best laptops in India for engineering students

Best Laptops in India for Engineering Students

Whether you are into electrical, mechanical, computer, civil, software, chemical, aeronautical, or even an aerospace engineering, you’re probably thinking that most laptops out there are not capable of running all the different software engineers encounter during their studies.

I had the exact same thinking when I started my engineering studies. I was afraid whatever laptop I ended up with wouldn’t be able to keep up with the projects/programs I’ll encounter unless I spend all my rent money on some thick heavy brick with the latest graphics card and processor jammed into it.

Before you even look at those monsters…

Remember that depending on your particular field of studies the software (therefore the kind of laptop you’ll need) will vary.

If you are an electrical or computer engineer, you’ll probably just deal with programming languages such as C++ and circuit simulators (SPICE) which most laptops out there should handle without issue.

But if you are a mechanical/civil engineer you’ll definitely definitely deal with CAD & CAE software in which case you might need a powerful laptop….

Let’s leave aside this “hardcore 3D software” and your field of studies for a second…

And remember that you’ll also be a college student. That means dealing with a bunch of classes that will keep you staring at the screen for hours trying to understand the solution to a problem you couldn’t solve.

Wouldn’t it be nice to find a laptop that could help you to graduate rather than just run this hardcore heavy 3D Software that you will only encounter in 2 to 3 classes? (Just 2 or 3 classes? Yes…more onto that later)

As a matter of fact, if you browse around other sites a little bit too much, you’ll definitely fall into the trap that you actually do need a powerful, expensive 10lb laptop. This makes the process of buying one… not just complicated but scary because those laptops cost an eyeball.

But the truth of the matter is….

Unless you are already working an engineer(using CAD or CAE software), you don’t need any of that. As you’ll find out in this post, that stuff is optional.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of cash, forget about “powerful laptops”. Spend all of it on the most portable yet speedy laptop with the longest battery life you can afford. Save for 2 or 3 programs, all modern laptops can handle pretty much any engineering software out there.

Again this doesn’t apply if you are a professional working engineer or a student doing a concentration with heavy CAD/CAE courses. Then yes, you are going to need a heavy brick.

If you still doubt what I’m saying you can check the last section of this post where I go through every engineering field, classes taken, software used, and the kind of stuff you’ll be doing with such software (AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks, etc).

Recommended Hardware for Engineering Students & Engineers

I know most of you just wanna be told what to buy though so I’ll try to summarize that section here (you can still check details at the end!).

For laptop buying purposes let’s divide engineers into 3D and 2D engineers.

If you are a CAD engineer(civil, mechanical, aeronautical) then you are a 3D Engineer and may have to worry about specs (just a dedicated graphics card really).

2D engineers (electrical, computer, chemical, software, and so on) can settle for pretty much any modern laptop that can run Windows.

To be more specific , I recommend the following specs:

RAM


All engineers should aim for 8GB RAM. This will prevent any lag situation with your software & the number of web pages you have open.

CPU


Intel Core i5/AMD Ryzen Chips and above for both 3D/2D Engineers. 2D engineers can settle with core i3 and other AMD processors if they’re short on cash.

SSD


If you wanna be successful in all of your classes you’re gonna need the reading/writing speeds of SSDs(this will max out productivity).

GPU


Any GPU with 2GB VRAM for 3D engineers only!

2D engineers do not need to worry about graphics card.

Lastly, only professional engineers should consider workstation cards (even then it might be too much).

Display

Size: If you are going to be staring at this thing for days, why not be kind to your eyeballs? Get at least a 13” display, with a matte display if you can (or set brightness to low levels).

Resolution: 1080p for all engineers. This will give you enough workspace area & will scale up nicely with any software out there. Avoid 4k resolution displays like the plague( you will anyway, they cost an eyeball).

Weight
Probably the most important feature. As light as possible​. The lighter & more the powerful the laptop the more expensive it becomes.

