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5 Best HP Laptops for Graphic Design
June 26, 2018
To create images that have the impact you want as a graphic designer, you need a laptop with high computing power that can handle multiple functions. And when you’re searching for good laptops for graphic design, you have every right to be picky.
HP® has been a go-to choice for graphic designers for years because our powerful laptops combine serious performance with a streamlined user experience. We strive to serve the pros, the beginners, and everyone in between.
Wherever you are in your design life, we’re here to help you find the best laptop for graphic design work.
1. HP ENVY x2 Detachable Laptop
If you work on-the-go, the HP ENVY x2 is a 2-in-1 laptop that lets you set up shop in any creative environment. With long-lasting battery life (up to 22 hours) and a sleek design, it’s made to be as mobile as you are.
Are you wondering if you need a laptop, a tablet, or both? Then the HP ENVY x2 is your best option. Simply remove the keyboard and you can go hands-on in tablet mode with the included stylus. Also, if inspiration strikes while you’re outside of Wi-Fi range, you can stay connected by utilizing its 4G LTE.
- 4G LTE connection
- Windows Hello and Cortana
- Tablet or laptop functionality
- Stylus and detachable keyboard
- Long battery life (up to 22 hours)
2. HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop
This easy-to-carry member of the HP Spectre family combines the best features of a traditional laptop with the flexibility you need. With the HP Spectre x360’s convertible features, you can easily switch from typing on a keyboard to drawing with a stylus.
The competitive price makes it a great choice for beginner graphic designers who also want a portable solution with an industry-leading processor. It comes with the dedicated graphics of an Intel® UHD Graphics 620 card, too, to keep everything crisp and professional-looking.
- Windows 10 Home
- 8GB DDR3 memory
- Long battery life (up to 16 hours)
- 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor
- 13.3” Full HD (FHD) touch screen display
3. HP EliteBook x360 1020 Laptop
The HP EliteBook x360 1020 is a business laptop built for multitaskers and power users.
Designed to make managing multiple projects an absolute breeze, don’t be fooled by its slim body (15.8 mm thin) and light weight (less than 3 lbs). This business laptop has serious computing performance and speed.
Like other laptops on this list, the HP EliteBook x360 has a touch screen display for those who love to get hands-on. It also underwent military-grade testing to ensure its trusted durability. Combine that with its easy portability, and you have one of HP®’s best laptops for graphic designers.
- Windows 10 Pro
- Fast-charging battery
- Four modes for maximum use
- Anti-glare touch screen display
- Upgradeable to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor
4. HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation
We know the actual look of your work is essential to your success, so owning a graphic design laptop that really shows off your images is crucial.
The HP ZBook Studio workstation laptops were created for artists and innovators searching for the best laptops to handle intensive animation and graphic design. We made sure of that by including two key features.
First, there’s a high quality NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics card, which is ideal for projects that require multiple layers. And then there’s HP DreamColor technology, which makes sure your graphics look amazing on any screen.
We also rigorously tested the HP ZBook Studio laptop in a variety of real-world environments. It will stand up to almost anything you put it through, so you can stop worrying if your workplace is too dusty, warm, or messy.
- Windows 10 Pro
- Thunderbolt™ 3 ports
- Remote Graphics Software
- Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
- Can double as a gaming laptop
5. HP ProBook 655 Laptop
With a 15.6-inch HD display, the HP ProBook 655 business laptop offers the crisp images and details you want at a price that won’t break your budget. And it may have a larger body, but this machine is light enough to carry to your next appointment.
For the graphic designer who is also a business owner, this laptop is a great option. In addition to offering great visuals, it includes all the productivity solutions you need thanks to Windows 10 Pro 64. It also allows for easy collaboration, so you can send projects to clients, interact with friends, and deliver your crafted images quickly.
- Windows 10 Pro
- 8GB DDR4 memory
- Optional optical drive
- HP Client Security Gen3
- AMD Radeon™ R5 Graphics
When your life revolves around creating beautiful designs, it’s essential that you have a computer that can deliver. HP® knows you need the best laptop for graphic design - one that you can rely on for years to come.
By choosing from these five options, we’re confident you can find the HP laptop that not only meets your needs, but exceeds them.
About the Author: Daniel Horowitz is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Daniel is a New York-based author and has written for publications such as USA Today, Digital Trends, Unwinnable Magazine, and many other media outlets.