Best Laptops For Interior Designers – 2021 Complete Buying Guide

Last Updated on February 12, 2021

As an interior designer, it is imperative to have a laptop that best suits your needs, maybe include a little bit of on and off gaming, but mainly have specifications that enhance your position as a designer. For this, you need to look for all the right specifications that accentuate your designs. For you, we have listed down all the specifications that you need to keep in mind before you choose a laptop for yourself. 

High-Resolution Screen (Larger is preferred)

For an interior designer, it is essential to have a screen that reflects their designs and structures the way they hope to, for this reason exactly, it is primitive to have a screen that has a high resolution. Moreover, a screen that is larger is always given preference due to the ability to increase focus and work freely over a large surface area. In this case, an FHD screen is given preference.

Graphics Card 

The graphics card is in charge of producing the image one views on their computer screen. For this, a GTX graphics card is given preference due to their standing as one of the best graphics cards. In terms of which ones, a good one can be either a GTX 1050 or 1060, all the while the best one is undoubted, 1080.

Performance (Processor)

The laptop of an interior designer supports large and heavy applications making it prone to crashes and lags. In order to make the most of their spending, it must be kept in mind that the laptop you choose to buy should have a great performance review. The processors you should opt for include i7 if you want to go for the best one, but given the fact that the performance of i5 and i7U is pretty similar to that of i7, we would recommend saving here and go for the cheaper but equally good option. After all, no one likes to wait while they are in the middle of unleashing their creative side.

Portable 

This is one of the most important factors that you have to have an eye out for when looking for a laptop for yourself. It is essential that the laptop you choose is one that you can carry easily. The portability factor is subjective to one’s needs and circumstances. A person might prefer a laptop with a large screen which automatically makes the machinery heavier as compared to one with a smaller screen size. So this aspect depends entirely on you and what you feel the most comfortable with.

Long Battery Life

Designing the architecture and layout of buildings and mansions is not a matter of seconds, it takes time and devotion, so longer battery life is automatically given preference as this defines how you will get to go about your day. As aforementioned, applications suited for designers are heavy and are thus battery draining. To overcome this, you must look at what battery life suits your working environment and checks all your desired boxes.

RAM

RAM defines how well your machinery runs. It is of prime importance that the RAM is strong enough to overcome delays and program crashes, as is normal with laptops with smaller RAM size. They often are not able to run many applications together to end up causing a program or application to freeze when the RAM memory becomes too much. Thus, it is suggested to go for a laptop with the RAM being at the very least 8 GB. However, we would recommend you to go for a laptop that has 16 GB or 32 GB RAM for the most efficient running and work. Here one thing is worth noting that DDR3 and DDR4 have mainly the same functionality so going for DDR3 will save you some major bucks.

Storage

Storage-wise it is essential to know that most of the work you will do will be saved on your computer so ensuring that you have a good storage option whether in an HDD or SSD form, is important. In this case, we would recommend setting your minimum at 256 GB SSD and the best or the most optimal option can be a 500 GB one.

So, as we have highlighted the checklist of specifications you should have when looking for a laptop, we have also compiled a list of laptops that have been named as the best ones in 2020 and suit the major needs of interior designers. The list is in no particular order.

List of Best Laptops For Interior Designers

1. Microsoft Surface Book 2

This laptop too has a body that is worth every dime that you will spend on it. It checks most of our specification checklist and is, by far, a very good choice for designers that are looking for multi-purpose laptops.

Performance 

It is powered by an 8th gen intel core i7-8650U 1.9 GHz processor which is remarkable in its running and makes the functioning of the laptop one to enjoy. The RAM is a good 8 GB, which ensures the smooth running of the applications and reduces the lagging and freezing. Moreover, the storage amount is pretty decent and is around 256 GB of a solid-state drive. Lastly, this is powered by Windows 10 Pro which is one of the latest Operating Systems produced by Windows.

Screen Specifications

The graphics card is by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2 GB DDR5 graphics memory, making the graphics that the user will view, exceptional. These specifications will create images that are beautiful and, as an interior designer who needs to showcase a layout that attracts the clients, what more could you want. The screen size is 13.5 inches which is a 10 point Multi-Touch G5 Display and the resolution for this beauty is 3000 x 2000. 

Battery Life and Weight

The batter life is insane and runs up to 17 hours, which is unlike any laptop in this range or with these specifications. The weight of the laptop is 3.38 lbs which again is a good weight that make the laptop portable and comfortable to use.

Design

This laptop has 4 modes and may be utilized according to the needs, comfortability, and environmental factors of the user. Moreover, it is made of pristine and elegant light-weight materials. It can be coupled with a Surface Pen with 4096 levels of Pressure Sensitivity which although is not included but can be bought easily. 