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1. Surface Pro 7

best laptops in India for engineering students

What makes it so popular is actually the design. Especially the weight and battery life, students are capable of taking this thing with them anywhere and anytime.

That and the fact that the Surface Pro can replace all of your school supplies: notebooks, textbooks, pens, erasers, highlighters, etc.

This is because it does have the most realistic note taking feel among all convertible laptops out there and the best & seamless combination with OneNote (this is a laptop made by Microsoft after all). What’s OneNote? It’s a program that’ll keep all of your notes and assignments neatly organized and easily accessible for you to write on.

Don’t be fooled by the way its looks or how small it seems to be. Concentrate on walk the talk.

It can run 99% of the engineering software you’ll come across just like any windows laptop.

Either way, you can configure it depending on how much power you think you are gonna need. It depends on person to person.

The processor can range from a weak m3 core processor with 4GB RAM to a core i7 late generation processor with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Making it one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

I really don’t think you should go all out and go forward the highest configuration though, as long as you get a Pro with 8Gigs of RAM you should be alright. Therefore this is one of the best laptops in India for engineering student’s points of view.

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SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5
GENERATIONN/A
RAM8GB
HDD128 GB
GRAPHICSN/A
WEIGHT771 g
SCREEN SIZE12.3 Inches
TOUCH SCREENYES
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Jump In Processing Power. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 has a jump in the processing power.
  • Wi-Fi 6 Support.
  • USB-C And USB-A Ports.
  • Elegant Kickstand.
Cons
  • Minor Updates From Pro 6.
  • Battery Life.

2. Surface Book 2

best laptops in India for engineering students

Undoubtedly the best laptop in India for Electrical, Computer, Chemical, Software
Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineers.

you are a 3D Engineer and you are not willing to use the computer labs from time to time, really wish to run pretty much any project or engineering project software on your laptop or if CAD/CAE simulation/modeling will be your field of specialization, then you still can have all the benefits of the Surface Pro and do all of that with the Surface Book 2.

Unlike the Surface Pro, you can also configure the display of the Surface Book 2. You can either get the 15” with the 1060GTX or buy the cheaper 13.5” version with the 1050GTX.

Both models have the same crazy high resolution that even surpasses the latest MacBook Pro retina display (3000×2000), though this is just aesthetics not useful for engineering or anything else other than watching movies. Making it undoubtedly one of the best laptops in India for engineering students, it has got amazingly durable battery as well.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i7 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM16GB
HDD1024 GB
GRAPHICSNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
WEIGHT1.91 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15 Inches
TOUCH SCREEN YES
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 pro
CD DRIVE No
Pros
  • Better CPU and graphics.
  • Versatile, and light when used as a tablet.
  • Excellent and responsive touch screen.
  • Powerful machine with Nvidia graphics.
  • Xbox Wireless support.
  • Good battery life.
Cons
  • Expensive if you need more storage.
  • 16GB RAM maximum.
  • GTX 1060 held back by custom driver.
  • Underpowered Dock makes multi-monitor support problematic.

3. Dell XPS 13 9360

best laptops in India for engineering students

Just like the Surface models, the specs can be configured depending on your budget.

It starts with a Core i3 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD and up to core i7 1TB SSD 16GB RAM set up. I assure you that the configuration presented here (i5 core, 8GB RAM, and 256GB) is more than sufficient to run all of your basic engineering applications without any lag or issues whatsoever. Making it undoubtedly one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

Even the Core i3 will be do just fine if you aren’t running 3D CAD/CAE software.

Note that none of its configurations have a dedicated graphics card, as a result of the performance with 3D CAD software will be limited but you’ll get through most of it save for a few projects that you might see during your last two years(I’m only referring to 3D engineers who are considering buying it despite the lack of a dGPU).

If you do want to deal with large CAD projects and you are reluctant to use the computer labs then you might want to invest in the DELL XPS 15.

