5 Good Laptops for Mechanical Engineering Students to buy in 2020, Under $500 - EXPLAINOPEDIA
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5 Good Laptops for Mechanical Engineering Students to buy in 2020, Under $500

by Raja Mehar

For mechanical engineers buying a laptop is not just going to a shop and buying the best laptop available that fits to their budget. Well, that is included in he buying process, but because of their tasks and work nature, buying good laptops for mechanical engineering students goes a little bit beyond than just basic RAM and CPU performance.

Having a decent RAM and CPU does not hurt but for mechanical engineers, GPU or graphics processing unit is also super important. And then there is also the fact that above they are students and not all can buy laptops that suit their needs and is in their purchasing power.

To address that matter, we have looked and analyzed hundreds of laptops and their stats and have come up with a list of 5 good laptops for mechanical engineering student which are available under $500.

Basically, a good laptop for mechanical engineering student is one with a decent dedicated GPU of atleast 1 GB of memory, with core i5 CPU or its equivalent and atleast 4 Gegabytes of RAM. Such a laptop can perform almost of all CAD and simulations related tasks at students level. If someone’s work goes a bit beyond student level and is on professional level and needs more processing power, then price is going to rise.

[Those who looking for high end professional quality laptops for Computer aided design applications, check out this list on BEST LAPTOPS FOR CAD APPLICATIONS].

5 Good Laptops for Mechanical Engineering Students

So, let’s get on with the list:

Dell Latitude E7470

Price: $399.00

Processor: 2.4 GHz, Core i5

Memory: 8 GB DDR

Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive

Display: 14 inches

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520

Dimensions (WxDxH): 15 x 19 x 5 inches

Weight: 3.3 lbs

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Dell Inspiron i3583

Price: $494.00

Processor: Intel i3-8145U, dual-core

Memory: 8 GB DDR 4

Storage: 128 GB SSD

Display: 15.6 inches

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620

Dimensions (WxDxH): 15 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches

Weight: 4.4 pounds


Acer Aspire 5

Price: $349.00

Processor:AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core Processor

Memory: 4GB DDR4 Memory

Storage: 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED backlit IPS Display

Graphics:AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics

Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.31 x 9.74 x 0.71 inches

Weight: 3.97 pounds


Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Price: $449.99

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Mobile Processors

Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM

Storage: 256GB SSD

Display: 14″ Laptop, 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Display

Graphics:AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.88 x 9.49 x 0.78 inches

Weight: 3.3 pounds


2020 HP Pavillon

Price: $429.99

Processor: AMD A9-9425 3.7 GHz

Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM

Storage: 128GB SSD

Display: 4″ Display bright View glossy screen maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Wled backlight no Optical Drive

Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphic

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.76 x 8.9 x 0.78 inches

Weight: 3.2 pounds



For professional work, workstations should be preferred and budget should be increased. The primary reason for choosing workstations is because of their certified GPUs.

However, for students as their work is not that power demanding, they can opt for less expensive machine.

Below are the mostly used softwares in the mechanical engineering domain and what kind of hardware their usage prefers:

  • Best laptop for ANSYS and simulation softwares would be the one with high processing power. So, CPU is important there.
  • Best laptop for AutoCAD, drafting and 3D modelling etc would be the one with best GPU. So graphics card is important there.
  • If a laptop has both these at high levels, then that is the magnum opus for both jobs.

And almost all of the laptops listed above can do a pretty decent jobs running these softwares for learning purposes and that is what students need.

So, that was our selection of good laptops for mechanical engineering students.

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