An Architect friend recently asked my views on a laptop that he wanted to buy for his designing assignments. His query for a reliable laptop for running architecture software and applications efficiently inspired me to compile ten best laptops for architecture students as well as professional architects. All the shortlisted laptops are capable of running ArchCAD, Revit, Vectorworks, sketchup, V-Ray, Studio Max and 2d or 3D modelling applications.
While shortlisting these laptops, due consideration has been given to the specifications and features of thelaptops. The minimum hardware requirements to run digital drafting software includes at least an Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, at least 2 Gigabytes of GPU VRAM, a full HD screen of minimum 15 inches’ size and at least 512 GB of storage space. The other metric to take into account is the operating system. I have picked all the laptops with windows operating system since it is capable of supporting a large number of application types as compared to Mac or Linux systems.
Reviews of laptops best for architecture aspirants
1. Microsoft Surface Book 2
Microsoft Surface book is one of the
Weight: 4.2 Pounds| OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen Size: 15 Inch|Screen Resolution: 3260×2160|CPU: i7 processor|RAM: 16 GB |Storage: 512 GB| Battery Life: 17 hours|
2. Dell Inspiron 7567 Laptop
This laptop is packed with media focused features and supports attractive design. There is a built-in media card reader and DVD drive for instant access to architectural designs while the NVidia GeForce GPU means you can enjoy graphics hungry applications without any lags. Moreover, the screen exhibits a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels backed by In-Plane Switching technology for enhanced sharpness and wide viewing angles.
Weight: 7 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i5 processor| RAM: 8GB |Storage: 256 GB SSD| GPU: NVidia 4GB
3. Lenovo ThinkPad P51
The ThinkPad comes with a scratch-proof matte-finish body and the full numeric keyboard makes it easy to use to feed in the dimensions of your designs. The laptop is powered by high-end kaby lake i7 processor and 16 GB RAM which is capable of handling Revit, vectorworks and other architecture design applications. The high speed 1TB SSD allows faster booting and lightning fast file access and downloads. The 4K UHD screen is powered by latest IPS technology for better viewing angles much needed by professional architects.
Weight: 5.9 pounds | OS: Win10 Pro | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 3840 x 2160|CPU: i7 processor|RAM: 16 GB |Storage: 1 TB| GPU: NVidia 4GB|
4. Acer Aspire 15.6″ 2018 Model
The low price and sturdy design make the Acer Aspire a great choice for both amateur and professional architects. Although the laptop is economically priced, the performance far exceeds the expectations with powerful Intel i5 processor, dedicated NVidia graphics card with 2GB video memory and full HD display. The laptop is equipped with HD camera that allows you to chat with colleagues or friend in crystal clear images.
Weight: 4.85 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i5 processor| RAM: 8GB |Storage: 1 TB SATA| GPU: NVidia 2GB|
5. ASUS VivoBook
Asus is a respected brand that offers high performance machines at reasonable price tag and Vivobook is no exception. It features latest 8th generation i7 processor in conjunction with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU to handle all your architectural work smoothly. Furthermore, the laptop comes with wide View display which lets you see sharp images even at a wide angle of 178 degrees. It has a thin profile with only 0.7 inches thickness and the thin bezel measuring 0.3 inches further enriches the viewing experience.
Weight: 3.7 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i7 processor| RAM: 8GB |Storage: 1 TB SATA+256 GB SSD | GPU: NVIDIA MX150 2GB.
6. HP ZBook 15 G4 Mobile Workstation
This is a workstation model specially manufactured for professionals in designing fields like architecture and other resource demanding software programs. The laptop is equipped with high performing hardware that includes Intel i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and dedicated graphics with 4GB VRAM. The full numeric keyboard helps in fast typing that increases the productivity at work. Ideal for multitasking you can create and edit blueprints without any lags or slow-downs.
Weight: 8.15 pounds | OS: Win10 Pro | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i7 processor| RAM: 8GB |Storage: 1 TB SATA | GPU: NVIDIA Quadro 4GB.
7. Lenovo 320 Premium Laptop
It is a new model from Lenovo that has the right ingredients required for running the programs related to architectural work. The powerful NVIDIA GeForce 940MX is definitely a plus feature that helps architects to complete their CAD designs effectively. The laptop has speed, vibrant graphics attractive metallic finish and five hours of battery backup. You can enjoy the mesmerizing sound, thanks to Dolby audio dual audio speakers. You can work for longer duration since it has an anti-glare screen to protect your eyes from screen radiations.
Weight: 4.84 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i7 processor| RAM: 12 GB |Storage: 256 GB SSD | GPU: NVIDIA 940MX 2GB| .
8. LG Gram
If you are looking for a lightweight yet high performing laptop, this laptop model from LG needs a mention in this list of best laptops for architects. The powerful hardware configuration and sleek design of this laptop are perfect for architects who travel and like the carry their laptop in a backpack. LG Gram is wrapped with Intel i5 processor, 8 GB RAM,and 256 GB SSD. It has a user-friendly full size keyboard with numeric pad and moreover, the keyboard comes with backlit keys to let you work in dimly lit areas.
Weight: 2.4 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i5 processor| RAM: 8 GB |Storage: 256 GB SSD | Battery Life: 19 hours |
9. Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 17.3″
Both gamers and architects will love the powerful configuration of this beast machine. Designed for gaming and designing, Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is equipped with powerful Intel i7 processor and a whopping 16 GB RAM. A large 17.3 Full HD Inches screen offers larger than life viewing experience, much needed for analyzing blueprints and digital drafts. It has a hybrid storage space comprising of 1TB SATA hard drive and 128 GB Solid State Drive for quick booting. The state-of-the-art JBL speakers let you enjoy crystal clear music while you work on your drafts.
Weight: 7.72 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 17.3 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i5 processor| RAM: 16 GB |Storage: 1TB SATA+128 GB SSD | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 4GB.
10. Acer Aspire E
This one is the best option for architecture students looking for a budget laptop equipped with high-end specifications. The GPU in the form of NVIDIA GeForce 940M will not let you feel sluggish performance even when running heavy CAD programs. All the hardware including CPU, RAM,and Hard-drive available in this laptop are generally found on high-priced flagship models. Acer Aspire E laptop comes in elegant obsidian black color and is just 1.2 inches thin. The six cell battery won’t let you down when you need longer backup hours.
Weight: 5.29 pounds | OS: Win10 Home | Screen Size: 15.6 Inches |Screen Resolution: 1920×1080|CPU: i5 processor| RAM: 12 GB |Storage: 256 GB SSD | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 2GB