Laptops

Best Laptop for Cricut Explore and Maker

Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker are two best cutting machines as they can print and cut designs. These designs could be for T-shirts, mugs, bags, sweatshirts, blankets, and many more other things. Cricut maker and cricut explorer can be operated even from ipad, iphone. So basically there is software called Cricut Design Space which we have to run on these machines.

Now there is a question that comes into one’s mind : are they compatible with every laptop? the answer may be maybe not. So, to find out the answer I have given 5 best laptops that one can buy or use with Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker.

Things to look that mainly influence the compatibility with cricut explore and Cricut Maker while buying a laptop

To narrow down the search of laptops that are best to use with both printers there is a list of specifications that one might check for specifically:

  • Display
  • Operating system
  • Connectivity
  • GPU
  • CPU (Processor)

Best laptops for Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker

Keeping in view the above specifications I have narrowed down the search by suggesting some of the best laptops that one can consider for using Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

The one of the best laptops that is designed specifically for designing applications is Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio as it has a touch screen of 14.4 inches and to interact with its Microsoft has provided a magnetic pencil.

Using this pencil one can easily design objects or can do some either picture or video editing. Similarly, to provide best display quality this machine is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti having a dedicated RAM of 4GB. Moreover, to make the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio faster a RAM of 32GB is provided along with 1TB SSD which seems to be more than enough if one wants to use a laptop with Cricut Maker and explore.  Below the table shows some of the major specifications of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio:

Specifications Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
Display 14.4 inches touch screen having a

resolution of 2400 x 1600 with 120Hz refresh rate

Processor Intel 11th generation i7 having 4 cores
RAM 32GB
Hard Drive 1 TB SSD
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, two USB ports with thunderbolt 4

Following are the pros and cons that one must look at before paling to buy:

Pros

  • 2 in 1 laptop
  • Responsive touch screen with pen
  • Easy to work due to multiple screen positions
  • Display result is nice

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Less number of ports

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MacBook Air

For the people who are looking for an Apple laptop best to use with Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker then they must consider the Apple MacBook Pro 13 as it has 13 inches of display which is phenomenal. There are multiple variants one can buy so the base variant that Apple offers has a M1 chip with 8 cores processor and 8 core GPU which is not bad at all. The base variant has a RAM of 8GB and a memory capacity of 256GB, so you need to compromise a little on the memory side. Below the table shows some of the major specifications of the Apple MacBook Pro 13”:

Specifications Apple MacBook Air
Display 13.3 inches having a resolution of 2560-by-1600
Processor M1 chip processor having 8 cores
RAM 8GB
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD configurable
GPU 7-core GPU
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, two thunderbolt ports and Bluetooth 5.0

Following are the pros and cons that one must look at before paling to buy:

Pros

  • Highly responsive keyboard
  • Great display quality
  • Overall processor performance is good enough

Cons

  • Only two thunderbolt ports
  • Old design  

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Lenovo Ideapad 3i

If you are tight on budget and looking for a laptop that will work fine with Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker, then the Lenovo Ideapad 3i can be the best buy for you as this machine is comes with a 15.6 Full HD touch screen display having a resolution of 1920×768. Since it is a budget laptop, it has an Intel i3 processor having 2 cores supported by 12GB RAM. For a better display quality this machine is equipped with intel UHD graphic card. Below the table shows some of the major specifications of the Lenovo Ideapad 3i:

Specifications Lenovo Ideapad 3i
Display 15.6 inches touch screen having a resolution of 1920×768
Processor Intel i3 processor with 2 cores
RAM 12GB
Hard Drive 512 GB SSD
GPU Intel UHD graphic card
Connectivity Wi-Fi 2, three USB ports and Bluetooth 5.0

Following are the pros and cons that one must look at before paling to buy:

Pros

  • Budget laptop
  • Responsive touch screen
  • Slim and light weight
  • Display quality good

Cons

  • Little bit slower
  • Graphic quality is average

 

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Dell Inspiron 5515

Another budget laptop that can be best for Cricut Maker and explore is the Dell Inspiron 5515 as it comes with AMD Radeon graphics to support its 15.6 inches of display. Moreover, to make the processor faster this machine is equipped with 16 GB RAM and an SSD of 512GB. Below the table shows some of the major specifications of the Dell Inspiron 5515:

Specifications Dell Inspiron 5515
Display 15.6 inches having a resolution of 1920 x 1080
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5700U with 8 cores
RAM 16GB
Hard Drive 512 GB SSD
GPU AMD Radeon Graphic card
Connectivity Bluetooth and 2×2 Wi-Fi

Following are the pros and cons that one must look at before paling to buy:

Pros

  • Budget laptop
  • Responsive trackpad and keyboard
  • Slim and light weight
  • Display quality good

Cons

  • Not powerful processor despite of AMD Ryzen 7
  • Poor quality camera

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Asus ZenBook Duo 14

If budget is not much of your concern, then you must consider Asus ZenBook Duo 14 as it is loaded with features that enhance your experience of using Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore. This machine comes with 14 inches of screen along with another touch screen that is best for people who are looking for creating designs and editing photos and videos.

To provide an overwhelming experience to its users this machine is equipped with a 11th generation i7 processor having 4 cores and a NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphic card with a dedicated RAM of 2 GB. Below the table shows some of the major specifications of the Asus ZenBook Duo 14:

Specifications Asus ZenBook Duo 14
Display 14 inches having a resolution of 1920 x 1080
Processor Intel i7 with 4 cores
RAM 16GB
Hard Drive 1 TB SSD
GPU NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (2GB)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, one USB Type-A and two thunderbolts

Following are the pros and cons that one must look at before paling to buy:

Pros

  • Responsive trackpad and keyboard
  • Touchscreen is highly responsive and recommend for designer
  • Display quality is phenomenal

Cons

  • Small trackpad
  • Expensive
  • Heavy weight

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Conclusion

Circuit maker and Cricut Explore are the two best design cutting machines and to use any of them effectively. Moreover,there is software called Cricut Design Space which we have to run on these machines.So,one must have a laptop that is not only compatible with the software but also should be feasible for creating designs. For that purpose, I have given the best 5 laptops that one can consider for buying a laptop for using it with Cricut Explore and maker printers.

About the author

Aaliyan Javaid

I am an electrical engineer and a technical blogger. My keen interest in embedded systems has led me to write and share my knowledge about them.