Best Laptops for Architecture in 2021

Best Laptops for Architecture in 2021

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In this video, I’m going to give you my personal recommendation on the best laptops for Architecture in 2021. I’m going to give you some pointers and best practices to follow when buying a new laptop and of course I’ll share which laptops you should avoid buying if you’re interested in using them for architecture.

00:00 – Intro
01:09 – Desktop vs. Laptop
01:42 – Criteria
02:42 – 4 Major Components
06:48 – What to Avoid
10:08 – My Recommendations
12:03 – 3 brands
13:03 – Workstation 1
15:05 – Workstation 2
15:52 – Workstation 3
17:43 – Additional Tips


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  1. Geo Tarkati on December 16, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    very helpful video for us as architects thanks for your recommendations

  2. wonabe on December 16, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    M1 Air Works great with Archicad25 and Sketchup. Since both use single core most of the time and M1 is on the top of the single core performance in consumer market CPUs right now, it’s a pleasure to use. And yes, in rendering it lacks the speed that you can get with superior GPU and 12 cores, but portability and price is affected. It’s also 100% silent. Comsol works too, tho 8gb Ram is not enough for most projects, aim for 16gb version, or wait for new release of 32GB SoCs. In Archicad 8gb with 2-3 projects running together works surprisingly well, in the same time, same projects occupy 25GB of ram on 2020 i5_10600 iMac standing nearby with pretty much same performance. 6700HQ Asus N552(yes its outdated) struggles with same Sketchup models, tho settings of the file itself affect performance more then hardware itself, since its single core, as I mentioned. Also I shall remind you that MBPs can be upgraded with external video card via thunderbolt port, if GPU performance – is what you lack in laptop.

  3. Julie Sargent on December 16, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    How do you like the 2021 Dell Precision Newest 3551 Workstation 15.6" FHD Touchscreen Business Laptop, Intel Core i7-10850H, 64GB RAM, 2TB PCIe SSD, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, FP Reader, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Win 10 Pro, Grey? This is the one I am thinking about getting. What are your thoughts?

  4. Dipayan Sarkar on December 16, 2021 at 12:05 pm


  5. Abdul vahid on December 16, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    What about the laptop dell inspiron 15 5510 i7 11 th generation..?

  6. yuvaraj1947 on December 16, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    What about asus rog ???

  7. Adelson Mendes on December 16, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    That’s the best video about laptops for 3D users I ever seen. Thanks

  8. Vitalii Kharkovchuk on December 16, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    perspective comes with comparison.
    sure you can use use your mobile workstation, for a long time, but do you want to? you sound like that guy, using 20yo. celeron processor, talking about value.
    got myself mobile workstation 6 or 7 years ago, max specs at the point I7 – 4c/8t 3.2ghz, Quadro K3100, 16gb ram, 512 ssd. sounds like it should be on par with modern devices. yet it isn´t.
    got myself maxed out 13" surface tablet pro 7, with same specs, but 1/3 of weight and with 7+ h battery life. and guess what it warks almost on par with my workstation.
    also i got a moderate desktop which blows my mobile workstation away.

    so what i´ve learned – equipment don´t last untill it breaks, it last until it´s relevant. gaming pc stays relevant about for 3 years, mobile workstation maybe 4-5. you can use it for longer, but it doesn´t mean you have efficient piece of equipment.

    quadro was the biggest waste of money – your experience may vary deending on the kind of work you do – i need gpu mainly for visualisation, and quadro just doesn´t cut it. yes, they are definitely more stable for big projects with more single parts, but they are still slower and usually limited in vram which will become a bottleneck with better render techniques.

    as coll mobile workstation sounds, it´s still a laptop.

  9. Ulises Ramirez on December 16, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    If you’re a student gaming laptops is enought as student the weight is very important, since as a professional you spend that money to build your PC. One last recomendation try to get a monitor having two monitor screens will help a lot in your projects.

  10. ⁎ Sol Karen ;; on December 16, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Would you recommend an ASUS rog strix g17 RTX 3060 ?

  11. derya deniz on December 16, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Here I have asus rog strix with ryzen9, rtx 3060 and
    Lenovo legion 5 with ryzen 7, rtx 2060 all the ssd and rams are same
    The thing is that besides Asus is better, its sRGB value is 62% while lenovo’s is 100%. I will use lumion vray rhino AutoCAD and photoshop with this laptop
    Can u suggest me which one is more preferrable?

  12. vishal sharma on December 16, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Plz tell me asus zenbook duo 2021 is good for 3d modelling

  13. Origami Creations on December 16, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Hello, Thank you for very clear reviews. However, those workstatio brands you recommend is not available in my hometown.May I ask your opinion on Asus Zypherus or Acer Predator?

  14. Sai Manideep B on December 16, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    I’m stuck between an Lenovo c7i i9 32gb ram rtx2080 8gb vs Lenovo Legion7 Ryzen 7 16gb ram rtx 3080 16gb..both are available for a similar price..I will be doing serious Alias modelling…which one should I go for? Please help me choose

  15. Firat Yildirim on December 16, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Of course dell orecision is better if you got enough money. Otherwise gaming laptop gets the work done. Thats not a secret.

