Animation is More Popular than Ever, but Which are the Best Computers for Animation Software?

11th November 2020
Animation sequence of a man with a beard sitting at a desk with laptop and plant

If you’re working in animation you need a machine that’s up to the job. Read on as we take a look at some of the best computers for animation.

We know animators have special requirements when choosing a computer. They need speed, amazing graphics, and a lot of storage. Most computers meet at least one of these requirements, but few can hold their own in all three regards.

Picking a single best computer would be impossible since each animator has their unique preferences. A few options stand apart from the crowd, however.

When you consider the lay of the land, the vast array of computers for animation are astonishing. It’s fast meets faster, and sleek meets sleeker. The hardware is more, and more, compact and the software whisks us away to new worlds with lightning-fast delivery. 

So, the choice is a little difficult when honing in on the best device for all your animation needs. But together, we’re going to set you up with the best computer for animation. 

16″ Macbook Pro Built for Toon Boom Harmony

Macbook Pro 16 Harmony

Animators will love the 16″ Macbook Pro explicitly built for use with Toon Boom Harmony. What is Toon Boom?

It’s an animation software that facilitates storyboarding and animated productions. Toon Boom is easy enough for beginners and powerful enough for seasoned professionals.

This MacBook Pro 16″ comes with 32 GB of Ram and 512 GB of SSD Storage. Equipped with True Tone Technology, this sleek computer has a 4 GB Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card. No matter how intensive your newest animation project is, the graphics and storage on this MacBook are up to the task. Available to lease at £22.55 per week +VAT with our Flexi-Lease.

Razer Laptops

We love what Razer has been creating these days, but we’re also major proponents of a computer that’s built to your specifications. So, let’s explore each of these options and see what you decide. 

Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17 front open view

The 17″ Razer Blade laptop for gaming with desktop-quality features. We can’t help but be blown away by its processor which runs very performance-demanding animation software. 

Even with its 17.3″ display, to be precise, it’s still 25% smaller than its predecessor. Within this compact packaging, you’ll be hugely impressed with its crisp visuals and vibrant graphics. 

With the Pro 17, you’ll also enjoy ray tracing technology and AI. Talk about a whole new experience. And its NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics will perform 15% faster than the previous model. If you’re ready for it, this powerful and fast laptop will easily transport you to new worlds. Available to Flexi-Lease at £21.35 per week +VAT.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced

Razer Blade 15 Advanced front open view

Here we have the world’s smallest gaming laptop. We’re talking 0.7 inches thin, allowing you to take it on the go anywhere you wander. And, although it’s small, it’s as mighty as it gets.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced has more power than ever with its 8-Core 10th Gen Intel Core 17 processor and 15% faster graphics with its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q. This is a jump from the 2070 SUPER Max-Q. 

Custom Built Desktops

Some of the best computers for animation are custom built. So, when given the option, why not build the perfect computer for your animation requirements? In this way, you can choose parts that are suited to your needs and – in the end – save a bit of money. 

Custom Build PCs with K & X 10th Gen Intel GPUs

Everyone’s different; perhaps you’re looking for more RAM (for temporary storage and faster speeds) while your favourite gaming pal might require more hard drive space (to store ongoing gaming projects). 

Either way, you can hone in on the right graphics card for your needs, still secure something like an RTX 2080, and enjoy HD and 4K gaming experiences. There’s no better way to achieve the perfect system.

And there you have it! Razer has really outdone themselves with their sleek 15-inch and 17-inch models, and the speed will not leave you wanting. 

As for a custom build, we’re here to deliver you the fastest, most tailor-made computers for animation. Whether you want to consider a Mac, Razer, or HSi custom build, we’ll work with you to meet your every need. 

Whichever animation software you need to run, we can help you to find the perfect computer to pair it with. Our 3-year “no quibble” warranty means you have the peace of mind of a loan device should your’s need repairing, as well as technical support from our expert team of engineers. Flexi-Lease from HardSoft allows you to make a fixed monthly payment, with the option to change, continue, or cancel after two years.

Talk to our team about your requirements on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk, you can also use our webchat facility on our website.