Quick list

Product shots of the various best laptops for 3D modelling on a purple background

(Image credit: Future/Apple/Acer/Asus)

1. Best overall: MacBook Pro M3 Max
Best budget: TUF Gaming F15
3. Best Windows: ProArt Studiobook 16
Best 17-inch: Razer Blade 17
Most portable: Dell Precision 5470
Powerful Windows: Creator Z17
Best dual-screen: Zenbook Duo
How to choose
How we test

If you’re struggling to find the best laptops for 3D modelling and rendering, you’re in luck; we’ve done the hard work for you. Requiring enough gumption to tackle high-end 3D software, you’re going to need plenty of fast memory, both the CPU and GPU to be powerful, and lots of storage to save your projects.

Cinebench R23/2024 – this assesses the performance of a computer’s CPU and GPU using real-world 3D rendering tasks
Handbrake – we use this free and open-source transcoder for digital video files to render a short 4K animated film, using the same file for all our tests
Geekbench 5/6 – this tests the CPU’s processing power, both by using a single core for a single task at a time as well as all the CPU’s core to see its ability to multitask
3DMark – this assesses a laptop’s ability to run 3D graphic rendering tasks