Note that there are two versions of the Dell XPS series: a touchscreen 4k resolution display and a full HD (1080p) resolution display. For engineering applications & assignments stick with the configuration recommended here (full HD non-touch) you’ll have far more battery life with it and still have money left to buy a decent phone.

Both versions come with a fingerprint scanner…. Maybe if you want to look like a cool engineer working on a top-secret government project in the library. Make sure you look to your left and right before you use the fingerprint scanner to log in!

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SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM8GB
HDD/SSD128 GB SSD
GRAPHICSIntel Integrated HD
WEIGHT1.21 Kg
SCREEN SIZE13.3 inches
TOUCH SCREENYes
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Infinite display.
  • Build quality.
  • keyboard+ touchpad.
  • amazing battery life.
Cons
  • Poor palm rest.
  • brightness quality not that good.
  • no proper room for the front camera.

4. Asus ZenBook 13 Ultra Slim

best laptops in India for engineering students

Although this is not a Core i7, neither is the Dell XPS 13’s processor, modern processors today have way too much power and an 8th gen core i5/Ryzen Chip has in fact way too much clock speed for the engineering software you’ll encounter in school.

The best thing about Core i5 or Ryzen chips is that despite being fast as hell they’ll give you way more battery life than higher-end processors.

The ZenBook also comes with the latest and fastest SSD jammed into just like any premium laptop reviewed before. This means your computer will still turn off/on in literally 3 seconds flat and launch software in a blink. Undoubtedly making it one of the best laptops to buy in India for engineering students.

Again the only drawback is the lack of a dedicated GPU, which “some” mechanical, civil & aerospace engineers may need for 2 or 3 classes during their third or fourth year. The rest of you will be fine without it.

There are no drawbacks to its display. It’s still full HD (though not an IPS screen) but it has a matte finish, which should make it easier to stare at for long hours.

All other premium features( backlit keyboard, aluminum chassis) are also included. Making it one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM8GB
HDD/SSD256 GB SSD
GRAPHICSIntel UHD Graphics 620
WEIGHT2.5 Pounds
SCREEN SIZE13.3 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Stellar display.
  • Fast fingerprint sensor.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Portability.
  • Great Looks.
Cons
  • Shell is a smudge magnet.
  • HDMI port should be USB-C.
  • Janky touchpad.
  • Battery is subpar.
  • Webcam is subpar.

5. MacBook Pro

best laptops in India for engineering students

There’s a huge misconception about Apple computers for engineering. Despite what you’ve read and heard online, the MacBook Pro is NOT a bad move for engineering.

Sure you’ll have compatibility issues with some software encountered during your curriculum(actually most of it) but that doesn’t stop many engineering students from buying it.

If you’ve been to college already, you’ve probably noticed a lot of engineering students with shiny apple around.

you can always install Windows on it if you ever see the need to and switch back and forth between OSX and Windows 10 and no it’s not that hard, Windows 10 is just one button away with the MacBooks. Besides eliminating compatibility issues with Windows Software, programming is a breeze with OSX…so you will definitely want to switch back to OSX most of the time.

Performance-wise MacBooks don’t fall behind powerful windows laptops. Apple is always on the lookout to deliver the latest technology in their devices.

For example, virtually all their SSDs have the same speed as PCIe- based SSDs which makes dual-booting into Windows happen in a flash and they had this technology for several years.

MacBooks don’t just look good, they last forever because they have a rock-solid bulletproof design.

This will make them more resistant to all physical damage they’ll have to endure when you check your first semester’s final grades online and all the dmg they’ll take during those stressful final exams.

I actually like the fact that their chargers have a magnet-like port that can be easily unplugged. Which further undoubtedly make it one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i7 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM16GB
HDD/SSD512 GB
GRAPHICSIntel UHD Graphics 630
WEIGHT1.37 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15 Inches
TOUCH SCREENYES
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 With a lifetime warranty
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Powerful speakers.
  • Incredibly sleek, lightweight aluminum case.
  • Beautiful, high-resolution “Retina” display.
  • Clever, versatile “Force Touch” trackpad.
Cons
  • No SD Card slot.
  • No “MagSafe” power connector.
  • Expensive.

