Touch-screen laptops have revolutionized the industry a lot in the previous few years and it has uses in almost all fields whether you talk about studies, industry, office-work, daily-usage, or digital art. Speaking of digital art, touch-screen laptops hold significant value, as a lot of people do digital art on these laptops with stylus pens.
Now, it is fairly common for laptop manufacturers to not provide a stylus pen along with the laptop, however, this does not mean that the laptop won’t work with the stylus or won’t be a good product for digital art.
Moreover, stylus pens are not so expensive themselves and you can easily buy them for around 20 to 30 bucks. In this article, we will be discussing some of the best laptops that work with stylus pens.
Microsoft released the first Surface Book back in 2015 and it was a huge success. It offered a beautiful design while providing an amazing display. Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the successor to that one and it improves its almost every aspect. First of all, Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one of the most beautiful touch-screen laptops we have ever seen and you probably won’t get a similar feel in any other laptop. It is a 2-in-1 laptop and you can separate the display part of the laptop and use it as a tablet. In design, it is quite similar to the first one but is now available in two different sizes. The brushed aluminum texture looks absolutely gorgeous and one should definitely expect such elegance in a pricey laptop like this. The laptop is available in silver and magnesium colors, where both variants look just exquisite. You can either buy the 13.5-inch variant or the 15-inch variant, both having almost similar specifications. The bezels of the screen are not as small as you would see in some latest laptops but it does not look too bad either.
You can detach the upper part very easily and instantly start working on it without any kind of wait. Now, coming towards the specifications of the laptop, Surface Book 2, as described earlier, is available in two sizes; the smaller one comes with a 13.5-inch screen, having a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels while the bigger one comes with a 15-inch screen, having a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels. Microsoft calls them PixelSense displays, which seems to be the technology that provides various touch-screen features. Interestingly, these displays have an aspect ratio of 3:2, which makes them somewhat less wide than 16:9 displays that we find in most laptops. The displays of Surface Book 2 are very bright, with peak brightness around 450 Nits and with a high static contrast ratio around 1700:1. Moreover, these displays support a wide gamut and provide color space support for sRGB, DCI-P3, and P3-D65 color spaces. The laptop also provides an enhanced mode, where the colors seem poppier and yet not over-saturated as you would find in wide-gamut displays without color profiles.
The 13.5-inch laptop can be configured with Intel 7th generation Core i5 processor, i5-7300U, or with 8th generation Core i5 and i7 processors, i5-8350U and i7-8650U. On the other hand, the 15-inch variant can be configured with only the 8th generation Core i5 and i7 processors. As for performance, the 7th generation Core i5 processor is not so reliable, as it provides two cores and four threads but the 8th generation processors provide sufficient performance for the most tasks, as they come with four cores. The Core i7 variant, in fact, provides eight threads, which makes it far better than the 7th generation processors. These processors are, however, two generations behind than the latest Intel mobile processors, not to mention that newer generation processors provide up to eight cores and sixteen threads, greatly improving the performance. As for the RAM capacity, the 13.5-inch variant can be configured with 8 GB or 16 GB RAM while the 15-inch variant is only available with 16 GB RAM.
Extremely attractive design
Available in two sizes
Comes with a powerful graphics card
The cooling solution is not good enough for the GPU
HP ZBook is the flagship laptop series by HP and these are the most powerful laptops that you can find in the market. HP ZBook 15 G6 is the latest generation in the series and provides a plethora of options that you can configure. The design of the laptop is a lot pleasant than the older generations but it still seems a lot bulkier than other laptops. The laptop provides an elegant shape with edgy corners and a complex structure and the silver color greatly amplifies the beauty of the laptop. The bezels of the screen are very big, making the screen look a bit ugly, however, that can definitely not be said about the screen itself.
