Laptop for travel with a focus on photo editing (secondary video editing) - advice needed!

Nick Powell

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Hi everyone, so I'm about to head off on a trip for 3 months to the Middle East and Europe - which I'm mentioning because this is the main influencer on my decision for what to buy. I'm looking for something relatively light, sturdy, ideally 14" and at least 5hr battery time. The primary use is for the Adobe graphic/photo suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom) but I've also started exploring some light video editing on Premiere Pro and After Effects.

So my question is, which laptop do you think is the best fit for my needs with a potential future consideration of video editing!

I've done heaps of research but the advice on this forum has always helped me (and my friends and family) make the final decision. This is my list so far:

  • - Asus Zenbook UX430 14" Intel Core i7 512GB 16GB - on sale for $1,560AUD
    - MSI PS42 8RB Core i7 512GB 16GB - on sale for $1,678AUD (a few concerns around build quality
    - Dell XPS 15 Intel i7-8750H 8GB RAM 256GB GTX 1050Ti - on sale for $2,000AUD (unfortunately it wouldn't arrive until 23 Nov, I'm leaving on the 29 which I think might be a bit risky)
Or, I'd potentially look at seeing if I could increase my budget for an MSI GS65 1060 ($2,200AUD) version, if others think that it is the safest bet for video editing needs.

Unfortunately a desktop PC isn't an option, because I'll be travelling on/off for a few years now. Thank you in advance for any advice!
 
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