An Architecture student would definitely need a laptop or computer which has powerful specifications along with affordable pricing. Some laptops offer good specs at a reasonable price whereas some laptops don’t. If you have landed here to know what are the Best Laptops for Architecture students and Architects, then I can assure you that I won’t be wasting your time.
Instead, I’m going to provide you with detailed information on the best laptops for architects you can get right now.
Okay, Let’s dive into the main topic, shall we?
Top 7 Laptops for Architecture Students and Architects in 2020
1. Dell Inspiron G5587-7866BLK-PUS
The Dell Inspiron G5587 is a mid-range gaming laptop from Dell which costs only about $1000. If you a budget of $1k, then there are many reasons to choose this laptop and I’m going to talk about that below.
The 15.6-inch display of the laptop isn’t very bright but it can do the job for both work and entertainment. The build of this laptop is excellent and the laptop weighs 6.3 lbs (2.8 kg) which is quite heavy in my opinion. If you are looking for a lightweight machine, then this might not be the right choice for you.
You’ll be getting dual storage options i.e 128GB SSD+1TB HDD which in my opinion is good enough for both personal and professional purpose. To perform multitasking, Dell has offered 16GB DDR4 memory which does a fine job.
The processor you’ll be getting on this machine is Intel Core i7-8750H which is one of the most powerful CPU in the market right now. The graphics card i.e GeForce GTX 1050Ti isn’t the most powerful one but it is perfectly capable of running any architecture software with ease.
The laptop also comes with Thunderbolt 3 port which transfers the data rapidly and saves a lot of time. The average battery life of this machine with mixed usage is 6 hours which is pretty decent in my opinion.
If you are planning to get this laptop, I would highly suggest you restore point in Windows 10 on a regular basis as eblman has reported that it might crash sometimes while upgrading the Windows. Other than that, there are no issues on this laptop.
At last, I just want to tell that this is a pretty good laptop for architects who have a budget of $1k and want a powerful machine.
2. Acer Predator Helios 300 (Late 2018)
If you have a budget between $1000-$1500, then there is no better option than Acer Predator Helios 300 (2018) in the market right now. This is one of the best value for money gaming laptop in just $1200.
This is a late 2018 model of Acer Predator Helios 300 which has been updated with a couple of major improvements from the older model.
One of the biggest upgrades on this model is Display. The laptop now comes with a 144Hz FHD IPS panel which is surely one of the best in its price category. You’ll be getting SRGB rating of 92% and Abobe RGB rating of 61% which is quite impressive I would say (Source).
Acer has offered 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD which delivers excellent performance and along with that, the 16GB DDR4 memory does pretty good in multitasking. The read and write speed of the SSD is 1500 MBps and 200 MBps (Source), hence you can run easily run multiple applications or programs with ease on this machine.
One of the biggest change on this laptop is Processor. Acer has upgraded its 7th Gen Intel Core i7 to 8th gen processor i.e Intel Core i7-8750H. If you are upgrading to this model from the previous one, you’ll surely notice a major improvement in the performance department. Even If you are getting Acer Predator Helios for the first time, you’ll be impressed with its performance.
For gaming and to run graphics demanding programs, there is a discrete graphics card i.e GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM. It is one of the most powerful GPU out there which can play most of the games at high settings.
Here are the performance 3 most popular games on this laptop (in high settings),
1. Overwatch= 171 FPS
2. Fortnite= 106 FPS
3. Doom= 108 FPS
This is a VR ready laptop which means you can take your gaming experience to the next level.
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The laptop weighs 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) which is still not lightweight in my opinion. You can occasionally carry the laptop to your school or a friend’s house but it would be hard to carry this with yourself on a daily basis unless you carry this with a laptop bag.
The port selection of this machine is quite decent. On the left-hand side, there is an Ethernet jack, a USB Type- C (not Thunderbolt 3), HDMI, a USB 3.0 and a full-sized SD card slot. On the right-hand side, there are 2 USB 2.0 and audio jack.
The battery life on this Acer predator is pretty average. It can last 4 hours with a single charge by doing web browsing, gaming and running some heavy apps.
Overall, I have to say this is one of the best laptop for architecture students.
You can also watch the full video review of this laptop by Dave Lee.
