Knowing students’ and engineers’ needs, we have reviewed and made a list of good laptops for engineering students. These models have been critically analyzed and impartially examined. The research shows the viability of these engineer-friendly laptops for assignments and other day-to-day computing tasks of students. The set of spec, battery, processors, graphics, display, keyboard, chassis, and price makes these models the best laptop for engineering students. Keeping in mind the requirements of students, we thoroughly tested these models to know whether these models can chew through students’ errands without getting a piece of sweat or not. The result we found is that these laptops make a sweet deal for students in general and engineers in particular.
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ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim:
The Asus ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim features a striking balance between price, size, and power thanks to the 10th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250, and Windows 10 Pro. The configuration comes at a lower price as compared to Dell and Apple’s. A wide port selection, a touchpad that can be turned into a full-color touch screen, and Asus’s ScreenPad; all set in a small laptop. Moreover, under Intel’s new Evo initiative, Intel chips enhance their performance and offer longer battery life. However, its glossy body bears the stains of fingerprints and is challenging to keep clean of fingerprints.
Moreover, the keyboard does not deliver the best typing experience. Suppose you are looking for a travel-friendly laptop for business and school. The following section will throw light on its design, performance, specification, and pros and cons.
As far as the design of our model is concerned, the most noticeable characteristic is its size. The sheer size makes it smaller than the Acer Swift 5 as well as the Apple MacBook Air. As has already been said, this powerful machine has a slim, lightweight, and portable chassis. Unfortunately, the glossy lid is impossible to keep clean from fingerprints. Opening the lid exposes the decorated interior, for the screen and the larger-than-usual touchpad pulling attention. Coming to display, which is 13.3-inch FHD LED display, and in low light, viewing horizontal angles is generous, but viewing vertical angles is drastically reduced in normal light conditions. However, it lacks far behind its competitors like the Dell XPS 13, the Acer Swift 5, and the MacBook Air in color and brightness.
Moreover, on the color gamut, it excels the Acer Swift 3 but is not enough to cop up with the MacBook. It comes with a full-size chiclet keyboard, which is convenient and comfortable. The keyboard also features brightness keys, the dedicated media, and a built-in toggle to switch the space below. Due to Asus Screenpad technology, the 5.7*2-inch touchpad is a color LED screen. That means it lets you run numerous simple apps, from adding easy-access toolbars to your favorite productivity apps. In addition to this, the Sportify app makes you control music entirely on the touchpad, letting the screen space free for actual work.
Moreover, it can be turned into an LED screen with a max resolution of 2160*1080 that lets you play YouTube videos on the Screenpad. We find a wide range of port selection in our model. On the left side, it offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port. While on the right side, it is the house of a USB 2.0 connection, a 3.5mm combination microphone and headphone jack, and a microSD card reader.
Since the Asus ZenBook 13, Ultra-Slim is armed with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GPU, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB of SSD. It impresses with its impressive performance. This power is enough to use it for multipurpose without any noticeable delay. However, it disappointingly could not beat the Dell XPS 13 and the Acer Swift 13 on the Geekbench 5.0. Still, our model did surpass the Apple MacBook Air.
Our review model performs well in the Handbrake video-editing test, slightly lagging behind the Acer Swift and beating the MacBook Air with a considerable margin. If we talk about file transfer tests, this business-friendly laptop tops its class. Battery life is one of the most vital areas of this laptop. For example, its battery lasted for almost 14 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. That timing is much better than the average shown by the premium laptops.
The Asus ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim is an amalgamation of great power and long battery life.
For more further details about this model please visit: Asus ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Review
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3:
ThinkPad X1 series is one of the best things in recent years that Lenovo offers to its customers. Then the company made its mind to pick something up with a larger 15.6-inch screen, a 45W CPU, and the dedicated graphics previously missing in the same series. Except for the CPU and the GPU, this model is identical to the previous model. But now, the new model is armed with Intel Core i7 Comet Lake H processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti-Max GPU, 64GB of RAM, and 2TB NVMe SSD storage to make it laden with power. Along with being a powerful machine, our gaming laptop’s keyboard comes with is the best in its class. However, low battery life is something to be sacrificed. The following section will throw light on the design, specifications, and performance of this powerful machine.
