When it comes to drawing on a laptop, many users prefer using a touch screen. Touch screen laptops can also be used with a stylus to make drawing feel more natural and easier than using a mouse or trackpad. In today’s blog post we are taking a look at the 5 best touch screen laptops for drawing.
You might be surprised to learn that getting a touchscreen laptop isn’t expensive as it used to be, now that touch screens are very abundant these days. Take a look at our picks below. We’ll also link some styluses you can purchase for cheap as well since they don’t come with a touch screen laptop.
Starting with a great budget-friendly option is this HP 14-inch touch screen laptop. This laptop has many customization options, comes in four different colors and you decide if you want more RAM or storage.
Keep in mind that choosing a different color, RAM and storage amount changes the price. Make sure to double check before buying.
While the specs on a laptop seem ok for this price range, there are a few things to note. The processor is pretty weak, this laptop is going to struggle running multiple applications at once. I’m sure digital artists know that it’s common to run many applications at once. This can be a pretty big downside.
The storage space is also limited, however, this can be easily solved by purchasing an external hard drive to store any work. That being said, almost 200GB is good enough if you plan on just using this laptop for drawing.
Finally, you do get a year of Microsoft Office for free. Making this laptop a great option for college, school, or work. This laptop is great for basic computing needs and drawing, but I don’t recommend it for much else beyond that.
- Great price
- Customization options
- Free Microsoft Office for a year
- Many device ports like USB slots, HDMI, headphone jack, and more
- Weak processor leads to poor multitasking capabilities
- Screen resolution is small (1360 x 768)
- Limited storage space
- Customization options such as a different color can increase the price
If you have a slightly larger budget to work with for a new touch screen laptop, check out the Dell Inspiron 15. Overall, it has much better specs than the previous option and comes with the latest software like Windows 11.
The processor on this laptop is much more solid, it will be able to efficiently handle multiple applications running simultaneously.
It also has a much higher resolution, the standard 1920 x 1080 pixels compared to the previous laptop’s 1360 x 768.
If you want to increase the performance of this laptop, you can choose to have it come with 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, at an increased price. You can also increase the storage space from 256GB to 512GB if needed.
To reiterate, this is just a better laptop than the one we previously listed, it has everything you need to get started drawing, working, and even a little bit of gaming.
- Has impressive performance for its price range
- Comes with the latest software like Windows 11
- Efficient battery life
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa
- LED touch screen
- No color options
- Fans can become noisy when in heavy use
If you thought your budget-friendly options were limited, guess again. This is by far the cheapest laptop on our list. Even more budget-friendly than the first option.
We have the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3, which does use the Chrome OS software. Chrome OS is great for its simple to use user interface and fast setup. All you need is a Google account, which most people have these days.
This laptop is also a “2-in-1” laptop, meaning it can be used as both a laptop or in a tablet mode to suite your needs.
The Lenovo Chromebook is also great for people who aren’t tech savvy. With a simple interface, minimal setup, built-in virus protection, and long battery life.
It also includes a few USB slots to connect a few external devices, as well as a built-in camera.
For people who have never used a Chromebook laptop, it is worth noting that if you have any experience using an Android smartphone, any applications you used on your phone will be compatible with this laptop. Any artists that used drawing apps for Android will be relieved to know you can use those applications when drawing on a Chromebook.
Finally, this named one of the best selling laptops on Amazon, with over 3500 ratings, with 75% of those ratings being 5-star reviews.
Note: Many buyers left a one star review due to a recent update that ruined the touch screen functionality this has been fixed. Just make sure you update your software to the latest version and it will function normally.
- Easy setup, great for those new to laptops
- Chrome OS has compatibility with Android and Google Play apps
- Switch between tablet or laptop mode to suit your needs
- Excellent budget-price
- Virus protection is built-in
- Limited storage
- Some Android apps have poor compatibility with Chrome OS
We just want to reiterate this one more time: If you are experiencing touch screen issues, make sure you update the software to the latest version as this has been a known issue that is fixed.
Don’t let the name of this laptop mislead you. Unless your business is your drawing then this is actually the perfect laptop.
Regardless, we’ve come back to the HP brand for a much more solid option than the first one we listed. Of course that does mean it comes at a higher price.
The improved specs mean that this laptop can handle multitasking easily, it has a bigger resolution, and overall better performance. You have the option to increase storage space and the RAM at an increased price if you choose to do so.
It has a long battery life with a quick charge, it takes 90 minutes to reach 100% battery life.
If security was a concern, you’ll be glad to know that this laptop even comes with a biometric fingerprint scanner.
Since it is a business laptop it does come with a microphone and webcam, the quality isn’t amazing, but it is enough to get the job done.
This laptop is great for school, casual, and of course, business use. No matter which stage of your drawing your career you are at, this laptop can carry you for many years to come.
- Uses HP QuickDrop, a cloud based storage system that allows you to share files between your laptop and phone
- Comes with many additional ports
- Excellent performance for its price range
- Fast charging, 90 minutes to 100%
- Comes with Windows 10 installed, can be upgraded to Windows 11 in the future
- Microphone and webcam built-in
- Limited storage space
This blog post is titled, “the best” and we aim to deliver it. Unfortunately that does mean that there will be options that are going to expensive.
You want the best touch screen laptop for drawing? Here it is, we saved the best for last.
The specs are impressive to say the least, having both very powerful hardware and software. Not to mention it has great storage space with a 512GB SSD.
With an SSD, your applications will load faster, your laptop will be up and running in just seconds.
It has Windows 11 already installed, give you the latest software and all of its features.
This laptop can handle many applications running at the same time, effortlessly, you won’t even notice any sort of slow down for decrease in performance.
This is also a 2-in-1 laptop, as we mentioned before, this a laptop that can swap between a laptop or a tablet. The tablet mode is useful for artists who want to draw on a flat surface.
Overall, this is a laptop I would only recommend for those that one the very best in performance.
- Amazing performance throughout, as well as good amount of storage
- 2-in-1 design allows for both a laptop and a powerful tablet
- Flat surface is great for artists
- Can choose more RAM and/or storage space if wanted (increases the price of course)
- Comes with the latest software as well
- Limited stock
Where Can I Purchase a Stylus for my Touch Screen Laptop?
You can purchase them on Amazon. We could honestly make a whole other blog post talking about each one (and we probably will in the future). But for now we are going to keep it short and simple and offer a few options.
This comes in a pack of two pens, a black and a gold one. These will work for many different laptops and tablets of your choosing.
One of the highest rated stylus pens on Amazon. This stylus will work with any device from cell phones, tablets, consoles, laptops, and more. Has excellent responsiveness and accuracy. Only comes with one stylus however.
Comes in a pack of two, as well as additional parts when you need to replace them. There are also plenty of colors to choose from and you can mix and match them as well. This stylus doesn’t use any plastic so it feels like you are holding a real pen.
Conclusion: The 5 Best Touch Screen Laptops for Drawing
Has touch screen really been one word this whole time? I am not sure. Anyways, we hope you enjoyed our list of laptop options as well as stylus options.
We hope you found something you like and ended up purchasing. We wish you luck on your drawing career, wherever it might take you.
If you weren’t able to find something, hopefully you at least saw that there are plenty of options available. A touchscreen laptop is no longer something that is a super expensive. You probably saw a lot of cheap options.
If you are interested in checking out our other blog posts, check out the links below. We made blog posts for additional laptop suggestions (they aren’t touch screen though), as well as other electronic devices like headphones and more.