The laptop comes with tons of screen options, ranging from 1080P resolution to 4K resolution, with various qualities such as Touch-compliant and HDR standards. The laptop offers two touch-screen variants, where one provides 1080P resolution with a peak brightness of 1000 Nits and the second provides 4K resolution with a peak brightness of 400 Nits. Both of the screens have amazing color reproduction, which means that you can carry out any task related to digital art. As for the processing is concerned, ZBook 15 comes with two kinds of processors, Intel Core-series processors and Intel Xeon-series processors.
Among the Core-series, you can configure the laptop with Intel Core i5-9300H all the way going to Intel Core i9-9980H while it can also be configured with Intel Xeon E-2286M. Both the Core i9-9980H and Xeon E-2286M are octa-core processors, making them extremely efficient and powerful. You don’t need to be worrying about processing power at all while using one of these processors. Now, coming towards RAM, HP ZBook 15 G6 can be configured with up to 128 GB of 2666 MHz RAM, which is overwhelming for most people. This means that you can run even the most powerful software applications without running short of memory. As for the storage, you can install up to three storage devices in the laptop, as it has two M.2 slots and one SATA slot.
Extremely powerful components
Faster than most desktop PCs
Overall, HP ZBook G15 G6 is one of the most powerful laptops that you can buy right now and unless you want an extremely portable laptop, this one should not be very bulky for you too. Yet, it is priced extremely high and there are very few people that will be able to buy this beast of a laptop.
APPLE designs some of the most powerful devices in the world and is known for providing high-quality products. Their phones are one of the most renowned mobile phones and the same can be said about their laptops. The latest generation APPLE MacBook Pro provides tons of improvements over the previous generations where design used to be more important than specifications. The laptop now provides top-notch specifications along with an eye-catching design. It is available in two colors; space gray color, and the silver color. The laptop continues to provide a sleek shape and is one of the thinnest laptops with as good specifications that it provides.
One of the most noticeable changes in the laptop is its physical size. The laptop now harbors a 16-inch screen with a resolution of 3072 x 1920. This is quite a perfect resolution for many people, as very high-resolution screens like 4K are not so suitable for a laptop due to DPI issues and regular 1080P displays are not sharp enough. APPLE calls some of their displays Retina displays, which means that they have a high pixel density and look sharper than regular displays. APPLE MacBook Pro 16-inch also features this Retina display, as 3072 x 1920 resolution is quite high. Moreover, the display supports DCI-P3 color space, which is not found in most laptops and has a peak brightness of 500 Nits. This will allow you to have much better support if you are a colorist.
The laptop, although, does not come with a touch-screen, it provides Touch Bar, which is placed above the keyboard and allows the user to manage a lot of tasks. It was also present in the previous-generation MacBook Pro. It is considered a bit of gimmick by some people while others take great advantage of Touch Bar. Still, it is not as good as AirBar that was designed to work with MacBook Air models before 2018. Currently, Apple does not seem to be working on providing touch-screen in upcoming MacBook models. Coming towards technical specifications, MacBook Pro supports a lot of processors and one of the best Intel mobile processors can be configured with the laptop, which is Intel Core i9-9980HK. It is an octa-core processor with sixteen threads and has a high turbo frequency of 5 GHz.
HUAWEI is a well-known company that designs some of the best mobiles in the world, however, not many people know about their laptops. It is true that the company has not designed a lot of laptops but still, their laptops are pretty awesome when it comes to competition. HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2020 is the flagship laptop from their MateBook series and it competes with some of the best mid-range laptops. We must say this that the design of the laptop is just mind-blowing. It offers clean looks and the screen of the laptop has extremely thin bezels, enhancing its beauty. The back of the laptop is plain and just has the HUAWEI logo. The laptop is available in three colors; emerald green, space gray, and mystic silver. The webcam of the laptop pops up in between the keyboard keys and the laptop offers quad speakers which definitely sound a lot better than many mainstream laptops.
