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Best laptops for Adobe Illustrator IN 2021 | Your Laptop Guide

This is no secret that Adobe Illustrator has the reputation of being one of the slowest of all of the Adobe software. The software tends to give a sluggish and buggy performance. The only way to cater for that is to maximize your hardware potential i.e., get the best laptop.

Many laptops claim they are good for Illustrator – even though they may be right – but they are not specific as to what aspect they are good in. It is all a part of clever marketing strategies. We are here to help you choose the best laptop; depending on the budget, performance for intended usage, add the add-on features that are just nice to have.

Requirements for Adobe Illustrator

The common conception that the more the price better the performance, is not entirely true. There are several other features that are involved in the price to performance ratio. For example: with the arrival of new laptops, the price of previous models goes down. This doesn’t mean those previous models won’t perform well, but just that you will face a minor bump in terms of features –that is often negligible. Keeping that in mind, let’s see the minimum and recommended requirements for Adobe Illustrator, and then we will move on to reviewing our picks for the best laptops for Adobe Illustrator.

  • RAM:
    4GB is the minimum required but having at least 8GB is recommended.
  • Storage:
    128GB will get the job done but it is absolutely essential that you get SSD storage that has quick read and writes times.
  • CPU:
    Adobe Illustrator supports single-threaded performance. So, it’s better to go for CPUs with the maximum frequency depending on budget. 3GHz is recommended.
  • GPU:
    Any recent version is good because newer GPUs support hardware-accelerated tasks.
  • Display:
    It is essential to have a 1080p display, so you get decent color accuracy in your projects.

1.Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop

The first on the list is Acer Aspire 5. The Aspire 5 is a budget-friendly laptop in which Acer focused their money on internal components instead of flashy looks. In my opinion, this is a smart step. As long as the job gets done, everything is well and good. And the Aspire 5 will definitely get the job done. With 4.80GHz max turbo frequency of CPU and 12GB RAM, you can expect a smooth experience without lags.

The Acer Aspire 5 scores 2,744 on Geekbench 5, where the mainstream average is 3,452. The Handbrake test to convert 4K video to 1080p took 21 minutes and 55 seconds – just better than the category average of 22:21. The battery lasted for just about 7 hours when 30 tabs – each with looped YouTube video – was less than average of 9:22. These numbers may not seem impressive, but considering the price for the laptop, these are nothing less than extraordinary. The Acer Aspire is quick and reliable for general use around the home and provide good value for money for Adobe Illustrator.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 4 Core8th Generation Intel Core i7 8565U Processor
  • 15.6-inch Screen size
  • FHD IPS Display
  • 12GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Capacity
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB VRAM
  • Up to 7 hours
Pros
  • Good for Illustrator
  • FHD IPS Display
  • Pleasant and Vibrant Colors
  • Thermal efficient configuration
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • Not Suitable for heavy usage
  • Low Battery Life

2.Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop

The Dell G7 is an entry-level gaming laptop. And for the intended purpose use of Adobe illustrator, might be the best choice. The 6 core Intel Core i7 has a nice overclockable speed, which is more than what’s required for running Illustrator. If that was not enough, you get 6GB RAM with NVIDIA GTX 1660TI to make sure there is no possible bottleneck for the graphic designer. Finally, since it is a gaming laptop, it will run most games at high settings – giving more than 30FPS.

The Dell G7 has plenty of wiggle room for better specs. But given the price point, the performance it gives is more than justified. Moreover, it is a very heavy and bulky build, so you can expect some bigger biceps if you intend on travelling a lot with it. However, with a couple extra bucks on storage and newer Graphics card, the Dell G7 can be transformed to absolute gaming beast. Right now, it is perfect for Adobe Illustrator. If you don’t need gaming aspect, you can save a couple more bucks and have decent Illustrator experience with Acer Aspire 5.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 6 Core9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H Processor
  • 17.3-inch Screen size
  • FHD LCD Display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Capacity
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660TI 6GB VRAM
  • Up to 8 hours
Pros
  • Excellent for Illustrator
  • Good for Casual Gaming
  • Good price to performance ratio
  • Budget-Friendly
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Low battery life

3.HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

HP has introduced the gaming laptop worthy of its name. Every feature of it is focused on performance and productivity. The new generation architecture is based on a different form factor to improve heat dissipation. Better cooling means no thermal throttling and improved performance and stability. 16GB of RAM and a powerful GPU ensure that you receive the absolute best gaming experience. With such specs, one might be forgiven for thinking that it will be expensive or overkill for Adobe Illustrator. However, it is cheaper than Dell G7 – previous laptop on the list – and is absolutely budget friendly.

