Nowadays, most of the existing smartphones are designed with a built-in capability to allow users to edit a simple video, exactly as they would do with most of the laptops. However, when more serious photo and video editing is needed, these devices require an upgrade. You probably observed that gaming, photo and video editing is an intensive task. Therefore, most laptops have become powerful and adaptable devices that are capable of handling this task. However, only a few laptops show good results for such job.
When you are trying to find such a laptop, there are a few things that you need to pay attention to, such as processing power, memory, hard drive space and graphics card. Parts such as the processor, storage, RAM and display have an important role in this equation. Generally, you should look for a laptop that contains a powerful processor, for example i5 or i7, high RAM, such as one of 8GB or 16GB, and a full HD screen resolution. Such a screen resolution offers a crystal-clear view that is required for media editing and for appealing movies.
Our main concern in here is on displays and we will focus on their size, panel type, resolution and calibration. We will also discuss about the performance perspective and we’ll evaluate your need for processing power, storage and memory.
Resolution A higher resolution offers a better looking picture and it provides you with more features. When choosing a notebook or laptop for photo editing, the minimum recommendation is a full HD or 1,920×1,080 pixels, otherwise known as 1080p. However, you would most likely prefer investing in a system with even higher resolution, as it will give you the opportunity to see as much detail as possible. It is preferable that you choose a minimum of full HD resolution of 1920x1080p, as this provides you with more than two million pixels to use. If you are able to get a more expensive laptop, then you would get even more pixels. For example, a MacBook Pro offers more than double the amount of pixels than a standard 1080P laptop does.
One of the ultra-high resolution laptop available on the market is Apple’s MacBook Pro, which features a resolution of 2,880×1,800. This is followed by the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with a resolution of 2,560×1,600. Windows offers devices with even higher resolutions, such as the 14-inch Razer Blade and Aorus A3 Plus v3, with 3,200×1,800 pixels, and the Dell XPS 15, with a resolution of 3,840×2,160, which is also known as 4K or quadruple 1080p. Since this assembly was announced in the press in June 2015, Toshiba has announced its first 4K convertible, which is the Satellite Radius 15 Ultra HD Edition.
Screen size: Conventional laptop display screen sizes are 13.3”, 14”, 15.6”and 17.3”. The larger the display screen, the more comfort it will provide for the user at a desktop or workstation for things like lengthy image editing. In general, if you decide to increase the size of your display screen, by changing one size up or one size down, it shouldn’t cause you much difficulty. However, if your considering move from a 15.6” screen to a 17.3” size, then it could have an effect on the life of your battery and also be heavier and bulkier to carry around.
Types of Displays: The resolution of a display is just one specification. The LCD panel is the thing which dictates the quality of images displayed on a screen. TN (twisted nematic) panels are usually more common in the entry-level styles of laptop, but these should be avoided because of the limitations in their viewing angles. Colors can fade or change their appearance when viewed on these type of screens from the side rather than straight ahead.
A more popular choice is those with an IPS (in-plane switching) or rarer yet, the IGZO (indium-gallium zinc oxide) displays. These are commonly preferred for any photographic work. The IGZO technology can be found in laptops such as the (Lenovo) Y70 Touch or (Aorus) X3 Plus. Either of these have almost unlimited angles for viewing and also lack the color fade or shift of those with TN displays.
It is true that display colors can shift in time, but they can also be calibrated to show more accuracy in color. This is particularly vital when image editing or even when web-browsing. Calibration is achieved through using an external colorimeter. The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has an in-built X-Rite calibrator in the palm rest, which makes it fairly easy to fine-tune the display to match the Pantone color chart.
Accurate Color Reproduction: For getting accurate color reproduction, it is important to pay attention to the monitor’s panel. Most laptops use twisted nematic (TN) panel monitors. These types of monitors have 6 bits per RGB color and they don’t produce true color. Starting with 2014, more laptop options became available, and they include IPS panel monitor, which offer the needed 8-12 bits per RGB color, which can accurately reproduce 16.7 million colors.
Although these factors above are not very important for those who can connect a photo editing monitor to their laptop, they are essential for those who are spending a lot of time on the road and need to work solely on the laptop.
Is touchscreen good for Video & Photo Editing?
