ArchiCAD For Architects

What Are The Best Laptops For ArchiCAD?

ArchiCAD prides itself as the only architectural rendering software in the market today designed and developed by architects for architects. It’s the industry’s leading Building Information Modeling and Computer Aided Design software product capable of generating 2D and 3D geometry. But not every laptop is right for ArchiCAD. So, which one should you use?

The Best Laptops For ArchiCAD 21 (2018)

From a low-end laptop to a high end one, all laptops can run ArchiCAD. However, the complexity of the project you are working on will be the biggest consideration for which laptop you should use.

You probably need to use other software along with ArchiCAD – programs like Lumion, 3ds Max and Artlantis. Whatever laptop you use must be able to run these programs simultaneously. To help, we’ve listed the best laptops to use with ArchiCAD and programs like these. (These recommendations apply to ArchiCAD 21, 20,19, 18 and 17.)

Specification Criteria

When searching for the best laptop, keep this criteria in mind:

  • 8GB or RAM or more
  • A discrete GPU
  • A powerful processor
  • Large storage capacity

 

The Following Are The Best Laptops for ArchiCAD (2018)

 

HP ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation – Core i5 4340M, ​NVIDIA Quadro K1100M Graphics Processor​- 8 GB RAM – 128 GB SSD – 17.3

CPU Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4340M / 2.9 GHz Max Turbo Speed: 3.6 GHz

GPU NVIDIA Quadro K1100M – 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM

Display Size 17.3 inches

Display Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels

RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM

Storage Space 128GB SSD (Upgradable)

Operating System Windows 8 Pro (Upgradable to 10)

Ports 2 USB, Microphone,

Dimensions (L x W x H) 24 x 13.5 x 3 cm

Weight 10.1 Pounds

Pros Performance, Price, Display

Cons Only 2 USB Ports

 

Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM Memory, 256GB SSD, E5-576G-81GD

CPU 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7

GPU NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 8GB

Storage Space 256GB SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI

Dimensions (L x W x H) 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches

Weight 5.27 pounds

Pros Performance, Price, Design, Ports

Cons NA

 

Alienware AW17R4-7003SLV-PUS 17″ (7th Gen Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Silver) with NVIDIA GTX 1060

CPU 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost)

GPU NVIDIA GTX 1060

Display Size 17.3 inches

Display Resolution (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits

RAM 8GB DDR4 at 2400MHz

Storage Space 256GB SSD (boot)+ 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports 3 x USB 3.0

Dimensions (L x W x H) 13 x 16.7 x 1.2 inches

Weight 9.7 pounds

Pros Performance

Cons Quite Heavy

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS 17.3 Full HD Ultra Thin,75HZ G-SYNC Display, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, Intel i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz, 12GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

CPU 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

Display Size 17.3 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 12 GB DDR4

Storage Space 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x mini DP, Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2×2, Bluetooth 4.1, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), 1 RJ45 LAN Jack, and 1x Headphone-out and Audio-in Combo Jack

Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.2 x 10.9 x 1.2 inches

Weight 6.4 pounds

Pros Many Ports, Price, Design, Performance

Cons None

 

HP OMEN 17.3 FD IPS UWVA WLED-backlit, Intel Core i7-7700HQ up to 3.8GHz, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Win 10

CPU Intel Quad Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz, 6MB Cache)

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI (4 GB GDDR5

Display Size 17.3 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 12 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM

Storage Space 1TB SATA 7,200 RPM; 128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports Multi-format SD media card reader; HDMI:1; RJ-45:1; USB 3.0:2;USB 2.0:1; Combo Headphone/Mic Jack:1

Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.3 x 10.98 x 1.17 inches

Weight 6.28 lbs

Pros Good Performance, Design

Cons Heavy

 

Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Laptop Core i5-7300HQ, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050Ti, 15.6inch Full HD Display

CPU 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 8GB

Storage Space 256GB SSD + 1TB SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports USB, HDMI, Audio, Ethernet

Dimensions (L x W x H) 20.6 x 13.4 x 3.2 cm

Weight 5.51 pounds

Pros Performance, Pricing

Cons No Major Disadvantage

 

2018 Dell Inspiron 15, 7000 7567, (15.6 Inch FHD Display, Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.5GHz, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI 4GB Graphics, Windows 10)

CPU 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (2.5 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache)

GPU NVIDIA GeForce 1050 TI Graphics

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 32GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM

Storage Space 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD

Operating System Windows 10 Home

Ports 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 (LAN), 1 x Headphone out/ microphone in combo jack

Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.2 x 10.8 x 1 in

Weight 5.84 lbs

Pros Performance

Cons NA

 

Dell PRM5520HN0C2 Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation with Intel i7-7820HQ, 16GB 512GB SSD, 15.6

CPU 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-7820HQ Quad-Core

GPU NVIDIA Quadro Graphics

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels

RAM 16GB 2133 MHz DDR4

Storage Space 512GB SSD

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Ports USB

Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches

Weight 3.9 pounds

Pros Price, Performance

Cons None

 

OMEN X by HP 17-inch Laptop, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive, 256 GB SSD

CPU 7th Generation Intel(R) Core (TM) i7-7700HQ, Quad-Core, 2.8GHz up to 3.8GHz

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)

Display Size 17.3 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM

Storage Space 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports USB 3.0, HDMI

Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.9 x 16.7 x 1.4 inches

Weight 10 Pounds

Pros Design, Performance, Display

Cons Quite Heavy

 

ASUS FX503VM 15.6” FHD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz), 3GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 16GB DDR4, Windows 10

CPU 2.8 GHz 8032

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 16 GB DDR4

Storage Space 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports 2x USB 3.1 (Type A), 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x headphone/Mic jack, 1x RJ45 LAN port, 1x card reader

Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.1 x 10.3 x 1 inches

Weight 5.7 Pounds

Pros Ports, Price, Performance

Cons

 

HP Spectre x360 15-BL152NR 2-in-1 15.6 4K UHD TouchScreen Laptop – Core i7-8550U, GeForce MX150, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD

CPU 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7

GPU NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels

RAM 16 GB SDRAM

Storage Space 512 GB PCIe® NVMeTM M.2 SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports USB Type C and USB 3.1

Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.9 x 14 x 0.7 inches

Weight 12.3 ounces

Pros Performance, Design, Backlit Keyboard

Cons Price

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB) – 15 inches

CPU Intel Core i7 (4.2 GHz 8032)

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)

Display Size 15 inches

Display Resolution 3260×2160 pixels

RAM 16 GB LPDDR3

Storage Space 1TB SSD

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Ports USB Type C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0

Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches

Weight 2.38 Pounds

Pros Performance, Storage Capacity, Design

Cons Hefty Price

 

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 320 80XL03BQUS (2.70 GHz) 12 GB RAM 256 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 15.6

CPU 2.7 GHz Core i7-740QM

GPU NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB

Display Size 15.6 inches

Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM 12 GB DDR4

Storage Space 256 GB SSD

Operating System Windows 10

Ports 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A,1 x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1 x Headphone Microphone Combo Jack, 4-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) Media Card Reader, 1x HDMI output

Dimensions (L x W x H) 21.1 x 12.9 x 3.5 cm

Weight 6.05 pounds

Pros Performance, Price

 

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