The Best Laptops for Engineering Students and Engineers (2016)

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!

Best Engineering Laptop Computers

Specs and Remarks
Market Price
#1: Lenovo Y50 Touch
Dedicated 2GB graphics card powered by NVIDIA GeForce 860M and a hybrid SSD drive. A backlit keyboard with a stylish red/black combo design. Touchscreen. 1TB of storage. 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Impressive 15.6” display. Excellent battery life.
#2: Toshiba Satellite S55
Extremely customizable. Touchscreen. Decent battery life, motherboard, and graphics specs. Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz; 8 GB; 1000 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive; 15.6" screen; NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M graphics processor. Runs Windows 10 Full version.
#3: HP Envy 15t
Responsive touchscreen. 2k screen. 6th-Gen Intel i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM. NVIDIA 950M; 4GB Maxwell graphics. Windows 10 64-bit.
#4: Dell XPS15
3840 X 2160 pixel density, true 4k HD monitor. Windows 8.1 Pro; 3K HD Resolution up to 3200 x 1800; 8GB DDR4 RAM; 4th Generation Intel i7 CPU with up to 3 GHz; 512 GB of SSD Drive.
#5: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Customizable, Portable, Versatile, Lightweight, Recommended Specs: 256GB, 8GB, i5, Dedicated Graphics
Scroll down to see a full description of each model cited here, closer analyses and links to purchase online

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

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

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. Lenovo Y50 Touch

  • Introduction: The Y50 Touch is a mid-range, 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 860M 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 a touchscreen: The Lenovo Y50 Touch ($1200 for the recommended model) is a fairly well-rounded in gaming laptops range, alongside that it includes a feature other brands have yet to provide us with — the touchscreen. We may not have any use of the touchscreen display while playing games, but we sure want it when the OS we are running is the Windows 8 (or Windows 10).
  • UK or Europe versions are available in the following features: non-touch version, Full HD Display, 16GB RAM and 4GB NVIDIA Graphics 960M.

Why is Lenovo Y50 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.

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

You might ask. Yes, Lenovo models up from Y50 - Y70 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 Y50 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 Y50 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?)

2. Toshiba Satellite S55

Toshiba Satellite S55 is 6th Generation Intel i7 processor powered
Toshiba Satellite S55 is 6th Generation Intel i7 processor powered
  • Introduction: The Toshiba S55 version (starting at $899) is more customizable than any version of an engineering laptop on the market at this moment and is a great contender as a laptop for engineering students 2016.
  • RAM capacities: You can choose from 4-5 different capacities of RAM and hard disk size. The hard disk is that permanent magnetic disk attached which stores your secondary data including music, movies, programs, software. RAM is the primary memory. The more RAM a computer has, the more data it can cache at a single time. So if you're someone who spends a lot of time in AutoCAD and ANSYS, having bigger RAM will pay off.

Toshiba S55:

  • Is a touchscreen and the most budget-friendly 4K Screen laptop in its class.
  • Has a decent battery life, motherboard, and graphics specs.
  • Has a backlit keyboard
  • Comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M graphics processor
  • Runs Windows 10 Full version

Best Recommended Specification: 12GB RAM and 1TB of HDD

3. HP Envy 15t

  • Introduction: This model of the HP Envy 15 ($900 for the base model) was released this first week of February, and comes with a responsive touchscreen display monitor and is coupled with a 2k screen. Its 6th-Gen Intel i7 processor is coupled with at least 16 GB of RAM — which is a super sweet deal.
  • Configurations: There are eight configurations available, with a minimum RAM of 8GB RAM and a maximum of 16GB. Hard disk sizes can be custom-configured from 120 GB to 1000 GB. The best recommended configuration is 500GB SSD + 8GB RAM. If the hard disk capacity seems low, go for 1000 GB, but do not opt for 16 GB of RAM. 8GB is perfectly adequate and more than enough for your needs. Even if your budget is high, the extra money can be used to buy a portable hard drive later.
  • Graphics and display: The graphics card this laptop comes with is the NVIDIA 950M, which is equipped with 4GB Maxwell graphics that provides smooth graphics, rendering truly HD quality. Also, bonus: the 4k 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

Update: It seems the 500GB SSD models have gone out of stock recently. In that case, I would recommend the 256GB SSD version coupled with a portable hard drive. If that seems like a lot of hassle, the 1TB HDD drive is also not bad. However, the SSD drives are usually faster and more reliable than the traditional HDDs.

4. Dell XPS15

The Dell XPS15 comes with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and is power-savvy.
The Dell XPS15 comes with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and is power-savvy.

Introduction: Dell XPS 15 (opens in a new window to Microsoft Store) is an 8949sLV model high-performance, gaming, and multimedia laptop. It is the latest in terms of display quality and display guarantee. It is hard to let a 3840 X 2160 pixel density, true 4k HD monitor go when it comes in a light body measuring just around 4 lbs at its heaviest.


  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • 3K HD Resolution up to 3200 x 1800
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 4th Generation Intel i7 CPU with speed up to 3 GHz
  • 512 GB of SSD Drive


  1. The SSD drive is huge at 512 GB. It has faster boot times, faster graphics rendering times, and is just a smooth user experience overall.
  2. The 15.6" screen with 4k resolution fits one AutoCAD window with another Ms-Excel window side-by-side in full dimensions. No more going back and forth.
  3. There are 8 hours of battery life, even with dedicated graphics from NVIDIA GeForce GT 960M display adapter on top of the integrated Intel HD Graphics.
  4. Bluetooth 4.1 with dual-band Wifi support and Miracast
  5. 6-in-1 Multi card reader, security lock hatch and a sleek backlit keyboard
  6. Comes with Signature Edition by Microsoft

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.

More Engineering Laptop Choices

Lenovo Thinkpad T440p
Asus N55-DS71
Toshiba Satellite P50/P52 Gaming
Dell XPS15
HP Envy 15-k020us
Screen Size (inches)
15.6 LED
Screen Resolution
1366 x 768
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3200 x 1800
1920 x 1080
8 GB
8 GB
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 GeForce GT 750M 2GB
Intel HD graphics 4600
Base Price
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
6 cell
5 hours
4 cell
6 cell battery - 8 hours
6.25 hours
Runs Windows 7
No optical drive
Recommended Laptops for Engineering Students 2016 with specifications
  • 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. This is also a recommended laptop for engineering students in the UK.
  • 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.

