Best i7 Laptop within $1.5K for running virtual machines , multi tasking & photoshop


Jun 6, 2017
Best i7 Laptop within $1.5K for running virtual machines, multi-tasking & photoshop

Please give me multiple options detailing the differences in performance if possible.

Researched a bit and found these:

1) Dell Inspiron 15 5559 Z566112SIN9 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i7-6500U/16GB/2TB/Window 10/ MS Office/ 4GB Graphics), Silver

2) Dell Inspiron 15 5567

3) Asus GL552VW-CN430T 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i7-6700 HQ/16GB/1TB/Windows 10/4GB Graphics)

Looking for something with at least 16GB RAM & a i7 CPU.

Photoshop usage is minimal, I need this more for heavy multi-tasking & running VM ware virtual machines.

Please note that I want something robust as I intend to use this laptop for 10 - 12 hours a day.
I really recommend a desktop for this as you will need external monitors anyways if you are doing this professionally which limits you in 1 location.


Any reason at all you can't get a tiny ITX system the size of a modem instead?
A laptop is awful for your uses, especially considering how much you're using it.
A desktop in the same price range will get you more than twice the rendering/multitasking performance.


Jun 22, 2017

I snagged a refurbished alienware for $1400 off the Dell Outlet website during a sale this May. i7-6820HK, 16 gigs ram, 1070 graphics.

Benchmarks have the HK processor at 70% of its corresponding desktop chip from what I can see. Alienware has good thermals, but that is quite a lot of time to put on a laptop.