Planning to buy a new laptop for animation purpose? Great! We have got you covered with the best laptop for animation that you can buy in 2018. But before you begin with the list of our top selected laptops for animation, we would recommend you just read the facts mentioned below.
Animators are people who burn night oil to make videos which amaze the audience and for this, they definitely need a decent laptop. While buying a new laptop you should always keep in mind that a laptop is not specially made for animation, if it would have been made for animation we would have called it just an animation machine. It’s the configuration of the laptop which makes it capable to work with software like Autodesk Maya, Adobe Animate and more.
Now you might be thinking, what configuration is good for the best animation laptop?
To smoothly run software like Autodesk Maya, Adobe Animate etc we would recommend you to have at least Intel Core i5 processor (6th gen or above) and 16GB of DDR4 RAM (as you can see on Autodesk’s official website), Maya Certified Graphics Hardware (Here’s the list) and at least 256GB of SSD or 1TB HDD of storage capacity (for better performance).
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PS: Most of the animation software require 4-5 GB of space for installation. The above-mentioned storage capacity is recommended for lag-free work experience.
Now if you have read it till here, it will be easy for you to select your first or next best laptop for animation use. So let’s straight dive into the list of our top recommended laptops-
List of 10 Best Laptop for Animation 2018
|Model Name||Screen Size||Storage Capacity||Graphics Card|
|Acer Predator Helios 300 Animation Laptop||15.6″ Full-HD IPS||256GB SSD||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|ASUS VivoBook Pro||17.3″ Full HD||256GB SSD + 1TB HDD||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|ASUS FX504 for Animation||15.6″ Full HD||256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|LG GRAM||15.6″ Full HD IPS||256GB SSD||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|DELL G3579-7989BLK-PUS||15.6″ Full HD IPS||256GB SSD+1TB HDD||NVIDIA GeForce 1050|
|MSI GE63 Raider High-end Animation||15.6″ Full HD||128GB SSD + 1TB HDD||NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070|
|Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS||15.6″ Full HD||512GB SSD||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|HP Envy 17||17.3″ Full HD||1TB HDD||NVIDIA GeForce MX150|
|HP Premium Animation Laptop||17.3″ Diagonal HD||256GB SSD+1TB HDD||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD||17.3″ Full HD||1TB SSHD (Hybrid)||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
1. Acer Predator Helios 300 For Animation
The first and the most-recommended laptop on the list of best laptop for animation is the Acer Predator Helios 300. The Helios 300 laptop is an ultimate machine for doing all your animation tasks without facing any lagging issues. The laptop comes with latest 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor which offers a clock speed of 2.8GHz to 3.8Ghz (with turbo boost technology). Having a decent processor makes it a lot easier for you to run all your animation software and create amazing videos.
Talking about the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB of DDR4 RAM which is stupendous. You can run almost every program you wish to with this amount of RAM. Imagine the times when you start an animation software and immediately your system hangs up. The moment it happens is the most frustrating and you feel like (s**t man), I don’t need this hell. Thanks to the amazing configuration of Acer Predator Helios 300, you don’t face such issues with Helios 300. With 256GB SSD storage capacity, the laptop is a real beast. Along with this amazing config, the laptop also offers extra empty expandable hard drive slot for 2.5″ hard drives.
Now coming on to the screen size, the laptop comes with 15.6″ Full-HD IPS (In-plane switching) display for an ultimate work experience. The keyboard of the laptop comes with red-backlit which looks quite elegant when you work in low-light conditions. Now since you are buying the laptop for animation use, you definitely need a decent Graphics card. The laptop comes with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM which offers an excellent rendering speed and helps you to render your animated videos quickly and more efficiently. Pros and cons of the laptop are summarised below to make your selection easier-
2. ASUS VivoBook Pro OUR RECOMMENDATION
The next laptop on the list of the top recommended laptops is the ASUS VivoBook Pro. ASUS is one of the most popular brands when it comes to heavy-duty laptops. This laptop from ASUS comes with latest 8th generation Intel-i7 processor which gives a turbo speed up to 4.0GHz. The processor helps you by smoothly handling 4K UHD playback or encoding. When we compare the price of the laptop with the specifications it offers, it feels like this is one of the best value for money animation laptop.
