What is the best 2 in 1 laptop for graphic design? When it comes to graphic design and laptops there is a myriad of options to choose from for your specific needs. ► Check pricing and specs of these laptops below!
► Lenovo Yoga 730 2 in 1 15in –
► Dell Inspiron 5000 2 in 1 15in –
► Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 2 in 1 15in –
► Microsoft Surface Pro 6 –
OR the Surface Pro 7 –
► Microsoft Surface Book 2 –
► HP Spectre x360 15in –
► Dell XPS 15 2 in 1 15in –
A 2 in 1 laptop is one of those options for graphic designers that focus highly on illustration, logo design, and sketching out ideas for their designs. Low and behold there is not one option for a great 2 in 1 laptop, that would be the way to easy. There are many options to choose from. So I took some time to sit down and develop my checklist for the best 2 in 1 laptop for graphic design in order to help you pick the best laptop for your needs.
The first thing you want to consider is do you really need a 2 in 1 laptop? How often will you REALLY use the 2 in 1 feature? Are you someone that likes to use touch screen devices or is it a novel idea to you and you want to give it a shot.
I am one of those people that get really excited about a new piece of technology, or app that will totally unlock the extraordinary designer inside of me that was just waiting for this piece of technology to release that designer.
I use the new-fancy device for a few weeks and then the flashy-ness wears off and I am back to my normal routine. So, I will ask again. Do you really need a 2 in 1 laptop?
Are you someone who is constantly sketching out ideas on your device, then email or air dropping those sketches to your computer and you want to save time and do all of your sketching right on your main laptop/device? Them the 2 in 1 laptop may be for you.
Are you an illustrator, digital painter, or photo editor and you want to have touch screen capabilities with the option to fold away or detach your screen?
Then the 2 in 1 may be the right buy for you.
Next, let’s consider the performance you need. If you are only going to be using your computer for the basic graphic design tasks like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign then a basic/affordable 2 in 1 laptop would suit you well.
That would be something along the lines of an i5 or an entry level i7 processor, 8 – 16GB of RAM and an integrated GPU. Nothing fancy, but enough power to run your daily tasks.
But, if you are a design that is going to need to do some heavy lifting – advanced photoshop work, motion design, and video editing (on top of the normal day to day graphic design tasks) – then you are going to need to look at getting a 2 in 1 with higher performance capability.
I’m talking about no less than an i7 processor, 16 – 32 GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU like the NVIDIA GTX 1050 or AMD RX Vega, and a Fast SSD.
With these specs, you will be equipped to run both illustration, logo sketches, or digital painting, along with some motion design and video editing.
I will discuss the models I think best suit each individuals needs in a little bit.
Usability is another essential aspect of purchasing a computer for your design needs. When it comes to 2 in 1 laptop the portability is unbeatable. These laptops are historically lightweight, thin, and durable.
They are great on the go machines and perfect for any student, freelancer, or individual running from meeting to meeting.
Now, one thing that I never want anyone to overlook is how they will be interacting with the ports on their machine. I use basically all of my ports all of the time with my Dell XPS 15. In fact, I run out of ports. So I want to make sure you are considering your day to day operations.
Do you need an SD card slot to bring in pictures, USB ports for external drives and USB drives, an HDMI or DisplayPort when you are at your workstation to have dual monitors, or perhaps a USB-C port for faster connectivity.
Think think think about your day to day life and what you may need, then cross-reference the machines I am recommending and see which one fits into your lifestyle.
I hope you have found this helpful, and I look forward to having you on the next video or post!
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