Looking to upgrade your laptop? Maybe you’re heading to college and not kitted out yet. Either way, if you’re in the market for a new machine, our pick of the best laptops for graphic design will help you select the right option. (Prefer desktop? Take a look at our pick of the best computers for graphic design.) When choosing a laptop for your daily design work, there are many things to consider. One is power versus portability: you need something that’s thin and light enough to throw in your backpack, but also powerful enough to run your suite of creative tools.
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6″ Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5
Acer’s E 15 line is well-regarded for offering high-end specs at budget prices. Like the E 15 (E5-575G-57D4) that came before it, the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762) offers an impressive set of components laptop. The new E 15 rocks an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, a full-HD screen, a 256GB SSD and discrete Nvidia graphics.
You have to live with a display that is very dull and has muted colors. The Aspire E 15 features a plastic lid printed with the woven-cotton pattern that’s synonymous with Acer’s more affordable notebooks. While a shiny, embossed Acer logo decorates its lid, a hunchback hump rises from the back of its underside. The Aspire E 15’s DVD-RW drive and USB 2.0 port sit on its left side.
While its SD memory reader is on the front-left corner. Its other ports — VGA, Ethernet, Kensington security lock slot, HDMI, dual USB 3.0 ports and single USB Type-C — are on its left. The Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762)’s dim, muted screen is its Achilles’ heel. Watching a Black Panther trailer on the notebook, I noticed how much darker a scene between Chadwick Boseman and Martin Freeman looked than it normally should.
ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD Laptop, Intel Core i5
The Asus VivoBook F510UA-AH51 is an attractive looking and fast, yet inexpensive, 15.6-inch laptop. The best selling points of the 500-dollar F510UA-AH51 are its thin display bezel design, Full HD screen resolution with IPS wide viewing angles, and excellent 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor. The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM and a 1-Terabyte hard drive, which are standard sizes in the mainstream laptop category.
The Asus VivoBook F510UA-AH51 is also very light with a weight of only 3.7 pounds. Powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor. 14.2″ wide, 0.8″ thin and portable footprint with 0.3″ NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 80% screen-to-body ratio. 15.6″ anti-glare Full HD display with ASUS Splendid software enhancement. 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD; Ergonomic chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor. Comprehensive connections including USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.0.
Dell i3567-5185BLK-PUS Inspiron, 15.6″ Laptop
The Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS has been designed as an affordable and powerful desktop replacement laptop. This mid-range notebook is great for home and office use, for college or as a multimedia hub around the house. So, there’s nothing spectacular in the way the new Dell Inspiron 3567 has been designed. Its plastic covered body is rather bulky, measuring almost one inch in thickness.
It will, however, feel at home sitting on top of the desk most of the time. The Dell Inspiron i3567-5185BLK-PUS comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor. This is a dual core CPU that sits on par with its i3 desktop counterpart, performance-wise. It has a base frequency of 2.5 GHz up to 3.1 GHz when working in turbo mode and features 3 megabytes of cache size.
System memory is plentiful, considering how most users will likely be using this laptop. The 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM that Dell provides will be more than enough for the large majority of people who don’t need a laptop to achieve very specialized results. The standard amount will allow you to handle large data sets, to heavily multitask, to edit photos with ease and run intensive scripts on certain webpages who consume system memory like there’s no tomorrow.
Apple MacBook Air MJVM2LL/A 11.6-Inch laptop
The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch MJVM2LL/A is an 11.6-inch laptop with an LCD resolution of 1366 x 768. It has 4GB of memory and a 128GB hard drive. It has an Intel Core i5 1.6GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 video adapter but no dedicated video memory. But it lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It comes with OS X Yosemite 10.10 pre-installed.
The MacBook Air 11-inch MJVM2LL/A has a multitouch touchpad, and 2 USB ports. You can use an 802.11n router, the most common high-speed standard or 802.11ac, with the latest, faster standard. This all is packed in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.3 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p “FaceTime HD” webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and an 11.6″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix “glossy” display (1366×768 native resolution).
