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Best Laptops for Design Students (2021)

Design, is one of the best courses you can study today. Here, we’ll look at the best Laptops for Design Students. Apart from pen and paper, a lot of design happens digitally. You need a laptop that you can use for prototyping, designing, rendering and 3D Designs. Some of the software used by design students include 3DS Max, SolidWorks, Sketchup, Cinema 4D, Blender and many more.

We’ve come up with a criterion for the best laptops recommendations for Design Students. This includes, performance, build quality, battery life, weight and display size. When it comes to performance, this list, contains only laptops that ensure that you can use majority of the commonly used 3D Design Software. Intel Core i5, is the minimum. With that, you get fast boot times, fast performance when using the various design software, in addition to fast load times. When it comes to the RAM 4GB laptops is the minimum listed here. This ensures that you can run multiple programs at the same time without performance issues. You can intuitively switch, for example, from your browser to blender without the program lagging.

For design students, a GPU in a laptop is crucial. With that, you can have fast rendering times, in addition to improved performance in programs that offload some of the CPU work to the GPU.

The display size and quality, is a crucial part in a design laptop. Not only should it be color accurate, but also large enough to ensure that you can effortlessly work on your digital designs. Preferably, you should get a laptop with at least a 14 inch display.

Since many students are constantly on the move, having a lightweight laptop ensures that you can, for example move from class to library, then to the coffee shop easily. This list has some lightweight laptops for consideration to those who value a lightweight laptop.

This list has laptops that have a minimum of 5 hours of battery life. This is with moderate usage. Having CPU intensive programs running can drastically reduce this. Having long battery life, helps in ensuring that you can use your laptop for a full day in college without the need for sitting next to a power outlet.

In this list of best laptops for design students, you can get brands such as Apple, Asus, Microsoft Surface, Dell, Gigabyte, Lenovo, HP, Acer and more.

You can also take a look at the best laptops for Content Creators in addition to the best laptop for Adobe Premiere Pro.

The Following are the Best Laptops for Design Students (2021):

Apple MacBook Pro M1 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD

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CPU Apple M1 chip; 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores; 16-core Neural Engine
GPU M1 8-core GPU
Display Size 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Display Resolution 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch
RAM 8GB RAM
Storage Space 256GB
Operating System MacOS
Ports Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: Charging, DisplayPort Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.41 x 11.97 x 0.61 inches
Weight 3 Pounds
Pros Performance, Battery Life
Cons NA

Razer Blade 15 Base Laptop i7- RTX 2070 Max-Q

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 512 SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, USB type-A and type-C ports, and HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.98 x 0.78 x 9.25 inches
Weight 8.7 pounds
Pros Performance, Price
Cons Weight

Alienware m15 R3 Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-10875H
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB RAM
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows
Ports 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.2 Output, 1x Mini-Display Port 1.4, 1x Micro SD Card Reader, 1x Audio Out
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.87 x 14.19 x 0.81 inches
Weight 5.51 pounds
Pros Performance, Display
Cons Weight

ASUS TUF Dash 15.6 Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-11370H
GPU Nvidia RTX 3070
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 40 GB SO-DIMM
Storage Space 2TB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.17 x 9.92 x 0.78 inches
Weight 4.41 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons

Dell Gaming G3 15 3500 - Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB 2933MHz DDR4
Storage Space 512 GB M.2 [PCIe] NVMe (SSD)
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10 x 14.39 x 0.85 inches
Weight 5.18 pounds
Pros Performance, Display
Cons None

Gigabyte AERO 17 Laptop i7- 32GB RAM

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CPU Intel Core i7-10870H Octa Core
GPU NVIDIA RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports 3 USB 3.2 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 mini Display Port, Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C), SD Reader, 1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.6 x 15.6 x 0.84 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons Weight

MSI Modern 14 Laptop - i7- GeForce MX450

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CPU Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU NVIDIA GeForce MX450,
Display Size 14 Inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 1 TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB, Thunderbolt, Headphone Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 0.67 x 12.56 x 8.67 inches
Weight 2.87 pounds
Pros Lightweight, Good performance, Latest Processors
Cons NA

AORUS 15G (WB) Performance Laptop

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CPU 10th Gen Intel i7-10750H
GPU RTX 2070 Max-Q
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 512GB
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Audio Out
Dimensions (L x W x H) 20.47 x 13.82 x 5 inches
Weight 4.85 pounds
Pros Very Good performance
Cons NA

HP Pavilion Laptop 17-inch

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CPU 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16gb
Storage Space 256GB
Operating System Windows
Ports USB Type-C 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge), 3 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge), RJ-45 Ethernet Port, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo, AC smart pin, HDMI 2.0
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.1 x 15.94 x 1 inches
Weight 6.07 lbs
Pros Performance
Cons Storage, Weight

Razer Blade Pro 17 Laptop i7- RTX 2080 SUPER

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CPU Intel Core i7-10875H Processor:
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 4K 3840 x 2160 Pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, UHS-III SD Card Reader, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Windows Hello, and Thunderbolt 3
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.55 x 10.23 x 0.78 inches
Weight 10.56 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons Weight

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Laptop

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CPU 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 4K UHD
RAM 16 GB of RAM
Storage Space 1 TB SSD
Operating System Windows
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.9 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons Weight

OMEN 15 Laptop-RTX 2070 Super Max-Q

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB
Operating System Windows
Ports SuperSpeed USB Type-C(R) (DisplayPort(TM) 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge), 3 SuperSpeed USB Type-A, RJ-45, 3.5mm Headphone/microphone combo (DTS: X(R) Ultra), AC smart pin, Mini DisplayPort(TM), HDMI 2.0a
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.17 x 10.36 x 0.79 inches
Weight 5.12 lbs
Pros Display, Performance
Cons n/a

MSI Creator 15 inch Laptop

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CPU 15.6 Inches
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Display Size 15.6 Inches
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 Pixels
RAM 32 GB DDR4
Storage Space 1TB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports Thunderbolt, USB, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 21.9 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches
Weight 4.63 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons NA

Acer Predator Triton 300 laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H 2.6GHz Hexa Core Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USBs, Ethernet, HDMI, Type C, Audio Out
Dimensions (L x W x H) 23 x 14 x 3 inches
Weight 4.41 pound
Pros Performance, Good Price
Cons NA

GIGABYTE AORUS 15G XC

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CPU 1‎0th Gen Intel Core i7-10870H (2.2GHz - 5.0GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 8 GB GDDR6
Display Size 1‎5.6
Display Resolution 1920 X 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-C), 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4 | 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A), 1 x HDMI 2.1
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.6 x 14 x 0.9 inches
Weight 4.4 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons

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