120GB MTN data plan (24/7 90 days) – text 133 to 131 – 50000 NGN
  • MTN 100GB data plan (60 days) – text 138 to 131 – 30,000 Naira
  • MTN 150GB data plan (90 days) – text 134 to 131 – 70,000 Naira
  • MTN Daily data plan for mobile, 75MB (24 hours) – SMS 104 to 131 – 100 NGN
  • MTN Daily data plan for mobile, 25MB (24 hours) – SMS 114 to 131 – 50 NGN
  • 200MB 2 days Package (48 hours) – text 113 to 131 – 200 Naira
  • 750MB Weekly browsing for mobile (7 days) – text 103 to 131 – 500 NGN
  • 350MB Weekly browsing for mobile (7 days) – text 102 to 131 – 300 NGN

To check your MTN browsing data balance, SMS 2 to 131.

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How to Customize the Subtitles in VLC Player

The VLC media player is an open source platform-neutral application that allows you to play videos in a variety of formats. If your video has subtitles, the default settings make sure that the text is readable in most scenarios for most individuals. There may be cases, however, where the subtitles don’t work well with the video they’re attached to — dark colored text, for example, on a movie that’s dark a lot of the time.

Luckily, there’s a little-used feature that allows you to change this, as well as the size, background, and other subtitle settings.

  1. In the VLC media player window, click Tools.
     
  2. Select Preferences in the Tools menu.
     
  3. Go to the Subtitles / OSD tab to access all the available preferences.
     
  4. Check that the Enable subtitles checkbox is selected.
     
  5. If you prefer a particular font, click on the Font drop-down menu and select a Font other than the default Arial font.
     
  6. Click on the Font size drop-down menu to see the available options.
     
  7. Select Auto from the drop-down menu. This option automatically resizes the font based on the VLC window size. If you always watch a video in full screen mode on a big screen, you may want to keep the default.
     
  8. If the current subtitles are not easily readable, click on the Outline thickness drop-down menu to change the default.
     
  9. Select Thick from the drop-down menu if you need more readability.
     
  10. Click on the color tiles to choose colors other than the default white and black for the text and the outline. The default colors, however, are readable on most backgrounds.
     
  11. If you can’t see the color of the subtitles against the video background, add a checkmark against Add a background option. This will add a solid color background to the subtitles.
     
  12. If you would like the subtitles to be in a specific position other than the alignment options offered, add a number to the Force subtitle position textbox. This position will not change based on the size of the VLC player window.
     
  13. When you are done checking and updating the preferences, click Save.
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How to Format an SSD Drive

Formatting an SSD drive is useful in the event you want to sell the drive, dispose of the drive, or install a new operating system. You can format an SSD drive using a Windows or Mac computer.

Method 1. Formatting an SSD Drive in Windows

  • 1. Verify that the SSD drive you want formatted is either installed in your computer, or attached to your computer via USB cable.
  • 2. Go to “Start” and click on “Control Panel.”
  • 3. Click on “System and Maintenance,” then click on “Administrative tools.”
  • 4. Open the “Computer Management” application.
  • 5. Click on “Disk Management” in the left pane of the Computer Management window.
  • 6. Click on the name of your SSD drive in the list of drives displayed on-screen.
  • 7. Right-click on the SSD drive, then select “Format.”
  • 8. Select your preferred values from the “File system” and “Allocation unit size” drop-down menus.
  • 9. Place a checkmark next to “Perform a quick format,” then click on “OK.” Your computer will format your SSD drive.

Method 2 Formatting an SSD Drive on Mac OS X

  • 1. Verify that the SSD drive you want formatted is either installed in your computer, or attached to your computer via USB cable.
  • 2. Open Finder to verify that the SSD drive displays in your list of devices.
  • 3. Click on “Applications,” then click on “Utilities.”

