The Best Laptops for Engineering Students and Engineers (2018)

Updated on November 22, 2018
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Roberto received his B.E. in Engineering in 2013. He likes to keep up with latest gadgets, apps and all things tech.

Selecting the Best Laptop for Engineering Students

Laptops for engineering students and graduates should be fast, efficient, and versatile!

As if going into an engineering school is already not difficult enough, you have to hold up with the burning load of technological and creative requirements every day. I only had a desktop when I first joined the college to study mechanical engineering. I thought it would be enough — but, boy oh boy, it was not. I had to stay up late in college to finish the reports, do the drawings, then submit them the same day. I had to go through the phase of picking a computer that was portable, met all my requirements and also gave me some sense of entertainment. With my friends to guide me and a little help from Google, I managed to pick some good ones.

These days, so many laptops are overrated that it's easy to make mistakes on this expensive investment. Computers and gadgets are expensive. For engineering students, they're even more expensive. In this article, you'll get:

  1. My top picks for laptops
  2. The most important requirements you should be considering when purchasing your laptop
  3. A full description of my top choices and and longer list of other recommendations.

If I had purchased my laptop based strictly on price and not focused on any other features, I would have made a huge mistake in purchasing a gadget that was going to be with me for at least four years. Below, the article should help you avoid that kind of fate. Good luck!

Top 5 Best Laptops for Engineers/Students (Consumer and Expert Reports Included)

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Laptop
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1
HP Envy with 7th Generation Intel i7
Available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models
2
Asus R518UQ-RH74T Convertible
1TB+128GB SSD Hybrid drives
3
Lenovo Y700 (Touch/Non-Touch)
1TB storage, beautiful chassis, backlit keyboard, budget-friendly
4
Acer Predator Helios
perfect for gamers
5
Dell Inspiron 15
gaming laptop, budget-friendly, multimedia friendly along with extra 128GB SSD drive for faster system performance

Continue to read about the above laptops, or choose your own laptop with some critical suggestions on what specs to look for in a laptop for engineering.

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An Engineering Laptop Needs...

1. 6-8GB of RAM

2. At least 500GB of hard drive (SSD is better)

3. Screen resolution of no less than 1600 × 900 pixels

4. Intel i5 CPU or better

5. Dedicated Graphics card

Look for laptops with above specs, or see my personal choices. If you decide to purchase a computer, the above specs will be enough to make an informed decision.

Laptop Requirements for Engineering

Below, learn about all the crucial details to consider when purchasing your laptop. There are some requirements specific to those in the engineering field that other students or laptop users may not need as much. This section will cover:

  • CPU processor speed
  • Hard-disk drive memory
  • RAM
  • Connectivity
  • Screen size
  • Dedicated video cards
  • Operating system

1. CPU / Processor Speed Requirements for Engineering Laptops

High CPU Speed makes a huge difference
High CPU Speed makes a huge difference | Source

Your CPU is crucial if you're an engineering student. Whenever we run AutoCAD, it has to pile up its huge database and present us with a virtual workspace for our work. So, if your CPU speed is not adequate, you will have to wait for a long time for the software to just boot. Talk about the time for crafting your work alone. Sounds familiar? Don't let that happen in your new laptop and make sure that you have a fast enough CPU.

Some programs that are CPU exhaustive:

  • Simulation software including ANSYS and Excel
  • Games that are highly dependent on faster frame rates
  • Matlab

2. Large Hard-Disk Drive Memory

You'll need adequate memory and storage for everything, including CAD software like AutoCAD, Catia, ANSYS, Solidworks, and your designs drawn on it — then saving those designs, a place for saving 500 of your favorite songs, all your games, and everything else. You need storage for it all. Also, before you ask, yes we are talking Olympic-sized! Try to go to 500GB or more for the best value.

3. RAM Requirements for an Engineering Laptop

Just how much RAM is required? You'll need enough to make sure that your laptop can actually store and run what the fast processor is trying to run. A large RAM is to go in sync with the fast processor speed. The most-recommended capacity is 8 GB, although 12 GB and 16 GB are also preferred. However, it is better to have a good graphics adapter than a huge amount of RAM.

4. Connectivity

You'll need Wi-Fi at the very least (there is no world without the Internet), and it would be best if there is a Bluetooth function as well. This will make sharing your design works easier and also save time and money for flash drives.

On the Ethernet, my rig has a Gigabit LAN, and I must add that my experience has been exhilarating but this is not necessary, just a nice perk. Just about any Ethernet port should work fine. A wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0 yields a decent connectivity, and you should find it with ease with almost any recently launched workstation.

Optical drives are a good addition, but these days they just tend to act more or less as a fashion accessory to flaunt rather than any real use. So, if you see a decent purchase meeting all your needs but notice that it lacks an optical drive, then you should definitely consider it. Losing the drive also makes your laptop lighter and more portable.

5. Screen Size

The display size is actually not a major requirement when it comes to laptops for engineering students. A 14 or 15-inch laptop is perfectly adequate — these sizes are good to go for designs and drawing-related works. However, that doesn't mean that a larger screen size is a bad thing. Just keep in mind your portability needs. A 17.3-inch screen is also not as portable as a 15-inch, but it might have more options and a bigger area for displaying your works.

