The Best Tablet for Engineering Students 2016
The Surface Pro 3 was the first laptop-tablet hybrid I bought after my engineering graduation. At first, I was skeptical that the display size would limit my workspace, but I needed the portability for work. I had been using a 14” laptop throughout all four years of my college career, and maybe that’s why coming down two inches wasn’t bad. Looking back, I’m glad I took the step.
1. Surface Pro 4 with upto 1TB Memory
Microsoft has continued its line of the Surface Pro tablets with 2015 model Surface Pro 4. Just like SP3, it is fully customizable and available in different models and configurations:
- Intel Core M3 models available with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD drive
- Intel Core i5 (6th Generation processor) available with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD drive (can also be customized with NVIDIA graphics)
- Intel Core i7 (6th Generation processor) available with up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD drive (optional NVIDIA graphics)
- Best Recommended Model: Intel i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM (with Free Shipping from the Microsoft Store)
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2. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
A typical student or even an engineer only needs the maximum performance for certain projects only (1-2 times a year). For such purposes, it is easy to get away with a lab or the office computer and take full advantage of the perfectionist the Surface Pro 3 is. It is best to get the right device that fulfills 95% of your computing requirements than to sweat for the rest 5% which can be done with the help of a desktop computer in a computer lab. SP3 is also fully compatible for a free upgrade to the full version of Windows 10.
- Pros: The Surface Pro 3 speaks for itself with its stylish body and the ability to write on it with a pen with a breeze. I have successfully run and tested AutoCAD in the i7 version and it runs how I like it to run. If anything looks washed out or the performance lags, I simply turn off the graphics hardware acceleration and the problem is solved.
The Surface Pro 3 is also versatile for taking notes, thanks to the OneNote app.
- Recommendations: The minimum recommended configuration for engineering students is: (starting $799) i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
- This tablet is good for: While the Surface Pro 3 is great for engineering students who require portability and a lightweight laptop, it is absolutely not recommended for a workflow that requires more than 4-6 hours of simulations and graphics rendering design every day. There are other recommended laptops for engineers that handle that kind of extensive work.
All Surface Pro 3 tablets come with Windows 8 Pro and can be fully upgraded to Windows 10
Surface Pro 3 was released a year before Windows 10 launch, so all tablets ship with the in-house Windows 8.1 Pro. However, they can be quickly, easily and fully be upgraded to Windows 10 (for free).
The reason they don't come pre-shipped with Windows 10 is to allow users the power to choose between the two OS.