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Laptops for Graphic Design

Here's a great selection of laptops for graphic design.

Whether you’re an Adobe Illustrator professional, a die-hard CorelDRAW loyalist or a newbie pottering around Sketch or GIMP, getting the right laptop can be the difference between vibrant graphical joy and a slow painful design death. The latter can be an expensive mistake. Not just in terms of hardware cost but often an even greater professional / artistic one too.

This page isn’t just for pro’s but for anyone looking to run a design package successfully. Our list is continuously updated by our AI to ensure that the machines we recommend are the best options for you at this precise minute!

So what goes into finding the best laptop for graphic design?

The key areas to look at are power, display, connectivity and storage.

Power

Power is a complex attribute to assess in a laptop as it's made up of several factors that interact in different ways to produce similar results (a very good reason to let Choosist’s AI do the hard work for you !!).

Clock speed (the speed at which the processor computes your commands) is one differentiator but can be sorely misleading without first factoring more revealing ones.

The number of processor cores is an important one. This is the number of processing units that can run at any one time - graphics software can use several at a go). The newer the design of the processor the better. Hence, an 8th generation i7 is better than a 7th.

To support this power the laptop will need thinking space. This is where RAM comes in. The more the better, 8GB being the absolute minimum here.

All the work these components do need to be available for you to see and interact with without lag. This is where the graphics card comes in and as you might guess graphic design needs plenty of juice in this department. Opt for a discrete graphics card i.e., not just one that is shipped with the processor. Laptops with both are just fine too.

Display

Resolution is important, more so the bigger the screen you feel you need to do the work. This applies to the built-in display and even more so to the external one. But not all screens are the same. Technologies such as IPS and OLED can provide much better colour accuracy and vibrancy, usually better from different viewing angles, again increasing in importance with screen size.

Connectivity

External monitors are often an important peripheral for designers and editors, which come bigger faster and more detailed with time. This is great but it makes the kind of port the machine is shipped with no longer an afterthought but a key one. Thunderbolt varieties can often support multiple high-resolution monitors, as can faster USB-C varieties for examples.

Storage

With cloud storage cheap and often free, keeping files backed up is not a problem. Rather, it's the drive speed that is critical in keeping up with the power we talked about above. But this has to be balanced with cost. The best laptops for students may make do with HDDs rather than faster SSDs which we’d otherwise recommend

Working out what combinations of specifications for your personal graphic design needs are optimum is complicated. Even the brightest humans will struggle to compute them all accurately. So don't be shy and let us do the hard work for you ...for free!

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Imagine a gaming laptop that can fully immerse you into your fantasy worlds, with astounding graphics and power that are simply unbeatable. Head into battle with the exciting NVIDIA graphics providing your gameplay with a new dimension that you will fall in love with. With 1920 x 1080 pixels, it is impossible not to be impressed with the incredible clarity of this display, seeing your games in a whole new technicolor. With 1000 GB of storage, you will never run out of room to store your favorite games and enjoy the benefits of having all your favorite games accessible in the same place, ready to play when you want to. No gaming laptop would be victorious without a powerful processor, and the HP Pavilion has a thrilling 8th generation core which will never disappoint, supporting you in all your gaming feats throughout the day and night. Game in ultimate style.

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After a powerful and flexible convertible? Look no further. This nifty laptop is powerful and full of features while also looking amazing, too. Its ultra-thin design, together with 15.6 in screen and thin bezel edges, makes this ideal for those who want to get the maximum performance and style in one package. The 15.6 in touch screen is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and Intel HD graphics card. This allows you to take advantage of features such as Windows ink where you can turn your thoughts into pictures and actions. Flexibility is also at the heart of the Lenovo Yoga 720 with its 360-degree hinge. It's light enough at just 4.4 pounds to allow you to turn it into a large tablet device to use on your lap or on the train. If you like music while you work, then you'll also love the built-in JBL speakers with Dolby audio premium. These can deliver enhanced bass and volume without any distortion. Take your productivity to the next level with the Lenovo Yoga 720 laptop.