4. Launch the “Disk Utility” application.

5. Click on the name of your SSD drive in the left pane of Disk Utility.

  • 6. Click on the “Erase” tab, then take note of the value next to “Partition Map Scheme,” which is located at the bottom of the window.
  • 7. Verify that the value next to Partition Map Scheme reads, “Master Boot Record” or “Apple Partition Map,” then click on the “Partition” tab.
  • If the value next to Partition Map Scheme reads, “GUID Partition Table,” select “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)” from the Format drop-down menu, click on “Erase,” then skip to step #13.
  • 8. Select the number of partitions you want from within the “Partition Layout” drop-down menu.
  • 9. Type a name for the partition, or SSD drive, under “Partition Information,” then select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format drop-down menu.
  • 10. Click on the name of the SSD drive in the middle window, then click on “Options.”
  • 11. Select “GUID Partition Table,” then click on “OK.”
  • 12. Click on “Apply,” then click on “Partition” to verify that you want to format your SSD drive.
  • 13. Wait for Disk Utility to format your SSD drive. The name of the drive will display in Finder when complete.
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Asus Just Unveiled the World’s Lightest Business Laptop

There’s light and then there’s light. The Asus Pro B9 is definitely the former at 1.9 pounds.

There’s no word on pricing or when the Pro B9’s launching, but it’s clear that Asus is gunning to be a major player in the business laptop space, an arena the company seemed to have left to the likes of Dell and Lenovo

Design

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I haven’t seen a laptop this light since the Lenovo LaVie Z. And honestly, it made me want to toss it like a frisbee. Let’s hope the Pro B9 fairs better. It looks to be made from the same blue aluminum seen on the likes of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo so it’s definitely got a leg up. And the fact that the slim stunner has undergone MIL-SPEC-810G testing is reassuring that this isn’t a flimsy toy.

At 0.6-inches thick, it’s on a par with the Lenovo X1 Carbon, but the former is much heavier at 2.5 pounds. 

From the quick glimpse I saw of the notebook during the slide presentation, it appears to have a variation of Asus’ ScreenPad.

Specs

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In another rebuke of the slim = weak narrative, Asus has found a way to outfit the Pro B9 with some seriously powerful specs. When it launches, it will have an Intel 10th Gen Core i7 processor, a pair of 1TB PCIe SSDs in either RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration. It will also have Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

And if like any good laptop, it will have TPM software and a fingerprint reader to keep your sensitive information under lock and key.

Bottom Line

Asus is making an aggressive play on the business space with the Pro B9 laptop. As you’d come to expect from the brand, it’s undeniably pretty and really powerful and it’s incredibly light. If it can offer reasonable battery life and it delivers on the performance, the Asus Pro B9 might be the laptop du jour for mobile professionals. 

Keep up with what’s happening on the IFA 2019 show floor with our up-to-the-minute coverage. 

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Razer Launches World’s First Gaming Ultrabook

The Blade family is getting even bigger. Razer just announced two new additions to its laptop library: the Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Edition and the Blade Stealth 13 Graphics Edition. Available starting toward the end of September, the laptops will start at $1,499 and $1,799, respectively.

Blade Stealth 13 Graphics Edition

Razer is billing the Graphics Edition Blade Stealth as the “world’s first gaming ultrabook.” That’s because the laptop is outfitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM coupled with a 10th Gen Core i7-1065G processor. That means you can play games like Far Cry New Dawn and Battlefield V, just not at the highest settings.

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In addition to the Core i7 processor, the laptop is stacked with 16GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD. The $1,799 configuration of the notebook features a 1920 x 1080 display that features Intel’s Lower Power Display technology, which is supposed to help extend battery life. Razer also has a $1,999 version with a 4K touch panel. Either system would work for a gamer on the go, but if frame rates and battery life are a big concern, I’d recommend the 1080p iteration.

Speaking of battery life, Razer claims that the Graphics Edition will last between 10-11 hours on charge. Most gaming laptops rarely last longer than 6 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery test, so I’m not optimistic about their chances.

Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Edition

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Mercury White Edition of the Blade Stealth is… that it’s white. But just like every other Blade laptop, the entire chassis is made of CNC aluminum and sports that boxy frame we’ve come to know and love. It’s just a really pretty laptop all around. As the name suggests, this version of the Stealth will only be available in this color.

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Targeting college students, the laptop has one of Intel’s new 10 Gen Ice Lake processors (Core i7-1065G7 CPU), 16GB of RAM and an Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics card. Intel is promising better overall and graphics performance with this new round of chips as well as some AI functionality. I’m excited to see whether or not the components will live up to the hype.

The laptop has been outfitted with a 13.1-inch, 1980 x 1080 matte panel with the capability to reproduce 100% of the sRGB gamut thanks to factory calibration. And for storage, you have a 256GB PCIe SSD, which should translate into fast transfer speeds. 

