Best Laptop for Animation

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Best Laptop for Animation

There are quite some things to consider when looking for the best Laptop for Animation. You will want specific Hardware of the Laptop to have certain specifications and very specific parts should be built into the Laptop for maximum speed.

The best Laptop for Animation is the culmination of optimum hardware and mobility and in fact, there aren’t all that many great Laptops for Animation out there.

Before we dive into what specific components you should be looking for in a Laptop for Animation, let’s take a look at how the task of animating on a Laptop actually uses the Hardware Components. This way we can see clearly what components we will need to optimize as much as possible, to pick the right Laptop.

If you feel like you know your way around the individual Hardware components, follow this link to skip directly to the Best Laptop for Animation Recommendations.

How does Animation utilize the Hardware?

Animation in itself is making virtual objects move in a way we define. This can be in 2D or 3D and there are lots of Programs that we use to go about the task of animation.

Some 2D animation Programs that are currently popular are After Effects, ToonBoom, Harmony, CrazyTalk Animator, Synfig Studio, FlipBook, Photoshop and many more as well as popular 3D Animation Softwares such as Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, and many others.

Now, what we do when we animate, is usually pose a rig, set Keyframes and adjust certain parts and objects, so they are placed to our satisfaction. One important thing to note here is that we usually do this not while looking at a final quality image, but a rough Preview Viewport, a Wireframe or simple Shaded View.

Best Laptop for Animation - Shaded View

Why is this important?

As there is not a lot of graphical calculations going on, we can pretty much already say the Graphics Card Hardware Component is something that won’t be quite as important in finding the Best Laptop for Animation.

But if it’s not the Graphics Card that does the heavy lifting when animating, what other Hardware Component might be the crucial part in speeding things up?

You might have already guessed, and it really is the CPU or Processor, that is the most important Hardware Component in a Laptop when using it mainly for animation.

Best Laptop for Animation - CPU

Image Source: Iaroslav Neliubov/Shutterstock.com

Although animation seems to be a very visual task, it’s the CPU that has to do all the calculations for the scene objects, rigs, simulations, hair splines, soft body dynamics and so on to be calculated, and only after these CPU calculations are finished, the Graphics Card displays the result.

In other words, the GPU is almost never the bottle neck in a 2D and 3D biased Workstation / (PC) Computer or Laptop.

You will want to make sure the CPU is as fast as possible.

That said, of course, you should still have a strong enough GPU but it does not have to be unproportionally fast compared to the other hardware components.

The best Hardware Components in an Animation-Laptop

The best CPU in a Laptop for Animation

This brings us to the CPU specifically. What makes a CPU fast, anyway? Is it the number of cores, the clock-speed, or the cache size, or maybe just the Brand of Intel or AMD?

To make it short: For animation, the most important CPU feature to look for is the clock-speed. The CPU clock speed is more important than having lots of Cores or getting a certain Brand.

If you have a low clock speed your Viewport will become very slow and you won’t be able to animate in real-time. The CPU usually has a Base Clock Speed, such as 2,2 GHz in the Intel i7 8750H and a higher in Turbo-Boost Clock that clocks the CPU up to 4,1 GHz on fewer Cores in this case if applicable.

Turbo Boost overclocks your CPU automatically if not all Cores are in use at the same time.

turboBoost

Image-Source: Intel

In animation it is often the case, that only one or two CPU Cores are being used because of how animated objects are being calculated by the software you are animating in. This means, having a high Turbo Boost clock will do lots in speeding up the Viewport snappiness while animating as will a higher base clock speed.

Recommended CPUs for the best Laptop for Animation: Intel i7 8750H or i7 8850H

Both of these CPUs are excellent for animation as they have a high Base-Clock and a great Turbo-Boost Clock. The Intel i7 8850H will give you a slightly snappier Viewport, while the i7 8750H might keep your CPU cooler and Laptop quiet overall.

RAM (Memory) for the Best Laptop for Animation

The second most important factor in getting the Best Laptop for Animation is the RAM or Memory.

RAM Speed isn’t that much of a factor but the size of the memory will do wonders when working on complex scenes, long animations, multiple characters, high resolution meshes and images and the ability to keep preview Playblasts in your memory for comparison and checking the current animation state, if you don’t have Real-time playback.

You will want to go with 8GB as an absolute minimum and target 16GB for a much better experience.

