What are the Best Laptops for AutoCAD 2022? [Updated]

Since its release in 1982 as a desktop app for drafting and prototyping, AutoCAD has come a long way, with up to 20 updates to the original version. This article looks at the best laptops for AutoCAD 2022 that you can get right now.

AutoCAD is used by artists, engineers, architects, graphic designers, and other professionals. Its popularity spans the engineering, architectural, printing, and fashion industries. Thousands of professionals rely on AutoCAD for preparing 2D and 3D designs of prototypes, plans, schematics, blueprints, and samples of products or architectural structures.

Presently, there are over 8 million licensed users of AutoCAD, and the number is growing. The app has the standard edition and a student edition which are quite cheaper to procure.

Comparison table for the best Laptops for AutoCAD 2022

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BEST VALUE
Dell - XPS7590-7572SLV-PUS XPS 15 7590 Laptop 15.6 inch, 4K...
MSI P65 Creator-1084 15.6" 4K UHD Display, Ultra-Thin and...
BEST 14" OPTION
ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14” Full HD NanoEdge...
BEST TOUCHSCREEN
HP Envy - 17t (2020) 10th Gen Laptop (Intel i7-10510U...
BEST BATTERY LIFE
LG Gram 17Z90N Laptop 17" IPS Ultra-Lightweight, (2560 x...
BEST BUDGET
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen...
Brand/Model
Dell - XPS7590-7572SLV-PUS XPS 15 7590 Laptop 15.6 inch, 4K...
MSI P65 Creator-1084 15.6" 4K UHD Display, Ultra-Thin and...
ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14” Full HD NanoEdge...
HP Envy - 17t (2020) 10th Gen Laptop (Intel i7-10510U...
LG Gram 17Z90N Laptop 17" IPS Ultra-Lightweight, (2560 x...
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen...
Prime Status
-
-
-
-
-
Star Rating
Weight
4lbs
4.1lbs
2.7lbs
6.4lbs
2.98lbs
2.6lbs
Typical Battery Life
~9 hours
~6 hours
~9 hours
~4 hours
~17 hours
~12 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: 9th Gen Intel Core i7 9750H 2.6 - 4.5GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 15.6" 4K IPS
Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz - 4.50GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 15.6" 4K UHD anti-glare
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
CPU: Intel Core i7-10510U
GPU: NVIDIA MX250 2GB GDDR5
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Display: 14" FHD NanoEdge
Storage:512GB PCIe Intel Optane SSD
CPU:Intel Core i7 10510U, up to 4GHz Turbo, 12MB Smart Cache
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB
RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Display: 17” IPS FHD Screen, Touch enabled
Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD, 1 TB HDD
CPU: 10th Gen. Intel Core i7-1065G7
GPU:Intel Iris Plus graphics
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Display: 17.3” 2560 x 1600 pixels IPS Screen, 16x10 aspect ratio
Storage: x2 512GB NMVe SSD
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
GPU: Radeon RX Vega 7
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Display: 14” FHD
Storage:512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Price
$1,513.76
$1,429.99
Price not available
Price not available
$1,849.99
$755.00
BEST VALUE
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Dell - XPS7590-7572SLV-PUS XPS 15 7590 Laptop 15.6 inch, 4K...
Brand/Model
Dell - XPS7590-7572SLV-PUS XPS 15 7590 Laptop 15.6 inch, 4K...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
4lbs
Typical Battery Life
~9 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: 9th Gen Intel Core i7 9750H 2.6 - 4.5GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 15.6" 4K IPS
Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD
Price
$1,513.76
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MSI P65 Creator-1084 15.6" 4K UHD Display, Ultra-Thin and...
Brand/Model
MSI P65 Creator-1084 15.6" 4K UHD Display, Ultra-Thin and...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
4.1lbs
Typical Battery Life
~6 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz - 4.50GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 15.6" 4K UHD anti-glare
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Price
$1,429.99
BEST 14" OPTION
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ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14” Full HD NanoEdge...
Brand/Model
ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14” Full HD NanoEdge...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
2.7lbs
Typical Battery Life
~9 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i7-10510U
GPU: NVIDIA MX250 2GB GDDR5
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Display: 14" FHD NanoEdge
Storage:512GB PCIe Intel Optane SSD
Price
Price not available
BEST TOUCHSCREEN
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HP Envy - 17t (2020) 10th Gen Laptop (Intel i7-10510U...
Brand/Model
HP Envy - 17t (2020) 10th Gen Laptop (Intel i7-10510U...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
6.4lbs
Typical Battery Life
~4 hours
Quick Specs
CPU:Intel Core i7 10510U, up to 4GHz Turbo, 12MB Smart Cache
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB
RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Display: 17” IPS FHD Screen, Touch enabled
Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD, 1 TB HDD
Price
Price not available
BEST BATTERY LIFE
Photo
LG Gram 17Z90N Laptop 17" IPS Ultra-Lightweight, (2560 x...
Brand/Model
LG Gram 17Z90N Laptop 17" IPS Ultra-Lightweight, (2560 x...
Prime Status
Star Rating
Weight
2.98lbs
Typical Battery Life
~17 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: 10th Gen. Intel Core i7-1065G7
GPU:Intel Iris Plus graphics
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Display: 17.3” 2560 x 1600 pixels IPS Screen, 16x10 aspect ratio
Storage: x2 512GB NMVe SSD
Price
$1,849.99
BEST BUDGET
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Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen...
Brand/Model
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
2.6lbs
Typical Battery Life
~12 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
GPU: Radeon RX Vega 7
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Display: 14” FHD
Storage:512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Price
$755.00

