5 Best Tech Gifts for Artists and Creative Professionals

Robert_Stark
edited January 18 in Design

The holidays are fast approaching. Shopping for a creative loved one, whether an artist, graphic designer, video editor, podcaster, developer, or hobbyist, can be daunting. If that someone on your list needs a new computer, we've got you covered with our handy tech guide.

A new laptop is a generous and practical present that inspires and enhances their creative streak. Creator laptops are ideal for digital artists as they take the power of a desktop, a premium display merged with mobile convenience in mind. Due to the ongoing chip shortages, you may want to start shopping now because if you shop at the last minute, you may find it's already sold out.

With these best tech gift ideas for creatives, you'll out-gift them. Trust us.

1) Best Laptop for Creatives Overall: ConceptD 5 Laptop 

The ConceptD 5 Laptop is for creative professionals who demand an elite desktop replacement to boost productivity. The potent 12th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU, game-worthy NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070Ti graphics, and 32GB of RAM give you plenty of power to create without boundaries in:

  • CAD  
  • 2D and 3D modelling 
  • Film Production

32GB of RAM allows fast system runtimes and speeds up large video file renders. Multitask with ease.

A sharp 16-inch, 16:10-aspect-ratio display shows more content with less scrolling. The Pantone® Validated IPS display offers a 3,072-by-1,920-pixel resolution to make animations and designs look sharper.

Enjoy deep, rich, realistic colors and fine-tuned images with the following:

  • 100% DCI-P3 color gamut: DCI-P3 is the color standard for the film industry, making it ideal for professional-grade video editing. 
  • Delta E <2: means superior, accurate color reproduction to reproduce true-to-life color

With its sophisticated, matte finish design and weighing in at 5.29lbs, the chassis is thin and light for a 16" laptop. Its silent triple-fan cooling system with a 5th Generation Aeroblade 3D fan keeps its internals cool with minimal noise - under 40dBA - to allow intense focus. Its 11-hour battery life makes it a practical mobile workstation.

Built with cutting-edge hardware and a professional-level display, the ConceptD 5 Laptop is versatile. It will streamline the on-the-go creator's workload.

ConceptD 5 Laptop Specs: 

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-12700H 
  • Screen: 16" WQXGA+ (3072 x 1920) 16:10 
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070Ti 
  • Memory: 32 GB, LPDDR5 
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD 
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.29 lb 
  • Battery Life (up to): 11 hours 
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro

2) Best Laptop for 3D Artists: ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition 

Acer's ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop allows visual artists to get early previews of their work in eye-popping 3D without the need to render. With this laptop, the creator can design and present all their work in stereoscopic 3D without needing special 3D glasses.

Instead of trying to approximate design on a 2D screen, the 3D display allows 3D projects to be viewed in three dimensions. Imagine real-time 3D rendering to rotate, move and drag your:

  • 3D models  
  • CAD designs 
  • 3D printing 
  • CGI animation

The 15.6" 4K ultra-high-resolution display makes it all come to life. As color accuracy is critical for design work, it's PANTONE® validated and calibrated to 100% Adobe® RGB Color Gamut with more accurate and brighter hues.

The laptop has a suite of hardware and software to make the 3D happen, including eye-tracking cameras and AI technology that follows your eyes' movement. The monitor has an optical lens that refracts two stereoscopic images to your eyes and rendering software that adjusts the 3D in real time as you move.

The SpatialLabs Model Viewer allows a complete 3D environment and supports major 3D modeling software file formats from:

  • Blender 
  • Autodesk 3DS Max,  
  • Autodesk Fusion 360 
  • ZBrush 
  • Rhinoceros

SpatialLabs™ utilizes AI technology to automatically convert 2D content like video and pictures into stereo 3D. Improve your workflow by extending the monitor to edit in 2D and view in real-time 3D.

ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition is a top-tier mobile workstation with hard-hitting performance specs packed with a powerful 11th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and game-worthy Nvidia GeForce® RTX™ 3080 graphics card. This machine is a desktop-worthy replacement with 2TB of fast SSD storage and 32GB of RAM. The SpatialLabs Edition laptop will make it easier for the creative in your life to bring their virtual creations into the physical world. 

ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition Laptop Specs: 

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-11800H 
  • Screen: 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 
  • Graphics Card: GeForce® RTX™ 3080 
  • Memory: 32 GB, DDR4 SDRAM 
  • Storage: 2 TB SSD 
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.51 lb 
  • Battery Life (up to): 6 hours 
  • OS: Windows 11 PRO

3) Best 2-in-1 Laptop for Creatives: ConceptD 7 Ezel

When they're trying to come up with their next idea, the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel is a high-performance convertible laptop that will help creative juices flow. Sketch, finalize, and present all from one laptop.