The 15.6-inch display makes this model the only one of its kind in the flagship X1 league and the biggest of any ThinkPad. Moreover, how glossy it makes this model suffer from low viewing angles. It does have a darker display because it comes with an average brightness of 338 nits, which is less compared to other 4K prosumer laptops. Coming to the chassis, the review unit is identical to the last year’s model on the outer side. Since the chassis has not changed, the model at a glance is equipped with a carbon fiber lid. That enhances not only structural integrity but also makes its look striking. As the chassis is the same, the bezels are the same as well.
Except for the chassis, the port selection has been the same. You will find an AC power port, HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side. The USB 3.2 Gen 1 helps transferring data at the speed of up to 5GB/s. The high-end ThinkPads provide the best laptop keyboards, and the model under review also follows the same layout. However, the place of control and Fn keys have been switched with each other. The OLED display and inky blacks with lively colors make its keyboard out of the league. Having TrackPad with it frees you from the burden of carrying an actual mouse with you. The glassy surface of the trackpad gives a nice feel. But its real estate is clouded by the dedicated buttons, which are unnecessary.
With never shuttering for a moment, this high-speed laptop can handle multi-usage without breaking a sweat. A combination of 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and 64GB of memory is up for any task even though processor-heavy activities such as playing multiple 4K videos, playing a sandbox explosion, etc. This powerful machine performs better in the Geekbench 5 test than the Spectre x360 15 and almost similar to the XPS 15.
Except for its limited 60 Hz refresh rate, it is sufficient for gaming. It can easily handle games, and in comparison to Spectre x360 15 and the XPS 15, this gaming laptop scores better than the former and a little less than the latter in the 3DMark Time Spy test. It performs better in real gaming than the model of its league by scoring 124 frames per second (fps) at 1080p at medium graphics and 68 FPS at ultra-graphics. Battery life is its weak point. With full charging and in power-save mode, the battery lasts for a little less than eight hours. That is the reason it falls short of the Dell XPS 17 in the PCMark 10 test.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is packed with power with a comfortable keyboard and a robust software suite. But this makes you pay a premium price, despite a dearth of premium features.
For more further details about this model please visit: LENOVO THINKPAD X1 EXTREME GEN 3 REVIEW
Microsoft Surface Pro 7:
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 makes nostalgic about the previous model, the Surface Pro 6. The only modifications are new processors and a USB-C port. Rather than using this engineer-friendly laptop as an opportunity to correct the wrongs of its predecessor, the Surface Pro does not fulfill the expectations. However, it more seems a forerunner of the storms of innovation.
In apparent look, it resembles the earlier one; beautiful and crisp. The 12.3-inch display with a 2736*1834 resolution grabs attention. Moreover, the touchscreen is sharp, vibrant, and responsive to make this powerful machine more attractive. Also, the screen’s sides surrounded by the large bezels make this student-oriented laptop a little outmoded compared to traditional laptops and mobile tablets. Sticking to the same design for years is a testament to its nice-looking outlook. The keyboard is the best and one of the most impressive keyboards on any laptop. The travel among keys, stability, and the excellent key feel provides a smooth and responsive typing experience. The surface of the keyboard is more tightly woven and stain-resistant. Since typing for longer times is easy and comfortable, students can type for hours with ease. As we mentioned in this model’s sameness, port selection is an island of change.
Although the overall port connections are rare, the newly inducted USB-C port is a jack of all trades. Be it an Ethernet adapter, drivers, displays, or power dock, the port can do all these tasks. But unfortunately, this port is not Thunderbolt 3 standard. Among other ports, connections include a USB-A port, USB-C port, headphone jack, a Surface Connect port, and a microSD card slot. Overall, a port combination of this model at a glance is moderately enough to do computing tasks.
Considering the configuration such as an Intel Core i7-1065G7 (10th Gen) 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD, there would be no wrong to say that this high-performance laptop can perform multiple computing tasks without getting slower and a sweat. Even doing multiple computing such as Chrome tabs, streaming videos across YouTube and Twitch, and hammering away in Google Docs hamper this high-end laptop from doing day-to-day use.
That is why the performance it showed on the Geekbench 4 general performance test is much better than that of the 8th Gen Corei5-powered Pro 6 and almost equivalent to the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. For gaming purposes only, this high-speed laptop is not a choice.