32GB will help in some cases, having more usually isn’t necessary but might help with an extremely complex scene, large textures, or animation simulations and dynamics that are not keyframe-driven but will need to be cached.

The thing about RAM is, that it doesn’t seem to improve Speed all that much unless you have too little.

If you don’t have enough, the System will start swapping active working Files to Disc and at this point, the overall Speed will crawl to a halt.

You definitely want to avoid having too little RAM.

My recommendation for RAM (Memory) in your best Laptop for Animation:

16GB of DDR4 RAM

If optimization is something you crave, you can slightly improve overall RAM Speed by carefully choosing RAM with higher Clock Speeds and lower CL Latency as a general rule.

Best Graphics Card (GPU) for Animation in a Laptop

As discussed above, although not as important a factor as the CPU, the Graphics card is responsible for displaying to your monitors or any attached display device.

It will also help in displaying textures and any other Shaders and Graphical Effects such as SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion), Realtime Shadows, Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic Filtering, for an experience that is closer to an actual (final) rendered image.

The Maya Viewport 2.0, for example, makes heavy use of such effects and likes strong GPUs.

Although these type of effects can be computationally intensive, the GPU is specialized for this and can usually handle them quite well, meaning in most cases it won’t be the Framerate Bottleneck when updating the Viewport.

The CPU though usually is.

So having a fairly strong GPU will definitely help, but only to a certain point.

As soon as the CPU becomes the bottleneck, the GPU will not do anything for the performance or Viewport snappiness and Refresh rate.

My base recommendation for a great GPU for Animation in a Laptop:

NVIDIA GTX 1060

Now I have said quite often that the GPU is not an important factor in animation.

This changes entirely if you plan on final rendering your scenes on the GPU instead of the CPU.

GPU Render Engines have become quite popular recently such as Octane, Redshift, Vray-RT or FurryBall.

These Render Engines utilize the Graphics Card instead of the CPU to render out your scenes and can be quite a bit faster than using the CPU.

Furryball

Image-Source: furryball.aaa-studio.eu

If this is the case and you plan on using GPU Render Engines, then you should invest more in a better GPU. My recommendation then would be to get a GPU such as the Nvidia RTX 2070.

Beware though, that having extremely strong GPUs in a Laptop will almost definitely make the Laptop more Bulky, Heavy, Larger and draw more Power, it will also make the Laptop very noisy when GPU Rendering.

You might want to consider external GPUs for Rendering on a Laptop. Or try to use an extra Computer or Rendernode that you can offload any Rendering-intensive tasks to.

Storage Devices, HDD/ SSD for the Best Laptop for Animation

There has been quite an update in terms of storage hardware over the past few years, and almost all laptops now have Solid State Drives (SSDs) built in.

In the past, these storage devices used to be Hard Disc Drives (HDDs) that were very slow and bottle-necked many aspects of a running system.

SSDs are much faster at reading and writing to the storage System and you can now boot the operating system faster, start your programs faster and load / save your scene updates in a fraction of the time it used to take.

SSDs also are much more secure, they don’t age as fast as HDDs and they are almost completely shock resistant.

Having an SSD in a laptop is an absolute must. My recommendation here would to look for:

500GB+ SATA SSD

For those of you who want even greater speed in Saving & Loading and general storage related workloads, the new PCIe M.2 NVMe SSDs are the way to go.

These SSDs are about twice as expensive, but you get 5-6 times the speed in several use cases, especially the sequential read and write performance of PCIe M.2 NVMe SSDs will be a lot faster compared to conventional SATA SSDs.

Take a look at this comparison of HDD vs SSD (SATA) vs PCIe NVMe SSD Write and Read Speeds:

Best Laptop for Animation - SSD vs NVMe

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HDD

The conventional Hard Drive still has a purpose though.

As HDDs are a lot cheaper per Gigabyte, you can use them as long term storage, archiving, backup systems or storage systems for files you don’t need to access very often, that are too big for your built-in SSD, or that don’t require that great a speed.

Basically, anything that is not directly involved in your day-to-day workflow when actively working inside your software.

I usually have external HDDs that I switch on in the evening after a day’s work and backup anything I worked on to the external HDDs, so nothing can get lost.

Expandability

The best Laptop for Animation should have the ability to be upgraded and expanded within its hardware components.

