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Best Laptops for Architects and Architecture Students in India | Under Rs 1,20,000 (October 2023)

Finding laptops for your Architectural requirements can be a difficult job if you are not sure what specifications you are looking for or what kind of laptop you need to run your Architecture applications and Rendering applications on the go. This is exactly why, I've prepared this list of laptops so that you can rest assured that these laptops will not fail you when it comes to performance. I am an Architect turned blogger who now helps users find the best tech for their needs. My history with Architecture also helps me know exactly what to recommend. So far we've offered recommendations to 100s of students, Architects, and Architecture offices across India.

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Without further introduction, pick your budget from below to find the best-performing laptops in those price brackets. If you've any questions, feel free to use the chat window at the right bottom of this page or contact us on any of our social media handles or email or WhatsApp (all of them are available at the bottom of the page)


What to expect at this price?

Mid - High end CPUs (also referred to as processors) - Intel Core i7/i9 or Ryzen 7/9 with 8 cores or more.

Mid end GPU - 6GB graphics or higher

Ram - 16GB or More


  1. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 60,000 | October 2023 (to be updated)

  2. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 80,000 | October 2023 (to be updated)

  3. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 1,00,000 or 1 Lakh | October 2023 (to be updated)

  4. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 1,20,000 or 1.2 Lakh | October 2023

  5. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 1,40,000 or 1.5 Lakh | October 2023

  6. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 1,80,000 or 1.8 Lakh | October 2023 (to be updated)

  7. Laptops for Architecture under Rs 2,00,000 or 2 Lakh | October 2023 (to be updated)

  8. Laptops for Architecture above Rs 2,00,000 or 2 Lakh | October 2023 (to be updated)

Laptops for Architects/Designers under Rs 1,20,000 | August 2023


IMPORTANT NOTE:

Note that all Architecture related applications are very resource intensive as in they use a lot of the performance available on the laptop or desktops to their full extent. More importantly, they use up a LOT of memory or RAM. So if you are a user who uses multiple applications such as these at once (such as Photoshop, Sketchup, Lumion, Autocad etc at the same time), then it doesn't matter what laptop you purchase, if it has 16GB or less amount of RAM, then it WILL most definitely slow down depending on the load. This is NOT due to the lack of performance of the processor or graphics card but simply because your PC does not have enough RAM to manage all the open applications. While 16GB Ram used to be a good amount of memory 5-10 Years ago, It has become almost a bare minimum now to have at least 16GB to run applications smoothly. Upgrading to 32GB or more is highly recommended for high-end users.


 
  1. Editor's Overall Choice - ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2023) FX507ZV-LP094W

  2. Editor's Value Choice - Acer NITRO 5 (2022) AN515-58 NH.QFSSI.001

  3. Editor's Choice for Best Battery Life - ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022) FA507RE-HN043WS

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H 14 cores | GPU: Nvidia RTX 4060 8GB 140W | Ram: 16GB DDR4 | SSD: 512GB PCIe Gen4 | Display: 15.6in FHD 144Hz IPS | 100% sRGB | Weight: 2.2 Kg

Pros

+ Good Build quality

+ Excellent CPU and GPU pairing

+ Good cooling

+ Good display

+ Thunderbolt 4

+ Upgradeable RAM and Storage.

+ DLSS3 and Frame Gen enabled


Cons

No Major cons


Who is this for?

Designers, Architects, and Architecture students will find this laptop well reliable for their software requirements. Be it GPU-based rendering applications such as Lumion, Vray etc or Resource intensive applications such as Revit.


Asus TUF Gaming lineup is well known for its value for money choices and the 2023 variant improved upon all its predecessors by improving on the battery life, efficiency, cooling and finally a good display. Most previous generation TUF A15 models have had displays with non accurate colors making for confusing sheet printouts and dissimilar colors across various monitors/outputs. The 2023 lineups fixes this with a standard 100% sRGB color gamut. Rest of the specifications are also top of the line.


While the Acer Nitro 5 also offers an 8GB Graphics Card suitable for rendering workloads, this TUF F15 is the only laptop to offer a 14 Core i7 Processor along with an 8GB Graphics Card in this price segment making it one of the best choices for both CPU and GPU intensive workloads.


Bottom Line: Excellent balance between performance and price.


BUY NOW: ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2023) FX507ZV-LP094W - Rs 1,09,990 (prices may change during sale)

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-12650H 10 cores | GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070Ti 8GB 150W | Ram: 16 GB DDR4 | SSD: 1 TB | Display: 15.6" QHD 165 Hz - 100% sRGB Coverage | Weight: 2.4kg

Pros

+ Upgradeable Ram and Storage.

+ Best-in-class GPU

+ Excellent performance

+ Excellent value

+ Good display colors


Cons

- Not as good build as Legion


Who is this for?