  16. Bình Cao Quốc on December 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Can we use Dell inspiron 15 N5502A for auto cad, revit, civil ?? I am a studen ( Bridge and Road Construction Engineering Technology). Thanks for your recommendation.

  17. Fatima َ on December 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you that was helpful

  18. xxmrrickxx on December 16, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    I do engineering consultation and I really wanted a gaming laptop to work but have come to the same conclusion–a workstation with a quadro card is needed. For those complaining about the cost, think of it as moving out of the consumer/entry level world. It’s similar to pro level craftsman tools needed when you move from a homeowner to using them in your profession. The overall build quality, upgradability and manufacturer support that comes with a professional workstation is also a key factor.

  19. rob pacheco on December 16, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    I bought wrong one. Th advice i had was not right. 😔

  20. bri mania on December 16, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Hello i bought the Lenovo thinkpad p15 based off this suggestion and its not that great when it comes to 3d modeling and rendering, it crashes and freezes very often

  21. WaFa Hassan on December 16, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the video, what’s your thoughts about acer conceptD 7 pro? Is it good for architects?

  22. BARCH 1520 on December 16, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I liked your content . But as a student with limited budget I bought a gaming lap and used it about 4 year and it’s working fine .

  23. Jodhi Nugroho on December 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    How about xe graphics performance when do the task with sketchup 2020?

  24. Savage One on December 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Great video & recommendations
    I’m a civil engineer student and got a TP x1 Carbon & it’s great 👍 I didn’t get a workstation bcuz I got a Desktop just needed something portable.

  25. CHACHA on December 16, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    is Huawei Matebook D15 okay?

  26. Milena Raicevic on December 16, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    What do you think about HP ENVY x360 15?

  27. caru nishia on December 16, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    this is so helpful! tysm

  28. BARCH 1520 on December 16, 2021 at 12:36 pm
  29. Clara Berlen on December 16, 2021 at 12:37 pm


  30. Zdzisław Tegenarski on December 16, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    thks you rocks! very helpfull, i was looking to buy dell precision but in my country is soooo limited 🙁

  31. Ivan Aramburo on December 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Got the new 2021 ASUS – ROG Zephyrus G14- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS – 32 GB RAM – 1 TB SSD with a graphics card of RTX 3060 6GB, gotta say it’s hard to beat those specs with such a low price when comparing them to workstations which are very pricy and have the same around of specs if not way lower specs , we’ll see how it works for me 😬 amazing content btw!!

  32. Anant Sachdeva on December 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Hello sir! I am an architect searching for a good laptop for our professional work including 3d renderings using lumion. As you suggested to go for workstations, pretty clear with that sir ❤️. Just one thing, quadro gpu’s are too slow to run lumion and BIM as my friend has quadro gpu, and now i am stuck again. Please help sir!! 😥

  33. Richard on December 16, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you. This was very helpful. I have bought 2nd-hand or refurbished the past 10-15 years and saved tons of money! I have often looked at gaming laptops for the best features for my 3D modeling/rendering needs and found it a little disconcerting as I am not a gamer and prices tend to be exorbitant.

  34. Bonnie Sasaki on December 16, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Do you recommend the Hp ZBook Power G8 ?

  35. Sabby Cubby on December 16, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    thank you so much for this video, my head was spinning trying to find a good laptop to last for long, but this narrowed it down for me, bless u!!!

  36. Saili Katakdhond on December 16, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    I need to order a laptop within a week, How does hp zbook and precision work with rendering? Also what about Dell xps?

  37. Alex Stamper on December 16, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Hey, great video, any thoughts on the Asos Rog Zephyrus?

  38. Apparently • 33 years ago on December 16, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Is colour accuracy important for architecture students?

  39. Johnson Anderson on December 16, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I cant buy workstation laptops cause its too expensive, but can I use RYZEN 7 4800 with rtx 3050 with 8 cores though?

  40. apofis05 on December 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    MacBook ❌

  41. Nikshith Reddy on December 16, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Great video! Never thought of this angle!
    What are your thoughts on MSI GS66 with a 6GB dedicated graphics card RTX 3060! Intent is to use it for modelling in rhino and lumion!

  42. thiwi on December 16, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Sir, this video is great and it helps me a lot!
    What do you think about the Razer book 13 oder Razer Blade 15 as Laptops for architecture school? And which specific model of them?

  43. Mark P on December 16, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the video. I’d love to see a "best desktops" video if you get the time. Thanks a lot

  44. Cristian Quiroz on December 16, 2021 at 12:57 pm


  45. Naz Zare on December 16, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    What about an iPad Pro would u recommend that for architecture?

  46. Ian on December 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    I can’t afford above $560 😥, can you give some recommendation on that price please?

  47. naveen crazy on December 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you man! No I got an idea of wat I should buy!…

  48. Unknown Person on December 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    is asus rog strix scar 17 G733QR perfect for this work???

  49. Alban BOURNÉ on December 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Hello, do you have any recommandations/personnal experiences about batteries on this type of laptop ? Because I’m interessted about it, but i know that Mac Book are really good for battery….

  50. Pijey Co on December 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    "im gonna buy this one"
    my budget: $664

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