Best laptops for Fusion 360: Buyers Guide 2019

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(Last Updated On: October 23, 2019)

Are you looking for a new best laptop for Fusion 360 ? Well, we understand how difficult it is to choose the best laptop for your usage, and that is why in this article we are going to cover 10 laptops for high-end Fusion 360 software. We have tested these laptops for all the popular CAD software. We are going to share our thoughts about each of these laptops.

Recommended System Requirements for Fusion 360

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher, macOS 10.12 or higher (only 64bit)
  • CPU: 64-bit processor
  • RAM: Minimum 3GB, 4 GB or more
  • Graphics Card: 512MB GDDR RAM

Keeping these specifications in mind, we have selected the best laptops for you below. You can not go wrong with anyone them. Please read below.

Best laptop for Fusion 360

Please see below for a list of 10 best laptops for running fusion 360

1.LG Gram – The Portability King

Features

  • Weighs under 2.5 lbs.
  • Long-lasting battery, up to 18 hrs.
  • Full HD IPS touchscreen display with ultra-thin bezels.
  • Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
  • 8 Gen Intel Core i7 processor paired with 16 Gigs of RAM
  • Military Grade Durability

The first laptop which comes to my mind when someone asks me to recommend the best laptop for Fusion 360 software is the 15 inch LG Gram. The laptop might not look very appealing or premium but believe me when I say that this laptop is beautifully designed. When you hold the laptop in your hand, you can feel how lightweight the Gram is. It’s just 2.5 lbs.

We tested Fusion 360 software on several laptops and the Gram performed really well with each of them. The battery life is amazing, the Gram’s battery lasted more than 14 hrs when we conducted our test.

Pros
  • Ultra Portable (weights 2.5lbs)
  • Thunderbolt 3 – can be used to connect external GPUs
  • Soundless thermal fan
  • Battery Life (Can last upto 18 hrs)
  • Slots for upgradations
  • SSD paired with Hard Drive
  • 3 years of international warranty
Cons
  • Feels cheap due to lighter materials
  • Flexes in body
  • Glossy Display

The users shifting from Macbooks might have issues adjusting with LG gram because of the way it feels in hands. The materials used to maintain the lightness of LG gram feels cheap. If you care about how your laptop feels in hand, then LG gram is not for you, but if you are looking for a lightweight laptop which can perform well with Fusion 360 software then, LG is one of the best laptops you can buy right now.

2.Dell XPS 15 – The Perfect Laptop

Features

  • Virtually borderless display
  • Beautiful IPS Display (400 nits)
  • Ultra-sharp, Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) touchscreen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Windows Hello Compatible
  • Crafted with Premium Materials
  • Carbon Fibre palm rest
  • Recycle Friendly

Dell XPS 15 is a gift for your Fusion 360 software. The powerful processor paired with 16 Gigs of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in Dell XPS 15 can run any Fusion 360 software like a cakewalk. Dell XPS 15 outperforms any laptop we tested in terms of performance, and the credit for such excellent performance goes to the thermal system of the laptop. The thermal system is beautifully designed and keeps the laptop extremely cool. Dell XPS 15 can perform well even if you are using heavy software for an extended period.

Pros
  • Beautiful Design
  • Great Display
  • Performance
  • Touch Input
  • Compact design considering it is a 15 Inch laptop
  • High Quality Premium materials used to craft the laptop
  • Carbon Fibre Palm Rest
Cons
  • Throttling issues
  • Heavier than competitors like LG Gram

The XPS 15 is a premium high performing laptop. The users have reported some throttling issues which we believe will be solved with software updates but if you are looking for a high performing laptop with a graphics card then the XPS 15 can be the perfect choice for you.

3.Razer Blade 15 – The Slimmest

Features

  • 15.6” Full HD edge-to-edge display (4.9mm bezels)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q Design VR Ready graphics
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6 core processor; 7.1 Codec support
  • 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD – For speed and capacity
  • 16GB Dual-Channel DDR-4-2667MHz, expandable to 32GB
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Gigabit Ethernet, 3x USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI, Mini DisplayPort.