Macbook Pro for Engineering Students
Macbook Pro for Engineering Students | Source
  • Apple Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display. The MF841LL/A version with 3.1 GHz i7 CPU and 8GB SDRAM is the perfect option.

Which Engineering division is your laptop search for?

What Engineering Field Do You Belong To?

  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Electronics (including Communications)
  • Computer/Software
  • Aeronatical
  • Marine
  • Agricultural
  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
  • Others
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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 article

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.

All comments related to the above questions will be ignored as I will have to keep repeating the same answer again. 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.

What is your brand preference?

  • Dell
  • HP
  • Apple
  • Toshiba
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Alienware
  • MSI
  • Asus
  • Acer
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Do you have any questions about any laptop? 211 comments

snelling 2 years ago

My son will going to engineering school. He said that Alien Ware is a good laptop because it has the processing power needed to handle games which must run at very high frame rates and will have no trouble at all rendering programs such as inventor and solidworks. The problem is this laptop is too expensive. Is there any laptop similar to Alien Ware?

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neosurk 2 years ago Author

@snelling: He is absolutely correct. And yes, it is really expensive too. Have him take a look at Toshiba Satellite P50-ABT3N22 (mentioned above) and see if he is okay with that.

jumboj 2 years ago

I am going to school for mechanical engineering and was thinking of buying an ASUS Q550LF-BBI7T21 laptop from best buy. I was wondering if there are any similar laptops within the same price range ($1000) that I should consider.

chloeeeetaylor 2 years ago

I'm starting chemical engineering in September! Would you advise a MacBook Pro 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz

8GB 1600MHz memory

500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Built-in battery (7 hours)?

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neosurk 2 years ago Author

@chloeeeetaylor: MacBook Pro is a very versatile notebook. And if you're sure all the programs you will ever use is Mac-compatible, it's okay. Otherwise, you might want to stick with a Windows platform. I, personally, am a fan of Windows because it is so universal and everything works on it.

klmtgm8 2 years ago

Do you have an affordable recommendation in the Lenova line-up?

smm96 2 years ago

is a 1.7 gHz dual core fast enough to run engineering software

Mimi 2 years ago

Hi! Which is more important either RAM or size of the Hard disk drive? I'm a student of engineer in computer and networking.

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neosurk 2 years ago Author


Both are important. RAM helps you run more programs smoothly whereas more hard disk space means that you can install more programs, more files, movies, pictures and songs.

elena 2 years ago

Which laptopS would you advise for chemical engineering students other than Mac? Can youput them in order? I am also a fan of Windows so.. :)

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neosurk 2 years ago Author


You can have the satellite S75 or P50 from Toshiba.

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adhyaksa 2 years ago

use this Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Kyle 2 years ago

I will be going to engineering school next fall, studying mechanical and biomedical. I have been researching laptops, and something that came into question often was the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. With an i7 and plenty of RAM, it seems to me like it should be fine, but I don't have an extensive knowledge of either computers or what exactly I will need. What are your thoughts on the Surface 3 Pro versus an alternative touch screen laptop? Please help me out.

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neosurk 2 years ago Author


You have hit the jackpot! It's one of the best tablets an engineer or a student could have. Only difference from a touchscreen laptop would be the size and the comfort of a sturdy keyboard. However, the Surface Pro 3 has much more to offer and I would highly recommend it.

More info:

Kyle 2 years ago

Thanks for the help!

Kyle 2 years ago

Hi! I'm back again. Another alternative that I've come across is the HP Envy 14t touchscreen. It's customizable to have the following specs:

Windows 8.1 Pro 64, i7 processor, 12GB DDR3L System Memory (2 Dimm), 750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) [1x1]

There are others, but these are the ones that I remembered were important to look for. How do these stack up against the SP3? They don't seem extremely different, but I was wondering if there were any clear advantages or disadvantages beyond personal preference of the SP3 style vs. a touch screen laptop? Thanks for the help.

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neosurk 24 months ago Author

Welcome again Kyle!

Sorry for being late this time, I was away.

These specifications about HP Envy 14t are really solid. I couldn't find the price for this customization, but if SP3 is compared, we should take the highest i7 model available which is almost $2,000. Point to be noted: budget.

If budget wasn't my concern, I would definitely choose SP3 because it is much more convenient than a touch screen laptop (personal preference, though). One disadvantage for Surface Pro 3 might be its display size when using AutoCAD or similar apps. Keyboard can be gotten used to and a mouse isn't that expensive.

PS. I'm guessing you're getting ready for the holiday sale offers to come? All the best!

abhishek 22 months ago

Plz advise me a laptop for mechanical engineering with graphics card for playing games

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neosurk 22 months ago Author

Check for laptops with dedicated graphics card like Nividia Geforce 750 or higher. Look for Alienware laptops.

Carter 22 months ago

I am a masters student in Chemical Engineering and I would endorse none of these. You do want a good graphics card and a decent amount of memory but gaming computers are for gaming. Also don't get a Mac. We have a printing and design program at my school they are the only one that use Apple for a lot of Adobe and more 'artsy' design software packages.

I use an old Toshiba netbook with Linux for taking to class and it runs octave(MATLAB) fine for 90% or more of the work you do. At home I have a Dell desktop that was only $400 and it runs everything I need like a champ; MATLAB, MathCAD, Texas Instruments software, Minitab, and whatever else I need. Anything you need to run that will use tons of memory will have a software license that cost more than your 'gaming ' computer and you will need to use it in the computer lab. Simulation software like Aspen or ChemCAD or some of the FEA software.

Anyway so what it really comes down to is are you going to be using your computer for playing WoW and watching movies or doing the school work your parents think you are doing. If it's the later don't waste your money on any of these. Also windows 8 blows, avoid at all cost.

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neosurk 22 months ago Author


I am not against your points, but they are incomplete. I love Windows 8. 7 is getting older and if you're getting Windows 7 now - it's just gonna be too expensive (now and also in the long run).

I am recommending *those* laptops which have good memory, processor and RAM among other things. Obviously a simple laptop will run programs if they are compatible, but for how long? We will be getting something that will be beneficial for at least 4 years for our college.

Most of the software provide FREE license to the students, most that do not give way for free provide volume licenses. Or, the university also helps. I still believe in getting a good machine that will help you run your programs smoothly for the next 4 years in your college. I'm all against buying new gadgets every year.

amy 22 months ago

I m a computer engineering student.can u plz suggest me best suitable laptop..

