Laptops for Animation 2018

Who are you, a hardcore gamer, an animation student, or a professional animator? You all have something in common, you might or might not know it. You all require a system that has best in class processor, a high-end GPU and Lots of memory, so that you don’t lag while performing task that require such high accuracy and patience.

Actually, there are no such laptops exclusively built for animations, but it’s the specification that make them suitable for animation. There is top-class animation software in the market which require a system with top class specifications and that software are really worth using. So, to excel as a professional animator, you do really need to spend time and money in finding system with your specifications.

Features to be considered for an Animation Support

To handle such a top-end job of handling the animation work, the features that the system has to deliver should also be top-end. Some features that a laptop should possess are listed below.

  • It needs to be versatile, able to run whatever applications are required to run.
  • Screen size should matter a lot.
  • Type of hard-disk HDD or SSD
  • Battery life
  • Processor version
  • RAM size
  • Resolution
  • Graphics card
  • Availability of ports

These are key points that you need to pay attention to while buying a laptop for animation purpose. You can walk around with laptops for general use, have simple set up to play simple games, but when it comes to detailing like in animation, there should be everything just complementing each component in the system.

Here are the available and most suitable Laptops for Animation in 2018

  1. Apple 15.4” MacBook Pro
    laptops for animation

  • Retina display best for what you would look for animation
  • 512GB SSD storage for faster execution than HDD
  • 7 GHZ Quad-Core Intel core i7 processor
  • 4-inch display with 2880×1800
  • Great battery life
  • 16GB memory
  • Very light weight
  • Noiseless fan
  • Price: $2,799.00

It is very much the bang for the buck for the students out there and the professionals that wish to work on laptops yet desire to get the performance and ease of desktop systems.

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  1. Microsoft Surface Laptop

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB memory
  • Best battery life
  • 5-inches pixel sense display with 2256×1504 resolution
  • Very thin and perfect design
  • Touchscreen
  • Price: $1,299.00

Being the Microsoft product, it has all the functionality a laptop would require to help a professional to excel in the professionalism. It is perfect combination of size and style with specification to help you with your problems.

  1. ASUS ZX53VW

  • 6-inches screen with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • 6th generation Intel core i5 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics
  • Reasonable price
  • Light weight
  • Good Battery life
  • Price: $799.00

Coming down the list, it might not seem to deliver such performance what professionals seek, but trust me, it has a totally great experience to provide upon the usage. Standing at such price point, it is really good alternative to all those heavily hyped systems.

  1. Acer Aspire E 15

  • Very cheap
  • Intel core i7 processor
  • 6-inches display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Light weight
  • Good battery life
  • Price: $ 999.11

When it comes to brand like Acer, it is generally underestimated in terms of usage and functionality. It has great battery life to support the operations happening on the machine. For the price, it is very much a perfect machine for students with tighter budget and wider expectations.

Also Read: NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics Reinvented 2018

  1. Acer aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

    Pic: Acer
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 6-inches full HD screen with 1920×1080 resolution
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16GB memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • Dual fan cooling system
  • Light weight
  • Durable
  • Price: $1,199.77

Being a gaming laptop, it is very much suitable for the animation works, provide with such specs, it easily falls under the choice of the customers.       

  1. Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY

  • 6-inches UHD screen with 3840X2160 resolution
  • 8GB memory
  • 1TB HDD storage
  • Intel quad-core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5
  • Touch screen
  • Price: $879.95

Despite some hiccups in the specs like no SSD, moderate battery life and all, the specs it provides in comparable with some high-end systems out there. It will certain be a good value for money for the ones really looking for the performance though are tighter in budget.

  1. Lenovo Gaming Y700

  • 6-inches display with 1920X1080 resolution
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB dedicated memory
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1Tb HDD+ 256GB SSD
  • Incredible speakers
  • Decent battery life
  • Price: $1,149.00

It is no doubt that this machine is powerful enough to beat some of the pros. With provided combo of HDD and SSD, there are many possibilities with the speed of execution of programs. It will be a very big bang for the buck.

  1. Microsoft Surface Book

  • 6-inches display with 3000×2000 resolution
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • Touch screen with surface pen functionality
  • 256GB SSD
  • Very light weight
  • High-quality design
  • Good battery life
  • Price: $ 1,660.00

Costlier makes it a bit out of reach for few out there but if they are able to purchase this laptop, its my guarantee they won’t regret buying it. They get the branding from the Microsoft with the performance on top level.

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 16GB memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • Great battery life
  • Great camera
  • Premium design
  • Great user experience
  • Price: $2,093.49

It might give hiccups to many of the readers, but wait these kinds of machines are manufactured best targeted to the high-end customers who don’t compromise on specs they get compared to price they pay. You will be paying price way higher than you expected but the expectation related to the specification will be above par in satisfaction.

  1. Acer Predator Helios 300

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 6-inches screen with 1920X1080 resolution
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Dual fan cooling
  • Superior quality of design
  • Price: $1,049.00

It is a gaming laptop, you know its going to be huge, with battery life on the edge, but as a matter of performing what it is meant to perform, it is unmatched. It is very much suited for animation students, graphic designers and professionals to work with. The cost might be a bit high, but is well deserved for the specification.

Conclusion

The laptops included in this list are from various fields, with various specification, with different price range and most importantly with same aim to serve for the professionals in uninterrupted performance in the animation and graphic related works. I would recommend all of these laptops give their imperfections here and there as they are meant to perform and they do perform quiet beautifully.

Hence, these were the 10 laptops for animation in 2018. There are many other laptops too but these laptops were in much need for appreciation as underdogs.

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