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The best laptop for drawing in 2022

Digital artist drawing sketch with stylus on convertible 2 in 1 laptop display in tent mode
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If you're a digital artist looking for the best laptop for drawing, then this guide will help. All the laptops in this list have touchscreens that can be used with a stylus, allowing you to draw directly onto the screen. This allows you to create digital art without the need of additional hardware.

The touchscreen technology that's found in modern laptops has also come on in leaps and bounds, and this means they are more responsive than ever, leading to a much more tactile and satisfying drawing experience. And by using the laptop's screen, you can create digital art within your favourite applications as well, rather than having to scan or import your physical drawings or hook up one of the best best drawing tablets

We've evaluated the laptops below specifically for digital drawing, considering screen specs, performance, stylus support and value. We've highlighted the pros and cons of each to flag up the best laptops for drawing at different price points. You'll want to choose one of the best styluses to pair with your device – see our picks of the best iPad stylus and the best Apple Pencil alternatives.

The best laptops for drawing available now

Surface Pro 8, one of the best laptops for drawingCB

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The best laptop for drawing overall

Specifications

CPU: Up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB LPDDR4x
Screen: 13-inch PixelSense Flow display
Storage: Up to 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Faster processors
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Gorgeous new design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

So, strictly speaking the Surface Pro 8 isn't really a laptop. Instead, it's a tablet that runs Windows 11. Attach the optional keyboard, however, and you've got a fantastic thin and light laptop.

It's also a brilliant device for drawing on, which is why it's at number one in this list. It's packing some of the latest mobile tech, so Windows 11 and any digital art app will run perfectly, and it has a stunning screen with a new 120Hz refresh rate. This makes drawing on it an absolute joy, though to get the most out of it you need to invest in the Surface Pen stylus, which is also sold separately. Read more in our full Surface Pro 8 review (opens in new tab)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, one of the best laptops for drawingCB endorsed

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02. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

The best budget laptop for drawing

Specifications

CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T Processor
Graphics: ARM G72 MP3 800GHz
RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4X
Screen: 10.1" FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 400 nits
Storage: Storage: 64 GB eMMC

Reasons to buy

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Long battery life
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Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most powerful

If you want the best cheap laptop for drawing, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook will be for you. As it's a Chromebook, its price is impressively low, while also offering a huge 22 hour-long battery life, as well as that all-important touchscreen for drawing on.

As it's a Chromebook it runs Chrome OS, rather than Windows. This means that not all drawing applications will be available. However, it can run Android apps, giving you access to loads of great drawing and digital art applications. It's a powerful device, but for a cheap, easily portable, laptop for drawing on, you won't go wrong with this great little Chromebook.

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED, one of the best laptops for drawingCB endorsed

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The best high-end laptop for drawing

Specifications

CPU: 11th-gen Intel Core i5 – i9
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050 Ti
RAM: up to 32GB
Screen: 14.5-inch, 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED touchscreen display, 550 nits peak brightness
Storage: up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD

Reasons to buy

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ScreenPad Plus is innovative
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Slim and light design

Reasons to avoid

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Keyboard placement is awkward

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is a brilliantly unique laptop for drawing on thanks to its dual-screen design. Along with a gorgeous 1800p OLED touchscreen, it has a second screen, known as the ScreenPadPlus. This 12.7-inch touchscreen offers a 2,880 x 864 resolution and supports styluses. It can display apps and shortcuts, giving you more room on the main display, or you can use a stylus to draw on the ScreenPadPlus. It even lifts up at an angle when you open the laptop to make it more comfortable to draw on. 

It may look a little unusual, and it won't be for everyone, but when we reviewed it, we found the two touch screens with stylus support allowed for some versatile uses. And as well as the unique design, the laptop comes with powerful internals and solid build quality. If you want the ultimate premium laptop for drawing, this is a great choice. See our full Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED review for more details.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, one of the best laptops for drawing

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04. Lenovo Yoga 9i

A powerful and stylish laptop for drawing

Specifications

CPU : 11th Generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: up to 16 GB LPDDR4X
Screen: 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy with Dolby Vision – 14.0" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, HDR 400
Storage: up to 1 TB PCIe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life
+
Stylus included

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The new Intel Evo-certified Lenovo Yoga 9i is a great laptop for drawing if you want cutting edge technology. That Evo certification means it comes with a new, modern, Intel Core processor, offers over nine hours of battery life, and will wake up in under a second, making it one of the most powerful laptops on this list.

