Best Laptop for Architects

Best Laptop for Architects – Well, there you have it. That concludes our list of the best laptops for architecture students and professionals.

Remember every laptop has a different set of configurations catering to a different set of requirements, so go through the specifications thoroughly to see which one is the best fit for you.

Certain key factors should be considered when looking for the best laptop for your individual needs. Whether you are an architecture student, young architect or experienced practitioner, the following specs are worth investigating for each option


If it weren’t for the fact that all the software which you use isn’t always compatible with the Max, choosing this one would be an absolute no-brainer. This is quite simply, one of the fastest and the most powerful laptops out there.

1.HP ZBook

Mobile workstations are in a league of their own compared to consumer class or even business class notebooks. They are relatively large, pricey, bulky and anything but minimalistic. However, we’d be damned if they couldn’t get demanding workloads done swiftly and reliably.

The HP ZBook series succeeds the admittedly crowded ProBook/EliteBook series of workstations and starts afresh with a new, simpler naming convention. We touched upon the ZBook 17 in-depth late last year and walked away quite impressed. The new series is more than just a simple name change; it’s also the most overhauled iteration yet of an HP workstation.

2.Lenovo ThinkPad

We won’t try to keep you in suspense: When we reviewed last year’s model, we called the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon the best laptop in the world—though we later decided it shared that title with the Dell XPS 13 OLED—and it hasn’t done anything in its latest revision to change that state of affairs.

The X1 Carbon Gen 9  catches up with the Dell and other elite ultraportables by moving to an 11th Generation Intel “Tiger Lake” Core processor and a slightly taller 16:10 rather than 16:9 screen aspect ratio. Its premium price and lack of an SD card slot still knock half a star off what would else be a perfect five-star rating, but it effortlessly collects yet another Editors’ Choice award as the most desirable executive notebook on Earth.

3.Dell Precision

In February 2020, we named Dell’s flagship Precision 7540 king of the hill and our Editors’ Choice pick among mobile workstations. What does Dell do for an encore? The Precision 7550 (starts at ; a whopping as tested) fits formidable power into a chassis Dell says is 19% smaller than its predecessor. It has a first-rate display and enough expandability and configurability to compete at the top of its class.

Alas, subjectively the keyboard’s taken a step backward, and objectively the new workstation finished half a step behind the older model in our performance benchmarks. The Precision 7550 is a fine system, but given its steep price, it falls just short of repeat Editors’ Choice honors.

4.Acer Nitro

While both the Nitro 5 and Bravo 15 benefit from AMD’s new “Renoir” CPU architecture, there’s only so much Acer can do with a  lower price. Besides packing a six-core Ryzen 5 versus an eight-core Ryzen 7, the Nitro 5 has 8GB of memory versus 16GB and a 256GB rather than 512GB NVMe solid-state drive.

The smaller SSD is the biggest practical cut for most folks; it will make it tough to install many games. But unscrewing the bottom panel reveals welcome room for expansion: a second M.2 slot for another SSD, plus a 2.5-inch drive bay for up to a 2TB hard drive. There’s a drive cable in the box.


This is Asus’ latest attempt (technically its fourth, but it’s skipping that number in the name for superstitious reasons) at building a console-like experience into a phone for a niche but thriving global crowd of mobile gamers. It offers more power and customization than other large-screened phones, both in terms of hardware and software. It’s a real spec sandwich.

For example, it has multiple USB-C ports to let you charge it in either landscape or portrait mode. This model also includes a snap-on fan cooler (its sole job is to keep the phone from overheating when you overclock it), and the fan packs USB-C passthrough charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and two remappable trigger buttons. In addition to that, there are some ultrasonic sensors around the phone that can replace some touch controls to make games feel more like you’re using a controller. And for this year’s model, its Armoury Crate app can boost its processor and graphics speed, increase the screen’s refresh rate, and more on a per-game basis.

Best Laptop for Architects – BUYER’S GUIDE

CPU (Central Processing Unit): Any architecture student or professional architect will be running powerful CAD and modeling software. It is wise to get at least Inteli5 or above to avoid any hassle.

GPU (Graphics Processing Unit): You may be using hardcore graphic software like Rhino, 3ds Max, ArchiCAD, Revit or Vectorworks, all of which require a formidable graphics card. Thus, the ideal laptop for architect will have at least a 4GB vRAM GPU for smooth processing.

RAM: Architectural software will account for a big chunk of your RAM, particularly when multitasking and producing high quality renderings. Therefore, a computer with at least 16GB of RAM is preferable, though 8GB is sufficient for the majority of purposes.

HDD vs. SSD vs. Hybrid Drive: Architectural design files often require significant space, so the higher the storage, the better off you are. SSD (Solid State Drive) is faster and more reliable than a mechanical hard drive but comes with a higher price tag. To enjoy the pros of both SSD and HDD, we recommend getting a hybrid drive. You can install the OS and architecture software in SSD and all other files in HDD for optimum performance.

Mac vs. Windows: In terms of hardware and operating system, it all comes down to your personal preference. High-end Apple and PC laptops are well geared to handle the challenges offered by the job. Windows 10 is arguably more user friendly as it supports a wide array of software but is exposed to more viruses than Mac. The Macbook Pro in particular is well perceived by professionals as being great for graphic applications but is considered by many to be overpriced.

Gaming laptops: An increasingly popular choice among architects and designers, laptops primarily aimed at gamers can also be ideal for creatives that use programs with high demands on graphics and processing power. While their aesthetics might not be to everyone’s taste, the cost-to-performance ratio of many gaming laptops can be hard to argue with.

Screen Size and Resolution: Considering the level of mobility yet without ignoring the necessary attention to detail, a laptop with a screen size between 15 and 17 inches is the best size for architectural rendering. FHD (full high definition) resolution should be enough for the work involved; however, higher resolutions such as UHD (ultra high definition), 4K or 5K prepare you for the upcoming future trends.

Ports: Consider how many USB ports, ethernet ports and other specialist ports you might need; this will vary depending on your preference for wired or wireless peripheral such as computer mice, touch pads and external hard drives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Laptop vs. Desktop: Which one to buy?

You may have noticed something interesting. With all that computer power needed , external  hard drive, a huge exernal monitor and a USB Mouse: why not just buy the best desktop for architecture ?

You are right you are better off with a desktop. As a matter of fact a laptop won’t get you much work done as compared to a desktop and you’ll actually start to feel its limits as you work on bigger projects and move away from undergraduate level stuff.

Rendering will always be much easier,faster and of higher quality with  a desktop.


These are very resource intensive pieces of software and require a powerful laptop with the right configuration. Thus, companies are now coming up with mobile ‘workstations’ which in theory are basically super-powerful laptops which can handle whatever you throw at them.

After all, there’s no point in sitting around waiting 30 minutes for a project to get rendered, because a more advanced laptop can wrap it up in 5 minutes