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Kriti Sharma
Kriti Sharma • Sep 3, 2018

Which Laptop is Best For Architecture Students?

Hey there,

I don't know whether it's a right place to ask this question or not, but if anybody can help. It would be great

My brother is doing bachelors in architecture and he needs a decent laptop for all his projects. Can anybody here suggest me which laptop is best for doing all architecture-related work?

Our budget is $1000

Thanks in advance

Addy smith
Addy smith • Sep 3, 2018

Hi Kriti,

Don't worry its the right place for your question. 

Coming to your budget i.e. $1000, I would recommend you to take a look at the below-given laptops:

1. Dell i7559-763BLK

  • Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core (6M Cache, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
  • 8 GB DDR3L / 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch FHD IPS, Wide-Angle, Anti Glare Screen.
  • Windows 10 Home

2. Acer Aspire E15

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display
  • 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
  • Up to 15-hours of battery life.Adapter: 65 W
  • Windows 10 Home

Both the laptops mentioned above have a decent configuration to run software like AutoCAD etc.

Also, you can check the Autodesk's official website about the system requirement: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2018.html

Few Other Resources:

(a) https://theconsumerbasket.com/best-laptop-for-architecture/

(b)http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-3752191/good-performance-laptop-architecture-photography-editing-900-budget.html

(c) https://www.reddit.com/r/architecture/comments/7q2q76/what_is_a_good_laptop_for_an_architecture_student/


Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 3, 2018

He'll mostly run AutoCad and other design software - which means what 8GB memory is the minimum you should go for. @Addy 's suggestions are on spot. 

Among the two, I believe the one with NVIDIA GPU is a better choice. It will make AutoCAD run smoother and rendering of designs will be noticeably faster. Do let us know the choice that you make. 

I would strongly recommend you to opt for a really powerful CPU as RAM you can upgrade later on to make sure your workstation is up to speed. This is what I`ve done, throughout the school [6 years] I used two laptops only, that I upgraded as much as possible to keep them up to speed.

Brand wise, I strongly recommend Dell, owned Asus and Dell and the latter simply wins on build quality and utterly demolishes everything on the market when it comes to support and hardware-software optimization. 

From my experience with 1000 usd, I would go with Dell G5587-7866BLK-PUS G5 but here is an extraordinarily well curated list of best laptops for architects, in here you will find option for every budget, I do not agree with all their choices but 90% are spot on:

https://www.architecturelab.net/best-laptop-for-architects 

Happy architecturing bro!

Dear Kirti Sharma

For all architectural field, interior designing, external designing etc. use

Asus Predator 21x

8th Gen Intel Core i5 having 8GB RAM With 1 TB Harddisk with GTX 1050 4GB Graphics Card.

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