While display sizes are not as crucial, the screen resolution is important. A higher screen resolution will allow more area for multiple windows. 1920x1080 pixels is the most recommended because it is the 1080p true HD quality. Laptops, videos, and movies these days are coming in 3k, 4k quality. So, 2k is the bare minimum.

6. Dedicated Video Cards

Work environments like CAD, MATLAB, and Solid Works are used for 3D environment applications and video-rendering. These applications and other similar ones require a dedicated video card, because the in-built adapters are unable to meet the video processing needs. Going with a 2GB DDR3 Graphics card will be enough for almost all environments. However, if you consider high-end gaming a priority, then I would look into a DDR5 graphics card like the NVidia GTX series.

7. Operating System

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Finally the operating system, or OS. Now, it comes down to whether you have a Mac or a Windows laptop. Of course, Mac devices are stunningly well-crafted, and their build quality is superb along with their displays. However, when it comes to the workstation for your actual work, all the environments are mostly only native to Windows.

You can still use a Mac, but using parallels can be taxing and sometimes downright bothersome. You'll need to put the extra effort in finding your way around one, for starters. Even high-end games run better in the Windows. So, these are all things to keep in mind if you're looking for a laptop for mainstream engineering purposes. I would suggest going for a Windows laptop for all its advantages, alongside the lower price tag.

The Best Laptops for Engineering Students: My Top Choices

Thanks to my college experience, I have had my fair share of laptops and I would recommend these if you are hard pressed on deciding.

1. HP Envy 17t with 1TB SSD

2018 Model HP Envy-17t comes with a responsive touchscreen display along with 8GB dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics processor and a whopping 1024GB SSD hard drive
2018 Model HP Envy-17t comes with a responsive touchscreen display along with 8GB dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics processor and a whopping 1024GB SSD hard drive | Source
  • Introduction: This model of the HP Envy 17 was released the second week of July, especially targeted for high-end consumer requirements like graphics-intensive engineering drawing courses. It comes with a responsive touchscreen monitor and is coupled with a full HD display. Its 7th-Gen Intel i7 processor is coupled with 16 GB of RAM — which is a super sweet deal.
  • Configuration: 17.3"/1TB SSD/16GB RAM/4GB NVIDIA (also reconfigurable)
  • Graphics and display: The graphics card this laptop comes with is the NVIDIA 940MX, which is equipped with 4GB Maxwell graphics that provides smooth graphics, rendering truly HD quality. Also, bonus: the 2k display quality complements the subwoofer speakers that it has, making it a perfect dorm room companion for watching movies and playing other games during your free time.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

2. Asus R518UQ-RH74T Convertible with 1TB+128GB SSD Hybrid

Exploit the speed of SSD, storage of Hard Drive, and convertibility of a tablet—all in one
Exploit the speed of SSD, storage of Hard Drive, and convertibility of a tablet—all in one | Source
2-in-1 Asus 15.6" Full HD Touchscreen Backlit Keyboard Gaming Laptop PC| Intel Core i7-7500U| NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics| 16GB RAM| 2TB HDD| Thunderbolt Port| Windows 10
2-in-1 Asus 15.6" Full HD Touchscreen Backlit Keyboard Gaming Laptop PC| Intel Core i7-7500U| NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics| 16GB RAM| 2TB HDD| Thunderbolt Port| Windows 10

The ASUS 2-in-1 convertible laptop is packed with a powerful 7th Generation Intel i7 processor and a 128 GB of SSD drive. What's more? It's also coupled with an extra 1TB i.e. 1024GB hard drive.

 

Some key elements of this Asus Convertible Pro are:

  • Powerful i75-7000U Processor
  • 2k-ready Ultra High Definition Display Monitor
  • 1TB + 128GB SSD Drive
  • Power efficient and faster Nvidia 940 MX graphics card
  • also includes USB Type-C port in addition to USB 3.0 ports
  • convertible 2-in-1 body

3. Lenovo Y700

  • Introduction: The Y700 Touch is a powerful yet lightweight laptop that has become so popular worldwide that Lenovo has released different versions even in Asia and India. Otherwise, the manufacturers normally don’t provide the same US and Asian model name for a similar configuration. This is one of the reasons why one of my colleagues was able to bag one for a very good deal.
  • Includes: The dedicated 2GB graphics card powered by NVIDIA GeForce 960M and a hybrid SSD drive form a powerful combination for a gaming laptop for engineering students. As such, the laptop is reasonably priced for a gaming laptop.

Lenovo Y50 Touch
Lenovo Y50 Touch
  • Has 6th Gen Intel i7 processor: The Lenovo Y700 ($930 for the recommended model) is a fairly well-rounded in gaming laptops range.