However, it can easily handle non-intensive games with its integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. In this good laptop, battery timing is the only stain. The performance of its battery displayed on the PCMark 8 battery test is less encouraging. However, summing up its implementation, this high-end laptop’s ability to perform ordinary computing tasks makes it the best laptop for engineering students.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 could not come up to the expectations. Minor alterations in a standard package make it the calm before the storm of innovation.
For more further details about this model please visit: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
ASUS ZenBook 14:
As a prominent notebook in the ZenBook 14 family, the ZenBook 14 UX434’s configuration and ScreenPad 2.0 make this notebook more acceptable, more sufficient, and up-grading the previous ZenBook 14UX433. Clickpad-turned-touchscreen is its newly inducted ScreenPad that makes this model more appealing for multimedia and productivity reasons. With the specifications, this laptop for college students becomes a strong competitor of other upper mid-range 14-inch Ultrabooks such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 5, the Lenovo Yoga Slim7, the LG Gram 14, and the MSI Modern 14.
Since this power-laden laptop is modifying the earlier one, its royal blue colour with gold accents looks familiar. However, the moderately tweaked dimensions with a measurement of 16.9mm and the weight of 2.98 pounds make this student-friendly laptop one of the chunkiest notebooks of its family. As far as its display is concerned, the model at a glance comes with a 14-inch full HD LCD with a maximum resolution of 1920*1080 pixels and is covered by a single sheet of glass.
The solid NanoEdge panel ensures 100 percent of RGB colour space. Although maximum brightness is not standard-setting, yet its display is good enough to do outdoor work with comfort. Except for brightness, the size of this power-packed laptop makes it the right choice for students and engineers to do work with ease. While positioning the webcam, customers’ preference is taken care of when it comes to the keyboard, the keys’ size, and the sensible layout better typing experience.
Moreover, a three-stage backlight beneath the keyboard makes typing easier for night time. Instead of the conventional touchpad, this laptop with good display features ScreenPad, which is identical to many smartphones in its size. The ScreenPad contains its sitting area as well as pre-installed apps.
This ScreenPad is the mini display. Despite possessing good port selection, a few concerns emerge about this high-speed laptop because it lacks a Thunderbolt connection. Regarding ports, this laptop with a good battery contains an HDMI connector, a USB-A port, a USB-C 3.1 port, a USB-A 2.0 port, an audio jack, and a microSD card slot. Such is the port combination this model possesses.
Having Windows 10 Pro operating system, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of Flash memory size, and Intel Core i7 processor laden this notebook with power. The performance of this laptop at a glance can be compared to the HP Spectre x360, the new Acer Swift, and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. What it scored on the PCMark 10 test and web browsing is among the highest performers. Even in 3DMark scores, it is competitive with Dell and HP. So the performance shows that it is compelling and can easily handle industry-standard creative apps without blinking.
For students to perform day-to-day computing tasks, their performance is impressive. However, the battery is the Achilles heel of this model. Due to discrete GPU and less efficient Comet Lake processors, power consumption is a little higher. But all this does not mean our model is a pork chop. It is still a highly portable notebook but not as portable as its competitors are. If you search for a lightweight, capable yet robust, and powerful 14-inch laptop, the ZenBook 14 is worth consideration.
For more further details about this model please visit: Asus ZenBook 14 Review
Apple MacBook Pro:
In defying the limits, the Apple MacBook Pro is a sweetening deal. Featuring a 16-inch Retina display, the largest battery capacity ever in a MacBook Pro, next-generation graphics, superfast processors, massive storage, and a magic keyboard, this is the most powerful notebook ever made by Apple. Except for being powerful, the slim look comes with rights to the previous wrongs, as the company named it, “more of what (fans) love,” which makes up for the MacBook Pro 15-inch. Simply putting, this engineer-friendly laptop delivers greatness.
The 16-inch Retina display with 3072*1920 pixels of resolution generates 500 nits of brightness for bright whites and spectacular highlights, thanks to the precise photoalignment of liquid crystal molecules. Even with the larger display, Apple ensures true-to-life and brilliant images and videos. As a result, the display of this powerful laptop sharp and bright. Moreover, the screen is thinner than the previous models. On opening, the gorgeous screen proves a pulling factor that attracts your attention. So, without worrying where you are, you can see your work, videos, and images with ease in the best possible light. Another appealing of this laptop with a bright display is its magic keyboard. Softer feel can be experienced while typing, thus it’s the best laptop for Engineering Students to do their assignments with comfort. To ensure this comfort, a scissor mechanism has opted. However, a protective membrane is now absent beneath the keys.
