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Top 10 Best Laptops for Mechanical Engineering Students/Professionals.

There are hundreds of laptops available in the market but which should you consider to purchase. Well, to answer that you must have clarity on

What is your need for a Laptop?

Now, some of you might think that “why is Laptop/PC needed in every study/profession?” although in today’s era this question might sound strange or weird sometimes. Well, to answer that question you need to just think what is its benefit and uses, once you are done with it you will have the answer to the question.

For a student, a Laptop can enable him to explore more ideas, enable him/her to connect to the world and gain knowledge, save him/her from unnecessary hard work, and most importantly it makes the mind of a student more creative and sharper. For a Professional, I don’t think I should explain much as here the answer is simple to cope up with the pace of the world and simply it’s a need nowadays to sustain.

Laptops and Mechanical Engineering Students/Professionals    

Well, some people might think “what is the use of a laptop in a core engineering branch? As they are the person who deals with machines and similar stuff”. This might seem right some couple of decades ago but today the scenario is totally different.

The mechanical systems we see today have got “n” times complex than the “James Watt” era so, to understand and bring those complex systems on a large scale we have to make things simple and to make things simple we have to use technology and this is where laptops/PC enter the Mechanical industries and make things simpler, faster and efficient.

“Must Have’s” for a Mechanical Engineering Students/Professionals in a Laptop

Here comes the main part to choose what kind of Laptop a Mechanical Engineer wants or what kind of laptop is best suitable for a Mechanical head.

As we know there are lots of options available in the market and choosing the best one according to needs is a tough job but, we are here to save you from the hustle and curated a list of TOP 10 LAPTOPS FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. Before starting with the list let us explore the needs of Mechanical Engineer and what does he/she require to have it on his/her Laptop.

Processor 

A Mechanical Engineer has to run all the heavy software on the laptop like, CAM, CAD, Ansys, Solidworks, CATIA and lots of other designing software. Nowadays, Mechanical persons also do some mediocre level programing which involves Python, JAVA, Raspberry Pi etc. while Arduino designing and robotics and these all requirements suggest that the laptop should have a high-end processor (powerhouse of laptop). 

Memory

Now, with a high-end processor we need to have a sufficient amount of memory (RAM) so that the system smoothly runs the task assigned and prevents the system from collapsing.

Storage

All the software mentioned above are large and require good amount of storage space in the laptop so, disks having capacity in terabytes is preferable. Also, disks having high read and write speed is suggested as it speeds up every process in the laptop and also prevents software from lags.

Screen Size

Mechanical Engineering being a core branch, a person belonging to this field has to go in detail of every aspect. For e.g. A mechanical engineer has to study and create a design of a component in detail, he has to take care of every part of the component so, a bigger screen size is preferred and required unlike programmers who prefer small screen size for ease.

Graphics

As mentioned above designing software is a major use for Mechanical head and every minute detail of the design should be clearly visible, for this, a good graphic memory is required. Mediocre level of graphic memory is preferred as it will perform the tasks properly. High-end graphic memory is not preferred as all the mech related software run smoothly with medium level graphic memory so high-end ones will just increase the cost.

Dimensions and Weight

Mostly, Mechanical Engineers work at a desired place and not like the IT/CS guys who can work even in parks and malls. So, Mechanical Engineers are okay to have a laptop with slightly bigger dimensions and also with heavy ones (not too heavy but heavier than the ones which IT guys use).

Suggested Specifications for Laptops 

Now, let us discuss on specifications of laptops which would be best before heading towards the best part i.e., TOP 10 LAPTOPS FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERS.

  1. Processor
  • Intel Core i5 (10th gen or 11th gen)
  • Intel Core i7 (10th gen or 11th gen)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 (1700 or 1700X)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 Pro (1500 or 1600)

Both Intel and AMD chipsets give good performance but generally professionals and even most of students prefer Intel powered laptops due to its wide range and better functioning for professional use. AMD powered laptops are preferred mostly for gaming purposes due to its better performance in gaming over Intel 

  1. Memory 
  • 8 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 12 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM

Nowadays, you rarely find laptops having RAM less than 8 GB. You might find some 4 GB variants for basic use but eventually they will decline within short span of time. Here, for engineering students and professionals 8 GB RAM is must and anything above that is best, 8 GB of Memory is good but it is the least you need and eventually after some time you would find it less so buying a Laptop with an extra memory will save you in future so it is suggested to buy a laptop with 12/16 GB Memory or buy a 8 GB one and extend it afterwards as one slot will always be empty for RAM upgrade.

