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Google is Siri’s favorite search engine again

Poor Bing. Microsoft’s underdog search engine used to have a quiet home on iOS and Spotlight for the Mac, but Apple today said in a statement to TechCrunch that it’s parting ways with Bing for most search services.

Instead, Apple is turning to the common-as-air search engine from the folks in Mountain View.

“Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” Apple’s statement said, emphasizing the appeal of uniformity.

But Apple isn’t embracing Google in its entirety. Bing will still be the default engine for image searches for both Siri and Spotlight, possibly because Bing’s searches aren’t as curated as Google’s (which, among other things, makes it a big hit with the porn community).

No going back

Video searches, rather pragmatically, will default to YouTube searches. Keep in mind that’s still technically a win for Google.

And if you don’t like Google and want to change it back? Too bad. iOS won’t let you change the default engine for Siri, although you can work around it and flat-out ask Siri to search for something on Bing.

Apple didn’t give any reasons for the switch apart from the desire for consistency, but it’s possible money was involved.

As CNBC first reported, the Bernstein research firm made a splash in August when it suggested Google could be paying Apple as much as $3 billion a year to remain the default search engine on Safari for iPhones and iPads.

In that context, maybe Google’s just trying to get a little more bang for its seemingly bottomless bucks.

      

Gigabyte Aero 15 X gaming laptop levels up with Max-Q graphics

The Gigabyte Aero 15 is one of the thinnest and most powerful 15-inch laptops around, and now it’s getting another uptick in performance with a Max-Q upgrade.

The Taiwanese electronics firm has released a new Aero 15 X model featuring an Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics chip in the component maker’s newer and thinner Max-Q design. This is Gigabyte’s second Max-Q gaming laptop, after the GTX 1080-equipped Aorus X5 MD, and Gigabyte claims the higher-end GPU should yield about 40% better graphics performance than the original model.

This Nvidia GTX 1070 upgrade also puts the hybrid professional-gaming laptop on equal footing with the MSI GS63 VR Stealth Pro and well above even the most well-equipped Dell XPS 15.

That said, if you’re looking for the most graphical performance from a 15-inch gaming laptop, you should look to the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 and Acer Predator Triton 700 – both Max-Q systems.

Aside from the new Max-Q graphics chip, the Aero 15 X is identical to its Nvidia GTX 1060-powered predecessor. Both machines feature 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processors, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD all wrapped up in the same chassis.

We honestly would have appreciated a bump in screen resolution above Full HD, but at least users will still get an X-Rite, Pantone-certificated panel for true color reproduction.

Gigabyte has yet to share pricing or a release date, but we’ll update this post with the information as soon as it’s available.

      

Microsoft targets businesses with new Windows 10 S laptops

Over at the Ignite conference, Microsoft has revealed four new laptops which run Windows 10 S and are designed specifically for ‘firstline workers’ (frontline staff) in conjunction with the company’s new Microsoft 365 F1 plan.

The latter is a new enterprise plan for Office 365, and the laptops in question come from Acer, HP and Lenovo.

Acer has a pair of notebooks which are scheduled to emerge at some point in the fourth quarter, namely the Acer Aspire 1 and Acer Swift 1, both of which will be ultra-slim models.

The Aspire will be a 14-inch laptop and the Swift a 13-inch model, retailing at $299 (£220) and $349 (£260) respectively.

HP’s Stream 14 Pro will likely be the first Windows 10 S notebook of the bunch to emerge, though, with the vendor planning to release the device next month. It’s a 14-inch ultraportable priced at $275 (£205), and will be the cheapest of the lot.

Lenovo’s V330 will likewise be a 14-inch ultra-slim laptop with a price tag of $349 (£260), but this one won’t appear until February of next year.

Fool-proof and secure

The idea is that the notebooks are easy to set up, deploy and manage, with Windows 10 S ensuring the machines are fool-proof and inherently far more secure against the likes of cyber-attacks, malware and other threats (only software vetted by Microsoft and downloaded from the firm’s app store can be installed on them).

And in terms of easy management, Microsoft notes in a blog post: “Windows 10 S was designed with Modern IT in mind, including cloud-based identity and management with Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Intune.

