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Can Retired Laptops Run Programs Like Photoshop?

Retired PC

If you’ve ever looked at buying a retired laptop it’s hard to know how well high power programs like the Adobe suite will run.

Are Retired Laptops Any Good?

When looking at a refurbished or retired laptop it’s important to think of them in the same way you do when a staff member retires. In reality, they were once at the top of their game; with a wealth of knowledge they are often the most high powered in the business and most are sad to see them go.

Computers are very much like this; companies like to get their staff top of the range computers to ensure they can do a job properly. They are then often upgraded regularly to ensure they keep up with the latest tech.

You Can Always Upgrade Hardware

The beauty of some computers is the ability to upgrade features like graphics cards and RAM. If you’re worried about being able to run programs like Photoshop and 3D software, it may be wise to look at computers which aren’t designed to be thin and light. These tend to be sealed units without the ability to upgrade hardware.

If being able to upgrade a laptop is important for you, you can look up if it has field-replaceable units (or FRU) by downloading the hardware maintenance manual.

Adobe Photoshop

When it comes to running programs like photoshop look for a processor around i5 or i7 where possible. You can also check out the required spec on the program website, for example, Photoshop CS6 requires the following:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 and CS6 applications also support Windows 8. See the CS6 FAQ for more information about Windows 8 support.
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024 x 768 display (1280 x 800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB (1 GB recommended) of VRAM
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system


Memory isn’t as much of an issue these days due to the rise in affordable external hard drives. While some PC’s seem to come with as much memory as a mobile phone these days, an external hard drive gives the option of upgrading it to 500gb or even a terabyte. (

If carrying around an additional hard drive is a bit of an issue for you, an alternative could be a micro SD & adapter which sits flush against the PC. (Just search for your PC model Amazon)

If you’d like to purchase any of our second-hand PC’s please visit our website and search for your requirements. If we don’t have what you’re looking for currently, either get in touch or keep an eye out as we always have new products in.