Ibrahim Asgarali 20 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hi. I too want to be a mechanical engineer. I will start undergrad in fall. I was looking into Surface Pro 3 but the Dell Inspiron i7352 really caught my eye. It's i7 1TB and much cheaper than surface i7 price. Only weighs about a pound more after I add a UAG case to the Surface and it's easier to work with it on my lap than it is to work with Surface on my lap. Which one do you think is better? Thanks.

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I would recommend the i7352 if you can live without the surface pen. As a mechanical engineering student, you might not need to work with a pen at all.

Ibrahim Asgarali 20 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

hi, I showed a grad student studying computer science the dell laptop i was talking about before. He recommended SSD vs HDD but I cannot find a lightweight, fairly cheap, i7 1TB laptop that has SSD. Will SSD vs HDD make a big difference when I run engineering programs?

Ibrahim Asgarali 20 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

hey, sorry to bother you again. I found the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 2 in 1 13.3in i7 256 gb ssd for about a $1,000. Could you please comapre this to the dell I was talking about earlier? Thank you. Computers are really not my thing.

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neosurk 20 months ago Author


Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 does look compelling, but my concern is the 256GB SSD. SSD vs HDD might not make much difference. The main difference between those two types is the speed. A system running SSD boots faster and also runs programs/apps faster than the system installed in a mechanical hard disk drive. Yes, doing projects, drawing, designing etc. is faster on an SSD drive. But HDD is not that bad either. On the other hand, SSD is expensive with an average price of 60 cents per GB compared to just 6 cents for an HDD.

Ultimately, the decision is yours: Can all your files be stored in the 256 GB SSD? Can you buy an external hard drive for keeping auxiliary files like movies, pictures, songs and install only necessary software/files in the 256 GB Lenovo Yoga 2 pro? If yes, then go for Lenovo. But if you need a single place to keep files or don't want to bother with an external hard drive for keeping files, go for the Dell Inspiron i7352.

Solid State Drives make quite a difference in running the programs as they run much faster. The only concern is the amount - 256 GB is on the very low side.

Ibrahim Asgarali 20 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

Thanks. I have one more question. The processing speed for Lenovo is 1.8ghz and dell is 3.0 ghz. Lenovo can go to 3.0ghz with turbospeed. Both are pretty much the same then right? Because I do not want my laptop to be slow on startup and stuff. Thanks.

Kingz 20 months ago

Am petroleum engineering student and I need advice on which laptop I can get. Description: 13.3inch,8gb ram etc

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neosurk 20 months ago Author


Both are not quite similar. Lenovo may or may not go to 3.0 GHz because it is a turbo boost technology and the user has no control over it. You can read more about it here:

Not having the turbo boost option does not make the computer slow and having it does not make it a supercomputer either. So it is safe to say that it should not be the deal-maker/breaker in deciding what laptop to get. However, 1.8 GHz is on a low side if Dell can give you 3.0 GHz without turbo boost.

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neosurk 20 months ago Author

Do you know what kind of software/applications you might need to use?

Ibrahim Asgarali 20 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

yes, mostly autocad, solid works, and the basic engineering programs. I'll opt for the dell, it seems like an overall better and cheaper deal. I can live without SSD, especially if it's 3.0 ghz. My current laptop is 2.10 ghz and it boots up in 10 sec from start to everything ready to go.

Rinnie 20 months ago

Hi. I'm going for mechanical engineering. Do I recommend vaio fit 11A?

Rinnie 20 months ago

Hi. I am going for mechanical engineering. Do u recommend Vaio Fit 11A?

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neosurk 20 months ago Author

Hi Rinnie,

Vaio Fit 11A does not even begin to compare with basic laptops needed for any engineering. The CPU is not even an i3 and it's a double core, and not quad core. If you are looking for tablets and 2-in-1 laptops, Surface Pro 3 256 GB or higher could be your option.

Ryan 19 months ago

Hello, I am beginning mechanical engineering in a few days and Im stuck on which laptop would be best suited for this class. Your article has steered me towards the HP Envy but I have stumbled upon the Sony Vaio Pro 13 and pro 11 also. Is the Pro 13 as good or better than the envy? And is the pro 11 as good as the pro 13?

Pullo 19 months ago

I would say the best engineering laptop is the Lenovo Thinkpad W541

SAFRAN 19 months ago

Hi I'm studying mechanical engineering I want buy a laptop is Asus zen book UX 303 LN okay to buy?

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neosurk 19 months ago Author


That's a good choice. Battery life of 8+ hours is amazing!

Fealla 19 months ago

Hello I'm going for chemical engineering. Do you recommend Dell inspiron 13 7000 series 2-in-1?

Rinnie 18 months ago

Oh I see. So we need at least i3 processor?

Anyway, how bout asus zenbook ux32A or vaio fit 13A?

Lin 17 months ago

Hi, trying to buy my grandson a computer - entering mechanical engineering - saw a computer on HSN for $649 - HP Pavilion 17.3" LED 2.1 GHz AMD Quad-Core (A10-5745M), 8GB DDR3L RAM 1TB 5400 RPM, HDD Windows 8.1 Laptop. Do you think this will do for him?

miel 16 months ago

would you say a thinkpad yoga laptop would be good for running solid works, matlab etc? im a mech engineering student.

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neosurk 16 months ago Author

Yes, Miel. A Thinkpad Yoga laptop is good for mechanical engineering. If possible, also add a graphics card so that it would be perfect.

carlos 16 months ago

Hey in your opinion if budget wasn't an issue, what is the beast mode of a laptop? Top of the line, mother of all current laptops out right now

Leon 16 months ago

I´m studying civil engineering and i need to buy a new laptop. What is your opinion about the Macbook Pro? is it good to buy this laptop instead of a laptop that runs windows?

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Macbook Pro is a versatile laptop. I would first recommend you to research what software you will use in your classes and projects, and see if they are compatible with Mac OS. If they are, by all means go with Macbook Pro.


Any laptop with the following configuration: 16GB RAM, the most powerful graphics adapter - preferably NVIDIA GTX with 2GB RAM, 512GB SSD drive, 5th Gen i7 Processor. Price tag will be probably over $2G.

didadium 16 months ago

Is a UX303LN with 6G RAM and 1,7 GHz is enough to use Matlab or CATIA ?

