Windows laptops 2022 for content creation

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Windows laptops 2022 for content creation

I am planning to buy a new laptop this summer as replacement for my 6 year old Asus N552VW. Not being particularly tech savyy, I figured it would be good to check for more experienced users' opinions here before pulling the trigger.

It is planned as a stationary setup with an external 32'' 4K monitor - still, for various reasons it has to be a laptop, not a desktop.

Usage: Mostly photo editing in LR/PS, occasionally 4K video editing - no gaming

Goal: best possible performance for above use cases and future-save for a few years

Budget: around 3K$, but I am willing to stretch if there are very good reasons to go beyond

High prio: CPU --> excellent performance but at the same time as silent as possible (this might be somewhat mutually exclusive, but apparently some models have a better performance/noise ratio due to superior cooling systems than others), screen size 16-17'' (used as secondary monitor), fast SSDs and decent RAM

Medium prio: size - space on desk is limited, so a good ratio of body/screen (thin bezels, 16:10) would help, sufficient connectivity

Low prio: weight, GPU, battery life, screen quality and Hz, design, keyboard

I can not stress enough how important the fan noise aspect is. While the purchase is with content creation in mind, the majority of time the device will just be used for web surfing. At least for these periods I'd like it to be mute or as silent as possible. And it will usually run the whole day, so an OLED screen might be an issue.

The past weeks I have read countless reviews and my current 1st choice is the Dell XPS 17 9720. Other models I have looked at:

Asus ProArt 16 (only 11th Gen Intel -> 12th Gen announced but will come out too late)

Asus Zephyrus M16

Lenovo Legion 5i

MSI Z16

Gigabyte Aero 16

Razer Blade 15

HP Omen 17

Based on above priorities, do you think any of those listed actually have an edge over the XPS 17- or is there any other model you would recommend looking into?

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