Before we get to anything else, it is important to define what a creative professional’s laptop is in the first place. Unlike business-oriented laptops which only rely on superficial design choices, the creative professional’s laptop indeed deserves a separate classification because the distinctions are not superficial at all. Let’s get started with a brief definition.
What is a Creative Professional’s Laptop?
Since creativity itself can mean different things to different professionals, let’s make it clear that this post is about laptops which are created for fashion designers, graphic designers, web designers, digital artists, architects, and media professionals. Despite the versatility, the best creative laptops will share the following attributes:
- A high-resolution touchscreen with digital pen/stylus support and wide colour gamut support (10-bit panel).
- A powerful central processing unit (CPU).
GPUs are generally not as important for creative professionals as they are for gamers but that does not mean these devices are shipped without a capable GPU either. Admittedly, they may still not be suitable for AAA gaming in Ultra settings, but the integrated GPU should still be capable of aiding the CPU in more graphics-intensive workloads.
MacBooks Vs Touchscreens
One may argue that MacBooks are widely used by creative professionals, but they do not have a touchscreen. So, how is it that a touchscreen should be considered as an essential aspect or feature of professional laptops designed for creativity? The argument can only be held valid if you are willing to:
- Spend more money on an iPad/iPad Pro or a Wacom tablet and,
- Spend more money on an Apple Pencil 2 or a Wacom digitiser and,
- Look at two different screens while drawing, designing, or editing.
Creative pros who use MacBooks to edit/sketch/doodle/draw, cannot do so without an external touchscreen connected to their MacBook. As one can imagine, that would exponentially increase the cost of admittance. MacBook Pro models are extremely expensive already, so the added costs don’t really make much sense after considering the alternative options available to creative pros in 2022.
For example, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 comes with a 12th Generation Intel Core i7-1280P CPU, next-gen Intel Arc graphics, 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM at 5200MHz speed, and an OLED touchscreen at 3840 x 2400 resolution with 100% DCI-P colour gamut coverage. They even include the digitiser pen in the box. Windows 11 devices such as that are more complete, more powerful, and more cost-effective. Therefore, it is difficult to recommend a MacBook Pro in comparison.
A Touchscreen on the Laptop Eliminates Visual Distortion
If you must use two separate screens for your creative work, it can be a jarring and even limiting experience. Using two displays for creative work is not the same as not looking at your keyboard (touch typing) sincewe are naturally prone to seeing what we are drawing simultaneously.
That is how it works in real life with a pen and a piece of paper. Therefore, the advantage of having a touchscreen on your laptop will be evident the very first time you shift from using two separate screens for drawing or designing.