As a great Laptop should be able to last you for a couple of years, the innermost hardware components usually aren’t quite up to speed anymore after a few years, as adevelopment of new technology is extremely fast.

In Laptops, there are many components you can swap out on your own and upgrade, or have a repair shop replace.

For example, you can now buy a Laptop that has only 256GB of SSD Storage built in, and after a year you might realize that you would need more room for all the new projects and clients that you are working on and a larger SSD would come in handy.

You can now easily upgrade to a larger and maybe even faster SSD, as the technology has progressed.

Get a 500GB or even 1TB SSD that will keep you settled for longer until it is time to get an entirely new Laptop for Animation or maybe other types of related fields that you have grown into.

The same applies to RAM. You can usually get a laptop that has some RAM slots still unused at purchase date, and add more later on if you find your memory to be full all the time.

The CPU and GPU, unfortunately, aren’t that easy to upgrade on your own, as these are usually hidden beneath parts of cooling solutions, and you would have to talk to the manufacturer or a repair shop to have these upgraded.

Apple MacBook (Pro) for Animation?

I know of many that would like to just get a MacBook Pro. They look nice and it seems everyone in the Design Industry has a Mac or MacBook, right?

Best Laptop for Animation - Mac vs Laptop

Image-Source: apple.com

Since this is a topic that is usually heavily fought over with very personal opinions, I’ll just list some facts here and let you decide for yourself:

  • Cost: The Laptop(s) I recommend down below are 50% cheaper than the exact same parts in a MacBook Pro
  • Graphics Card: The recommended Laptop(s) have (for this use case) superior Graphics Cards from Nvidia (CUDA based), that you can also GPU Render on in much more 3D Softwares (Apple only offers AMD Radeon GPUs with OpenCL)
  • Industry usage: Any serious 3D Studio I have worked and freelanced at so far, uses Windows-based PCs and not Macs. There are some that only had Macs in their Infrastructure, but those were advertising agencies that always outsourced any serious 3D or Animation work.
  • Expandability: Laptops can usually be upgraded easier
  • Repair cost: Laptops can usually be repaired cheaper
  • Connectors / Adapters: A Laptop has all of the usual Connectors already built in. MacBooks usually need additional expensive Adapters for anything external.

Now, please do comment down below, if you have had a different experience. This is what I myself have experienced so far, but I would love to hear from you!

Using the Laptop

Input Devices

An absolute must to be productive on a Laptop is a good input device such as a mouse or a tablet & pen.

I have never seen anyone on a Touch-pad come even close to the speed of someone using a mouse or tablet & pen.

I know that using additional Input devices can be quite impractical at times, especially if you are in confined spaces such as on the train or the airplane.

Whenever possible though, especially at home, at work or at School where you have a fairly large desk, use an input device that will greatly speed up your work.

Some Laptops have Touchscreens, that can also be quite fast if you are used to using the Touchscreen as an input device. You might want to try this out in a shop and see if it suits you. Also, a mouse is not expensive, you can always get one later-on.

Best Laptop for Animation - Mouse

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Laptop Screen

As Laptop screens are usually much smaller than external screens that you can buy, you should make sure the resolution of the laptop screen is high enough for you to fit all of your software pallets and windows on the single screen that you need.

A Full HD Resolution (1920×1080) usually is a good minimum to buy, but there are Laptops with even higher resolutions such as 4K, that you can fit much more on.

Beware though that with High-Resolution Screens the pixels are much smaller and as the screen doesn’t get bigger, individual elements and Window/Menu Texts will get smaller and might strain your eyes if the Software you are using does not support Text Scaling.

Best to get an extra external monitor for a Multi-Screen setup or even just use your external monitor in a single screen setup if it is much larger.

I would recommend a 15″ Screen size as the minimum on a Laptop for Animation.

IPS or TN Panel?

For those working on projects that need higher Color accuracy, better Contrast, and an overall better Screen, I would recommend an IPS over a TN Panel.

This is not necessary for everyone. Say you are modeling, or animating in your viewport a lot, but don’t color grade or composite all that much, a TN Panel is usually sufficient. If you rely on more accurate color display though, go the IPS route.

Mobility

Now, the reason you are looking for the Best Laptop for Animation and not a Computer or Workstation probably is also for mobility reasons.

You want to be able to take this with you, maybe work while traveling, or you have a docking station at work and home and you just take your laptop with you wherever you are currently working.

