Good laptop for an Engineer


Jan 12, 2014
Hi there,

My friend is in need of a new laptop for her work. She works in structura; engineering and therefore needs a laptop with a decent GPU and good processing power for the programs she has to use for work.

Her budget is £500, please can someone recommend me some good laptops for her?

1. What is your budget? - £500

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Any

3. What screen resolution do you want? Any

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable laptop

5. How much battery life do you need? At least a few hours

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? - No

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) - structural engineering programs

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? - at least 500gb

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? a few years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? n/a

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. n/a

13. What country do you live in? Chile

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.




"7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) - structural engineering programs"

What specific engineering programs?

Most software applications provide some listing of required hardware specs. Usually in the form of "minimum", "recommended", and "best".

She will not want minimal and she will want as much "best" as she can afford ( £500 ).

Check the program manufacturer's websites for hardware specs.

Do so for each program she will be using.

Then look for laptops that meet or exceed the hardware requirements.


For that budged your best thing is either a used one with a secondary video card like an nVidia 1050 or a workstation class laptop like Lenovo P models, HP Z book, or for new most likely thing would be a system with a Ryzen 5 CPU with 16 GB of RAM.