While it is a concern that many touch screens are not up to par with laptop performance in the video post production arena, this is largely due to touch screen tablet’s, and even laptop’s, inability to successfully run high-powered editing and compositing software. Traditionally, this type of software is not compatible with touch screen gestures, further complicating their usage.
Touch screen features do have some editing benefits. This includes the capability to quickly swipe through various media, to efficiently mark ins and outs, and build simple rough cuts. However, most editing features will still be easier to access using traditional means, including a keyboard and mouse. This does not negate the fact that other editing features, such as the rough cutting process, may be more suited to a touch screen experience.
Adobe’s most recent update, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Character Animator, all came with some level of touch screen compatibility and interactive interfaces. This reflects Adobe’s hope that more touch screen computers and tablets will be upgraded enough to successfully use their software as intended. In addition, Adobe seems to be preempting the fact that many devices are including touch screen capabilities.
Most of the intel-based notebooks or laptops come fully-equipped with dual-core processors, which are low-voltage and notably “U” class battery-friendly, like the i5-7200U. These are ideally suited for things like photo editing on a more casual basis, but the more juice-hungry editing creators require a quad-core processor CPU, similar to that of the Core i7-7700HQ which work muck quicker when working with or applying complicated Adobe Photoshop filters or when working with an HDR image.
When working with so many high resolution images at the same time, photo or Video editing work has a way of getting a large part of the memory. As a matter of fact, we recommend a minimum of 8GB for your next notebook and if you will working with raw files, 16GB is better. Since laptop’s RAM is more expensive than that of a desktop, it is recommended to order for a laptop with considerable memory and you can then add to it. Those that sell laptop charge higher than what you spend on upgrading RAM.
Storage drive performance is not as important when it comes to photo editing, but if you are talking about video editing then that is a different story altogether. Having said that, it is still important to have a good SSD for your primary storage. “Scratch disks” can be used for editing photos in Photoshop or similar, as these benefit from the improved speeds for reading and writing which is offered from the SSD’s, that which is not necessarily offered from the more traditional hard drives.
Laptops in these instances are limited to 7200rpm drives (which remains standard on most desktops), they get way too hot and far too noisy for any standard laptop use. So, generally speaking it usually comes down to a choice of using a slow 5400rpm drive (which can bottleneck or stall when used for image editing), or an SSD (which is ideal, but doesn’t hold sufficient data). Optimally, you will get a system which has a fast SSD and a slower but larger hard drive together. A hybrid drive whereby you have an SSD cache combined with a standard drive would be the next best thing. This combo (SDD + HDD), in my view, would be the best choice, giving you two drives working at the same time. It would also be a great way to improve your I/O speed. You would have data on one drive, and Adobe docs would help you locate the caches on the other.
Generally speaking, when it comes to a graphics card, you really don’t need that much. Any low to mid-range AMD or NVIDIA 3D platform accelerator will do the job. Over the last 12 months, integrated graphics have come on in leaps and bounds, and for many, they no longer need a dedicated GPU. This is particularly true for the Intel fourth Generation, processors (i5 and i7) which have integrated IIG (Intel Iris Graphics). From a Photoshop perspective, it only uses 3D acceleration for a select number of operations, so you don’t really need to add video cards to gain any benefit from performance. Currently, Lightroom doesn’t use it much either, but they will definitely continue adding more ways to utilize it with GPU processing becoming more widespread in many things,
Based on your specific software requirements, it is possible you may still need a dedicated graphics card with a bit of power. If this particular specification is a priority for you, then we would recommend you check out our post which gives a list of the top gaming laptops based on their prices.
Our Recommendation of Best Laptop for Photo&Video Editing
There were still some clear leaders in the market when we last checked this out in 2016, but, since then we have updated our list and there are some clear champions in the mix who are returning with their updated versions. But, there are also a few newcomers who are pushing their way onto our list.
