TOP FIVE LAPTOPS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN IN 2017

Top Five Graphic Design Laptops

Behind every designer is a great set of tools and one important element in a graphic designer’s toolbox is a computer. The graphic design field is very demanding and some of the work load is in the form of large file sizes so obviously a high performance computer is required. As a designer you want the ability to design on the go and what better then a laptop for just that. If you find yourself thinking which laptop has the power to handle my design workload in 2017, well I have several powerful options for you!

RECOMMENDED SPECS

Obviously when it comes to technology the more the better and it’s more so true when thinking about the right computer for graphic design. One of my suggestions is to think gaming laptop because we all know gaming requires very powerful hardware. The two most import elements when thinking about a graphic design computer is the processor and graphic card. Now as far as processor I would go with an Intel Core i7 processor and at least 2GB for the graphics card. A 1TB hard drive would be your starting point and 12GB of ram or more. Now when it comes to graphic design pixel screen resolution is important and you going to want to make sure the computer your looking at is 1920 x 1080 or once again more is better.

Now that your know what to look for let’s take a look at the TOP FIVE  LAPTOPS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN IN 2017

Lenovo Y700 FHD

LENOVO Y700 FHD

The Lenovo Y700 FHD is more the equipped for any graphic design software your throw at it and won’t hold you back during even the most intense design sessions. The Y700 has an Intel Core I7 quad-core processor, an NVidia Gefore 960M graphics card and a decent 8GB or 12GB of ram. Now the laptop comes with a 1TB hard drive or a 256GB solid state drive which I would either upgrade or purchase a larger external. Read The Full Review or Check it out now on Amazon!

Dell XPS 15

DELL XPS 15 XPS9560-7369SLV-PUS

The Dell XPS 15 XPS9560 is a 4k laptop with a Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of Ram, 1TB solid state drive and a 4GB NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 graphics card. The 4k Ultra HD has a resolution of 3840 by 2160, it’s touch display with 6 million more pixels than full HD and 3 more million then a MacBook Pro which will make all the colors of the color wheel pop. Full Review Soon or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON!

Asus Rog Strix

ASUS ROG STRIX GL553VD 7TH GEN

The Asus Rog Strick GL553VD 7th Generation with it’s LED keyboard is a gamers laptop but the best laptop for graphic design because of it’s powerful Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 16GB of Ram and 1TB hard drive. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 93% sRGB and 72% AdobeRGB scale. Full Review Soon or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON!

Asus Zen Book Pro

ASUS ZENBOOK PRO

The ASUS ZenBook Pro’s comes packed with more then enough power to handle your graphic design software and large design files. The ZenBook Pro 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 4GB NVidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, 16GB Ram and 512GB solid state drive. The 4k UHD display has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and believe me it makes every color pop! Full Review Soon or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON!

Apple Mac Book Pro

APPLE MACBOOK PRO

The Apple MacBook Pro MLW72LL/A had to make the list of the “TOP FIVE LAPTOPS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS IN 2017” and I have save what is more commonly used in the graphic design industry for last. Now there is plenty of controversy on the subject of Mac vs. PC for graphic design but we aren’t going to get into that here and I’m not going to choose sides. I’m not going to claim it’s the best laptop for graphic design because some of the other laptops in this list are just as good as far as specs are concerned but I will stated it’s my preferred choice.

The Apple MacBook Pro is powered by a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and Intel HD Graphic 530 graphics card. The MacBook pro has a 16GB RAM and 256GB solid state drive. It has a 15.4 inch display, screen resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and 25% more sRGB color gamut. This is by far the most expensive on the list with the Dell XPS 15 following but well worth the money for it’s internal power and build quality. Full Review Soon or CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON!

FINAL THOUGHTS

There you have five of the best laptops for graphic design, powerful and ready to take on any memory intensive media project. All laptops on this list meet the recommend specs for a graphic design laptop except for the recommended hard drive size but in the end most graphic designers choose to have all their design files on a external drive and aren’t concern with this. However when taking a laptops internal hard drive space into consideration you might want to make sure the drive can be upgraded at some point because design software does tend to take up a large amount of your drive space. Remember this is just my suggestion of the “TOP FIVE LAPTOPS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS IN 2017”, as long as you keep the recommended specs in mind I’m sure the laptop you choose will be then capable of your design needs but if you are interested in any of the laptops on this list and have questions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments down below!

14 Comments

  1. jeffrey16201

    April 1, 2017

    Hello

    I always wanted to learn graphic design, I was even going to go back to school to learn but things did not work out that way for me.

    I have thought about purchasing a laptop many times , but i always end up buying a desktop. I guess I am always behind the times, nice laptops on your site today very tempting to buy one some day.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 2, 2017

      These are some of the best laptops on the market right now, graphic design is a very tricky market to get into but can be extremely fun and satisfying! If you decide to learn graphic design on your own which is definitely a cheaper option one of the laptops on this list would be your best option for mobile designing but if you stick to desktops you can keep in mind the spec requirements I have layout here and I’m sure you’ll find a very powerful design tool.

