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December 9, 2018

Cheapest Laptops to Run AutoCAD 2018

This post is a list of the cheapest laptops to run AutoCAD 2018 with a good overall performance, including models from Acer, ASUS and Dell

AutoCAD is one of the oldest and most popular products developed by Autodesk and it has helped millions of engineers and architects to develop a virtually infinite array of projects around the world. However, like most of the software developed by Autodesk, it has a new version every year, and in this post we will list the cheapest laptops to run AutoCAD 2018 with a good performance.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 Minimum System Requirements

The good news if you are an extensive AutoCAD user is that the minimum system requirements indicated by Autodesk are quite low, and virtually any of the new modern laptops (excluding chromebooks) will be able to at least run AutoCAD, with relative decent results. You can check the minimum requirements for Autodesk 2018 by clicking here and you will see that most new laptop processors can handle AutoCAD 2018. It is also recommended to have at least 4GB RAM to run AutoCAD 2018.

Hardware to Consider on your Purchase

Apart from the settings indicated by Autodesk, there are somethings to consider whe buying a laptop to work on AutoCAD. While 4 GB RAM are the minimum system requirements to run AutoCAD 2018, Autodesk recommends 8 GB RAM. AutoCAD is a relatively heavy software and if you are working on complex projects, more RAM will definitely help your laptop to run your projects smoothly.

A large display with high resolution is also essential if you work with AutoCAD 2018 or any previous version. I recommend using a 15 inch laptop with an IPS display and at least Full HD resolution. While you will be able to run AutoCAD with most screen sizes and resolution, a large display is advisable, especially if you use AutoCAD often.

Considering these aspects, let’s check our list of the cheapest laptops to run AutoCAD 2018:

HP 15-ay011nr 15.6″ Full-HD Laptop (6th Generation Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) with Windows 10

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A great versatile laptop by HP to run AutoCAD 2018 smoothly. It has a Skylake Intel Core i5 and one of the most beautiful designs among the laptops in this article. You can read the HP 15-ay011nr review here.

Click here to buy this laptop on Amazon.com

ProcessorIntel Core i5-6200U
Display15.6 inches Full HD
RAM8 GB DDR3L
Storage1 TB HDD

Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG

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This is one of the best selling laptops manufactured by the Taiwanese brand Acer. Other than optimal requirements for AutoCAD, it also has a dedicated video card and SSD storage. You can check its review in this article.

Click here to buy this laptop on Amazon.com

ProcessorIntel Core i5-6200U
Display15.6 inches Full HD
RAM8 GB DDR4
Storage256 GB SSD

Dell Inspiron i5578-2451GRY 15.6″ FHD Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

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The Dell Inspiron is one of the best value for the money laptop series. This laptop has DDR4 RAM and has a processor from the seventh generation of Intel chips, named Kaby Lake.

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ProcessorIntel Core i5-7200U
Display15.6 inches Full HD
RAM8 GB DDR4
Storage1 TB HDD

ASUS F556UA-AB54 NB 15.6″ FHD Intel Core i5 8GB 256G SSD Windows 10 Laptop (Gold)

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Another great option, also using a Kaby Lake processor. It has a gold color chassis, which is sturdy and also beautiful. Check its review here.

Click here to buy this laptop on Amazon.com

ProcessorIntel Core i5-7200U
Display15.6 inches Full HD
RAM8 GB DDR4
Storage256 GB SSD

I hope this article could help you to get a decent point of view of which laptops to run AutoCAD are affordable, yet delivering a good performance even for the biggest AutoCAD projects.

51 Comments

  1. Is Intel core i3 and having 4 GB ram of laptop is enough to run autocad 2016?

    • Value Nomad

      yes but ideally, you should consider options with more RAM.

  2. Hi, this is RR, I am a chemical engineering student, I saw my prospectus that I will be having my autocad subject next sem, what would be the best laptop for me? I only have 15000, I don’t need that very expensive laptop, so long as I can run autocad in it and of course budget friendly 🙂 Thanks!!Pls email me if you know about it.

    • Value Nomad

      15000 in which currency?

  3. Hi
    I am doing mechanical engineering.
    I need a laptop for autocad but my budget is very low.
    I just need it as a student for machine design course.
    I will be taking a new high end laptop for my job but for now as a student can you suggest me some nice options which will be available in india.

    • Value Nomad

      At least 15 inch, at least Skylake i5 chip.

      • Can you suggest me the name and model please

  4. Hi, Is Intel HD Graphics 620 is good enough for autocad?

    • Value Nomad

      It will certainly manage simple projects, but it is certainly very slow for bigger files.

  5. Hello, would you consider the new Asus Zenbook flip 14 ux461un to run autocad and other solid works smoothly?

    • Value Nomad

      Yes, it will definitely be good enough for it.

  6. Hi! I am an incoming mechanical engineering student and finding a laptop that can run auto-cad with a Php 30k budget. Hope you’ll help me. Thank you very much!

    • Value Nomad

      Hi, I believe you mean for Php 30k the Philippines Peso. I am not sure what models are available there at the moment. You have to follow the requriments suggested from Autodesk and try to find one that has more or less these specs and fits your budget.

    • Value Nomad

      yes, especially the newer ones run it very smoothly.

    • Sorry even without the dedicated video card?

  7. Hi, I’m studying RHVAC – Refrigeration, Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning – now in year 2. I’ve been using Autocad 13 on a simple laptop and it’s been OK for simple stuff. But now I have to start using Autodesk Inventor 2016 and AutoCad 2016.

