Best Laptops For Web Development And Design

Best Laptops For Web Development And Design

Now more than ever there is a high demand for web development and design. So, if you want to go into this as a career, or as a side hustle, then we commend you on your decision.   

But as with any other project you decide to take up, you need to have the best possible equipment for the job.

We’ve been looking into some of the best laptops out on the market at the moment and assessing them in terms of how well suited they are to web development and design. And after much deliberation, we came up with a shortlist of our top 5 picks. 

We will show you our review on these very shortly, and after that, we’ve also got a buying guide for you that will walk you through everything you might want to think about before you buy.

 Then, we’re going to top that off with a section where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject.  

So, without further ado…

OUR TOP PICK

HP Pavilion 15 Laptop, 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD Storage, Full HD IPS micro-edge Display, Windows 10 Pro, Compact Design, Long Battery Life (15-eg0021nr, 2020)

Now, this is a laptop that goes well above and beyond the criteria we set out in our buying guide (coming up later). And as such it does cost a little more than some of the alternatives we’re going to show. But it’s still available at less than $1000.  

It has a full-size laptop screen at 15.6 inches, which is perfect for viewing your coding alongside your preview panel on your IDE. And you get very crisp and clear images, thanks to the full high-definition resolution of 1920 x 1080.  

It has plenty of processing power, thanks to its 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, which processes data up to speeds of a whopping 4.7 GHz. And it can really multitask too, thanks to its 16 GB of RAM.  

The file storage is impressive too, offering 512 GB of SSD (solid-state drive) storage, which is double what we set out in our recommendations in our buying guide later on.  

We were also impressed with the battery life, coming in at up to 8 hours on a full charge. Great for web developers on the go.  

It comes with the Windows 10 Pro operating system, which is very much like Windows 10 Home, but with better security. Again, a great feature for web developers on the go, when you’re using other networks besides your own.   

Although it’s not technically classed as a gaming laptop, it does feature a very good integrated graphics card.  

Pros 

  • Outperforms criteria set out in our buying guide 
  • Features the Windows 10 Pro operating system 
  • Long 8-hour battery life 
  • Features a good quality graphics card

Cons 

  • Premium product at a premium price

EDITORS CHOICE

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6' Full HD IPS Display, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Alexa Built-in, AN515-54-5812

The best quality laptops around are gaming laptops because these days PC games with their intense and intricate images require a lot to back them up. But those who don’t' game tend to steer clear of such laptops because of their usually much higher price.  

However, this gaming laptop is priced at a steal, costing not much more than the other laptops we’re showing you here today (and costing less in one instance).  

This laptop meets all the criteria that we set out in the buying guide for web development and design.

But the good news is that with this laptop, once you’re done for the day with your work, you can let your hair down and play some amazing games.  

It has a large 15.6-inch screen that will display all your images in crisp high-definition, specifically 1920 x 1080. And it’s an IPS display too, so your images will be visible from every angle.  

It has a very powerful processor, a 9th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, which can process data at speeds of up to 4.1 GHz. And you don’t have to worry about getting slowed down due to low RAM, you get 8 GB worth.  

Plus, you get plenty of on-board storage space – 256 GB in fact. And it runs on the Windows 10 Home operating system, which is very intuitive. Plus, it uses the speedy Wi-Fi 6 802.11ac protocol.  

And you get some other nice features like a backlit keyboard for typing in low light, a webcam, and a top integrated graphics card.  

Pros

  • A top-quality gaming laptop with a powerful processor 
  • Meets all the criteria set out in our buying guide 
  • Excellent high-definition IPS display 
  • Backlit keyboard for typing in low light

Cons

  • Some people have complained about the battery life, but these complaints seem to have come from those who use the laptop for gaming, which is more intensive than web development

BEST VALUE

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 Inches FHD IPS Display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Home, A515-54-51DJ

Now, this is a laptop that ticks all the boxes – and it’s available at a great price too. 

It has a large screen, coming in at 15.6 inches, making it easy to see your code and your browser preview at the same time.   