I don't need it to be fast, I would need a small laptop able to work on it occasionally (just in case). I have a computer for the hard work.

Halimatu Bruce 16 months ago

Hey. I am an Aerospace Engineering student. I need a new laptop and i was wondering what barand i shouldnlook into. I use program such as MATLAB and Solidswork. What brand should i consider foe these types of programs. Thank you.

jitendra 16 months ago

I am into the final year of engineering from electromics and communication department...we have projects to work on and now i feel i should have a laptop for all those can you suggest me one which runs all the engineering related programs..

Randi 16 months ago

My son is starting optical engineering this fall. Which laptop do yo suggest..

sagar lamsal 16 months ago

I want laptop for civil engineering up to 500$ and colour white with slim

Palak 15 months ago

Plz advice me a laptop for aerospace or computr science for which ill b going next tym

Leo 15 months ago

I was talking with some friends of mine and they suggested getting a decent $300 laptop for classes and then building a more expensive like $600-$700 desktop. Would this work for me?

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neosurk 15 months ago Author

Hi Leo,

Yes, that laptop-desktop combination would definitely work if you're up for it. You can fit much more powerful hardware for a cheaper price in case of desktop.

Emziar 15 months ago

Hi, I am a senior year Mechanical Engineering student and I want to buy a new laptop for my work and entertainment as well. Can you please recommend the best laptop for me? I use AutoCAD, MATLAB, Inventor, and Pro E till now. And I dont know what other softwares I'll be using in this year and in my post graduate studies. My budget is almost $1k. I need your help asap.

Pierre 15 months ago

ina here!

i'll be going to aeronautical engineering, what should i buy? budget is important. thx

Pierre 15 months ago

ina here! what should i buy for my aeronautical engineering? aeronautics drafting too. Terima Kasih

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neosurk 15 months ago Author

Hi Emziar,

How do you like the Toshiba P50 with graphics card?


Honestly, I have no direct experience with the software they will be using for coursework towards aeronautical engineering. Does your university show the minimum specs needed for a laptop? Or, have you tried to ask your university department?

Randi 15 months ago

Your thoughts on a laptop for optical engineering students?

Sam 15 months ago

As of now I have narrowed down my choices to the asus zenbook pro ux501 and one of the surface pro 3 models. I like that the ux501 is powerful and reasonably priced at $1500 for the specs that it has, but I also want a computer that is more portable for use in class. This os what makes the surface pro 3 so appealing. If I had to choose one, I would go with the surface because of its versatility, but I also want to make sure that I will have a device that is powerful enough to run programs so that I can use it anywhere and not have to rely on using lab computers. I will be a civil engineering student if that has any effect on your response.

binan 15 months ago

I'm gonna be a mechanical engineering student this fall and I found this laptop called "Dell - 13.3" Latitude Notebook", it has Windows 7 x64, 8 GB Memory, 750 GB Hard Drive,Processor Speed 2.5 gigahertz,Processor Model Intel 2nd Generation Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and a Lithium Ion Battery (if that means anything o-o ). I know for sure that one of my classes involves solidworks. Do you think this would be good for programs and use in college? btw I don't plan on gaming during school.

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neosurk 15 months ago Author

Hi Binan

Even if gaming is not your requirement, you might want to get one with a dedicated graphics card and not just the Intel HD graphics since you will work with Solidworks.

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neosurk 15 months ago Author

You know, Sam, Surface Pro 3 is an all-around device. Yes, it does not come with an Nvidia graphics card but it will run most of the programs you will use in your Civil engineering course with utmost speed. Graphics may be not as sharp as you would get with a computer with 2GB graphics adapter, but they will be more pronounced than the normal PCs that come with HD graphics. Even if you have to use a lab computer, it will probably be limited for your project works only.

And btw, SP3 runs AutoCAD perfectly!

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Do you happen to know what kind of software they are going to teach you in optical engineering courses? The reason I ask this is because I have no experience with the subject matter of the coursework. And it is important to make sure the laptop for optical engineers is compatible with whatever software they will primarily be working on.

Akash 15 months ago


I'm a Biomedical Engineering student and I've been recently looking for a good laptop. It'd be great if I can get some advice since I'm really new to this.

I'm looking for a laptop that is : good for moderate gaming, has the necessary specs required to run engineering software, light (as I'll be carrying it around), fairly durable, and is under $1500.

Some things that I don't need: touchscreen, 2 in 1 laptops/tablet hybrids, and back lit keyboard.

I was looking at the Lenovo Y50 laptops and they seem to be good, but they also appear to be on the heavier end (5.29 pounds). Is it worth it to get a moderately heavy laptop if it has all the specs?

Also, I saw on a lot of forums/threads that even though Apple products are great they aren't recommended for engineering students because they can't run all the software.

Thanks for reading! As you can see I'm a real newb to this so any advice at all would be much appreciated. :)

Emiar 14 months ago

Yes I also chose that for my self, but I'm not sure if its good machine in context of heating up, hanging, or any problems like these.

Emziar 14 months ago

Plus it goes a little out of range.

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I don't know why I didn't see your comment earlier, but I will reply you now. I was going to recommend you Y50 until I read about the heavier part. I won't say it is/is not worth the specs, but you are more likely to use the laptop and take it to classes if it is on the lighter side.

I recommend you to narrow down your search on the base of a graphics adapter like Nvidia GE950. The HP 15 shown above is also good (I haven't checked the weight). But for a budget like $1500, you can expect some features to come you deemed unnecessary to come pre-included (like backlit keyboard).

As far as the Apple laptops and Macbooks go, it entirely depends on the type of engineering programs you will use. You may nor may not use all the software there is. The decision is yours at last.


What laptop are you referring to? Lenovo Y50 Series?

Rithi-jerry 14 months ago


Am rithika , i am a graduate aeronatical engineer and now am looking forward for Masters at St.Louis university.

Am confused after reading the comments which laptop to choose Apple or any other??

Can anyone help me in this?

I can afford upto $1.5k

Emziar 14 months ago

Toshiba P50.

And what about Dell Inspiron 15-5558(I7 with 4gb dedicated), HP envy 15- k series (I7 with 4gb dedicated) or HP Probook 450G2(I7 with 2gb dedicated)? Which one is and would be the best for me?

Yun 14 months ago

first of all, thank you for posting this.

