The Best Laptops for AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a demanding programs which is mostly used by professionals related to different fields. It requires powerful processor, more RAM, SSD storage and definitely dedicated GPU. So, in this list article, we have listed the best laptops for AutoCAD.

Before buying a laptop mainly for AutoCAD, you must know few things. Generally, AutoCAD is available in different versions and in this article, we are considering 2017 AutoCAD including 3D drafting.

Basic requirements for running 2017 AutoCAD on Windows can be found HERE and for Mac HERE. But those requirements are for running the program, but to actually work on it, you must have highest specs possible.

For working on AutoCAD, you must go for a laptop with Intel Core i7 processor with more than 2 GHz CPU speed (basically, Intel Core i7 processors in 2015 or later released laptops have more than 2 GHz speed). For students and education work, you can go for Intel Core i5 processors, but it is not that good in long run.

RAM should always be 8 GB or higher. Almost all laptops will have an option to upgrade to higher RAM. DDR3 is good and DDR4 RAM standard is ultimate. Display should be 1080p minimum for getting better results. So, look for an ultimate display laptop with minimum 1080p display resolution with True Color capabilities. Choose a display size which you like, but in general, larger display is recommended.

Storage should always be a SSD type and don't go for HDD type. 256 GB SSD storage is enough but 512 GB SSD storage is recommended. And the main spec to consider while buying a laptop for AutoCAD is its GPU. Never go for integrated GPU laptops. Most of the modern laptops (released at the time of this update) are featuring amazing specs with Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage, but lack in dedicated GPU. So, go for laptops with NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M or more powerful GPU. AMD GPU's are good but NVIDIA GeForce GPU's are better.

Based on these points, we have listed few best laptops for AutoCAD. Lets see them,

Note: Listed laptops are in random order.

1) Microsoft Surface Book (96D-00001):



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This is an ultimate 2-in-1 laptop with specs needed for running most of the creative programs and portability needed for carrying around easily. It is a lightweight and beautifully designed 2-in-1 laptop with Intel Core i7-6600U processor, 16 GB DDR3 RAM, 512 GB SSD storage and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. These are the ultimate specs for using AutoCAD.

If you want a portable and high performing laptop, this has to be your choice. Click Here to know more about Microsoft Surface Book (96D-00001) at Amazon.

2) ASUS K501UW-AB78:



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This is a budget-friendly laptop with specs for using AutoCAD without any issues. This is a 15.6 inch Full HD gaming laptop with 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. These are the perfect specs for using AutoCAD. If you are looking for a budget-friendly laptop for AutoCAD, this is for you.

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3) Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK:



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Another affordable laptop for using AutoCAD. This is a 15.6 inch Full HD display laptop which is powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM and an amazing 1 TB Hybrid HDD + 8 GB SSD Storage. You can expand the storage by adding an M.2 SSD storage drive. Overall, this laptop is amazing for its price. You will be satisfied with its AutoCAD performance.

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4) ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB74:



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You will be satisfy for the money you paid and the performance you get with this laptop. This 15.6 inch Full HD display laptop is powered by 6th Generation 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor and comes with 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD storage and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

Those amazing specs are coming in a thin model, this laptop is about 0.9 inches thin. Click Here to know more about this laptop at Amazon.

5) ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VS-DB71:



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This laptop is similar to above listed laptop ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB74, but feature even more powerful GPU and SSD storage. In this laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is used instead of GTX 1060 GPU and 256 GB M.2 PCIE SSD storage is added instead of M.2 SATA SSD. Overall, a little more powerful laptop but for using AutoCAD, this can be the best choice in the long run.

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6) ASUS ROG STRIX GL702VM-DB74:



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This model is completely similar to #4 laptop in specs, features and everything, but both differ in display size. ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VM-DB74 is a 15.6 inch laptop and this model, ASUS ROG STRIX GL702VM-DB71 is a 17.3 inch display laptop. This model is suited for people who want larger display laptop for using AutoCAD. Click Here to know more about this model at Amazon.

