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Best PCs for Adobe Creative Cloud 2022

Photoshop on Surface
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If you're a creator of any kind, you're probably using Adobe Creative Cloud. Love Adobe or not, programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro have become industry standards for photography, digital art, and video production. There's also no one single type of PC that best suits Creative Cloud, as the nature of the work creators using it will vary. Nevertheless, these are some of the best PCs for Adobe Creative Cloud that will run most of the programs it offers smoothly and without issue.

Best All-in-One: HP ENVY 34

Hp Envy 34 Hero

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HP ENVY 34 All-in-One

Ultrawide power

Reasons to buy

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34-inch 5K anti-reflective display
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GTX or RTX graphics
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Built-in wireless charger
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Included camera
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Upgradeable RAM and SSD

Reasons to avoid

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Display limited to 60Hz
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Expensive

Sometimes with an All-in-One PC, you have to compromise, but this is not the case at all with the HP ENVY 34. Despite its small size, you can have pretty much everything you could ever want from a PC all in this single unit. It even comes with a camera and a built-in wireless charging pad for your smartphone.

That includes 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, but not the slimmed-down versions you often find inside an All-in-One or a laptop. These chips are paired with either NVIDIA GTX or RTX dedicated graphics cards, which deliver all the power you'll need for working in Adobe programs. You might not be buying one of these as a gaming rig, but it can absolutely tear up the latest titles.

The ENVY 34 also boasts a massive 34-inch display, with both 5K resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio and a neat anti-reflective finish, making it so much nicer to sit in front of for long periods. For video editing in Premiere Pro, in particular, the resolution and ultrawide ratio are a blessing. And with 98% DCI-P3, it's great for colorwork, too.

Best laptop: Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

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Dell XPS 15 (9520)

Latest and greatest 15-inch laptop

Reasons to buy

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Optional 4K display
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Dedicated NVIDIA graphics
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11th Gen H-Series Intel processors
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Thunderbolt 4

Reasons to avoid

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No official pen support
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Can get expensive

Photographers and videographers need to see what they're working with. In that case, the gorgeous 4K display on the Dell XPS 15 just makes sense. However, the 1080p version is still pretty good. Regardless of which panel you opt for, though, the XPS 15 is an easy recommendation for a laptop buyer who wants style and performance.

The latest model now comes with Intel's 12th Gen H-Series processors, combined with an NVIDIA RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM. This produces a laptop that can handle some serious design and editing work. The 86Whr battery is also pretty massive, given the size of the laptop.

The XPS 15 also now has a redesigned 16:10 display with almost no bezels while still being wrapped up inside a beautifully designed and expertly constructed chassis. There's even an element of upgradeability, and while there's no official pen support, this still makes for one incredible, highly portable editing machine.

Best desktop: Dell XPS Tower 8940 Special Edition

Dell Xps 8940 Front

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Dell XPS Tower 8940 Special Edition

Great for most people

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of spec options
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Good port selection
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Amazing performance potential
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Easy upgradeability

Reasons to avoid

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Entry model is a little weak
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Some finishing issues on the case

Dell's XPS Tower 8940 Special Edition is easy to recommend thanks to a ton of configuration options that suit various budgets. And also a lot of ports. On the front are USB-C, USB-A, and 3.5mm audio ports that are easy to reach for common accessories alongside an SD card slot. You even get an optical drive and a heap of ports on the rear to connect pretty much everything you could want.

The entry model is worth avoiding if you're going to be getting into intensive work such as Premiere Pro editing. While it has dedicated graphics, you're not saving much, and the performance will be lacking. The sweet spot is the mid-tier Intel Core i7 model paired with the AMD Radeon RX 5700 or NVIDIA RTX 3060.

But you can really beef up the hardware inside, too, and you can also opt for a 10th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 4TB of storage, and a beefy NVIDIA RTX 3070 with 8GB of VRAM if you so wish. This box looks like it belongs in an office, but it's capable of scorching performance, and even if you do opt to get one of the lower-tier configurations, it's a simple task to upgrade the internals down the road.

Best 2-in-1: Surface Pro 8

Surface Pro 8 Hero

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Surface Pro 8

The best Windows tablet ever made

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Stunning touch display
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Pen support
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Thunderbolt
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Higher spec models are pricey
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No keyboard included

Sporting a glorious 13-inch 2880x1920 3:2 display, which also has a 120Hz option, 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 32GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can't go wrong with the Surface Pro 8 for photo editing and more Creative Cloud-based work. It's also a great 2-in-1 for web browsing on the sofa as a tablet, video editing, and productivity work if you buy the optional keyboard and pen as well.

The Surface Pro 8 uses the same flagship 2-in-1 form factor that was first popularized by Microsoft back in 2012. It features a kickstand around the back and a separate keyboard accessory that also adds trackpad, turning the Surface Pro into a convertible PC. For creators using the Adobe Suite, the Slim Pen and optional Surface Dial are essential accessories to use with the Surface Pro 8.

It also has a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, USB-A port, Surface Connect port, and a microSD card expansion slot for additional storage if required. The design has also been updated for the latest generation with slimmer bezels and a larger display. The Surface Pro 8 epitomizes the idea of a powerful laptop inside a tablet's body.

Ultimate laptop: Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

All the power you need

Reasons to buy

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4K OLED display
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Beefy RTX graphics
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Up to 32GB of DDR5
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Thunderbolt 4

Reasons to avoid

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High price
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Average battery life

If there's a god-tier laptop out there right now for creators, this is it. While the Razer Blade 15 is marketed first and foremost as a gaming laptop, its top-tier specs and premium design make it a knockout choice for creative work as well. If you want maximum power and aren't afraid of what it will cost you, the Razer Blade 15 is simply the best there is.

It features cutting-edge 12th Gen Intel H-series i7 and i9 CPUs as well as RTX 30-series NVIDIA GPUs, up to 32GB of blazing-fast DDR5 memory, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. This is, hands down, one of the most powerful laptops on the planet for creators and gamers alike, and it'll churn through whatever you throw at it without issue.

The Blade 15 also comes with a wide variety of gorgeous displays, including 360Hz FHD panels, balanced 240Hz QHD ones, and stunning 60Hz OLED UHD 4K screens. All of the available displays for the laptop have incredible color gamuts, contrast, and brightness, ensuring that you'll be more than satisfied when rendering, editing video, or performing other tasks (or when gaming during the off-hours!).

The bottom line

Adobe Creative Cloud runs well on a wide range of Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs, but if you're specifically looking for something with it in mind, then you're obviously going to want something that will really get the most from it. Generally, that means looking towards the higher end of the market where the more powerful hardware lies.

If you're shopping for a desktop machine, though, the superb HP ENVY 32 is a beast of a machine for all purposes, with high-end hardware inside and a high-end design on the outside, it's truly a pleasure to spend the day in front of. Likewise, if you're looking for a capable laptop to take with you, the Dell XPS 15 is a fine choice to make.

Creative Cloud casts a wide net, and all of these machines will be a fine companion. Generally, you're looking to get as much horsepower as your budget allows, especially if you're diving into apps like Premiere Pro, because in those cases, the more grunt you have, the better your time will be.