Best Graphic Design Laptops Under $500


Finding the best laptop for Graphic Design on a budget under 500 dollars is no easy task. But in this video, I have put together a list to help you find a suitable laptop for your design needs. ►⏩►⏩ Check specs and pricing in the links below…

If you are looking to buy a laptop under $500 dollars for graphic design I want to bring up some preliminary thoughts before you dive into a purchase.

Top Picks:
► Lenovo IdeaPad S340: i5-8265U (CPU Rank 9.5) –
► Lenovo IdeaPad 330s: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (CPU Rank 8) –
► Asus Vivobook 15 Thin: i3-8145U (CPU Rank 7) –
► Dell Inspiron 15in: i3-8145U (CPU Rank 7) –

Budget Picks:
► Acer Aspire 5: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U (CPU Rank 6.5) –
► HP 15 Notebook: i5-7200U (CPU Rank 6) –
► Dell Inspiron 15: i5-7200U (CPU Rank 6) –
► Macbook Pro Refurbished (CPU Various Specifications) –

It is important to remember that these are budget laptops for Graphic Designers. With that in mind, these laptops will not run as fast as some of the higher-end laptops available on the market. For instance, when you are using one of these laptops there are some things you can do to improve the performance.

Using a laptop with 8GB of RAM means that you will use up the RAM memory faster as you open up multiple programs. This will cause the laptop to slow down. You can improve the speed of the laptop by closing any program you are not actively using. If you are working primarily in Photoshop while also having Illustrator and Chrome (web browser) open I recommend closing Chrome and Illustrator. This will use less RAM memory and will speed up your laptop.

Another thing you can do is make sure that you purchase a laptop with a Solid State Drive. SSDs are far more reliable and faster. You will be able to save projects, export, and transfer files faster with an SSD.
Overall I am confident in these recommendations and I am excited to have the opportunity to help you on your journey.

With thanks,
Ben G Kaiser


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  2. Which’s laptop do you highly recommend as the best one of all for a graphic designer? I mean for editing video and advertising.

  3. Hi I really don't know much about laptops, but I need your input on a good laptop for video editing, programming and light gaming. I've never actually had my own laptop so I don't know what's good or bad, but I'm on a $500 budget. Please help and God bless you

  4. Is there a good laptop that is at the MOST $400? I want to use after effects but only with 1080p video edits of like 1 minute each, with presets and other effects involving plugins. And I don’t know what I should be looking for in terms of specs OR computer brands. Someone help!!

  5. when you said MacBook pro,, does that include the older versions,, say,,, 2013??? or am i just being dumb cmancn


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