“Together with Windows Update for Business, organizations can manage and update Windows 10 S devices using the power and convenience of the cloud.”

      

Lenovo’s new ThinkSmart Hub promises to revolutionize videoconferencing

Over at Microsoft’s big Ignite event in Orlando, Lenovo has announced a new all-in-one device for the company meeting room, designed to easily facilitate Skype for Business videoconferencing.

The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 is a Skype Room Systems device, which is simple to set up, and allows for easily conducting Skype meetings and sharing content with local and remote participants. It does all this with a minimum of fuss, avoiding the time-wasting fiddling with laptops, cables and such which can often disrupt the start of a meeting session.

Lenovo built the Hub in conjunction with Microsoft, and it consists of a base unit with an 11.6-inch touchscreen which is mounted on a fully rotatable 360-degree stand.

It also benefits from an array of 360-degree microphones and Dolby Audio Premium sound, and is portable enough to be easily moved to any meeting room.

On the software front, the ThinkSmart Hub runs Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

The wrong tech

Christian Teismann, senior VP and general manager, Commercial Business Segment, Lenovo PCSD, commented: “One obvious need for change is in how meetings are conducted, including the ongoing issue of the wrong technology to get meetings started quickly. This wasted time can cost businesses millions in lost productivity, so we’re thrilled the ThinkSmart Hub 500 can help solve that issue.”

The ThinkSmart Hub 500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018 with pricing still to be confirmed. Ahead of that, some businesses will be invited to test the device in pilot programs later this year.

      

Samsung Galaxy Book: best stylus apps for Windows

By now, you’ve likely heard of Samsung’s latest and greatest 2-in-1 tablet to date, the Galaxy Book, a Windows-powered portable that allows users to get both a laptop and large-screen tablet experience from the same versatile product. However, there’s more to the Galaxy Book than its convertible design – its beautiful touchscreen display allows you to interact with it using Samsung’s new-and-improved S Pen stylus, which is included in the box with every Galaxy Book purchase. Unlike its previous S Pen, Samsung’s updated stylus has an ultra-fine 0.7mm tip that’s capable of 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels, so your productivity and creativity can be captured with increased precision and subtlety. And if you’re looking to pair the Galaxy Book with a new phone, the just-released Galaxy Note8 also comes with its own S Pen of the same calibre, allowing you to seamlessly move between devices in the Galaxy family and continue your productivity without missing a step.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best stylus apps for Windows that take advantage of the Galaxy Book’s impressive touchscreen and S Pen.

Adobe Creative Suite

Working closely with Adobe, Samsung has ensured there’s complete tilt brush support for its S Pen in the Adobe Suite of applications – meaning that all of subtleties of your lines and strokes will be translated to the screen with incredible accuracy and in a realistic manner. Imagine, for instance, how much easier it would be to draw and create art in Adobe Illustrator with Samsung’s S Pen as opposed to a trackpad or mouse. Now imagine making adjustments and fine-tuning that artwork in Photoshop using the very same stylus. That’s a level of precision that will likely transform the way you apply your creativity forever.

Autodesk Sketchbook

A terrific sketching and digital painting tool for artists, Autodesk Sketchbook is similar to Adobe Photoshop in many ways, only without the steep learning curve. And, with full support for Samsung’s S Pen, you have the opportunity to create mind-blowing artistic works with a much grander level of control and nuance. Presented in an approachable and user-friendly manner, Sketchbook lets artists draw in a way that feels natural, with pop-up wheels appearing over tools when you hover over them with your stylus, meaning you’ll never lose your creative rhythm toiling in endless menus.

Microsoft OneNote

If you find yourself taking notes, writing memos, creating to-do lists or even just doodling on a regular basis, Microsoft’s OneNote application is for you. Featuring complete stylus support, OneNote sports a robust set of tools and brushes that let you do all of the above in a clean and organised manner with the option to sync your notes to your other devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy Note8, which features an S Pen of its own so that you can continue your work on the go. With OneNote, you can create Notebooks with individual tabs for important notes or school work, with the option to add as many pages as you want for each section. You can also clip web pages and then use the Samsung S Pen to highlight certain lines of text or even scribble your own notes and adjustments over them for a truly personalised note-taking experience.

