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Laptops for Designers Compared

Nobody wants to spend a small fortune on a laptop only to discover later that it is not fit for its purpose. This is exactly the kind of dilemma that graphic designers, in particular, seek to avoid when purchasing a laptop, because they need a particularly fast machine, with long battery life and a stunning display – and that’s just the essentials.

In this article, we will compare laptops models of various brands and discuss their suitability for designers, covering price, features and performance.

Acer ConceptD 7

Tech Specs:

Price: Around £2,999.99 – £3,499.99.

Processor: Intel core i7. i7-9750H. 2.6GHz Hexa-core (6-core.)

Display: 15.6 inch (diagonal) display. 3840×2160 native resolution.

Memory: 32GB.

Storage: 1TB.

Battery: Up to 6 hours.

Camera: Widescreen HD 720p Webcam.

This laptop is described as a mobile workstation for creatives and it certainly lives up to this reputation. Although it is a sizeable investment, coming in at nearly £3500, this device is apparently unmatched in its usefulness for doing 3D modelling work.

Despite being one of the most expensive laptops in the entire world, this price is actually competitive when considering what the machine is capable of and the price of other, similar laptops on the market.

One big drawback for a lot of people is the design – we’re very superficial nowadays, thanks to Apple constantly raising the aesthetic standard! But in this case, it’s understandable. The laptop costs so much and performs so well, yet the design is similar to how Macbooks looked 10 years ago.

Regardless, if you’re a designer and you need an absolute workhorse of a laptop, this should be on your list of considerations.

Macbook Pro 13 inch (M1, 2020)

Tech Specs:

Price: Around £1249

Processor: Apple M1 chip. 8-core CPU.

Display: 13.3 inch (diagonal) display. 2560×1600 LED backlit Retina.

Memory: 8GB (configurable to 16GB.)

Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD.

Battery: Up to 15 hours wireless web. Up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback.

Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera.

This is a great choice for those who need speed, long battery life and a high-quality display for design work and don’t want to spend thousands. There is also the 16 inch variant of this model, but this one was included instead to offer a more varied price range.

The M1 chip is a revolutionising feature that enables lightning-quick processing and seriously impressive performance, even when using graphically demanding applications. Not only that, but the M1 chip makes it possible to edit 8K content with ease.

Because the battery life is so good, this model is ideal for creatives who do a lot of travelling and it can easily see you through a day’s work with enough leftover battery to stream your favourite show in the evening.

If you’re thinking it’s time for an upgrade and looking for places that buy laptops, CashForGadgets offer competitive prices, free collection of your old goods and quick digital payments.

Reach out to us today and we can offer you a free valuation.  

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