The Best DELL Laptop Computers for Engineers and Engineering Students (2016 Edition)

Dell Laptop for Engineering Students
Dell Laptop for Engineering Students

Why do engineers require specific laptops? Can't they use cool-looking laptops??

CAD, simple! A simple $300 laptop is not enough for handling serious engineering works in software like AutoCAD and Catia. Software installation size is huge, processor requirement is swift and the software literally eats the RAM.

I love DELL laptops—not only are they powerful and durable but cool and stylish at the same time. But engineers, don't look for cool-looking laptops, go powerful. This page is all about guiding you to get the best DELL laptop ever.

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What is your engineering field?

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Electrical
  • Others
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The only problem in getting an engineering laptop is the display size!

Laptops are meant to be portable. Portable, in a sense that you can easily take them anywhere, easily and conveniently. However, some serious engineering laptops are not easily portable.

Less Display Size = More portable

Less Display Size = Less area on the screen.

So, how do you deal with this?

Actually, you don't! Get whatever size you like feels comfortable. Don't get something too heavy and bulky because it will only cause you to not carry your laptop. Screen size is not that important, but the screen resolution is. Get at least 1920 x 1080. Anything lower than this is in par with using Windows 98 unless that's what you want to do.

My opinion is to get something around 13"-17". Anything less than 13-inch is seriously for cool dudes and not for engineers—your laptop and your work will be a joke. If you already have a desktop workstation, getting an engineering tablet will also work, though.

If you get more than 17" laptop, then your laptop will be huge, bulky and seriously inconvenient.

Your Laptop Budget?

What is the budget for your laptop?

  • $400-$499
  • $500-699
  • $700-799
  • $800-$899
  • $900-$1000
  • $1000+
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Top 3 Dell Laptops for Engineers

Below, I have handpicked 2016's newest and the smartest Dell laptops fit for engineers and engineering students. These laptops meet all the bare minimum for running programs, with features like:

  • A true HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • At least the 4th Gen i5 or i7 processor
  • Portability
  • Dedicated Graphics
  • Connectivity features like Bluetooth and card readers

Not to mention, a wireless mouse automatically becomes an essential requirement as it is required in all instances of drawing, designing, simulation, as well as gaming.

1. Engineering Laptop under $1000

The Dell Inspiron 15-Inch Laptop

The best of Dell's Inspiron i7559 series

The powerful 6th-Gen i7 processor is an asset to most of the design works in AutoCAD and the massive 16 GB RAM assists the CPU speed. With over 1000 GB of available hard disk space from SATA, it will fit all your design works and your personal files as well. Bluetooth and card readers are its bonus features.

More features of this 2016 Dell Inspiron i7559:

  • VI generation i7 processor from Intel
  • 8 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 4GB of NVIDIA GeForce 960M Extreme Graphics (DDR5 RAM)
  • Super battery life of 6 hours even when you are playing videos and working with extreme graphics. The only downside is that the fan noise can get pretty much loud when you use it for a long time.

Photos of Dell Inspiron i7559

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- Perfect 15.6 inch monitor

- Touchscreen Display

- Windows 10

- 4th Generation Intel i7 Processor

- 1920 x 1080 screen resolution (also available in Ultra -HD version)

- Battery life is huge at 6+ hours

- 1024 GB Hard drive, 8 GB RAM


- No CD/DVD Drive

2. Dell Ultrabook for Engineers

$920 for a 13.3-inch ultrabook computer

The Dell XPS 13

Customers have really appreciated the comfort of 13" laptop and the price tag. For engineers, the 2.70 GHz CPU speed is exactly enough. It comes with 8-in-1 card reader and Bluetooth connectivity technology that helps you share your designs and works with your colleagues.

What's even more interesting is that the buyers have hugely appreciated the WiFi speed and battery life of over 13 hours.

More Details

  • Backlit Screen with true HD display (i.e.e 1080p)
  • 5th Gen Intel i5 processor
  • Backlit keyboard, weighs just 2.6 lbs
  • 128GB or 256GB of selectable SSD drive (with 4GB of RAM)

3. Dell Gaming Laptop for Engineers

~$950 for gaming plus engineering laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 Series Laptops for Engineering Students
Dell Inspiron 15 Series Laptops for Engineering Students

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop

The i7559 model from Dell's Inspiron 15 series is a high-end gaming laptop for engineering students that comes with features like:

  • Clear HD display (1920 X 1080)
  • Intel i7 Processor with speeds up to 3.1 GHz
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Hard drive of 1000 GB with high speed of 5400 rpm
  • 4GB of NVIDIA GeForce GTX920M DDR5 discrete graphics
  • check today's price

Need more choices other than Dell?

Unfortunately, with human nature, one version does not satisfy everyone. Everyone's choices are and tastes are different. So, if you want to look at some more laptop models and their features/specs, then check out more Dell laptops at the official Dell website.

And if you are not satisfied with any DELL laptops, here are more laptops for engineering.

In conclusion

For the best engineer laptops, look for:

  • At least an Intel i5 Processor
  • RAM should be at least 8GB
  • Hard drive should preferably be SSD, more than 500 GB mechanical disk drive if the budget does not allow to get an SSD drive
  • Graphics card to smoothly run AutoCAD
  • Networking and Connectivity options like more USB ports, Bluetooth etc.
  • DVD drive not necessary - it will also decrease the laptop's weight

What are your comments on DELL Laptops? 11 comments

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MichaelUS 3 years ago from Philippines

I use Dell too and I am very satisfied! What I like with Dell laptop is they last long. They also have great BIOS system, the best BIOS system I have seen so far.

chandu 22 months ago

Can u plz give me a suggestion to buy laptap of cost between rs30,000-40,

Anna 10 months ago

is the new XPS 15 with 4k display and 2 gb Nvidia gtx 960M a good choice for engineering?

Emily Crisman 9 months ago

Great Article! I use a Dell for work, and I got it discounted at . They are reliable, high quality, and not to mention Dell is winning tons of Innovation Awards! Anna, their New XPS 15 would be a great choice for engineering!

MLI 8 months ago

"The only problem in getting an engineering laptop is the display size!"

No, the only problem with getting a SERIOUS engineering laptop is finding one with a native serial port. Screen size is just pretties and glitter.

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suramyakh 5 months ago Author


In today's age of wireless connectivity, it is better to focus on features that will last long. Native serial port may be a requirement for some, but it is not a serious issue at all when you can transfer files over the internet wireless-ly.

chandra 8 weeks ago

i am planning to but alienware 17r3 . i want the laptop for gaming as well as my coll works (to run softwares like matlab,origin ...). is it alright to buy or will der be any issue installing these technical software?

michael 7 weeks ago

air craft maintaince engineer what is the best laptop

ashwin 4 weeks ago

hello i need to buy a laptop in range $400-$499 mostly hp,dell,Lenovo can u suggest some models with i5,i7 processor and 1tb hard drive ,6-8gb ram. 4 weeks ago

Hello I want dell laptop in range 30000 To 40000 for Mechanical enginerring SO give suggestion fastly please with nvidea 2gb graphics and 1tb hard disk or hd led screen high resoulation so give model no

jeevan 11 days ago

i need a laptop for mechanical engineering field like Mechanical CADD and Designing field purposes so which one is better ?? my budzet is below 65 thousand.....please suggest me anyone ASAP......

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