  1. Graphic Memory
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650 (4 GB)
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB)
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
  • NVIDIA RTX 2070 (8 GB)
  • AMD RADEON RX 570 (4 GB)
  • AMD RADEON RX 590 (8 GB)

These are the most common graphic memory cards you would find in this type of laptops and mostly Intel Powered laptops are paired with NVIDIA graphics and Ryzen laptops with Radeon graphics. Here, NVIDIA GTX series is most preferable and also recommended as they come at an affordable cost and work very fine and easily fulfill the needs of Mechanical Engineering students/professionals. So, going for RTX series is not a good move as they are way too expensive and none of our use, RTX series is recommended for hardcore gaming and related stuff.

  1. Storage
  • 1 TB HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
  • 2 TB HDD 
  • 512 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • 1 TB SSD
  • 1 TB HDD & 128 GB SSD
  • 1 TB HDD & 256 GB SSD
  • 1 TB HDD & 512 GB SSD

These are the most popular configurations of storage disks in laptops. There are two types of storage disks HDD (Hard disk drive) and SSD (Solid State Drive) HDD’s are heavy and comparatively slow but are inexpensive whereas SSD’s are light and fast but very expensive (almost 3 times the cost of HDD). Now, in this scenario we want our laptop be to fast but also the cost should be low as much as possible so combination of HDD and SSD is most recommended so that the laptop runs fast and is also cost effective. But most people go for only SSD so that the laptops run software fast although it increases the cost of laptop but its worth it.

  1. Screen Size
  • 14” screen size
  • 15.6” screen size
  • 17” screen size

Most of the laptops are offered in these above-mentioned screen size and these are the only widely accepted screen size for laptops. Now, 14” laptops are easy to use due to their compact size but for Mechanical Engineering students the screen size seems to be small for the purpose.  17” laptops have very nice visibility as the screen is big enough to do designing and all other mech related stuff but 17” laptops are bulky at the same time and carrying it is bit problematic. So, 15.6” laptops are best and highly recommended for such usage as the screen size is optimum for the purpose and also bit easy to carry than the 17” laptop.

With that we have known a lot about laptops and buying guides/techniques to choose the best one according to the needs. Now, lets start with the list of Top 10 Laptops for Mechanical Students and professionals.

TOP 10 LAPTOPS FOR MECHANICAL STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

  10. Lenovo ThinkPad E15 GEN 2 

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BrandLenovo
ModelThinkPad E15 GEN 2
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1135G7 (11th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Pro (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-e-series/E15-G2/p/20TD003GUS
Price (USD)$957.09

This Laptop series from Chinese giant Lenovo has been huge success and has also been in demand since launch. This latest offering “ThinkPad E15 GEN 2” has brought the latest 11th gen i5 processor with Windows 10 Pro operating system. This System has 16 GB of memory and 512 GB SSD storage, the system is installed with Intel Iris Xe graphics. It comes with 15.6-inch FHD display.

The best part of this laptop is that it comes with Windows 10 pro Operating System which is expensive and upgraded version of the Windows 10 home version. This laptop is well suited for Mechanical Engineering professional and students but students might ignore this laptop for its bulky design. The laptop is offered at a very good price tag but in order to improve the pricing of the laptop, quality has been compromised. The body/chassis of ThinkPad might not appeal you and the design is no way appealing to the customers and hence it stands 10th on our list. 

The design has to be sleek and stylish which makes it easy to carry, performance-wise this laptop is very good as it has all the latest tech specs. The only thing which has been compromised is the graphic memory, it comes with Iris Xe graphics which is good but an NVIDIA or AMD graphic would have taken the performance of laptop to a whole next level.

9. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Laptop

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BrandDELL
ModelInspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Laptop
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1165G7 (11th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/2-in-1-laptops/new-inspiron-15-7000-2-in-1-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-7506-2-in-1-laptop/n27506emzrh
Price (USD)$1079.99

This mid-range professional laptop from Dell is a very popular product thanks to its sleek and stylish design which appeals most of the laptop buyers. This Dell Inspiron laptop has got the latest Intel Core i7 11th gen processor and a 16 GB memory stick paired with intel iris Xe graphic memory. This laptop also comes with 512 GB SSD storage and a 15.6” FHD display.