The comparison of Top five laptop for for Photo&Video Editing
|Models||Detail Information||Screen/Color Space||CPU/GPU||Storage/
|Dell XPS 15 9560 (Best laptop for Photo Editing)||More information and user reviews on Microsoft||15.6-Inch
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD, IPS, touch screem)
100% Adobe RGB
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ/
GeForce GTX 1050
8/16/32 GB DDR4
1 x Thunderbolt 3;
97WHr Battery/14.06 x 9.27 x 0.45 inches (L x W x H) /4.50 Pounds
|Apple Macbook Pro||More information and user reviews on Amazon||15.6-Inch
91% Adobe RGB
|2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ;
Radeon Pro 555/
Radeon Pro 560
|2 x USB 3.0
2 x Thunderbolt 2
14.13 x 10.5 x 2.2 inches (L x W x H) /6.4 Pounds
|Surface Book||More information and user reviews on Microsoft | Amazon||13.5 inch(Touch screen, IPS); 3000 x 2000;
70% Adobe RGB
|2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6600U
Intel HD graphics/
GeForce GTX 965M
2 x USB3.0
Up to 12 hours /12.30 x 9.14 x 0.51 inches (L x W x H) /3.34 lbs
|MSI GL62M 7RD-056 (Affordable choice for Photo Editing)||More information and user reviews on Amazon||15.6 inch (IPS, 1920 x 1080)
70% Adobe RGB
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
GeForce GTX 1050 TI
|2 x USB3.0;
1 x USB2.0;
1 x USB Type C;
|Up to 4 hours/15.07 x 10.23 x 1.06 inches (L x W x H) /5.3 pounds|
|ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW||More information and user reviews on Amazon||15.6 inch Touch screen, IPS; 3840 x 2160 (4K)
70% Adobe RGB
|Intel Core i7-6700HQ;
NVIDIA GTX 960M (2GB DDR5)
3 x USB 3.0
|Up to 6 hours/15.10″ x 10.00″ x 0.80″ (L x W x H) /5.0 Pounds|
|Acer Predator Helios 300 (Best Laptop for Video Editing)||More information and user reviews on Amazon||15.6-Inch
1920 x 1080 (IPS);
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5
1 x USB3.1 Type-C;
|4-cell Li-ion Battery/15.35 x 10.47 x 1.05 inches (L x W x H) /6 Pounds|
|Acer Aspire V 15 (Affordable choice for Video Editing)||More information and user reviews on Amazon||15.6-Inch, IPS, UHD 4K 3840 X 2160;
|Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz
GeForce 950M 4GB DDR3
2 x USB3.0;
|4-cell Li-ion Battery/15.04″ x 10.24″ x 1.08″ (L x W x H) /5.29 Pounds|
#1, Dell XPS 15
Looking for a laptop that can do just about everything? Then, let us introduce you to the Dell XPS 15, considered to be a high-end laptop. What makes it so amazing? The answer to that is a tough processor that packs a punch, an outstanding screen, a shockingly long-lasting battery life, and a pretty decent graphics chipset.
Yes, it’s true, last year’s 9550 model is, indeed, identical to this year’s XPS 15 (9560) model in build. Dell uses a combination of soft-touch paint and carbon fiber for the display’s interior and machined aluminum for the exterior. It ends up looking somewhat like an Oreo cookie with a plushy softness on the inside and a stylish hard metal shell on the outside which is great for user interaction and typing.
Dell keeps the weight to a minimum by utilizing carbon fiber. The weight of the Full HD version clocks in at exactly 4.32lbs (1.96kg). The newer battery pack, which incidentally is larger, is slightly heavier compared to last year’s 4.29lbs (1.94kg).
Dell’s XPS 15’s is epic, a superb 4K display panel, almost to the point of gaudy. Get ready to be amazed! It comes with a ridiculously roomy 15-inch display, giving you ample space for two side-by-side full-sized windows, and the massive resolution guarantees flawless, pitch-black text.
Clearly, a decent display normally gives users a 90-99 percent range when we’re talking sRGB spectrum. With the AdobeRGB spectrum, a good screen can show you, more or less, from 76-80 percent. That means it cannot render approximately 20 percent of those spectrum colours. Enter the Dell XPS 15 to knock all other monitors out of its way, hitting 99 percent of the spectrum to reproduce almost every single colour in the AdobeRGB spectrum.
This 4K panel should be your first and only pick if you’re a video, graphics, or photography professional.
There’s a lot of configuring options for your Dell XPS 15. The new “Kaby Lake” processors are Seventh Generation Intel. They are available in the higher-end i7 or quad-core Core i5 processor.