The innovative dual-hinged display allows you to adjust the screen into almost any position you desire. The built-in Wacom EMR pen replicates ink with its 4096 pressure sensitivity levels and uses the display to charge itself. You'll have the perfect productivity tool for digital artists.

The PANTONE® Validated 4K UHD display is a gorgeous 3,840 by 2,160 pixels touchscreen for professional-level visuals with a 100% Adobe RGB color gamut. The dual hinge can quickly reconfigure into 6 main modes for content creators:

  1. Laptop Mode: standard work mode 
  2. Float Mode: acts like an artboard to create efficiently 
  3. Stand Mode: work on the move 
  4. Share Mode: collaborate with others 
  5. Pad Mode: review or draw like a tablet  
  6. Display Mode: flip the touchscreen to present your work

This laptop is for content creators who demand desktop performance specs and the portability to demonstrate and correct their projects in real-time. Its 11th Gen i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 GPU run complex applications smoothly, efficiently multitasking and decreasing image and render processing times. 2TB of high-performance SSD storage and 32GB of DDR4 memory give the artist power to create.

The sculptured white aluminum chassis and warm backlit amber keyboard design are timeless. The ConceptD 7 unique form factor is unlike any other laptop on the market, making it the perfect gift for all creative needs.

ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition Laptop Specs: 

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-11800H 
  • Screen: 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 IPS Touchscreen 
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 2070  
  • Memory: 32 GB, DDR4 SDRAM 
  • Storage: 2 TB SSD 
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.51 lb 
  • Battery Life (up to): 7 hours 
  • OS: Windows 11 PRO

4) Best Monitor for Creatives on a Budget: 24" ConceptD CM2 Monitor

professional color precision for graphic design and digital art with over 1 billion shades of color. Creators require a monitor with a wide range of color modes to display color accurately. This 1920x1200 (16:10) Pantone® Validated IPS display ensures compliance with the myriad of color standards for print, video, and animation work.

With a 99% Adobe® RGB color space, colors are brighter and have more true-to-life color accuracy. The quick 1 ms response time allows clearer visuals, sharper images, and less screen tearing. The 16:10 aspect ratio provides additional screen real estate to manage Windows and app taskbars.

The ergonomic stand allows you to tilt, swivel freely, and adjust the monitor's height to one that suits you. This display comes with everything designers need to work at a higher level of productivity.

ConceptD CM2 Monitor Specs: 

  • Screen size: 24" 
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10  
  • Resolution: 1920x1200  
  • Brightness: 350 Nit 
  • Response time: 1 ms (VRB) 
  • Viewing angle: 178°/178° 
  • Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 
  • Color support: Adobe RGB 99%  
  • Weight: 12.24 lb 
  • Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Hub 3.0 x 4 

5) Best Creator Desktop: Predator Orion 7000

Get the power of a workstation in the futuristic Predator Orion 7000 gaming desktop to conquer any creative workflow. This workstation is for architects, filmmakers, animators, and product designers who want to spend less time waiting and more time creating.

Performance matters with 8K, VR, and other intensive tasks, so this technology easily handles any challenge. With the latest 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processor and powerful NVIDIA® graphics GPU to deliver robust, reliable computing performance for:

  • 3D modeling 
  • Photorealistic visualization 
  • Feature-length video production 
  • 8K Video Editing

Unparalleled performance significantly boosts your multitasking ability. You'll work smoother and faster in real time with limitless creativity. As time-pressed creatives, this computer will give you back hours in your week as it can cut processing times in half. 

Predator Orion 7000 Gaming Desktop Specs: 

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i9-12900K 
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090  
  • Memory: 32 GB, DDR5 SDRAM 
  • Storage: 2 TB HDD, 1 TB SSD 
  • OS: Windows 11 PRO

Creatives often have tastes that focus on aesthetics. As well as the need for practical tools to produce designs, making it challenging to decide on what they actually want or need. If you're looking for an impressive tech gift to give in 2022, sometimes a little splurge is necessary, which is precisely why these high-end tech gadgets will spoil your loved one.

*The opinions reflected in this article are the sole opinions of the author and do not reflect any official positions or claims by Acer Inc.

About Robert Stark: Robert is a Taiwan-based writer and digital marketer at iamrobert design. He has a passion for helping people simplify their lives through tech. 


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