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If you long for your workdays to go faster, the HP Pavilion is installed with a Quad-core Intel Core i5 processor to ensure that you are free before you know it. This enables you to run multiple software applications at the same time so that you can juggle the tasks that are important to you. In addition to this, the combined HDD and SSD also mean that the HP Pavilion balances both speed and extra storage, ensuring all your professional needs are met. If you want to stay in touch with your colleagues at all times, even from the most remote locations, then this laptop is equipped with the latest Bluetooth and Ethernet connections, meaning that you can share documents quickly and easily between different devices. However, nothing says professional more than a crystal-clear display, and the AMD Radeon RX-560X discrete graphics give you a smooth and consistent visual performance. The Full HD and backlit screen not only has excellent clarity however, but its decent size and includes IPS also makes visual tasks easier on the eye.

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This ASUS might be a gaming laptop but it's also so much more. You'll find that this laptop is a remarkable demonstration of power and design in the same brutal casing. It comes with everything you'd hope for from a gaming laptop, and then throws in a few extras to sweeten the deal. And that deal is very sweet indeed, since it includes the latest Intel Core i7 processor, backed up and improved by the addition of the GeForce GTX graphics. Your games are going to look incredibly realistic, while the 8GB of RAM means that you're not going to be too limited on game choice either. The screen comes in the Full HD that you'd expect, but the LED backlight is a subtle surprise. The backlight on the full-size keyboard is a pleasure too, because it's not overwhelming and will ensure that you can fight your way through the hardest levels even at night. Perfect for some of the best games in the world, this is a monster on the inside and a work of art on the outside.

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Best the competition with the Asus ROG Strix, the top of the competition when it comes to multiplayer gaming laptops that are installed with stunning visuals and power that can drive your gameplay. With 1060 graphics, you are sure to impress all your fellow warriors with your intensive display creating a seamless and thrilling experience that will drop you right into the heart of the action. Not only this, but the ROG Strix's quad core processor is simply out of this world, fully transporting you to the locations that you wish to escape to and having the technology to consistently power up your gameplay. If you want a laptop that is prepared for the future, your NVIDIA graphics card is VR-ready, allowing you to delve straight into the action of the latest releases and come out on top. What's more, you'll never miss a key stroke again with these custom and comfortable keys which are sure to improve your gameplay with lightning quick response times.

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Engineered to appeal to the gaming crowd, this has all of the specs and features you can dream of. It's some impressive stuff, and there's plenty to look at beyond the sleek chassis. On the inside, you'll find that the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics are perfect to match the latest Intel processor, so gaming is quick and mercifully lag-free. The screen is a beautiful thing too, with IPS tech as standard and the choice of FHD or the even more impressive UHD. Both come with full anti-glare paneling, so you can get your game on wherever you are without worrying about reflections. The sound is amazing, thanks to the two internal speakers that are powered by a little Waves MaxxAudio Pro. As well as all of the tech specs you need, it also comes with smart airflow and an SSD so that overheating or storage are never going to be an issue that affects your game-playing. Brute power in an elegant chassis, this is a real head-turner.

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Bring your laptop into battle with you. The HP Omen is the only sure-fire way of heading to victory battle after battle. Its stand-out design is sleek, mysterious and legendary. Sultry black and a deep, flaming red for the Omen emblem makes this one gorgeous laptop. However, this design encases an awe-inspiringly powerful piece of machinery, with its NVIDIA graphics card ensuring that you can have the thrill of seeing your favorite games in HD, immersing yourself within the adventures that your laptop can take you on. Not only this, but the i7 processor ensures that your laptop works consistently to produce the most spectacular images, streaming, and speed available, which can help you to play your games as if you are really battling dragons and raising armies. If your gaming sessions often go far into the night, the backlit keyboard will ensure that you never have to go to sleep again, finding the keys naturally even in the darkness.

