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Affordable laptops for web design

  • 08/06/202208/06/2022
  • 3 min read

Find out the best laptop for Web Design at an affordable low-cost budget, to get you started with your foot in the door.  Remember paying more, doesn’t always get you a better laptop. You really have to know the inside/out of it and I sure paid for my mistake being outdated a few years ago, but it did open a lot of doors for me.

What do you need for Web Design?

If you’re looking at using cloud based tools for web design like Canva, Gravit or Adobe Cloud, you could easily get away with barebone minimum on a low cost laptop with the following specs:

  • OS: Windows / Linux (Ubuntu/Mint) 
  • Brand: Dell | HP / AMD 
  • Chip: Intel
  • Hard-drive: 250GB HDD / SDD.

This would be a bare minimum model for web design, costing you between £100-£200 and if you hit eBay, you might find it for even less – just don’t expect it to last 5 years though unless its brand new.

If you’re more looking at, you’ll get your self a laptop for the future and want to invest over time, then pay attention when you buy as you may find out you can’t upgrade parts like RAM, SSD and of course, beware for burn out due to excessive useage over time. 

The below model would be a good starting point if you’re already playing in web design and want to improve overtime, but want to start using resource heavy software e.g Adobe Photoshop / XD

  • OS: Windows / Mac
  • Brand: Dell | HP | 
  • Chip: Intel or AMD or Apple (M1)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard-drive: 512 or / 1TB HDD or SSD
  • Good Graphics Card 

Windows is cheaper between £300-£500, but if you want to do rendering, or shadowing – this may eat more resources away so getting a good graphics card in this price is vital.

You could use Linux (Ubuntu) but theres not as much support for design software for Photoshop, and you would need to use Gravit Designer,it’ll be awesome and fast to use, but you’ll end up eyeing a mac if you want to go professional.

It’s that time, we talk about going into web design professionally. You need to up your game, and get the best specs and I would recommend it. 

Reason why we recommend Mac is because its a simple user interface, less resource intensive (compared to windows) and you can stack a lot on mac without it ‘lagging’.

Professional Specs:

  • OS: Mac
  • Brand: Apple
  • Chip: Intel – > **NOT the M1 Chip!**
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard Drive 1TB SSD Bare Minimum

Why a mac Intel and not the apple chip?

When I received mine as a gift, I truly had a lot of problems getting 3rd party support, even to work with the most essential software – Adobe, Dev tools, Windows because the support wasn’t there from Apple which caused me some hair pulling moments.

Intel is supported worldwide whereas Apple is now manufacturing their own chip to stop paying intel and gain that cash flow for their selves to put probably into the next iPhone/mac etc.

Why do you need more space?

The more applications you need for your work, it’ll soon start chucking up your SSD, I have a 250GB SSD and most days have 30GB left.. Should of brought something with at least 1TB!… Maybe in the future.

Anyway, I hope this has helped you with web design and where to get started to become a web designer and what kind of equipment you will need.

Bridget Sarah