3. Apple MacBook Pro
Many people might be surprised or even may not agree with the inclusion of Apple MacBook Pro on this list due to its expensive price tag but if you have a high budget and want a premium machine, then I would suggest you give it a thought.
This is a 2018 model of MacBook Pro which offers 15.4-inch Retina display with True Tone technology. This display does really stand out from other laptops in the market and it’ll not disappoint you in any way.
When it comes to storage, you’ll get 256GB SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM for multitasking. If the 256GB isn’t enough for you, then you can go for either 512GB or 1TB which will, of course, cost you way more than this model.
In most of the Apple laptops, there won’t be any discrete graphics but that’s not the case with this one. Apple has offered a dedicated GPU i.e Radeon Pro 555X 4GB which will help you perform Revit, Sketchup or any other architecture software without any fuss.
If you are planning to use this MacBook Pro outdoors such as schools or college, then you can easily use it as it weighs only 4 lbs (1.8 kg) and it is fairly portable in my opinion.
One of the biggest cons of this machine is it doesn’t have standard USB ports and no SD card reader. But the good news is you’ll have 4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports which have faster transfer rates. If you heavily depend on standard USB ports, then you should think twice before getting this laptop.
The battery life of this laptop is pretty good I would say. You can get up to 9 hours while using it for personal and entertainment purpose and while doing any heavy tasks such as running Revit, it’ll last for 4-5 hours with mixed usage.
4. Acer Aspire E15
The Acer Aspire E 15 is a budget gaming machine but it offers lots of amazing stuff at just $800. If you have a budget similar to this, then I would highly recommend you take a look at Acer Aspire because, in my personal opinion, this is the best value for money laptop on this list after Acer Predator Helios 300.
This is one of the Best Selling Laptops on Amazon which is reviewed by more than 750 customers and has a rating of 4/5. I’m not pushing hard you to get this laptop. I’m just stating the facts and help my readers to choose the right laptop.
Tip: I have written a separate post of Best Budget Laptops under 700 dollars. Do take a look If you have a similar budget.
The design and display may not attract to most of the people. It has a very simple design and the 15.6-inch display is just decent enough for everyday usage. The build quality is also slightly cheaper because Acer has to cut down the pricing for powerful hardware. If you are okay with decent build quality and display, then you’ll surely love the rest the features this laptop has to offer.
One of the best thing about Acer Aspire is that you’ll get 2 storage options, a 256GB SSD memory, and an empty 2.5-inch bay to add additional Hard Drive or an SSD. It is up to you. An 8GB DDR3 RAM is good enough for smooth performance and if you want to increase its performance, then you can upgrade it up to 32GB.
The laptop is available with 3 different processors but I would suggest you go for Intel’s Core i7 processor i.e Intel Core i7-8550U. This CPU handles almost any kind of tasks easily and doesn’t get heat a lot.
For gaming, Acer has offered GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB VRAM. This isn’t a very powerful GPU but it can do the job for any architecture students.
The laptop weighs 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg) and you might need a laptop bag If you want to travel with this laptop on regular basis.
At last, the battery life.
Acer claims it can last up to 15 hours but you can expect around 10 hours with lightweight to moderate usage. While running some heavy demanding programs, you can expect up to 6 hours which is pretty good I would say.
Overall, I have to say this is one of the top laptop for architecture students which provides lots of features at this price range.
Check out this video to learn more:
5. ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition
The ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition is again a mid-tier gaming laptop by Asus which is aimed for power users at affordable pricing. If you are looking for the best computer for architecture rendering, then this might be your next machine.
The laptop comes with 15.6-inch 1080P TN Panel which is not great as an IPS display but it is not the worst either. The display has an SRGB rating of 100% and Abobe RGB rating of 88% which is excellent in my opinion. One thing which might bother you about the display is, it doesn’t have great viewing angles while using the laptop outdoors.
Asus has offered 1TB 5400 RPM SSHD on this machine which has read and writes speed of 134 MBps and 119 MBps respectively. Along with that, you’ll also get 128GB PCIe SSD which has a very good read and write speed of 1487 MBps and 469 MBps.
