What to Look ForWhen we say, we are looking for high end Graphic Utility Laptops, we are being particular about a specific functionality which would focus on having a particular feature highlighted than the others. But while choosing the best laptop for our specialized functionality, it is better to do a little bit of homework and then make the final choice.
Here I have jotted down the points on which you need to focus upon while going for getting yourself a Graphic Utility Laptop:
The best graphics design laptops would require a lot of RAM that can run its programs without interruptions, so there's no point in going for one that has lesser than 4GB RAM and which works slower than that of DDR3 1600.
There can be a confusion between the requirement of a gaming laptop and a graphic designing laptop. The difference is that the gaming laptops would need hardcore graphics card which the graphic designing laptops would not. So, one can certainly think of going for a budget laptop, if it is going to be a graphic designing one. There one can cut down the cost by getting a moderately powered graphics card combined with a higher capacity of RAM.
For a graphic utility laptop, the processors could be one from the Intel Core i5 or i7. It goes without saying, the more powerful the CPU becomes, the less time has to be spent on waiting for your system to render the graphics.
When you are working as an artist on a computer, the screen is your workspace, which needs to be big. So there's no point in investing on one of those small screen, 13" to 14" inches laptop. Don't compromise on the screen size, otherwise it would not be giving you the professional output that you are looking for. Thus, a laptop with minimum 15 inches and more would be advisable.
The last but not the least comes the issue of weight and portability. Over the last few years we are seeing laptops with batteries that focus on longevity and being lightweight. That makes the road easier for you to choose a high end battery backup which would not go too heavy on your shoulders.
Below are the shortlisted laptops that are particularly made for Graphic Designing.
1. HP 250 G5
This model of laptop from HP is running on Intel Core i3-5005U Processor with 3M Cache at 2.00 GHz. It consists of 4 GB DDR3 RAM and has a LED Screen display of 15.5 inches and 500 GB Sata HDD. For Graphics, it carries 2GB Nvidia 820M Graphics Card. The laptop is based on DOS Operating System With 1 Yr Warranty provided by the HP India Service Center.
Price: Rs. 30,990.00
2.Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T
This laptop from Acer has a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium N3700 processor and the RAM is 4GB DDR3. This model comes with a 500GB Serial ATA hard drive but a 11.6-inch screen with Intel HD Graphics. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system. It is prominently a budget laptop for learners to start with. The Performance of this laptop earned good user rating, but the screen size might make you think twice, unless you look at the price factor.
3. Dell Inspiron 15 7559
This model from Dell is based on Notebook Operating System running on 64 bit Windows 10 Home System Architecture running on Core i5 6th Generation Processor with 8 GB DDR3 RAM. It is mostly ideal for Graphic Processing, Multitasking and Entertainment. The laptop is powered by a 6 Cell Li-Ion Battery Cell. The laptop has a high end Graphic Processor of Nvidia Geforce Gtx 960M, with DDR5 Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity of 4 GB with 1TB HDD Capacity with a Clock Speed of 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost reaching up to 3.2 GHz. The display is a satisfactory 15.6-inch with 1920x1080 resolution with an anti-glare coating that kerbs down the reflections.
This laptop from Dell is powered by a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor coupled with a 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB hard drive and 13.3-inch screen. It has Intel HD 520 Graphics running on Windows 10 operating system. The laptop weighs around 1.29 kg and is ideal for Travel & Business, Entertainment, Processing & Multitasking. The laptop has a 4 cell Battery Backup.
5. Lenovo Ideapad 110 80TJ00BNIH
Powered by a 2.5GHz AMD A8-7410 processor, an 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive, this laptop has the required 15.6-inch screen with AMD R16M-M1-30 with 2GB space allotted only for Graphics. The Screen Size is 15.6 Inches that provides the Maximum Display Resolution of 1366x768.
The system works on DOS platform. All this is backed up by a 4 hours battery life. The laptop weighs around 2.2kgs, so it serves all the purpose a graphic designer would be looking for. The price range comes under the budget laptops which even a novice can invest in, and with all the given features, there won't be much of a need to switch from this model that soon.
Price: Rs. 26,290.00
Wrap UP:Now there is a fallacy that you face while making your choice that if you look for one, there is chance that the other has to be compromised. There aren't many options out there where you can have all the above said features under one umbrella within your preferred budget. Even raising your budget might not help. Here the laptops listed in number 2, 3 and 5 look most appropriate for a graphic designer depending upon the budget factor and the user's experience with the Operating Systems. From the above listed laptops, majority are having the DOS platform, which might not feel homely for many, as most of the newbies are accustomed to Windows. So, before you go in for one, make sure you check out the Operating System to avoid a return trip to the store.