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Choosing a new laptop is a big decision. Not only is it expensive but the time and effort put into finding ‘the one’ leaves you drained and willing to settle if you make the wrong choice. We have put together a short list of the top 5 laptops you can buy today for creating awe-inspiring animations.

APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15.4-INCH WITH RETINA DISPLAY

This laptop is far from the cheapest, costing almost £1500. However, the quality of this MacBook is so good, that you will be reaping the benefits of the initial investment in years to come. With a massive 512GB SSD storage and 16GB memory, you will be able to store all the files you need as an animator on the laptop, without having to worry about external storage or paying for expensive cloud storage facilities.

Better still, the 2000 x 1800 resolution ensures that all your designs will be displayed brilliantly, enabling you to focus on improving the fine details that matter so much to clients. The noiseless fan, amazing battery life, and light weight design mean you can animate effortlessly from anywhere in the world. The only drawback of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with a CD/DVD drive, but that will become less and less relevant as time goes on (VHS anyone?). However super-fast Wi-Fi connectivity means that you can stream or download any content you would have used that drive for anyway.

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MICROSOFT SURFACE (INTEL CORE I7, 8GB RAM, 256GB)

Combining a touchscreen with an ultra-thin, sleek design, this laptop puts animation at your finger-tips while offering supremely convenient portability. This would be the perfect laptop, if only it had more than one USB port. Also, the 8GB memory means that in buying the Surface you would be paying a similar amount to the MacBook for half as much memory.

Nonetheless, this laptop has everything you could possibly need and more as an animator. More importantly, you can be sure to immediately impress a client by guiding them through their animation on the sleek touchscreen.

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ACER ASPIRE E 15, 7TH GEN INTEL CORE I7 LAPTOP

At less than half the price of the two previously listed laptops, this laptop provides fantastic value as it shares some important features with the MacBook and Surface Pro. Acer’s offering has an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX driver, giving you the opportunity to animate in fantastic clarity and detail on screen. Speaking of screens, this laptop’s monitor has a great 1920 x 1080 resolution. If you want to make great animations without having to pay over £1000 for your laptop, this is the perfect choice for you.

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DELL INSPIRON I7559-5012GRY 15.6” TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOP

The Dell Inspiron’s 3840 x 2160 resolution ultra-high definition screen is perfect for bringing your animations to life. If you are animating in 2D or 3D, it is vital to be able to see every detail of your work before sending it to a client. Add in the 8GB memory, great graphics, and an i7 processor, and you will see why this laptop is such good value for the price. If you are starting out in animation and want to make quality content without having to get a new mortgage, this Dell Inspiron is a brilliant choice. The only drawbacks are the low battery life and slightly heavier weight than competing laptops.

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LENOVO GAMING Y700 15.6” LAPTOP

Wow, the graphics and speakers on this laptop are out of this world. You will be able to immerse yourself and anyone within a meter-long radius of your laptop in your work, with the Lenovo Gaming Y700. A 4GB dedicated video memory will allow you to save all the files you need to on this laptop. Better still, the combination of 16GB RAM, an i7 processor, 1TB HDD and 256 GB SSD make this laptop an absolute behemoth. If you want to work on a supremely powerful, ultra-fast laptop with unforgettable graphics, this one would be a perfect choice for you.

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So there you have it, the top 5 best laptops for animators in 2018