The Best Laptops for Graphic Design in 2021 [Updated]

Being a designer all you need is a powerful laptop with good storage and long battery life. With a great and powerful machine, it’ll become easier for you to download heavy software, watch videos, share media files and save documents in one go. You can also run programs like Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Pro simultaneously.

Whether you are in a meeting or traveling, you need a portable laptop for graphic design that can run operations without any hassle and deliver the same results as the traditional PC. Moreover, you should look for a budget-friendly laptop with user-friendly features that allows you to work without any pause.

To get one that satisfies your needs as a designer will cost you more than expected. You can now easily rent laptops for a day or for the long term from several companies offering temporary IT rentals, one with great specs and the latest features. The rental options are cost-effective and highly updated.

High-End Laptops for Graphics Design and Video Editing

To help you get a better idea, here is a list of the latest laptops that will perfect fit needs for graphic design jobs.

Dell XPS 15 (2-IN-1) – Overall Best Laptop for Graphic Design Work

Dell XPS 15 (2-IN-1) - Overall Best Laptop for Designers

The hybrid (2-in-1) XPS 15 laptop from Dell has an immersive 15.6-inch display screen with 1920×1080 and 3840×2160 resolution. Starting from $2,299 USD, it has an 8th gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor and 32GB RAM. The laptop’s pretty spacious and has 128GB SSD to 1TB SSD Storage with AMD Radeon RX Vega. This laptop from Dell is considered stronger and efficient than the previous ones. Also, it has a slim body than other laptops for graphic design from Dell. It has a smart user interface and metal body which is perfect to carry anywhere. 

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch – Best Apple Laptop for Designers

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch - Best Apple Laptop for DesignersApple MacBook Pro 15 inch is one of the best high-end laptops for graphic designers. It’s a 9th-generation, 6-core, and Intel Core i7 processor 2.5GHz laptop having super-fast speed, amazing display technology, extra storage capacity, provides battery life of up to 10hrs, and more power to sound.

It has amazing features that can surprise you that includes true tone technology with Retina display. Radeon Pro 560x, Intel UHD graphics 360, ultrafast 4 thunderbolt ports, Touch Bar, Touch ID, super-fast SSD with reading speed up to 3.2 GB/s, and 4TB storage, and huge memory storage up to 32 GB.

It provides the best features to be used for the bigger task which includes heavy software just like graphics designing.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2


Do you need speed and brilliance? Well, Microsoft Surface Book 2 offers both excellence and efficiency. With an immersive 15-inch display screen and 3000×2000 resolution, it has a big storage capacity from 128GB to 1TB SSD. This high-end Surface Book 2 is positioned as Microsoft’s MacBook killer which means it’s super smart and has newer components (including an 8th gen and spacious RAM).

As compared to the previous surface book, the latest one is more advanced and comes with a touchscreen that’s more efficient with sketching and illustrating. Its i7 processor makes it easier for you to download software, share media files, and connect via multiple online channels. Apart from the editing features in the Surface Book 2 makes it easier for you to design remotely.

Samsung Notebook 9


Samsung Notebook 9 is super smart and allows you to work by maintaining your workflow. Now you can access multiple platforms and perform your tasks at the same time. With an extraordinary 1920×1080 resolution, the Samsung Notebook comes with a 13.3-inch displaying screen. It starts at $1,299.99 and allows you to work without any glitches.

The notebook has a speedy processor with 8th gen Intel Core i7 and a graphic card that displays quality results. When you rent the latest Samsung Notebook 9, it enables you to escalate your operations and get done with routine designing in less time than usual. With this smart Samsung Notebook 9, you can illustrate your thoughts like a Pro.

Lenovo Yoga 920 – Best Lenovo Laptop for Graphic Designers

Lenovo Yoga 920 - Best Lenovo Laptop for Graphic Designers

The advanced Lenovo Yoga 920 starts at $1,299.99. With an excellent screen 13.9-inch display, it has 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 resolution. The Yoga 920 seems quite spacious with 8GB or 16GB RAM and has storage up to 512GB or 1TB SSD. It has the 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor with Graphics 620 Intel UHD graphic card.

For tech veterans, it’s hard to accept a 13.9-inch display screen from Lenovo as it comes along with a watchband-style hinge that connects the rotating screen with the keyboard. The design of the Lenovo Yoga 920 is pretty decent and has a battery life that allows you to work for straight 15 hours and 30 minutes.

