If you’re an engineering student looking to buy a laptop during the back to school season, then you’ll be looking for a powerful and flexible workstation that has plenty of graphical grunt and can handle complex tasks and demanding applications.

The exacting demands of an engineering student can in some cases make the hunt for the perfect laptop slightly easier, as it narrows your options in an increasingly crowded market.

However, it can also make it tricky to find the right laptop that offers the power you need, while also costing a reasonable amount of money. That’s where we come in, as we’ve put together this list of the very best laptops for engineering students to help you find the perfect laptop to an ideal price.

Here is our list of the best laptops for engineering students.

1. Acer Aspire 15.6″

acer-aspireProcessor i3-6100U | Hard Drive 1TB HDD | RAM 4GB DDR3L | Graphics CardIntegrated | Display 1366 x 768, 15.6″ | Weight 5.29lbs |

For those who will only need their laptop for basic uses like editing documents, light Photoshopping, and web browsing, this Acer Aspire computer is a great value. While the specs are nothing special, the price is extremely low. It offers some nice perks as well, including easy upgrading and a disc drive. While it’s nothing special spec-wise, if you simply need a portable PC, this is a great and affordable option for achieving the basics.

Price: $430


  • Reliable and durable
  • Great price/performance
  • Cheap way to do simple things like browse the web or edit documents
  • Easy to upgrade RAM and HDD
  • Has a CD drive


  • Not good for anything with graphics like editing photos, video, or gaming
  • Resolution is poor
  • Upgrading RAM necessary for it to run at peak performance

2. Dell Precision 7510

dellCPU: Intel Core i5-6300HQ | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels | Storage: Up to 1TB HDD

Great screen
Showing its age
Not the most powerful
As expected from a Dell workstation laptop, you get cutting edge components and the type of flexibility in the customisation process that sorely lacks with the SOHO-oriented Inspiron range. This is Dell’s direct, built-to-order model at its best: from the latest Intel quad-core CPU to a plethora of other high end parts, this is as good as it gets.

For engineering students looking to get this excellent laptop, we’d strongly recommend adding a dedicated graphics card.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

lenovo-thinkpad-edgeProcessor i5-6200U (2.3ghz) | Hard Drive 500GB (7200RPM) | RAM 8GB | Graphics Card Integrated | Display 15.6″,. 1366 x 768 | Weight 5.39lbs | Extras Built-in card reader |

This PC offers a solid set of features for an acceptable price. For one, Lenovo machines are stable and reliable. The RAM is decent, the hard drive is reasonably spacey, and the processor is snappy. The biggest con with this laptop is its relatively low resolution of 1366 x 768. Still, for most applications, this is fine, just don’t expect to do multiple things at once. The perks here are numerous including great durability, the legendary Lenovo mouse joystick, and a PC that will last. It will do for lightweight applications, but with integrated graphics only, it’s not exactly a powerhouse. Still, it is a very practical and nice to use PC that will fit the basic needs of engineers who need a portable PC, but not necessarily a workstation.

Price: $699.98


  • Best mouse (joystick) for laptop
  • High quality build and great construction
  • Lenovos known for long life
  • Great for simple applications in a reliable box


  • Windows 10 is included but must be installed
  • Specs are middling
  • Not good for games or graphical applications

4. Samsung Notebook 9 Props

notebook 9 proCPU: 7th generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon Graphics (2GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel | Storage: 256GB SSD

Uses S-Pen to great effect
Excellent look and feel
Inconsistent battery life
Downward-firing speakers

The Samsung Notebook 9 is what other 2-in-1 laptops have aspired to be since their conception. It hones in on the S-Pen, Samsung’s own proprietary stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity (the same as Microsoft’s new Surface Pen), a nifty little accessory that conveniently doesn’t require charging. Although the touchscreen display is only 1080p, at between 350 and 450 nits of brightness, you won’t be paying any mind to the pixels, or lack thereof. Plus, the lengthy battery life more than makes up for this hybrids few setbacks.


5. Razer Blade Pro

razer blade proFinally, a desktop replacement with portability in mind

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5) | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch, UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IGZO touchscreen with G-Sync | Storage: 512GB – 2TB PCIe SSD

Starboard trackpad placement
A desktop experience you can finally carry
Off-putting price
Less than 5 hours of battery life

This is one of those gaming laptops we mentioned earlier that also does a fantastic job as a mobile workstation for engineering students. It’s expensive, yes – it certainly won’t save you money when compared to building your own PC. On the other hand, it measures in at only 0.88-inches thick with an onboard 17-inch, 4K multi-touch display and a built-in Wi-Fi card. If that’s not enough to sell you on it already, the Razer Blade Pro also introduces the company’s Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches to a notebook for the first time ever. These keys bear an appearance similar to your run-of-the-mill chiclet keyboards, but press down on them yourself and you’ll feel (and hear) the authentic click of a mechanical keyswitch.