Why is Lenovo Y700 an "all-rounder"? It includes:

  • A backlit keyboard with a stylish red/black combo design. Have late night assignments? Need to finish up the report by tomorrow morning? Check.
  • It comes with 1TB of storage: Have hundreds of movie and music backups? Like to play games that span giga bytes? Check.
  • A 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution: Need to run two or more programs side by side? With such large screen resolution and an impressive 15.6” display size, you can run four programs stacked top and bottom, side-by-side in a single desktop mode.
  • Watch HD movies and TV shows? Check.

"But Lenovo laptops overheat, don't they?"

You might ask. Yes, Lenovo models up from Y50 - Y700 had heating problems earlier. This was due to an incompatible graphics driver for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. When users turned off the NVIDIA graphics card and used the in-house Intel HD Graphics, the problem would go away.

However, the software have already been updated and this problem has already been taken care of. It is also important to note that the laptop won't overheat all the time. It is only when you are playing graphics-intensive games and software for a long time that ANY laptop will heat (not just Lenovo). That's why, a cooling pad, is recommended all the time when gaming or using software that require a lot of CPU resources.

Battery Life of Lenovo Y700 Touch

  • Furthermore, in the CNET test, the laptop ran for a full 4 hours and 16 minutes with full brightness and 1080p playback, while being connected to the Internet. However, the minimalist display may not satisfy your viewing needs when looked at from an off-angle. The specs are highly compatible for running engineering and simulation software like SolidWorks and SolidEdge with excellent graphics rendering. The Y700 has a balanced profile if you are looking for an engineering laptop that provides a good equilibrium between price, display, graphics, and gaming needs.
  • In addition, the reviewers noticed little to no overheating problems. (And let's face it, what laptop does not heat when running hardcore games?)

4. Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

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  • Introduction: Acer Predator Helios 300 ($1050) is a mid-priced engineering applications oriented laptop, but also capable of meeting hardcore gaming needs.
  • RAM capacities: With a 16GB DDR4 RAM, you can rest assured that any game or program you are running won't lag. Furthermore, NVIDIA's GTX 1060 Ti graphics processor (dedicated 6GB graphics) is there to complement the RAM.

Acer Predator Helios 300:

  • is the most budget-friendly full HD screen laptop in its class.
  • Has the most advanced battery life (7 hours playtime), motherboard, and graphics specifications in this price range
  • Comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Ti graphics card
  • Runs Windows 10 Full version
  • Has Backlit Keyboard

5. Dell Inspiron 15

The Dell Inspiron 15 comes with up 8GB of DDR4 RAM and is power-savvy.
The Dell Inspiron 15 comes with up 8GB of DDR4 RAM and is power-savvy.

Introduction: Dell Inspiron 15 is an i7577-5241BLK model high-performance gaming, and multimedia laptop. It is the latest in terms of display quality and display guarantee.

Specs:

  • Windows 10 x64 (64-bit Architecture)
  • UHD Resolution
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM with a dedicated 6GB graphics card
  • 7th Generation Intel i5 CPU with speed up to 3.50 GHz
  • 1 TB Hard Drive + 128GB SSD Drive

Other Laptop Recommendations

Here are a couple more solid recommendations that are known to be reliable and specs-compliant for those in the engineering field.

  • The MSI GP70. This laptop comes with a 1TB hard drive, and delivers all your engineering software needs. The graphics card is powered by Nvidia and is a 2GB 940M GeForce capable of a vivid and smooth graphics-rendering experience.
  • HP Pavilion P073TX. This one is more budget friendly. So, if you are tight-pressed on your budget, then you might want to check out the Pavilion P073TX. For a decent price, this workstation has got all the right grooves and specs needed for a lag-free and snappy performance. The 4th gen i7 processor with turbo boost adds icing to the cake along with the NVIDIA GT 840M graphics.

More Engineering Laptop Choices

 
Lenovo Thinkpad T440p
Asus N55-DS71
Toshiba Satellite P50/P52 Gaming
Dell XPS15
HP Envy 15-k020us
Screen Size (inches)
14
15.6
15.6 LED
15.6
15.6
Touchscreen?
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Screen Resolution
1366 x 768
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3200 x 1800
1920 x 1080
RAM
8 GB
8 GB
8GB
16GB
8 GB
Hard Disk Drive
1 TB
1 TB
750 GB
512 GB SSD
1 TB
CPU (Processor) Speed
4th Gen i7
4th Gen i7
4th Gen i7
4th Gen i7
4th Gen i7
Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA GTX850M
2GB GDDR5 VRAM AMD RadeonTM R9 M265X
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB
Intel HD graphics 4600
Base Price
$970
$1,069
$1,250
$2,149
$791
Maximum Weight
4.7 lbs
6 lbs
Not Provided
4 lbs
6 lbs
Special Features/Pros
Aluminium design, backlit keyboard,
Backlit keyboard, does not heat up easily, 70% buyers have given 4+ stars rating
Backlit keyboard, H-K Audio, Bluray Writer
3k display, extremely lightweight, backlit keyboard
Beats Audio, smart trackpad, fingerprint sensor
Battery
6 cell
5 hours
4 cell
6 cell battery - 8 hours
6.25 hours
Remarks
Runs Windows 7
 
 
No optical drive
 
Recommended Laptops for Engineering Students 2018 with specifications

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New: Frequently Asked Questions

Because I keep getting a lot of similar questions in the comments, I thought of adding this new FAQ section that will probably answer any question you may have after reading this laptop recommendation guide

FAQ: Engineering Laptop

Q 1. I am studying Civil/Mechanical/Software/(insert any engineering branch here) Engineering. Please advise a suitable laptop for me.