Furthermore, its Apple-made rubber dome gives the feeling of a little springier, and keycaps don’t wobble as much. Though the keyboard is not the best, it is pretty good for typing, even for stiff purposes. All the features of the keyboard of this laptop with good battery satisfying and responsive. Among other qualities to be found are touch ID and including an Esc key. It is good not to have to enter a password but a touch ID. Adding touch ID will be a good chance for coders, another testament that Apple pays heeds to customers’ requests. So these changes improve the performance of this laptop with a bright display.
Turning to the port selection, Apple disappoints in its port combination. Once again, it features four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and an audio jack. Furthermore, its Apple-made rubber dome gives the feeling of a little springier, and keycaps don’t wobble as much. Although Thunderbolt 3 is reversible and moderately enough for the regular users who have modern peripherals, the lack of ports in this powerful machine is frustrating. The ports it contains is unlike its competitor, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition.
When we come to the performance, this model excels in its performance as it does in looks. The Intel Core i9 processor ensures higher performance for more extended periods due to more advanced thermal design. Moreover, the might of this laptop with a robust battery is appreciable in video editing. The time it takes for transcoding a 6.5GB 4K video to 1080p is the same amount of time the Dell XPS 15 takes. However, it could not surpass the Dell XPS 15 on Geekbench 5. Since Apple offers some of the fastest SSDs, this engineer-friendly model is better than the Dell XPS 15 on the Blackmagic Disk speed test. Even in battery that is equipped with is the highest performing.
Except for powering the larger display and delivering higher maximum sustained power, the 100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery sustains for up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing and video playback. This combination is very appealing for a 16-inch laptop. While comparing, the model surpasses the non-OLED and the OLED versions of the Dell XPS 13. However, fast charging is still a shortcoming due to its beefy power brick, though its 96W USB-C power adapter is as in size as the 15-inch MacBook Pro’sPro’s 87W adapter.
Thanks to its larger display, epic battery life, and Magic keyboard, the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a power to reckon with.
For more further details about this model please visit: Apple MacBook Pro Review
Razer Blade 15:
The Razer Blade 15 earns its reputation thanks to the best hardware with an elegant interior that it comes with. That people have named this model “MacBook Pro of gaming laptops” due to its brilliant blend. Such is an appeal of this laptop. In addition to gaming, this model can perform routine computing tasks with ease, making it the best laptop for engineering students. This gaming laptop continues to hold its legacy, as for 2020 boasting RTX Super graphics chip and the best Intel Comet Lake-H processors under its classy hood.
However, this student-friendly laptop can dry your pocket with its price tag depending upon the storage that can be upgraded. But if you are looking for a model that can make gaming stylish and useful for engineers, this model is a good deal beyond that. If you search for a device that is not edgy, this gaming laptop may value the price you pay.
This advanced gaming laptop is armed with certain internal-component upgrades and modest outer tweaks. Its portable and sleek chassis with a machined aluminum build gives a high-quality look. It is not very thin and a little bit heftier than the earlier model in terms of form. However, in apparent look, it offers some modifications, such as a more standard layout of its keyboard. Now the arrow keys give away to a full-size Shift key. Typing is easy, comfortable, and pleasant. Each key of the keyboard is individually backlit with customizable lighting. Now, your fingers will not get stuff while typing for a long time or doing assignments and thesis.
Moreover, the touchpad of this laptop for students is the best touchpad that is responsive and vibrant. What this good laptop with an excellent display is worth praising are its ports and connectivity. You will find, in total, a UHS-III SD card reader, three Type-A USB 3.1 ports, two Type-C ports (one having Thunderbolt 3 support and both having 20-volt PD 3.0 charging), a dedicated and reversible charging port, and a reliable HDMI connection. Such is the port combination of this gaming laptop.
Speaking further, the 15.6-inch full HD display with 3840*2160 pixels of resolution and that boasts a blistering-fast 300Hz refreshing rate includes this all-around gaming laptop in the club of high-end gaming laptops. Higher frame rates ensure smoother gameplay. This feature is for enthusiasts.