A small laptop, big adventure. This laptop is best known for its power backup and portability. Best, when it comes to handling. It makes your traveling much more relaxed and comfortable. This laptop is ultra-fast, ultra-small and ultra-powerful, making it perfect for enjoying the toughest games for long hours. It’s suitable for Fusion 360 software. This laptop has been redesigned to offer dual storage and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in the precision-crafted CNC aluminum chassis.

Pros
  • Performance
  • Portability
  • Battery backup
  • Power
  • Good sound quality
  • Durability
  • Made up of best materials
  • Thin bezels
  • Sharp screen
  • Fast machine
  • I/Q is amazing
  • Has pretty decent Linux support
Cons
  • Keyboard feels fragile
  • Laggy mouse pad
  • HDD, a little bit slow
  • Heavy

This laptop is best when it comes to games. Photo editing is a breeze and works smoothly. So, if you want to use Fusion 360 software and are a gamer – a pro player, then go for it.

4.ASUS ROG Zephyrus S – The Performer

Features

  • Customizable 4 zone ASUS Aura RGB Gaming Keyboard
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 *(with Max Q technology) | Base: 1101MHz, Boost: 1265MHz, TDP: 90W
  • 15.6” Full HD 144Hz IPS Type Display | 3ms response time with slim 6.5mm Bezel
  • 8Th generation Intel Core i7 8750H (up to 3.9GHz) processor
  • Rog active Aerodynamic System (AAs) | Upgraded 12V fans and anti-dust tunnels to preserve cooling performance and system stability
  • 16GB 2666Hz DDR4 | 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD | Windows 10 Home

Asus ROG Zephyrus is another gaming laptop in the house. It is a fast performing slim gaming laptop with innovative engineering to cool its 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1070( high gaming performance) with Max – Q design. It is masterfully crafted and is 12% thinner than GX501( the original one). Its has a 15.6-inch screen making it more presentable and attractive and also has a full HD display. 16 GB DDR4 RAM, number of USB 2.0 ports – 2, number of USB 3.0 ports -3. As we move on to look, super-narrow bezels along with customizable backlight keyboard will draw you deeper into the action.

Pros
  • Great performance
  • Slim laptop
  • Good at cooling
  • Pantone certified display is calibrated right out of the boxWASD
  • keys run cool
  • High quality 144 Hz/3 ms IPS display
  • Great sound output
  • Strong hinges
Cons
  • Lacks Thunderbolt 3 and SD card reader
  • Small battery
  • No G-Sync or 4K UHD options
  • Only 1x storage bay and 1x SODIMM slot
  • Short runtime
  • Loud noise of fan

So, this laptop has every feature which will help you out in work purposes as well as entertainment purposes. Enjoy the fastest performance. The metal body is a symphony of clean lines and refined design. Brushstrokes slash the lid, diamond cuts chamfer the edges, and the iconic logo glows ROG red.

In total, you get everything from features to look. Why wait then, buy it now.

5.HP Envy X360 – Feature Loaded Package

Features

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U: AMD Quad-Core Ryzen 5 2500U Processor, 2.0GHz Base Frequency, up to 3.60GHz, 6 MB Smartcache
  • Expanded Storage: 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM, 256GB PCie Solid State Drive, Can Exactly Reach Your Expectations
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Backlit Keyboard, Windows Ink, up to 10.5 Hours Battery Life
  • 15.6″ Full HD ( 1920 x 1080 ) IPS Touchscreen WLED Display

This 2-in-1 laptop is beneficial when it comes to study or work. It has a large screen of 15.6-inch. It’s convenient and easy to lug from one place to another, and it is all top-notch. AMD Ryzen processor supports Windows 10 Home and other applications effortlessly. This laptop is easy to handle as well as best for Fusion 360 software. It’s best for the youth and great for school and college life.