A: No laptops come branded as a tool for a certain branch of engineering. All the laptops recommended above are good examples of an engineering laptop, no matter your engineering degree. The main requirements are:

  • An operating system you are comfortable with (Windows or Mac - whatever suits you)
  • At least 6-8 GB of RAM
  • A discrete graphics card
  • Hard Drive size that suits your needs (typically 500 GB is enough)

Q 2. Is Lenovo Y50 good? Don't Lenovo laptops have heating problems?

A: As already explained in a section above, Lenovo laptops had heating issues. But those have already been resolved with the introduction of new drivers for Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Q 3. How much does (insert a laptop brand) laptop heat?

A: All laptops do fairly heat up whenever they are worked on extensively. For a laptop for engineers that uses processor and graphics card extensively, expect a fair warmth. Laptop cooling pads are always recommended while gaming or using applications that drain a lot of memory. If you have a new question, please go ahead and post it in the comments section.

I hope you liked the article. If you did, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twiiter and Pinterest who are planning to buy a laptop for their engineering courses.

© 2012 Roberto Eldrum

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      niitin 

      12 hours ago

      help me pls

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      priya nalla 

      5 months ago

      I'm a civil engineering student . i'm searching for a laptop which i can really draw some structures or drawings., i found hp pavilion14-ba075TX .,can u suggest that whether it is really useful for me or not.,or else u can suggest me a good one.

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      Ian Dean 

      5 months ago

      How does a dell g5 gaming notebook sound?

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      Andrea G. 

      5 months ago

      Would you consider that the Surface book would be a good option???

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      Phillip Wilkerson 

      6 months ago

      Portability is a very important factor as well. Some college students walk a few miles a day; I have a powerful gaming laptop for serious CAD/programming work, but rarely take it with me because it weighs over ten pounds with the charger/peripherals and I don't want to look like a gamer to professionals I'm presenting to.

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      mazedul30 

      6 months ago

      Really nice post for every laptop lover or who buy a new laptop. You can easily understand all things.

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      rizwan 

      6 months ago

      I m a CAD and CAE engineer i m in search of a laptop for my work profile

      is Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Laptop is good??

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      Rami 

      7 months ago

      What's the difference between dedicated graphics card and intel hd graphics card ?

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      dave 

      10 months ago

      i have a lenovo G51. i have the space and the ram. i have an AMD processor though and my resolution is not as high as you recommend.

      1 what is your opinion of my laptop for an engineering student?

      2 do you foresee the CPU or Resolution to of mine causing any major issues in my upcoming accedamic years?

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      Kade K 

      10 months ago

      What would be a good laptop for a software engineering student?

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      Baliram singh 

      10 months ago

      Best latop for cad/cam engineer in low price like 30,000

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      Shubhank kushwaha 

      11 months ago

      Is macbook air good for civil engineering students?

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      era 

      12 months ago

      Asus R518UQ-RH74T Convertible vs Lenovo Y700? Which one do you recommend for numerical simulation?

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      santosh 

      12 months ago

      i3 6th Generation vs i7 4th Generation, which is recommeded for engineering students

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      Mayur Gianchandani 

      15 months ago

      Is 940MX 2 GB DDR5 good enough for mechanical engineering? The laptop has i7-7500u , 16 GB RAM as well

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      james 

      15 months ago

      hi, what is the best laptop

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      Jiregna Adugna 

      15 months ago

      Which type of laptop is best for MENG?

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      Ellie 

      15 months ago

      Hello,

      May I know your opinion about Lenovo ThinkPad P51? Thank you.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

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      Asheesh Tyagi 

      16 months ago

      I am going to join Computer Science and Engineering this year and I am looking for a laptop that could be the perfect one in all the aspects like battery life and performance...Could u suggest me a laptop?

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      Sam 

      16 months ago

      With regards to the windows

      Which windows laptop will you prefer for a chemical engineering student?

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      budans 

      16 months ago

      Thanks for the usfeul post. I really don't like HP (i had a pavillion years ago), but you made me doubt about the effectiveness of this kind of computer. I'm comparing the HP with the DELL you recommended, and i see the only difference is the RAM (and the price!!). Between these two which one would you recommend? I'm an electrical engineer so i really don't need a lot of graphics performance, but some of the processes i simulate with my laptop means a working process of hours, depending on the effectiveness of the computer. I would also like you to comment something about the DELL Latitude as i was thinking of buying one.

      I really appreciate the info man, thanks again.

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      nazmul 

      17 months ago

      Thats a brilliant idea for ud

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      Sagar Shrivastava 

      17 months ago

      Currently I'm pursuing a BE in civil engineer. I'm in my 3rd year. I'm planning to buy MacBook air 256gb ssd. Can u pls tell me is that good for 3-4 different softwares.!