6. Acer Aspire A515 54G

best laptops in India for engineering students

This is the best budget laptop for any engineer looking forward to running 3D models on a laptop. For around 600 bucks, you’ll get a pretty high-end processor just like any premium laptop has and the most recent entry-level graphics card: the Mx250. On top of that, you also get the fastest SSD type in it.

If for some reason you can’t even afford this mode, you can look for older models with the MX150 GPU on it. Both the MX150 and the MX250 (and the 940MX) will let you handle pretty much any engineering project you’ll encounter during school.

If you for some crazy reason want to add 8GB or even 16GB on top of the 8GB it comes with you can just remove one screw and voila it’s open for an upgrade. This indeed is an amazing feature and makes it undoubtedly one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

I know how many people, especially guys, would like to have a full-blown powerful laptop with a dedicated GPU even if they are not going to run 3D models. If you are an electrical engineer or a 2D engineer, please do yourself and don’t buy this model because you’ll start doing some gaming on it and see your grades drop like stones in a well.

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SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM8GB
HDD/SSD2 TB HDD/512 GB SSD
GRAPHICSNVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
WEIGHT1.8 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15.6 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Excellent battery life.
  • beautiful and sporty look body.
  • hunk looks.
Cons
  • Not that durable.
  • does not walk the talk which it does.

7. Acer Aspire 5 Slim

best laptops in India for engineering students

This is an even cheaper laptop for engineers but mostly directed to engineers not dealing with CAD/CAE software.

Leaving the GPU aside, the specs are similar to the Acer Aspire above. Although its CPU is a dual-core processor, it has about the same clock speed 3.4GHz with a turbo boost. The Ryzen chips are actually more efficient using turbo boost and you’ll be hitting that speed most of the time.

Unlike last year’s model which had 6GB for RAM, this one already’s been upgraded to 8GB. So If you will not finding it sluggish even after throwing some serious multitasking(i mean going nuts with the #of tabs, MatLab, Skype, iTunes, youTube all at the same time).

You can also upgrade it by installing another RAM Stick (make sure they’re both from the same brand and type, the CPU will work more efficiently that way).

Since this is a budget laptop, like the Acer shown above it is made of plastic. That’s not alarming though, just make sure you don’t drop it often because the motherboard won’t survive the hits, it’s delicate.

The display is pretty impressive for 350 bucks. I don’t know how they managed to do (I’m assuming this is because the Ryzen Chips are “cheap” yet powerful ) but it got a full HD IPS to display with the bonus of having a matte finish.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM8GB
HDD1 TB
GRAPHICSIntel Integrated
WEIGHT2.95 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15.6 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Portable.
  • Perfect in Looks.
  • The mic is of high quality.
  • Color & Brightness.
  • Wide Selection of ports.
Cons
  • Not good for high-end games.
  • No Backlit keyboard.
  • Slow with the internet.
  • Defective hardware issues.
  • Not Ubuntu friendly.

8. Lenovo ThinkPad E590

best laptops in India for engineering students

you just can’t leave Lenovo out of the picture for so long especially for engineering. The favorite brand for all working engineers (and a huge part of the student community). In fact, you’ll probably see this laptop in your department’s website as one of the recommended ones to go for, making it undoubtedly one of the best laptops in India for engineering students That’s because Lenovo’s have a really good reputation when it comes to customer support (along with Macs) both outside your school and inside too.

Plus they’re pretty durable brands (the windows Equivalent of Macs) and have a wide range of ports, plus awesome keyboards and trackpads. They’re also more Linux compatible than your average Windows laptop.

Lenovo Thinkpads are known among the geek community to have great durability, top-notch keyboards, rock-solid builds, and long battery lives.

