Best Laptops for Revit 2017

June 26, 2017 no comments Better Work, Gift Ideas, Tricks of the Trade

I’ll save you all of the technical gibberish and cut straight to the chase with this guide. If you are looking for more detailed information, Pick Notebook did a pretty great write-up towards the end of last year that will definitely give you more technical information. Here is our list of best laptops for Revit 2017.

What Qualities Are We Considering?

  • Processor
  • Memory
  • Solid State Drive
  • Screen
  • Battery
  • Graphics Card

MSI GL62 6QF

Best Performance On A Budget

At the time of writing, it costs just $830, which makes it a massive deal. Even at its original price of $1000 it was a good pick and if you’re lucky to find it still at $830 – it’s a no-brainer.

It comes with a high-end Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and a mid-range discrete 960M graphics card from Nvidia. 12 GB of RAM instead of a more standard 8 GB in this price range is definitely a nice touch. Finally, 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD setup offers plenty of space and the benefits of a faster drive for Windows and Revit. Even though 128 GB is somewhat limiting, it’s a great addition to any laptop at $830.

The display has an IPS panel and a matte finish. Going for a matte finish reduces reflections but it introduces its own issues – mainly, the need of a bit brighter backlight to keep up with glossy displays. It seems MSI did not equip this notebook with a strong LED and in result, the display is below average when it comes to lighting. The contrast of 450:1 is significantly below the recommended 1000:1 contrast. That usually betrays a lower quality IPS panel. One surprising metric of MSI GL62 6QF is its color space coverage – it covers nearly 100% of sRGB space and ~75% Adobe RGB. That somewhat redeems the display and its flaws.

Overall, if you need a laptop that’s fast and performs better than anything else under $1000 and you’re OK with an average display and a subpar battery life (just under 3 hours of real-life battery runtime).

Lenovo IdeaPad 700

If you’d rather get a laptop a larger SSD and a better battery life while trading out 960M for 950M – you can take a look at Lenovo IdeaPad 700.

ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74

First and foremost, it has a great processor, a lot of memory + a dedicated graphics card as a bonus.

So what do 1500$+ laptops have that this model doesn’t? SSD, mainly. As you can probably tell, lack of a large SSD is a repeating theme for laptops under 1500$.

Apart from that upgrade, if you’d get this laptop you are be basically set. The screen has no major drawbacks and if you’ve to stay under 1000$, there’s not much else you’d demand from a display in this price range.

One final note – be aware that it is on a heavy side – it weighs almost like a 17.3″ laptop.

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW

This is a very nice and a well-rounded piece of hardware.

To begin with, it comes with the about the same level of performance as previously mentioned models. With 1 big exception. It packs a whole 512 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD. That surpasses any hard drive requirements for Revit by a big margin.

The screen on this baby is leaving me with some mixed feelings. It’s great to have a 4K screen, even if Revit can’t fully take advantage of it. At the same time, touchscreen surface and an IPS panel seem to fully round out the package. On the other hand, when measured, the screen is rather underwhelming, especially when compared to other ZenBook models.

DELL XPS 15

Finally, if need a top of the line display and great performance all wrapped up in a sleek laptop – Dell XPS 15 should catch your attention.

Just as any other laptop on the list, it delivers the computational power that’s needed for uninterrupted work with Revit. It also has a large and very fast 500 GB PCI-Express SSD.

The display on this beauty is one of the best ones out there. 400 cd/m brightness, 1600:1 contrast and 98% sRGB coverage – all of these metrics match or surpass what’s recommended for work with 3D models. What is more, it even has a 4K resolution. Just make sure you’re using the latest Revit version or you might need to downgrade the resolution to the classic 1920×1080 if you’re having any issues with the default ultra-high pixel density.

You can go for some other more expensive laptop ($2000+) if you need a Quadro/FirePro graphics card, a larger storage drive, and a longer battery life. But for the absolute majority, Dell XPS 15 is the top laptop for Revit they can or should get.