Just like a couple of other laptops on this list, this one will also come with 16GB DDR4 RAM which is again perfectly suitable for power or heavy users. The processor offered on this machine is Intel Core i7-8750H but the special thing about this processor is it doesn’t get overheated even while doing heavy tasks for a longer period. Asus has done an amazing on this department and Kudos to them.
When it comes to gaming, you’ll be getting GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB VRAM. You can play most the latest games at medium to high settings on this GPU.
The Asus ROG Strix weighs 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg) and the story of heavy laptops continues again. The laptop has customized RGB backlit feature which is quite useful while using it nights.
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There are plenty of ports you’ll find on this machine. On the left-hand side, there is an Ethernet jack, Mini display port, HDMI and two USB 3.0. On the right-hand side, there are, two USB 3.0, a USB Type-C ( Not Thunderbolt) and below that there is a full-sized SD card slot.
The battery life on this laptop is pretty average. You can expect between 4-5 hours while doing moderate to heavy tasks which is not bad I would say.
6. MSI P65
The MSI P65 is a desktop replacement laptop which is very powerful as well as expensive. I think this might a perfect laptop for architecture students who want the performance of a desktop in a portable machine. This is a very powerful laptop for architecture design.
The MSI P65 comes with 15.6-inch 1080P IPS display which is very bright and has minimal bezels at the top and sides. The display is quite bright and has an SRGB rating of 99% and Adobe RGB rating of 97% (Source).
The 512GB SSD offered on this machine performs quite fast and has read and write speed of 480 MBps and 450 MBps respectively (Source). MSI has offered massive 32GB DDR4 RAM on this machine which will amaze you with its multitasking ability. The processor offered on this machine is the same as above one i.e Intel Core i7-8750H. The Geekbench 4.2 score of this processor is 4815 on single core and 18142 on multicore.
The graphics card you’ll get on this machine is the most powerful GPU on this list i.e GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM. You can literally play any kind of games or run any type of heavy demanding software, it can easily run it without any issue.
Here are the gaming performances of 3 popular games played on this laptop (In ultra settings).
1. Doom= 119 FPS.
2. Battlefield 1= 98 FPS.
3. PubG= 73 FPS.
There is also a fingerprint reader in the left corner of the trackpad which will help you unlock the laptop quickly without entering the password.
Unlike many other laptops on this list, this laptop weighs only 4.1 lbs (1.9 kg) which is fairly portable in my opinion. You can easily carry with yourself wherever you go.
The battery can last up to 6 hours with mixed usage i.e using it for both personal and professional tasks. If you are using it only for lightweight tasks, it can last extra 1-2 hours which would be great I would say.
You can also watch the full review of this laptop to know more.
Video Credits: Dave2D
7. ASUS VivoBook S
The last and final laptop on this list from Asus i.e the ASUS VivoBook S which is again value for money laptop under just $800.
The ASUS VivoBook S offers 14-inch display which has great color accuracy and viewing angles are very good. It is also suitable for outdoor usage. Considering its budget, the build quality of the laptop is great I would say. It is sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap for its pricing.
You’ll be getting 256GB M.2 SSD as storage and 8GB DDR4 memory to perform multiple applications. The processor is also a powerful one i.e Intel Core i7-8550U. This is the same processor you’ll find in the above Acer Aspire E15. This CPU will help you run any software without troubling you at all.
This laptop also comes with the same GPU as Acer Aspire i.e GeForce MX150 with 2GB VRAM. This is an entry-level graphics card which can play modern games at decent frame rates but you can’t expect too much from it because it is not as powerful as GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060.
One of the best things about this VivoBook S is its portability. It weighs only 3.2 lbs (1.4 kg). This is the lightest laptop on this list. If you have been looking for a powerful yet lightweight laptop for architecture, this is the best option for you in my opinion.
There is also a fingerprint scanner on the right side of the trackpad. The I/0 offered on this laptop is pretty good. You’ll be getting 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, a USB Type-C (not Thunderbolt), HDMI and an SD card reader.
The battery life which can be expected from this laptop is around 5-6 hours which is not bad for a gaming laptop.
I have done quite extensive research to find these laptops and I have to say these are the Best Laptops for Architecture Students in 2020. You can choose any of these laptops according to your budget and you are good to go. If you have questions/ suggestions, drop it down in the comments section and I’ll get back to you ASAP.