This Laptop has a good performance indeed, it has got good processor, good amount of memory and SSD storage. It lacks on the graphic memory segment and it seems bit costly. The build quality is very good and way better than the previous Lenovo counterpart which makes it a reliable product. Inspiron series has faced a major battery issue before and good battery is must nowadays. This product has such a nice design that be it engineering student or professional all will love it. With all these factors Dell Inspiron 15 7000 secures 9th place on our list. 

8. Acer Predator Triton 300

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BrandAcer
ModelPredator Triton 300
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8 GB dedicated memory with Max-Q design.
Display15.6″ FHD (144Hz)
Buying Linkhttps://store.acer.com/en-us/predator-triton-300-gaming-laptop-pt315-52-73wt
COST (USD)$1599.99

This is a gaming laptop from the house of Acer, a gaming laptop has a very good performance so an Engineer opting for this laptop can easily do his/her work without worries. This Beast runs on Intel i7 10th gen processor and has 16 GB of memory paired with NVIDIA RTX 2070 (8 GB) graphic memory. The laptop has 512 GB SSD storage and 15.6” FHD display for immersive viewing having 144Hz refresh rate.

Performance-wise this laptop is a beast and will let Mechanical Engineers work on any software easily with no worries. If we see this as a gaming laptop than it is a very good piece of machine but for professional work, this has few problems. The funky design, RGB lighting and other gaming related features does not suit the professional environment and Engineering professionals won’t go with it. Yes, for Students this can be a good go as they can also enjoy gaming and also work on it. With these all factors this Acer laptop stands 8th on our list. 

7. Lenovo Legion 7i 15

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BrandLenovo
ModelLegion 7i
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8 GB dedicated memory with Max-Q design
Display15.6″ FHD (144Hz)
Buying Linkhttps://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Legion-7i-Gaming-Laptop/dp/B08GJ9L8M3
COST (USD)$1659.00

The second Lenovo Laptop in the list is a gaming laptop from the Legion series. This Gaming laptop has quite a lot of features and latest specs which make it a performance beast. This laptop is loaded with Intel core i7 10th gen processor and 16 GB of memory paired with NVIDIA RTX 2070 (8GB) graphic memory. Again, this laptop has 512 GB SSD storage and 15.6” inch display having 144Hz refresh rate and 500nits brightness.

This laptop has good build quality unlike the Lenovo ThinkPad E 15, the good build quality of Legion is obvious as it is a premium offering from Lenovo. This laptop has a good performance capability and a good option for Mechanical Engineering students and professionals out there. The specialty of this laptop is its all-rounder design, though it’s a gaming laptop but looks normal and a professional can easily take it to his/her workplace as it does not carry the funky look which other gaming laptops carry. These features and specifications helped Lenovo Legion 7i to secure 7th position on our list.

6. Asus ZenBook 15 Ultra-Slim Laptop

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BrandAsus
ModelZenBook 15 Ultra-Slim
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage1 TB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with 4 GB dedicated memory 
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://store.asus.com/us/item/202010AM160000005?utm_source=Landing%20Page&utm_medium=ZenBook%20Microsite
COST (USD)$1499.99

This upcoming Laptop from the house of Asus has already gained a lot of popularity with its innovative features and offerings at a very competent pricing. This Asus ZenBook will be powered by Intel core i7 10th gen and will have 16 GB memory with NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB) graphic memory. It will be having 1TB SSD storage which is the highest storage capacity until now in our list. The innovative thing in this laptop is its screenpad, yeah you read it right instead of a normal touchpad you will be having a 5.56” screenpad which will make tasks easier and faster. 

This Laptop can be a very good professional friend as it is a laptop having all the stuff which a professional need. For an engineering professional this is a must buy laptop, it has good, sleek and slim body with appealing looks and a lot of power for the workaholics. After all this innovative technology added to this masterpiece the price asked is well justified. Students might seem to skip this choice as it goes a lot towards professionalism which is not necessary for students, we too recommend students to skip this option and prefer other. This wonderful piece of engineering marvel stands 6th on our list.

5. Dell G3 15 Laptop

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BrandDELL
ModelG3 15
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 with 6 GB dedicated memory
Display15.6″ FHD (144Hz)
Buying Linkhttps://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/dell-g3-15-gaming-laptop/spd/g-series-15-3500-laptop/gn3500edfss
COST (USD)$1049.99

This is one of the most popular gaming laptops currently and also the one of the best gaming laptop series from Dell. It is powered by Intel Core i7 10th gen and is fitted with 16 GB memory and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphic memory. It carries 512 GB SSD for storage and 15.6” display with 144Hz refresh rate.