Pros:

  • The design
  • The battery life

Cons:

  • The screen size is smaller and might be troublesome with intricate designs that have to be made.

2. Mac Book Pro 

First of all, the 2018 version packs a serious punch and has a great edge over its predecessor from 2016. This latest piece of machinery is best equipped to multitask and would do it without making a sound, figuratively speaking. And it continues the tradition of apple products, longevity, and reliability. 

Screen Specifications

It has an excellent 2560 x 1600 pixels display which makes you see things in the topmost quality with true tone function that reduces the stress on your eyes.

Performance

 It comes packed with a top of the line intel 2.6 GHz hexacore i7 combined with intel UHD and Radeon 560X graphic cards equipped to handle any computing task thrown at it and the super-fast 256 GB SSD lets you open applications at the blink of an eye. 

Design

It has a lightweight aluminum body that makes it extremely portable with a very nice and quiet keyboard. You might be saddened to hear that it doesn’t come with any USB ports, but you could always get a dock for it later on, but it does have the apple’s famous thunderbolt 3 ports that let you transfer data at speeds beyond imagination and far out of the reach of the traditional USB ports. Lastly, it has a very long battery life that averages about 6 hours.

Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • Fast CPU
  • Good SSD
  • Long battery life and a good display

Cons:

  • Does not have a discrete GPU
  • No USB ports

3. HP Spectre X360

 

This laptop is one of a kind and might as well be classified as one of the best products that HP has created. With its elegant body and factor of portability, it can undeniably be amongst the top choices for designers who are looking to find the perfect laptop for their use.

Performance

Powered with 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750 H Hexa Core 2.6 GHz Processor, it gives you an experience like none other. The core i7 is one of the latest cores and is well worth the money. It has 8 GB DDR4 RAM which is bound to make the running of the programs much smoother and fun. Furthermore, it has a 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD which is enough for storage and you can easily work without having to worry about getting a separate Hard disk to store your creations. Lastly, it is powered by Windows 10 OS which is one of Windows’s creations and is decent enough.

Screen Specifications

The graphics card for this magnificent piece is powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB DDR5 which is one of a kind and provides a display as never before. Absolutely breathtaking and worth the cash you will spend on it. Moreover, the screen spans out over a solid 15.6 inches and is classified under 4K IPS Anti-Glare WLED- Backlit Display with 3840×2160 resolution, all of which make the laptop’s experience a must-have for designers and other alike.

Battery Life and Weight

The battery life for this laptop is good as it spans up to 12 hours which covers most of the work time. Furthermore, it weighs 4.8 lbs which is a good weight to make the machine as portable as possible.

Design

The design is absolutely beautiful, it has a borderless display and 360-degree hinges making it suitable for different uses and modes, it can even be turned into tablet mode, HP Active Pen included with 4096 levels of Pressure Sensitivity, to ease your creativity. 

Pros:

  • The design is a very huge pro
  • The battery life

Cons:

  • The weight

4. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

 

9th gen Intel Core i5 processing is reliable for most of beginner games, and is distinctively more powerful than the previous laptops of the same generation, making its performance exceptional. Core i5-9300H Processor paired with an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB Nvme SSD, the operation of Lenovo IdeaPadL340 is smooth and works well for daily tasks. 

Screen Specifications

HD screens are what makes a laptop fit for gaming and increase the user’s thrill by multitudes. Lenovo IdeaPad does just that. With its screen being 15.6 inches, comprising of 1600 x 1200 screen resolution, it is bound to give the user experience of a lifetime. That’s not it, with its IPS screen the angles and colors are absolutely invigorating promising the user experience like never before. Moreover, the next-gen NVIDIA GeForce graphics makes the gameplay much more fun and exciting. Accompanying all of these features is Dolby Audio, which creates a dynamic audio experience unlike any before. 

Weight and Battery Life

It weighs 4.8 pounds which is decent and similar to other gaming laptops, making it easy to carry for day to day businesses. The battery life spans out to 9 hours, which covers most of the working time, so worrying about charging it would not be an issue. 

Design

One of the most distinguishing features of this laptop is its design which is mainly complemented with a backlit keyboard, the colors of which can be changed via software, however blue, which is the preset color, is surely exceptional. Its body is distinguishingly plastic making it easier to clean, but still very stylish. 

Pros:

  • Battery life is great
  • Well priced
  • The gaming performance is exceptional

Cons:

  • The SSD is not enough for hardcore gaming

5. AlienWare M15

Coming to another beast that enters our list. This laptop itself is Amazon’s recommendation. You will see a device with every specification polished and giving an outclass performance in every aspect. The device brought to you by DELL is one of the most promising devices out there, especially if you are getting this for interior designing, you will never be disanointed.

