In order to do a job properly, it helps to have the right tools. When it comes to graphic design, that means having the right laptop and software. MacBooks are a great fit for design work. Unlike the Windows operating system used by PCs, Apple’s macOS is regarded as a less complex program. The simpler system is more capable of handling large workloads and running several big programs at once. Since graphic design relies on Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and other complex software, macOS is a great fit for the industry.

Some of the best laptops for graphic designers are in the MacBook Pro line. These computers feature AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards. The MacBook Pro features 16GB of RAM. The processor used by the MacBook Pro is either the i7 or i9, depending on the specific machine. These laptops have between 256GB SSD and 8TB SSD of storage, depending on the configuration. MacBook Pros are incredibly powerful compared to many other laptops on the market. The display on these laptops is up to 16″ in size. The Retina screen is known for having a higher density of pixels than other laptops. 

On the other side of the Mac-PC divide is Microsoft Surface. The Surface was designed in response to the MacBook. Microsoft rethought the PC in several fundamental ways to arrive at the design for the Surface. The big advantage the Surface has when compared to a MacBook is the touchscreen. This makes it possible to draw or annotate freehand. This can even be done with a finger. The Surface Pen stylus offers features like shading, and it’s sold separately from the computer itself. There are several different versions of the Surface. The best ones for graphic design have i7 processors and 256GB SSD of storage.

Finally, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is another great option when it comes to PCs for graphic design. This computer features a powerful i7 processor and has 8GB of RAM. The XPS 15 has between 128GB SSD to 1TB SSD of storage, depending on the configuration. This is also a very thin, lightweight laptop. It’s just two-thirds of an inch thick at its biggest point. All told, there are 16 versions of this machine available.