Whether it’s a passion or a serious career you’re pursuing, digital art is an excellent way to express your creativity. For many graphic designers, a laptop is their go-to source device to construct masterpieces while being very portable at the same time. However, not all laptops are created equal.

The laptop must be able to effortlessly handle graphic designing software so one can exert their creative freedom as much as possible. Since your eyes will be glued to the screen for a huge chunk of your time, a screen that is wide enough to display details as well as feature vibrant yet accurate colours of your design is simply a must-have.

Now that we’ve pointed out the thing to watch out  for, here’s a list that highlights some of the best laptops for graphics designing to suit all levels.

1. Huawei MateBook X Pro

Best laptop for graphic design and video editing

Price from RM6,928.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM6,928.00

The Huawei MateBook X Pro oozes a subtle, yet premium vibe with its aluminium body and sandblast finish. Its stunning 13.9-inch display boasts an impressive 3000 x 2080 resolution, making it the perfect medium for you to view your wonderfully intricate creations.

Also, the laptop features an all-star lineup of an 8th generation Intel chip, a 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. With those kind of specifications that will not only allow you to run heavy digital art apps, but also process even the most demanding video files.

Moreover, as the laptop has an amazing battery life that can outlast its competition, design and create to your heart’s content without any worries.

2. HP ZBook 15u G5 Mobile Workstation

Best laptop for animation and graphic design

Price from RM6,200.00

Featuring compact dimensions and weighing at just 1.77 kg, the HP ZBook 15u G5 Mobile Workstation is incredibly portable. Powered by its 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor and 16 GB of RAM, this laptop is ready to chew through any design and animation applications you throw at it.

To enhance your animation-making experience, the laptop features Bang & Olufsen speakers that produces sound which are loud and full. On top of that, its large battery life allows you to stay productive while you’re on-the-go.  

3. Microsoft Surface Book 2 – 13.5” Pixel Sense Display

Best laptop for graphic design and programming

Price from RM9,369.00

Viewing your graphics on the amazingly colour-accurate and high-resolution display of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 will elevate your creative design process. If you’re more of a hands-on designer, you can even detach the screen and use it as a tablet for an even more versatile access to your creative tools.

Besides handling heavyweight design projects, its quad-core i7-8650 processor and 16GB of RAM has the horsepower to compile complex codes. As an added bonus, it even comes with a GTX 1050 graphics card if you want to indulge in some gaming during your downtime.

4. Apple 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Best laptop for graphic design and photo editing

Price from RM11,192.10

The Apple 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features a powerful 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor that can beast its way through any design application you throw at it. With a 2880 x 1800 resolution and 16:10 display at 220 pixels per inch, you’ll be able to see even the tiniest details of your creations and photos during editing.

Photo editing is also a breeze when you utilise the Touch Bar located at the top of the keyboard that features Photoshop shortcuts. At just a swipe of a finger, you can select colours instantly and alter the layer opacity.

5. HP ENVY x360

Best laptop for graphic design beginners

Price from RM3,499.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM3,499.00

With its competitive price point, the HP ENVY x360 is a great choice for anyone who wants to try their hand at graphic designing. It features a 360 degrees hinge which allows you to access four working modes so you can go from typing on the keyboard to sketching your designs with a digital pen.

Thanks to its powerful quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, it can handle the operation of your favourite design software. To top it off, edit your designs with exquisiteness and accuracy with the AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics card.

6. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-58RV

Best budget laptop for graphic design (below RM3000)

Price from RM2,659.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM2,659.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM2,659.00

Sporting an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor and 4GB of RAM to deliver fast performance and multi-tasking capabilities, the Acer Aspire E15 is simply a steal at this price range. For starters, its 15.6" Full HD LED screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for crisp and clear view of your graphics.

Besides that, the battery of the Aspire E15 packs enough juice from just a single charge to last you for a long time. Moreover, the laptop is very light and portable so you can just slip it into your backpack and barely even notice it’s there.

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7. HP ZBook Studio G5 Mobile Workstation

Best windows laptop for graphic design

Price from RM8,750.00

Boost your productivity and bring your creative ideas forward with the powerful essentials available on Windows 10 Pro OS in the HP ZBook Studio G5 Mobile Workstation. Thanks to its 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8850H vPro processor, the laptop’s production prowess is even capable of handling 3D graphics.

Display-wise, its 15.6” diagonal FHD IPS screen provides exceptional colour accuracy to enable your designs to pop out even more. With its 512 GB PCIe (NVMe) TLC Solid State Drive storage, you’re in for some blisteringly fast read and write speeds of your high-resolution images, huge illustrations, and large files.

8. Dell XPS 15 (9575)

Best 2-in-1 laptop for graphic design

Price from RM8,039.60

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM8,039.60 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM8,599.00

Get the best of both worlds with Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 doubling as both a laptop and a tablet. The XPS 15 2-in-1 sports a slender frame for easy portability and an almost bezel-less screen so you can catch even the most minuscule flaws in your designs.

Under its hood includes an Intel Core i7-8705G processor and an AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card for some serious horsepower. This means that the laptop is perfectly capable of handling graphically intensive tasks like producing intricate digital art, editing photos and rendering animations as well as videos.

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