With the festive season approaching, there’s no better time to take stock of the latest and greatest tech gadgets. And if you already have your eye on something, now is the time to begin making hints and overtures to your loved ones.
For digital designers and artists, it is a good chance to review your current kit and work out where improvements can be made. With the rapid acceleration in computing technology, it is highly likely that there is an upgrade to be had.
So without further ado, and for those with particularly generous partners or family members, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest laptops for designers for 2019.
Apple Macbook Pro
It doesn’t take long to understand why Apple products are so popular among artists and designers. For a start, they are the champions of user experience, allowing a seamless interaction between user and machine. From the sleek, effortless keyboards to the minimalist interfaces, Apple’s Macbook range has long been the best choice for those wanting to immerse themselves in digital art.
With its Intel i7 6 Core processor and 16GB of RAM, Apple’s latest Macbook offers stunning performance alongside an AMD Radeon Pro Graphics and a super high-resolution screen. Just remember to be on your best behaviour over the next few months - this laptop certainly isn’t cheap.
RSP - £2,152
Microsoft Surface Book 2
If you’re into sketching, then the detachable screen of Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 may be the dream present for you. While the screen is smaller than many other laptops on the market, it is highly portable and can turn into a tablet - perfect for creating on the move!
The laptop runs on Core i7 processor and with a screen resolution of 3000 x 2000. This laptop also includes a stylus, so you can get drawing straight away. This is a great Macbook alternative, with a much less scary price tag.
RSP - £968
Dell XPS 15
Dell have a fantastic reputation for creating reliable - if somewhat business-like - laptops. This latest product sees the company move into the realm of graphic design with an absolute belter.
It might look like any other Dell laptop, but they’ve crammed a whole lot of performance into this model. There are plenty of ports including an HDMI, two USBs, a Thunderbolt, and an SD card reader. Combined with a 512GB SSD and amazing graphics card, this model provides knockout performance at an achievable price.
RSP - £1,809
By Richard Oxley