Pros
  • Great Design
  • Light Weight
  • Versatile
  • Plenty of configurations
  • I/Q option and keyboard are great
  • Portability
  • Easy to handle
  • Can be used as both, Tab and laptop
  • Fast
  • Face recognition security works well
Cons
  • Battery back up is comparatively low than other models.
  • A bit loud runner
  • Thermal Issues

Apart from all this, laptop consists of reliable expanded solid-state hard. This laptop is best when it comes to working and will satisfy all the requirements of any youth.

Not that good for gaming purpose but great when it comes to work, learn and write. Battery backup is comparatively low, but it’s good in the tablet mode. About setup, you’ll find it extremely easy with the help of Cortana.

6.Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme – For the Extremes

Features

  • 1TB Intel PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
  • 15.6″ FHD IPS LED Backlight Anti-Glare Screen
  • 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 802.11 AC Wireless + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Backlit Keyboard
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q Dedicated Graphics Card
  • 4GB GDDR5 memory

Meet the extreme one. This laptop is slim and stylish with premium specs. It is capable of accomplishing multitasking needs through multi-monitor support, which helps in making the work even easier. The best part, rapid charge technology, which charges the battery up to 80% in 60 minutes so that you don’t have to charge your laptop again and again and get diverted from the main task. It is fast that saves your time while doing the work, slim and has plenty of power.

Pros
  • Fast
  • Light in weight
  • Great power
  • Good battery backup
  • Anti- glare full HD display
  • Beautifully designed
  • Multi- monitor support
  • Densely designed
Cons
  • Some driver issues
  • Fingerprint Magnet
  • Mouse pad driver issues

So, the laptop, overall, is the best for day to day use. For work, for entertainment and to carry it from one place to another, no problem.

7. Acer Predator Helios 300 – Performace King

Features

  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen
  • LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC )
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz DRAM Memory & 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Overclockable Graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Extra empty accessible slot for 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD
  • Gigabit Wi-FI
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Dual All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan Cooling | Metal Chassis.Battery
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • USB 3.1( type C)
  • Up to 7 hrs of battery life

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51-78NP Gaming Laptop is one of the most specialized level laptops basically for gaming purpose. It performs great with Fusion 360 software. It is basically designed for people who are in need of speed and performance. Two all-metal AeroBlade 3D Fans and stellar audio capabilities support intense gaming sessions. This laptop provides 144Hz refresh rate which speeds up the frames per second to deliver an ultra-smooth 2D motion scenes.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Great price for a GTX 1060 GPU
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Versatile
  • GPU overclocking
  • Insane performance
  • RGB keyboard with better design
  • Gorgeous display
Cons
  • Display is on the dim side
  • Overheating
  • Audio kind of sucks
  • No mechanical storage hard disk
  • Limited storage
  • Heavy in weight
  • No thunderbolt 3 port

Apart from all this, The IPS display is suitable for wide viewing angles and color production. This laptop is a beast with 6 core and hyperthreading. You can open whatever you want on your browser and still can play games.

8. Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″ – For the Luxury Users

Features

  •  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • Vibrant PixelSense Display
  • 15″ touchscreen. Weight 
  • 4.2 pounds including keyboard
  • USB-C port
  • Various modes of usage
  • Surface Accessories Support

Microsoft’s Surface line-ups are known for its unique combination of portability and performance. The modern technology used while crafting the Surface Book 2 can be felt when you hold the laptop in your hands. It looks and feels very premium. The body of Surface Book 2 is made of machined magnesium. The body is not at all shiny; the feel is very matte. It does not attract fingerprints.

The “fulcrum hinge” allows the screen to extend up to 115 degrees. The display panel is impressive, the blacks look great, and the overall color and brightness are just perfect.

Performance-wise, the laptop is a total killer. Core i7, paired with GTX 1060 is just Love. It can easily handle all types of Fusion 360 software, and if you are into gaming, the laptop will not disappoint you.

Pros
  • Combination of GPU and CPU
  • Good Battery Life
  • Responsive touch
  • Lightweight – can be used as a tablet
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Custom GPU Driver
  • USB-C without thunderbolt
  • Screen wobbles
  • Inadequate power supply

Surface Book 2 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a 2 in 1 machine which can act as a laptop as well as tablet. It is a powerful yet portable machine.