Samsung Notes

A clean and elegant application for those who want to keep their note-taking simple and easy to follow, Samsung Notes lets you type, handwrite, draw and even create voice recordings in just a couple of trouble-free steps. Included with every Samsung Galaxy Book, Samsung Notes lets users record their thoughts with ease by taking advantage of the S Pen to create notes and sketches in a matter of seconds. Like the Note8, you can also use your Galaxy Book’s included S Pen with Samsung’s innovative Smart Select tool, which lets you draw boxes around areas of your screen and then create your very own animated GIFs from whatever’s happening inside the box – you can even top it off with a handwritten message for that added personal touch. Best of all, all of your notes can be categorised, so you won’t have any trouble finding them later on.

      

Chrome now lets you browse all of the web in virtual reality

While flying through space or shooting up zombies might sound like more fun ways to make use of VR, virtual reality tech can also transform the way that we experience the everyday stuff – like watching movies or browsing the web.

As per Google’s François Beaufort, the first VR features are now available for you to try in Chrome 61: just load up any webpage in Chrome, slide your mobile into a Daydream View headset, and you’re off and running exploring the internet in virtual reality.

Google actually added support for the WebVR technology to Chrome back in February, but this new update lets you surf any site on the web in a VR environment, whether or not it has any specific virtual reality extras added.

2D and 3D support

“So far this allows users to view and interact with any website in VR, follow links between pages, and move between 2D and immersive viewing for sites that support WebVR,” says Beaufort, who also promises there are a lot more features on the way.

If you’re after some virtual reality websites to try this out with, you could head to these 360-degree videos uploaded by Ford, or this virtual tour of San Francisco – just make sure you’ve updated your mobile version of Chrome to version 61 before you get started. As we said though, you’ll be able to browse any site through VR now.

Chrome and Daydream aren’t the only browsers and devices working on WebVR support either: Apple is already interested and Firefox has added the tech too, making it compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. We could have some more VR announcements in store at Google’s October 4 event.

Via Engadget

      

The best laptop for music production and DJs

Apple MacBook Pro

If you’re a DJ, or you’re looking for the best laptop for music production, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve gathered together the top laptops for making music on.

For the best laptop for music production, you’re looking for a machine that has plenty of processing power and RAM to handle multiple music tracks. A large (and fast) hard drive or SSD (solid state drive) is also essential, as you’re going to be working with large file sizes. Excellent speakers, or at least connectivity to external speakers, is also important.

If you’re a DJ and are looking for the best laptop for your needs, then you’re going to need something that is reliable and robust, so it can withstand knocks and bumps as you travel from gig to gig. As you’re going to be doing a lot of travelling, a laptop that is thin and light is also preferable. The best laptop for DJs will also have a large hard drive or SSD to store all of your track on. There’s loads of choice out there, and while Apple products are the main choice for music makers, there’s a lot of excellent Windows laptops available for DJs and music production as well.

To make your choice easy, our price comparison tools will show you where you can buy each one for the absolute cheapest price, so you won’t have to trawl through the web comparing prices. If you want to see a more comprehensive list of prices and retailers, simply click the ‘view all prices’ link on each widget!

The best laptops for music production and DJs:

The new Apple Macbook is the slimmest, slickest and best-looking Macbook Apple has ever built and it’s one of the most popular and best-selling laptops on the planet. This, along with the excellent music production software available for Macs, means it’s the best laptop for DJs and Music production. It’s a super slim and light Macbook that you can take anywhere without even noticing the weight, and gives you the same slick OS X performance.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook

If you’re after the latest and greatest laptop from Apple, welcome to the 13-inch Macbook Pro with touchbar. It’s the best laptop Apple has ever made, and builds new features into the classic design. Of course the headline feature is the touchbar – it’s a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type or offering Touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. The Macbook Pro also offers more power than the Macbook, which means if you’re a music producer, this is the best laptop for you, as it can handle complex arrangements with multiple audio tracks with ease. There’s cheaper alternatives on this best laptop for DJs and music production list, but if speed and quality are the most important considerations, then this is the laptop for you.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with touchbar (2017)
See more like this: The best Macs and Macbooks 2017

