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The 5 Best Laptops for Revit In 2020

Revit is a rather demanding piece of software. And while most people prefer desktops for demanding tasks, some people just need a laptop. So, if you’re going to get one anyway, why not just pick the best option that’s out there? 

That being said, it’s not like there is a single laptop that works for everyone. Each pick has pros and cons. So, go through them and pick whatever fits you best. Here are some of our best options!

Before you Buy

Before even starting to look at the different options, there are some things to keep in mind that will make the whole selection process much easier. Those are: 

  • OS: Anything with Windows will do. Thankfully, the vast majority of laptops come with Windows 10 anyway
  • CPU: You’re going to need something powerful. We personally wouldn’t recommend anything less than a Core i5
  • GPU: Go with dedicated graphics. At least an Nvidia 10xx if you can
  • RAM: 6 to 8 gigabytes is the absolute minimum. 16GB is the best for playing it safe if you can afford it
  • Storage: An SSD makes a world of difference. We’d highly recommend ditching your HDD for one
  • Display and portability: Bigger displays may be better to look at.  But they also make laptops heavier, bigger, and harder to carry. So, balance things out and choose whatever fits you best
  • Battery life: Powerful laptops are generally not to good with battery life. Especially the ones with dedicated graphics. Keep an eye out for that

Now that this is out of the way, let’s start with our budget pick!

1: Acer Aspire E15

Budget Pick

If you need something that gets the job done for as cheap as possible, the Aspire E15 is one of the sweetest deals one can get. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics 620
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1080P
  • Battery: 13.5 hours on average (According to Acer)
  • Weight: 5.27 pounds

Coming in with a dual-core i3 and without a dedicated GPU, it’s definitely not the most powerful choice around. Far from it. 

However, that’s exactly why you get such great battery life from it. So, if you think that your projects don’t demand powerful hardware and you’re not willing to spend a lot of money, then this is one of the best picks. 

We’d personally recommend putting an M.2 SSD for the OS along with a RAM upgrade to make it more reliable. But, at the same time, you could spend that extra money on buying something with more powerful built-in hardware instead. So, pick your poison!

Pros: 

  1. Cheap
  2. Sleek design
  3. Decent keyboard
  4. Pre-installed 8X DVD for those who need it
  5. Great battery life

Cons: 

  1. Weak hardware
  2. Display looks a little bit washed out

2: Dell Inspiron 15

Great Value

The Inspiron 15 offers a little bit of everything without asking for a whole lot of money. So, we’d generally say that it’s a good value for everything that it offers compared to its price. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD Display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: 7 hours of average use (According to Dell)
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

It comes with a budget, dedicated GPU, a quad-core Core i5 processor, an SSD, and a decent battery as well. Hard to go wrong with it. RAM is also upgradeable up to 32 gigabytes – just in case you need more. 

If you’re a gamer, you’ll be able to run most titles at 720P or 1080P. Just don’t expect any miracles from it. 

As far as downsides are concerned, the only thing that bothered us is the somewhat thick bezels. Then again, thick bezels are supposed to be better for extra protection. 

Pros: 

  1. Good value
  2. Comes with a dedicated GPU
  3. Suitable for entry-level gaming
  4. Decent battery life

Cons: 

  1. Thick bezels
  2. Lots of complaints about the case falling apart

3: MSI GL62M

Mid-range Pick

The MSI GL62M is another great choice in the mid-range sector that offers enough processing power and memory to satisfy most of your needs. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD Display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: 2 to 4 hours depending on the kind of usage
  • Weight: 5.29 pounds

The mid-range processor in combination with the GTX 1050 make this a viable option not only for 3D rendering but also for entry-level gaming. Other than that, with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256GB SSD, we can only assume that your average person will be more than satisfied with it. 

If there’s one downside then that’s definitely going to be battery life. Most people got anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of average usage with some minor exceptions reaching up to 6. Considering the price of this laptop, we’d expect a bit more in terms of battery life. 

Pros: 

  1. Offers a little bit of everything (CPU, GPU, RAM)
  2. Comes with a dedicated GPU
  3. Suitable for playing some games on a budget

Cons: 

  1. Battery life is mediocre at best
  2. Thick bezels

4: Lenovo Ideapad Y700

Battery life and power in one package

If you’re willing to spend a little bit more and enter the high-end range, then we’d highly recommend 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 960M
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 128SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD Display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: About 7 hours with casual usage
  • Weight: 5.73 pounds

As we mentioned in the introduction, one of the first things that you should look after is the overall power demands of a laptop and its battery life. These two often go hand in hand. 

So, when you see a quad-core i7 along with a dedicated, mid-range graphics card, you’d generally think that it wouldn’t last more than 2 or 4 hours on battery at most. However, the Lenovo Ideapad turns everything around by offering an average battery life of 7 hours!

Of course, we’d expect that it’s not going to last anywhere nearly as long if you’re gaming or 3D rendering. But, still, that’s an impressive number. 

Pros: 

  1. Powerful processor
  2. Mid-range, dedicated graphics card (Even if it’s a bit outdated)
  3. Plenty of storage and speed in one package
  4. Good battery life

Cons: 

  1. Poor customer service (According to the reviewers who bought it)

5: Acer Predator Helios 300

Best Overall

The Predator Helios 300 is all-around the best laptop that you can get from this list. It barely has any downsides. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9759H
  • GPU: GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB Nvme SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS at 1920×1080 144Hz
  • Battery: 68 Wh, up to 6 hours
  • Weight: 5 pounds

Decent battery life, very powerful CPU and GPU, great high-refresh-rate display, 16 gigs of RAM out of the box – all for slightly less than $1100. No matter how you look at it, it’s hard to go wrong with this pick. 

If you’re into gaming as well, you’ll be glad to know that the 1660 Ti can handle pretty much every modern title at 1080P 60FPS! That being said, only a few titles can take advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate. Mostly competitive titles like CS: GO, Fortnite, etc. 

Still, we’ve got to say that once you try a high-refresh-rate display, you’re never going back to 60Hz. Not only for gaming but even just generally using the PC. 

Pros: 

  1. Very powerful
  2. Great for both work and gaming
  3. Offers a little bit of everything in terms of high-end specs
  4. Decent battery

Cons: 

  1. A little bit on the expensive side

Wrapping Up

If that’s too much information to take in at once, here’s everything that we mentioned as fast as possible: 

  1. Acer Aspire E15: Cheapest option on this list. Doesn’t offer powerful hardware, but it should be enough for casual users
  2. Dell Inspiron 15: Offers mid-range specs at the lowest possible price which makes it a good value
  3. MSI GL62M: Better build quality compared to Dell’s offering – but the battery life is mediocre at best
  4. Lenovo Ideapad Y700: Decent high-end option that’s suitable for a bit of gaming as well – offers powerful hardware and battery life in one package
  5. Acer Predator Helios 300: Best overall option. Very powerful, great for gaming, high-refresh-rate display, and decent battery life as well. The only downside is its price which is still considered low for the hardware that you’re getting

And this concludes our review of the best laptops for Revit. Remember that it’s all about pros and cons – so pick whatever personally fits you best. 

True, the Predator Helios can satisfy pretty much everyone except those who want something extremely slim. But it’s also the most expensive option. 

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section down below! That’s all for now.

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