Best Laptops for Blender(for 3d modeling and rendering)

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(Last Updated On: September 19, 2019)

Are you looking for the best laptop for Blender for 3D modeling and rendering? We have a list of best laptops for 3d animation using Blender below.

if your answer is yes, please keep reading.

Blender a brief history

Blender was originally created by a dutch animation studio company named NeoGeo as an in-house application in 1994. Later in 1998, it was published to the public as a freeware tool. Later in 2003 the founder of Blender created a nonprofit blender foundation and release Blender as an opensource project.

The current version is blender 2.81 released on November 2019. Over the last 21 years since the release in 1998, the blender has become a potent open-source tool for 3d modeling and rendering among game developers and animators. Blender can do rendering, modeling, sculpting, animation and Rigging, VFX, simulation, video editing and many more. And the best part is all of these is completely free and opensource. All you need is a powerful laptop that can run Blender. 

IMPORTANT
To run blender you need a Quality OpenGL compatible graphics card preferably from a quality vendor like Nvidia or AMD.

Laptop Hardware requirements for Blender

Please check the Tabs for Minimal, recommended and Optimal hardware requirements.

OptimalMinimumRecommended
64-bit eight core CPU


32 GB RAM


Full HD displays


Three button mouse and pen+tablet


Graphics card with +12 GB RAM


32-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
32-bits will be dropped per 2.81
4 GB RAM
1280×768 display
Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3

64-bit quad core CPU
16 GB RAM
Full HD display
Three button mouse or pen+tablet
Graphics card with 4 GB RAM

If you are thinking of just getting blender running on your laptop the minimum recommended specification might work but it wouldn’t be a pleasant experience as 3d modelling and rendering can give a huge hit to the cpu , RAM and graphics card. So I would recomment going with atleast the recommended spec or if your budget allows, go for the Optimal to have the best of the best experience.

The good thing about blnder is that as you don#’t pay a single cent towards the cost of the softrware, you can actually spend you r hard earned money on a good laptop to get the most out of Blender.

CPU

Blender needs a powerful CPU with at least 4 cores and for best performance, it is recommended to have an n eight-core 64BIT processor

Please note that Blender only supports 64 bit CPU

So will be considering i5,i7 and i9 processors here.

RAM

The minumum recommented RAM is 4GB , but I wil be considering only laptops with atleat 8GB and above RAM as Blender can take a lot of RAM during running and rendering

GPU/Graphics card

GPU can dramatically help with the performance during the rendering process when using Blender. If you have a supported Graphics card, it can give faster rendering compared to rendering utilizing the CPU. The following 2 Different technologies(source) support rendering using the Graphics card.

  • Nvidia CUDA
  • AMD OpenGL

Nvidia CUDA

Examples of Graphics card that supports CUDA /Open GL :

  • Nvidia MX150 – have CUDA technology
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 620- Supports Open GL 4.5

Best laptops for Blender

1.ASUS VivoBook S

Asus Vivobook comes with the 8th Generation core i7-8550U processor which have 4 cores and 8 threads(source). and the best thing is the laptop can be available for quite an attractive price usually under a grand. Please click here to check the live price.

This Vivobook have Nvidia Geforce MX150 which have Nvidia CUDA technology . So this graphics card can be used for rendering using the Graphics card , which is way more faster than CPU rendering,

This laptop comes with 8GB RAM which is very good amount of RAM for Blender

The 512 GB SSD card will make sure that your laptop will work smoothly duing the startup and while using Blender.

Pros
  • Value for money
  • real-life Battery usage of up to 6 hours
  • Portable
  • Powerful i7 processor
  • Nvidia CUDA recommented for CAD
Cons
  • Type C usb port is used for charging makes it not usable when laptop is charging

2.Dell XPS 13 9380, XPS9380-7939SLV-PUS

Dell always made laptops that are very well designed powerful and easily upgradeable. And XPS line of laptops are famous for durability and power.

Spec:

  • Dell XPS 13 9380 Platinum silver, with black Carbon Fiber
  • 13. 3-Inch 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) Infinity Edge touch Display
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565u Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4. 6 GHz, 4 Cores)
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 256 GB M. 2 [PCIe] NVMe (SSD)

The shell of the Laptop is made from metal and it feels really sturdy in hands and the back is made with carbon fiber, which makes it really durable and long-lasting. And laptops weighs only 3.2 pounds, which makes it extremely portable.

The display the beautiful crisp 4k infinity edge display with a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 is a beauty to look at. I would say it is one of the most beautiful screens on laptop ,even better than that of macbook pro.

The 8th gen i7 processor with 4 cores and 8 threads with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.6GHz (source)combined with intel UHD 620 (recommended for blender) makes it working with blender a bliss.

It comes with the latest 256GBm.2 SSD which is faster than the traditional SATA SSD, so all the continuous reading writing to the hard drive works really fast without lagging. Just see the reports from Crystal disk benchmark to get an idea how fast is a m.2 SSD when compared to a regular SATA ssd

You can clearly see that the read-write speeds are almost 3 times faster for an m.2 Nvme SSD compared to a normal SSD.

So this is a laptop that is portable and at the same time powerful when you want to wrok with Blender.

