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The 5 Best Laptops for Creative Professionals in 2023

It’s no secret that the graphic design industry is becoming increasingly competitive. As the demand for creative professionals grows, so does the need for top-of-the-line laptops that can handle demanding software and large file sizes. It's recommended that if you're utilizing professional industry standard software, you will need a computer with at least 16GB of RAM and a multi-core processor.


With the right programs, your projects will run without experiencing any slowness or issues. Display is essential because you'll want to be able to see your ideas in their full splendor. The ideal device will feature a sizable, high-res screen that supports a broad color gamut. Modern laptops frequently include factory-calibrated screens that provide essential color accuracy for displaying your creative work at its best.


So, what are the best laptops for small business owners and creative professionals in 2023?


Here are five of Macon Design's top picks:

  1. MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

  2. Macbook Pro 14-inch (2021)

  3. Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

  4. Acer ConceptD 3 (2022)

  5. Dell XPS 13 9310 13.4-inch (2021)


Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch M1 Chip (2021)

The 2021 MacBook Pro is a powerful and versatile laptop. It has a 2.1GHz 8‑core M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU that provides excellent performance for multitasking. The 16GB RAM ensures smooth operation, and the 512GB SSD provides plenty of storage space for your files and applications. You will get a beautiful 16-inch Retina display for crisp visuals, as well as a Touch Bar and Touch ID for added convenience. The Pro chip allows for groundbreaking performance and amazing battery life. Best of all, it's still slim and lightweight, making it great for travel. If you're looking for a powerful laptop that can handle any task, this could be the perfect choice for you.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Apple M1 Pro Chip

  • Up to 10-core CPU delivers up to 2x faster performance to fly through pro workflows quicker than ever

  • 16-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 512GB of SSD storage

  • 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports


Apple Macbook Pro 14-inch (2021)

The 2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch) with the M1 Pro chip is a powerful machine, capable of handling the most demanding tasks. It features an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. With its sleek aluminum design and intuitive Touch Bar, the MacBook Pro is a great choice for professionals and power users alike. Its lengthy battery life will keep you productive all day long, and its powerful specs will ensure that your projects are completed quickly and efficiently.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Apple M1 Pro Chip

  • Up to 10-core CPU delivers up to 2x faster performance to fly through pro workflows quicker than ever

  • 14-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 512GB of SSD storage

  • 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports


Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 14-inch

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio - 14.4" Touchscreen - Intel® Core™ i5 is an excellent choice for those looking for a powerful, yet lightweight laptop. Quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel Core H Series processors handle your most complex workloads. Pair with Surface Slim Pen 2 for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper. It features an Intel® Core™ i5 processor and 14.4" touchscreen display, making it perfect for multitasking and creative projects. Plus, its slim design ensures you can take it with you wherever you go. With 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, you'll have plenty of power and storage for all your needs.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics

  • 16GB of RAM

  • Touchscreen - Intel® Core™ i5

  • 512GB of SSD Storage

  • Windows 11 Home


Acer ConceptD 3 Convertible Creator Laptop (2022)

If you're looking for a powerful and versatile laptop for creative work, the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel Convertible Creator Laptop is an excellent choice. This laptop boasts up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 15.6" 4K UHD touchscreen, and up to 32GB RAM. It also has a unique Ezel hinge design, which allows you to easily switch between laptop and tablet modes. The great performance and flexibility makes this laptop a great choice for creative professionals.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 1TB of SSD Storage

  • Windows 10 Home

  • Touchscreen


Dell XPS 12 9310 13-inch Touchscreen Laptop (2021)

The Dell XPS 13 9310 Touchscreen Laptop is a great option for those looking for a powerful, lightweight laptop with a touch-enabled display. It has a 13.4” FHD+ InfinityEdge display, Intel 11th Gen processors, up to 32GB of RAM and an optional 4K UHD display. It also has excellent battery life and is one of the most portable laptops only weighing in at 2.8 lbs.


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 13.4-inch UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display

  • 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1195G7 Processor (12MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz)

  • Windows 11 Home

  • 16GB of RAM

  • 512GB of SSD Storage

  • Touchscreen


Let this list serve as a fantastic guide to choosing your new laptop to create and refine your amazing graphic design creations and design process workflow. Thanks for stopping by!



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