budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

How to Choose best laptops for architecture students in 2020?

Architecture students often rely on Computer Aided Design or CAD softwares like AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max, V-Ray to design, simulate, draft and present their creative work. These softwares require massive single core processing power from the CPU as well as light GPU performance to handle the geometries associated with CAD models.

After considering the minimum requirements required to run these software and from various feedback received from professionals we have set the following requirements while selecting our laptops:

Minimum Specifications

  • CPU – Intel i5 9th Gen or AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen
  • GPU – Nvidia or AMD Discrete Graphics with 2GB VRAM
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4
  • Disk – 256GB SSD

Most laptops on Amazon in the 60k-80k price range come with only 8GB of DDR4 RAM, however this can be easily upgraded to 16GB at around 4k extra.

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Below are our best picks for laptops for Architecture Students under 80,000 in 2020.

budget friendly laptops for architecture students under 80,000

Lenovo Ideapad S340

best laptops for architecture students 2020 Under 80,000
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5-1035G1
  • Ram: 8GB
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: Nvidia MX250 2GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 
  • Weight: 1.7 kg 
  • Display: 15.6 in
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price (approximate): ₹ 62,120
  • budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

The Lenovo Ideapad S340 is a lightweight laptop equipped with a 10th Generation Intel i5-1035G1 which is a 4 core 8 thread CPU with a base clock of 1GHz and a Turboboost frequency of upto 3.6Ghz. A 15 W TDP CPU equates to great efficiency and long battery life.Graphics is handled by a Nvidia MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM which is ample for CAD and light renders as well as Photoshop.It has 8GB of DDR4 RAM which we recommend to upgrade to 16GB for smoother experience.The laptop has a 15.6in 1920×1080 IPS LCD screen with thin bezels which has great viewing angles and color accuracy. It has 256GB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD for storage.

Lenovo Legion Y540

best 3 Laptops for work home Lenovo Legion Y540
Specs
  • Processor: Intel i5-9400HF
  • Ram: 8GB
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1650 4 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Weight: 2.3 kg 
  • Display: 15.6 in
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price (approximate): ₹ 65,490
  • budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

The gaming oriented Legion Y540 has a 9th Gen Intel i5-9400HF with a base clock of 2.4GHz with a Turboboost frequency of 4.2GHz. Its equipped with a Nvidia GTX 1650 with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM.The high base clock of the CPU and the GTX 1650 GPU provide more than enough horsepower to handle all CAD tasks easily. The onboard 8GB DDR4 RAM can be easily upgraded to 16GB for even smoother performance. At 65k this is the laptop that provides the best performance at a least price.It has a 15.6in 1920×1080 IPS LCD screen with nice thin bezels. It has 256GB SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD for ample storage.

ASUS TUF Gaming

Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Ram: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 
  • Weight: 2.17 kg 
  • Display: 15.6 in
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price (approximate): ₹ 69,990
  • budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

Asus provides the TUF Gaming Laptops in many flavors with both Intel and AMD options but we recommend the Intel variant that will provide the best performance in CAD applications. The 9th Gen Intel i5-9300H has 4 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and can turbo upto 4.2GHz. It also has a Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. This laptop is similar to the above Lenovo Legion Y540 in terms of performance. The 15.6in 1920×1080 IPS LCD screen has
good viewing angles and since it’s a gaming laptop has quick response times.Its equipped with a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD which has the fastest R/W speeds amongst the listed laptops.

MSI Alpha 15

best laptops for architecture students 2020
Specs
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
  • Ram: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: AMD RX550M
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 
  • Weight: 2.3kg 
  • Display: 15.6 in
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price (Approximate): ₹ 69,990
  • budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

The MSI Alpha 15 is the most powerful laptop on this list with a AMD Ryzen 7 3750H which has a clock speed of upto 4GHz and a AMD RX550M GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM which will give the best performance while rendering and GPU intensive tasks.The 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
will ensure the best performance during CAD work. The smooth 120Hz 15.6in 1920×1080 IPS LCD screen has great color accuracy.It also has a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD for ultra-fast R/W speeds.

HP Pavilion x360

best laptops for architecture students 2020 Under 80,000
Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Ram: 16GB
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • Graphics: 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Display: 15.6 in
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price (Approximate): 89,990
  • budget friendly laptops for architecture students 2020

The HP Pavilion x360 justifies its high price by having a 14in 1920×108 IPS touchscreen with pen support.It can be used to take notes on the laptop or rapid sketching of an idea directly using the included pen. Though older, the Intel i7-8565U CPU with a base clock of 1.8GHz and turbo boost upto 4.6GHz coupled with a Nvidia MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and 16GB of DDR4 RAM ensure great performance overall. Its also equipped with 512GB SSD for fast disk performance.

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