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+$If you're on the hunt for the best laptop for graphic design, you've come to the right place. Whatever your budget or specialism, our handy guide has an option that's ideal for your needs.

+$Best laptops for graphic design: Top 5

01. Microsoft Surface Book 2
02. 联想ThinkPad P1
03. +$Dell Precision 3540
04. +$MacBook Pro (2018)
05.+$LG Gram 17

+$Read on for more information on each of our picks

+$Whether you need a powerhouse of a machine that'll cope with demanding design work, or a cheaper option that'll help you smash through simple tasks while you're on the go, there's a laptop here for you. If you're not sure where to start, at the bottom of this guide you'll find pointers on+$what to look for when choosing a laptop for graphic design

+$Taking into account its features and price, our overall pick for the best laptop for graphic design right now is the Microsoft Surface Book 2, which, aside from being an excellent all-round laptop, also doubles up as a ridiculously good tablet. Plus, there are some good deals around on the lower specced versions.

+$If your budget can’t stretch that far, Dell’s new Precision 3540 (number 3) may be the right laptop for you. It’s an affordable quad-core laptop designed for graphics work, with some tasty options such as discrete AMD graphics and a FullHD display. And LG’s recently launched Gram is not only the lightest 17-inch laptop in the world, it’s also more than capable of top-end graphic design work. We were so impressed with it when we reviewed it that it has earned its own spot in our pick of the best laptops for graphic design.

喜欢在台式电脑或Mac上工作?然后看看我们挑选的最好的平面设计电脑+$. And if battery life has you worried, then you may want to check our list of the最好的电力银行可用。






01. Microsoft Surface Book 2

Surface Book是图形设计的终极笔记本电脑

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i7 |显卡:英特尔UHD图形620 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 |内存:16GB |屏幕:15英寸PixelSense(3240x2160)|存储:+$256GB - 1TB SSD


微软的Surface Book 2+$is an incredible 2-in-1 laptop – even in its lowest spec option. If you're a designer who draws as well, this is the best laptop for graphic design you can get. It’s fast and immensely powerful, thanks to Intel’s quad-core Coffee Lake Core i7-8650 processor and 16GB of RAM. And it boasts an impressive battery life, plus a stunning, crisp display with superb colour accuracy.

+$It’s also incredibly versatile: use it as a graphics, video or photo-editing workstation on the go, or as a sketchbook. Just detach the screen and use it as a tablet with the表面笔(不包括在内,我们的抱怨)或购买创新表面表盘+$and have an intuitive way of controlling your creative tools. Even better, flip the screen around, reattach it and you can use it to draw at a more natural angle.

+$Too expensive? If you can cope with less screen real estate, the13英寸Surface Book 2+$is significantly cheaper, with a similar core specification and only slightly less impressive overall performance. For even cheaper, Microsoft's原始的13英寸Surface Book仍然是一个可笑的笔记本电脑,价格较低。但是如果你有现金,Surface Book 2对于平面设计师来说是一款非常出色的笔记本电脑。

另请阅读:Microsoft Surface Book 2评论

Best laptop for graphic design: Lenovo ThinkPad P1

02.联想ThinkPad P1

+$A high performance laptop with 100% AdobeRGB display

中央处理器:+$Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon |显卡:Nvidia Quadro P1000 / P2000 |内存:+$8GB-64GB |屏幕:+$15.6" Full HD (1,920 X 1,080) |存储:+$256-4TB SSD

+$Oodles Of Performance

联想ThinkPad P1+$is one of the most powerful Windows laptops around, and is aimed squarely at high-level content creators. It gives you the option of an Intel Xeon processor and a professional-grade Nvidia Quadro P2000 graphics, up to 64GB of memory and has all the ports you could need (two USB 3, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and SD card reader). This machine sports a slick design, with a slim chassis and a 4K display with 100% AdobeRGB coverage. The screen alone makes it a joy for creative work, but with all the performance it offers too, the ThinkPad P1 is a seriously good laptop for graphic designers.

Best laptops for graphic design: Dell Precision 3540

+$03. Dell Precision 3540

+$Discrete graphics, 1080p display and a fast SSD

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i5 |显卡:+$Intel UHD 620 / AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 2GB |内存:8GB |屏幕:+$15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) |存储:256GB SSD

+$Large 1080p Display
+$Discrete AMD Graphics
+$8GB RAM may be limiting
+$Only a single internal SSD

+$Dell’s new 15.6-inch+$Precision 3540+$has a specification that can handle even the most advanced features in tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom. It has an Intel Core i5 quad-core processor with a 1080P display and an entry-level discrete AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 2GB graphics card, which will help with 3D and anything that uses OpenCL. A 256GB fast M.2 SSD, 8GB of system memory and support for Thunderbolt 3 round off a package that’s priced incredibly well as an entry-level computer for visual design.




