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What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 15th, 2017, 5:18 am
by ahmadrezavakilian
I want to buy a laptop for the below activities:

1- UI/UX design: More for ios
2- 3d design: Rhino - 3ds Max
3- Rendering - Vray


Best regards

* Do you suggest me to buy an Macbook?

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 15th, 2017, 9:14 am
by Mrog
Easy, what is your budget? When you figured that out buy the best machine you can afford. Done.

Even cheap(er) laptops are capable enough for some 3D and 2D stuff nowadays (~everything above 500-700 bucks, roughly). It really depends mostly on your preference regarding OS, formfactor, portability, etc.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 16th, 2017, 4:31 pm
by ralphzoontjens
Look into Toshiba as in my experience they have the best quality/budget and are real workhorses.
You definitely want an octacore processor and large SSD if you are going to do a lot of 3D work.

Also look into Chinese brands at gearbest.com. I bought an Onda tablet and it's a decent machine.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 17th, 2017, 12:54 am
by sonofscrotum
For SolidWorks, a Quadro or FireGL (now called Radeon Pro) graphics processor is a must.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 17th, 2017, 5:56 am
by Mrog
I would argue that doesn't apply to designers using solidworks. Overkill.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: April 17th, 2017, 1:15 pm
by slippyfish
What's the point of diminishing returns as far as design laptops go? For instance some of the BOXX laptops get into the $3-$4K range.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: May 5th, 2017, 4:24 pm
by design-engine
we use Dell Precision laptops across the board at Design-engine

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: May 16th, 2017, 7:58 pm
by sonofscrotum
cloundy wrote:It's belong for your budget. Dell or Apple Macbook Air is a good choice
Ban this a**hole.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: May 22nd, 2017, 11:07 am
by daniel_acg
as everyone here, it depends on your budget.

for the best experience you should be looking for:

Fast Rendering -4 core (or more) processor like an i7
Large file handling -16gb of ram (or more, you could buy one with 8gb and upgrade it to 16 often it's cheaper then upgrade by manufacture directly)
Fast model navigation and procedural rendering -Dedicated graphics card like an Nvida or AMD (Nvidia has better compatibility)
UI and Accurate color Visualization -A good quality monitor screen with at least 1080px resolution (best use of the UI and accurate visualization of the model and colors)

The brands i recommend because of it's price and quality are Toshiba, Dell (look for the XPS line) and Lenovo (look for the Y series)

Generally any Gaming laptops would work, you could also look for the workstations line of laptops but those are much more expensive, also the HDD can be upgraded to an SSD to noticeably improve the computer response to open the OS, files and applications, some laptops already come with an SSD. Stay away for the very cheap ones (like HP and Gateway) those won't offer a good quality.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: May 25th, 2017, 10:05 am
by Harry1591
I've had the Microsoft Surface Book for over a month now, and I have to say I'm very happy with it.
https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/best-touchscreen-laptops
Absolute laptop perfection, and becomes a tablet if you want it to. The key to its success is the brilliantly engineered hinge, and perfect weight distribution.
Typing on the keyboard is a dream and really responsive.
Overall, great product from Microsoft. Definitely worth the money!

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: May 30th, 2017, 1:03 pm
by slippyfish
Harry1591 wrote:I've had the Microsoft Surface Book for over a month now, and I have to say I'm very happy with it.
https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/best-touchscreen-laptops
Absolute laptop perfection, and becomes a tablet if you want it to. The key to its success is the brilliantly engineered hinge, and perfect weight distribution.
Typing on the keyboard is a dream and really responsive.
Overall, great product from Microsoft. Definitely worth the money!
Do you run CAD (SolidWorks, Rhino, or Alias) software on it?

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: June 2nd, 2017, 9:25 am
by yuchaelectronics
I believe for selecting Laptop for designing Purpose should consider

1) High speed Graphic Card Compatibiity
2) High RAM atleast 6 GB to 8GB
3) High Speed CPU 7th generation these days
4) Last but most important Bugdet

WE use Apple MacBook Air MMGG2HN/A13" Laptop(Core i5/8GB/256GB/OS X El Capitan/Graphics for PCB designing

Other choices can be

Dell Inspiron 15 N5559 HD Touch Core i7-6th gen 8GB 1 TB Window 10 4Gb Graphics
Asus ZenBook UX305UA-FC013T Laptop (6th Gen Intel Ci5/ 8GB/ 256GB SSD/ Win10)

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: June 2nd, 2017, 10:11 am
by Generatewhatsnext
slippyfish wrote:
Harry1591 wrote:I've had the Microsoft Surface Book for over a month now, and I have to say I'm very happy with it.
https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/best-touchscreen-laptops
Absolute laptop perfection, and becomes a tablet if you want it to. The key to its success is the brilliantly engineered hinge, and perfect weight distribution.
Typing on the keyboard is a dream and really responsive.
Overall, great product from Microsoft. Definitely worth the money!
Do you run CAD (SolidWorks, Rhino, or Alias) software on it?
Rhino flies on my SurfaceBook. No issues.

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: June 2nd, 2017, 1:52 pm
by slippyfish
Thanks, Scott.

Side note, what's up with the crazy first posts these days? Are these slightly more educated spam?

Re: What s the best laptop for designers?

Posted: June 5th, 2017, 7:49 am
by Cyberdemon
slippyfish wrote:Thanks, Scott.

Side note, what's up with the crazy first posts these days? Are these slightly more educated spam?
Usually spam farms. People who get paid to sign up, post things for people that include links (like the PCB link they posted that doesn't even work).

Turns out it's cheaper to pay people fractions of a cent than it is to write the software to automate your spam.