Talking about the RAM and storage capacity, the laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM and also have 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo which makes the laptop an ultimate powerhouse. According to a short survey done by our team, we found that 8 out of 10 people who create animated videos would love to use Asus VivoBook Pro for all their animation work. Besides all the specs that we have mentioned, there are many other cool specs that you can find on this laptop.
Coming on to the display, the laptop comes with 17.3″ Full HD wide-view display with 72% NTSC color gamut. Having a larger wide-view display gives you a better editing experience and will also make your eyes less strained. Although the increase in screen size decreases the portability of the laptop, we recommend you to purchase a 17.3 inches laptop bag in case you travel more. Talking about the graphics card, you get NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB discrete graphics with the laptop for flawless visuals and lag-free editing experience.
Last but not the least, the laptop also offers various connectivity options like USB-C (Gen1), USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 2.0, HDMI, & headphone/mic ports for every device. With all the amazing features and a decent price range, we recommend you to go with the laptop before any second thought. You can also have a look at the pros and cons mentioned below-
3. ASUS FX504 – Best Laptop for Animation
ASUS is a renowned brand when it comes to buying a heavy duty animation laptop. The laptop comes with 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor which offers a clock speed up to 3.9GHz. The design and build quality of the laptop is superior which makes it capable of handling heavy tasks like producing 2D and 3D animations smoothly. With 16GB DDR4 high-frequency RAM, the laptop can also be used for doing multitasking without facing any lagging issues.
The laptop has dual fans with anti-dust technology which increased its lifespan and helps in providing a great performance while doing graphics-intensive tasks. Talking about the graphics card, the laptop comes with GeForce GTX 1060 for ultimate work experience. No doubt, with this type of configuration you can enjoy playing games in your free time. The best part that we love about ASUS FX504 is that it comes with 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD storage combo which makes it a real powerhouse.
For the precise moves and alignment of the animation, you definitely require a good display. Thanks to the 120hz 15.6″ Full HD display which gives you a better viewing experience and keep your eyes safe even after long usage. With Windows 10 and a 20-million keystroke-durability backlit keyboard, the laptop is a great deal for anyone looking to buy a laptop for animation use. Below are the pros and cons of the laptop, have a look:
4. LG GRAM 15Z975-U.AAS7U1 Laptop
The next powerful beast on the list of our top laptops for animation is the LG Gram. Made with innovation and clear-cut construction, the laptop weighs less than 2.5 pounds making it easy to carry anywhere you want. We call this laptop a PPP machine i.e. Packet of Power with Performance. It comes with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor which can handle all animation tasks effortlessly.
Coming on to the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB of RAM which is sufficient for handling multiple tasks. Now if you have Adobe Animate opened in one side, you can easily use software like Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom etc side by side without facing any lag. The portability of the laptop is a function of both weight and battery power that a laptop offers. With 60Wh battery (Up to 13.4 hours), you can carry your laptop anywhere you want and work for long hours without being worried about the battery.
Now let’s talk about the most looked factor i.e. Storage capacity. The laptop comes with 256GB SSD storage capacity which is an addon to the speed of the laptop. The 15.6″ Full HD IPS display offers exceptional clarity with almost every viewing angle and makes it easier for you to do all your animation work. Talking about the connectivity, the laptop comes with a USB Type-C port which assures high-speed data transfer and video output.