+$04. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)

最新的MacBook Pro不会令人失望

处理器:英特尔酷睿i7-i9 |显卡:Radeon Pro 555X-Radeon Pro 560配备4GB GDDR5内存|内存:+$16-32GB |屏幕:15英寸1920x1200 IPS显示屏|存储:+$256-4TB SSD

Touch Bar适用于Photoshop

+$Apple is back on great form with its 15-inchMacBook Pro 2018+$with Touch Bar. If you need sheer power – and have the cash – this is one of the best graphic design laptops you can get. The new Macbook Pro offers a substantial upgrade over previous versions. Aimed at creative professionals, this is the most powerful MacBook device ever created, with more RAM, a choice of 8th-generation Intel Core processors (that Apple claims make it up to 70 per cent faster than the MacBook Pro 2017) and better discrete graphics cards. It also comes with blisteringly fast SSDs and a quieter keyboard.

+$On the downside, there are just four USB-C ports and one headphone jack port, so you’ll need an adapter if you want to plug in an Ethernet cable or legacy hardware. And while the screen is absolutely gorgeous, 4K would have been nice. Nevertheless, the Apple MacBook (2018) gives you the CPU and memory horsepower to make mincemeat of large files and complex tasks – and it absolutely looks the part too.

best laptops for graphic design: LG Gram 17"

+$05. LG Gram 17"

+$A highly capable 17-inch laptop that’s amazingly light and portable

中央处理器:+$Intel Core i7-8565U (quad core, 4.6GHz Max Turbo Boost) |显卡:英特尔UHD图形620 |内存:16GB |屏幕:+$17-inch WQXGA (2560x1600) |存储:512GB SSD

+$Amazingly Light
+$Gorgeous IPS Screen
+$Limited Upgrade Options
+$Slight Screen Flex

+$LG Gram 17+$is a high-spec silver laptop built from a strong and light alloy. 17-inch laptops that are actually capable of serious design work are usually too big, heavy and bulky to be considered portable – but LG has well and truly bucked this trend with this machine. It weighs an impressive 1.34kg, which is comparable to many 13-inch models, and it measures just 1.7cm at its thinnest point, again impressive for a 17-inch laptop. Expect all the performance you’ll need for heavy duty Photoshop edits and effects, all the while looking sumptuous on its 2560x1600 WXGA IPS screen that has 99% sRGB colour coverage. At time of publish, it wasn't yet available in the UK.

阅读更多:+$LG Gram 17 Review

Best laptops for graphic design: Dell XPS 15

+$06. Dell XPS 15


中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i5 |显卡:GeForce图形|内存:8GB |屏幕:+$15.6" FHD 1920x1080 Anti-Glare 100% sRGB InfinityEdge display |存储:+$1TB HD/32GB SSD


戴尔XPS 15是一个真正令人惊叹的笔记本电脑 - 现在2017年的版本已被取代戴尔XPS 15(2018)+$, it's much more affordable, too. For your money, you get the virtually borderless InfinityEdge display at Full HD resolution, a Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 1TB HD and 32GB SSD. Spec it up a little (or a lot, actually) and you can have a 4K display with multi-touch, turning it – with the help of the Dell stylus – into a portable sketchbook. 15.6-inches of UHD definition (3,840 x 2,160) equals a lot of pixels, making for some incredibly sharp images.

+$Depending on the complexity of the projects you'll be working on, you can pump the Intel HD Graphics 630 GPU up to an impressive Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. We can't imagine what you could possibly be designing that the latter wouldn't be able to handle. If you don’t need a 15-incher, look to theXPS 13,这可能是功率和便携性的完美结合。

Best laptops for graphic design: Huawei MateBook 13

+$07. Huawei MateBook 13

+$The best laptop for graphic design if you're on a budget

中央处理器:+$8th-gen Intel Core i5 – i7 |显卡:英特尔UHD显卡620,Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 |内存:8GB |屏幕:13英寸1440p(2,160 X 1,440)|存储:256GB-512GB SSD

+$Optional Nvidia Graphics

+$If you aren’t willing or able to fork out the high sums demanded by the most high-end laptops, but you don’t want to compromise on performance, the华为MateBook 13+$is made for you. Huawei has sensibly built a mid-range MacBook clone that delivers the goods when it comes to processing, so is perfect for students and anyone on a budget. That means ultra-responsive Photoshop performance that can be used for any demanding graphics task you throw at it. With a bright 1440p screen, portable design and Nvidia graphics, it’s not much of a compromise in other areas either.

Best laptop for graphic design: Huawei MateBook X Pro

+$08. Huawei MateBook X Pro

+$Design and performance to rival the mighty MacBook Pro

中央处理器:第8代英特尔酷睿i5 - I7 |显卡:英特尔UHD显卡620,Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 |内存:8GB - 16GB |屏幕:13.9英寸3K(3,000 X 2,080)|存储:512GB SSD


+$Huawei may not be the first name that springs to mind when considering the best laptops for graphic design, but with the+$Huawei MateBook X Pro+$, the Chinese company has proved it has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the laptop market. This is a gorgeously designed laptop with a stunning screen (albeit with a rather odd aspect ratio), and it comes packed with cutting edge components that allows it to perform brilliantly, and a battery life that runs rings around many of its rivals. It has a design and performance that rivals the mighty MacBook Pro. Also, it runs Windows 10, so you can install all the+$digital Art Apps+$you're used to using.