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is 2017’s best laptop for you if you’re looking for the perfect cross between a nimble Windows tablet and a fully functional laptop. The base version of the Surface Pro 4 is just a tablet – you get the main unit itself with kickstand but if you want the Surface Pen or the fantastic Type Cover keyboard you’ll need to pay extra for a bundle or buy it separately. Again, this is a great laptop for writers who can use a stylus to jot down their notes to later turn into editable text. As the Surface Pro 4 is a tablet 2-in-1 that runs the full version of Windows 10, it means it is an extremely portable device that can run any music mixing and editing programs that are available for Windows.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
See more like this: The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017

Slim, light, powerful and majestic – Dell’s 2017 flagship XPS 13 is one of the best laptops for DJs and music production in the world. If you’re after a brilliant all-rounder with powerful performance, a superb screen and extremely slim dimensions, then this is definitely worth considering. This laptop squeezes a 13.3-inch ‘Infinity Edge’ screen into an 11-inch frame- that means it’s the smallest/slimmest 13-inch laptop out there, with the screen stretching almost all the way to the edge of the device. Couple that with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake Core i7 and Core i5 processors, plus the availability of a multi-use USB-C port, standard USB 3.0 and SD slots, and what you end up with is the worlds’ most popular Windows laptop. You can buy this one in many flavours too – the most expensive versions have super high-res multi-touch screens plus Core i7 processors and loads of memory and storage, but you can save money in several steps which include opting for a non-touch full HD screen, Core i5 processor and less memory/storage etc. But rest assured, whichever version of the Dell XPS 13 you go for, it’ll be best in class and well worth the money.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

If you’re after a cheap laptop for writing that offers something a bit special, look no further than the Lenovo Yoga Book 2017. As with all Yoga devices, the screen folds flat so you can use it either as a tablet or a laptop. To add more versatility, Lenovo has now added the option to buy it with either Windows 10 or Android 6.0 onboard – which one you choose will depend how you’re more likely to use the device. The screen on this thing defies the cheap asking price and the keyboard and capacitive touch-keyboard are both fantastic too. While this is a bit under-powered for music production, if you’re a DJ looking for the best portable laptop for playing and mixing your music, this is an excellent choice.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book
See more like this:
The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017

13-inch MacBook Air - Best Mac 2016

The Macbook Air is in an interesting spot. While it’s still one of the most popular and well-known notebooks around, the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook have stolen much of its thunder. That is, unless you need the legacy USB 3, Thunderbolt 2 and SDXC card connectivity. Even without a Retina display or Force Touch trackpad, the 13-inch MacBook Air is a very capable machine, even if the 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage leave a lot to be desired. Plus it still has the beloved MagSafe 2 charger onboard as well as an impeccable battery life. So, if you don’t mind having a slightly older machine, the Macbook Air is an excellent – and now more affordable – choice for DJs and music production.

Read the full review: 13-inch MacBook Air (2015)

If you’re looking for a larger and more powerful laptop for running music production software on, then the Dell XPS 15 could be for you. Packing the same InfinityEdge technology as the smaller XPS 13, the screen extends right to the edge of the machine which means it’s as small as it’s possible to make a 15-inch laptop in 2017. It’s quite pricey though, depending on which version you get. The very top end version has a 4K color-accurate display, which can give you an excellent overview of all the tracks you’re working on.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

      

How to use 4K video on your own websites

It only seems like yesterday we were excited about HD video. But nowadays it’s all about 4K.

And 4K is not just about watching TV. With new 4K laptops, tablets and smartphones hitting the market every day, web developers need to make sure their websites are ready.

So here’s what you need to know to join the resolution revolution.

Use video to grab attention

Traditionally, websites were predominantly a combination of text and images. But the rise of technologies like HTML5 and responsive web design have made it much easier to incorporate video as a key element in web content. And all the research shows that conversion rates are massively boosted by using video on websites.