As a 2-in-1 laptop, it can be used as a traditional laptop, or with the keyboard flipped back to a tablet-like device. This is ideal for drawing on its large 16:9 full HD display. Best of all, it comes with the Lenovo Active Pen stylus, which can be stored in the laptop's body for safe keeping - and to keep it charged. This is a great feature, as many other laptops on this list don't include a stylus.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 laptop, one of the best laptops for drawing

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05. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

A great professional laptop for drawing

Specifications

CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Xe Plus
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200p, IPS touchscreen, 400 nit
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic 16:10 display
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Design is a bit plain

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a brilliant 2-in-1 laptop that's primarily aimed at business users. This means it's packed with some brilliant features, with additional security options and powerful 11th generation Intel processors. Its battery life is also very good.

It's also a fantastic laptop for drawing on, with its gorgeous 16:10 touchscreen giving you plenty of space to draw on. It comes with its own stylus that can be stored within the body to keep it safe, and it also features an SD card slot, giving it further appeal to creatives.

However, it is expensive, and its design is a bit plain - this is a business laptop, after all. But, it's also one of the best laptops for drawing that you can buy in 2022.

Dell XPS 13, one of the best laptops for drawing

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The a great portable laptop for drawing and other creative work

Specifications

CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: up to 16GB 4267MHz LPDDR4x
Screen: 13.4-in. touch display
Storage: up to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Great display
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Fantastic battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most stylish and dependable laptops out there, and it comes in a 2-in-1 form factor with a stunning touchscreen that makes it an excellent device for drawing on. Dell launched a new XPS 13 2-in-1 in 2021 with the latest tech, offering powerful components and a premium thin and light design that makes it a joy to work on.

Not only is it powerful and stylish, it has a long battery life, and if you buy a stylus, this becomes perhaps the most stylish drawing laptop money can buy right now. If you want to do other creative work like video or photo editing as well as drawing, you might want to go for one of the higher configurations.

You have several options for the display, but if you're looking for the best laptop for drawing, you're likely to want one of the touch options – either the 3,456 x 2,160 OLED or the UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) InfinityEdge touch. We reviewed the laptop with the latter and found it offered the perfect sweet spot with 600-nit peak brightness – much brighter than most laptop displays – 100% sRGB and 90% DCI P3 colour gamut. See our Dell XPS 13 review for the full results of our testing.

The Acer Spin 5 (2020) in its different modes against a white background

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07. Acer Spin 5 (2020)

A great affordable drawing laptop

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.5" (2256 x 1504) 3:2 touchscreen display
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic battery life
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Stylus included

Reasons to avoid

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Aspect ratio is a bit odd

This is another great affordable 2-in-1 laptop that is ideal for drawing. It has a large 3:2 display, which gives you more room to draw on than a standard widescreen, so you won't feel like you're running out of space while creating art, and it also comes with it's own stylus which is impressively feature-rich.

The stylus can also charge up in only a few seconds, which means you won't be stuck if inspiration strikes. It also has a brilliant 12-hour battery life, which lets you draw almost wherever you are without having to worry about plugging it in. Best of all, it's affordable, proving that you don't have to pay a fortune to get a great laptop for drawing.

The HP Spectre x360 (2021) from the front against a white background

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08. HP Spectre x360 (2021)

A stylish 2-in-1 for drawing

Specifications

CPU: 11th-gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 – Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3" diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080) OLED touch – 13.3" diagonal, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED touch
Storage: 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD – 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
+
Excellent battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Fans can get noisy
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Pricey

The HP Spectre x360 is quite possibly the most stylish laptop you're going to buy for drawing on. It's thin, light and powerful, with 11th gen Intel processors, and a battery life that almost hits 13 hours.

It is also a great laptop for drawing on. Again, as a 2-in-1 laptop, the screen can be folded back to turn it into a drawing tablet, and the display works brilliantly with styluses, including the HP Active Pen that comes with this laptop.

There are some draw backs, however. For a start, it's very expensive, so if you're looking for a pure drawing laptop, you may be better off buying one of the cheaper (though less impressive) laptops on this list. The thin and light design is also great for portability, but it does mean that the fans can kick in when being used, which makes it a bit of a noisy laptop.

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Matt has been a technology journalist for well over a decade, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a senior editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.