The company is estimating 13 hours of battery life. Razer has been steadily working on the battery life, with the last Stealth lasting 8 hours and 5 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test. Do I think the Mercury White Edition will last 13 hours? No, but I’m hoping it can clear 9 hours and maintain the company’s positive trend.

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USB4 Is Coming: Here’s How Fast It’ll Be

USB4’s technical specifications have been finalized by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group responsible for creating USB standards.

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Utilizing a two-lane operation when used with USB Type-C cables and up, we can expect to see transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. With those rates, USB4 doubles the performance of USB 3.2, the newest USB standard currently available. USB4 is also backwards compatible with USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3.

While USB4 integrates Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, MacBook and iMac desktop users have benefited from faster speeds and output options for years. However, accessories that make use of the technology are usually expensive, leading most manufacturers to eschew it regardless of the fact that they utilize a USB-C connection. Since the new standard merges both USB-C and Thunderbolt, we should start to see decreasing accessory price points that utilize faster speeds as USB4 gains popularity.

USB4 device manufacturers must also include USB Power Delivery technology, which regulates device charging. PD can quickly charge your phone or gaming laptop, sending the optimal amount of wattage for each device to charge quickly without damage.

With specification development all wrapped up, we could see the first USB4 products hit the market as early as mid-2020.

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Best Laptops for Photo Editing 2019: Top Notebooks for Photographers

Photographers who spend hours painstakingly laboring over a photo’s every pixel require a machine with speedy performance, a decent graphics card and a fast hard drive. Of course, the most important laptop component for photographers is a beautiful display capable of accurately reproducing a wide range of colors.

These machines have gorgeous displays, but they offer a bit more performance on the whole.

For power users, the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Extreme refresh has an optional 4K OLED display. At Computex 2019, we were introduced to the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, which flaunts a primary 15.6-inch, 4K OLED display along with a secondary 14-inch, 4K panel on the deck. Business users should seriously consider the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, although its panel is a bit dim, and gamers will want to save up for the Alienware m15 OLED. You could also hold off for a couple of months and wait for the first string of laptops with Intel’s 10th Gen processors, which provide a nice performance boost over 8th Gen CPUs. 

We have laptop recommendations for every type of photographer. Here are some excellent choices that fit photo editors’ demanding criteria.

Best Overall: HP Spectre x360 15

Best Overall: HP Spectre x360 15

There is no better laptop for video-editing than HP’s Spectre x360 15. The highlight of this machine is a 15.6-inch, 4K OLED display that is exceptionally vivid (256% of the sRGB color gamut) and blindingly bright (483 nits). That panel is the only thing that will take your eyes off the Spectre x360 15’s elegant chassis, which looks like something only the rich and famous could afford.

Photographers will also appreciate that the laptop’s discrete MX150 GPU offers enough graphics oomph to run demanding photo-editing programs with some help from a Core i7-8565U CPU. And the keyboard on the Spectre x360 15 is one of the best around.  

Pros: Lux design; Good performance and graphics; Vivid 4K OLED display; Comfortable keyboard

Cons: Battery life isn’t great; Non-configurable; Bezels are a bit thick

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U | GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX150 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K OLED | Size: 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Best Ultrabook: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Best Ultrabook: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the best Ultrabook for photo editing, thanks to its slim, flexible design, gorgeous display and fast performance.

While the 2K resolution on the X1 Yoga’s display doesn’t break records, it’s plenty sharp for pixel peepers and has fantastic qualities, including brilliant colors (201 percent of the sRGB color gamut) that are extremely accurate. It also gets blindingly bright at 477 nits. Photographers who prefer using a stylus will appreciate the touch-sensitive panel and flexible 2-in-1 design.

With an Intel Core i7-8650U processor and NVMe SSD, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can handle anything you throw at it. Additionally, artists and photographers inspired by nature won’t need to worry about taking this durable laptop into the wild, cause it’s rugged.

Pros: Vivid, accurate and bright display; Slim, durable design; Fast performance

Cons: Battery life is only OK; Pricey

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 2560 x 1440-pixel | Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds.

Best Apple Laptop: 15-inch MacBook Pro

Best Apple Laptop: 15-inch MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a favorite among photographers not only for its proprietary Apple software but because this premium laptop has an impressive 15.4-inch Retina display that is both sharp and vibrant. While it’ll cost you a pretty penny, the MacBook Pro’s outstanding SSD performance is unrivaled, enabling you to render and transfer RAW photos in the blink of an eye. Travelling photographers will appreciate the laptop’s slim design and long battery life. 