And it’s a high-resolution screen at that. It will display all your images in crisp clear high definition at 1920 x 1080. And it’s also an IPS display, meaning you get a great picture at a variety of angles.  

And it’s speedy, with its AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad-core processor, which can process data at speeds of up to 3.7 GHz. And also helping you to multitask with ease, you’ve got 8GB of RAM.  

It also offers plenty of storage for all your files, with 256 GB of SSD space available for all your various coding and web development projects.  

You also get great internet connectivity, thanks to the speedy Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac protocol. And it’s operating system is Windows 10 Home, which is super intuitive.   

The battery life is also really good, offering 7.5 hours on a full charge.  

And it has some other nice features, such as a backlit keyboard, which is great for typing away in low light.  

And it happens to available at a great price too.  

Pros

  • Meets all the criteria set out in our buying guide 
  • Features a large Full HD IPS display 
  • Long battery life at 7.5 hours 
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Only just meets our criteria rather than exceeding it

RUNNER UP

HP 15 Laptop, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD Storage, 15.6” Full HD IPS Display, Windows 10 Home, HP Fast Charge, Lightweight Design (15-dy2021nr, 2020)

Now, here’s another great laptop that ticks all the boxes, and is also available for a great price to boot.  

It has a nice large anti-glare screen, coming in at 15.6-inches. And the screen will display your images in crisp, clear Full high-definition, at 1920 x 1080.  

But what we live the most about it is its data processing power. It features an 11th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, that can go to speeds of a whopping 4.2 GHz.   

And there’s plenty of RAM too, so you can multitask away without being slowed down by apps freezing on you.  You get 8 GB of RAM altogether.   

And you get 256 GB of solid-state drive onboard storage space for all your web development projects.  

We also love its fast internet connectivity, using the Wifi 6 802.11ax protocol. And it has Windows 10 Home already installed, which as you probably already know is super easy to use.  

It’s also very lightweight, weighing less than 4 pounds. But what really makes it great for developers on the go is its incredible battery life which can last up to nearly 10 full hours, even when used on graphic-intensive apps.  

Pros

  • Meets all the criteria set out in our buying guide 
  • nice large anti-glare full HD screen 
  • The incredible battery life of nearly 10 hours

Cons 

  • Some features, such as the RAM are not upgradable

RUNNER UP

ASUS VivoBook F512 Thin and Lightweight Laptop, 15.6” FHD WideView NanoEdge , AMD R5-3500U CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10, Peacock Blue, F512DA-EB51

Now, this laptop meets all the recommended criteria we set out in our buying guide, coming up later. And it does a little bit more besides.  

It has a nice size screen, coming in at 15.6 inches, which makes it easy to run your IDE with your coding on one side of the screen and a preview on the other side. (More on IDEs in our buying guide later.)  

The screen is in full high definition with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, so you get crisp and clear images.  

It features a powerful AMD Quad-Core Ryzen 5 3500U Processor, with a fast-processing speed of 3.6 GHz. Just what you need for full stack well development.

And speaking of speed, there’s plenty of RAM, 8 GB in fact, so you can move from task to task without being slowed down by a lack of available RAM. 

There’s also plenty of on-board storage space, coming in at 256 GB, for all your coding files. And you can watch your coding go live on the net, thanks to the speedy Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac protocol.   

It’s a great laptop for those who are always on the go, because it’s very lightweight at just 3.5 pounds, and will last for up to about 6 hours on a full charge.  

It comes with Windows 10 Home already installed, and using it is a breeze.  

It also has some other nice features, like a backlit keyboard, and a fingerprint reader for extra security. 

And to top that off it’s available at what we would argue is a great price.  

Pros

  • Meets all the criteria set out in our buying guide 
  • Compact, lightweight, and with great battery life 
  • fingerprint reader for extra security 
  • available at what we would argue is a great price 

Cons

  • No GPU for gaming graphics 

Best Laptops For Web Development And Design Buying Guide

As promised, here’s your buying guide.

