So, you decided to study engineering? Great Choice! We want to congratulate you by helping you choose the best laptop for engineering students. Engineering software requires a lot of high-end components to run smoothly, but they usually cost a lot. However, we tried to keep the list as budget-friendly as possible. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best laptops in the market, and not just for engineering students, packing an amazing set of features in its ultraportable body, great keyboard, great durability, vivid screen, long battery life, and mighty performance. While combining a lot of factors here, this laptop is also relatively affordable, as it doesn’t overcharge you for what it offers you, let’s take a deeper look into it.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon series is a long-running one in Lenovo’s lineup and since its introduction, it hasn’t made large changes to the design, while it has made some minor tweaks and updates, it is still pretty close to its roots. It still has the strong and durable black chassis, that looks excellent and streamlined, plus it still has the TrackPoint that is a trademark for the series.
The biggest selling point of this laptop is its lightweight and thin chassis, measuring just 0.59-inches at its thickest point, and weighs just 2.4-pounds in total, making it extremely portable, and carrying it in your backpack won’t put a strain on your shoulders.
This particular unit that I’m reviewing has a 14-inch WQHD LED-backlit panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. It delivers amazingly rich colours with sharp details and plenty of brightness averaging an average of 315nits at maximum, and it managed to reproduce about 98 percent of the sRGB colour gamut and about 68 percent of the AdobeRGB colour gamut. It also displayed plenty of brightness, portraying amazingly deep inky blacks in the process.
To provide the snappy performance required for productivity tasks this device packs an Intel Core i7-8665U CPU with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD, making it an absolute beast when it comes to productivity. For graphics, it has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 unit, that provides some graphics prowess needed to help with some tasks.
The battery life of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is also superb, running for a strong 10 hours before giving up, and it also recharges pretty quickly, making it ready for action in no time.
As far as engineering laptops go, this is your best choice overall.
2. Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
The Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW is one of the most powerful laptops in the market, but it is still a small, lightweight and sturdy package at the same time. It has a good battery life, a snappy keyboard which is quiet, an amazing screen with gaming features, and for what it offers it is very reasonably priced. Can’t get any more power than this one.
I want to start this by stating that the design of the Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW is multiple times better than its predecessor, which was very bulky and heavy to carry, hindering its portability factor. This time around this laptop features a magnesium alloy construction which makes it sturdier showing no flex or bend when pressed, but while still keeping its lightweight. Despite being build from a pretty sturdy material, the deck has a pretty comfortable feeling to it, and it is great to type on. It still has the oblivious ROG logo on the back, but if you manage to see past it, it is one of the best-designed laptops.
This device features a 15.6-inch IPS panel with Full HD resolution and a native refresh rate of 240Hz, and it is worth stating that the display is Pantone validated. It also has the new ProArt TruColor Technology that delivers perfect colours reproducing 100 percent of the sRGB colour gamut, on top of this it gets pretty bright, has amazing viewing angles, and the blacks are just heavenly.
Coming to the most interesting part and the major selling point of this laptop, it is equipped with a 9th-gen Hexa-Core Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD for the fastest booting times.
These specs give it the productivity power that it needs to run every engineering software on the market, in the graphics department it has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, making it capable of running every triple-A game with the highest settings and the highest framerates.
Bundled with good battery life, keyboard, trackpad, sound, and future-proofing, this Zephyrus is capable of everything.
3. Acer Aspire R 15
If you need a 2-in-1 laptop with a large screen and tremendous performance for your engineering needs, the Acer Aspire R 15 is your safest bet. Providing a sturdy design that is also pretty attractive, a great screen with plenty of color output at an affordable price, you get great value from this laptop. Without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at this laptop.
Like a proper 2-in-1 the lid of this laptop bends down up to 360 degrees, so you can use the laptop in different modes, tablet, tent, or the normal laptop mode. Surprisingly, this device sports an aluminium body with a gunmetal finish on the lid and the deck, and I didn’t notice any kind of bend or flex when pressed. On the bottom, I spotted a glass fibre construction that gives it an extreme sturdiness and stability when put on desk space.
It is worth noting that it is fairly thin, measuring about 0.79-inches at its thickest point and weighs just 4.8-pounds in total, making it the lightest laptop in its category, portable and easily carryable.
