Top 5 laptops for Graphic Design and Art in 2021

There are many laptops available for different purposes. Laptops for graphic design and art students may need them with specific specifications for easier and seamless work.

Before we dive into the top 5 best laptops for graphic design in 2021, we have to look at the specifications that are needed in order to choose the perfect one.

Below are some of the specifications you have to keep in mind before buying a laptop for graphic design and art.

Specifications for Graphic design and Art laptops

CPU

Graphic design mainly depends on powerful software, which requires a powerful CPU. Underpowered CPU can affect the performance of the software’s which were mainly designed to run on PCs. A powerful processor can make your work a lot easier and more time-saving. Laptops for graphic design are recommended to not be accepting anything less than an Intel core I5 processor ( with i7 being preferable), an AMD Ryzen and an AMD FX chip.

RAM

RAM stands for Random Access Memory which helps a computer to navigate a way through files and tasks. 8GB at the minimum is the recommended RAM for any laptop these days. In case you can afford to go with 16GB RAM go for it.

Graphic Card

Graphics card ( GPUs) are similar to processors, but a little different in their work. GPUs are for representing things on the screen. Well, the CPU can do this work and some cheaper computers generally skip GPUs for more favoured processors. But in graphic design making your processor do all the work can lead to heating issues, and can make the laptop run slow.

The more expensive GPU it is the quicker it will be able to work through the tasks you command in it.

Display

For graphic design, it’s all about a big screen and better picture quality. Every minute detail is necessary for you to design a graphic or an art. A smaller screen can lead to pain in your eyes, we recommend going with a minimum of 13-inch, and if you can afford 15-inch or even 16-inch it be preferable.

Following are comparison of the top 5 Laptops for graphic design that we recommend

CPU,Ram & storage
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Apple Macbook Pro
16- inch, 2019
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CPU:
9th generation Intel core i7-i9.
Ram:
16GB-64GB
Storage:
512 GB-8TB SSD
AMD Radeon 5300M- Radeon pro 5500m
16″ Retina display with True Tone
Dell XPS 15
2020
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CPU:
10th-generation Intel core i5-i7
Ram:
8GB-64GB
Storage:
256GB-1TB SSD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
15.6″FHD +(1920 x 1200) IPS-UHD+( 3840X2400)
Apple Macbook Air
M1, 2020
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CPU:
Apple M1 chip with 8-core
Ram:
8GB-16GB unified memory
Storage:
256GB-2TB SSD
Integrated 7core-8core
13.3″ 2560 x 1600 Retina display
Mixrosoft Surface Laptop 3
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CPU:
Intel core i5-i7 / AMD Ryzen 5 / AMD Ryzen 7
Ram:
8GB-16GB
Storage:
128GB/256GB/
512GB/1TB SSD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics/ AMD Radeon Vega 9 / AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
13.5″ PixelSense(2,256 x 1504) / 15″PixelSense (2,496 x 1664)
HP Spectre x360
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CPU:
10th generation Intel Core i5-i7
Ram:
8GB-16GB
Storage:
256 GB-2TB SSD
Intel IrisPlus Graphics
13.3″ FHD( 1920 X 1080)IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-13.3″diagonal 4k( 3840 x 2160)UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch

Positives and Negatives of each laptop explained below:

apple mACBOOK PRO 16
Considered as the best Apple laptop ever
Positive
  • Stunning 16-inch screen
  • New & improved keyboard
Negatives
  • Expensive
  • Limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports
Dell XPS 15
A flexible laptop with a handy touchscreen and plenty of power
Positive
  • Fast performance
  • Eye-catching and lightweight Design
Negatives
  • GTX 1650 Ti is little week
  • 15-inch might be large for some
Apple Macbok air
An affordable Apple laptop for Graphic design. Best MacBook for day to day casual users and portable
Positive
  • macOS big Sur is Fast & resposive
  • Battery life is amazing
  • Silent in Use
  • Cheap Macbook
  • Light and easy to carry
Negatives
  • Fanless design could imact performance
  • Not suited to graphics-heavy tasks
Microsoft surface laptop 3
A hybrid laptop with plenty of power for creative tasks
Positive
  • Touchscreen Sketching
  • Great battery life
  • Choice of display size
Negatives
  • Too few ports
  • Expensive

HP Spectre x360
A little bulkier than competitors, but great storage and screen
Positive
  • Fast Processor
  • Good Battery Life
  • Stylus included
  • High Resolution screen
Negatives
  • Heavy
  • May overheat a bit
  • Non-travel friendly
  • Not slim as competitors

Above were some of the laptop’s we recommend you can consider for your graphic design and artwork needs.

If you have some other recommendations apart from the one’s above share them with us in the comment section below.

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