I am planning to attend college in a month and I am thinking about engineering (have not decided yet, but most likely mechanical).

I am not that friendly with computers because I've used cheapest laptops I could find for paper, but since college is not all about writing papers, I want to purchase a laptop that would help me go through my possible major : engineering, or anything. I was thinking about Macbook Pro, but people told me that is for more design. My price range is up to $1500

I really want to get some help from you!

Juliet 14 months ago

Hi, I'm about to start school as a chemical engineering student. I want to ask you what would be the best laptop suited for my major. I don't know much about computers/laptops so it'd be great to hear from you. Thanks for posting the article by the way. It was really helpful.

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Thank you for appreciating my article. Well, Macbook Pro is one powerhouse with a great design. The inherent problem/disadvantage with a Macbook is its software compatibility. If the software you will be using in your engineering is compatible with Mac OS, go for it. If not, Windows laptop.

Hope it helps.

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Thank you! I am glad you liked the article. Since I specifically don't know what software you will be using in your chemical engineering course, it's hard for me to give you one perfect answer. Maybe you could ask your college or department and get to know the programs you have to use in your degree. If it is not possible, the Lenovo Y50 or HP Envy 15 should be fine. Have you researched about your course online?

Juliet 14 months ago

Hello! Thank you for replying. I looked at the subjects I'll be taking in the near future and saw some that'll focus on 2-D & 3-D modeling using AutoCAD, use of CAD software (particularly AutoCAD & SolidWorks), computer programming using the C language, and then the rest are some of the branches of chemistry and math.

Chris 14 months ago

Going into a genral first year engineering program and planning on branching off into mechanical, but nothing is certain yet. I've been looking into many laptops and was wondering which you thought is better (not focused on their price). The Dell XPS 15 or an MSI like the GE62 2QD-081US APACHE PRO or GS60 2QE-237US GHOST PRO 4K? If there are any other super computers like or better than these that would also be appreciated

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Lenovo Y50 or HP Envy 15—whichever you may prefer personally. Let me know if you need further help.


Thank you for your comment. A supercomputer is definitely not required as an engineering laptop. Minimum requirements are the ones listed above. The laptops mentioned above are all good—I don't have any biasedness towards any laptop there, I just wanted to give choices. Thanks! Let me know if you have any question.

cmckenna14 14 months ago

Hi Roberto, Thanks for posting this article, it was very useful. I'm starting my final year at Biomedical Engineering, I use Autocad Inventor (similar to Solidworks) and Matlab but I don't need these very often. My main priority in a laptop is that it is light weight as I have a long walk in the mornings. My budget is less than 1K. Is there anything that suits this criteria?

Katie 14 months ago


Do you think the Dell Inspiron 13 is a good computer for engineering majors?


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Dell Inspiron 13 only has i5 max and also does not come with a discrete graphics card. It is also on the heavier side. It is not recommended.

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neosurk 14 months ago Author

Hi cmckenna14,

The ASUS Zenbook UX303LB seems good for a lightweight laptop, but it is slightly overpriced. Other models I found for you:

Acer Aspire V7-582PG-9856

HP ENVY 14 TouchSmart Ultrabook

All of these are within 4.5 lbs.

Ciara 14 months ago

Thanks Neosurk.

Do you recommend the HP Pavilion x360 13-s052sa 13.3?

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neosurk 14 months ago Author

Hey Ciara,

It looks like a mid-range laptop. I would recommend it, but only if you're sure the course does not require extensive graphics usage. However, you can get more powerful laptops in the price range of HP Pavillion X360 like I have mentioned above. However, if you're looking for the portability and convertible aspect, it is good for normal mid-range use.

Adam 14 months ago

Hi there,

I'll be studying undergrad civil and environmental engineering, right now I'm considering between Lenovo Y50-70, HP Envy 15 and ASUS ROG series. From reviews i found on the net, many people said that the Y50 have some issues with overheating. I'll be using the laptop for Civil engineering softwares such as autoCAD and SolidWorks and also a bit of gaming. How about the Envy 15 and ASUS ROG? Which one of these three do you recommend?


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neosurk 14 months ago Author

Hi Adam,

I would choose HP Envy 15, partly because of the display quality. Plus, the options for choosing between RAM and hard drive.

carissa 14 months ago

hi I'm planning to study animator, can yo at least advice me which brand of laptop can i buy but not too much expensive please

Blablabla 14 months ago

Hey .. Planning to take mech engi can u give me some laptops recommendations that arent too pricey n not too heavy pls

Sue 13 months ago

My son is going into Civil Engineering. He wants to buy a Asus - 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Dark Gray

Model: X550JXDB71 SKU: 8963091. Do you have an opinion on this laptop? Thanks.

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neosurk 13 months ago Author

Hello Sue,

The laptop is perfect. Good choice!

Tanmoy Baroi 13 months ago

Hi there! I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate looking to enter job soon. I have been using HP pavilion g4 for 4 years now. Now i need to upgrade my laptop and looking to buy a new one! I am looking for a laptop with i5 5th gen, 8gb ram and dedicated 2 GB graphics. I have a choice between dell inspiron n 5458, dell inspiron n 3542, Asus x555LF, dell inspiron 5558 and lenovo g50-80. My budget is around 750$! Can you please suggest me the perfect laptop in which i can run latest versions of solidworks, autocad, matlab,catia smoothly?

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neosurk 13 months ago Author

Hello Tanmoy,

The specs you mentioned along with the laptops look promising. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Choose among the computers you mentioned based on their weight, screen size you're comfortable in—but get at least the 2GB graphics and 8GB RAM.

Also, I'm not sure if an i7 comes within your budget, it is better to spend an extra $100-$150 for a 4th or 5th Gen i7 processor than an i5 now than spend another $750 two years later. Hope this helps. If you have any question, let me know.

Tanmoy Baroi 13 months ago

Thanks! I m really confused here to chose between dell and lenovo. some are suggesting acer and asus too! I am concerned about longevity and heating issue. can you give me an idea about which one heats up the least? Dell or Lenovo? Have Hp recovered from their heating problem? And I dont think I would be able to buy an i7 as it is really tough for me to exceed the budget.. suggest me the brand which I can trust! thanks!