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      Christian 

      17 months ago

      Which laptop is best for autocad

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      Caleb 

      17 months ago

      I am going into architectural engineering. Which computer would you recommend?

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      sahal 

      17 months ago

      Am going to join electronics and communication engg.please recommented me to enough lap top? Which is the best laptop for electronics and communication enginering?

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      Pragati 

      18 months ago

      Which laptop is needed for ece branch

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      Hemavathy Reddy 

      18 months ago

      I am gonna study Robotics so I will be working on various simulations software's, platforms, programming all stuffs. So i want to know which laptop is best in apple Mac collections?

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      zhokho keyho 

      18 months ago

      I am a computer science engineering student and I need to get a laptop of my own...

      I'm confused whether to go for Windows or Mac.. will these laptops decide the future of me?

      Say like if I get a Mac will my programming just confine with Apple or I can write program for Windows too..

      First preference is Mac ..Since I'm a big fan of Apple.

      MacBook pro _2015

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      Nathan Usevitch 

      18 months ago

      I work in robotics and will need to set up a dual-boot Linux machine or run a fast virtual machine. Would some of these recommendations be better than others with that thought in mind?

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      sahil 

      18 months ago

      I want to ask that is surface pro 3 is better than laptop because i am bit confuse . I am going to an engineering college to do mechanical ; electrical engineering and computer science so plzz plzz tell me which will be the best laptop or surface pro 3 .please respond as you see this .

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      Torriana Delagio 

      18 months ago

      Hey man! Being the most likely broke asses that we are, it would be nice to suggest more affordable laptops!

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      Mamali 

      19 months ago

      Which laptops would you advise for aeronautical engineering?

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      Tomas 

      19 months ago

      I am looking for a laptop that does well under software simulation. I'm an electrical engineering student.

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      Jiztom Kavalakkatt Francis 

      19 months ago

      Hi

      Nice work a bit outdated though. I was wondering if lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga 2017 will be useful for the computer engineering graduate program . I require a long time battery with excellent keyboard.

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      Imran 

      19 months ago

      I'm an engineering student that uses design software and I make considering buying a dell xps or precision 5520 . I need to be able to game and not worry about laptop speed. Can anyone help me decide and tell me the pros and cons of both?

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      Ruben Morales 

      19 months ago

      Hello, I am a Mechanical Engineering student.

      I was looking at the Lenovo yoga 910 with 16 gb ram and 1 tb hard disk drive. It has a graphics card as well. You think it will be a good option or would one of the ones you listed be better?

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      Lissette 

      20 months ago

      I am concerned about the weight. I have back problems that's why I currently own a Mackbook Air which is amazing for Matlab/Autocad/OpenSees. But now I am starting graduate school and I need something that supports other programs for windows. My question is, what's the lightest laptop you can find for Engineer Students?

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      eyah 

      20 months ago

      hai, i'm a communication engineering student, which the best laptop for cst studio suite software. i currently use the acer aspire.. it took 4 hours to run a simple design.

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      Nee Yen 

      20 months ago

      The image you used for Dell XPS 15 is wrong.

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      Ismail 

      21 months ago

      sir,I have just started my engineering 1 year ago.I want a best laptop for engineering purposes and honestly my range is just between 350$ to 500$. Are you prefer 2nd hand laptop because new laptop with particular specs will be expensive as compare to 2nd hand with some modification.

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      Aryan 

      22 months ago

      what about this one:

      Prosess Core i7 - 2.5 uo tp 3.5 GHz 6700qh

      Ram : 16 Gb

      Graphic : 4 GB

      FULL HD

      screen: 15.5"

      thanks..

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      Carl Murphy 

      22 months ago

      My son is in his second year of engineering at Lehigh and just informed me that the iBook he bought for school runs the windows based engineering applications too slowly and he would like a windows based unit. Let me say that I'm generally computer illiterate. I noticed your top 5 picks for computers for engineers have a GTX video card. This tends to be more for the gaming computers. I have been reading from some other sites that for engineering it may be better to have the Nvidia Quadro, such as offered on the Lenovo P50s or P50 computers,for video rendering for engineers. Are there drawbacks to this train of thoughts? He needs a well rounded computer and I don't want him to have a one dimensional computer. Will that be the case with a business based computer such as the p50?

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      24TechSupport 

      22 months ago

      I appreciate your blog. It was so helpful for me.

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      Percevial johnsson 

      23 months ago

      Is the lenovo thinkpad 13 as good?

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      Jacqueline Villaloboa 

      23 months ago

      Hello!

      I bought the HP - HP Envy x360 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Silver. When I started to it it was extremely noisy and the brightness was at 100% but looked low. I also read that the battery life isn't that well, so I was disappointed. I got it at $700 (Black Friday Deal) and it has good specs, but I was wondering if it was a good computer for engineering. I also found the Asus - 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Silver at $900 and was wondering if that was a good computer for engineering regarding its price, its specs are alike the Envy, but I am not sure if it is truly better. Thank you.

