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Best Laptops for Designers in 2022

by Azrul Abas on July 18, 2022

best laptop for designers

Nowadays, it's imperative that designers use the latest, state-of-the-art laptops or tablets to design. It should be powerful enough to run designers apps and handle layers on Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, and many similar software.

To be the ultimate designing laptop, one should possess these 3 main factors: Powerful processors and graphics, big beautiful screen, and portability. Unfortunately, this also does come with a price - a heavy one at that. Nonetheless, we take a look at some of the best laptops for designers in 2022.

MacBook pro 16

MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021

First off, the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch. It’s a well known laptop for creators especially for designers. The base model with M1 Pro chip is able to handle Adobe rendering very well, hence the M1 Max works even better. They also introduced the new Liquid Retina XDR Display and the ProMotion that looks absolutely stunning. The new display enhances true black and color accuracy to ensure your design looks amazing.

They also re-introduce the ports where the previous model only has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Now, you have an HDMI port, SDXC card reader, and new headphone jack that supports high-impedance headphones. Not only the ports, but they also introduced the MagSafe for charging which we miss from the 2014 MacBooks. 

However, this MacBook Pro 16 comes with a serious price tag, the M1 Pro model starts from S$ 3,749 and the M1 Max model costs S$5,249.

Pros:

  • Amazing performance from M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip
  • Great new Liquid Retina XDR Display with ProMotion
  • All day battery life

Cons: 

  • They discard the TouchBar input
  • Heavy and utterly expensive

Dell XPS 17

Dell XPS 17 (9720) 2022

This newest launch from Dell, the XPS 17 2022 is truly a creator-oriented laptop. You can personalize everything in this laptop, even from the base model itself. It is powered by the 12th gen. Intel i7 or i9 paired with NVIDIA RTX 3050 that is not only capable for gaming but for designing work.

However, this laptop does have its flaws -  its ports. It does have a SD card reader but Dell doesn’t bother to put a HDMI port like the MacBook Pro. The base model Dell XPS 17 cost around S$3,200 but it isn't packed with a UHD display, so you can expect to spend an additional S$400 to enjoy an amazing UHD display.

Pros:

  • Amazing build quality
  • Excellent productivity and creative performance
  • Thin and lightweight

Cons:

  • Limited collection of ports
  • Could get hot under load

microsoft surface laptop studio

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

Microsoft really focused on designers when creating this laptop. The compact 14.4-inches touch screen display with 3 modes really helps with how to draw on the laptop itself. Laptop Mode for casual working style, Stage Mode for more ergonomic drawing style, and the tablet mode to fully take advantage of the pen. The vibrant PixelSense Flow touch display with Surface Slim Pen 2 feels great on hand and feels natural for drawing. The 32GB RAM paired  with NVIDIA GeForce also helps make your work run smoothly.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts at a pretty low price of S$2,338, but this may not be the model for you. Get the i7 16GB RAM GeForce RTX for S$750 more. And the array of ports for this one is worse than the Dell XPS 17, you only got 2 USB-C ports, a charging port and a headphone jack port, Microsoft didn’t put any SD card slot on this laptop.

Pros:

  • Feels Great in Laptop Mode, Stage Mode, and Tablet Mode
  • The Screen and Slim Pen works great together
  • Impressive battery life

Cons:

  • Lacks portability
  • Pretty thick laptop in 2022 standard
asus  rog zephyrus g14

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14

We also recommend another Zephyrus series albeit slightly different. The ASUS Zephyrus G14 2022 uses an AMD Radeon as its graphics and it can enable the SmartShift feature. What this does is basically optimises your CPU and GPU usage whether it is for playing Valorant or rendering graphics in Illustrator for better performance and power efficiency.

Even though it is a gaming laptop we will still recommend you to buy this ROG Zephyrus G14  that costs around S$3,000. The downside of having that slightly lower price is that it isn't packed with a nice display. Yes it has a high refresh rate for gaming, but not necessarily the nicest display for working on design works.

Pros:

  • AMD Ryzen with AMD Radeon Combo for best performance
  • Good battery life
  • Compact design

Cons:

  • Bad 720p camera
  • Not the best display

The Verdict

We pick the MacBook Pro 16 for a lot of reasons. Firstly, Apple really proved that the M1 Pro and M1 Max are capable of working and managing workload better than Intel MacBooks. Secondly, the display is gorgeous with the ProMotion feature that makes everything look high definition. And lastly with its ports back, MacBook Pro 16 is the perfect laptop for designers to insert any additional accessories they may need to design their latest artwork.

For the Runner Up, we will give it to the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio. It has a lot of functionality with the movable display. The SlimPen input also works great on the screen so that designers could easily draw onto the Laptop itself with tablet mode. 

Laptop Repair and Replacement

Nevertheless, if you still have a functioning MacBook or Windows Laptop such as HP, ASUS, Lenovo, Dell, or Microsoft that is not performing as well, do consider repairing first instead of buying a newer model. Mend.sg offers not only MacBook and iPhone repair but also available for Windows Laptops battery replacement in Singapore.

For instance, we provide A1494 battery replacement for MacBook A1398 or PW23Y Battery replacement for Dell XPS, and many others. Furthermore, we not only ship to Singapore but also Malaysia, Brunei and Australia. If you also happen to be searching for bulk orders, we can provide it with wholesale prices.

Was this article helpful? You can also check our blog for other buying guides on Best Student Laptop under $2,000 or our Best ASUS ROG laptop in 2022.

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