5. DELL G3579-7989BLK-PUS For 2D and 3D Animation
When it comes to buying a laptop which is affordable and does all your animation work smoothly, Dell G3579-7989BLK-PUS is the best in place. With 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the laptop is an epitome of power. The processor has 6-Core and offers a speed up to 3.9GHz under turbo boost. Talking about the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM which is an excellent masterpiece for handing all multitasks. Although 16GB of RAM will be sufficient for animation work, in case you feel like you need more, you always have an option to upgrade it to 32GB.
With 15.6″ Full HD IPS and Anit-glare display, it becomes quite easier for you to work for long hours without feeling any strain. Also, you get ultimate viewing experience from almost every angle you wish to see from. The best part that we love about this laptop is that it has a dual-fan technology. The technology helps in keeping the CPU cool while doing CPU or graphics intensive work.
Coming on to the storage capacity, the laptop comes with 256 GB (SSD) and 1 TB (with 5400 RPM) SATA HDD Storage capacity which makes it easier for you to store all your animated videos to showcase friends and clients. Along with the huge storage capacity, the laptop has NVIDIA GeForce 1050 graphics card to handle all graphics-intensive work and reduce the rendering time of your animation videos. With Windows 10, the laptop is an ultimate productivity beast for every animator who is looking out for an affordable heavy-duty laptop for animation.
6. MSI GE63 Raider High-end Laptop
The next best laptop on the list of top animation laptops is the MSI GE63 Raider. MSI is one of the most popular brands when it comes to choosing a laptop for CPU-intensive work like gaming, animation or video rendering. The GE63 is powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor for unstoppable performance. The processor comes with 6 cores and offers a speed of 2.2 to 4.1GHz.
Talking about the display of the laptop, it has 15.6″ FHD, 3ms wide view 94% NTSC Color anti-glare display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The anti-glare feature of the display protects your eyes from getting strained and helps you enjoy create animations for long hours. As of now, there are two different versions of the laptop available. One with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 and the other one with NVIDIA GeForce GTX10670. The version with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070 is little expensive from the other one. The laptop reviewed here comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics card to easily handle all the rendering and animation work.
Coming on to the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB of DDR4 RAM which can be further expandable to 32GB (in case you need). This laptop on our list is the first VR ready animation laptop with a storage capacity of 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (7200RPM). Note: HDD drive with 7200RPM is better than 5400RPM. One of the coolest features that we found in this laptop is the “Per Key RGB”. With this feature, you can control the keyboard’s illumination and can change the light color to what you want. For more pros and cons, see below:
7. Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS
Another affordable laptop on our list of top laptops for 2D and 3D animation is the Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS. The laptop is equipped with 7th generation Intel i7 processor which has a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and max turbo frequency of 3.8 GHz.
Talking about the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB of DDR4 RAM with a frequency of 2400MHz. Also, you get an option to upgrade your RAM up to 32GB. Note: The additional increment of RAM is sold separately. Coming on to the storage capacity of the laptop, it has 512GB Pie Solid State Drive which is sufficient for storing all your animated videos. But, we personally feel that if it would have come with 1TB additional HDD it would better for storage and also adds up to the overall speed of the laptop.
Having a good display is also one of the crucial factors that you need to look before you buy a laptop for animation work. With this model from Dell, you get 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) anti-glare display. The display has extreme clarity and gives you ultimate work experience. The laptop is also powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card which has 4GB GDDR5 video memory to handle all your animation related tasks easily. At last, we would say that the laptop is a great deal for people who are passionate about animation but doesn’t care about the storage drive. Read more pros and cons about the laptop below-
8. HP Envy 17 (Certified Refurbished) Best Value For Money
When it comes to selecting a decent laptop, screen size matters a lot! Thanks to the 17.3″ Full HD IPS WLED-backlit multitouch edge-to-edge Glass (1920×1080) display. It gives you an ultimate viewing experience and makes editing animated videos much easier. Talking about the processor of the laptop, the laptop has 8th generation, Intel Quad Core i7 processor which offers speed Up to 4GHz with Intel turbo boost. Since there are a lot of animation geeks who are just starting out and can’t afford an expensive laptop, this is definitely a great deal for them. Keeping in mind the needs of a novice animator, the laptop is built with an ultimate configuration which let you enjoy your work without facing any lagging issues.