Pros
  • – Very fast m.2 Nvme ssd
  • -Supported graphics card for GPU processing
  • -lightweight and portable
  • -beautiful 4k display
Cons
  • -display size is small 13.3inch
  • -4k display can make a drain of the laptop battery

3. GIGABYTE Aero 15X v8-BK4 15″ Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop

Spec

  • 15.6″ 5mm Thin Bezel FHD 144Hz Pantone X-Rite 1920×1080 IPS anti-glare display LCD
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz-4.1GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB Max Q Supports NVIDIA Optimus Technology
  • 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory (upgrade up to 32GB)
  • 512GB M.2 NVME PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD
  • 10hrs Long Battery Life
  • Gigabyte Fusion Per Key RGB Keyboard
  • Dolby ATMOS Gaming Thunderbolt3

Gigabyte is a taiwanese Technology giant started with manufacturing of high quality motherboards for PC. And later they moved in to building high end laptops.

Aero series of laptops from Gigabyte among their best. This particular laptop has the latest 8th generation intel core i7 processor which has got 6 cores and 12 threads,9MB of cache and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.1Ghz.

Nvidia GTX1070 graphics card on this laptop makes the rendering on Blender reallty fast and easy. Since it supports Nvidia CUDA, the GPU rendering with this laptop is much faster than rendering with only CPU.

And to add to the very powerful graphics card, the 512GB m.2Nvme SSD makes reading and writing to the hard drives really fast and easy. the 16GB RAM pre-installed with this laptop can be upgraded up to 32GB at a later stage if you require more in the future.

And this laptop comes with a thunder bolt 3 interface and USB 3 ports,which makes it easier and faster for you to transfer the big files to and external hard drive for backup as your work library files grows.

All these make it one of the best laptops for 3d modeling and rendering with Blender.

Pros
  • – very powerful i7 processor
  • – GTX 1070Helps with faster GPU rendering
  • – 15-inch screen has a lot of real estate for blender
Cons
  • Not a 4k display

4. MSI GS75 Stealth-093 17.3″ Razor Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop

I could say , I left the best laptop for the last. This is a beast of a laptop which makes an awesome machine for you for your 3d modeling and rendering works.

  • Display: 17. 3″ 144Hz 3ms 5. 2mm 4-sided razorthin Bezel gaming Laptop FHD (1920×1080), IPS-Level
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 8G Max-Q GDDR6 w/New Ray Tracing Technology
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 2. 2 – 4. 1GHz
  • Memory: 32GB (16G*2) DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB NV Me SSD
  • Cooling: 3 fans, up to 47 blades each, 7 copper heat pipes, 4 exhausts

This is a laptop made especially for high-end gamer’s, so it makes a good candidate for your high-end 3d modeling and rendering works.

This MSI laptop comes ith the 8th generation i7 processor and when you combine it with RTX2080 graphics card , it makes working with resource hungry rendering application a piece of cake.

This laptop comes with 2 slots filled with 16GB RAM DDR4 RAM (2666MHz)each which makes it combined memory of 32GB . So you can forget about upgrading your RAM for another couple of years atleast

And the laptop comes with 512GB nvMe SSD, so it is quite a good amount of fast onboard storage and is much faster than a normal HDD or even a SATA SSD.

As you can expect a powerful laptop like this genrates a lot of heat when you are working with resource hungery softwares like blender which can make the GPUand CPU run at it fasteest speed for a long amount of time . If this heat is not removed at a faster speed than it is generated , it can end up making the performance sluggish and even can damage the componets.

Keeping this in mind MSI has got avery good heat removel system which has 3 fans, up to 47 blades each, 7 copper heat pipes, 4 exhausts.

Pros
  • -A Powerful core i7 processor
  • -NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 8G – High-end graphics card
  • -Very good heat-dissipating system
Cons
  • – 4.8 pounds makes it a tad bit heavier

5.ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim Gaming PC Laptop

Asus ROG Zephyrus is a Slim yet powerful gaming laptop which makes it a very good candiate when working with blender.

Spec

  • 15.6” Full HD 144Hz IPS Type Display, 3ms response time with slim 6.5mm Bezel
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  • 8Th generation Intel Core i7 8750H (up to 3.9GHz) processor
  • 0.62” thin, 4.6 lbs | ultraportable military-grade magnesium alloy body gaming laptop with premium cover CNC milled from Solid aluminum
  • 16GB 2666Hz DDR4 | 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Upgraded 12V fans and anti-dust tunnels to preserve cooling performance and system stability
  • Customizable 4 zone ASUS Aura RGB Gaming Keyboard

This laptop comes with a beautiful 15.6 inch full HD display. The body is CNC(computer Numerical Controlled) milled military grader unibody, which makes it highly durable and sturdy.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 memory helps with the GPU processing while using Blender. As we discussed before, GPU processing is much faster than CPU processing.

GPU processing VS CPu processing (source Nvidia Blog) : Faster Parellel processing in GPU.

GPUs can operate faster and more cost-efficiently than CPUs in a range of increasingly important sectors

Nvidia Blog

The 8th Gen core i7 from intel coffee-lake series is a powerful processor with 6 cores,12 threads, and 9MB smart cache(source).

16GB 2666Hz DDR4 RAm combined with the fast m.2 NVMe SSD gives the system a faster boot time,better response and faster rendering while using high IO software’s like Blender.

The laptop features a new generation cooling technology which adapts based on the GPU and CPU. And also there are dust tunnels built in so that it can channel dust particles out of the system without making it clog and slow down the laptop.

all these feaures makes it my favourite laptop when working with Blender if your budget allows it.

Pros
  • Very good cooling system
  • Extremely Light and Powerful keeping in mind its size
  • very high Value for money
Cons
  • No ethernet port : It means you will need to get a USB ethernet adapter if you don’t have Wifi

Conclusion

Since Blender is a free software , you will get a bit more budget than can actually goes in to hardware. Any of the above laptop can do a good job working with Blender, select a one that matches with your budget.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions in the comments.


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