Best Laptops for SketchUp (2020)

Top Best Recommended SketchUp Laptops

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 (2020):

1Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition Laptop


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CPU 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080)
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port, 2 - USB 3.0 ports (1 with power-off charging), 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.65 x 11.65 x 1.09 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Affprdable
Cons Heavy

2Omen by HP 2019 17-Inch Gaming Laptop


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CPU Intel i7-9750H Processor
GPU NVIDIA RTX 2080 8 GB
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
RAM 16 GB RAM
Storage Space 256 GB SSD & 1 TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports headphone/Microphone combo, Microphone jack, 3 USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 RJ-45, 1 HDMI, 1 Mini displayport(tm), 1 USB 3.1 Type-C(tm), 1 media card Reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.94 inches x 11.22 inches x 0.80 inch
Weight 7.26 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Expensive

3Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop


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CPU 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h (12MB Cache, up to 4. 5 GHz, 6 Cores)
GPU Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR5 Video Graphics
Display Size 17. 3 inches
Display Resolution Fhd (1920 x 1080)
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz 
Storage Space 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Audio Jack, RJ45
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.7 x 15.91 x 0.98 inches
Weight 7.28 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Quite heavy

4Asus ROG Strix Hero III Laptop


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CPU 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h Processor
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 (base: 960 MHz, Boost: 1200 MHz; TDP: 80W)
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution full HD 1920x1080
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space 512GB PCIe SSD 
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Ports HDMI, Headpphone Jack, Mini Display Port, USBs, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.74 x 11.55 x 1.03 inches
Weight 6.28 pounds
Pros Performance, Large display
Cons Weight

5Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 inch Laptop


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CPU Intel Quad Core i7 Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5
Display Size 15 inches Pixel Sense
Display Resolution 3260x2160 pixels
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage Space 1 TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB-C, Audio Jack, Card Reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.5 x 9.87 x 0.9 inches
Weight 4.2 pounds
Pros Long battery life, Performance, Design
Cons Price

6Lenovo Legion 15.6 inch laptop


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CPU 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H Hexa-Core Processor 2.8GHz (up to 3.80GHz) 6MB Cache
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD+1TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 (Type-C), 1 x MiniDP , 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combination Audio Jack, 1 x RJ-45, 2 x 2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15" x 10.4" x 1.0"
Weight 5.29 lbs
Pros Performance, Display Quality, Build quality
Cons Heavy

7Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics with Max-Q Design & 8 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
Storage Space 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots | 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades) & 1 - Available Hard Drive Bay
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 2 - USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports, 1 - USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port (with Power-off Charging), 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 - Mini Display Port 1
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.89 x 11.02 x 0.97 inches
Weight 6.61 lbs
Pros Performance, Display size, Battery life
Cons Weight

8HP Envy X360 Laptop


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CPU AMD Quad-Core Ryzen 5 2500U Processor, 2.0GHz Base Frequency, up to 3.60GHz, 6 MB Smartcache
GPU AMD Radeon Vega 8
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM
Storage Space 256GB PCle Solid State Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/microphone Combo Jacks, 1 x microSD Media Card Reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.68 x 14.13 x 0.74 inches
Weight 4.49lbs
Pros Design, Performance, Build Quality, Long battery life
Cons Storage space

9Alienware M15-15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop


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CPU 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution Fhd (1920 x 1080)
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB (+8GB SSHD) hybrid Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Audio Jack, RJ45
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches
Weight 4.85 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Build Quality
Cons

10Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567


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CPU Intel Core i5-8300H Processor (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
RAM 8GB DDR4
Storage Space 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A including (one) with PowerShare | Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with support for 40Gbps) ) | HDMI 2.0 | Noble Lock Security Slot | Power | Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 | SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A | 2-in-1 SD / MicroMedia Card
Dimensions (L x W x H) 19.82 x 15.32 x 0.98 inches
Weight 4.85 pounds
Pros Performance, Design
Cons