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      Sribala 

      2 years ago

      Hey hi, Im currently doing my chemical engineering, i want to buy a laptop that would support these softwares : Autocad, Cadworx P&ID, matlab, ASPEN, Raspberry PI, COMSOL, ANSYS, microsoft visio. can you suggest a good laptop between 35k to 40k available in India?

      Thanks for the help.

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      Matt Z 

      2 years ago

      I am currently searching for the best laptop that will run AutoCAD Civil 3D smoothly, what is the best one you'd recommend?

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      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      @Shanto

      Both look good, however, the Insipiron i7 version is better.

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      Harshit 

      2 years ago

      Hello there!

      I have just started my computer engineering anf hvae looking for a laptop for programming stuff. Can you please help in choosing one.My budget is about 35k bucks

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      eng.qudratullahafghan@gmail.com 

      2 years ago

      I am a Civil Engineer and i want to buy a computer which generation would you recommend for me please?

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      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      @Larry

      Good Tip!

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      Larry 

      2 years ago

      If you are on a tight budget, look for a two year old refurbished Lenovo or equivalent and load it with a SSD and memory from NewEgg or TigerDirect. Fairly inexpensive way to build a very capable student machine that will easily last through your undergraduate years. Upgrade once you have your degree and are in the workforce.

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      Alex 

      2 years ago

      I'm a third year mechanical engineering student. Should I buy a macbook air or a Windows laptop. Which is the best option?

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      chinnusree 

      2 years ago

      is amda8 is better than intel i5 or not

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      Dela 

      2 years ago

      Grettings, My 17 year old son wants to become a Pilot he currently has a flight simulator. I would like to purchase a laptop so he can use to play his simulator.I have no clue about computers but from reading your articles would the Toshiba P50/P52 be the best laptop to get him? Thanks.

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      Sainath 

      2 years ago

      I am going to pursue electronics engineering can you plz suggest me the list of laptops that would be better option for me and yes it includes software also as today we should be multi-disciplinary in education

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      Mvnio13 

      2 years ago

      Please am an information technology student. Which HP,Dell or Toshiba laptop budget $500 to $550 will you recommend for me. Thanks

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      Jason 

      2 years ago

      What laptop would you recommend to run Solidworks and ANSYS smoothly?

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      C&Q 

      2 years ago

      What do you think about the Dell XPS 13? Although there are desirable upgrades to the CPU/GPU/Storage/RAM, the 13 seems like a good alternative to the 15 for significantly less.

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      Vault172 

      2 years ago

      If you are even thinking of running SolidWorks I highly recommend a Quadro card. I'm a mechanical designer finishing my BSME degree and work in SolidWorks daily. As a CAD Administrator and having worked for several companies with pesky IT departments that think they know better than the CAD guys that use the software everyday...I can tell you that you WILL notice a difference when not using a Quadro or similar graphics card.

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      ajnisha 

      2 years ago

      hi, i would like to know if the model HP ProBOOK are good for civil engineers

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      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Dom, does your Macbook have graphics card? If not, it would be a good idea to get a new Macbook Pro that comes with a dedicated graphics. Hope this helps.

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      Dom 

      2 years ago

      I'm stuck between getting a Mac and a Windows laptop. I have a macbook pro now that I got 4 years ago, and I love it. I've never been a fan of windows laptops. But when I was looking at the macbook I wanted to buy, they have a bunch of upgrades available. Do you think that it's worth getting all the upgrades and adding about $900? or just get the base macbook pro? I haven't chosen my field of engineering yet, but I'm leaning toward biomedical. The upgrades include:

      2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz to 3.1GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz

      8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM to 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM

      512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage to 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Caleb,

      That is quite a good laptop. Good job! :)

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      Caleb 

      2 years ago

      Hey I have recently got the samsung notebook 7 spin with 940m Nvidia 12gb ram 1T hard drive and 15.6inch screen that is 1080p. Is this a decent laptop?

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      Lucifer Smith 

      2 years ago

      which graphics card is better?

      1. NVIDIA GT 940M graphics/ NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics

      2. Intel HD Graphics 520

      3. Intel HD Graphics 520

      4. Intel HD Graphics 520

      5. Intel Iris Graphics 540

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Lucifer,

      Do all of these have discrete graphics card? (AMD or NVIDIA)

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      Lucifer Smith 

      2 years ago

      I'm sorry if this is a lot but I have 5 laptops in mind and don't know which to choose

      Here are my choices:

      1. Asus - Zenbook 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive

      2. Dell - Inspiron 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive

      3. HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive

      4. Acer - Aspire R 14 2-in-1 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive

      5. Lenovo - Yoga 900 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive

      Which one would you recommend?

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      Celine 

      2 years ago

      Hi, i just finished my a levels and i want to take up civil engineering. Do you think a AMD quad-core A10-8700P with Radeon R7 discrete class graphics(1.8/3.2Ghz) processor is better or should i just stick with Intel core i5/i7 6th generation?

      And also, it has 2GB AMD Radeon R7 M360 Graphics, 2TB hard drive and 8GB RAM

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Ryan,

      That is a good build. Perhaps replace the hard drive with an SSD. If you aren't into gaming that much, reduce RAM to 12 or 8GB—the offset might be enough for getting the SSD drive.

