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5 Best Laptops for Machine Learning under $1000 in 2020

by Umair Ahmad Khan

Selecting the best laptops for machine learning can be sometimes very difficult for newbies in the field. This is sometimes due to a lack of information about needed specs for the laptop or just simply the lack of computer knowledge (which should not be the case for people pursuing careers in Machine Learning).

Plus, not everyone can buy the super expensive machines costing more than $2K. Students specially don’t have that kind of budget.

However, there are some inexpensive laptops out there that may not be great as those super expensive ones, but still they will do the job for you.

So, if you are on a budget and looking for best laptops for machine learning, here are 5 laptops for you, with an introduction to machine learning as well.

Before going into selecting the best laptop, we suggest you watch the video below to get the basic idea of what machine learning is:

Now, now that is out of the way, let’s get into computers.

Minimum Necessary Specs

No matter which laptop you end up choosing, you should keep an eye to following factors in any laptop:

  1. CPU should be at least core i7. Prefer Intel Processors over AMD.
  2. RAM of 8 GB is enough for students. However, if you are doing professional machine learning work, 16 GB or if possible 32 GB is recommended.
  3. GPU, which is perhaps the most important factor for deep learning (a subfield of machine learning) Opt for AMD or NVidia GPU with at least 1 GB of VRAM. In NVidia, the Quadro series is best suited for deep learning work. Never buy a laptop with Intel Shared Memory VRAM.

These specs are minimum necessary specs for any laptop you buy.

Best Laptops for Machine Learning

Below are the details of 5 best laptops for machine learning that you can buy in price under $1000.

1. HP ENVY 13

Price: $979.00

Processor:Intel 8th-generation Core i7-8550U

Memory: 8GB LPDDR-1866 SDRAM

Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS WLED backlit touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, specially designed to protect touchscreens

Graphics: 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Graphics with CUDA

Dimensions : 12.08 in (H) x 8.32 in (W) x 0.57 in

Weight: 2.82 pounds

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2. 2019 ASUS TUF

Price: $928.00

Processor:2.3 GHz AMD R Series

Memory: 8 GB DDR4

Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD

Graphics: 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR5

Dimensions : 15.7 x 11 x 1.1 inches

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3. Acer Predator Helios 300

Price: $938.00

Processor: 4.1 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory: 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 256 GB Flash Memory Solid State

Graphics: 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

Dimensions : 10.5 x 15.3 x 1.1 inches

Note: This is the best among this list. Gaming Laptop but works like charm for Machine Learning.

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4. ASUS ROG G531GT-BI7N6

Price: $928.00

Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory: 8 GB DDR4

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

Dimensions : 14.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches

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5. Dell G5

Price: $959.00

Processor: 4.5 GHz Core i7 Family

Memory: 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 256 GB 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Dimensions : 10.8 x 14.3 x 0.9

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FINAL THOUGHTS

If you have to choose between a workstation or gaming laptop, go for workstations because of their certified GPUs. However, for students gaming laptops will also do the job.

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