According to this report by Vidyard, 92% of businesses believe video is becoming more important to their marketing efforts and more than two-thirds are increasing their budgets for video. And that’s not surprising, as embedding videos in landing pages has been shown to increase conversion rates by up to 80%.

The reason for this goes deep: it lies, in fact, in human evolution.

In primitive times, movement meant potential danger, so early man had to be hyper-alert to it. Those whose eyes were the most sensitive to movement were more likely to survive, and have offspring with similar proclivities.

Today in 2017, even though we no longer live on the plains, movement engages that primeval part of the brain that drives our deepest emotions. And that makes it an exceptionally powerful tool for driving engagement with your web visitors.

How to use video on websites

There are no technical limits to the length of videos you can use on your websites, from a short clip to an entire movie; it’s all about choosing the format that’s most likely to engage your visitors. You’ll also need to think about where your video will perform best: in the header; as a background; as the main hero image, or as a small image that expands to full-screen when clicked.

Abstract video backgrounds are a big trend in web design right now

To make these decisions, you first need to decide what you want to use the video for. For example, if the main purpose of the clip is storytelling, then you’ll want it to be in the foreground, reasonably prominent and on the longer side.

However, if your use of video is more about instilling a general emotional response in the viewer, it’s more likely to go in the background and be shorter – maybe as little as a few seconds on a loop.

Make it 4K

The final important consideration is that in 2017, your video needs to be as high-quality and high-resolution as possible. So to truly shine on the latest devices, it has to be served in 4K.

But while you can theoretically shoot your own 4K footage on the latest smartphones and cameras, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be of a good enough quality to please your clients.

Video production quality is about more than just resolution – it’s about having the know-how to achieve high production values in terms of direction, lighting, audio and so on, as well as the overall professional and artistic vision that adds up to more than just waving an iPhone around and hoping for the best.

So where can you get new, 4K-ready footage to keep your sites up-to-date and on-brand?

The good news is that iStock by Getty Images already has years of experience in providing high-quality 4K video clips for use in creative projects worldwide. It has a large and impressive array of professionally shot 4K video footage on the site to download for use in your website builds.

So whether you want a standalone clip, footage to use as a video background, or some video to use in a header, iStock by Getty Images has hundreds of thousands of 4K video clips that you can use to bring your website design to life (301,070 at the time of writing) – and they’re very competitively priced, starting from only £35 ($47).

You’ll also find powerful search features to help you find the 4K video you need quickly, so for example, you can search by keyword and refine the results according to resolution and aspect ratio. Check out iStock’s full range of royalty-free 4K video.

Here are five examples of the kind of high-quality footage that’s on offer, and some suggestions of how you might use them in your website builds.

1. Entrancing header

This gyrating geometric globe is beautifully intricate and can’t fail to grab and hold your audience’s attention, especially when it speeds up halfway through. This short and snappy video could work well as a header image on the website for a green technology company.

2. Upbeat background

Flying through sun-drenched clouds in a sequence that steadily increases in brightness, this video provides an upbeat and entrancing feeling of forward motion and forward thinking. It could work well, for example, as a website background for a cloud computing company.

3. Engaging metaphor

Timelapse is a wonderfully engaging way to use movement to capture people’s imagination, while also providing a metaphor for the site’s theme. This video of a blooming cactus flower, for example, could work well as the hero video on an investment company’s website, suggesting the notion of ‘growing your money’.

4. Subtle movement

This aerial footage, showing London’s epic skyline, incorporates a subtle sense of movement as buildings’ lights flicker on and off. It would work well as a header video for a future-facing website promoting investment or tourism in the capital.

5. POV background

POV (point of view) videos offer an immersive way to really connect with an audience. This dynamic video showing the personal perspective of a skier really helps you to experience that adrenaline rush first-hand, and could work well as background video on a snow sports experience website.

Check out the hundreds of thousands of royalty-free stock 4K clips from iStock by Getty Images. And don’t delay, because for a limited time, TechRadar readers can save 10% off video clips with the code ZKFPC46N.

      

Uber’s not going down without a fight in London

It’s been an eventful few days for ride-hailing service Uber. On Friday, Transport for London (TfL) announced that it was not granting a renewal of its operating licence, meaning that when its current licence expires on September 30, it will no longer be able to legally operate in the UK capital.