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      Ryan2131 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I've designed a custom build laptop and I am wondering if it would be alright for mechanical engineering. The application I know I will be using are ANSYS, creo and solidworks. The specs for it are as follows:

      Intel I7 quad core 6700hq (2.6ghz - 3.5ghz turbo)

      16Gb hyper x 2133mhz sodimm ddr4

      Nvidia gtx 970m 6gb vram

      500Gb serial at a hard drive (7200rpm)

      Artic mx-4 cooling compound

      1920x1080 res

      About £950

      Would this be an alright build?

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      Miguel 

      2 years ago

      Is a dell Inspiron i7 with Intel core i5 procescor 16 GB ram 500 gb ssd memory and Nvidia 960m 4gb good. And if so I'm debating to use this or get another laptop becuase it's a little bulky

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Sahil23k,

      Unfortunately, ultrabooks under 14 inches with powerful processor and graphics are all over Rs. 50k. At this time, it is really a matter of what constraint to let go of: budget, portability, or graphics. :)

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      sahil23k 

      2 years ago

      Thank you @neosurk sir,

      You took time for my question and I respect your advise, but I would rather prefer a 13.3 inch laptop, 15.6 would be too bulky, is there any you could suggest ?

      Again with due regards , I thank you .

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Pratyush,

      Please take a look at the requirements mentioned in the above article, then search around within your budget. Rs. 30k in budget is quite limiting in terms of an engineering laptop, but a good desktop might be available within that price.

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Sahil23k,

      Take a look at this HP 15: http://bit.ly/2aPDdlr

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Mel,

      Yes, Macbook Air is not advised. Macbook Pro with NVIDIA Graphics is a good one (display size is your preference). Other 12-13" laptops are also expensive, so if you are a Mac lover, by all means go with a Macbook Pro.

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      Mel 

      2 years ago

      2nd year undergraduate Civil Engineering Student

      Want to get a MacBook but money is a factor

      And the cheapest was MacBook Air but I hear it's not advisable

      Which MacBook should I get ?

      Or which other sleek laptop about 12-13"

      Thanks

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      sahil23k 

      2 years ago

      Hey, I'm tight on budget around 45k, also u have mentioned the minimum requirements for an engineering student, considering those specs I would like add one more - a good keyboard ( as I'm studying computer science engineering ) and quite portable, considering all these plz suggest a few portable laptops under 50k, which perform great and is also good for multimedia and lite gaming, my minimum requirements are - 6gb ram, 512gb ssd/hdd, 1080p screen, dedicated graphics, above 2.0 GHz, screen size 13.3-14. I can compromise on memory, but not on performance , graphics and screen resolution. Thanking you !

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Matt,

      That decision entirely depends on your preference. If you are a Mac lover and are already used to it, get a Mac and install Windows like in your old Macbook. However, if you like change, take a look at some of the laptops above.

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Cindy,

      Some laptops use i7 dual cores as a part of a mobile architecture (like Surface Book). Quad core i7 processors are better, but i7 dual cores aren't bad either. If the versatility of Surface Book is of preference, by all means, it is enough!

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi DV,

      If possible, get a 1080p screen instead of 4k—really helps cut down price. A workstation grade graphics card is not a requirement, a good gaming card is okay.

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Kholder,

      Yes, that would work quite good with SolidWorks.

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Akhila,

      How about the laptops mentioned above? They're all good.

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      pratyush 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I'm from India.I am a first year instrumentation engineering student. my budget is low (INR 20,000 to 30,000 ). I don't know which softwares I'll be using. Which laptop would you suggest ? What are the minimum specifications I MUST look for before buying the laptop?

      P.S.- I don't actually care about gaming.

      THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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      pratyush 

      2 years ago

      hi, i am from India. i am student of instrumentation engineering. my budget is kind of low-moderate ( INR 20,000 to 30,000 ). what laptop would you suggest ?

      PS : i don't actually care about gaming

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      Gurjot Singh 

      2 years ago

      i am going to start with computer engg. and i am a bit of comfused between two laptops ,one is dell inspiron 5000 with 6th generation i5 and HP Notebook - 15-ay011tx.

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      Matt 

      2 years ago

      I had a Macbook pro but it recently stopped working, I had software such as AutoCad, MatLab, and Sketch up but was also running a dual boot with ArcGIS and other surveying software. Would you recommend me buying another Mac or what other lap top would you suggest.

      Thanks!

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      Cindy 

      2 years ago

      I am helping my daughter spec out a new laptop for college. She is Engineering, not sure what discipline she will pursue. But we would like laptop to last all 4 years, regardless of her major. We are considering fully loaded i7 Surface Book with the dedicated NVIDIA graphics, 1TB SSD, 16 GB memory. However, my concern is the i7 processor is dual core versus quad core. Do you think the dual core will be sufficient? If not, we will have to look at larger laptops (i.e. 15 inch). In general, what is your opinion on the i7 dual core. Thanks for your help.

