If you’re an architect, you already understand the importance of a good laptop that can run heavy duty programs like AutoCAD. The program can get very demanding the more detail you go into, and AutoCAD is a must have for all architects, so you know that you need a laptop that has enough power to keep up. Which one should you pick up though? Usually, it’s recommended that, for something like this, you pick up a workstation laptop. These laptops are designed for work and are packed with enough power to keep up with all of the tasks that you need it to do.
What are the best workstations out there? Is there a range for all types of budgets? The answer is yes, and we’ll show you the best ones! Here are our top pics.
Microsoft Surface Book 2
First up on our list is the all-new Microsoft Surface Book 2. This portable laptop is a powerhouse, and will fly through AutoCAD requests like nobody’s business. You’re looking at a beautiful 15-inch display with a resolution of 3,260 x 2,160. You get an Intel i7 CPU, 512GB of SSD storage, and a whole 6GB of RAM. Suffice to say, the Surface Book 2 won’t be backing down from any difficult tasks. And, for ultra portability, the screen is detachable from the keyboard, allowing you to travel around a job site without too much difficulty. It even has a stylus. It comes with Windows 10 Pro straight out of the box, and battery life should last you up to 15 hours under normal use conditions — you certainly can’t go wrong with this one.
Lenovo ThinkPad P51
The Lenovo ThinkPad P51 is another excellent device. Lenovo has really increased the quality of their laptops, this time featuring a neat matte-finish body. It’s got one of Intel’s latest i7 processors — Kaby Lake, and comes with a whole 16GB of RAM on-board. It’s got a ton of storage space — a whole 1TB of fast SSD storage. The screen is perfect for AutoCAD as well, with 4K technology built right into it. The included IPS panel means you get deep and accurate colors across the board. You get great viewing angles as well, which is a huge bonus for architects.
Dell Inspiron 7567
You might also want to consider what Dell is offering with the Inspiron 7567. It’s a bit larger than what we’ve listed so far, but has a beautiful design. It comes with Windows 10 Home right out of the box, has an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD space, a 4GB NVIDIA GPU, and a 15.6-inch screen rated at 1,920 x 1,080. The Inspiron 7565 will be able to handle any task you throw at it, especially with that dedicated GPU inside. The screen though, leaves you wanting.
Acer Aspire 15.8-inch Model
The Acer Aspire 15.8-inch model is another laptop to consider. It’s got a large 15.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. It’s got an Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, so it’ll be able to handle AutoCAD without a hitch. if you find you need more RAM, it’s upgradeable. It’s got a 1TB hard drive, so there’s plenty of room for all of your CAD files and other documents. It has long battery life, and even features a dedicated NVIDIA GPU with 2GB of video RAM. At under 5lbs in weight, it’s not a bad option for portability either.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the ASUS VivoBook. ASUS has been around for a long time, and has always had great offerings in their laptops, particularly in their Republic of Games line. But, the ASUS VivoBook is no different in their journey for quality — it has a 15.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. You get 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB mechanical hard drive as well as an additional 256GB SSD. It’s also get a dedicated NVIDIA MX150 GPU with 2GB of RAM. At under 4lbs in weight, this is a great option for those that need to take their laptop on the go.
As you can see, there are a lot of great and powerful laptops out there for architects. If you’re not sure which one to choose, we recommend picking up the Microsoft Surface Book 2. It has the most power, longest battery life, and being able to use the stylus with AutoCAD makes for some really great portability and able to insight-fully draw out notes.