Here are a few laptops with reviews for how they stack up for engineering in a variety of price ranges and styles.

Budget Models

This is for an average engineering student who would spent most of the time researching or writing reports. You can use some engineering software, but in the end you may have to rely on your lab computers.

These many not be the best laptop for engineering students in terms of hardware, but for the price, nothing beats them.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM

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This Acer comes in at a nice budget price currently running for around $350 we have a machine that squeaks by with just enough to suit any beginning engineer.

Coming in an obsidian black design that resembles graphite or some rare mineral, the look is sharp. With a 15.6 inch screen and a 1920 x 1080 widescreen display you shouldn’t have too much trouble visualizing complex mechanics.

The processor is a Intel i3 7100-U, a seventh generation packing 2.4 ghz on a 3 mb cache gives you pretty good speed and power for the price.

4 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM is adequate speed for most applications. So store all the applications in the world on this 1 terabyte hard drive, it’s a mechanical drive so you don’t get the speed but who needs speed when you have hundreds of movies?

The connectivity is pretty good with a high speed 802.11ac Wi Fi, a LAN port, a 3.1 C USB port, two 3.0’s and a 2.0 to boot.

The only negative is a Intel HD 620 graphics card, not horrible but you will be limited on top end programs. At 5.3 pounds with a 12 hour battery life this is a great budget machine.

Specs at a glance: 15.6″ FHD, Intel i3-7100U, Integrated graphics, 4 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB HDD, 12 hrs battery (rated)


  •  FHD resolution is a huge plus for this ultra budget laptop
  •  Offers a whopping 12 hours battery (rated)


  •  Lacking in graphics power
  •  The RAM is in adequate for intense work

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4

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This budget laptop for engineering students will run you a bit more right around the mid $500 range but Acer added a bunch of nice upgrades. Sticking with the obsidian black design this model also has a 15.6 inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 widescreen display sound familiar.

The central feature of this laptop is the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX graphic card. You can not only enjoy light gaming, but also use some of the simulation software. With 2 gigabytes of dedicated DDR5 RAM you should have enough juice to run most engineering applications

The Intel i5 7200-U processor has a speed of upto 3.1 GHz which is just in within the perfect range for the rest of the hardware. 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM is also a great addition.

Rounding out the speed force we have a 256 gigabyte solid state drive for that is ten times faster than a mechanical drive speed with enough space for most people.

Acer returns with superior connectivity including Bluetooth a 3.1 USB port, two 3.0’s and a 2.0, along with a gigabit LAN port, and 802.11ac wireless card. There’s even a backlit keyboard this model has just about everything you could want packaging great value under $600 bucks.

Specs at a glance: 15.6″ FHD, Intel i3-7100U, Integrated graphics, 4 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB HDD, 12 hrs battery (rated)


  •  Great value for money
  •  Dedicated Graphics card
  •  SSD drive and 12 hours battery life


  •  Storage capacity is a bit lacking
  •  Thicker and heavier than standard