The combination of Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core and an RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q makes it possible for this powerful laptop to run all the latest games at max setting and be an appealing choice for engineers. It can even chew through the most challenging games, such as Metro Exodus. Setting aside gaming performance, the score it displays on the PCMark ten exhibits why people with not much gaming preference like this laptop. The overall performance of this model is satisfying and customer-seeking. A shortcoming in the glaring set of features is its battery that will not last for a day on battery power. The battery sustained for a little more than 5 hours in the PCMark ten battery test, making this model unlikely to be workable without a charger. Even with all this, this gaming laptop is very impressive for engineers and game enthusiasts.
For more further details about this model please visit: Razer Blade 15 Review
Acer Aspire 5:
Overall good performance and affordable price are what the Acer Aspire 5 is hanging between. Since it is an updated version of the famous Aspire E15-575 series, the model at a glance is a 15.6-inch slim laptop with a different price tag depending upon the storage that can be upgraded. It is equipped with Intel Core U hardware platforms, easy to type keyboard, long battery life, lots of ports, good-enough display, and surprisingly good audio.
However, talking about weak points, slow Wi-Fi connections, mostly made of plastic and lack of a backlit keyboard are some names. Even with this, the deal is pleasant and pragmatic. That is why, if you are looking for something affordable and future-proof, Aspire 5 is a great example that offers good performance and the latest ingredients. Moreover, equipped with updated components, this model can perform day-to-day computing tasks with ease, and students participating in in-person and remote learning.
Talking about its design, this laptop with a good display seems pleasing to the eye with its thin and sleek design. Moreover, the smooth surface attracts. Opening this model introduces a subtle and lovely design. The display surrounded by the minimal black bezels and full backlit Chiclet-style keyboard above the touchpad enhances its beauty. Furthermore, the fingerprint scanner allows one to lock and unlock the laptop with fingerprints. Comparing the laptop’s design and weight with pleasant design with the Lenovo Yoga C740 and the Asus VivoBook S15 makes it slightly larger and heavier than the former and lighter than the latter. Coming to design, the 15.6-inch full HD IPS display with 1920*1080 pixels is bright enough that offers pleasant and good color saturation. The nicely rendered colors can be seen from the matte finish and looking off-angle. The visual experience is excellent and impressive.
However, the score it gets in the RGB color gamut is equal to that of the Asus VivoBook and lower than that of the Lenovo Yoga C740. Around the sides, the vast number of ports, including a microSD card reader, HDMI output, a Kensington lock, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and Gigabit Ethernet and Combo headphone-mic jack can be seen. As far as the keyboard is concerned, Aspire’s full-size keyboard is not very clicky but highly responsive and sporting. This keyboard’s smooth surface makes it comfortable at performing Windows 10 gestures such as three-finger taps and two-finger swipes. The plastic-made keyboard with a brushed finish lies at the bottom half of the model, along with the touchpad.
Moreover, the highly responsive and friendly size of the keyboard gives a comfortable feel while typing. But short travel distance and the flat keys are something of little concern. Lying at the left of the center of the chassis, the touchpad is responsive to multi-finger gestures. As a keyboard, the touchpad is plastic made.
As far as this student-friendly laptop’s performance is concerned, the Aspire 5, with its upgradable storage, suits your daily school work, emails, documents, and YouTube. Unfortunately, this engineer-friendly laptop scored lower than the mainstream laptop average. Such as the Asus VivoBook and the Lenovo Yoga C740 in the Geekbench 5.0 and overall performance benchmark. Furthermore, its Intel integrated GPU is not preferable for intense gaming. It comes with a 48Wh 3-cell Li-ion battery with 8 hours of battery life when it comes to battery. However, its battery lasted for about 7 hours. Which could not perform better than the Yoga C740 and the VivoBook on the Laptop Mag Battery test.
Calling the Acer Aspire 5 a game-changer would be wrong. Its low-spirited design is hardly noticeable. Moreover, its performance due to the Core i5 processor and integrated graphics is not excellent. But in doing your day-to-day computing, it gets the job done well.
For more further details about this model please visit: ACER ASPIRE 5 Review
Having analyzed and examined the models mentioned above. However, the thing which is clear is that these are the best laptop for engineering students. Their built-in quality, how long the battery sustains, the price they accompany, the display they come with, the keyboard to type on, and the power they hold make these laptops student-oriented, engineer-friendly, and gaming laptops.