The repercussions of this are far reaching; for the 40,000 drivers currently working for Uber, it will mean their revenue stream will cease, and for the London citizens that use Uber, alternative, often more expensive modes of transport will have to be used.

It will also be another bump in the road for Uber which is already facing difficult times with allegations (and in some cases convictions) against drivers globally for sexual assault, and former CEO Travis Kalanick having recently been ousted following claims that he fostered a negative workplace culture.

But it looks like Uber is not taking the decision lying down. Almost immediately after the decision became public, Uber took to petition website Change.org to start corralling public support, and so far pretty successfully. At time of writing there are over 740,000 signatures calling for a reversal of the decision.

Adding to this, Uber has made statements to the popular broadsheet the Sunday Times that it was willing to make concessions, claiming that: “While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do. But that requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been able to have recently.”

Multi-pronged approach

It does seem like the two organizations are talking at crossed purposes though, as TfL references the reporting process for serious crimes, background checks, and other safety concerns, while Uber is talking about “a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice”.

Taking to Twitter, Uber does directly address TfL’s concerns:

Which does seem to sit at odds to the statement made by Uber’s Head of Cities Fred Jones to BBC radio: “It’s just not clear for us what their concerns might be.”

The Uber Twitter account has been very active (as you might image) in the last few days, using emotive language to talk about keeping driver’s “livelihoods safe and secure”, reminding us that “3.5 million Londoners are able to track their driver’s arrival in-app and know their car is just around the corner,” as well as showing its intent to take to the courts to defend itself:

In response to Uber’s legal strategy, chairman of TfL and London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said to the BBC: “What you can’t do, is have a situation where unfair pressure is brought on a quasi-judicial body where there are officials working incredibly hard.

“I appreciate Uber has an army of PR experts, I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers – they’ve also made aggressive threats about taking us to court.”

Bringing out the big guns

And the person that Uber is using to take on TfL is interesting too. According to The Telegraph, it is using barrister Thomas de la Mare, who has a history of beating TfL in court on Uber’s behalf.

Earlier in the year, three restrictions were put on Uber; that it needed all drivers to be insured for private hire even when not transporting people, that it needed a complaints line, and that its drivers were required to take an English test as part of the application process.

De la Mar managed to get the first two restrictions removed by proving them unlawful. Whether he will manage to do the same again is yet to be seen, but as soon as we know more, we’ll let you know.

      

Best laptop for Photoshop

If you’re looking for the best laptop for running Photoshop on to edit your photos, there are a number of things you need to consider. The laptop is going to need to have a large, accurate, screen that you can view your photos on.

It will also need to be powerful enough to run Photoshop, which is a demanding piece of software. Dedicated graphics are worth investing in here, as the graphics card can do a lot of the heavy lifting. You also need to consider how portable you need your laptop to be.

Will you be working mainly from an office or studio? Or will you need something you can take to photo shoots and out on the road with you? Having a lighter, more portable laptop for Photoshop may mean you need to sacrifice some power for portability and longer battery life.

To make things as easy as possible, we’ve rounded up the best laptops for Photoshop that take all of that into consideration, so you can find the best Photoshop laptop for your needs.

If you’re after the latest and greatest laptop from Apple, welcome to the 13-inch Macbook Pro with touchbar. It’s the best laptop Apple has ever made, and builds new features into the classic design. Of course the headline feature is the touchbar – it’s a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type or offering Touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. This makes it an excellent laptop for photographers using Photoshop, and if you love Apple’s way of doing things, then you’ll love the Macbook Pro with touchbar. The touchbar has a number of Photoshop shortcuts, such as being able to quickly select a color or change the opacity of a layer by swiping your finger, features that all the other laptops on this list lack.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with touchbar (2017)
See more like this: The best Macs and Macbooks 2017

If you’re looking for the very best Windows laptop for running Photoshop on, then the HP ZBook Studio G4 DreamColor is definitely worth considering, though be prepared to spend quite a bit of cash. The highest-end model features a stunning 15.6-inch 4K DreamColor screen that can be easily calibrated to ensure that colors are as accurate as possible – essential for photo editing on Photoshop. An Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD and NVIDIA Quadro M1200 dedicated graphics with 4GB VRAM means this is an incredibly fast laptop as well. The keyboard isn’t the best, but otherwise this is a simply brilliant machine, and easily one of the best laptops for Photoshop on the market today.