Maybe a Computer setup is just too big and you would like to start with something leaner that doesn’t require a dedicated area with cables running everywhere.

If you are a Student, then having a Laptop might be required by many Schools and you will take your Laptop from Class to Class and back home every day.

Obviously, a Computer or Workstation will be better for Animation in almost every aspect because it has more room for faster parts a better power supply and larger cooling solutions.

But it certainly falls far behind in one important aspect: Mobility.

You want to be mobile and you probably don’t want to carry a huge 10KG Laptop with you that will give you back pain after a days use.

Trust me, there certainly are Laptops that don’t really deserve this name anymore, as you won’t want them to be resting on top of your lap.

They are loud, extremely hot, heavy and very large and look more like a heavy briefcase than anything else.

What we are looking for is the Best Laptop for Animation that is also somewhat lightweight, yet still has a large enough screen, doesn’t produce too much noise and has a battery that lets us animate for some hours before we have to plug it into a power supply.

I have put together some recommendations of Laptops that will fit your needs in different price ranges below four you to take a look at, but as we are almost through this article lets see what else is important in a great Laptop for animation:

What else is important in a Laptop for Animation

If you are planning on using the Laptop with external devices, which I would recommend to enhance your speed and workflow, you should make sure it has all the required connectors.

If you have a docking station for your Laptop, the docking station will usually take care of most of the connectors as not all of the connectors will be present on your Laptop directly for space reasons. If you don’t have a docking station, you will want to make sure your Laptop has some of the following connectors already built in:

For external monitors you will want a HDMI and or Display Port Connector. Some of the older monitors also just support DVI or VGA Plugs though these connectors, because they are so big, usually aren’t found on modern laptops anymore. But you can always get an adapter.

Best Laptop for Animation - Connectors

Image-Source: CNET

If you are using a Local Area Network at your workplace or at home you will want an RJ45 LAN port for attaching a LAN cable that offers much higher speeds than a wireless connection can provide.

For external USB devices such as external HDDs for backup and storage, Input Devices such as Mouse, Tablet or Headsets, you will want enough USB ports that are fast enough such as USB 3.0.

So here they are:

Recommendations: The best Laptop for Animation

If you plan on using Cinema 4D, After Effects and other graphically less demanding Software more extensively, then the following Laptop recommendation is for you:

First Choice: MSI

Best Laptop for Animation - MSI

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Considering all aspects in this article such as, Size, Weight, Mobility, and especially Performance & Price your best Laptop for Animation that I can recommend is the MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-050 15.6″ Laptop. Some Features include:

  • Ultra Thin
  • CPU: i7-8750H (6 cores)
  • Graphics Card: GTX 1060 with 6 GB VRAM
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • SSD: 512G NVMe SSD
  • Win 10 Pro
  • 15,6″ IPS Screen with a FullHD Resolution

Check the current Price here.

Some notes on this Laptop:

It says “Gaming Laptop” in the Title, which can be somewhat misleading. The reason why Laptops or Computers have the Word “Gaming” anywhere on the product page, usually is because the Graphics Card is fairly strong and the manufacturers think these Laptops will only be gamed on.

Well, they are excellent for animation as well, so don’t let that distract you!

This Laptop weighs under 2KG and is extremely portable and slim. You can configure this MSI Laptop to the next higher Tier GPU, RAM Size, and SSD Size if you want, though I don’t think it really is necessary.

 

Second overall Choice: Gigabyte

If it’s Maya (with its Viewport 2.0) and other graphically more demanding Software you use most, you will want to lean towards a better GPU such as the 1070 as you will find in the following Laptop:

Best Laptop for Animation - Gigabyte

Image-Source: techspot.com

A close second choice within the same Price range and Hardware Components is the GIGABYTE Aero 15X v8-BK4 15″ Ultra Slim Laptop. The Features are:

  • CPU: i7-8750H
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of VRAM
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • SSD: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Win 10 Home
  • 15,6″ IPS Screen with a FullHD Resolution

Check the current Price here.

Some notes on this Laptop:

This Gigabyte Laptop again has the “Gaming” branding in its Title, but will be excellent for animation as well. It even has a higher Tier Graphics Card, the Nvidia 1070 GTX with 8 GB of VRAM. It weighs just slightly over 2KG.

