The digital medium can give our imagination wings, but we still need the proper tools to find those wings. While the tools or software applications themselves may be digital in nature, they need very tangible and powerful hardware to run. Therefore, your choice of laptop or desktop should always be based on the hardware first. However, there is more to selecting the hardware than just the processor and RAM, especially for professionals who rely on their creative vision. As to what the most important aspects might be, let’s find out.
Getting Acquainted with the Basics of PC Hardware
Don’t be alarmed if you are not a techie because you don’t need to be one, just to understand the basics of PC hardware. Keeping the focus on creative professions, there are just three primary specifications that should be of concern here.
- The processor
Next, we will get to know why each of these three specifications is so important for a PC that’s designed to encourage and support creativity in users.
The processor in your computer decides which applications it will be able to run and how much time it will take to complete each task. Since the work will likely involve graphic art, illustrations, CAD, media editing, and other GPU-intensive workloads, the PC will need a powerful APU. An accelerated processing unit (APU) is a chip that combines a powerful graphics processor with a powerful central processing unit (CPU).
AMD’s U-series of Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 laptop APUs come equipped with powerful RX Vega graphics processors. Intel also has a range of 12th Gen U-series laptop APUs with Intel Arc graphics processors. Both OEMs pack enough power in these mobile chips to let creative professionals work without a hitch. Check out the latest IdeaPad Flex Series, which comes with APUs from both manufacturers.
Anyone who works with digital art of any kind will need a high-quality display to work on. It should have the following qualities:
- Pressure-sensitive touch input support.
- FHD/QHD resolution.
- Support for a wider range of colors.
There is a reason why most digital artists prefer to work on a laptop or a tablet when they can. Although desktop monitors can be much larger, offering better clarity and brightness than laptop screens, they are just not as flexible to work with as a 2-in-1 or tablet PC.
It is difficult to use the touch interface as a creative tool if it cannot be shifted and moved around like a real notebook. If an artist’s range of movement becomes limited because they are using a digital medium, it would be counterproductive. More importantly, doing so would be an unnecessary compromise in an age where laptops and tablets with pressure-sensitive touchscreens are available.
Also, you should make sure that the PC has at least 8GB of RAM. Anything less than that and it might fall short while editing images and creating illustrations in high resolution. That’s pretty much all there is to it to choosing a PC designed for creativity.