A unique thing about this laptop is that it is charged with the USB Type-C port and you can use a universal charger for your phone, tablet, and this laptop. The laptop offers a 13.9-inch screen with a 91% screen-to-body ratio, which is the reason for the elegance of this laptop. It uses an LTPS panel, which is very rare in laptops, as most manufacturers use IPS or TN panels. It offers a high static contrast ratio of 1500:1 where the color gamut of the laptop is also pretty good at 100% sRGB. This is definitely no way near the Surface Book 2 or APPLE Retina display but most people would not mind using a 100% sRGB display. The brightness of the screen is also pretty good at 450 Nits, where most laptop screens tend to be around 250 to 350 Nits.
The aspect ratio of this laptop is similar to that of the Surface Book 2, i.e. 3:2 and the screen has a similar resolution as well, i.e. 3000 x 2000. Now, coming towards the processing power of this laptop, it is important to note that there are multiple models of MateBook X Pro and the model that is being discussed here is MateBook X Pro 2020. The most promising improvement from the previous generation MateBook X Pro is that it comes with 10th generation Intel mobile processors where the previous one came with 8th generation Intel processors. The laptop can be configured with either Intel Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U. Both the processors provide four cores and eight threads but the Core i7 processor provides higher frequency rates and larger cache.
Here we are with another HP product, HP Pavilion X360 15t, that is one of the cheapest laptops with touch-screen that you can buy in the market. The design of the laptop is pretty basic and there is not a lot that makes it special. As the name suggests, it is a laptop with 360-degree rotation and that does make it stand in front of others. The laptop is available in two colors; natural silver and pale gold. The natural silver color certainly looks better than the pale gold but it is definitely up to the user to decide.
The inner side of the laptop has black color though, unlike other laptops, where the outer color of the laptop is also present on the trackpad and keyboard area.Now, coming towards the screen of the laptop, it can be configured with two 15.6-inch options; one is an SVA panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and the other is an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Both screens support multi-touch and the latter one is expensive than the first one due to superior technology and higher resolution.
The color gamut of the panels is not at all comparable to high-end offerings from HP or even other manufacturers like DELL, Lenovo, etc, however, if you are not focused on digital art, this should not be a problem. The processing power of this laptop is quite comparable to the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2020, as it comes with a similar range of processors.You can configure the laptop with Intel Core i5-10210U or Intel Core i7-10510U and both processors are surprisingly good for the price at which the laptop is available for.
Lenovo is one of the most popular laptop manufacturers in the world and there are a lot of enthusiasts who only purchase laptops from Lenovo. The reason for this is that the build quality of the laptops from Lenovo is unmatched anywhere else and everything about their laptops seems durable whether you talk about the chassis, keyboard, trackpad, or whatever. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen. 4 is the latest laptop from the X1 Yoga series and it packs a lot of interesting features.First of all, it features a 2-in-1 design, which is similar to the HP Pavilion X360, allowing you to rotate the screen of the laptop by 360-degrees so that it can be used as a tablet.
Despite the design similarity, what makes this laptop better than Pavilion X360 is that it has a low weight of 1350 grams, being one-on-one with the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2020. Despite having such low weight, it offers an aluminum chassis, providing unmatched durability.The laptop comes with many options when it comes to the screen, where the best one is a 4K IPS panel with Dolby Vision and HDR400 support, providing peak brightness of 500 Nits with 10-bit color support and the cheapest one is the standard 1080P IPS display with a peak brightness of 300 Nits.
The color reproduction of the panels is quite amazing and even the cheapest one has around 110% sRGB color space support. As for the technical specifications, the laptop supports 8th generation Intel Core processors, providing up to four cores and eight threads. The RAM capacity of the laptop is limited at 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM, which has always been the worst thing about the Yoga series. Since these laptops are usually not considered for high-end tasks, this much RAM for regular usage is more than enough. There is a single storage slot but it provides up to 2 TB of PCIe SSD storage which is more than enough.
HP Envy X360 13z is a laptop that is quite similar to HP Pavilion X360, however, it comes with some strong differences. First of all, the size of the laptop is smaller than the Pavilion X360, providing a 13.3-inch screen size. It is available in only one color, which is dark gray, although older generation models were available in silver color. The biggest difference between this laptop and other laptops is that it comes with AMD Ryzen processors and that changes everything.