Coming on to the RAM of the laptop, it has 16GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM memory which smoothly handles all your multitasks and further improves your productivity. Also, the laptop is equipped with 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive for storing all your animation projects. Now let’s come on to the most looked factor of an animation laptop, Graphics card. The laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 4 GB GDDR5 discrete video memory. Having a decent graphics card reduces the rendering time of your videos and let you complete your project fast.
In case you need to talk to your client on Skype etc, the laptop has a wide vision HD IR camera with integrated dual array digital microphone which makes video chatting a lot easier. In addition to all the amazing features, the laptop has decent battery backup which enhances its portability and makes it fall under the category of best laptop for animation. For more clarity, you can check out the pros and cons given below-
9. HP Premium Laptop For Animators
The next laptop on our list is also from HP and for this, we have a strong reason. Read the complete review and we are pretty sure that the price and specs the laptop offers will make your jaw drop :D. The laptop comes with 8th generation Intel i5 processor. It has 4 cores and a max frequency up to 3.4 GHz with Intel turbo boost technology. Since we recommend a minimum i5 processor for working smoothly with all animation software, this laptop will work perfectly fine and give you a lag-free work experience.
The best part that we love about this laptop is the price-to-specs value. The laptop is affordable for every beginner who is just starting out in the field of animation and graphics. Talking about the RAM, the laptop has 16 GB DDR4 RAM which is sufficient for handling all multitasks. Also, the laptop is equipped with 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD storage combo which not only provides you a good room for storing all your projects but also enhances the overall speed of the system. Coming on to the graphics card, the laptop has Intel UHD Graphics 620 which is not definitely the best one but it is perfectly awesome for beginners who are just starting out.
One thing which the laptop lacks behind is the presence of Full HD display :(. The laptop has 17.3″ diagonal HD display with a resolution of 1600 x 900. It would have been much better if the laptop had a Full-HD display. In addition to all the above-mentioned features, the laptop also has HD webcam with microphone, stereo speakers with HD audio and Windows 10 Home. Do check out all the pros and cons of the laptop below-
10. ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD with Hybrid Drive
Finally, here’s the last powerhouse of our list the “ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD”. ASUS is a famous brand for making a laptop for every need. Whether you are a student, a business or a graphics designer there’s a probability that ASUS have a laptop for you. This model from ASUS comes with 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor. It’s a quad-core processor which has a max frequency of 3.8GHz. The laptop comes with a dual-fan thermal design which keeps the laptop cool during CPU-intensive work like the rendering of animation videos.
Talking about the screen size of the laptop, it has 17.3” Full HD wide-view panel display for ultimate work experience and clear visibility. The best advantage of having a Full-HD display is that you can work anywhere you want (like in a ground with a sunny day) and you’ll not get any hindrance due to reflection. Another worth mentioning feature of the laptop is that it has 1TB SSHD FireCuda hybrid drive ( which is up to 6x faster performance than traditional HDD).
The coolest feature that we found in this laptop is that it has 4 isolated hotkeys (or arrow keys) which makes it even easier to do movements in animations. Coming on to the graphics card, the laptop has GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card for a smooth and fast rendering of videos. With all the amazing features and an affordable price range, the laptop definitely deserves your attention. Jump over to the pros and cons for a deeper look into what’s worth.
So here we come at the end of this post. We hope it was fun reading and you’ve got your best laptop for animation work :). It is quite burdensome for you to look around all over the web for the search of one perfect laptop, that’s what inspired us to write this amazing post and save a lot of your time. In case your friends are going through the same struggle, kindly recommend them to visit our site. Also, you can have a look at our other related posts like top 10 best laptop for artists 2018 and more in our laptops category.
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