The possible bottlenecks for this laptop are the low storage capacity and 60Hz refresh rate. The storage drawback can easily be catered for by investing a couple of bucks on a 500GB SSD. And the 60Hz refresh rate won’t even bother you as this feature is more focused when the main purpose of usage is heavy competitive gaming.

Speaking of gaming, the temperatures it reached up to during heavy gaming sessions were in the range of 42-49C, a common standard for gaming laptops. Overall, this laptop is an absolute, budget-friendly, beast that provides excellent gaming experience. Does not cost much and will perform graphic designing tasks via Adobe Illustrator without a snag. If you are an enthusiastic gamer and a professional graphics designer, HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is our favorite choice for you.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 6 Core10th Generation Intel Core i7 10750H Processor
  • 17-inch Screen size
  • FHD LCD Display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Capacity
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660TI 6GB VRAM
  • Up to 8 hours 45 minutes
Pros
  • Excellent for Illustrator
  • Good for Gaming
  • Excellent price to performance ratio
  • Budget-Friendly
Cons
  • Low Storage for gaming
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate

4.ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2020)

Gaming laptops are known for their raw performance; however, this 4th generation release of Asus is a divine introduction. Equipped with latest components, the Asus ROG Strix 15 comes with 10th gen Intel Core i7, fast speed 1TB SSD, and it is backed up by robust NVIDIA 2070 GPU. This laptop will run latest of games such as Apex Legends, Warzone, or PUBG at high settings to display a smooth 60FPS. You can even take advantage of the 240Hz display by tweaking a few settings. The ROG Strix is a delightful laptop that will give absolutely pleasant gaming experience.

Since we are discussing the best laptops for Adobe Illustrator, the ROG Strix – though impressive – might be overkill. It might be a little bit pricey too but, don’t get me wrong, this G15 laptop is worth every penny. If you are a passionate gamer who likes to do some graphic designing on the side, this laptop is a decent deal for you. Which is why, we have selected it as our runner-up in this group of laptops for Adobe Illustrator. If you are looking for more budget friendly laptop for illustrator, and that also gives a respectable gaming experience (at a slight downgrade), you should check out HP’s Pavilion Gaming Laptop.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 6 Core10th Generation Intel Core i7 10750H Processor
  • 15.6-inch Screen size
  • 240Hz 3ms FHD IPS Display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD Capacity
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB VRAM
  • Up to 8 hours
Pros
  • Excellent for Gaming
  • Good price to performance ratio
  • 240Hz Display
Cons
  • Overkill for Illustrator
  • Pricey

5.Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is the release of Microsoft’s 3rd generation products of premium laptops. It is a stylish looking laptop with all the components you interact with – such as Trackpad, Keyboard, and the screen – made top notch and user experience enhancing. The Surface Laptop 3 won’t, however, let you play games but consists of heavy computing power required for image editing and video editing tasks. 10th gen Intel core i7 will handle Adobe Illustrator tasks smoothly. Furthermore, the battery life will cover a whole 8-hour work shift without the need to recharge. Overall, Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 offers good balance of power and portability.

The main issue, as with every other premium laptop, is their pricey-ness. The Surface Laptop 3 requires a hefty budget, that does not sound attractive to the majority. Additionally, Microsoft boasts a handy feature of fast charging that charges laptop up to 80% in an hour. This, however, requires that the machine be turned off for the duration. If you have the budget and have quite a few bucks lying around, you should go for Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. If you are on a tight budget check out Acer Aspire 5.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 4 Core10th Generation Intel Core i7 1065G7 Processor
  • 13.5-inch Screen size
  • Touch Screen Display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD Capacity
  • Intel Iris Plus Integrated Graphics.
  • Up to 11.5 hours
Pros
  • Good for Illustrator
  • Good Battery Life
  • Fast Charging
  • Portable and easy handling
Cons
  • Very Expensive
  • Not suitable for gaming

6.Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5

If you are restricted by budget and do not need much of performance, Lenovo IdeaPad is a good choice for you. The IdeaPad provides a decent balance of budget and performance. Granted that the processor does not pull up high clock-able numbers, it is perfect for light tasks. You can view your Illustrator documents and edit them quickly without having any hindrances or lags. With 8GB RAM, you can also run quite a few Chrome tabs in the background. And the battery would easily cover your 8-hour workday shift with still some remaining for free time use.

