Whether you work with images for a living or you are a photographer in your spare time, you will want to know which is the best desktop for photo editing. This guide considers everything from budget to performance and helps you make an informed choice. Whether you need a PC for work, for studying or for leisure, we talk you through the best models available.
Choosing a desktop PC for photo editing
Consider what it is you need from your PC, and how much you are willing to pay. If you are on a tight budget, some models may be out of your range. You might want a dedicated work machine for your studio, or an all-round computer for leisure and entertainment. You will certainly want something with a lot of storage space – high quality images can take up a lot of room. Display is key to your choice. Look for HD graphics and a robust central processor.
Apple iMac MK462LL/A 27-Inch Retina 5K Desktop
- Display: 27 inch screen; 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution; AMD Radeon R9 M380 graphics
- Power: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 processor; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB internal drive
- Size: 25.59 x 7.99 x 20.31 inches; 21 pounds
If you are making an investment in a great machine for work, Apple is a top brand who won’t let you down. Many professionals swear by the iMac’s power and performance. Of course, you can expect to pay out as a result – Apple products tend to be pricier than their Windows counterparts. However, this iMac model retails at a sensible price.
The display quality is second to none: 5K technology and the Radeon graphics processor give the sharpest, clearest lines of any Apple Mac yet. There are four USB 3.0 ports so you can easily connect cameras and laptops, and it is fully compatible with any image editing software like Photoshop or Corel Suite. See photos and videos come to life on the impressive 27 inch screen, and get up close to your work for the most precise edits and corrections yet.
Acer AT3-710-UR56 Aspire Desktop
- Display: tower and accessories only; dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX745 graphics
- Power: 2.7 GHz Core i5 6400 processor; 16 GB RAM; 2 TB internal drive
- Size: 18.22 x 6.91 x 15.61 inches; 22.6 pounds
HD graphics and an impressive 2 TB of space make this Acer desktop stand out from the crowd. If you spend a lot of time working on images, you want a computer that puts out a great graphics performance. This Aspire model can be connected directly to your TV for the ultimate in big-screen displays, or plug in a traditional monitor for HD resolution and dedicated NVIDIA graphics. While it can be a little slow for running top end game titles, it certainly delivers more than enough power for still image and video editing. As a budget model this certainly has plenty to offer, and it delivers solid performance consistently.
Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK Desktop
- Display: tower only; NVIDIA GTX960 dedicated graphics
- Power: 4 GHz Core i7 6700 processor; 32 GB RAM; 2 TB internal drive
- Size: 17.49 x 7.3 x 16.01 inches
With an i7 central processor and NVIDIA graphics, this Dell machine lives up to its rivals and is a great choice for photographers and visual creatives. The sleek, smart modern design of this desktop will certainly catch the eye of many buyers, and the robust case is also built to last. An impressive 2TB of space should give you ample room for your image files and video clips. Connect to your own monitor or TV for HD graphics that are crisp, bold and bright – perfect for seeing your work clearly and getting the details right. Windows 10 is installed as standard and there is plenty of potential to upgrade the internal power or download your own software and programs.
HP ENVY 750-171 Desktop
- Display: tower only; Integrated NVIDIA GTX 745 Geforce graphics
- Power: Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core processor; 16 GB RAM; 1 TB internal drive
- Size: 15.94 x 6.5 x 15.79 inches; 21.7 pounds
The unusual aluminium finish of this HP model is certainly a quirky feature. It looks exciting and modern, and will sit well in any office or studio. The impressive i7 processor and 16GB RAM should provide all the power you need for photo editing software, and the integrated graphics ensure a smooth transition from tower to monitor. The machine is lightweight and robust, and features a front-loading DVD tray to maximize space efficiency.
Connect via internal Wi-Fi which is fast and reliable, and transfer images using the 7-in-1 card reader. You can have up to five devices connected at once to make file transfers and image uploading a lot more quick and easy.
Lenovo IdeaCenter 700-25ISH Desktop
- Display: Tower and accessories only; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics
- Power: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz processor; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB internal drive
- Size: 17.98 x 15.77 x 7.13 inches; 18.4 pounds
Lenovo’s professional desktop computer is ideal for the busy photographer who has a lot of pictures to store and work on. Whether you are an artist, a working photographer or just a keen amateur, this IdeaCenter is a great little model. The impressive NVIDIA Geforce graphics give sharp and clear lines, bright colors and smooth transitions when connected to your TV or monitor. See your work in full HD using this cool home computer.
Power comes from the 6th-generation quad-core processor, which should be sufficient even for heavy use. Available at a sensible price and ideal for a range of different functions, the IdeaCenter is likely to become your main machine. It supports even the biggest game titles, is great for watching movies and allows you to surf the web to your heart’s content.
All details correct at the time of writing, from Amazon.com
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