How to Choose the Best Graphic Design Laptops for College Students

This video is for anyone graphic designer getting ready to go to college, in college, or taking a self-taught journey as a graphic designer and they are looking for the best laptop. ►⏩►⏩ Check specs and pricing in the links below…

Whether you are looking for the top tier machine or you are on a budget I have curated this list for you to make a qualified buying decision. I have only included laptops I would personally buy myself. Perhaps you have some other laptops in mind that you want me to take a look at or review the specs for you. Please feel free to comment below and let me know what laptop you are considering for going to college or starting school as a graphic designer

► Acer Aspire 5 ( )

► ASUS VivoBook S 15 ( )

► Macbook Pro 15 – 2015 ( )

► Dell XPS 15 ( )

► Macbook Pro 15 ( )

► Gigabyte Aero 15 ( )

► Razer Blade 15 ( )

► Vivobook Pro ( )

► Lenovo Flex 14 2 in 1 – ( )

► HP Pavilion X360 ( )

► Microsoft Surface Book 2 – ( )

► Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – ( )

The laptops listed above are all well suited for graphic design. Some will run faster than others, but they will all handle the basic tasks of a graphic designer very well. I want to give you a quick overview of my thoughts on the specs needed for a powerful laptop for graphic design.

When purchasing a laptop for college as a graphic designer is the RAM is important! I am confident in a laptop with 16GB of RAM and definitely NO less than 8GB of RAM. The reason it is good to have at least 16GB of RAM is due to the laptops need to use RAM each time a program is opened. For instance, when you open Photoshop, Indesign, and Chrome to browse the web you are pulling away from the RAM memory. Graphic design programs take up a substantial amount of RAM memory (Photoshop can use 6+ GB of RAM) so it is good to have a lot of RAM to ensure your laptop continues to run at optimal speeds.

Make sure you have a quick Brain! You want a quick processor. The newer i5s are pretty quick, but I have alway found faster load times and smoother program interaction when using an i7. If you have to choose between an i7 and 16GB of RAM I would lean towards getting more RAM.

Don’t even think about getting a Hard Disk Drive these days. Solid State Drives are far more reliable and have substantially come down in price over the past few years. They are always A LOT faster than HDD. Fast and reliable is my recommendation. Make sure it has an SSD.

You need a graphics card right?! I mean, c’mon this is GRAPHIC design we are talking about. Yes, this is graphic design, and you will be designing graphics, but you will not be pulling computing power from your GPU to do so. I will not get into ALL of the technical reasons why, but do note that it is not an important component of your laptop.

Disclaimer: If you are AT ALL considering getting into video editing or motion design than you MUST get a laptop with a high performing dedicated GPU. I have made a video about what computers I recommend. You can check out that video here –

Alright, you are now equipped to make your choice. I wish you luck, happy picking!

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