11HP Omen 15 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h Processor, 6-Core, 2.6GHz up to 4.5GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM  8 GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports SD Card Reader, USBs, HDMI, RJ-45, Audio Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.35 x 14.17 x 0.98 in
Weight 5 lbs
Pros Good performance
Cons Storage capacity

12Razer Blade 15inch RTX 2080 Laptop


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CPU 9th Gen Intel Core i7 9750H 6 core processor w/ 2.6GHz/4.5GHz (base/max turbo)
GPU NVIDIA Geforce 2080 RTX Max-Q
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports HDMI, USB
Dimensions (L x H x W) 13.98 x 0.7 x 9.25 in
Weight 4.74 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons None

13Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Laptop


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CPU 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750h Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution HD IPS Display with 1920 x 1080
RAM 8GB DDR4
Storage Space 1TB HDD + 256GB NVMe SSD Storage
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USBs, Audio jack, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.29 x 10.02 x 0.94 inches
Weight 4.84 pounds
Pros Performance, Price, Design
Cons NA

14ASUS ROG G531GT Laptop


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CPU 2.6 gigahertz Intel 9th Generation Core i7-9750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8 GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, NO Webcam, NO Optical Drive, 1 x headphone combo jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.8 x 10.31 x 1.03 in
Weight 5.29 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Heavy

15Acer Nitro 5 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i5-8300
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics - backed by 4GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 12GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.0 Type A (Charging) Ports, 2x USB 2.0 Type A Ports
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches
Weight 7.7 pounds
Pros Performance, Affordable, Good design
Cons Storage capacity

16MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 [Max-Q] 4G GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Window 10
Ports HDMI, USB, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.13 x 9.99 x 0.85 inches
Weight 7.65 pounds
Pros Performance, Price
Cons Weight

17Lenovo ThinkPad P52s Mobile Workstation Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Cores Processor (1.8 GHz up to 4.0GHz, 8 MB Cache)
GPU NVIDIA Quadro P500 with 2 GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080)
RAM 32GB DDR4 
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x Docking Connector, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone, Combo Jack, Media Card SD/SDHC/SDXC MMC
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.95 x 14.4 x 0.78 inches
Weight 4.3 pounds
Pros Performance, Portable
Cons None

18Samsung Notebook Odyssey Gaming Laptop


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CPU 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8750H Processor,
GPU NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB of DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, Ethernet, Audio Jack, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.08 x 10.65 x 0.78 in
Weight 5.29 lbs
Pros Performance, Build Quality
Cons None

19MSI GE63 Raider RGB-608 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 8G GDDR6
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB (7200Rpm)
Operating System Windows 10
Ports HDMI, USB, RJ-45
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.08 x 10.24 x 1.16 inches
Weight 5.49 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Build quality
Cons Weight

20Alienware M15 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7 9750h (6 Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4. 5GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 (OC ready)
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution Fhd (1920 x 1080) 144Hertz
RAM 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space 512GB PCIe M. 2 SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 3x Type A USB 3.1, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 18.2 x 16.2 x 4.7 inches
Weight 4.76 pounds
Pros Good performance, Quality Design, Good Buils Quality
Cons None

21Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YA-9US5750SP Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i9-9980hk (2.4Ghz-5.0GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with MAX-Q
Display Size 15.6" 0.11 inch ultra-thin bezel
Display Resolution UHD 3840x2160
RAM 64GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space M.2 NVMe PCIe 1TB Intel 760P SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports Intel Thunderbolt 3 | Killer Ethernet E2600/ Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, Bluetooth V5.0 + LE | HDMI2.0 | mini-DP 1.4
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Weight 4.4 pounds
Pros Good performance, Outstanding design, Quality display, Thin and lightweight
Cons Quite Expensive

22MSI GS65 Stealth-002 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2. 2 - 4. 1GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 8G Max-Q GDDR6 w/ New Ray Tracing Technology
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB (16G*2) DDR4 2666MHz 
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.08 x 10.24 x 1.16 in
Weight 4.19 lbs
Pros Performance
Cons None

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