The 8 Best Laptops For 3D Modeling and Rendering in 2018 – Reviews

By | July 7, 2018

Best Laptops For 3D Modelling and Rendering

The tools used for 3D modelling are graphics intensive. Some of these programs are Auto CAD, Maya, 3D Max and Revit. When working with these graphics intensive programs, you will require a good GPU such that the workload on your CPU and RAM is significantly less.

Along with a powerful GPU, a large storage and high RAM is also required. A computer with a higher screen resolution and a relatively large screen size serves you the best. The gaming laptops have great graphics and performance, and hence suits your needs for 3D modelling too.

Most CAD applications like Solidworks, Revit have published minimum hardware and system requirements on their website. Solidworks for instance needs atleast 8gb ram and 64bit processor with SSE2 support along with dedicated graphics card. The OS needs to be Windows 7 or above.

In this post we take a look at some of the best laptops that meet the hardware and software requirements for most CAD applications. Most of them have ram memory of 8gb with 64bit processors from intel or amd along with Windows 10 OS. So lets take a look at the list.

1. 2018 Flagship HP Pavilion 15.6 Inch Flagship Notebook Laptop Computer 

This HP Pavilion notebook ranks number one owing to a number of factors. At a budget-friendly price, this compactly designed notebook has a DVD drive and is yet very light in weight. The graphics and the quality of the screen is also another factor; they are amazing for the ones who work on graphics rich tasks.

Flagship HP Pavilion 15.6 Inch Notebook 2018

Flagship HP Pavilion 15.6 Inch Notebook 2018






Features

  • 15.6" diagonal FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit display (1920x1080) Display
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX Graphics with 4 GB DDR3
  • 8th Generation Quad-Core Intel Core i7-8550U Processor 1.8GHz (Up to 4.0GHz with Turbo Boost) with 8 MB Cache
  • 16GB DDR4 SDRAM,512GB SSD
  • 1x Multi-format digital card reader
  • Full Backlit Keyboard with 10-key numeric keyboard
  • Bang & Olufsen Play Dual Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices
  • Wireless network connectivity 802.11ac (1x1)
  • Ports: 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1, HDMI, Headphone/Microphone combo jack.
  • Wide Vision HD Webcam
  • Windows 10 Home 64 Bit, 3-cell Li-ion Battery,
  • 512GB Solid State Drive for ample file storage space and blazing speeds

Reviews

The HP Pavilion notebook is a powerful machine and is really lightweight. There are not any heating issues that have been experienced so far. It is so good and has absolutely no sound of the fan or other bothering sounds. Its processor is very smooth and running high-end applications do not cause any trouble in the performance.

This notebook comes with great graphics and the high-quality display has mesmerizing colours. The screen is easily visible from any angle. The best part of this laptop is that it has a DVD drive, despite being so lightweight.

The back end is a bit raised for a good airflow. It is sharp-edged, and hence might not be very comfortable if you put it on your leg. Overall, it is one of the best laptop’s you could own; the speed and performance is mesmerizing, and the graphics are absolutely amazing!

2. Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

If you are a hard-core gamer and do not wish to spend too much on the higher end gaming laptops, the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop is all you could ever wish for. Offering you the best of features at such an amazing price slot, this laptop does not compromise with its GPU.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

Features

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8GHz (Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.8GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen with LED-backlit IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • Acer TrueHarmony Technology Sound System
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Secure Digital (SD) card reader
  • 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
  • HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Ports: 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C), 1 - USB 3.0, 2 - USB 2.0, 1 - HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP Support)
  • 4-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh) with up to 7-hours Battery Life
  • 17. 5.95 lbs. | 2.7 kg

Review

When comparing it with the gaming laptops of other top laptop companies, the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop is just the best at its price. It comes with pre-installed GeForce Experience program which is upgradable. It performs extremely well even with hard games which push the CPU and the GPU of the system to their limits.

A lot many people are concerned about the unavailability of the Aeroblade 3D fans, but the dual fans of the laptop work essentially well. They do not create any unnecessary noise. An additional feature of CoolBoost allows you to cut down the temperature of the laptop considerably when playing heavy games.