9.Asus ZenBook 15 – Best Design

Features

  • 92% screen to body ratio 
  • 15.6 inch IPS-Level full HD two-sided frameless NanoEdge bezel Display
  • 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565u Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)
  • 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 6GB DDR4 RAM
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 
  • Exclusive ErgoLift design for improved typing position, optimized cooling System and enhanced audio performance
  • Built-in IR camera for facial recognition sign in
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11AC), Bluetooth 5.0 and SD Card reader
  • Mil-std 810G military standard for reliability and durability

The Asus ZenBook 15 is excellent on paper. It has all the latest hardware configuration like Bluetooth 5.0, Intel 8565u, NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD and GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. Asus has managed to fit all such powerful hardware into a very compact body. The Asus ZenBook 15 has a body size of a 14-inch laptop. They have managed to do so by using Frameless NanoEdge Bezel Display which is a fancy name for a thin Bezel Display, but I have to admit that the display looks gorgeous.  The laptop seems futuristic.

Performance-wise Asus ZenBook 15 is on par with other laptops with similar configurations.

Pros
  • Design
  • Compact
  • Ergo Lift
  • Mil-std 810 G military Standard
  • Battery life
Cons
  • Reflective Display
  • Track Pad issues
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Less VRam

If you are looking for functionality combined with compactness, then this laptop might be the best pick for you.

10 ASUS VivoBook 15 – Budget King

Features

  •  4-way NanoEdge bezel display
  • 88% screen-to-body ratio
  • AMD Quad-Core R5-3500U Processor
  • AMD Radeon Vega 8 discrete graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD
  • Ergonomic backlit chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor 

All the other laptops mentioned in this article are no doubt the best laptops you can buy right now, but if you are low on budget and still want something powerful yet portable, then the ASUS VivoBook 15 is for you.

The laptop is a killer for the price you pay. Just for $549, you get an AMD Quad-Core Processor paired with 8 Gigs of RAM and AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU.

The laptop lacks SSD; we recommend you to upgrade the HDD with SSD as soon as you buy the laptop. The ASUS VivoBook 15 can handle most of the Fusion 360 software with ease.

Pros
  • Price
  • IPS Panel
  • Vega 8 GPU
  • Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
  • Windows Hello Support
Cons
  • Lack of SSD
  • Build Quality
  • Thermal Issues

If you are low on budget but still want excellent performance, then the ASUS VivoBook 15 should be your choice.

Conclusion and Titles

1. LG Gram – The Portability King – If you like lightweight laptops then the LG Gram is the lightest 15-inch laptop on the planet right now. It is for the people who are looking for performance + portability

2. Dell XPS 15 – The Perfect Laptop – Dell XPS 15 is for the perfectionists who are looking for the perfect laptop, which is an all-rounder.

3. Razer Blade 15 – Slimmest Gaming Laptop – Razer Blade 15 is a gaming laptop and can easily handle all kinds of Fusion 360 software.

4. ASUS ROG Zephyrus S – The Performer – The ROG Zephyrus is for the people who do not care much about looks but wants Stellar performance from their laptops.

5. Hp Envy x360 – Feature Loaded Package – The HP Envy x360 is a feature-packed laptop. It is for someone who is looking for a bit of everything on a laptop.

6. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme – For the Extremes – The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a premium laptop. If you have a high budget and do not want the MacBook pro then, ThinkPad X1 is a good alternative.

7. Acer Predator Helios 300 – The Performance King – We call it the Performance King because of the price we pay, and the performance we get is very un-expected.

8. Microsoft Surface Book 2 – For the Luxury Users – The SurfaceBook 2 is the top of the line Surface series laptop. It is very premium and is feature-packed.

9. Asus ZenBook 15 – Best Design – For a 15-inch laptop, the ZenBook looks fantastic. The body is very compact.

10. Asus VivoBook 15 – Budget King – Last but not Least is the Asus VivoBook 15, this is the laptop which you should consider if you are now a low budget.

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