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Top 5 Laptops for Graphic Designers at PB Tech!

Posted in Articles on 19/3/2018 (updated on 20/6/2019)

When it comes to graphic design, the most important tool is your machine that'll run the software you want to use. Whether you’re a struggling student or a seasoned professional, having a laptop that can take on whatever you’re tasked with will make your workload feel a whole lot lighter.

To help you on your quest to find the ultimate graphic design laptop, we’ve put together a list of the top five laptops for graphic designers in 2019.

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The Apple MacBook Pro has long been a go-to laptop for creative professionals known for its brilliant display and performance. Featuring a 9th Gen Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card, the MacBook Pro is easily capable of handling multiple design programs at the same time.

The laptop features a backlit Retina display with a screen resolution of 2880x1800 (220 PPI), 500 nits of brightness, and a P3 wide colour gamut, producing a beautiful display and great colour accuracy. It also has an impressive battery life, packing up to 10 hours of life in its sleek lightweight body, making it a great laptop for those who want to design on the go!

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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a great choice for creatives who enjoy having both a tablet and laptop while on the go. Running on an Intel i7 Quad Core processor with speeds of up to 4.2 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics card, the Surface Book 2 will power through any task smoothly and quickly. The laptop turns into a tablet once the screen is detached – useful for those who prefer to carry a digital portfolio around with them – and when paired with the Surface Pen or Surface Dial, it can also become your digital sketchbook.

With a screen resolution of 3000x2000 (267 PPI), the visuals are incredibly crisp, really bringing out the details in your designs. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 packs up to 17 hours of battery life – ideal for designers who frequently work at coffee shops or on flights, where power sources can be hard to get to. 

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The ASUS ROG Strix Scar III is classified as a gaming laptop so it’s designed to process high-level graphics with ease. It runs on a 9th Gen Intel i7 processor with speeds of up to 4.5 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0!), 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB graphics card making it capable of delivering incredible power to run demanding design software for a variety of tasks, including graphic design, VR, visual effects, video editing, and motion graphics.

This laptop features a 15.6” 100% sRGB, IPS panel with a screen resolution of 1920x1080. As a result, it offers excellent viewing angles and great colour accuracy. 

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The Acer Predator Triton 500 is another gaming laptop that certainly packs a punch. Yet again it comes fitted with a 9th Gen Intel i7 processor, but increased the ram capacity to a whopping 32GB of RAM, and steps up the graphics to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB so you can be confident that it’ll run your design programs quickly and seamlessly.

The Acer Predator Triton 500 sports a 15.6” screen with a resolution of 1920x1080, providing plenty of screen real estate while you design. It also features a full HD IPS panel for great viewing angles. This laptop is best for designers who will be close to a power source, as the amount of power this laptop has is reflected in its battery life, lasting only a few hours.

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If gaming laptops aren't for you, but you’re still after all-out power, take a good look at the HP ZBook Studio G5.  This mobile workstation comes equipped with an 8th Gen Intel i7 6 Core/12 Thread Processor, 16GB of RAM, and NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 graphics card. The specifications on this laptop are great for graphic designers who need extra power for motion graphics, video editing, animation, and more.

The HP ZBook Studio G5 has a screen resolution of 3860x2160, and uses HP’s DreamColor technology which supports over a billion colours for a sharp and accurate display. Being a mobile workstation, you can expect this laptop to have a shorter battery life than its less powerful counterparts, but for what it offers in terms of power, re-charging more frequently is a reasonable compromise.   

So there you have it – five of our top laptops for graphic designers in 2019. Check out these laptops alongside the rest of our range in the PB Tech Laptop department. Make sure you keep an eye on our Tips and News section to stay up-to-date with the latest on what we have to offer!

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