5 Best Laptops for Designers in 2020

May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019 Zee

5 Best Laptops for Designers in 2020

Best Laptops for Designers in 2019

Design is subjective and has many branches, but what is common is that designers require an insane amount of power to create – and especially on the move. So here’s my top 5 laptops for designers.

Choosing a laptop game of balance between performance and weight, large screen and portability, maximum features and affordable price.

Factors to consider before buying a laptop?

What factors define the best laptops for Designers?

Performance and speed:

  1. Processor: ensures that multiple open applications can run smoothly. Popular ones include: Core i5, Core i7, AMD Ryzen and Intel Xeon.
  2. RAM: allows the processor to process more data, which can dramatically improve laptop performance.
  3. Storage: can be SSD or HD. Don’t let anyone fool you – size matters.

Other factors:

  1. Screen: Resolution and size will help so much.
  2. Keyboard: has to be and FEEL comfortable.
  3. Battery life: Anything from 10 hours and above will solve life’s problems, I tell you.

What is the best laptop for designers then?

Based on the above factors, here’s my top 5.

1. The Apple Macbook Pro (16GB RAM)

  • 9Th-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Radeon Pro 560x Graphics with 4GB of video Memory
  • Ultrafast SSD
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life — and more.

Goes for about $2350 on Amazon Prime.

2. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3″ Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 – 16GB RAM – 256GB SSD

  • Laptop-class Intel Core processor and improved graphics.
  • USB-C and USB-A ports
  • ultra-slim and light Surface Pro 7 starts at just 1.70 pounds
  • All-day battery life up to 10.5 hours
  • Core i5 and i7
  • 16GB RAM

This goes for about $1500 on Amazon

3. Dell XPS 15 7590, Intel Core i7-9750H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6″

  • 15.6 inch Fhd (1920 x 1080) Infinity Edge anti glare Non Touch
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750h (12MB Cache, up to 4.5 Gigahertz, 6 Cores)
  • 8GB DDR4 2666MHz, 2x4G
  • 512G PCIe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
  • Backlit English keyboard with fingerprint reader

Will set you back $1500 on Amazon

4. Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Laptop, 13.9″ 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, GeForce MX150

  • Immersive 13.9-inch 3K touchscreen with 91% screen-to-body ratio, only 0.57-inch thin and weighs only 2.93 lbs., perfect for at-home or on-the-go computing
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8550U processor + NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 3K touchscreen with 3, 000 x 2, 000 resolution, 1500:1 contrast ratio and 260 PPI allow you to see vivid details when viewing HD content.
  • 2nd Gen Dolby ATMOS for immersive audio
  • One Touch Power Button: Enabling users to power on the notebook, finish identity authentication through Windows Hello and access the desktop in less than 8 seconds.
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth 4.1
  • Includes compact Mate Dock 2.0: USB-A port, USB-C port, HDMI port and VGA port.

About $1900 on Amazon Prime.

and finally we get to the last one on the list of top 5 laptops for designers – web, graphic or video – and I saved the best for last. 🙂

5. HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 (Intel Xeon E-2176M, 16GB RAM, 1TB Sata SSD, 15.6″ FHD 1920×1080 Touch, NVIDIA Quadro P1000, ZBook Pen, Win10 Pro)

  • Intel Xeon E-2176M processor (2.7 GHz, up to 4.4 GHz with Turbo Boost, 12MB cache, 6 core), NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated) Graphics
  • 15.6″ diagonal FHD LED UWVA for HD Webcam slim Touchscreen Ambient Light Sensor (1920×1080) Display, Intel 9560 ac 2×2 +Bluetooth 5 (vPro enabled)
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory,
  • Integrated HD 720p DualAryMic Webcam
  • Keyboard: Clickpad Backlit Collaboration
  • 1TB Sata SSD, 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 3.0; 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 power connector; 2 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort 1.3), SDHC, SDXC card reader

This baby will set you back about $3100 on Amazon

There you have it! The best laptops for designers. I am quite aware that these are a bit pricey, but if you want to dream, why not dream big?

Happy shopping!


PS: I may get a commission if you purchase any of the items above.



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