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Best Laptop for Mechanical Engineering Students

Finding the best Laptop for mechanical engineering can prove to be quite a challenge. There are so many things to consider. Things like processing power, graphical processing power, storage size, different types of storage, display, battery, etc.

Not to mention that every laptop has its own pros and cons which complicates the situation even further. Thankfully, we happen to know quite a lot about computers – which is why we decided to write this article for you!

So, without any further ado, let us check out some of the best options!

Before you Buy – Things to Keep in Mind

As we mentioned above, there are quite a lot of things to consider. So, here are a few things to keep in mind while checking out your available options:

  • OS: Windows is the go-to choice for most mechanical engineers. Some prefer Linux, but, thankfully, there is a distro for every modern machine nowadays anyway
  • CPU: Some programs require quite a lot of processing power – especially if you’re multitasking. That’s why we wouldn’t recommend anything less than a quad-core i5 (Stay away from the older dual-core models)
  • GPU: If you need to render anything in 3D, and you most likely do, get something with dedicated graphics. Preferably at least a GTX 10xx card
  • RAM: 8GB is the recommended value and it works for most people. But get 16 if you can – just to be safe
  • Storage: At least half a terabyte. SSDs are recommended since they are much faster and can’t suffer mechanical failure – which is important for a computer that’s constantly on the move
  • Display and portability: A bigger display makes work easier. However, it also reduces portability. So, balance things out according to your personal preferences
  • Battery life: If you’re planning on working unplugged, make sure that your laptop can withstand a few hours of usage on its battery

Our 5 Best laptops For Mechanical Engineering Students

So, we’ve discussed some of the things to consider before buying a laptop, now let’s take a closer look at what we’ve chosen as the best laptops for mechanical engineering students.

1: MSI GF63

Best Overall Laptop For Mechanical Engineering students

If you’re on a budget but you still need something that gets the job done, the MSI GF63 is an impressive all-rounder for the money. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB (Upgradeable to 16 or more)
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: Up to 7 hours (Realistically, much less than that)
  • Weight: 7.6 pounds

The quad-core CPU and the 8 gigabytes of RAM may slow you down under heavy multitasking or just by running heavy software. But, at the very least there’s only one RAM slot occupied – which means that there is the option of upgrading it to 16 gigabytes without spending a lot. 

Now, it may look and feel very sturdy, but the trade-off for this is the relatively high weight. It still offers a good balance between screen size and portability, but if you can’t stand heavy laptops then this is probably not for you. 

If you’re into gaming, do keep in mind that the 1050 Ti isn’t exactly the best card to get right now. But it is plenty enough for entry to budget gaming.  

Pros: 

  1. Cheap
  2. Plenty of storage 
  3. Good balance between screen size and portability
  4. Back-lit keyboard
  5. Feels sturdy

Cons: 

  1. Relatively heavy
  2. Weak specs compared to our alternatives

2: Acer Aspire 7

Value for money Pick

The Acer Aspire 7 is one of the most powerful laptops that one can get at this price point. It’s quite possibly one of the most balanced and smartest setups that we’ve seen yet. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB (Upgradeable to 16 or more)
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: Up to 7 hours (Realistically, much less than that)
  • Weight: 5.18 pounds

One of the tricks that the Aspire 7 uses to achieve this value is that instead of relying on a single, big SSD, it uses a small SSD for the OS and a big HDD for storage. Using a mechanical hard drive on a laptop that’s constantly on the move isn’t the greatest idea – that much is true. But, at the same time, we’ve been doing that for years without encountering any massive issues. 

Just like with our previous offering, the Aspire 7 is using the somewhat low-end 1050 Ti card which is still suitable for 30 FPS gaming on most demanding titles. But, that’s to be expected since this specific variant seems to be more targeted towards work rather than gaming. 

We’re not just referring to the design, but also the powerful CPU + weak GPU combo. Speaking of design, if you don’t like flashy gaming laptops then this is one of your best picks since it has a rather serious/professional aura to it. Also, let us not forget to mention upgrading it is a piece of cake thanks to the compartment door at the bottom!