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      Dv 

      2 years ago

      Hi, many programs sugest a workstation grade graphics card, but do i really need that or am i ok with a good gaming card?

      Also I have 2 options, since screen resulution is important, what should i go for:

      1- gtx 960m with 1080p screen

      2- gtx 950m with 4k screen

      PS: is a i5-6300HQ good for the programs or should i save some more money and go with a i7-6700hq

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      kholder 

      2 years ago

      Woot.com has the

      HP ZBook 15-G2 Mobile Workstation, 15.6" Full-HD Anti-Glare Display, Intel Core i7-4710MQ Quad-Core 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR3, 500GB SATA, NVIDIA QUADRO K610M 1GB, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Win8.1Pro

      $799.99

      What do you think? would it work well with solidworks 2016

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      Akhila 

      2 years ago

      Hi , I Completed my graduation in computer application and got placed in an IT Company as a programe Trainee, wud u plss suggest me a laptop for my work..

      Thankyou..

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      Hi Sammy,

      Alienware 15 R2 i7 is the better version between those too. However, also take a look at the weight of the Alienware laptop. Since it is bulky, it might discourage him using the laptop and taking it to class regularly. And there is no point in buying a high-performance laptop if one is not taking it to school. Dell XPS 15 i5 version is also good and if it has a dedicated graphics, it is also a great buy.

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      Sammy 

      2 years ago

      hi ! my son is going into electrical engineering. Please help me choosing between Dell xps 15 i5 vs dell alien ware 15 R2 i7. Thank you.

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      @Cole,

      Surface Book? Good? It's one of the best. Go for it! :)

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      Cole 

      2 years ago

      I'm going into general Engineering. And I have been looking at the Microsoft Surface book. Should that be a good laptop for me or should I go somewhere else?

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      mikekiwi 

      2 years ago

      What do you think about Acer s5-371-55Ah 13.3 inch For a mech Eng student doing some heavy CAD?

      Operating System

      Operating System

      Windows 10 Home

      Processor & Chipset

      Processor Manufacturer

      Intel®

      Processor Type

      Core™ i5

      Processor Model

      i5-6200U

      Processor Speed

      2.30 GHz

      Processor Core

      Dual-core (2 Core™)

      Memory

      Standard Memory

      8 GB

      Memory Technology

      LPDDR3

      Memory Card Reader

      Yes

      Memory Card Supported

      SD

      Storage

      Solid State Drive Capacity

      256 GB

      Solid State Drive Interface

      Serial ATA/600

      Optical Drive Type

      No

      Display & Graphics

      Screen Size

      33.8 cm (13.3")

      Display Screen Type

      Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD

      Display Screen Technology

      ComfyView

      In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology

      Screen Mode

      Full HD

      Backlight Technology

      LED

      Screen Resolution

      1920 x 1080

      Graphics Controller Manufacturer

      Intel®

      Graphics Controller Model

      HD Graphics 520

      Graphics Memory Technology

      LPDDR3

      Graphics Memory Accessibility

      Shared

      Network & Communication

      Wireless LAN Standard

      IEEE 802.11ac

      Ethernet Technology

      Gigabit Ethernet

      Built-in Devices

      Microphone

      Yes

      Finger Print Reader

      No

      Interfaces/Ports

      HDMI

      Yes

      Number of USB 3.0 Ports

      2

      Total Number of USB Ports

      3

      USB Connector Type

      Type-C

      Software

      Operating System

      Windows 10 Home

      Operating System Architecture

      64-bit

      Input Devices

      Pointing Device Type

      TouchPad

      Keyboard

      Yes

      Battery Information

      Number of Cells

      3-cell

      Battery Chemistry

      Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)

      Battery Capacity

      4030 mAh

      Maximum Battery Run Time

      11 Hour

      Power Description

      Maximum Power Supply Wattage

      45 W

      Physical Characteristics

      Height

      14.6 mm

      Height (Front)

      14.58 mm

      Height (Rear)

      14.58 mm

      Width

      327 mm

      Depth

      288 mm

      Weight (Approximate)

      1.30 kg

      Miscellaneous

      Package Contents

      Aspire S5-371-55AH Ultrabook

      Lithium Polymer Battery

      AC Adapter

      Warranty

      Warranty

      1 Year Warranty

      Many thanks

    • neosurk profile imageAUTHOR

      Roberto Eldrum 

      2 years ago

      @Gavi,

      Pull the trigger. That is a good deal after all!

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      Gavi 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I am going into mechanical engineering school in October and this article helped me a lot. I thought I could be ok with my 3 year old laptop with a 3rd gen i5 and no dedicated graphics card and 8 GB of RAM and 750 GB of storage...but I think I need an upgrade for school. I found the Asus Q534UX . This thing is a beast. 2 in 1 laptop/tablet with touchscreen . 15.6 inch 4K display. 6th gen core i7 processor. 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. 2 TB HDD with 512 GB SSD. And to top it off NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU. And a backlit keyboard. Now...this is for 1399$ on Best Buy. Idk about you but I'm pretty sure this is a real bargain for these specs. Do you think I should pull the trigger on it? I'm

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