Two more great choices with similar Hardware are the Asus GX531GS (Zephyrus S) and the Razer Blade 15.

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Hi, I'm Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I've built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

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Charlotte

Hey Alex,

First of all, thank you for being so kind to answer all of our questions!
I am looking to buy a 2-in-1 laptop and I was wondering if you could help me out a bit.
I’ll mostly be using it for digital drawing and making animations (I’m a student)
I will be using programs like photoship, after effects, illustrator and such, as well as some video editing.
I am aware that 2 in 1 laptops may not be ideal for all of this but portability is very important to me.
I have been looking at these laptops:

HP x360
Lenovo yoga c930
Dell 5530

At the moment my preference goes out to the dell, as it comes with a Wacom pen, this would be best for my art.
Would these specs suffice for all of my needs in your opinion?:

Intel® Core™ i7-8706G processor
Radeon™ Pro WX Vega M GL (8 MB cache, to 4,10 GHz)
16,0 GB, DDR4, – 2400 MHz
1920 x 1080 screen resolution
M.2 512 GB PCIe NVMe 40 SSD

Or is there anything else I need to think of?
Would you recommend another laptop?

I would really appreciate your help,
Thank you so much

Hey Charlotte,

Thanks for dropping a line!

Your three options are all great choices when it comes to 2-in1 laptops but if a Wacom pen is a must-have for you, then going for the Dell 5530 might make the most sense.

And besides, the specs of the 5530 are good enough for what you need the laptop for. The 17-8706G CPU of the 5530 is complemented by its 16GB of RAM so you can expect the laptop to perform nicely. Plus, it comes with an NVMe SSD which is the fastest type of SSD at the moment so you can expect a faster and smoother work flow with this. You may need to invest in additional external storage though as 512GB nowadays can easily be filled up before you know it. But all in all, the Dell 5530 with its Wacom pen is your best bet for your use case scenario.

Cheers,
Alex

Rio

Hey Alex!

i found this article is really helped me out to find the whole specs explaination for animation student, my name is Rio and as a first year of graphic design student, is this laptop good enough for price and performance ? i wonder MSI GF63 for budget and performance but the panel on their screen made me confused because the colour accuracy of it self, and i also take a look for another version of MSI laptop like prestige/modern, so for this recomendation laptop down below which one is the best with performance for animation design and rendering ? should i worrying about 50% of srgb screen on msi gf63 ?
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MSI GF63 : https://www.pemmz.com/msi-gf63-9rcx-622id-i7-9750h-gtx1050ti-4gb.html#tab-product-view2

MSI MODERN : https://www.pemmz.com/msi-modern-14-a10rb-672id-i5-10210u-mx250-2gb.html#tab-product-view2

Thank You!.

Hi Rio,

Thanks for asking!

The MSI GF63 9RCX – 622ID and the MSI Modern 14 A10RB – 672ID are both excellent choices for a budget laptop but for performance alone, I think it would be best if you go for the MSI GF63 9RCX – 622ID. The GF63 has a more powerful i7-9750H CPU compared to the i5-10210U CPU of the MSI Modern in addition to featuring a higher-tiered GTX 1050 Ti CPU compared to the MX250 of the MSI Modern.

True, the MSI GF63 9RCX – 622ID may only have around 50% sRGB coverage but this is one of the drawbacks of going for a budget laptop. Certain corners have to be cut in order to lower the price and this is the case with the GF63. You need not worry too much about the 50% sRGB coverage though unless you will be using the laptop professionally.

Cheers,
Alex

vijay

Hi,

these 2 laptops are with good price on bestbuy.
1. $749 Model:15M-DR1012DX
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-x360-2-in-1-15-6%20%20%20-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-512gb-ssd-32gb-optane-natural-silver-sandblasted-anodized-finish/6364578.p?skuId=6364578
HP – ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 12GB Memory – 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U mobile processor
integrated intel graphic

2. $1099 HP – Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane – Dark Ash Silver, Sandblasted Anodized Finish
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics Driven by 2GB GDDR5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U mobile processor
Model:15-DF1033DX
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-spectre-x360-2-in-1-15-6-4k-ultra-hd-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-512gb-ssd-32gb-optane-dark-ash-silver-sandblasted-anodized-finish/6364582.p?skuId=6364582

Planning to learn animation, vfx vedio editing, 3d modeling and other web designing stuff. Till now no experience.

these 2 laptops have same processor.
differences:
1. ram 12 vs 16gb
2. graphic – intel vs getfirce mx250
3. full hd vs ultra hd

i am more inclined towards 1st one hp envy with integrated intel graphic. please provide suggestion that all required software like blender, maya, cinema4d and others that you think wil be good for beginner, will work fine on it. please provide pros and cons for both laptops.

it would be great if you can reply soon. thanks in advance.