Everyone, let’s be clear about something: the main factor that sets the XPS 15 apart from the HP Spectre x360 15 or the Surface Book (which are both dual-core) is the quad-core Intel processor. When it comes to performance, there is an enormous discrepancy between a 45-watt quad-core and a 15-watt dual-core CPU. Nonetheless, not every person will need a quad-core. The dual-core Core i7 is ideal for video editing, gaming enthusiasts, architects, and virtually anyone in need of “crunching data.”
The NVIDIA GTX 1050, though not specifically for gamers, has some pretty neat features that can cause some heads to turn its way. It comes in a fraction below the 980m, way ahead of last year’s 960m, proving to be comparable to a GTX 970m.
Unfortunately, there is one exception to gaming on the XPS 15 (9560), namely, the display response time. Response time clocks in at approximately five milliseconds which creates visible ghosting during certain games. This flaw is apparent in the 4K and Full HD displays. And, honestly, it’s a big reason why gaming laptops have lesser quality, albeit faster, screens. Regardless, if you aren’t a gamer expecting a gaming laptop then playing RTS, first-person shooters, or other similar type games will be perfectly fine.
The XPS 15 is a productivity laptop and not a gaming laptop. There’s a huge difference. Yes, you can game on it, but don’t expect miracles.
The ample storage, speed, and quality graphics make the Dell XPS 15 a top-notch choice among professional photographers who work with large files. Filmmakers have also found this particular model attractive due to its unique ability to render 4k video files in Adobe Premier. However, if portability is more important for you, perhaps the Dell XPS 13 might better suit your needs.
#2, Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display
Professional photographers continue to choose the Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display time and time again, confirming it as one of our choices for the year 2017.
One reason this is the first choice among professional photographers include Macbook’s consistent, high-quality display. Instead of creating hit-and-miss models, Apple has been relentless when it comes to improving color gamut and laptop display. The dedication to enhancing resolution puts Apple ahead of other suppliers, and has earned it the first choice laptop for the year. For photography enthusiasts worldwide, the Retina Display is indispensable for viewing and editing photographs.
Compare to Dell XPS 15, which is better?
It’s impossible not to notice all the differences when comparing the MacBook Pro 15 and the XPS 15. First off, while the MacBook Pro 15 uses several of Intel’s fastest 6th-generation processors, the XPS, on the other hand, opts to use Intel’s newest 7th-generation Intel Core. The XPS does so by utilizing i3, i5, or i7 chips, however, this all depends on the model type.
Now, you may or may not notice at this point that there is a significant difference here, albeit a minor one. For those of you who haven’t keyed in on what important point it is, we’ll tell you: Intel’s “Kaby Lake” 7th-generation processors are the follow-up to its “Skylake” 6th-generation models. So, to clarify, Intel’s brand-new chips are altogether a little more power efficient and a little faster. As a user, though you may not notice a change in your day-to-day PC work, you’ll undoubtedly see a difference a year or so from now.
(Update: Apple has updated it’s Macbook in June, 2017, the new version adopts the newest 7th-generation intel processor. In addition to this, the rest does not change.)
Furthermore, the Dell XPS 15, setup with the latest Nvidia graphics card GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB VRAM). Depending on your model, the MacBook Pro also has the AMD Radeon Pro 450, 455, or 460. But when it comes to gaming performance, only the top Radeon Pro 460 can compare to the GTX 1050’s excellence.
Regardless, we have to say the clear winner is the XPS 15. Even though it’s not a gaming laptop, it does have great graphics performance because of GTX 1050, as well as quite a swift little CPU. Having said that, you can certainly play games on it, which is not the case with the MacBook Pro.
Before we start analyzing screen quality, we want to say that both of these notebooks feature unquestionably impressive displays. The MacBook Pro 15’s Retina display is so crystal-clear you’d think you were looking through a window. The XPS 15, with its 4K touchscreen panel, is unerringly the strong competitor. Without a doubt, these models both have gorgeous displays.
Interestingly, the XPS 15’s impressive 4K display can render 99 percent of the AdobeRGB scale. That’s one heck of a feat considering it is a laptop screen. Typically, an average laptop display can show about 76 percent. And, although the MacBook Pro 15 only clocks in at 91 percent it’s still one amazing model.
