What is the best laptop for an electrical engineering student?

This question is easy to answer as I have been involved in Electrical Engineering since 2011.

Electrical Engineering students will need to be able to program in C/Java/Python/R.

b) Simulations: Matlab/Simulink NI Labview NI Multisim pSPICE, Saber

c) CAD Softwares – Eagle, orCAD

d) Documentation/Word Processing: LaTeX and MS Office

e) Embedded Programming ecosystems: Vivado, Code Composer Studio etc

These examples are not complete. Softwares such as Matlab/Simulink require a lot of processing power and plenty of RAM. This should be the main focus, not a large screen or large keyboard. You will also need to transport your system as you travel as a student. A smaller screen size and longer battery life are better. Simulink and most other apps are simple to install on Windows. However, I have heard that Macs can be more difficult to use in this regard.

The system specifications would then be:
Processor: Intel i5 and Above

RAM: RAM up to 8GB with an additional RAM slot for easy upgrade

Graphic Card: 2GB. (U can opt for onboard Graphics, if your RAM is 16GB).

Screen Size: 14 inch

OS Windows

Hard Disk: 1TB (Standard).

These specs are why I recommend professional laptops. They are more focused on performance than entertainment and multimedia.

These are the possible candidates/brands

A) Lenovo ThinkPad

b) Dell Latitude

c) HP Probook

From 2011 to 2016, I used an HP Probook 4440s and had no problems. Since 2016, I’ve switched to the Lenovo Thinkpad E460 and haven’t experienced any problems.



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