If you already know your stuff when it comes to laptop specs and requirements, then you can just use it as a quick checklist before you make your purchase.  

IDE Requirements  

For those who don’t know, IDE stands for integrated development environment. It’s basically the software for building applications that combines common developer tools into a single graphical user interface (GUI).  

If you’re going to be doing full-stack web development then it’s very likely you’ll be using an IDE.

In which case you need to look at the specific laptop requirements for your IDE and buy accordingly. Though there are some more general specs for web development and design that we’ll be covering currently.  

Screen Size  

An IDE typically shows your coding on one side of the screen and displays a preview on the other side of the screen.

So, you don’t want your screen to be too small. For this reason, we recommend getting a laptop with at least a 15.6-inch screen size.  

Display Resolution  

Web design can be a rather visual phenomenon, especially if you intend to incorporate a lot of use of Adobe Photoshop for your images.

We would recommend going for a laptop with a full high-definition display, with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. And preferably an IPS display at that, so you can view it from different angles.  

Processing Power  

There’s nothing more annoying and frustrating than a slow laptop that is slow to load changes.

So, to that end, you should invest in a laptop with a modern multi-core CPU that can work as fast as 3.5 GHz.

Examples include 8th to 10th generation Intel processors such as the i3 or i5. Or alternatively, a 3rd or 4th generation Ryzen 3 or 5. 

RAM 

On a very similar note, you will also need a decent amount of RAM for all the multitasking you’re going to be doing.

We would recommend at least 8 GB.  

Storage 

You might be storing a lot of your work online in the cloud; however, we would argue that’s good to have some local file storage at your disposal too.

We hands down recommend SSD (solid-state drive) over HDD (hard disk drive), and you should aim for at least 256 GB.  

Graphics Card  

The good news is that you don’t need a special graphics card for web development and design, and the laptop’s own integrated graphics card (or GPU) will be sufficient.  

Operating System  

There is no right or wrong option when it comes to what operating system to use. You can do web development on a Windows laptop or on an Apple computer/device, or on a Linux, or even on a Chromebook.  

In our top 5 picks, we only selected Windows laptops, on the basis that they’re more popular than Chromebooks, and they’re more affordable than Apple computers/devices.  

Connectivity 

In terms of wifi radio, you should look for one with the speedy 802.11ac protocol, or better.

And Bluetooth connectivity can sometimes come in handy also.  

Battery Life  

How much battery life you need depends on how much time you’re going to spend with the laptop away from a plug socket.

This could be important if you like to use your laptop during your commute. Most laptops these days will easily last 3 hours after a full charge, but some can last as long as 10 hours.  

Other Features  

You may at some point want to use your laptop for other things besides web development and design, such as video conferencing. In which case you will need a laptop with an integrated webcam and microphone.  

Or if you wanted to hook up your laptop to your TV via an HDMI cable, in which case you will need an HDMI port.  

Cost 

Laptops can vary quite considerably in price, and we were careful to select some for different levels of budget in our top 5 picks.

Our advice to you is to check the prices as you go along so that you can learn what exactly you’re getting for your money.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best laptop for web developers?  

We would argue that the best laptop for web developers is our number one pick, the HP Pavilion 15 Laptop.

This is because it goes above and beyond the minimum criteria for web development, and can also be used for recreation besides. And all without costing as much as a typical gaming laptop.  

How do I choose a laptop for web design?  

There is an important distinction to make between web development and web design.

Web design refers to the aesthetic portion of the website and includes the use of apps such as Adobe Photoshop. Whereas web development refers to the coding behind the scenes that makes these websites usable.  

To choose a laptop for web development, please check out our buying guide above. If however, you’re choosing to concentrate on web design, then the most important considerations are screen size and display resolution.  

Which laptop is best for online study?  

If you have decided to study web development and design online, then we commend you on your decision, such skills are very much in demand.   

Of course, you will need a laptop to study with, and we would recommend our number two pick, the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop.

Not only does it exceed the criteria for web development and design laptops, but it also makes a great laptop for online study, thanks to the integrated webcam and microphone for webinars.  

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