Best Laptops for Graphic Design Students

Here you will find some of the recommended laptops for graphic design students and attendees of a graphic designer school, also it’s a great choice for multimedia.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch


The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro from Apple starts at $1,279 USD. It’s ultra-slim and comes with no Touch Bar. The Pro Book has a display screen of up to 15.4-inch, 2880×1880 resolution with 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 or 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 processor. This MacBook is pretty spacious and has 16GB RAM with 256GB SSD or up to a 2TB SSD Storage and comes with Intel HD Graphics 630 or Graphics Card AMD Radeon Pro 555.

The advanced MacBook Pro has incredible power and great features that make it easier for designers to use it anytime, anywhere. Not only the designers but gamers can use it for heavy games. Its metal frame and sleek display make it obvious for the youngsters. Along with that, the advanced machinery holds a strong operating system that’s less prone to crashing while downloading heavy files.

ASUS VivoBook S

ASUS VivoBook S

ASUS VivoBook S is known for its slim and compact size with amazing performance and features it’s the latest 8th generation, Quad-core, Intel Core i5, and processor 1.8 GHz laptop.

It has amazing features that include 15.6 inches FHD colorful display, wide view, 8GB RAM. Provide battery life up to 42hrs, portable and thin 0.7 inches with a size of 3.7 lbs, and 0.3 inches nano edge display with an ultra-narrow bezel.

It has amazing visual optimization technology that provides an eye-catching display with four modes: eye-care, normal, vivid, manual and have Tru2life video technology with it any video looks fabulous.

Acer Swift 5

Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5 is a lightweight and slim version that meets the modern demands of today’s era. It is an 8th generation, Intel Core i5-8265U, and processor a 1.6 GHz laptop. It has the fastest connection speed with 3.9 GHz memory speed, long-lasting battery timing up to 10 hrs.

In the list of its features, some of them are DDR4 RAM with 8GB storage, PCle NVMe SSD with 256GB storage, multi-touch display, and Intel UHD Graphics 620.

Its weight is only 2.2 lbs and 0.63 inches thin. This makes it more suitable for the people who travel a lot and need a system that not only compact in size but has amazing features as well.

Affordable Laptops for Graphic Desing Under $500 USD

We will present you with laptops that are ideal for less demanding users or graphic design beginners.

Lenovo IdeaPad 130 15.6″ – Best Budget Laptop for Graphic Design

It is the newest and latest version of Lenovo IdeaPad that is a 7th generation, dual-core, AMD A9-9425, processor up to 3.10 GHz, RAM with a storage of 8GB. SSD with 128 GB makes it work faster and smoother. Graphics features include graphics coprocessor AMD Radeon R5, 15 inches widescreen with an HD screen resolution of 1366×768.

Faster storage transfer connectivity features include two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, high-speed wireless data network 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. It has a DVD that allows to you read or write digital files. Its weight is 4.63 pounds and the dimension is 14.8×10×0.9 inches.

HP 14″ Reyzen 3-3200U

HP 14" Reyzen 3-3200UHp 14″ Reyzen 3-3200U is an affordable laptop for graphic design.  It is a dual-core, AMD processor 2.60 GHz base clock and max turbo frequency 3.50 GHz, Radeon Vega 3 graphics, DDR4 RAM with 8 GB storage, SDD with 128 GB storage.

Its screen size is 14 inches with a screen resolution of 1366×768 that gives use smooth and clear picture quality. The memory speed of 2400 MHz, battery life up to 8hrs, wireless data network Realtek RTL8821CE 802.11 b/g/n/ac that gives you 3x faster speed.

Fastest data transfer connectivity ports that include two USB 3.1 Gen Type-A and one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C.

Dell Inspiron i3583 15.6″

Dell Inspiron i3583 15.6"
Dell Inspiron i3583 15.6″ has amazing features at a cheap price. It is an 8th generation, dual-core, and Intel Core i3-8145U laptop.

Storage features include DDR4 RAM with 8GB storage and SSD (PCI-e) with 128GB storage. In graphics feature it has an Intel UHD Graphics 620, 15.6 inches touch screen, and an HD screen resolution of 1366×768. Faster storage transfer connectivity features include one USB 2.0 port, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, HDMI, Wireless-AC. Enjoy video calls with friends or attend online meetings with a built-in HD webcam attached to the microphone.

It has some extra benefits for its user like 30 days free trial of Microsoft Office and McAfee LiveSafe, pre-installed Window 10 Home in S mode.


You can rent these laptops for graphic design as they are portable, affordable, and easy to use. All you need to do is hire any of the ones you like and start illustrating.

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