The best laptops for graphic design

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1. Best overall: MacBook Pro M3
2. Best portability: MacBook Air M2
3. Best budget: Acer Spin 714
4. Best Windows: Studiobook
5. Best 2-in-1: HP Spectre x360
6. Best dual-screen: Zenbook Duo
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While few laptops perfect for graphic design come cheap, they do make for excellent and highly capable machines. However, shopping for them can be a minefield; that's where our expert testing and review process comes in.

Why you can trust Creative Bloq Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

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PriceNot a budget option, but good value overall.★★★★½
DesignStreamlined, portable and an excellent display.★★★★★
PerformancePower designed for professionals and heavy workflows.★★★★★
Battery lifeStellar battery life, this goes all day.★★★★★
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PriceWith the deals running, this is an excellent value option. ★★★★½
DesignA bigger, brighter screen and lightweight frame.★★★★★
PerformanceHandles most creative tasks easily.★★★★
Battery lifeIncredible battery life, beating every other pick.★★★★★
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PricePremium features at a budget price★★★★★
DesignGorgeous touchscreen, lovely build quality★★★★★
PerformanceAmple power for cloud-based creativity★★★★
Battery lifeGreat but not as good as MacBook.★★★★★
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PriceExpensive but worth it for serious users★★★★★
DesignGorgeous OLED screen and great feature set★★★★½
PerformanceAll the power you could ever need★★★★★
Battery lifeLow. We got four and a half hours.★★★
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PriceMid-range, good value★★★★
DesignNot lightweight, great screen★★★★
PerformancePunchy, discrete graphics card★★★★★
Battery lifeExcellent, top performance★★★★★
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED

ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED
With a 14-core Intel i9 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card and 32GB of RAM, this ASUS model combines MacBook Pro-level power with a sub-£/$1,500 price tag. Bonus points for the gorgeous OLED screen, although battery life can't quite keep up with the leaders.
Read our 4-star review

Dell Precision 5470

Dell Precision 5470
It may not have a large display, but this 14-inch parcel comes loaded still very powerful - our testing put its performance close to that of a 14-inch MacBook Pro M2 Pro. This portable powerhouse is comfortable to use, feels well-built, and exudes quality.
Read our 4.5-star review

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer. 

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