Pros: Record-breaking SSD speeds; Premium, lightweight design; Vivid, detailed display; Long battery life

Cons: No USB-A port; Expensive

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 560X/Pro Vega 16/Pro Vega 20 | RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | Display: 15.4-inch, 2800 x 1800-pixel | Size: 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4 pounds.

Most Versatile: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

Most Versatile: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the Transformer of premium laptops. A detachable 2-in-1, the Surface Book 2 is among the most versatile machines on the market. Its unique fulcrum hinge lets you fold the display back flat, while the dock turns it into a detachable tablet. This flexibility is great for photographers who use a stylus and who frequently travel.

Featuring a unique 3:2 aspect ratio, the 15-inch display on the Surface Book 2 is capable of producing 131 percent of the sRGB color gamut and has a maximum brightness level of 417 nits. Given its extremely high price, you’d expect top-of-the-line performance, and that’s exactly what you get. The Intel Core i7-8650U processor and optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU on high-end configurations will breeze through photo-editing tasks.

Pros: Flexible bendback and convertible design; Long battery life; Colorful, bright display; Accurate stylus; Powerful graphics

Cons: Expensive; No Thunderbolt 3

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB| Display: 15-inch, 3240 x 2160-pixel | Size: 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.2 pounds.

Best Performance: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

Best Performance: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5’s 15.6-inch 4K display is extremely detailed and vibrant. Coupled with blistering workstation-class performance, this beastly machine is an excellent option for photo editors who need the most powerful setup to run demanding programs.  Better yet, the x360 G5 has a rugged chassis for those times you’re out in the field, and its lengthy battery life means you don’t need to stay near an outlet. 

The x360 G5 can be configured with premium components, including an Intel Xeon E-2186M CPU (with Quadro P1000 graphics), 32GB of RAM, and two 2TB SSDs. We suggest photo editors opt for the 4K Dreamcolor touch screen over the FHD model. 

Pros: Versatile design; Gorgeous 4K display; Military grade durability; Long battery life; Amazing performance

Cons: Lid flexes; Poor webcam; Expensive

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9/Xeon | GPU: Intel UHD 630/Nvidia Quadro P1000/Quadro P2000 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB | Storage:Up to 4TB| Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.9 pounds.

Best Detachable: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Best Detachable: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Our favorite detachable just got even better with the Surface Pro 6, which significantly improves battery life and performance when compared to its predecessors. Now equipped with a quad-core CPU, the 2-in-1 can run Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom without breaking a sweat. The 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1823 resolution display is everything a photo editor could ask for — it’s bright, vivid and accurate. In fact, it covers a very good 136 percent of the sRGB color gamut and reached more than 400 nits of brightness. 

You’ll have to buy the Surface Pen and the Type Cover separately, but they add a ton of functionality to this lightweight (1.7 pounds) tablet. And the Surface Pro 6 remains one of few devices with a kickstand that lets you use it as a traditional laptop, a tablet or in studio mode.

Pros: Vivid and accurate display; Superfast performance; Long battery life; Snappy keyboard

Cons: No USB-C; Sluggish SSD

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB| Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/TB| Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel | Size: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.7 pounds/2.4 pounds (with keyboard).

Best Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Best Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Photographers who want the benefits of a business laptop should look no further than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The 15.6-inch laptop takes everything we love about the ThinkPad series to the next level. It has an excellent keyboard, tons of security features and a wide range of ports, all included in a sleek, durable chassis. And while its battery life could be better, the X1 Extreme is one of the fastest laptops we’ve ever tested.

But the crown jewel of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is its jaw-dropping 4K HDR display, which covers an outstanding 186 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That tops the displays on the Dell XPS 15, 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro and the Asus ZenBook Pro 15. The X1 Extreme’s panel also reached a solid 366 nits of brightness. 

Pros: Stunning 4K HDR display; Slim, durable chassis; Fantastic keyboard; Blazing-fast performance

Cons: Disappointing battery life; Runs warm

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050Ti | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB | Storage:256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.8 pounds (FHD)/4 pounds (4K).