      Thanks for commenting and if you have any question when/if you decide to purchase a computer for graphic design don’t hesitate to ask!

  2. Shirley

    April 5, 2017

    To be honest, this was not something I even though about until I started getting into graphic design. I’ve destroyed many a windows laptop with heavy workloads and these days I won’t use anything but Mac computers for such important work. Although, seeing your list here makes me wonder if it’s really the best option. Definitely something to think about, thanks for the info.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 7, 2017

      I prefer to have a Mac as well but that is a personal preference… However if you are on a budget a Mac most likely be a little pricey but there are plenty affordable PCs and they will get the job done aswell! Glad you found the info to be of value!

  3. Nicu Paun

    April 9, 2017

    Hi Salvatore !

    First thought: WOW ! Really valuable content on your page. Honestly, if I did’t find your site I would have been sure that you could do graphic design on any laptop – silly me :). I have heard that Lenovo came up with a powerful solution but until now I did’t know what was it. I am actually a fan of Asus but when it comes to creation, you have to have the best because you can’t afford to lose time and inspiration. Great page, great info.

    Thanks !

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 9, 2017

      I couldn’t agree more, “When it comes to creation, you have to have the best because you can’t afford to lose time and inspiration”!

  4. jeffrey16201

    April 15, 2017

    Interesting article on laptops, I never knew there were laptops better than others for graphic design until now.

    I enjoy doing webpage design as a hobby, would one of these laptops be a better computer for my hobby than my HP desktop I am using now?

    What would I look for in a good graphic computer system for doing webpages, are laptops better than desktops or does it not matter?

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 16, 2017

      When it comes to web design it would all depend on the intensity of the project, are we working on flash intensive websites? are we just programming basic websites with basic graphics or are we working on a dominant video website? If we are editing video, 3d modeling, and/or flash we are going to want to looking into a laptop with similar specs to the ones above but if it’s just basic graphic websites then your standard laptops would be sufficient. However went purchasing a laptop you want to make sure there is room for upgrading because you never know when the type of design work you get evolved in might change and you want your computer to be insufficient.

      As for laptops being better for graphic design then desktops that is just not the case… Either one would work as long as the specs can handle the work load but if you desire designing on the go you would definitely want to look at using a laptop for their mobility!

  5. Riaz Shah

    April 19, 2017

    Hey Salvatore,
    Great guide, I’m an Asus fan and the Zenbook Pro got my attention especially the 4K screen reso. How heavy is it though?

    I used to buy an Alienware laptop because it looks so cool when Sheldon used it in the Big Bang Theory but turns out it was massive heavy! So much so that I couldn’t use a backpack for it, I needed to buy the roller bag with wheels :/

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 20, 2017

      The design of Alienware laptops are pretty cool but they can have a little weight to them… The Asus Zenbook weighs 1.6 pounds less then Alienware 14 laptop which weighs in at 6.6 pounds. I am currently working on full reviews for the five laptops so don’t forget to check back and read a full review of the Asus Zenbook pro!

  6. Delroy

    April 22, 2017

    Hello Salvatore,

    it is so evident that you are passionate about graphic design. Your passion and energy is inspirational.

    When you started discussing the top 5 laptops, I got down to number 4 and than said to myself “surly the MAC must feature”, then I read you comments on the Mac and breathe a sigh of relief. Not because I have on, but because I have always hear all my friends talking about the Mac for graphic design.

    To be fair I did not consider that a PC could do the job so you certainly open my eyes.

    I was expecting you to mention the difference in prices between the various models but that cane out is the chat later.

    I like the way you talk about the mantle preparation which gave me the feeling that you were holistic in you approach. Your tool set seem quite comprehensive

    A good site, very informative and well balance.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      April 22, 2017

      Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed my post and found the site to be informative. I find it not only exciting but fun to express my opinion and I only hope it will help someone make the right decision when spending their money as well as their time on a particular device or service.

      Price was mentioned a little in one of the comments but I will discuss this further as I start to write individual reviews on all the laptops featured above!

      Thanks you for stopping by, hope to see you again!

  7. Randy

    May 10, 2017

    Great review let me ask one thing as I ran the IT department for an electrical contractor and bought Lenovo until I learned there was sptware on them from the manufaturer, has this been resolved? Other than that Mac is expensive how do they hold up to WordPress the graphis sound great, I have an ipad now and it seems awesome. Great review very informative.

    Well done
    Randy

  8. Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

    May 13, 2017

    I did hear about pre-installed spyware on the bios of lenovo computers in 2015, since then lenovo has claimed this had been removed because it has come to their attention that it hasn’t enhance the user experience but not sure if it has really been removed. There are some fixes on the internet for this but I haven’t tested any and there was talks of the firmware on the mother board re-installing the spyware after the user has taken action to remove.

    As for Mac being expensive it definitely is and not always necessary. Mac is a personally preference… It handles video editing really well and the overall construction of the laptops in my opinion are the best! There is an app called Mamp which stands for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. While running the app I didn’t see any real issues running wordpress!

    Thanks for the comment and sorry for the delay!

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