Last update on 2022-06-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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BEST MAC OPTION
2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage,...
BEST CONVERTIBLE
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) EUP-00001 Laptop (Windows...
BEST RTX OPTION
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 Mobile Workstation Laptop, 17”...
ASUS VivoBook S17 S712 Thin and Light 17.3” FHD, Intel...
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT
ASUS ExpertBook B9450 Thin and Light Business Laptop, 14”...
OEM Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 15.6" FHD, Intel Quad Core...
Brand/Model
2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage,...
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) EUP-00001 Laptop (Windows...
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 Mobile Workstation Laptop, 17”...
ASUS VivoBook S17 S712 Thin and Light 17.3” FHD, Intel...
ASUS ExpertBook B9450 Thin and Light Business Laptop, 14”...
OEM Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 15.6" FHD, Intel Quad Core...
Prime Status
-
-
-
-
Star Rating
Weight
4.3lbs
2.83lbs
4.1lbs
5.07lbs
2.2lbs
4.2lbs
Typical Battery Life
~12 hours
~8 hours
~3.30 hours
~6 hours
~17 hours
~8.30 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i9-9880H 2.2GHz - 4.8GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB GDDR6 / Intel UHD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 16" 3072x1920 pixel IPS Retina Display
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
CPU: Intel Core i7 7660U 2.5 - 4GHz
GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 13.5” PixelSense Display at 2256x1504 pixels
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H, up to 4.5GHz
GPU: Geforce RTX 2060 26GB GDDR6
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Display: 17.3" 1920x1200 pixels, 16x10 aspect ratio
Storage:x2 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2
CPU: Intel Core i7-10510U, up to 4GHz Turbo, 12MB Smart Cache
GPU:Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Display: 17” IPS FHD Screen, NanoEdge frameless display
Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 1 TB HDD
CPU: 10th Intel Core i7-10510U, 1.8-4.9GHz, 8MB Smart Cache
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Display: 14” IPS Full HD
Storage: x2 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
CPU:Intel Core i5 10210U, 1.6GHz - 4.2GHz, 6MB Smart Cache
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Display: 15.6” FHD IPS
Storage:500GB SSD
Price
$2,716.18
$1,499.00
$1,599.97
$1,999.00
Price not available
$899.95
BEST MAC OPTION
Photo
2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage,...
Brand/Model
2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage,...
Prime Status
Star Rating
Weight
4.3lbs
Typical Battery Life
~12 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i9-9880H 2.2GHz - 4.8GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB GDDR6 / Intel UHD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 16" 3072x1920 pixel IPS Retina Display
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Price
$2,716.18
BEST CONVERTIBLE
Photo
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) EUP-00001 Laptop (Windows...
Brand/Model
Microsoft Surface Laptop (1st Gen) EUP-00001 Laptop (Windows...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
2.83lbs
Typical Battery Life
~8 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i7 7660U 2.5 - 4GHz
GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 13.5” PixelSense Display at 2256x1504 pixels
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Price
$1,499.00
BEST RTX OPTION
Photo
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 Mobile Workstation Laptop, 17”...
Brand/Model
ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 Mobile Workstation Laptop, 17”...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
4.1lbs
Typical Battery Life
~3.30 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H, up to 4.5GHz
GPU: Geforce RTX 2060 26GB GDDR6
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Display: 17.3" 1920x1200 pixels, 16x10 aspect ratio
Storage:x2 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2
Price
$1,599.97
Photo
ASUS VivoBook S17 S712 Thin and Light 17.3” FHD, Intel...
Brand/Model
ASUS VivoBook S17 S712 Thin and Light 17.3” FHD, Intel...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
5.07lbs
Typical Battery Life
~6 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: Intel Core i7-10510U, up to 4GHz Turbo, 12MB Smart Cache
GPU:Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Display: 17” IPS FHD Screen, NanoEdge frameless display
Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 1 TB HDD
Price
$1,999.00
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT
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ASUS ExpertBook B9450 Thin and Light Business Laptop, 14”...
Brand/Model
ASUS ExpertBook B9450 Thin and Light Business Laptop, 14”...
Prime Status
-
Star Rating
Weight
2.2lbs
Typical Battery Life
~17 hours
Quick Specs
CPU: 10th Intel Core i7-10510U, 1.8-4.9GHz, 8MB Smart Cache
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Display: 14” IPS Full HD
Storage: x2 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Price
Price not available
Photo
OEM Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 15.6" FHD, Intel Quad Core...
Brand/Model
OEM Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 15.6" FHD, Intel Quad Core...
Prime Status
Star Rating
Weight
4.2lbs
Typical Battery Life
~8.30 hours
Quick Specs
CPU:Intel Core i5 10210U, 1.6GHz - 4.2GHz, 6MB Smart Cache
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Display: 15.6” FHD IPS
Storage:500GB SSD
Price
$899.95

