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1:SURFACE BOOK 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2

The graphics card is a little different between these two display options, with the 13.5 laptop offering 1050 GTX while the 15 inch display version offers 1060 GTX.

Interestingly, the design looks like a tablet rather than an actual laptop, and it has a very sleek design that a lot of professionals are sure to appreciate.

It’s a fantastic option for running Revit, and it’s ideal for any professional that wants a stylish and practical laptop at their fingertips.

Pros
  • High performance
  • Stylish look
  • Lightweight and portable
Cons
  • Battery life is only average
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2:MSI GL62M

MSI GL62M

For a laptop designed for gaming, it’s difficult to expect something truly lightweight.

It’s worth mentioning a few things when it comes to this laptop. To start with, the laptop only has a battery life of around three hours when completing particularly intense graphics tasks, so you would be best suited to using this laptop when it’s plugged into a power outlet.

The laptop doesn’t necessarily look like a gaming laptop, it’s more of a hybrid between a workstation and a proper gaming laptop, so it won’t look overly decorated when you open it up for a meeting.

Pros
  • Up to date graphics card
  • Portable
  • Lots of storage space
Cons
  • Battery life leaves a lot to be desired

3:LENOVO IDEAPAD Y700

LENOVO IDEAPAD Y700

The laptop uses a 6th generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ. It also has a decent NVIDIA Geforce GTZ 960M graphics card, which is sufficient to play some games too if that’s something that interests you.

Actually, the laptop has two different graphics card – the aforementioned NVIDIA dedicated graphics card for the more graphics intensive programs and also an Intel HD 530 inbuilt graphics card for other more general uses.

The laptop also has really good sound, featuring ultra-loud JBL speakers that will allow you to listen to music on high if you plan on using the laptop for personal use too.

It is somewhat disappointing as far as the battery is concerned, as it is only able to run Revit for around 1.5 to 2 hours on maximum battery life. If you’re just using it for generic tasks then it doubles, but this is still a letdown.

Pros
  • Good speakers
  • Good budget option
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • A little bulky

4:ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300

ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300

The laptop is definitely far better than a lot of other laptops as far as Hz is concerned too, offering a fantastic 144 Hz. The laptop has an interesting look and a durable build, but it’s not the most portable laptop out there.

This is a very bulky laptop. In addition, the battery life is around 5 hours when you’re not gaming, so you’re definitely going to need to keep this one plugged in while you’re working. Otherwise, this is a highly versatile laptop that will be more than sufficient for running Revit.

Pros
  • Provides good value for money as far as GPU is concerned
  • Ability to upgrade RAM
  • High performance
Cons
  • Bulky

5:ACER ASPIRE E15 E5-575

ACER ASPIRE E15 E5-575

The laptop features an 8th generation dual-core processor with a clock speed of 3.4GHz. The RAM is capped at 6GB, which again should be enough for smaller projects.

It’s also possible to upgrade the RAM if you need to. It’s possible to add an SSD to your purchase of this laptop to make it into a 256GB + 1 TB HDD combo. The laptop has a decent full HD display with a matte finish.

The laptop is very durable so it’s ideal for carrying to and from college workshops if you’re still studying, and it’s ideal for those still learning who don’t need quite as much power to run large projects.

Pros

Affordable
Full HD display
1TB HDD

Cons

Not suitable for professionals running large projects

REVIT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

CPU

This is without a doubt the most important element behind Revit. This even matters more than your graphic card and RAM. There are a bunch of functions in Revit that take advantage of multi-core CPU’s, including the following:

Drafting/Modeling

Ideally, you should think about getting a laptop that has the highest frequency and then think about the number of cores that it has.

The maximum that you can get for non-workstation laptops at the moment is 4.2Ghz from Intel Core i7 processors.

You don’t really need this much though, and as long as it’s in the range of around 3Ghz that will be enough.

If you are going to be dealing with huge sized projects then the best you can get is an Intel Core i7 HK that is able to go even further than 4.2Ghz, and these processors generally come with four cores.