Laptop Recommendations

The main components to be considered while buying a laptop for your architecture school will be the CPU, GPU, Display and RAM. The other preferences boil down to personal choices.

CPU

From 2022, AMD and Intel have been the primary market. Getting a CPU from Intel 12th generation or AMD Ryzen 5000 series is a safe bet. For architecture, it is important to get any CPU above Intel i5 or a Ryzen 5.

GPU

A Graphics card is highly essential for the smooth functioning of rendering and modelling software. 

Nvidia and AMD are the main manufacturers of the GPU. But Nvidia has been on the market for longer and is more preferred. For architecture, it is often best to get a laptop with a graphic card with video memory of above 6GB (RTX3060 or RX6800).

RAM

More the RAM, the merrier the work. Go for the maximum amount of RAM that will fit your budget. Don’t go below 8GB RAM though. 

Display

This generally becomes a personal choice as display size majorly affects the dimensions of the device. 

If you frequently work in mobile places then get a smaller display but a larger display is generally preferred for working efficiently. Go for a resolution of anything above 1920×1080.

Most preferred brands:

Asus, HP, Dell, Lenovo, MSI and Acer are what will populate your second year to final year studio rooms. 

Asus TUF Gaming Series

Asus TUF Gaming Series

Processor: Intel Core i5 10th Gen

RAM: 8GB DDR4, ROM: 512GB SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 Graphics

Dimensions: 39.6cm (15.6”) FHD

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 59,990

HP Pavilion Gaming Series

HP Pavilion Gaming Series

Processor: Intel Corei7 11th Gen

RAM: 16GB DDR4, ROM: 512GB HDD

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics, 4GB

Dimensions: 39.62 cm (15.6″), FHD

OS: Windows 10 Home Single Language

Price: INR 85,900

Dell G5 Series

Dell G5 Series

Processor: Intel Corei5 11th Gen

RAM: 16GB DDR4

ROM: 512GB SSD

Graphics card: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Dimensions: 35.56 cm (14″), FHD

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 72,990

Lenovo Legion Series

Lenovo Legion Series

Processor: Intel Core i5 10th Generation

RAM: 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD ROM

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050

Dimensions: 39.62 cms (15.6 inches), FHD IPS

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 73,490

MSI Alpha and Bravo Series

MSI Alpha and Bravo Series

Processor: Intel Corei7 10th Gen

RAM: 8 GB DDR4 ROM: 512GB SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650Ti, 4 GB

Dimensions: 39.62 cm (15.6″), FHD

OS: Windows 10 Home

Price: INR 87,990

Asus ROG and Zephyrus

Asus ROG and Zephyrus

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 6800H Mobile

RAM: 16GB, ROM: 512GB SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Graphics

Dimensions: 43.94cm (17.3″), FHD

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 98,990

HP Omen

HP Omen

Processor: 11th Generation Intel Core i7 

RAM: 16 GB DDR4, ROM: 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated Graphics

Dimensions: 40.9cm (16.1”), QHD Display

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 1,70,000

Dell Alienware

Dell Alienware

Processor: Intel Core i9 8th Generation 

RAM: 32GB RAM, 1TB HDD

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC Graphics

Dimensions: 43.94 cm QHD Display

OS: Windows 10

Price: INR 3,19,500

MSI Stealth and Raider

MSI Stealth and Raider

Processor: Intel Corei7 10th Gen

RAM: 8 GB DDR4 ROM: 512GB SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650Ti, 4 GB

Dimensions: 39.62 cm (15.6″), FHD

OS: Windows 10

Price: INR 2,90,900

Acer Predator

Acer Predator

Processor: Intel Core i9-11900H 11th Gen

RAM: 16GB DDR4, ROM: 1TB SSD

Graphics card: NVIDIA RTX 3060 Graphics

Dimensions: 39.62 cm (15.6″), FHD

OS: Windows 11 Home

Price: INR 1,24,999