The Best Laptop for Artists and Drawing in 2018 (Ergonomics and Efficiency)

As an artist, one of the most essential pieces of equipment you can purchase to grow your brand is your laptop. Not only does your computer have an incredible amount of value in terms of usability and connectivity, but it will also serve as the platform you need to effectively market your work to the masses. With so many technological advancements, it is often difficult to choose what exactly you need from a laptop to get the most out of it as an artist. Instead of feeling lost and confused about what to buy, read this article and skip the headache, so you can
focus on doing what you love.

Lenovo Think Pad P70

The Lenovo ThinkPad is a big machine that aims to be a mobile workstation for any high-end user. The mobile workstation comes with a completely black chassis and an overall sturdy build. It uses an Intel Xeon processor, something you won’t typically find on a mobile workstation. The 17-inch display is available in either 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution with touch support, or 4K IPS display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution without the touchscreen feature. There is an optional x- rite colour calibration device available next to the touchpad for easier colour calibration. The basic model comes with 256 GB SSD. Other hardware components include two thunderbolts, three ports, four USB 3, a Porta mini Display Port and other essential elements, such as a microphone/headphone combo jack, an ExpressCard and an SDXC slot.

If you want a fully equipped laptop that has all the nuts and bolts required to handle your graphic design needs, then this one has you covered. You may find it to be a little bulky at times, which is why we will include the more portable option for you next.


Surface Pro 2017

The Surface Pro is a product that I have wanted for myself for quite some time, to be honest. This product covers the portability issue with ease. What I like the most about the product concerning what it can deliver an artist is the fact that it comes with a stencil. With it, you are
free to draw on your work or add your signature for authenticity. The fifth generation of its kind comes with a battery life of thirteen and a half hours, making it even more portable than its earlier version. The screen is 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 PPI. This impressive tool comes with an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor and has graphics that will certainly handle even the most complex pieces of art. The keyboard is an affordable accessory at less than $100, making the total system about $799.

The Surface pro maintains strong branding and design with magnesium chassis venting along the edge and full glass along the front. The display has improved responsiveness to hardware acceleration, and the new surface pen boasts significantly enhanced precision features that will optimize the quality of your work. This system supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and offers new tilt support that further refines the Windows 10 ink experience. Microsoft also promises significantly reduced latency, meaning the delay between touching the pen to the display and digital ink showing up on screen is shorter than ever. The new surface pen is twice as fast as the previous version and matches up well against the pencil on Apple’s Ipad pro. The Surface Pro comes with a highly efficient Whiteboard app which applies machine
intelligence, for a better collaborative experience. The surface pen follows the recently introduced laptop in offering additional matching colours. I highly recommend this system for the trendy artist that wants to add style to their technical experience.

Dell XPS 9560

This Dell is the world’s smallest 15.6-inch laptop, and it stands apart with its 4K UHD display and razor-thin profile. At just 4.5 lbs., it is one of the lightest laptops. It also comes with NIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics that deliver incredibly smooth cinematic visuals. If you are looking to create high-quality visuals, then you will love the incredible eight million pixels available on its display, the image quality is lifelike because the product is powered by Intel. The processors deliver unprecedented power and responsiveness, long battery life and built-in security for a seamless experience on tablets.

The 9560 is available with a non-touch matte FHD panel or a glossy UHD touchscreen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Dell advertises 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut which is incredibly vibrant. With it, you’ll feel a sense of awe every time you turn your computer on. The Dell XPS 9560 is a sturdy and durable product, leveraging a full aluminum body with a carbon fiber base. That means, it’s always cool to the touch. Thanks to Windows 10, the device will deliver faster start-ups, an expanded yet straightforward start menu, and great new ways
to get stuff done across multiple devices. While the keyboard leaves some quality to be desired, the touch pad is excellent and efficient. The glass is finished with a soft-touch coating and feels incredible to use.

Choosing a laptop can be a substantial investment, especially if you are not technically inclined. As an artist, you’re mainly concerned with the visual quality of the screen. Basically, you’ll want one that works well, fast, with the programs you want, that is also compatible with your specific needs as an artist. These three products that we covered supplies everything, if you are looking to produce, share and create high-quality graphic design content. I highly recommend any of these systems, so instead of spending time worrying about which decision you have to make, start with these great tools. Regardless of which product you pick, you’ll be happy with what you receive.

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November 7, 2017