Which is best laptop for 3D modeling, Solidworks, AutoCAD or Maya 2017? A number of things go into consideration when choosing a laptop for 3D modeling. These include choosing a powerful processor, capable graphics card, high resolution screen and lots of storage and memory. In many situations, getting a laptop that is meant for high end gaming works amazingly well for 3D modeling and applications like Solidworks, AutoCAD and Maya 2017. If you do not want to get into technical details, get any laptop listed below and you should be fine. That being that, if you do want to know how we selected the best laptops for 3D modeling, you can find it after the laptops’ list.
Best laptop for 3D modeling: affordable
MSI PL62 7RC-001
The HP Pavilion 15 is more powerful on the graphics front and with 12GB RAM, it renders graphics without breaking a sweat. It has quad core i5 processor and full HD touchscreen. The looks are very professional and keyboard features backlit functionality and numberpad as well.
* 15-inch Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Windows 10
Lenovo Yoga 720
The Dell Inspiron i5577 brings reliability and strong build quality of a premium Dell laptop. It delivers strong performance with its Nvidia graphics and quad core i5 processor. The keyboard has red backlit keys for easy entry in dark or dimly-lit room. The screen has been anti-glare treatment and packs full HD resolution.
* 15.6″ Full HD Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Quad Core i5-7300HQ, 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
ASUS M580VD-EB76 VivoBook
The Asus M580VD is a thin, light and amazingly gorgeous laptop that features i7 processor and Nvidia 1050 Pascal graphics that yield desktop-grade graphics. It has 0.8” thin chassis and despite that, it gets 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Asus has added in an additional 1TB of storage that gives you best balance between speed and storage capacity.
* 15.6″ Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD+1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, backlit keyboard
So those are the best laptops for 3D modeling, Solidworks, AutoCAD or Maya. What are the things and features we looked for while choose them? Here you go.
Quad core processor with 8 minimum threads – It should have a quad core i7 or i5 with support for eight or more threads. This allows the application to do multiple tasks at the same time. We suggest going for latest 7th or 8th generation quad core i5 / i7 processors for best end user experience.
Discrete Nvidia graphics card – All 3D modeling applications require you to have a laptop with dedicated graphics card for optimum performance. All of these apps use the discrete GPU for rendering and that is why it is important to have a discrete GPU onboard for best performance. The best one are the latest Nvidia Pascal series that include GTX 1050/1060/1070 but if you are a starter or intermediate, something like Nvidia GTX MX150 will do just fine too.
Full HD screen – High resolution screen is important while working on a 3D modeling application. Full HD screen shows you much more information and data at a time so you are able to squeeze in all the toolbars. We highly suggest going for a full HD laptop over a 4k quad HD laptop as 4k displays do not play well with windows 10 and text becomes way too tiny for daily use.