ASUS ZenBook Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3-inch Full HD
The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55 sports a stylish look, a super svelte build, a gorgeous display and the latest eighth generation ‘Kaby Lake-R’ processor. In a crowded field of ultraportables, it stands out for solid performance and good pricing. In September of 2016, during a launch event at the floor of IFA in Berlin, Asus showcased a laptop that “solved a problem.” That was the ZenBook UX330UA-AH54, a svelte clamshell laptop.
That’s easily the most attractive of the lot. Like most ultraportables, it shares more than just a passing resemblance to Apple’s MacBook Air. Now Asus has introduced an updated follow-up to our Editors’ Choice – from last year called the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55. The new model iterates on its predecessor, adding an 8th-generation Intel Core processor, a fingerprint sensor, and USB Type-C support, among other goodies.
But goodies aren’t what won awards for previous ZenBooks. They won because they brought solid performance and excellent quality to a price everyone can afford – the same, in this case. Is the UX330UA-AH55 another value champion? The ZenBook UX330UA-AH55 is identical to the previous model, except for the feature set and other nitties. The specifications point towards a thin, svelte laptop, just half-inch thick – 0.5 by 12.7 by 8.7 inches (HWD).
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US 15.6″ Full HD
The MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US sports a timeless, portable design that will appeal to anyone who is frequently on the move and want to carry games along, to avoid the hustle of connecting to an external display. Its performance is good, but isn’t the best among its midrange competitors that offer even better components. Unless you have a sky-high budget, getting that ideal gaming laptop will always attract a few compromises.
The MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US is one of those systems that satisfy that premise, but not prohibitively so. Its GPU is fairly new in the gaming scene, but it doesn’t meet the recommended threshold for virtual reality headsets, and it cannot produce the same frame rates we’ve seen from similarly priced competitors like the Acer Predator Helios 300, that readily offers VR capability. Nevertheless, the base specification does not sound bad.
Kaby Lake quad core processor, Nvidia GTX 1050Ti, 8GB RAM, 126GB SSD + 1TB Hard drive storage. That combined with a slightly thinner and lighter profile makes it an appealing for folks who need to play on the move. MSI uses the same case as most of its predecessors in the MSI GL62M-line, only that it gets thinner here. And a few more differences too.
ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop
The ASUS M580VD-EB76 VivoBook is an excellent gaming laptop, that can be used for work when you’re not playing. It packs a solid feature-set, including a powerful Core i7 processor, dedicated GTX 1050 graphics card, fast SSD and enough RAM, and it costs less than the competition. The ASUS M580VD-EB76 VivoBook looks and feels like a premium desktop-replacement laptop. But on the inside, it’s different story as it packs enough raw power to play modern AAA games, sans random LEDs and logos that otherwise shout “gamer.”
With a stylish modern construction, a powerful seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a Pascal GTX 1050 graphics card, and hardware that sets it ahead of the competition in terms of performance, it’s clearly competitive. Many will see it as a refreshing upgrade of the well-reviewed ASUS K501UW-AB78 – very true, but it gets an upgraded processor and graphics card that yields better performance, and its battery lasts longer than last year’s model.
The VivoBook line is a pretty new concept, but it picks the same deluxe design from the Zenbook line over its several iterations, and the latest entrant has the same sturdy construction seen on its predecessor ASUS K501UW-AB78. Sure, there’s more than a passing resemblance to the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro.
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-55WL is a gaming laptop that promises smooth playability even at full HD resolution, and represents value that is simply hard to find elsewhere. It isn’t the most powerful around, especially daily productivity, but it does compensate with class-leading battery life for a gaming laptop. For a moment, we were getting accustomed to bulky gaming laptops with discrete CPUs.That’s not the case anymore.
The release of Nvidia’s Pascal graphic cards and Intel’s Kaby lake (8th-Gen.) chips has brought desktop gaming performance to mobile systems, affordably. Now, there’s a paradigm of budget gaming laptops like the Acer Nitro 5, that are easy on your pocket, impressively portable, and strong on frame rates, even at maximum settings. Acer does make a few tradeoffs to make the system affordable.
But the Acer Nitro 5 still delivers a strong showing on modern games played at full HD. Casual gamers and value hunters on a budget, here is something worth a close look. The Acer Nitro 5 gets a clean design, but you won’t easily mistake for a business laptop, and it isn’t precisely gorgeous. With a sculptured lid exterior with an Acer logo embossed in the middle, it looks gamer.