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10 Most Essential Equipment For Indian Freelance Designers

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Tools and equipment are daily drivers that enable a designer, freelancer & digital creator to do their highest form of work and attend to their creative flow by accelerating the creation process. From getting inspired to creating something unique, proper tools and equipment can help us get things done efficiently.

The tools, equipment, tech, and software below are the ones that I use and would recommend to my friends and family (Amazon links provided).

My Laptop

Lenovo Legion 5 Ryzen 5 4600H (16, AMD) | 120HZ Refresh Rate | GTX 1650 4GB Laptop | Lenovo India
Lenovo Legion 5

This is the best laptop in the 60–70k INR range in terms of performance. I would strongly recommend it.


My PC has Ryzen 3 3200G, the reason behind the choice is the price and the better performance of its iGPU and intel nowhere comes near it in this price segment with integrated graphics performance. I get 70–90 fps in 720p in Valorant on my PC.

If the primary purpose is gaming, a GPU is suggested but if you’re on a budget this config can give you good performance with a light gaming experience. Even if you’re on a budget and will buy a GPU, a minimum of GTX 1050, GTX 1650, or GTX 1660 is recommended otherwise don’t bother getting the GPU’s below these ones. I would suggest getting a Ryzen processor with iGPU for budget graphics performance.


AMD Ryzen 3 3200G with RadeonVega 8 Graphics Desktop Processor 4 Cores up to 4GHz 6MB Cache AM4 Socket (YD320GC5FHBOX)
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.1 GHz 19MB Cache AM4 Socket (100-000000050)
AMD Ryzen 5

ntel Core i5-10400F 10th Generation Processor with 12MB Cache Memory 6 Cores 12 Threads and 3 Years Warranty (Comes with Fan Inside The Box)
Intel I5 10th GEN

These are some of the other PC parts that you can choose from:

My PC has an MSI H310 motherboard which is the cheapest one and doesn’t offer Bluetooth or Wifi connectivity, I have to use ethernet or external adapters for wireless connectivity. Keep this in mind and your requirements when choosing a motherboard.

Samsung 24-inch(60.46cm) FHD Monitor, IPS, 75 Hz, Bezel Less Design, AMD FreeSync, Flicker Free, HDMI, D-sub, (LF24T350FHWXXL, Dark Blue Gray)
Samsung 24-inch(60.46cm) FHD Monitor IPS 75HZ

MSI H310M PRO-VDH LGA 1151 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Gaming Motherboard

XPG ADATA GAMMIX D30 DDR4 16GB (1x16GB) 3200MHz U-DIMM Desktop Memory - AX4U3200316G16A-SR30

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (1x16GB)

Western Digital WD Green m.2 SSD, 545MB/s R, 3 Y Warranty, 240GB (WDS240G2G0B)
Western Digital WD Green m.2 SSD

Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB Internal Hard Drive HDD 3.5 Inches (8.8 cm) SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC (ST1000DM010)
Seagate BARRACUDA 1 TB Internal Hard Drive

Mousepad for my Laptop/PC

The extended mouse pad is for my PC and the regular-sized one is for my laptop.

Storin Long Extended Waterproof Foldable Mouse Pad with Nonslip Base for Desktop, Keyboard-Mouse (70 x 30 cm)
Storin Long Extended Waterproof Foldable Mouse Pad

Storin Natural Rubber Gaming Mouse Pad with Waterproof Skid Resistant Surface
Storin Natural Rubber Gaming Mouse Pad

Mouse & Keyboard

My Zebronics mouse needed its warranty services after 8 months of consistent use so I would be cautious when considering it, though it can be a specific peripheral issue too. The Zebronics keyboard and HP mouse are the purchases that I have been happy to use every day for a year now.

Zebronics Zeb-Transformer Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo (USB, Braided Cable)
Zebronics Zeb-Transformer Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo

HP M270 Backlit USB Wired Gaming Mouse with 6 Buttons, 4-Speed Customizable 2400 DPI, Ergonomic Design, Breathing LED Lighting, Metal Scroll Wheel, Lightweighted / 3 Years Warranty
HP M270 Backlit USB Wired Gaming

Ethernet cable for better connectivity

Quantum CAT5 RJ45 Ethernet Patch Cord CAT5 RJ45 LAN Straight Cable (White)
Quantum CAT5 LAN Straight Cable


I own all of these earphones and they offer very good sound quality and services if need be. If I had to rank them the order would be in the following order:

JBL Endurance Run, Sports in Ear Wired Earphones with Mic, Sweatproof, Flexsoft eartips, Magnetic Earbuds, Fliphook & TwistLock Technology with Voice Assistant Support for Mobiles (Black)
JBL Endurance Run with Mic

OPPO Enco M32 Bluetooth Wireless in Ear Earbuds with Mic,10 Mins Charge - 20Hrs Music Fast Charge, 28Hrs Battery Life,10mm Driver, IP55 Dust & Water Resistant (Black)
OPPO Enco M32 Bluetooth Wireless in Ear Earbuds

realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo Bluetooth in Ear Earphones with Mic (Black)
realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo Bluetooth

Oneplus Bullets Wireless Z Bass Edition Bluetooth in Ear Earphones with mic, Launched in April 2021 (Black)
Oneplus Bullets Wireless Z Bass Edition


These are the software programs that I would recommend to create digital content for you designers & digital creators for personal projects, clients, or mega digital marketing campaigns. These are the power tools of the industry. They can do everything from enabling you to create content to creating social media marketing campaigns, be it for yourself, an influencer or another solopreneur, or a multi-billion dollar brand.

I use Figma and notion personally every day, you can get the most out of these both tools in their free plan as I still get my work done in their free plans for both professional as well as personal use cases.


Pricing for Figma's Free, Professional, and Organization plans.
Figma Pricing Plan

Figma is the best collaborative design tool, period.

Adobe Creative Suite

Individual plan for a single person who want to use single/ all adobe apps
Adobe Apps Plans

Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan for business and teams

Adobe Creative cloud All Apps plan saves over 60% for students and teachers

People often say you need an adobe creative cloud subscription if you’re a creator — I say it’s freaking expensive and there are other tools available that help you get the same results with better efficiency.


Affinity Photo pricing for people who want to edit images
Affinity Publisher pricing for people who want to print books, magazines and marketing materials

affinity designer app pricing for creating UI Design, Logos, Icons & Mockups

Affinity is much cheaper as it has only a one-time fee unlike a monthly subscription to adobe creative suite and also offers better performance.


Canva pricing tier plans for canva users
Canva Pricing Plan

If you’re looking for something that is beginner-friendly and can help you with day-to-day content creation on social media and is also on a budget, Canva is a viable option too.


notion pricing plans for free, personal, team & enterprise
Notion Pricing Plan

Take notes, organize data & life, track tasks, write, onboard clients, create invoices, build websites & resumes, collaborate and reach your goals using notion. It’s flexible enough to get all of these done.

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