This particular model sports a 15.6-inch Active Matrix TFT Color LCD backlit IPS touch screen panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080p, capable of portraying vivid pictures with exceptional details. It is pretty glossy and the contrast is superb thanks to its 310 nits of max brightness on average, and I also found that the viewing angles were amazing, not losing any colour or detail from different angles. When it comes to colour it managed to reproduce 109 percent of the sRGB colour gamut, which is the best in its class.
But its not just a pretty face, the Acer Aspire R 15 has the performance to back it up, rocking the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with a boost clock speed of 3.5GHz, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD. On top of all this, it has an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics unit with 2GB of VRAM, making it extremely capable of completing all productivity tasks and even some light gaming.
Can’t go wrong with the Acer Aspire R 15 delivering excellent performance and display in a 2-in-1.
4. HP PROBOOK 470 G5
Most of the times you do not need to spend a lot to get a great laptop for your engineering needs, because there are tons of mid-range options that could provide you mighty performance without spending a small fortune. The most notable option from that segment is the HP PROBOOK 470 G5, which is designed and manufactured as a professional laptop, and it truly is with its high-performance specs, great display, amazing battery life, unassuming design, a great overall package.
Considering its 17-inch display, this device is rather slim and light, measuring about 0.89-inches at its thickest point and weighs a good 5.5-pounds in total, making it reasonably portable and carryable. It has mainly a plastic built with a matte silver paint job and the metallic HP logo in the middle of the lid, however, on the deck, you will spot a lighter shade of black plastic and gunmetal aluminium on the keyboard part.
I was fairly impressed by the deck thanks to its soft to touch surface which made it extremely comfortable to type on the keyboard. Overall, this design is very simple and utilitarian, but it doesn’t look while doing it, and it is also pretty durable.
This particular model features a 17.3-inch anti-glare Twisted Nematic panel with HD+ resolution of 1600x900p. It is capable of displaying amazing sharpness and details, plenty of colours with good contrast and brightness, it is not the most colourful screen with the best visuals, but for engineering purposes, this is just perfect.
In the performance department, the HP PROBOOK 470 G5 delivers the best specs in its class, sporting the 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU with a base clock speed of 1.6GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.4GHz, thanks to its four cores. Other than that it has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Solid State Drive, and on top of all this it sports an Nvidia 930MX GPU with 2GB of VRAM to deliver excellent performance in every category, and from the synthetic benchmark tests the results were top of its class.
Apart from the mid-range price, it delivers the most bang for your buck in this range of laptops.
5. Asus TUF
Engineering students most likely need laptops or some kind of workstations that can comfortably perform high-demanding tasks, so it is important to choose a laptop that is focused on providing sky-high spec sheets. One of the most notable choices is the Asus TUF, which is also the most versatile laptop in this list with its mighty processing and graphics unit, it is a workhorse and a mobile gaming station as well, plus it comes at a reasonable price for its offerings.
The Asus TUF is designed as a gaming laptop, and it definitely looks the part with its aggressive lines and futuristic details. It is also pretty bulky and large, weighing in at 6.85-pounds in total and measures 1-inch at its thickest point, but it is necessary for thermal management. But comparing it to the ROG series it is very simple, there are no downright blatant RGB lights or patterns, it has a simplistic metallic matte finish on the lid, with some aggressive lines to give it some personality and the pale gold ASUS logo in the middle. It is worth stating that this is one of the most durable laptops in the market passing the Military Standard 810 tests with flying stars, meaning that it will last you for years to come.
I have noticed that Asus has always brought the laptops with better displays, and in this instance, it doesn’t disappoint. It features a 15.6-inch IPS LCD backlit panel with Full HD 1920x1080p resolution, and a high native refresh rate of 120Hz, it is more than enough for everything. It gets pretty bright and delivers exceptional contrast, providing an AMOLED experience, the colours are popping all around, and it truly is a capable display.
I told you earlier that this device is mighty and competent, it sports a Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU with 16GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD and 256 PCIe NVMe SSD for faster booting times. On top of all this it has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics unit with 6GB of VRAM, the stats majorly speak for themselves, delivering smooth performance for everything that you may need.