Best Laptops For Architecture Students (2019)

Top Best Laptops For Architecture Students

What is the best laptop for Architecture Students? An architecture course, is not like any other, for that you’ll require a laptop suitable for many activities. Therefore, I have listed the best laptops for Architecture students. Students of Architecture use special software. These include Revit, Lumion, 3D Max, Artlantis, ArchiCAD, Rhino and Sketchup, just to name a few. You’ll need a laptop that is quick in rendering 3Ds and executing tasks. For architecture, you require a laptop with a GPU (at least 2GB), enough RAM, large HDD or SSD, powerful CPU and a decent screen size and resolution.

Criteria used for best laptops for architecture students: 8GB RAM and above, 1TB Storage, 2GB GPU Memory, Core i5 (or equivalent and above). You should also take a look at best laptops for Lumion and the best laptops for Revit.

The Following are the Best Laptops for Architecture Students (2019):

HP OMEN 17.3

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CPU Intel Quad Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI (4 GB GDDR5
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 12 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM
Storage Space 1TB SATA 7,200 RPM; 128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Multi-format SD media card reader; HDMI:1; RJ-45:1; USB 3.0:2;USB 2.0:1; Combo Headphone/Mic Jack:1
Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.3 x 10.98 x 1.17 inches
Weight 6.28 lbs
Pros Good Performance, Design
Cons Heavy

2018 Dell Inspiron 15, 7000 7567, (15.6 Inch FHD Display, Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.5GHz, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI 4GB Graphics, Windows 10)

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CPU 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (2.5 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 1050 TI Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
Storage Space 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Ports 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 (LAN), 1 x Headphone out/ microphone in combo jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.2 x 10.8 x 1 in
Weight 5.84 lbs
Pros Performance
Cons NA

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition

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CPU 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Storage Space 1 TB SATA
Operating System Windows
Ports Gigabit Ethernet, Built-In HD Webcam, 3 - USB 3.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.3 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
Weight 5.29 pounds
Pros Performance, Price, Storage
Cons RAM

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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CPU Intel Core i7 (4.2 GHz 8032)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)
Display Size 15 inches
Display Resolution 3260x2160 pixels
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB Type C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches
Weight 2.38 Pounds
Pros Performance, Storage Capacity, Design
Cons Hefty Price

Alienware AW17R4-7003SLV-PUS 17

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CPU 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits
RAM 8GB DDR4 at 2400MHz
Storage Space 256GB SSD (boot)+ 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 3 x USB 3.0
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13 x 16.7 x 1.2 inches
Weight 9.7 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Quite Heavy

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS

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CPU 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 12 GB DDR4
Storage Space 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x mini DP, Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2x2, Bluetooth 4.1, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), 1 RJ45 LAN Jack, and 1x Headphone-out and Audio-in Combo Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.2 x 10.9 x 1.2 inches
Weight 6.4 pounds
Pros Many Ports, Price, Design, Performance
Cons None

Lenovo ThinkPad W541 Mobile Workstation Laptop

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CPU Intel Quad-Core i7-4810MQ (6M Cache, up to 3.8GHz)
GPU NVIDIA Quadro K1100M, 
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 500GB SSD
Operating System Windows 7, Upgradble
Ports Integrated 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD, SD-HC, SDXC, MMC), 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports (1 Always-on charging), VGA, miniDisplay Port + Thunderbolt 2.0, Mic / Headphone Combo Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.77 x 14.83 x 1.1 in
Weight 5.57 lbs
Pros Price, Performance
Cons Design

Dell Inspiron i7559-3763BLK

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CPU 3.5 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 960M 4GB GDDR5 [960M4G]
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage Space 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Ethernet, USB, HDMI, Audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches
Weight 5.68 pounds
Pros Performance, Price,Display
Cons NA

OMEN X by HP 17-inch Laptop

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CPU 7th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ, Quad-Core, 2.8GHz up to 3.8GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 
Storage Space 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.0, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.9 x 16.7 x 1.4 inches
Weight 10 Pounds
Pros Design, Performance, Display
Cons Quite Heavy

Dell Precision 5520 Laptop

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CPU 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-7820HQ Quad-Core
GPU NVIDIA Quadro Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
RAM 16GB 2133 MHz DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
Weight 3.9 pounds
Pros Price, Performance
Cons None

HP ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation

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CPU Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4340M / 2.9 GHz Max Turbo Speed: 3.6 GHz
GPU NVIDIA Quadro K1100M - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage Space 128GB SSD (Upgradable)
Operating System Windows 8 Pro (Upgradable to 10)
Ports 2 USB, Microphone,
Dimensions (L x W x H) 24 x 13.5 x 3 cm
Weight 10.1 Pounds
Pros Performance, Price, Display
Cons Only 2 USB Ports

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 320 80XL03BQUS

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CPU 2.7 GHz Core i7-740QM
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 12 GB DDR4
Storage Space 256 GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A,1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1 x Headphone Microphone Combo Jack, 4-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) Media Card Reader, 1x HDMI output
Dimensions (L x W x H) 21.1 x 12.9 x 3.5 cm
Weight 6.05 pounds
Pros Performance, Price
Cons Weight

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 15.6-inch Laptop

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CPU Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 Quad-Core Processor (4 cores, 2.8 GHz up to 3.70 GHz, 8MB SmartCache)
GPU Nvidia Quadro M2000M 4GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels (fhd)
RAM 16GB DDR4 (MAX 32GB)
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-bit upgradeable to Windows 10 Pro
Ports SD Card Reader, Headphone Microphone Combo Jack | 2xUSB3.0 | Mini DisplayPort,| 2xUSB3.0 | RJ-45 | 1xThunderbolt 3 Typc-C | HDMI | AC Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.9 x 14.9 x 1.1 inches
Weight 5.9 lb / 2.67 kg
Pros Performance
Cons None

MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US

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CPU Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 - 3.8 GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8GB (8G*1) DDR4 2400MHz
Storage Space 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (5400RPM)
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 x 2.0 USB, 2 x 3.0 USB
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
Weight 5.29 pounds
Pros Price, Performance, Design
Cons NA

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-230

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CPU 2.8 GHz 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Thunderbolt 3,
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
Weight 3.96 pounds
Pros VR Ready, Performance
Cons NA

Acer Predator Helios 300

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CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8GHz
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 - USB 3.0 Port (featuring Power-off Charging), 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.3 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches
Weight 5.95 pounds
Pros Price, Performance, Display
Cons Weight

MSI WE72 7RJ-1032US Laptop

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CPU Core i7-7700HQ (2.8-3.8GHz
GPU NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GB DDR5
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB (16GBx2) DDR4 2400MHz 
Storage Space 512GB M.2 SATA
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 2,
Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.5 x 11 x 1.1 inches
Weight 5.95 pounds
Pros Performance, Price
Cons None
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