As architects and designers, we know just how important it is to have a desktop or laptop that can handle the software that we use on a daily basis. It can be very stressful to be working on a render or any type of project and your computer gets stuck, or even worse, is not capable to handle the model at all. Nowadays, probably one of the preferred computers for architects is a laptop. It gives us the ability to take all of the hardware with us and allows us to move instantly from home or the studio and get right back to working on the project. There is of course that compromise of mobility and the computer’s capacity, which is something that you have to think about, but you should also know that most laptops out there are just as powerful as desktops. If you find yourself working in the studio all the time, a desktop will work just fine, but if you are one of the architects that have to move around a lot you might have to consider a laptop. Our team at Architect-US has put together a list of some of the best laptops out there in the market that you should look into when buying your next workstation.
1. HP ZBKOOK 17 G5.
This computer has been described as the most powerful laptop. It has just as much power as any desktop out there and it is able to run multiple high-demand programs at once. It includes professional graphics by NVDIA P5200 and will give you the necessary power to work and present architectural models with incredible clarity and outstanding rendering qualities.
A great choice for architects on the go. This laptop is know for its thin and light design and will work with the software you need just as well as its competition. It has 32GB of RAM, NVDIA Quadro P2000 graphics and 2TB of storage, giving you the juice you need as a designer.
A great choice for any architect looking for a computer with a balance in power and weight. While this specific laptop may be slightly heavier than some of the competition, they have added superior graphics and a 8th Generation Intel Core I9 Processor to give you that edge. This computer has also been optimized to run different applications by Autodesk and Adobe.
If you are someone that enjoys having a touchscreen then this is the laptop for you. The Microsoft Surface 2 Laptop allows you to use the interactive touchscreen display for intuitive control in your design applications. Equipped with 16GB of RAM, an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and up to 1TB SSD, this laptop is built to handle demanding architectural software like Revit, 3ds Max and Rhino.
If you decide to go for this particular one you should know that its best feature is that it is designed to deliver for architects that are specializing in architectural visualization. It has a bigger cache size for faster modeling and drafting and it includes a error correcting tool that benefits complicated renderings.
6. ASUS VivoBook S.
The good thing about this laptop is that if you are looking to spend a little less money in your computer while still getting all the necessary power you need to run the software, you will also get a quality computer that is low in weight and thickness. It has VivoBook S’s Intel Core i7 7500U CPU and it certainly lives up to the expectations of the higher-end competitors.
We have received questions from architects in the past on our opinion for the best computer out there. While these are some of the most powerful and “up to the task” computers out there at the moment, there are several others that will also handle the work that you need. It is just important that you take into consideration the investment that you want to make in your computer, and also that you think about the different specs that you need to get the most out of your workstation. Make sure that you read up on what the CPU, GPU, RAM, and the different types of screen sizes and resolutions.