The best laptop for photographers

20th June 2022
photographer on MacBook

Surface Pro 8

Strengths: Portable | High Performance | Touchscreen | Surface Pen

The Surface Pro 8 i7 gives you the perfect balance of performance and flexibility in an easy-to-use and highly portable touch device for when you are out on a shoot, and a powerful laptop when back in the studio, equipped with Quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, Intel Iris Xe Graphics and up to 128GB SSD.

The combination of portability, performance and impressive screen resolution allows you to edit and review your photos with ease, while being able to demo to clients in any location.

Operating System

The Surface runs full Windows 11 Professional which supports all the software you will need when out on the road or in the studio. This is where the Surface excels above the iPad Pro, as that device is still stuck with only providing mobile apps.

Whether you use Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity Photo or others, Windows 11 Pro is optimised to make the most out of your favourite apps.  

Windows 11 Pro has many notable features such as snap layouts to maxmise your screen space, to personalised desktops so you can switch from one project to another with ease.

windows 11 background with windows 11 logo

Display and Keyboard

The Surface Pro 8 features a 13-inch PixelDense display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 at a pixel density of 267ppi. Along with 10-point multi-touch and a 3:2 aspect ratio, you have a stunningly bright and sharp canvas on which your photos can sit edge to edge.

The display also supports Dolby vision and adapts to the ambient lighting, giving you a more natural look and feel for the content you are editing.

The Surface Pro Signature Keyboard is comfortable and compact while supporting fast and accurate typing. It attaches and detaches to the Surface Display with ease to give you the option of tablet or laptop in an instant.

surface pro keyboard that detaches


On the right side of the Surface Pro 8 are two Thunderbolt 4 ports and Surface Display Port, while on the left is a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is of course the option for a docking station to increase your options too.


Being a touch display, the Surface Pro 8 would not be an exceptionally good creative 2-in-1 laptop without a top-of-the-line stylus, which is exactly what you get with the Surface Slim Pen 2 which stores securely within the Signature Keyboard and charges on the go.

The Slim Pen 2 delivers fast, fluid, and accurate input as though you were putting pencil to paper, giving you a whole new way to edit and navigate that feels natural and efficient.

The display is also compatible with Surface Dial to give you an immense amount of control at your fingertips.

surface dial on surface pro background

Second Screen

Many photographers will need a second screen for editing purposes, and we suggest the Asus ProArt PA32UCG-K due to its incredible image quality, accurate colour modes and its solid build quality.

The ruggedly built monitor is 32 inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio and displays at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). It has a contrast ratio of 1400:1 which is on par with an OLED display, meaning the darkest black and the brightest whites are worlds apart. The screen consists of Mini-LEDs (the same technology used in Apple’s Liquid Retina displays) and is backlit with 1152 dimming zones and produces 1700 nits of peak brightness.

The screen has an extremely large colour gamut with 100% coverage from Rec.709 to Adobe RGB while 78% of the Rec.2020 colour space is also covered, ensuring your work can be accurately reproduced in the real world.

The on-screen display (OSD) features nine submenus for you to calibrate every inch of the monitor’s settings such as brightness and HDR modes.

Leasing options

HardSoft offers affordability, flexibility, and expert support so you can get the devices you need, when you need them and have them work for your business long into the future.

Lease the Surface Pro 8 and the Asus ProArt PA32UCG-K today and enjoy the many benefits that HardSoft has been providing its customers for over 35 years.

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