Performance

With a processor of 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H and obviously a 64-bit Windows 10 home, this laptop might be one of the most promising devices of this list. With a memory specification of 16GB DDR4 SDDRAM 2,667MHz, Storage of 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID 0, and the Graphics specification equipped with 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q design, this laptop is going to be a total beast in its performance. This is one of the laptops with whom we were fully satisfied. 2-D and 3-D designing will work buttery, and it will actually be an experience like none other.

Display Specifications

The display is again a very comfortable 15.6-inch with 240Hz 1,920×1,080 display so needless to say, its again, one of the greats. The colors are crisp and bright, which will make your designing experience even better. The 4K resolution screen with an OLED panel is sure to give you a flawless experience of interior design.

Weight and Battery Life

The device comes with a weight of 2.16 Kilos, not the most reasonable weight and the heaviest in our list, but given its specifications, the weight is pretty justified. The battery will allow you about 6 hours after charge and I do not think there’s any flaw in this. So overall, the device performs reasonably in this area, but this does not mean it’s any lesser.  

Design

MAGNIFICIENT! The best design in this list. With its unique design and ultrathin panels, a beautiful keyboard set upright in the middle, backlit with blue light. In fact, Alienware M15 is the slimmest Alienware laptop ever!

Regardless of how slime the device is, you are going to make no compromises in the ports. The customer gets to see all of the standard ports one needs. Needless to say, this device is a killer choice.

Pros:

  • Great Performance
  • Battery life is long
  • Light is Great For Gaming

Cons:

  • Weight is heavier compared to others
  • Can get warm

6. Acer Predator Helios 300

 

Acer Predator Helios 3000 is one of the best-selling laptops by Acer and falls well within the list of best all-rounder laptops. This machine is essentially perfect for students, work, day to day use, and gaming.

Performance

Acer Predator Helios 3000 is based on the 9th generation core i7 processor further accompanied by a 16 GB DDR4 RAM and 512 GB worth of PCle NVMe SSD which is bound to create an experience that is uniquely wonderful. This too is powered by Windows 10, which again is the latest and makes the money well spent. 

Screen Specifications 

 The screen size is 15.6 inches which make watching movies fun and make work easier. Moreover, the screen is Full HD and has a LED Backlit IPS display which is not common for a laptop in this range. Furthermore, the graphics for this machinery are by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

Weight and Battery Life

The laptop weighs 5.29 pounds. making it comfortable and easy to carry and not heavy given the size of the screen. Furthermore, the battery runs for about 3.3 hours which isn’t a lot but considering that it can be used for heavy designing applications, it works pretty well.

Design

This laptop offers much for the range than many others do, supporting all standard ports, including four USB ports (one is a 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port while the other three are 3.1 Gen 1 ports) and one HDMI 2.0 port that supports HDCP. Furthermore, the body is made entirely with plastic that is effectively heat resistant so that the machine does not heat up during times of high use. The keypad is backlit making the look of the laptop seem much more expensive than what it actually costs.

Pros

  • Very fast CPU and GPU
  • An SSD
  • Excellent Display and good cooling system

Cons

  • No HDD
  • Short battery timing
  • Bulky and expensive

7. Dell G5 15

For all those readers who were waiting for a laptop from Dell, well here it is. One of the most widely used laptop companies in the world, obviously the expectations would be high, and we are very proud to say that Dell has lived up to its expectation.

Performance

The device is boosted by a 2.3 Giga Herts intel core i7-9750H processor so it is supposed to give you a very brilliant performance. Memory: 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2666 MHz. Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1TB SATA 5,400rpm HDD
All these things combined, ensure you value for money device and performance not found elsewhere. Brilliant! 

Display Specifications

Dell G5 15 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD screen size packing a 1920 x 1080 display will not allow you to miss the slightest of details and the colors and the contrast is well very brilliant. The screen size is not very different from any other laptops in this list and is totally under the parameters of a portable and reasonable screen size device.

Weight and Battery Life

90-WHr battery coming with the device would play a very long-lasting role so the architects on the move would not have much reluctance carrying it around. The 1.68 kg device isn’t much different from the previous laptops in this list thus portability isn’t an issue by any regards.

Design

The keyboard is backlit with blue light and has two levels of brightness. You may want to get a keyboard with RGB lights by paying $30 more, but for the purpose you have to buy it for, we don’t think it’ll be a necessary step. 

What’s even better about the design is that the bezels are thinner compared to its last versions, providing a sleek look and an elegant design, hence the body becomes smaller and thinner.

Pros:

  • Battery life is long
  • Resolution is FHD
  • The make is stylish

Cons:

  • Warranty is for a short time
  • when overloaded it gets loud