First of all, AMD Ryzen processors are nowadays lot more efficient and have lower TDP than most Intel processors, allowing longer battery timings. You can configure the laptop with three of the Ryzen processors, i.e. AMD Ryzen 3 3300U, Ryzen 5 3500U, and Ryzen 7 3700U. The performance of all these processors is quite similar since these are all quad-core processors, however, the graphical processing units that come with the processors are different.
There are two screen options in this laptop, both being IPS 1080P screens but one of them offers Integrated Privacy technology, which seems to be some kind of technology used to reduce horizontal viewing angles. AMD Ryzen 3 3300U variant comes with 8 GB of RAM and AMD Vega 6 graphics, Ryzen 5 3500U variant comes with 8 GB of RAM and Vega 8 graphics while Ryzen 7 3700U variant comes with both 8 GB and 16 GB choices and offers Vega 10 graphics.
Comes with ultra-efficient processors
Fast charging allows ease of use
Integrated Privacy technology in the screen
Processors don’t match high-end Intel mobile processors
DELL XPS 13 9360 is one of the last laptops on the list and the reason for the inclusion of this product is that XPS-series laptops are praised a lot due to their design and features. Since most XPS laptops are north of the $1000 price range, XPS 13 9360 remains one of those models which you can buy for less than $1000. The laptop is available in two colors, rose gold with black carbon fiber palm rest, and platinum silver with black carbon fiber palm rest. The laptop is although not as thin as the latest models, it still offers impressive design; especially the thin bezels of the screen look very beautiful.
There are three screen options in this laptop; 1080P IPS non-touch display, 1080P IPS touch display, and 3200 x 1800 IGZO IPS touch display with a peak brightness of 400 Nits, where the display size is 13.3 inches. The 4K panel allows you to take care of all tasks related to colors efficiently since the color reproduction of this 4K panel is really good. The laptop provides support for 7th and 8th generation Intel processors, up to Intel Core i7-8550U, providing four cores and eight threads. The stock RAM options are limited at 16 GB, although you might be able to increase the RAM capacity by custom RAM sticks. The laptop also allows a maximum of 2 TB of storage.
This laptop too, like the Lenovo X1 Yoga, does not provide a discrete graphics card and would suffer greatly in graphical tasks. As for the I/O, it offers 2 x USB Type-A ports, 1 x audio jack, 1 x full-sized SD card reader, and 1 x Noble lock slot. It offers a 60WHr battery that can provide up to 22 hours of battery timing with productivity applications and 13 hours of battery timing with video playback. Overall, DELL XPS 13 9360 is great for those people who want to get their hands on XPS-series laptops but still don’t want their bank balance to run out completely.
Amazing display capabilities with HDR support
Great battery timing despite using dated technology
In this article, we have discussed the best of the touch-screen laptops that you can use with stylus pens, whether you talk about low-end ones, pricey ones, portable ones, bulky ones, or ones that provide the best value and we are sure that this article will greatly improve your knowledge in selecting your next laptop.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.Which laptop has the best stylus?
HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop is considered to have one of the best Stylus Pen. HP Elite dragonfly has 13.3 inches of screen and up to 16GB of RAM. It is a perfect choice for a professional.
2.Which laptop comes with pen?
Well, such laptops are mainly known as convertibles and the pen they have is called Stylus Pen. There are many laptops in the market that come with the Stylus pen and one of the best convertible laptops is HP Elite Dragonfly.
3.Can you use a stylus on a laptop?
Yes! You can use Stylus on a Convertible Laptop. Such Laptops usually come with their own Stylus Pen.
4.What is the best 2 in 1 Laptop 2021?
There are many 2 in 1 laptops available in the market but the best one is HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop which has a 13.3 inches screen and can hold up to 16GB of RAM.
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