    So I guess I need a new laptop, 14 inch is OK. Will this one do – Asus A442UR-GA044T – Core i5-8250U | RAM DDR4 4GB | HDD 1TB | NVIDIA GT930MX 2GB ??

    Thanks!

    • Value Nomad

      replied to you by email.

  8. Can HP notebook 15-bs646tu can run autocad?

    • Value Nomad

      Yes, but if you have very complex projects it will perform not ideally.

  9. Can this computer be used for autocad I’m enrolling soon.

  10. Is Lenovo Pentium p6200 G 560 model laptop supports AutoCAD 2014.

    • Value Nomad

      The version with 4 GB RAM should be ok for simple to medium projects.

  11. Is laptop HP 250 G6 SSD Celeron would be good for autocad, for example making evacuations plans and a bit 3d modeling?

    • Value Nomad

      For 2d evacuation plans definitely. For 3d projects it will depend on how complex they are.

    • Value Nomad

      Yes, for small and medium complexity projects.

  12. Hello, I’m an electrical engineer in need of a laptop for Autocad. Kindly recommend a budget friendly HP/ Dell laptop that will do the job smoothly. Thank you.

  13. can dell inspiron 13 7348 run latest autocad??( autocad 2016 and more higher)

  14. Hi, I’m a chemical engineering student and I need a laptop that can run AutoCAD smoothly. I have a budget of Malaysian ringgit myr2000-2500. Do u have any suggestions? It’s ok to email me. I’ve been searching for i5 8th gen but I’m not sure what graphic card I should get. On your suggestions you didn’t list the latest i5 gen so I think there’s more cheaper options? Pls help me I would really appreciate it.

    • Value Nomad

      Depends on your type of AutoCAD usage. Unless you use it for very heavy projects, a MX150 or even GTX 940M will do the trick easily.

  15. Hi, I’m planning on buying ProBook 450 G4 i7-7500U with 8gb ram, and would it be enough to handle moderately complex 3D modlling in AutoCAD? The display is FHD with 15.6” display.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Value Nomad

      It should be fine. But it has an integrated video card. For its price you may be able to get one with a dedicated video card, which will certainly make a lot of difference.

  16. Can dell inspiron 14-3462 run autocad?

    • Value Nomad

      it will run, but mostly o 2d, not very heavy projects.

  17. Hi. I am in SA i don’t have alot of money so i want to get a laptop on a monthly contract.

    What laptop would u suggest for just basic small drawings in 2D i won’t use 3D just basic small 2D in Autocad 18

    Thanks

    • Value Nomad

      Hola, it depends on what is available on the country in South America that you are living. However, for 2D stuff you don’t need much. Anything with an i3 5th generation or higher will do. Go for at least 4 GB RAM, and a entry range dedicated card would be a good idea. Try to avoid chromebooks or anything with a small flash memory like 32 GB. Go for at least 128 GB of storage space.

  18. Hello , could a i5 8250u nvidia mx130 and 8 gigs of ram run autocad 2d and simple 3d projects, thanks

    • Value Nomad

      yes without problems.

  19. Hi, I’m Janette. I’m planning to study architecture and I have absolutely no idea about computers. I want to buy a laptop and a separate monitor. Do you have any recommendations for me? Would appreciate your help a lot. Thanks!

    • Value Nomad

      You will not need a lot if you just want to do architectural projects on AutoCAD. If you want to work with 3d graphics and render your projects into images, make sure you get a laptop with a dedicated video board and a powerful processor. Let me know if you have more questions.

  20. Can I dell inspiron 3473 (cel)use autocard 2D 3D , 3D metch , sketch

    • Value Nomad

      for simple projects.

  21. Can a HP Pavillion 15-cb050od run Auto CAD 2018?

  22. Hi..i am a civil engineering student in srilanka..i want buy a computer with low price.what computer good for aotocad drawing ??(most suitable with low price) thank you..

  23. Hi. I’m planning to eventually get a BS in Civil Engineering Technology and currently working on my AAS in Construction Management. I know that eventually, I will be using AutoCAD Civil 3D thus I am wondering if I’ll eventually have to buy a new laptop. I really enjoy my current one. It is an Acer Aspire V3-572G-700T. It has a NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics card with 2 GB dedicated VRAM along with Intel(TM) Core i7-55000U 2.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz. It also has an 8 GB DDR3 L Memory and 2000 GB HDD. Battery life is 7 hours and according to the sticker, it’s up to 2X faster wireless which I assume is because it’s an Aspire V 15 model. The screen size is 15.6″ and it features a back-lit keyboard with a number pad. I would like some advice as to if it would be a good idea to start saving up my money. Also, if you have any recommendations that have similar features to my Acer laptop, I’d like to hear them! I’m quite fond of the keyboard being big and a long lasting battery life. Also, I prefer Acer but I’m willing to look at other laptop brands. I don’t care whether the laptop is heavy or lightweight. Overall, I’m looking for a budget-friendly laptop that’ll be easy on my wallet but I don’t mind looking at models that are equipped with a removable battery or the ability to remove the entire bottom to upgrade the components and I’m not too concerned about the ruggedness.

    • Value Nomad

      Even with your laptop you will get through your Civil Eng. BS using AutoCAD. If you choose any newer Acer model with a dedicated videocard it will be enough for working with the enormous majority of civil engineering projects.

  24. Hi! Can Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575G-57D4) run AutoCAD?

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