This laptop is ideal for every purpose be it gaming, editing, programming etc. these suits almost everyone. Being a gaming laptop, it has a sleek and stylish design with a decent appearance making it ideal for professional persons and as well as for students. The most important thing of this laptop is its price, we recommend each and every student to go for it atleast consider it as buying laptop will save you from burning hole in your pocket. This Dell G3 stands 5th on our list with such awesome features and flexible price.  

4. HP ENVY 15 Laptop

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BrandHP
ModelEnvy 15
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane Memory
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB dedicated memory with Max-Q design
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-envy-laptop-15-ep0098nr
COST (USD)$1429.00

This is the most elegant laptop ever made!! It looks stunning, sleek and appeals so much. This elegant beauty is beautiful from outside and beast from inside, it is powered by Intel Core i7 10th gen processor and mated with 16 GB memory and NVIDIA RTX 2060 (6GB) graphic memory. 512 GB ssd storage + 32GB Intel Optane memory makes the laptop even faster.

The price at which it comes is fully justified, with all those premium looks it suits everyone. In this budget Mechanical engineers should blindly opt for this as it is an all-rounder and will be useful on every aspect. Students having no issue with budget should go for it if they are not into much of gaming and require light and sleek laptops. This wonderful masterpiece by HP proudly takes the 4th place on our list.   

3. HP OMEN 15 Laptop

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BrandHP
ModelOMEN 15
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane Memory
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI with 6 GB dedicated memory 
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureView?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&catEntryId=3074457345619587318&urlLangId=&quantity=1
COST (USD)$1379.99

This ultimate gaming machine by HP is just wonderful, amazing and powerful. This is made for pro gamers, but this thing is here in this list because of its performance and ease of use for a mechanical student. This new generation Omen is very different from the old one, the new design is just awesome. This has Intel Core i7 10th gen processor, 16 GB of memory and NVIDIA 1660 Ti (6GB) graphic memory and a 512 GB SSD for storage. It also has 32 GB Intel Optane memory to make the PC run fast and faster.

This powerhouse might be ignored by the professionals but students having interest in gaming and at the same time need a laptop for their education purpose are the real ones who deserve this ultimate gaming beast. This ultimate powerhouse from HP stands 3rd on our list. 

2. DELL XPS 15

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BrandDELL
ModelXPS 15
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 TB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with 4 GB dedicated memory 
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cty/pdp/spd/xps-15-9500-laptop/xn9500cto210s?configurationid=ef6cb51e-0395-44d9-b668-e6df862ac3c0
COST (USD)$1649.99

The third Dell laptop on our list and the most premium series from Dell. The XPS series is a class, it is Mercedes of Laptops. This premium Dell product comes with Intel Core i7 10th gen processor, it has 16 GB of memory and NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti graphic memory. It has 512 GB SSD of storage and 15.6” FHD display.

Professional engineers having dedicated Designing work will love this product from Dell, the ultra-wide viewing screen will engage them to work harder and smarter. Students wanting to have the ultimate professional and premium machine can go for this laptop as it has all the quality which a Mechanical Engineer expects from his laptop. This Dell product stands 2nd on our list but can be considered 1st also.  

1. HP Spectre x360 15 Laptop

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BrandHP
ModelSpectre x360 15
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen)
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512 GB PCle SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 TI with 4 GB dedicated memory 
Display15.6″ FHD 
Buying Linkhttps://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-spectre-x360-laptop-15-eb0065nr
COST (USD)$1649.99

Here comes the topper of the class, The all-new HP Spectre x360 15. This is a classic product from HP the best till now. Similar to James bond in power, style, and performance. Powered by Intel Core i7 processor and a 16 GB memory with NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB) graphic memory. With the storage of 512 GB SSD and 15.6” FHD display, this is a power-packed product by HP.

Professionals going for XPS 15 can also consider this as each and every specs are same including the cost, the only major difference here is design and 360-degree rotation.

Creative students having a desire for a touchscreen laptops can have this wonderful product that will unleash more creativity out. HP Spectre x360 is our Top pick and it stands 1st on our list with all the glory. 

This was our Top 10 List of laptops for Mechanical engineering students and professionals according to their use and needs. Hope you liked our content and got help from our side while choosing a laptop for yourself.

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