And of course their connectivity, it has every port out there you’ll ever need (including the old fashioned Ethernet Port). Electrical & computer engineering who loves to around with external devices & circuitry like the guy on the main pic of this post will need all of those ports.

The only real downside is their portability, they are not that lightweight but this is expected for a 15” laptop with a military-grade design. Else this laptop offers everything one can ask for.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i5 processor
GENERATION8th Gen
RAM8GB
HDD/SSD256 GB SSD
GRAPHICSIntel UHD Graphics 620
WEIGHT2.13 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15.6 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Solid build.
  • Excellent keyboard with integrated number pad.
  • Some good configuration options, including discrete graphics.
Cons
  • A limited selection of ports and connectors.
  • Borderline all-day battery life.
  • No touch screen option.

9. MSI WP65 9TH-263

best laptops in India for engineering students

If you’re gonna pick a workstation laptop, as of 2020, you should at least make sure it has the 9th or 10th generation on it. There are rare cases where you’ll need 32GB of RAM but if you ended up with 8GB…no sweat all workstation laptops are upgradeable up to 64GB RAM.

Having a non-PCIe NVMe SSD on a workstation laptop is no longer an option, 3D software today are very aware that this technology is readily available and expect you to have it. This is to make sure that a huge 10GB Model with 1000 parts opens up in a few minutes rather than half an hour.

This one does have a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD which I don’t think will be completely filled out unless you don’t have a desktop back home.

All workstation laptops have the same design. They’re thick & heavy( this is what makes them more ideal for large upgrades and good candidates for desktop replacements). Some of them even allow you to install several storage devices.

The size also makes them more suitable for several hours of rendering without having to worry about heat control(which is a huge problem with gaming/consumer laptops due to their thinness and crowded placed components). This special feature makes it undoubtedly one of the best laptops in India for engineering students.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i7 processor
GENERATION9th Gen
RAM16GB
HDD/SSD512G NVMe SSD
GRAPHICSNVIDIA GeForce Dedicated GDDR5
WEIGHT1.86 kgs
SCREEN SIZE15.6 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 PRO
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • Powerful laptop.
  • portable laptop.
  • very unique and new as for the Indian audience.
Cons
  • Limited availability in the market.

10. Lenovo ThinkPad P73

This monster also has another 2TB storage device, though not an SSD, this can act as a repository for old project files and high-resolution images you may want to store. Basically, you won’t need a desktop anymore, this is already a desktop minimized to the size of a briefcase.

The only thing that’s really not maxed out is the processor. Although this is the fastest from the entire list and has been released just a few months ago, it’s 10th generation equivalent is much faster. However, the clock speed from that 10th gen processor is really useless with today’s software. They won’t really benefit that much from it and it’s not yet found on today’s laptops so to speak.

It has got an unbelievably amazing battery life which makes it one of the best laptops in India for engineering students. It has many features that stand out from one another.

SPECIFICATIONS:-
PROCESSORIntel Core i7 processor
GENERATION9th Gen
RAM16GB
HDD/SSD512 GB SSD
GRAPHICSNVIDIA Quadro M2000M 4GB GDDR5
WEIGHT3.4 kgs
SCREEN SIZE17.3 Inches
TOUCH SCREENNO
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10
CD DRIVENo
Pros
  • This laptop of Lenovo comes with a classy ThinkPad design.
  • This product also has a good touchpad keyboard for faster typing experience.
  • Multiple security options are available in this product.
Cons
  • Colour and luminance are not uniformly distributed.
  • CPU and GPU of this product run hot under load.

Conclusion

There are various laptops that don’t do walk the talk, therefore proper knowledge about the market is essential. remember if you are a student, you’re gonna be stuck with this laptop for 4 years. If you aren’t convinced with the laptops I’ve recommended it above, give this section some time before mindlessly shopping for one. You should find it useful regardless of what field you are working in.
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