Best Gaming: Lenovo Legion Y7000

Best Gaming: Lenovo Legion Y7000

Gaming laptops are inherently great for photo editing. Why? Because they come with discrete graphics, which is a major perk when you’re running GPU-intensive programs like Photoshop. An excellent balance of price and performance, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 is the best gaming laptop for photo editing — at least, for most people. The Y7000 sports a vivid 15.6-inch, 1080p display and its keyboard is up to the quality that we expect from Lenovo. 

Pros: Sleek, elegant design; Strong performance; Solid battery life; Good keyboard

Cons: Disappointing speakers; Awful nosecam 

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Storage:256GB + 1TB HDD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds.

Best Budget: Microsoft Surface Go

Best Budget: Microsoft Surface Go

For $400, the Microsoft Surface Go gets you a gorgeous 10-inch, 1800 x 1200-pixel display that is both colorful and bright. The panel covers an impressive 129 percent of the sRGB color gamut and is easily visible outdoors, with 415 nits of brightness. While you’ll have to buy it separately, the keyboard accessory for the Surface Go is comfortable to type on and includes a touchpad. Also, the optional stylus is a joy to draw with. 

Pros: Class-leading display; Useful keyboard and pen; Windows Hello login with facial recognition 

Cons: Short battery life; Thick bezels 

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | GPU: Intel UHD 615 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage:128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB| Display: 10-inch, 1800 x 1200-pixel | Size: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds.

Best Value: HP Envy 13 (2019)

Best Value: HP Envy 13 (2019)

The latest HP Envy 13 is an excellent all-around laptop that has a sleek, stylish aluminum chassis, fast performance and more than 11 hours of battery life (on the 1080p model). At $799, the Envy 13 is a cheaper alternative to the XPS 13 but offers some features Dell’s laptop doesn’t, including a webcam kill switch and a unique elevated hinge. 

Pros: Attractive chassis; Thin and lightweight; Fast performance; Crisp speakers; Long battery life (on FHD model)

Cons: Poor battery life (on 4K model); No Thunderbolt 3 

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620/GeForce MX250 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage:256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds.

Best 13-inch: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Best 13-inch: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

The follow-up to one of our favorite laptops improves upon a winning formula in almost every way. The Surface Laptop 2 retains the original’s unique fabric chassis, which gives the laptop a luxurious and inviting feel. For photographers, the 13.5-inch, 2K display is exceptionally vivid, capable of reproducing an amazing 176 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That tops the XPS 13, MacBook Pro and Spectre 13. The Surface Laptop 2 also has long battery life, fast performance and a useful magnetic Surface connector. 

Pros: Striking fabric design; Bright and vivid display; Good keyboard; Long battery life

Cons: Slow SSD; Loud fan; Pre-loaded with Windows 10S

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage:128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel | Size: 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.7 pounds.

Best 15-inch: Dell XPS 15 (2019)

Best 15-inch: Dell XPS 15 (2019)

You haven’t seen a good laptop display until you’ve feasted your eyes on the OLED panel gracing the newest Dell XPS 15. With exceptional brightness and color reproduction, this pricey upgrade is a photographer’s dream. The 15.6-inch laptop also gives you tons of power to run even the most demanding photo-editing software, all packaged in a chassis that can be easily transported from shoot to shoot. But our favorite thing about the 2019 model is that the webcam has returned to its rightful position, above the display. 

Pros: Striking 4K OLED display; Awesome overall performance; Webcam is where it should be; Slim, premium design

Cons: Meh battery life

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Intel UHD 630/GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Best 17-inch: LG Gram 17

Best 17-inch: LG Gram 17

When photographers touch-up their pictures, they need to see every last detail, which is why the editing is often done on a massive monitor. But how can you get the same precision when you’re on the go? Meet the LG Gram 17, a remarkably portable laptop with excellent battery life and a large, high-resolution 17-inch display. How portable is it really? Get this: the Gram 17 fits a 17-inch display into a featherweight 3-pound chassis that’s about the size of a 15-inch laptop.

Another reason photographers will love the Gram 17 is for its display. The laptop’s bright and vivid panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and its unique 16:10 aspect ratio lets you see more content at once without scrolling. 

Pros: Lightest 17-inch laptop ever; Excellent battery life; Vivid, detailed display

Cons: Keyboard quirks; No discrete GPU; Slow SSD

Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 16GB | Storage:512GB | Display: 17-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel | Size: 15 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

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