Zarak khan 13 months ago

Hi I'm going to start my mechanical engineering next week and wanted to know if hp probook 450 g2 is a good choice? Its got a 5th generation i7 processor with 8gb ram and 2gb dedicated graphics along with 1 terabyte HD and it's also a touchscreen. I'm getting it for around $650.i will be using auto cad in my first semester so want something which can handle it. Let me have your advice. Thanks

DJ 11 months ago

I'm headed to software engineering school and would like to know you thoughts on what computer would go great for that.

Edd 11 months ago

hi ! my son is going into engineering and i would like to give him a laptop,,, now i'm choosing between Lenovo Y50 Touch,, Toshiba Satellite S55 and HP ENVY 15 w/ 4K,,, pls help me on this,,,

MC 11 months ago

The Toshiba Satellite laptop series is very good. I myself have the Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 and it works great! Plus, I got it for only $800 at Best Buy.

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neosurk 11 months ago Author

Either is good, Edd - depending on the budget and memory needs,

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neosurk 11 months ago Author

Yeah, the Satellite series are mostly made for students and are more affordable than other series like Qosmio.

Lucky Benson 10 months ago

I must agree I enjoy use this. Thanks alot. My question is as a Laptop Engineer what do I really need to know and do?

joshcarroll 10 months ago

Great article, it gave me a lot of help.

I am currently looking at studying civil engineering next year and am looking to purchase a laptop. What are your thoughts on the MSI GE62 Apache pro 2QE model? Would it this laptop be suitable for engineering?

Steven 10 months ago

Hi I am a mechanical Engineering junior student, I am struggling Thinkpad T450s or Allienware 13 R2.

Or Allienware 15

Which one you perfer? Thx!

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neosurk 10 months ago Author

Hi Steven,

Seems Thinkpad T450s does not have a dedicated graphics adapter. Alienware 13 R2 is good for the specs, if its weight (more than 4.5 lbs) is not an issue for you.

Angel 9 months ago

Hello, first off i want to say that i am thankful i stumbled onto this article. I'm doing aerospace engineering. Currently, i don't know what programs i will be using. I was most convinced with the Y50. I do some light gaming, with Battlefield 4 being the only demanding game. (other games include CS:GO and TF2 but those games are really easy to run)

Anyways, currently, Best Buy has an older model that can have it's RAM extended to 16gb however they have a newer model without this option and only having the stock 8gb RAM. Is this something that i should take into consideration when deciding which model to choose?

Another difference being that the newer model comes with windows 10 while the older comes with 8, but i don't think that really matters...right?

Final note, do you have any experience with this laptop in terms of heating. I don't plan on playing too often but on the occasions i do game or do any other school projects, will this laptop be realiable? Thanks for the help!

Amy 9 months ago

Thank you so much for this article!

I'm planning on doing engineering (probably mechanical or electrical) and I was wondering if the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin would be a good laptop for that.

George 9 months ago

Is the lenovo y700 a better alternative for the y50?

Gian 9 months ago

Thanks a lot for this informative article.

I have the microsoft surface Book in mind, as it seems like a versatile laptop/tablet. I'll be doing electrical and electronics engineering so would this piece of device be a good choice youthink?

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neosurk 9 months ago Author

Hi Angel,

You're welcome. First off, I haven't experienced major issues with the Y50 in terms of heating. However, users in Lenovo support say that their heating problem has worsened after they upgraded to Windows 10. This directly points to a non-compatible (or less compatible) driver for the graphics card. I like Windows 8 more than 10, primarily because I like the tiles and visuals, plus the game I play is not compatible with Win 10.

8GB RAM seems enough, 16GB is too much imo. Y50-8GB version is reliable!

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neosurk 9 months ago Author

Hi Amy,

The ATIV Book 9 Spin does not have a dedicated graphics card. If you're looking for an ultrabook for engineering, Microsoft Surface Book is a good one.

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neosurk 9 months ago Author

Yes, George. The Y700 is better in terms of gaming and features. However, other specifications are more-or-less similar.

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neosurk 9 months ago Author

Hi Gian,

You're most welcome! Yes, the Surface Book is awesome. Be sure to grab one with the dedicated NVIDIA graphics.

Dabang 8 months ago

I'm a Civil Engineer, so can you help me that which laptop is best for civil engineering softwares like Auto cad and other engineering applications.

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wipaq 8 months ago from Dubai

Instead of asking the question. better you can research in Google for the reviews. I am sure you guys can get tons of reviews for the laptops and other gadgets.

Taylor 7 months ago

Hi I am going into my first year of mechanical engineering next year and I need a new laptop. I like the idea of the 2 in 1 that can function as a laptop or tablet. I am leaning towards the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series. I am trying to stay under $1000 do you have any suggestions? thanks so much!

Nikkou 7 months ago

Hi, i need help which laptop to buy.. I want to get the DELL inspiron gaming or Asus zenbook pro with upgraded specs, but my concern is the screen resolution it has 4k HD. I read some of reviews it is not good for designing, autocad and etc because it became pixelated.

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neosurk 7 months ago Author

Hi Nikkou,

I, personally, haven't used AutoCAD on 4k display screens, but from what I have read online, that issue is small. For example, the display real estate is much bigger, the lines are crisper, the fonts are more legible etc.

However, the fonts inside the drawings might be thinner, which should be rectified with coming updates to Autodesk programs. Scaling issues on other programs in Windows 10 is almost null (a huge improvement from last year).

You can also lower your resolution when using AutoCAD, then revert back after you're done. If you are already getting a good deal on a 4k laptop, it makes sense to grab it since technology will adapt for future updates, not make compatible software for out-of-date hardwares. Hope that helps! :)

Adney john 6 months ago

Hi my friend Civil Engineer, so can you help me that which laptop is best for civil engineering softwares like Auto cad and other engineering applications. you suggest me?

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Shailendra Patil 5 months ago


I am mechanical engineering student I want to buy laptop for educational purposes(engineering software), playing and browsing (videos, images) in best quality, Which is best laptop for this purpose . And also which specifications are important when selecting laptop.

ruthvik 5 months ago

does macbook air support autocad for mechanical engineers?

Paul 5 months ago

If using a Mac what needs to be done to make it work better with engineering software. The newer Mac's can use Windows 10, is it worth the time and money, or is just better to go with the excellent recommendations above???

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Hey Paul,

Yes, a Mac can be bypassed to run Windows 10. It ultimately depends on you if you think it's worth the hassle. My friends used to run whatever they could on their Macbook (AutoCAD runs fine), and use the college desktop or friends' laptop for software not supported by a Mac.