Designers, Architects, and Architecture students who deal primarily with rendering applications. With a fast RTX 3070 Ti 8GB graphics card, your detailed and complex 3D projects will be much easier to work with.


There are 2 things that set this Acer Nitro 5 apart from the rest of the laptops on this page. Price and Performance. The 2 basic things that most of us look for and the Acer Nitro 5 hits it right. At just Rs 95,990! this is the best performing laptop at its price that offers a high end RTX 3070 Ti 8GB graphics card which is usually found only in higher priced laptops. It does not compromise on the display color accuracy either and offers a sharp QHD display with 100% sRGB coverage. It also offers upgradeable ram and SSD as expected from a laptop at this price point. It does not get better than this at this price making this the Editor's choice for Best Value for Money laptop.

Bottom Line: The best-performing laptop at the lowest cost. Period.


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CPU: Ryzen 7 7840HS 8 Cores 16 Threads | GPU: RTX 4060 8GB 115W | Ram: 16GB | SSD: 512 GB | Display: 15.6" QHD 165 Hz - 100% sRGB Coverage | Weight: 2.4Kg

Pros

+ Excellent CPU and GPU

+ Excellent performance

+ Sharp QHD Display + Good Value for Money

Cons

- LONG Delivery Time



Who is this for?

Designers/Architects/Students looking for a minimal-looking laptop that doesn't stand out significantly in a professional setting and is also powerful and can handle Architecture software well.


This is the 2023 Lenovo LOQ launched in the month of July 2023 and offers some of the best specifications in this segment at the lowest prices. It doesn't compromise on the performance or the display either and is currently the best laptop to get at its price. However, it is not readily available for purchase and has to be ordered from the Lenovo Store with the above mentioned specifications. Since this is a custom order, it could take up to 5 weeks for delivery. If you are willing to wait for this duration, this is absolutely the best overall performing laptop that you can get for its price. If you can't wait, there is also a ready-to-ship model available, however, its display is not color accurate but you get the same performance. If you are going to be using an external monitor, then this could be an alternative worth looking into.


Bottom Line: Alternative choice from HP that's relatively lower priced but should satisfy the requirements for most modern Architecture software.


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Immediate shipping Lenovo LOQ 15APH8 (2023) 82XT009CIN (Use coupon UNBOX35 to get a flat Rs 3,500 instant discount)

 

CPU: Ryzen 7 6800HS 8 cores | GPU: RTX 3060 6GB 140W | Ram: 16 GB | SSD: 1TB | Display: 15.6" QHD 165 Hz - 100% sRGB Coverage | Weight: 2.2 kg

Pros

+ Good power efficient CPU

+ Good performance

+ Excellent build quality + Best in segment battery life

Cons

- Not the best CPU performance that you can get in this segment.




Who is this for?

This laptop will primarily help students and Architects on the go who are looking for a laptop that can offer solid performance but also need good battery life for general purpose usage.


The 2022 Asus TUF Gaming A15 doesn't have the best in class processor or graphics card in this price segment. However, it still offers a very capable and power efficient 8 core processor and a 6GB RTX 3060 graphics card capable of handling Architectural software quite well. While high end laptops and battery life usually doesn't come together, the 2022 Asus TUF Gaming A15 is an exception that offers a whopping 10 hours of battery life! for light loads such as web browsing/view viewing. The power efficient Ryzen 7 6800HS helps achieve this. However, do note that, on GPU intensive tasks such as rendering, the battery life is limited to 2 hours just like any other high end laptop. It is also always recommended to plug in the laptop for high end usage in all high end laptops to get the best performance.


Bottom Line: Decent performance and excellent battery life in a robust laptop.


 

CPU: Ryzen 7 6800HS 8 cores | GPU: RX 6700S 6GB 100W | Ram: 16 GB | SSD: 1TB | Display: 14" FHD+ 144 Hz - 100% sRGB Coverage | Weight: 1.6 kg

Pros

+ Excellent portability

+ Excellent performance

+ Excellent build quality

Cons

- Relatively lower performance compared to heavier laptops out there.




Who is this for?

Students, Designers and Architects who need the ultimate portability without compromising a lot on performance unlike other thin and light laptops.


The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is an absolute power house and packs a lot of power while weighing just 1.6Kg! With an excellent power efficient Ryzen 7 6800HS and an 8GB RX 6700S, you are unlikely to be not satisfied with the performance. There is also scope for memory and storage expansion despite being very compact. It also has a good display with 100% sRGB for work that requires good color reproduction. There's not a lot to be said here. If you need the best portable laptop at this price, this is it. There is no alternative.


Bottom Line: The best portable high-end windows Laptop. Portability and performance packed into one.


 

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