The Best Laptops for Graphic Designers in 2020


Jacob Cass

Technology changes every day and what was the best option out there even six months ago can suddenly be yesterday’s news. With 2020 in full swing, we wanted to make sure that we provide you with the best tech available so you can be successful all year long.

With our list of the best laptops for designers in 2020, the technology featured makes it a perfect time for a brand new laptop that can help all of your work wow your clients. To know what you should look for, we created a shopping list of what you should focus on with any laptop.

Shopping list for your next design laptop

The processor controls the functions of your laptop. With graphic design work, you need a processor that’s fast and powerful so that it can run complex design software. While the best processor brands can change from time to time, your best choice for a CPU is one with a quad-core or even an extreme series processor.

The memory holds the data that your computer users when the computer is being used when you’re working on a design project. When you work on large files or tend to have multiple programs over, more RAM will allow you to do these types of tasks much easier. Your laptop should come with as much as possible. However, if it doesn’t include enough RAM, you can always buy and install more easily.

With laptops, you’re going to run into either a hard disk drive or a solid-state drive. Hard disk drives tend to be cheaper and offer more capacity but they can cause problems in your laptop. Solid State Drives, on the other hand, are lighter, faster, and have better durability. Most newer laptops come with Solid State Drives. If it doesn’t, the computer can be retrofitted with a Solid State Drive if you want one that badly.

Graphic design is a visual medium meaning that all of the work you do is meant to be seen. Choosing a laptop with a small screen will only make things harder when it comes to getting work done. The optimal screen size should be at least 15 inches. Having a 17-inch display is better for workspace but it could become a burden to carry.

The Best Laptops for Designers in 2020

The Best Laptops for Designers in 2020 Compared

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9″ 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7–8550U, 16 GB…

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD,…

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) — Space Gray

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3″ Ultrabook Core i7–8565U 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD 1080P…

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) — Gold

Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM)

3,000 x 2,000 (267 PPI) PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio

13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2,560 x 1,600

13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) — 4k (3840 x 2160)

13.3-inch (diagonal) 2,560 x 1,600 LED-backlit display with IPS technology

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9″ 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7–8550U, 16 GB…

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD,…

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)

Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM)

3,000 x 2,000 (267 PPI) PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) — Space Gray

13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2,560 x 1,600

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3″ Ultrabook Core i7–8565U 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD 1080P…

13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) — 4k (3840 x 2160)

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) — Gold

13.3-inch (diagonal) 2,560 x 1,600 LED-backlit display with IPS technology


MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

CPU: 8th-generation | Intel Core i5–8th-generation Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645–655 | RAM: 8GB — 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2,560 x 1,600 | Storage: 128GB — 2TB SSD

The from Apple is many people’s definition of an incredible laptop. With an included touch bar that gives you a quicker way to access applications or even log in. A beautiful 13-inch screen makes all your work look amazing while the Core i5 processor can handle your design work with ease. While it’s not the cheapest choice on our list, the quality speaks for itself.

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New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray

New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) — Space Gray


Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

CPU: Intel 6-core Core i7–8750H processor | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6” (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD

Packed with 16GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor, the is a beast of a machine. You can create amazing artwork with color accuracy and the 15-inch screen has great resolution. While there are many other options out there, the Helios 300 is a great deal for anyone.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD,...

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD,...

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD,…


Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2

CPU: Intel Core i5–7300U — Intel Core i7–8650U 1.9GHz | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM) | RAM: 8GB — 16GB | Screen: 3,000 x 2,000 (267 PPI) PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio | Storage: 256GB — 1TB SSD

2-in-1 laptops offer many designers the best of both worlds — a traditional laptop with a tablet you can work on. One of the most powerful 2-in-1 laptops available, the is packed with enough hardware so you can handle everyday tasks and with a dedicated graphics card, can handle all of your design apps. If you aren’t a fan of MacOS, you’re in luck as the Surface Book 2 uses Windows 10.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15' (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15' (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB)


Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 — i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB — 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) — 4k (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 256GB — 1TB SSD

The perfect laptop for graphic design, the from Dell is impressive with an amazing 4K display along with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7. Dell is known for the options they offer when it comes to customization of their products and there is no lack of options with the XPS 13. At the top of the range, you can have 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD for storage, effectively turning this machine into a beast.

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3' Ultrabook Core i7-8565U 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD 1080P...

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3' Ultrabook Core i7-8565U 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD 1080P...

Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019 Model) 13.3″ Ultrabook Core i7–8565U 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD 1080P…


Apple MacBook Air (2019)

Apple MacBook Air (2019)

Apple MacBook Air (2019)

CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 617 | RAM: 8GB — 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch (diagonal) 2,560 x 1,600 LED-backlit display with IPS technology | Storage: 128GB — 1TB SSD

Seeing more than one laptop from Apple on the best-of list should not be a surprise to anyone. The quality of their products speaks for itself and that is evident with the . With a design that is thinner and lighter with a Retina display makes this arguably the best MacBook Air available. Packed with an 8th-generation processor and 16GB of RAM when all things are considered this is one of the most affordable MacBooks out there and a great choice for anyone just getting started.

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Gold

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) — Gold


Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

CPU: Intel Core i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

Despite its 2018 release, the is still one of the best graphic design laptops out there. Being able to switch between using the XPS as a laptop and a tablet makes it very versatile for the work you do. With a Kaby Lake G-series CPU from Intel and a Radeon graphics card, this laptop stands out from the crowd. With the power this laptop is packing, it certainly does that.

Dell XPS 9560 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1TB SSD 15.6in, Silver (Renewed)

Dell XPS 9560 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1TB SSD 15.6in, Silver (Renewed)

Dell XPS 9560 Intel Core i7–7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1TB SSD 15.6in, Silver (Renewed)


Apple MacBook 12-inch

Apple MacBook 12-inch

Apple MacBook 12-inch

CPU: Intel Core M3 1.2GHz — Intel Core i7 1.4GHz | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB — 16GB | Screen: 12-inch, (2,304 x 1,440) IPS 16:10 | Storage: 256GB — 512GB SSD

The is the perfect little brother to the MacBook Pro. With a 7th generation Kaby Lake processor along with improvements to both the battery life and the performance of the laptop, the 12-inch MacBook is only outdone by the beautiful design and the quality that Apple puts into their products. While it’s not the productivity powerhouse that its big brother is, there is no doubt that for your graphic design work, it is an amazing laptop.

Apple MacBook (12', 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) - Space Gray

Apple MacBook (12', 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) - Space Gray

Apple MacBook (12″, 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) — Space Gray


Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro

CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7–8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inc | Storage: 512GB SSD

Not many people are aware of the quality products that Huawei produces including the . Packed with an Intel Core i7 processor along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, the MateBook has the specs a graphic designer needs to create their best possible work. Along with an affordable price tag, good battery life and lightning-fast speed, Huawei has created a high-quality laptop that may be able to change a lot of graphic designers’ minds about the laptop they use.

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9' 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7-8550U, 16 GB...

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9' 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7-8550U, 16 GB...

Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9″ 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7–8550U, 16 GB…


Asus Vivobook Pro 17

Asus Vivobook Pro 17

Asus Vivobook Pro 17

CPU: Intel i7–8550U | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 17.3-inch | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

The large 17.3-inch screen is the first thing that many people notice when they look at the from Asus but a peek under the hood will show any graphic designer a powerful laptop that can fulfill their needs. An Intel i7 processor plus 16GB of RAM will help make any program a breeze to use and with storage options from a 256GB SSD to a 1TB HDD, it comes with enough space to save all of your work.

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 17.3 Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U Processor ,...

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 17.3 Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U Processor ,...

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 17.3 Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7–8550U Processor ,…


HP Spectre x360 15t

HP Spectre x360 15t

HP Spectre x360 15t

CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7–8750H | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch | Storage: 512GB + 1TB SDD

The from HP is easily the most powerful option for graphic designers on our list. This is especially good for those who have to have the best technology available. The beautiful 15.6-inch screen hides a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 16 GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. All in all, the Spectre x360 is a mighty laptop and also has a responsive touchpad that makes your graphic design work easy. While the price is a bit high if it’s within your budget, it’s well worth the purchase.

HP Spectre x360 15-CH011DX 4K IPS 2-in-1 Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7-8550U NVIDIA GeForce...

HP Spectre x360 15-CH011DX 4K IPS 2-in-1 Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7-8550U NVIDIA GeForce...

HP Spectre x360 15-CH011DX 4K IPS 2-in-1 Touch Screen Laptop — Intel Core i7–8550U NVIDIA GeForce…

The Best Laptops for Designers in 2020

A great laptop can make all of your design work that much easier to complete and much easier to make your projects look their absolute best. We hope that with our list of the best laptops for designers in 2020 you can have a productive and successful 2020.

Do you have a laptop that you can’t stop raving about? Let us know about it in the comments below!!