Fedor 5 months ago


I really liked this page, it helped me a lot to buy a new laptop for engineering. I will be a freshman in UC Berkeley on this August and my major will be mechanical engineering. So I started to search laptops with the help of your recommendations. I thought that HP Envy x360-15-w155nr (energy star) is a good choice and it looks like very compatible. do you suggest that one or any HP Envy 15 or 17 is a better choice?

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Hey Fedor, the HP Envy X360 you mentioned is a great choice! I also try to look for convertibles whenever I'm asked to. Best of luck for your college!

Fedor 5 months ago


Thank you for your response. I searched little further. I think Dell XPS 15 (with 8gb RAM, 256gb SSD, and i7) is much better than HP envy. Furthermore, I heard that HP laptops have overheating problem.

niharica 4 months ago

Hi.iam an electrical engineering student.I want to buy laptop.But i have no clarity for which lap is to buy?IF in apple laptop which features are required and in dell lap which OS is required for supporting MATLAB AND SIMULATION SOFTWARE...please give me clarity?

Rex 4 months ago

Hi, i'm a mechanical student who are currently looking for affordable convertible laptop. Do you have any suggestion for that ? Or is it better not to choose a convertible laptop due to some specific reasons, perhaps ?

deep 4 months ago

which laptop is useful for Information technology engineering students

mala 4 months ago

hi, my son is electrical & electronic student which is the best laptop to use.

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hi Niharica,

If you have to use Simulation software, it is better to buy a Windows laptop than a Macbook for engineering.

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hi Rex,

Well, a convertible does not have to be "not" for engineering. If you see the above specs in a convertible laptop, go ahead and buy it.

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

@ Mala and @Deep

The laptop does not depend on the field of engineering. Any laptop mentioned above will do.

David 4 months ago

Is Asus K501LX a good choice for mechanical engineer ?

Herbert 4 months ago

Hi!! I'm going for Chemical Engineering and is Microsoft Surface Pro 4 a good choice?

Herbert 4 months ago

Hi!! Is Surface Pro 4 a good choice for engineering students? (i5, 4GB RAM 124GB SSD mode, and thinking of replacing my Macbook Pro) I'd probably taking Chemical Eng... Thanks!

Zach 4 months ago

Hey, thanks for the article! I don't know a ton about computers, but will need one for Ag Engineering and am really liking the Lenovo Y50. I've heard, however, that gaming computers with NVIDIA GeForce GPU's are not suitable for CAD or other engineering software. I'd really like to be able to run games, but the schoolwork is more important to me. Do you think this will be a problem or will the Y50 run engineering software smoothly?

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hey Zach,

The Y50 will run programs smoothly. A dedicated GPU is necessary for smooth workflow.

Sarthak 4 months ago

I will be doing MechE. I just wanted an opinion on whether HP pavillion ab584TX is good or Dell Inspiron & 7559 i5 quad core ?

Deepak Rajak 4 months ago

I have akhilesh yadav's laptop,so please advice me that is helpful or not in engineering sector!!

Carol 4 months ago

Hi Zach,

My son is studying mechanical engineering . I would like to get him an hp but am having a hard time finding one with the specs you suggested. I even talked with hp. You recommended the Hp envy 15 but it is only offered with 256 GB SSD it is not available with the 500 GB SSD. Can you offer some suggestions . I am open to other brands but I don't want to get a dell

Carol 4 months ago

Hi Zach, My son is studying mechanical engineering. I have been looking for a laptop with the specs you mentioned. I am having a hard time finding one with the 500 GB ssd most are 1 TB. Which is better? The envy 15 you mentioned isn't offered in 500 GB SSD only 256 GB SSD. Am I missing something because I can't find it on the HP site with those specs. What about the HP Z Book mobile workstation. Do you recommend that? That is the only one I could find with the specs you suggested. Thanks, Carol

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Hi Carol,

SSD is better than HDD. the 500GB models may be out of the market currently. In that case, it is better to go for the 256GB SSD model, and buy another portable hard disk drive when necessary.

HP Z Book Mobile Workstations are not necessarily bad, but they seem like a lot of money when features like 16GB RAM is not even necessary for an engineering laptop, and some of them don't even have a dedicated graphics card. If the model says "Intel HD Graphics", then it is not recommended.

Isy 4 months ago

Hi, this article is fantastic. I am an engineering student looking for a laptop that will run software like solidworks and matlab without problems. However, I am left handed and most of the laptops you recommend have the track pad on the left hand side of the laptop. Ideal if you're right handed but not so good for me. Is there a laptop you can suggest (£1000 or under) with a track pad in the centre? Thanks, Isy

Carol 4 months ago

Hi Zach,

Thanks for responding to my question about the HP envy 15 t. I am having a really hard time finding a laptop that meets the specs. What would be your top choice in hp models ? or any other brands that are reasonable priced. I have checked hps website and I can't find any with the dedicated graphic cards and 256 GBssd or higer. Can you help? Thanks

Peter 4 months ago

I enjoyed this article but i went into Best Buy and the tech guy recommended a Surface Pro. Is this a good laptop to run AutoCAD and other engineering software?

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Yes it is. Take a look at this article and it will show you the specifications for the best Surface Pro:

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hi Carol,

The models I was referring to is available on Amazon. See the link in the article. It is at #3.

Danny 4 months ago

Hi, I'm going to be a freshman in college for computer engineering and I was wondering if a dual core i7 6560u would be enough to last me all 4 years and run solidworks Autocad etc. throughout! Thinking about the highest model of the lenovo yoga 900! Thanks!

Joe 4 months ago

I currently use an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13" (1280 x 800) with 2.3 GHz intel i5 core processor and an intel HD graphics 3000 512mb. I recently upgraded the hard drive to a 480gb SSD and upgraded the RAM to 16gb. I'm wondering if this will be enough to run Matlab and AutoCAD among other engineering software? Or if I should consider getting a second laptop for school/engineering. Also, would it be worth it to run Windows, or would it be best to stick with OS X? And finally, would it be worth to upgrade the logic board?

Airich 4 months ago

What about the Dell Inspiron 17 5000? How about it?

Umm.. Windows 10 pro. ; 6ty generation i7 up to 3.10Ghz.

16 gig memory : 2TB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive, AMD Radon R5 M335 4GB DDR3 graphics card

Is this graphics card good???