Available with a red coloured backlight, the keyboard has solid and resistant keys. It has a good power backup. The 256gb SSD makes it blazingly fast. Overall this laptop is the best for the ones looking for absolute performance at a lesser price.

3. MSI GE63 Raider RGB-012 15.6" 120Hz 3ms Performance Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 6G i7-8750H 

This MSI Gaming laptop comes with unique mystic lights and a coloured backlit keyboard. It allows you to choose the colour and macros of every key on the keyboard. This high-performance laptop gives you real-life gaming experience with its mesmerizing display colours and sound system.

MSI GE63 Raider Gaming Laptop

MSI GE63 Raider Gaming Laptop

Features

  • Display: 15.6" FHD, 120Hz 3ms Wide view 94% NTSC Colour Anti-Glare 1920x1080 16:9
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: New Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 - 4.1GHz (6 Cores)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 6G GDDR5
  • RAM: 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2400MHz
  • 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB
  • Storage: 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (7200RPM)
  • Special Features: Introduction Giant Speakers
  • VR Ready
  • Steel series Per Key RGB Customizable Keyboard
  • LAN: Killer Gaming Network E2500
  • Advanced Speaker Technology
  • 3D Surround Sound

Review

This light weighted notebook is very powerful and does not make any noise under normal working conditions. The MSI Dragon Centre software also allows you to set custom fan speeds for different temperature thresholds too. This laptop has a good built and the mystic lights on the lid and the pre-key RGB add to the “cool” features. It also illuminates the three USB type-A ports which is, by all means, a plus point.

4. ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

This ultra-slim, yet powerful gaming notebook has an elegant out view. It is very light in weight and has a delicate look. The flawless visuals make it even better for gaming. If you are amongst the ones who prefer delicate yet powerful, ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop is for you!

ASUS VivoBook Thin Gaming Laptop

ASUS VivoBook Thin Gaming Laptop

Features

  • Powerful 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz)
  • Standard voltage for full performance
  • 15.6” Full HD colour rich
  • Anti-Glare display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics for flawless visuals and portable gaming
  • 15” wide and 0.8” ultra-thin framework for a portable and slim footprint
  • Illuminated keyboard
  • Harman/Kardon certified audio
  • Dual-fan thermal design
  • Lightning-fast dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeping you connected through any congestion or interference
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB M.2 SATA3 SSD
  • 1TB HDD combo for balanced speed and storage capacity
  • Windows 10
  • Comprehensive connections with USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 2.0, & HDMI
  • Durable & long-lasting lithium polymer battery

Reviews

ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop has a real quick boot time. The keyboard is smooth and hence typing feels nice and easy. It comes with an upgradeable screen and is a great choice for gaming owing to the high PPI.

The fan is not very noisy and because of the extra air intakes at the bottom, the laptop does not heat too much. It is a fairly good laptop if you are looking for a thin and light gaming laptop.

5. Dell Gaming Laptop - 15" FHD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU

The Dell Gaming Laptop is engineered keeping the needs and demands of the gaming audience in mind. It comes with the latest processor and has a powerful discrete graphic card, which makes your experience more intense and real.

Dell Gaming Laptop G3579-7989BLK-PUS

Dell Gaming Laptop G3579-7989BLK-PUS

Features

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 up to 32GB
  • 256 GB (SSD) Boot + 1 TB 5400 RPM SATA HDD Storage
  • 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare
  • LED-Backlit Display
  • Windows 10
  • superior sound with two front-firing speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • 2-in-1 SD / MicroMedia card
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • Noble lock security slot
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 with PowerShare

Reviews

The Dell Gaming Laptop gives a great gaming experience and the colours of the screen make it more real. The processor is fast and helps in uninterrupted gaming experience. There are no heating issues encountered as such and it is also not very noisy. Overall, it is a great machine to opt for gaming and other high-end programming.

With the GTX 1050 gpu you can be sure of high quality graphics performance when you are rendering 3D objects in your favorite CAD application or just playing some graphics intensive game. When combined with the 8th generation i7 processor, you have a more than adequate powerful machine for almost any graphics or processing intensive task.