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If your laptop is a gateway into different worlds, the HP Omen is as sleek as gaming laptops get. Whether you want to whittle away long train journeys or bash those keys in the comfort of your own home, the Omen is easy to stuff into a backpack along with your snacks. If you've always wanted to see each strand of your character's hair or each leaf fluttering in the wind, its top-of-the-range graphics keep you fully immersed within your fantasy world. The Omen also suits those who love to demand the most out of their games and take no prisoners, as the HP Omen can support even the most demanding games. Play your games from morning until night with the HP Omen's backlit keyboard, allowing you to secure victory at all times of the day, giving you the accuracy that you need to succeed. Not only this, but the Omen's anti-glare means that you can also play your favorite games without hindrance during those irritating days of sunshine.

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Are you eager to become a gaming champion? If so, the Acer Predator Helios 300 has the power and style to crown you king or queen in whatever game you are playing. With its trademark Predator logo and style, this laptop is effortlessly cool with an intimidating aura, making it known that you are not to be messed with. The backlit keyboard makes it simple to play at night for that fully immersive experience, while the NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture makes even the most demanding game look flawless. With 15.6-inches of glorious screen in Full HD and a subtle backlight, the Helios is a mighty fine machine that will play most gaming titles seamlessly while making you look cool, too. What's more, the Intel® Turbo Boost Technology means that multitasking is no problem either, and you'll be able to livestream your gaming even as you wipe out an enemy base. There are plenty of ports to use and connectivity will never be an issue with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or Bluetooth options. Devastatingly powerful and awesome, this is a mighty gaming machine for hardcore gamers.

DELL Inspiron 7559

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The DELL Inspiron 7559 is an absolute delight and considered a whole new era of performance and power. Designed with pleasure and performance in mind, the specs are perfect for gamers, creatives and hardworking professionals alike, but if you're in the gaming industry, this laptop is the bee's knees. The greatest and latest Xbox games are now at your fingertips, and because of the cross-device barriers being brought down, you can make a smooth transition from laptop to Xbox and continue playing. But what else does this laptop have to offer? You'll fall in love with the FHD anti-glare IPS wide angle display and beautifully optimal Truelife UHD (4K resolution) touch screen for amazing detail. When you're playing in the dark, enjoy a backlit keyboard, and when you're in the midst of the ultimate battle, the touchpad is responsive and accurate. That's not all, though. Immerse yourself in superior sound with thanks to the Waves MaxxAudio Pro, which is sure to enhance your listening experience.

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In need of a gaming laptop that will smash your expectations? Take control of your destiny with the Acer Nitro 5. The powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor is capable of handling the most intense of sessions, whereas the 1TB hard drive provides ample storage space. The high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti1 graphics card ensures smooth sailing for the best experience, while the full HD resolution makes for top-notch picture quality. From all angles, even the smallest details are clear on the 15.6-inch display for a dramatic and exhilarating visual experience. The Dolby Audio™ Premium adds a rich layer of texture to the stellar sound experience with perfectly tuned speakers. Elsewhere, the strategically placed 802.11ac wireless antenna means the Acer Nitro 5 maintains a strong, consistent signal at all times. Whether it's headphones or controllers, there are more than enough ports available so that you can enjoy gaming the way you want to. The advanced dual-cooling arms are meant to last those long gaming sessions without heat buildup, while the manual feature means you can take control when you feel the need to.

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In need of a gaming laptop that will smash your expectations? Take control of your destiny with the Acer Nitro 5. The powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor is capable of handling the most intense of sessions, whereas the 1TB hard drive provides ample storage space. The high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti1 graphics card ensures smooth sailing for the best experience, while the full HD resolution makes for top-notch picture quality. From all angles, even the smallest details are clear on the 15.6-inch display for a dramatic and exhilarating visual experience. The Dolby Audio™ Premium adds a rich layer of texture to the stellar sound experience with perfectly tuned speakers. Elsewhere, the strategically placed 802.11ac wireless antenna means the Acer Nitro 5 maintains a strong, consistent signal at all times. Whether it's headphones or controllers, there are more than enough ports available so that you can enjoy gaming the way you want to. The advanced dual-cooling arms are meant to last those long gaming sessions without heat buildup, while the manual feature means you can take control when you feel the need to.