Read the full review: HP ZBook 15 G4 review

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple’s Retina display revolutionised laptop screen quality – and while the competition now sports Retina-rivalling panels, the MacBook still offers the best viewing experience. Its brightness, contrast, saturation and detail are all sublime, and Apple’s factory colour calibration is the most accurate. Although its 2.7GHz processor is technically faster than the dual-core chips in the Windows machines we have in this list, real-world performance is almost identical, and nothing very special. Our MacBook configuration lasted a mighty 12 hours 12 minutes in our video loop test, thrashing all but the Surface Book. It may be an obvious choice, but this is still a brilliant all-rounder.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Retina

Microsoft Surface Book

This entry-level Surface Book features a modest dual-core processor, but its performance is comparable to the MacBook. The battery life comes close at 11 hours 10 minutes, and the screen quality is equally stunning. Only Apple’s marginally better color calibration gives the MacBook’s image quality the edge, but Microsoft fights back with a superior 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and an ideal aspect ratio for viewing APS-C and full-frame images in Photoshop. The screen’s touch-sensitive, but its real party trick is its ability to detach from the rest of the laptop to become a tablet. You even get a Bluetooth stylus pen with 1,024 pressure levels, so the device can double as a graphics tablet. We’d make it the winner, but the 128GB SSD here is prohibitively restrictive, and the lower-powered specifications can sometimes struggle with large images in Photoshop. Beats the MacBook on versatility, but Apple’s spec is better balanced at this price point.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book

Asus Zenbook

The ZenBook Pro’s 15.6-inch screen sports an impressive Ultra HD resolution, resulting in very high pixel density. Image quality, however, isn’t quite up there with the MacBook and Surface Book. Color saturation and contrast are marginally less intense, and that sky-high pixel density has little real-world benefit over similar screens. The extra screen size is much more useful in Photoshop, but it contributes to the ZenBook’s relatively hefty 2.27kg mass. This beast does contain a fast processor though, and big batteries to power it. A photo editing powerhouse, albeit one you won’t want to carry too often.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW

As with most of Dell’s laptops you can configure the Precision 7720 to meet your needs, and we recommend that, as the base spec is a bit under-powered for Photoshop. However, by boosting the processor, screen and GPU of this laptop you’ll get an excellent laptop for Photoshop. The 17-inch screen (which can be upgraded to 4K), is brilliant for photo editing, but it does mean that it’s a bit larger and heavier than other machines on our best laptop for Photoshop list.

Dell XPS 13

This laptop’s claim to fame is being the smallest 13.3-inch laptop on the market. It’s slim screen bezel helps contribute to a svelte 304mm x 200mm x 15mm form that needs to be held to be truly appreciated. This makes it an excellent choice for a laptop for Photoshop that you can carry about with you. If you’re a freelancer that moves from studio to studio, this is especially important. The XPS 13’s screen is touch-sensitive, and it boasts a similar resolution and pixel density to the MacBook and Surface Book. Image quality is more in line with the ZenBook though, falling slightly short on color and contrast intensity compared to Apple and Microsoft’s displays. A highly portable package with little compromise other than battery life.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

The ThinkPad T-series is a no-nonsense design with a focus on robustness over style. Even so, the T460s’ 18.8mm thickness is within 1mm of the MacBook, and it’s actually lighter at 1.4kg. But despite packing an identical processor to the Surface Book, the T460s’ Cinebench score was 30% slower, making it the slowest on test. This means large photos you pull up in Photoshop could take a little londer to load. While the Full HD screen looks good in isolation, color saturation and contrast are noticeably more muted than the competition, and it’s less crisp. On the up side, it’s got the rare addition of an anti-reflective coating, which is handy if you’re going to use Photoshop in places where there is a lot of bright light. Good, but the same money can buy you a better screen and more power.

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