Pros: 

  1. Relatively cheap/decent value
  2. Powerful CPU
  3. Easy access to its internals for those who wish to make any upgrades
  4. Offers a good balance between portability, size, and weight
  5. The fingerprint scanner is a welcome addition

Cons: 

  1. Weak GPU
  2. Some people may find it to be cheap looking

3: Asus ROG Strix G (2019)

The All-rounder

Asus’ ROG series has some of the most beautiful products that we’ve ever seen – from computer components all the way to laptops, the ROG Strix G is not an exception. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB Nvme SSD
  • Display: 15.6 (Up to 17.3) LCD IPS display at 1920 x 1080
  • Battery: 4-5 hours with average use – maybe half or less while gaming, 3D rendering, or doing anything very demanding in general
  • Weight: 5.28 pounds

Now, the fact that it has RGB all over it can be both a pro and a con depending on who you’re asking. So, if you prefer something more simplistic and serious, move on to our next pick. 

The GTX 1650 makes it a better choice for budget gaming compared to our previous picks. To be more specific, there is a difference of 15-20FPS on average. 

Generally speaking, with one of the most powerful processors (second only to the Core i9), a 1TB SSD, thin bezels, and a big display, the ROG Strix G is without a doubt a very viable option as the best laptop for mechanical engineering students! 

Sure – demanding gamers may find it underwhelming. But if you find yourself in that category, check out something like the HP Omen instead. 

Pros: 

  1. Big display with thin bezels
  2. Very powerful CPU 
  3. 16GB of memory out of the box
  4. Big SSD
  5. RGB lighting + Aura Sync

Cons: 

  1. Mediocre battery

4: Asus Vivobook K571

Professional’s Choice

In terms of style, this is the exact opposite of the ROG Strix G. Sleek, simple, and elegant – like a real gentleman. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920 x 1080 120Hz
  • Battery: About 6 hours of average usage (Though reviews on that seem to wildly vary)
  • Weight: 4.7 pounds

As you can see, it has almost the exact same specs with the ROG Strix G. So, it really all comes down to style. 

However, it’s worth noting that it offers a higher refresh rate and it uses an SSD + HDD combo while it’s also slightly more lightweight. The only downside to the SSD + HDD setup, apart from the fact that HDDs are more prone to failure due to physical shock, is the fact that two drives consume more power, which, in our case, harms the battery life ever so slightly.

Pros:  

  1. Relatively lightweight
  2. Powerful CPU
  3. High refresh rate (Even though the GPU can only reach it in certain competitive titles like CS: GO)
  4. 16GB of RAM out of the box
  5. Lots of storage

Cons: 

  1. Battery life seems to be a gamble with this one

5: HP Omen 15

The Enthusiasts Pick

HP Omen may be the most expensive laptop in this list, but it’s also the most capable. It’s not just great for mechanical engineering, but a superb option for gaming as well!

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 8GB 
  • RAM: 32GB 
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920 x 1080 144Hz
  • Battery: Up to 4 hours and 45 minutes
  • Weight: 8.55 pounds

It’s all-around one hell of a beast. Lots of RAM, a very powerful graphics card, high refresh rate panel, big SSD storage, very powerful CPU, etc. The only real downside is that it’s rather heavy. Almost 2 times heavier than the Vivobook.

Also, some people may not like the gaming aesthetic and the aggressive look. But, that’s mostly a matter of personal preference. 

Pros: 

  1. Powerful CPU
  2. Powerful GPU
  3. High refresh rate panel that you can actually use thanks to the RTX 2070
  4. 32GB of RAM out of the box

Cons: 

  1. Heavy
  2. Mediocre battery – but definitely not bad considering the raw power of this machine

Wrapping Up

Well, there you have it, our comprehensive breakdown of the best laptops for mechanical engineering students currently available. We’ve tried to create a guide that covers all the main aspects of a laptop purchase while being easy to digest at the same time. With everything in mind, here’s our conclusive rundown of the final contenders:

  1. MSI GF63: The cheapest laptop that we can recommend. It meets the minimum requirements while also allowing for entry-level gaming
  2. Acer Aspire 7: Offers a very powerful CPU for the money. If you’re willing to upgrade the RAM then it becomes a very capable machine (Still not ideal for highly-demanding gaming, though)
  3. Asus ROG Strix G (2019): Has everything that you’ll need for mechanical engineering right out of the box while also being covered in RGB – slightly better for gaming
  4. Asus Vivobook K571: Very similar to Asus’ offering with a more elegant and also more lightweight design
  5. HP Omen 15: The ultimate laptop for both work and gaming – but it’s also very heavy and very expensive

As per usual with tech, there are pros and cons to everything. Personal preferences make a big difference as well. So, think about it and choose whatever fits your requirements best.

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