 读:我们的姐妹网站TechRadar's华为MateBook X Pro评测

Best laptops for graphic design: HP ZBook X2

+$09. HP ZBook X2

HP令人惊叹的2合1选项适用于Surface Book 2

中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i7 |显卡:+$NVIDIA Quadro M620 with 2GB dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory |记忆:32GB RAM |屏幕:15英寸1920x1200 |存储:512GB SSD


专门针对广告素材而创建的惠普ZBook X2+$packs a serious amount of power, and with it a pretty hefty price tag. But if money is no issue and you're contemplating abandoning a desktop or laptop as a primary creative tool, the HP ZBook X2 deserves a look. It boasts some seriously impressive designer-focused specs, including a stunning 10-bit, 100% Adobe RGB, 4K multi-touch UHD dreamcolour display and extra ports to keep you well connected.

+$It also comes pre-installed with Adobe's Creative Cloud desktop application for easy access, and sports a fully detachable Bluetooth keyboard so you can switch from laptop to tablet whenever inspiration strikes. That's all backed up with the power of an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM – double that of its Microsoft rival – and NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

+$However, power requires more juice, so battery life on the ZBook2 is shorter than some of the other laptops featured in this list. It's also heavier than some of its competition, which isn't ideal when you're on the go. That said, while the X2 doesn't come cheap, it's still a serious option for designers looking to liberate themselves from a desktop without compromising on apps and performance.

Best laptops for graphic design: Apple MacBook Air (2018)

+$10. Apple MacBook Air (2018)

+$The new MacBook Air is perfect for portable graphics work

处理器:+$8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 (dual-core / quad-core) |内存:8-16GB |屏幕:+$13.3" 2,560x1,600 Retina Display |存储:+$128GB - 1.5TB SSD |显卡:+$Intel UHD Graphics 617

+$High-resolution Display
+$Pricier than original Air
+$No quad-core processor option

+$After a much-needed refresh, the+$MacBook Air (2018)+$has had a few choice updates that make it a real winner for graphic design work. Although it’s not quite the powerhouse the MacBook Pro is (or some high-end Windows laptops), it now has a bright Retina display, which is a great upgrade over the dated screen in the old Air and better for working with graphic design software. The processor is much faster and will cope with Photoshop, Illustrator, and so on with ease. But Apple has sensibly ensured the Air is as portable as ever, with a seriously lightweight design that makes it a great choice for graphics work on the go.

Best laptops for graphic design: HP ZBook Studio G4 DreamColor

+$11. HP ZBook Studio G4 DreamColor


中央处理器:Intel Xeon CPU |显卡:NVIDIA Quadro M1200 |内存:32GB |屏幕:15.6英寸3840x2160 |存储:512GB SSD


+$If you’re looking for all-out power, check out the rip-roaring+$HP ZBook Studio G4+$. The top-end model isn’t cheap, but it packs incredible specs including a 15.6-inch 4K DreamColor display that can easily be colour calibrated, a blazing-fast Core Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and NVIDIA Quadro M1200 dedicated graphics with 4GB VRAM. If you like to connect up your favourite peripherals and monitors, then there’s also a healthy range of ports – it features a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI port, a legacy VGA connector, SD card reader, one USB 3.0 port, and two USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports. Oh, and let's not forget the Bang & Olufsen speakers in case you want to crank up the tunes while you work.

+$At just over 2kg (4.6lbs), it won’t break your back carrying it around, and it’s pretty thin at 18mm. If you're worried about security, then you'll be glad of the built-in fingerprint reader and the optional (and extremely fast) HP Z Turbo NVMe PCIe SED (self-encrypting drive) SSDs.

Best laptops for graphic design: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

+$12. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2


中央处理器:英特尔酷睿i5 - I7 |显卡:英特尔UHD图形620 |内存:8GB - 16GB |屏幕:13.5英寸PixelSense(2,256 X 1,504)|存储:128GB,256GB,512GB或1TB SSD

+$Lovely new black colour scheme
没有Thunderbolt 3选项

Surface Laptop 2+$is Microsoft's follow up to its popular original laptop, and once again the company has created a very good laptop for graphic design students. Microsoft has boosted the hardware of the Surface Laptop 2, making it an even better proposition for people looking for the best laptop for graphic design for their needs. As with its predecessor, even the lowest-end model is powerful enough to run Photoshop and Illustrator on a daily basis, and the fact you can use the optional Surface Pen to draw directly on screen makes it even more appealing. It no longer comes with Windows 10 S Mode as default either, instead you get the full Windows 10 experience, which means you can install Creative Cloud apps and other programs easily.

读:我们的姐妹网站TechRadar'sSurface Laptop 2评论

+$Laptops for graphic design: What to look for



+$Whatever your preferences, each of the machines here will give you all the power and performance you need to hit the ground running with your latest, greatest project.