Is it good as it doesn't have a 4k display or should I take a dell Inspiron 15 or better still just stick with xps 15

Jorge 4 months ago

I am looking into the HP 17.3 would that be a good recommendation for Electrical Engineering?

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hi Airich,

Yes, the graphics card is good. 4k display is not a requirement; and if you are getting a good deal or you like its other features, take it.

faizal 4 months ago

is MSI laptop a good choice for emgineering students. the specs look good - i7 8Gbram nvidia 950 graphics etc...however its not mentioned by most commenters. is there a downside to MSI laptops?

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Hi Faizal, no, there is no downside to MSI. Please follow the instructions in the article and not in the comments.

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neosurk 4 months ago Author

Yes, the HP Envy 17t with NVIDIA Graphics is a good one for Electrical engineering students.

Aymen 4 months ago

Hows this for aeronautical/electrical engineering? I'm going into it in 2 years, after my associates at a community college. Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG from Amazon. Also, in noticed its onlly 256 GB which most likely wont last me through college, can you recommend me a external drive too? Thanks.

Ayman Hasnain 4 months ago

Hows this from Amazon? Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG . I'm going into aeronautical engineering, and from what I've read I'm mainly going to be using programs like SolidWorks. I see also that it's only a 256GB SSD, so can you also recommend a good external drive or give some tips on picking one? Thank you.

Zack S. 3 months ago


This article was fantastic. It answered so many of my questions, though I still have a few that I hope you can help with. I am an incoming freshman pursuing civil engineering and am fairly sold on an HP Envy. The problem is like listed above, the right one you suggest is hard to find. I'm not very tech savvy so I don't know much of the differences between internal/external, portable/mechanical. The link to the one on Amazon in your review of the envy 15, is that a good option took with?? I believe it says it has a 8GB Ram and a 1000gb mechanical hard rice. Would that be sufficient for my needs?? Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you so much.

Attached below is that link.

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Hi Zack S.

First of all, thank you for your appreciation. The reason I mentioned an SSD drive is because it is faster than the mechanical hard drive, albeit not mandatory. I recommend(ed) SSD because it would at least run your OS faster. So, if 256GB of SSD is not enough (which normally is not enough), then getting the 256 GB laptop along with an external portable hard drive of 500GB or 1TB is better than getting a 500 GB of mechanical disk laptop. But again, if your budget or preference is more memory within the laptop itself, and you don't want to carry a portable hard drive, then the 500 GB laptop or 1000 GB mechanical hard drive laptop is also good. Make sure it has a dedicated graphics card and RAM of 6-8 GB. The main ingredient one should be looking for is a decent RAM and a graphics card. The hard disk size/type depends on what you might require. One could get away with 500 GB of hard disk size. For a movie buff, even 1 TB may not be enough.

So, I would advise you to get one with 8 GB RAM and a dedicated graphics card (e.g. Nvidia GeForce). The hard disk type/size, again, is not a serious matter. But if the laptop does not have a dedicated graphics card, then it might be of no use for an engineer.

Joe 3 months ago

Any recommendations for software engineering student ?

Gavi 3 months 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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Pull the trigger. That is a good deal after all!

mikekiwi 3 months 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


Processor Type

Core™ i5

Processor Model


Processor Speed

2.30 GHz

Processor Core

Dual-core (2 Core™)


Standard Memory

8 GB

Memory Technology


Memory Card Reader


Memory Card Supported



Solid State Drive Capacity

256 GB

Solid State Drive Interface

Serial ATA/600

Optical Drive Type


Display & Graphics

Screen Size

33.8 cm (13.3")

Display Screen Type

Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD

Display Screen Technology


In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology

Screen Mode

Full HD

Backlight Technology


Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080

Graphics Controller Manufacturer


Graphics Controller Model

HD Graphics 520

Graphics Memory Technology


Graphics Memory Accessibility


Network & Communication

Wireless LAN Standard

IEEE 802.11ac

Ethernet Technology

Gigabit Ethernet

Built-in Devices



Finger Print Reader





Number of USB 3.0 Ports


Total Number of USB Ports


USB Connector Type



Operating System

Windows 10 Home

Operating System Architecture


Input Devices

Pointing Device Type




Battery Information

Number of Cells


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


14.6 mm

Height (Front)

14.58 mm

Height (Rear)

14.58 mm


327 mm


288 mm

Weight (Approximate)

1.30 kg


Package Contents

Aspire S5-371-55AH Ultrabook

Lithium Polymer Battery

AC Adapter



1 Year Warranty

Many thanks

Cole 3 months 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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Surface Book? Good? It's one of the best. Go for it! :)

Sammy 3 months 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.

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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.

Akhila 3 months 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..


kholder 3 months ago 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


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

Dv 3 months 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

Cindy 3 months 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.

Matt 3 months 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.


Gurjot Singh 2 months 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.

pratyush 2 months 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

pratyush 2 months 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.


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neosurk 2 months ago Author

Hi Akhila,

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

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Hi Kholder,

Yes, that would work quite good with SolidWorks.

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neosurk 2 months ago Author

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.

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neosurk 2 months ago Author

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!

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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.

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sahil23k 2 months 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 !

Mel 2 months 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"


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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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neosurk 2 months ago Author

Hi Sahil23k,

Take a look at this HP 15:

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neosurk 2 months ago Author

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.

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sahil23k 2 months 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 .

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neosurk 2 months ago Author

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. :)

Miguel 2 months 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

Ryan2131 2 months 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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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.

Celine 2 months 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

Lucifer Smith 2 months 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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Hi Lucifer,

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

Lucifer Smith 2 months 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

Caleb 2 months 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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Hi Caleb,

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

Dom 2 months 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


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

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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.

ajnisha 8 weeks ago

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

Vault172 8 weeks 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.

C&Q 8 weeks 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.

Jason 8 weeks ago

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

Mvnio13 7 weeks ago

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

Sainath 6 weeks 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

Dela 5 weeks 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.

chinnusree 4 weeks ago

is amda8 is better than intel i5 or not

Alex 4 weeks ago

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

saleh 4 weeks ago


whats youre idea about Surface book?im really dont know witch one to buy,surface book or dell xps 15,help me please.


raman 12 days ago

hi...i recently took admssn in cmputer netwrking program...please suggest best laptop for me.....

Larry 10 days 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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