Aside from this, it is capable of highly accurate colour reproduction. Alongside the XPS 15, you will find the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and the Dell XPS 13 since they both have displays capable of incredible color accuracy. The XPS 13 carries a color error of 2.65. Although this is considered to be average, it is also deemed too high a range. This means those XPS 13’s display colours won’t have a “real life” effect and instead will look a bit off .
Conversely, the MacBook Pro 15 has an average color error of 0.61 displaying nearly perfect images. The display would be ideally suited to professionals who work with color-sensitive photo and video editing. And right down the middle comes the XPS 15, with display colors that are almost flawless, and an average color error of 1.23.
In addition to all of this, the MacBook Pro’s 1400 to 1 contrast ratio Retina display is out of this world, giving photos a surreal depth perception. It seems that the XPS 15’s 4K screen doesn’t display videos or movies like the MacBook Pro. Pictures “pop” on the MacBook Pro, which, at maximum brightness, shows a contrast ratio of 1000 to 1.
There are so many ways to judge display quality, yet, when all is said and done, it’s your eyes that run the toughest test. Does one look better to you? We say it’s the MacBook Pro. Why? Because with phenomenal color accuracy and superior contrast ratio the MacBook Pro’s Retina display is simply more superior than its competitors. Yes, the XPS 15 does looks awesome in 4K with a higher maximum brightness, but it still stands in MacBook’s dust. However, don’t forget Dell XPS can render 99% of the AdobeRGB scale, if you need it.
At the end, who wins?
It’s a tough call since laptop users are sure to win out no matter which model they purchase. Apple and Dell are plainly superior computers. Despite this, they both have cons. Not everyone out there will agree with us on who our top picks are. That’s because everyone has their own list of pros and cons. Some users insist that a laptop display and design is more important than laptop performance and price. While still others believe the opposite to be true. We all have our own opinions; it’s kind a like picking between a Mercedes and BMW. Only you can decide what is best for your needs.
However, the XPS 15 is a better value. Many people feel it is a superior laptop and it’s probably the great one you should buy.
#3, Surface Book
Perhaps what’s most important is how the Surface Book looks in terms of a viable option for professional photographers. Its performance levels are more than promising for those who need to view and edit photos and videos. The hardware and high-specs make it a premium option, complete with the ability to edit as many 4K videos as necessary. If you perform some light to medium compositing and color work, everything will be exported within a mannerly time frame. In short, the Surface Book is a high quality option, and its performance will not disappoint.
It’s able to display 91 percent of the sRGB scale, and 70 percent of the AdobeRGB scale, while obtaining an average color difference of 1.05 deltaE. The human eye can only detect a difference of more than one, so the Book is close to perfection. The Dell XPS13 has a deltaE of around 2 or 3, depending on the model.
The display also achieved an outstanding contrast level of 1,440:1, the best we’ve ever recorded from a laptop — with the exception of the Yoga X1’s OLED display — and almost twice its next best competitor, the XPS 13. Dark scenes in movies look deep and true, even with the brightness turned up. Vivid colors pop, but stay consistent once they’re on screen. While the modest color gamut takes away from the SurfaceBook’s performance, it’s an excellent display overall, and a good choice for work or play.
In essence, this is arguably the one of the most advanced display currently available to consumers. The outstanding resolution places this device in its own league, and it is highly impressive, especially for the machine’s size. However, to achieve the maximum desired effect one has to adjust the screen to the somewhat awkward aspect ratio of 3:2. On the other hand, this vertically oriented perspective may come in handy when considering specific applications.
There are many Windows-oriented touch screen options. However, the Surface Book distinguishes itself by its ability for professional video production. The high specifications and dedicated GPU enhance the overall performance of the Surface Book, making it a top choice for many consumers.
Thus, this Windows laptop/tablet has continued to make a splash on the market, and is one of the leading devices to date. The machine’s easy portability, along with its high specs, raise the price, but professionals will be well reimbursed by the machine’s high-quality performance.
