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Best Laptops for SketchUp (2021)

SketchUp, is one of the most powerful 3D modelling software for Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape architects, engineers and even hobbyists. Here, we’ll look at the best laptops for SketchUp. One of the most underrated 3D modelling software is SketchUp. This is because in terms of speed, community support and functionality, SketchUp comes out on top, or can be compared to other 3D modelling software. In addition, you can find, download and use thousands of models from the SketchUp warehouse. With the use of plugins, extensions and objects from the 3D Warehouse, SketchUp can produce complex shapes and designs to revival other programs in the market. To fully exploit the potentials of SketchUp, you need a powerful laptop. This is especially true if you’ll handle complex and large projects. (Eventually, it usually happens).

In this criteria for best SketchUp laptops recommendations, I have listed the important and recommended specifications that ensures the program runs smoothly. The most important feature, is the processor. An Intel Core i5, i7 or i9 will do the trick. In addition, the latest gen AMD Ryzen 5, 7 or 9 processors can do. A high clock rate of these processors is also crucial.

Speaking of the RAM, at least 8GB in the laptop you buy should be the minimum. With this, you can run several programs in the background and multi task intuitively. Large amounts of RAM, also helps when opening, loading and closing large projects.

A dedicated graphics card is also helpful in offloading some tasks from the processor. Rendering, takes up a lot of VRAM. Ideally, 4GB VRAM should be the minimum. With 4GB VRAM, either from NVIDIA or AMD, SketchUp will have quick rendering times. You’ll also future proof your laptop from future SketchUp updates that might require more VRAM. Speaking of the storage capacity, an SSD is recommended for speed while HDD is recommended for capacity. Having at least 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD will serve you well.

You can also have a look at the best laptops for Revit in addition to the Best Laptops for Architecture Students.

The Following are the Best Laptops for SketchUp (2021):

OMEN Gaming 15.6 Laptop-Ryzen 7-1660 Ti

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CPU AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (2.9 GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C 5Gbps signaling rate (DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 Mini DisplayPort; 1 HDMI 2.0a; 1 RJ-45; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo
Dimensions (L x W x H) 0.9 x 14.1 x 9.8 inches
Weight 5 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons NA

Razer Blade 15 Laptop i7-RTX 3060 - 15.6 - 16GB - 512GB SSD

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 512GB 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) 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches
Weight 4.6 pounds
Pros Good performance, Premium Design
Cons Storage

Alienware m15 R4 Laptop-i7

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CPU Intel Core i7-10870H (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.86 x 14.19 x 0.78 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Weight

GP66 Leopard by MSI 15 RTX 3070

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB
Storage Space 512 GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Ports USBs, Ethernet, Headphone Jak
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.09 x 10.51 x 0.92 inches
Weight 5.25 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality, Design
Cons None

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

OMEN 15-EN0023DX 15.6 Laptop

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CPU AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C 5Gbps signaling rate (DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 Mini DisplayPort; 1 HDMI 2.0a; 1 RJ-45; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
Weight 5.41 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Weight

Lenovo Legion 5 Laptop

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CPU AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one USB-C port, HDMI, Ethernet, and an audio jack.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.29 x 10.22 x 0.98 inches
Weight 5.41 pounds
Pros Display, Performance
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

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

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 Laptop-i7-RTX2070

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C 1 USB 3.2 Gen1 3 Steel Series per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key+ silver lining 720p HD Webcam
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.08 x 9.76 x 1.08 inches
Weight 9.13 pounds
Pros Good performance, Premium Design
Cons Quite Heavy

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

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

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

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

Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-73L3

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CPU 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Graphics with Max-Q
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port, 3 - USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 - Mini Display Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.11 x 10.04 x 0.7 inches
Weight 4.63 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons NA

Dell G7 15.6 4K OLED Laptop

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CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070MQ
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) OLED
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Storage Space 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Standard SD card Slot, 2x USB 3.2, USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, Mini Display Port, HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, Headset jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.1 x 10.5 x 0.72 inches
Weight 3.7 pounds
Pros Good performance, Quality Display
Cons None

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