Last update on 2022-06-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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How to get the AutoCAD 2022 trial?

AutoCAD is available as a subscription software, and you can subscribe monthly, yearly, and triennially. The subscription costs are as follows –

  • Monthly at $210
  • Annually at $1,690
  • Triennially at $4,565

To download a working trial of AutoCAD 2022, click on the button below.

The download is about 4GB and will remain functional for 30 days. After the trial, you must sign up for a subscription in order to continue using the app. AutoCAD is a professional application, and as such, the cost is justified to a large extent. However, there are other applications that offer similar functionality, at a reduced cost.

This article looks at the best laptops for AutoCAD 2022 and will guide you in making a choice of which laptop to use. We will look at laptops for any budget, whether you want a budget laptop, or have the money to spend on a high-end workstation laptop.

Required hardware specifications for AutoCAD 2022

Before we proceed, let’s look at some basic hardware requirements for AutoCAD. AutoCAD is basically a drawing tool, but it can also render models in 3D. In simple terms, AutoCAD utilizes the system hardware in two ways, active and passive. In active mode, AutoCAD utilizes the processor for rendering the models, whereas, in passive mode, the graphics card is utilized for displaying the models as they are created and manipulated.

In selecting the best laptop for AutoCAD 2022, here are the most important components to consider, and how they are utilized in AutoCAD for the best performance.

Processor

On the Autodesk website, they recommend a processor with a clock speed of 2.5Ghz and above. The app also does well on multi-core processors. Most of the modern processors will run appreciably well on AutoCAD, with minimal performance issues. You can opt for an Intel or AMD processor laptop with respect to this.

RAM

AutoCAD requires a minimum of 8GB of RAM and a recommended RAM of 16GB. It doesn’t matter whether the RAM is DDR3 or DDR4, although most laptops released in the last couple of years have DDR4, which is faster than DDR3.

Graphics Card

Your laptop must have at least a 1GB graphics card with support for DirectX 11. This is the minimum specification. For the best performance, your graphics card should have at least 4GB of memory. Most modern GPUs have at least 4GB of RAM, including most of the models in this review.

It is interesting to note that AutoCAD doesn’t require workstation-class powerful graphics cards in order to function effectively. Any basic GPU with just 1GB of RAM will do just fine, which of course includes integrated graphics. However, getting a high-end Laptop is great especially if you plan to use it for other things, such as video editing and transcoding, apart from AutoCAD.

Display

AutoCAD requires a full HD display but also has support for 4K displays. Almost all current generation of laptops have full HD display and so this is not really a big deal.

Storage

Your system should have at least 6GB of free disk space in order to install AutoCAD. The app occupies quite a sizeable disk space. It is not recommended to run AutoCAD on limited disk space to avoid running into performance issues.

Other things to consider include having an active network connection for activation and licensing, a pointing device such as a mouse, a browser, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 or later, and DirectX 11.

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