#4, Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW
It’s undeniable that some professionals, such as architects and directors, may find more use in the traditional PC. However, this does not mean that no benefit can be derived from a laptop, and you need to cost more than 2,000 dollars to get one. One such laptop is Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW. This captivating option features an Intel Core i7 CPU, 512GB SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia 960M dedicated graphics. The price for this complete package is a mere $1350, saving the consumer at least $500 more than if a MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 15 was purchased. Even more ideal, its high-res 4K UHD touch screen creates a sense of ease with which photos and videos can be edited. This device is made with a solid, aluminum unibody frame, and is an ideal option for many consumers.
The ZenBook Pro’s display is cutting edge, complete with a 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 UHD touch screen. These qualities make it attractive to photo and video editors who are not completely enamored by Apple products. Minus a very slight blue tint, both videos and pictures look almost identical on the ZenBook Pro’s display as they do on my professionally calibrated NEC desktop monitor.
The ZenBook Pro’s color gamut came in at outstanding, and is able to reproduce 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 74% Adobe RGB.. Usually, anything 100 percent is ideal, but in this case the ZenBook Pro showed up the MacBook Pro by a full 99.97 percent. Despite this landmark accomplishment, the ZenBook Pro did not quite stand up to the vibrant displays on the Dell XPS 15, which came in at 100% sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB.
When compare the color accuracy of similar systems, the ZenBook Pro earned a Delta-E rating of 4.37. However, numbers closer to zero are deemed more desirable. Even though its color accuracy was not quite up to par with Dell’s XPS 15 (1.23) and Apple’s MacBook Pro (0.61).
The Asus ZenBook UX501VW-UX501VW is a very desirable option, giving other competitors a run for their money. In addition, it is hundreds of dollars less than similar devices offered by companies like Apple and Dell. For a $1,500 laptop, its performance and endurance is ultimately impeccable. If you need a professional but affordable laptop for photo & video editing, the UX501VW will be your choice!
#5, MSI GL62M & GL72 Apache
The price of GL62M comes in at a starting of $800, and the starting price for the GE72 is $1,100. Both options include a quad core i7 or i5, 16GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics. To sweeten the deal, both feature a full HD 1920 x 1080 matte IPS display. However, they do not include touch screens. When considering it is a high-functioning gaming laptop that can handle demanding apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, this is a reasonable price. MSI laptops are specially designed for gaming purposes. The heat generated during intense gaming sessions is well managed, as is noise. For example, there’s no thermal throttling when gaming. Thus, the combination of gamer oriented tuning, an optical drive, on-board Ethernet, and generous port selections are features that set the Apache line apart from the XPS 15, 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as other slim and lightweight laptops similar to the Apache.
Each of these models has the Intel i7-7700HQ core processor giving it a speed of 2.8GHz, but with the additional Turbo Boost, it can reach 3.8GHz. For the user, this means it can cope with heavy-duty formulas in Excel, video exporting, large software compiles and pretty much most things that are CPU-intensive, without too much effort at all. Its dedicated graphics will support playing some of the high-demand 3D titles, with frame rates of 45-60 fps at a high setting. They have a NVIDIA GTX 1050 and offer the user a powerful laptop choice. They are similar to the Dell XPS15 Infinity, which are aimed at business users and the Pro apps market, centering on Adobe CC ms.
Both of these models come with a 1920×1080 IPS non-touch matte display, the high pixel density gives the impression of a sharper screen view. The 15.6 inch GL62M model offered a brighter display measuring 290 nits (brightness) against the 17 inch GL72 version at 260 nits. The color gamut on both models was pretty good, which covers 70% Adobe RGB and 100% of the sRGB spectrum, It’s true that neither of these are full Adobe RGB gamut displays, unlike that of the pricier Dell XPS 15 which has a 4k screen. But, they do provide the 100% sRGB spectrum for those professionals who work with graphics and video on the web. Read More: (Standard Gamut or Wide Gamut?) The default color calibration setting isn’t great (MSI has an app for color setting), but it can be calibrated near perfection easily. For professional work, such as video editing and photo editing, the display is more than adequate. Black levels were reasonable, but they were not outstanding at 0.4. Contrast was also acceptable at 788:1.
For those designers who need to work on video or photo editing, or you are an online gamer, MSI Apache Pro GL62M & Gl72 would be an ideal choice.