6. ASUS ROG STRIX Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

Sleek in appearance and strong in performance, the ASUS ROG STRIX has a discrete graphics card to offer you an unmatched gaming experience and 3D rendering capabilities. It is designed with an understated, black brushed-metal cover, conveying an inner focus and sophistication.

ASUS ROG STRIX Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG STRIX Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

Features

  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz)
  • Discrete GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics
  • Dual-fan thermal design
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Full HD Wideview Panel, 72% NTSC
  • Built-in smart amplifier
  • 256GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Aura RGB lighting keyboard with 4 isolated hotkeys
  • Anti-ghosting technology
  • 4 zones of lighting control
  • 20-million keystroke durability
  • 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1

Reviews

ASUS offers a larger SSD for large gaming and OS files. The keyboard is amazing with its RCB colours, and the graphics are great even on the 1050. The screens load fast and the game refreshes at a much faster rate as compared to many other laptops. It is a nice gaming laptop, with a great design or anyone who does not want the basic looking laptops.

7. 2018 Dell Inspiron 15 5000 

The DELL Inspiron 15 5000 series gaming laptop is a devastatingly powerful and portable weapon for serious gamers, engineered keeping in mind the needs. It comes with an optional WASD backlit red keyboard, ensuring precision of command and control in battles in low-light environment.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming Laptop 2018

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming Laptop 2018

Features

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor (6MB Cache, 2.8GHz, Max Turbo Frequency up to 3.8GHz)
  • 16GB 2400 MHz DDR4 SDRAM
  • 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • Microsoft® Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • 802.11ac Wireless LAN + Bluetooth
  • Ports and slots:
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x DC-In
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 2 x Integrated Speaker
  • 1 x Integrated Subwoofer
  • 2 x Integrated Microphone
  • 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

Review:
It is designed with a revolutionary thermal design, providing superior cooling performance, so that you can enjoy exceptional gaming experience for hours on end. The powerful subwoofer and Waves MaxxAudio Pro offers an audio-visual feast for a real-time gaming experience.

8. Lenovo Y700 - 15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop 

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 gives you an intense and immersive gaming experience. The quad-core power, discrete graphics and a complete multimedia experience gives you a great gaming experience. The surround sound and subwoofers make the experience more indulging.

Lenovo Y700 Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Y700 Gaming Laptop

Features

  • 15.6" Full HD Display With 1920x1080 Resolution
  • Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6700HQ Quad Core (2.60GHz Processor to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics Card GeForce GTX 960M
  • 4GB dedicated video memory
  • Storage 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 720p Webcam
  • 10/100/1000Mbps
  • 802.11ac Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • JBL Speakers 2 x 2W + 1 x Subwoofer 3W
  • 1 x HDMI 2 x USB 3.0 1 x USB 2.0
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Reviews

Much powerful for its price, the Lenovo Y700 allows you to play games at both medium and high decent framerates. Both the processor and the graphic cards are extremely good, and it can be used to run many applications simultaneously. The audio and video quality are extremely superior. It also gives you the freedom from heating issues owing to its thermal cooling technology. You can now experience uninterrupted gaming experience with Lenovo.

Conclusion

There are many laptops for you to choose from for a good 3D modelling experience. The aforementioned laptops are much higher in specifications that you would possibly need, but these higher specifications would ensure smoother experience even in the higher versions of the graphics intensive software’s like Auto CAD.

Good quality of graphics, higher memory, and a good screen resolution with 15.6 inches size is ideal for you. Choose from the above-mentioned laptops and experience a smooth graphic-rich experience.

Last Updated On : 8th July 2018

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One thought on “The 8 Best Laptops For 3D Modeling and Rendering in 2018 – Reviews

  1. Fazlin

    Hi,

    Thanks for this informative post! It has really been helpful.
    I am shopping for a laptop for 3d modeling. Would you mind assisting with choosing one? I have emailed you a link of laptops I’ve found with similar specs to the HP you have selected above.

    I really like the HP Pavilion range but have noticed buying online is much more affordable than buying from the HP store in SA.

    Thank you in advance,
    Faz

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