Laptops or Desktops: Which Is Best For A Graphic Designer

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When deciding whether to invest in a laptop or desktop as a graphic designer, one take a few specs into consideration. Are you a freelancer? Do you work from home or are you more mobile. Ideally, to get the best out of either device, you want to get a system with i5 or i7 Intel processor (for speed), with between 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM (for memory).

For motion graphics you would need a system with between 16 to 32 GB of RAM and an i7 Intel Processor with 3.0GHz or more. If you insist on using a desktop for your designs, you will need multiple hard drives, approximately 4 to 6 drives.

Advantage of Laptops for Graphic Design

  • Amazing displays
  • Fast drives
  • Plenty GB of RAM
  • If you are a freelancer, consider mobility.
  • Great for photo editing and retouching
  • Great for web design and print design

Recommended Laptops

Dell Latitude i7

Apple Macbook Pro

Asus ROG

Dell Inspirion i7

Lenovo y50i7 16 GB


Advantages of Desktops for Graphic Design

  • A lot of power supply, will not die on you.
  • Can accommodate multiple hard drives with up to 32 GB -64 GB of RAM
  • A desktop tower is available, giving you the room to adapt and build out a powerhouse machine.
  • RAID arrays, dual video cards and multiple media ports on one system.
  • Great for print, web design; motion graphics, 3D rendering, Digital Painting and more

Recommended Desktops

Mac Pro (Cylinder)

Mac Mini

Cyber PowerPC Supreme SLC7200 Intel i7-3960X 3.3GHz


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