Looking for New Laptop powerful enough for Adobe and 3D Modelling sub-par 1800 – What questions you must ask and what probably answers you may get when buying a new strong laptop for a pupil in a graphic, design and modelling class. 

1. What is your budget?
Under #1800 would be preferable but I can flex if needed.

2. What is the size of the laptop which you’re considering?
15 inch.

3. What display resolution do you desire?
Highest possible that is best for graphics/product design for print and internet.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement notebook?
As strong as you can while being as portable as possible. Under 4 lbs are really nice.
This is my primary pc so technically yes it is a desktop replacement.

5. How much battery life do you really need?
Over 5 hours are great. My times away from an outlet are relatively brief, so this is an area I’d be ready to compromise but, needless to say, I’d love more than 5.

6. Would you wish to play games in your notebook? If this then please list the matches that you wish to with the settings that you would like for these matches. (Low, Medium or High)?

7. What other jobs do you wish to do with your notebook? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Heavy Adobe Illustrator, a few photoshop, a few Solidworks but restricted by my current notebook. Will be needing to have the freedom to use more 3D modelling software.

8. Just how much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
512 SSD of a kind would be fine. Or a hybrid.

9. If you’re considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
I’m pretty overwhelmed by options right now. The majority of them being only outside my prefered cost. Gigabyte Aero 15/15x. The Lenovo Thinkpad P51 or the 52 coming out. Dell XPS 15. Dell XPS 15 2 in 1. HP Spectre 369. Dell Precision 5520. HP Z Books. Asus Zenbooks. Along with also the Lenovo Yoga 720 or 730 coming out. Some of these concern me either for their lack of a USB A or their lower end of the higher end graphics like GTX 1050.

10. How long would you like to keep your notebook?
3-4 Years

11. What type of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer, Bluray ROM/Writer, Etc?

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don’t like and explain the motives.
I’m receptive to any and all. Would prefer something which doesn’t seem too”gamey” but I’m ready for the right specs

13. Which town do you live in?
Newcastle Upon Tyne

14. Please tell us some additional information if needed.
Most concerned with power to run the applications I use and a glowing, colour-accurate display.
I have been struggling with a horrible screen which has a limited viewing angle and horrible colour accuracy and it makes designing products extremely hard.


I believe this ticks all your requirements.
– Quick CPU i7-7700HQ
– Plenty of RAM 16B
– Large and Quick SSD 512GB
– Large Hard Drive 1TB
– IPS panel (Adequate Delta E and Colour Gamut and view angles)
– GPU to Help with 3D work (although It’s the lesser end)
– Less than 4lbs
– USB A (it also has USB C/Thunderbolt 3)

The ASUS Zenbook Guru
– Quicker GPU (GTX 1050 Ti 4GB)
– better battery life
– Better color gamut
– Reduce colour accuracy (you should be able to calibrate it)
– Really Quick SSD but a little slower than MSI
– No HDD

Unless you are going to do a whole lot a 3D. I would not sweat the lower end graphics. Because of the decent specs, leading screen and large SSD. I’d likely get this Dell XPS 15 to the uses. It’s a better display than the Spectre X360.
– Colour gamut way beyond 1080p IPS panels at the other two
– 4K provides super nice visual detail
– Superb color accuracy
– Excellent battery life
Review: https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-xps-15

Performance wise, I doubt you’ll see much difference between some of these to your uses. Detail shrewd, that Dell is far over the MSI and ASUS in display quality.