7) ASUS ZENBOOK Pro UX501VW-XS74T:



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This laptop is similar to Microsoft Surface Book but this is a normal traditional laptop with touchscreen. Very stylish in looks and ultimate in performance. This laptop is about 0.8 inch thin but features top specs. This 15.6 UHD display model is powered by 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and comes with 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

At the time of updating this post, this model comes with 24 GB RAM which is a free RAM upgrade from few sellers. So, UHD display, 6th Gen i7 processor, RAM, fast SSD storage and with other amazing specs, this laptop is good for the price and suitable for people who want thin and stylish laptop with high performance.

A lower model, ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71T is available with same specs but differ in GPU, RAM and Windows OS. Both models have price difference of around $200 at the time of updating this post. If you can't afford those extra $200 or so, you can go for this model, but UX501VW-XS74T should be your choice.

Click Here to know more about ASUS ZENBOOK Pro UX501VW-XS74T at Amazon.

8) ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74:



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Another 17 inch laptop for AutoCAD. This laptop is a good deal for the price and its specs. ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74 is powered by 6th Generation 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ and comes with 16 GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4 GB VRAM. The drawback for AutoCAD users is its storage. This model comes with 128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB @ 7200 RPM HDD and for AutoCAD user, minimum of 256 GB SSD storage is recommended. You can estimate whether 128 GB SSD storage is enough for your project or not. If you want more storage, you can add an extra SSD storage to this laptop though a slide-off upgrade panel.

Overall, for the price this laptop a deal breaker. Take a look at Samsung 850 PRO SSD drive if you want to upgrade the storage. Click Here to find more info of ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74 at Amazon.

9) Apple MacBook Pro (MLH42LL/A):



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This is a 15.6 inch 2880 by 1800 pixels resolution Retina display laptop which is powered by 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and comes with 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage and AMD Radeon Pro 455 GPU with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM and Intel HD Graphics 530 chip. Overall, this is a great machine for working on AutoCAD. If you are an Apple MacBook lover, then it can be the best choice for you.

Another model, Apple MacBook Pro (MLH32LL/A) is available with less SSD storage (256 GB). We recommend only 512 GB model, cause you can't easily upgrade the storage in MacBook's. So, go for 512 GB model i.e., Apple MacBook Pro (MLH42LL/A).

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10) MSI VR Ready GE62VR Apache Pro-001:



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This is a VR Ready gaming laptop suitable for AutoCAD and other demanding programs. This is a 15.6 inch Full HD display laptop powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor and comes with 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1 TB (7200 RPM) storage and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Overall, this laptop is good choice for using AutoCAD and if you like to play games, this can handle high graphic games and VR games easily.

With same specifications, a larger display model MSI VR Ready GE72VR Apache Pro-009 is available.

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11) MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro-068:



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This laptop have same specs (other than storage) and features like above listed laptop. The only difference is its 512 GB SSD storage. For around same price, you can get MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro-034 model, which features 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD storage. If you are planning to buy a laptop completely for AutoCAD, go for 512 GB SSD model i.e., GS63VR Stealth Pro-068. But if you are planning to play games beside working on AutoCAD, go for 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD model i.e., GS63VR Stealth Pro-034.

Another difference between above listed model and this model is its weight and thickness. MSI Stealth Pro laptops are much thinner and lighter than Apache Pro models. So, want a light and thin model, go for this GS63VR Stealth Pro model or else choose GE62VR Apache Pro model.

If you want bigger display model with specs of MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro-034 model, take a look at MSI VR Ready GS73VR Stealth Pro-025.

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12) MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-021:



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This MSI Stealth Pro model features best display and more storage than above listed MSI Stealth Pro models. In this model, you are getting 15.6-Inch UHD, 4K eDP IPS-Level display with 3840 by 2160 pixels resolution and 512 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB @ 5400 RPM storage.

If you want even bigger display model with same display and same specs, take a look at MSI VR Ready GS73VR Stealth Pro 4K-016 model.

Click Here to know more about MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K-021 at Amazon.

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Conclusion:

Overall, above listed laptops are good for AutoCAD and other heavy programs. So, choose any laptop based on your interests like looks, portability, price etc. If you don't like these models, search for models with recommended specs which we mentioned in this post.

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