Even though the IdeaPad depicts good performance numbers, I feel like, the tablet convertibility feature could be compromised to adding some extra performance features – such as a better graphics card. Moreover, the storage is only 128GB that takes absolutely no time in getting filled entirely. The 1080p IPS display shows good colors and has better viewing angles, but the screen lacks in brightness. If you need a laptop that can come in handy for light tasks, such as minor editing and designing on Illustrator, and is budget friendly, the Lenovo IdeaPad provides a respectable deal. You can also check out this gaming laptop, if you don’t want a sacrifice on performance.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 4 Core10th Generation Intel Core i5 1035G1 Processor
  • 14-inch Screen size
  • FHD Touch Display
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD Capacity
  • Intel UHD Graphics.
  • Up to 10 hours
Pros
  • Good for Illustrator
  • Good Battery Life
  • Affordable
  • Affordable
  • Portable and easy to carry
Cons
  • Low brightness
  • Not suitable for heavy usage

7.New Apple MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is the respectable line up introduced by Apple, a while back. The New Apple MacBook Pro is a shining example of what Apple has in their arsenal. This laptop is introduced as an entry level laptop that doesn’t cost as much as the Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models but will handle school and productivity tasks quite efficiently. It will run office work environment tools such as word, excel etc. along with few chrome tabs opened without any lags or slowdown. What’s more is that, even though it consists of single fan – which often doesn’t even turn on – will provide temperatures only up to 50C. It is safe to say that the Apple MacBook Pro is capable of handling your Adobe Illustrator needs without thermal throttling or slowing down.

The drawback of this system is that Apple’s claim of battery lasting more than 10 hours, doesn’t hold true for 8-hour office work shift. It only lasted about 6 hours while running not so demanding tasks. Furthermore, the Apple MacBook Pro does give quite some performance, it still costs much more than gaming laptops that can clock higher numbers at a much lesser value. The Apple MacBook Pro is recommended if you want to show classiness while performing a few, not so demanding, tasks. However, it will get Illustrator job done efficiently.  

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 4 Core8th Generation Intel Core i5 8279U Processor
  • 13-inch Screen size
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Capacity
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Up to 10 hours
Pros
  • Good for Illustrator
  • Stylish
  • Good Thermal Cooling
  • Quiet fan
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • A little pricey

8.Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is nothing short of a superb machine that will run your Adobe Illustrator smoothly. This powerful system is fairly priced when it comes performance to price ratio and adds several features that are just nice to have. The display, for example, is a large 13.9 inches when other laptops would be able to only give a 13-inch display. In addition, Huawei boasts it to be the world’s first Full-view display, covering 91% of the entire screen.

The perks of this laptop are in abundance but there are also a few flaws, although not game changer, are a bit annoying. The RAM slot is DDR3, when DDR4 are quiet common in almost all of the laptops. The DDR3 RAM don’t offer much slow speed but they are still a bit slower. Another issue may arise in terms of temperature and fan noise. The fans are quiet and barely audible in battery saver mode, but when plugged into power, the laptop starts getting hotter and the fans get noisy.

The flaws are there but they are as such that one barely noticed them after a while. The MateBook X Pro has a battery life of just under 8 hours. Therefore, it is quite suitable for office work and office-environment apps such as word, excel, with several opened chrome tabs. Overall, the Huawei MateBook will give a smooth image editing and designing experience on Illustrator, with enough performance specs still there for video editing as well. Which is why, it is our runner up in this group of laptops for Adobe Illustrator. Here’s a review for our winner in this list.

Features:

  • Windows 10 Home OS
  • 4 Core8th Generation Intel Core i7 8550U Processor
  • 13.9-inch Screen size
  • World’s First Full-View 3K Touchscreen Display
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Capacity
  • GeForce MX 150 2GB VRAM GPU
  • Up to 8 hours
Pros
  • Good for Illustrator
  • Full-View Touchscreen Display
  • Good Price to Performance ratio
  • Average Battery Life
Cons
  • Gets hot and loud when plugged in
  • DDR3 RAM

Conclusion

Our Favorite in this group of laptops is The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop. It provides enough computing power for Adobe Illustrator and can run new games smoothly. It is perfect for when you want a break from your hectic routine. The HP Pavilion can be used for multiple purposes and is also budget-friendly, with all the bucks focused on internal components. The runner up, and a close second, is Asus Rog Strix 2020. The reason it is second is that it is a bit pricey. But you can be sure to receive quite some performance numbers with the budget placed on newer components. It crushes the requirements for the best laptop for Adobe Illustrator, which might be a blessing and a curse since we want to avoid overkill for the purpose of graphic designing.

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