Battery life is an often overlooked feature when searching for the best photo editing laptop. When you’re on the road or out of the office, you need a laptop that will last without charging as long as possible. When we ran our battery benchmark, which cycles through a series of tasks and videos until the laptop dies, the Dell Inspiron 16 lasted a marathon 16.5 hours on a single charge. That should allow you to edit to your heart’s content without worrying about a dead battery. However due to that same battery, it isn’t the most portable, weighing a hefty 4.7 pounds.
It is rather inexpensive as well, but sacrifices will need to be made for the price. Under the hood you get an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. While that should suffice for most photo editing jobs, the lack of storage capacity means you will likely need an external drive to save all of your high-res photos. As a bonus perk, it also comes with a surprisingly robust quad speaker system so you can jam out while editing. For ports, you’re getting two USB Type-C, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1 HDMI, one SD card reader, and one 3.5mm audio jack.