Hi Vijay,

Thanks for asking!

Both laptops are good budget options when you come to think of it but if I were to choose one between the two, I’d go for the second option and get the HP Spectre x360 15-DF1033DX. Given that both laptops have the same processor, the HP Spectre x360 15-DF1033DX is a bit better because it has slightly more RAM (16GB vs 12GB) and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.

However, if you are open to looking at other options, you may want to have to have a look at the Asus ROG Strix G (2019) Gaming Laptop available at around $1,035.00. The specs of this laptop are below:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD –
Weight 2.3 kg (~5.06pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

While the i7-9750H CPU of the Asus ROG Strix G (2019) Gaming Laptop is one generation older compared to the CPU of the HP Spectre x360 15-DF1033DX, it has a slightly faster base clock speed and 2 more cores (6 cores vs 2 cores). More importantly, the ROG Strix G has a more powerful GTX 1650 GPU. While the GPU is almost never the bottleneck in animation work, the GTX 1650 could help if you want to render your scenes using the GPU. Additionally, the ROG Strix G comes with twice the storage space of your HP choices with its 1TB SSD. For a little more, you get a better laptop with the Asus ROG Strix G (2019) Gaming Laptop so you might want to consider that before pulling the trigger.

Cheers,
Alex

Rose

Hello. This article was very helpful.
I wanted to ask about dell g7 15. Is it good to buy for animation?

Rose

Or would you suggest any other laptops in same price range.

Hey Rose,

Thanks for dropping a line and thank you for the kind words!

First off, if I may ask, how much are you willing to spend?

Actually, the Dell G7 15 has several variants based on specs. One variant of the Dell G7 15 goes for around $1,199.99 with the following specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Memory(RAM) 32GB DDR4 RAM
SSD 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD ~
Weight 2.6 kg (~5.73pounds)
Display 15.6-inch IPS Full HD display, 1920×1080

If you can find this particular variant of the Dell G7 15, you can expect this laptop to perform nicely and with its price of $1,199.99, this is definitely a good buy for what you need it for. Can recommend!

Cheers,
Alex

Chris

Hey Alex!
Thanks so much for this helpful article,

I’m current a college student trying to focus on 3d animation and modeling (with some 2D work as well!) and was thinking of buying a laptop this coming black friday!

I was looking at different laptops and I was thinking of buying:

OMEN Laptop- 15 t – This specific one I linked down here!

( https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/omen-laptop-15t-6cm24av-1?jumpid=ma_black-friday-sale_product-tile_top-deals_14_6cm24av-1_omen-laptop—15t )

Right now it’s at about 700~ish which is within my price range but I just wanted some advice on if you think it’s a good purchase for what I plan to do on it!

Thank you so much and please excuse me if this is an ignorant question cause im not well versed with computer specs! (Though this article helped me alot to understand somethings I never even knew.)

– Chris

Hey Chris,

Thanks for dropping a line!

If you can get the HP OMEN Laptop – 15t while its price is at $719.99, it’s a good buy. However, the maxim “You get what you pay for” applies here. While the laptop’s i5-9300H CPU and 8GB of RAM are decent enough for your 3D animation and modeling tasks, you can’t expect the snappy and smooth workflow commonly associated with higher-end and higher-priced laptops. For small projects, you can expect the HP OMEN Laptop – 15t to perform nicely but you may find it a bit lacking as you move on to bigger and more complex projects.

Cheers,
Alex

Andrew Moe

Hi Alex what laptop should I get for Maya and using Photoshop to design back ground in 2d and 3d or model and animation
MSI GL Series GL65 9SEK-065 $1,299
Intel Core i7 9th Gen 9750H up to 4.5GHZ
16 GB DDR4
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
Windows 10 Home
512 GB NVMe SSD
15.6″ 144 Hz IPS

HP – Spectre x360 2-in-1 $1,.099
Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10510U up to 4.9
16GB DDR4
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
Window 10
512GB Solid State Drive accelerated by Intel® Optane 32 gb
15.6″ multitouch screen

Andrew Moe

msl gl series has
6 cores, 12mb cache

Hp Spectre has
4 cores, 9mb cache

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for asking!

Both the MSI GL Series GL65 9SEK-065 and HP – Spectre x360 2-in-1 are very capable laptops. However, my choice would be the MSI GL65. It may have a one-generation older i7-9750H CPU compared to the 10th-gen i7-10510U CPU of the Spectre x360 but the MSI laptop more than makes up for this by having an RTX 2060 GPU compared to the measly MX250 found in the HP laptop. With almost all other specs being similar, the RTX 2060 GPU of the MSI GL65 is the deciding factor as this graphics card could be of help in bringing about a better render performance in the event you need to use the GPU render engines.

Cheers,
Alex

Jennie

Hi Alex. I’m into graphic design and animation and I need a laptop with a maximum of $700. Will the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 be sufficient? Can you make any suggestions within my budget? Thanks

Yoko

Hello Alex,

I enjoyed reading your article.

It’s been about 6 yrs since I last purchased a laptop. My prior laptop was a Dell (I don’t remember what kind), but it had 17” screen. It was quite heavy to carry around when traveling. I know laptops have changed quite a bit.

I would like my new laptop to be used for daily tasks and for animation. However, my budget is strapped. The most I can spend is $1500. I would like to stick with the Dell laptops basically because I have a credit line with them that’s already established.

I have come across these 2 laptops, but I don’t know which one is better. I’m hoping you can help.

1) Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop $1349.99
9th Gen Core i7-9750H (12MB cache, up to 4.5GHz, 6 cores)
Windows 10 Home
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060GB 6GB GDDR6
16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) & 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5” HD (storage)
15.6” FHD (1920×1080) IPS 144 Hz
60 WHr, 4-cell battery (Integrated)

This laptop can be configured using any of these components:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 w/Max-Q Design ($200)
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD ($100)
15.6” FHD (1920×1080) 240Hz Display ($50)

2) Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop $1459.99
9th Gen Core i7-9750H (12MB cache, up to 4.5GHz, 6 cores)
Windows 10 Pro English
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060GB 6GB GDDR6
16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
15.6” FHD (1920×1080) IPS 144 Hz
60 WHr, 4-cell battery (integrated)
802.11ac, WiFi & Bluetooth, 2×2

This laptop can only be configured using this component:
1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD ($200)

Which of these laptops is better for the cost? If you could modify the 1st laptop without gong too much over $1500, how would you do so? And although not mentioned in the specs, both of these laptops do have sound and speakers, correct?

Would you recommend another type of Dell laptop to consider?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Yoko

Hey Yoko,

Thanks for asking!

Both laptops have almost the same specs with only the storage option being the main difference between the Dell G7 15 and the Dell G5 15. If I were to choose between the two, I’d go with the first option and just add $200 to have it come with a 1TB NVMe SSD. The total of the Dell G7 15 will then come up to around $1,549.99 which is a little over your budget but in exchange, you get a bigger 1TB NVMe SSD to go along with the 1TB HDD of the laptop. And yes, both laptops do have sound and speakers so no worries on this.

Cheers,
Alex

Yoko

Good morning Alex!

Thank you for your suggestion.

However the $200 component (1TB NVMe SSD) is actually for the Dell G5 15 laptop (2nd option).

On the Dell G7 15; the HD is a combo. In other words, it comes with both a 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HD. This combo can be swapped for the 512GB NVMe SSD for $100.00.

Does this change your selection?

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks again for your help!

Yoko

Kenny

Hey so forgetting the cost which two laptops are the best on the market for autodesk and Houdini? Something that will keep me off my desktop . Also you don’t mention any with 2080 gpu or maybe I missed it

Crew Wellema

Hi Alex,
Im currently going to school for computer graphics and looking for a new laptop to do 3D modeling, GD, rendering ect… do you have any recommendations for 2 in 1 laptops that would be good for this? im thinking of a 2 in 1 so modeling, sculpting, drawing ect.. would be easier with a pen rather than a mouse. or do your think the best route to go would to get a normal laptop with a Wacom Tablet? Im looking to keep the price around $1,500 thank you 🙂