Engineering & Science Computing

Undergraduate Computing

Recommended Models for Engineering & Science

More information is available in our guide for undergraduates, here.

NOTE: The high-end, midrange, and low-end designations are assigend with both price and performance in mind. So, for example, the MacBook Air 13" is listed as "low-end" but actually costs more than the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 in the midrange section. The MacBook Air is more portable, with a higher build quality, but has lower technical specifications.

High-end

Model Specifications Price¹
Apple 15" Retina Macbook Pro² 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 512GB SSD storage1 Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory Four Thunderbolt 3 ports Touch Bar and Touch ID $2799.00
HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation HP Laptop ZBook Studio G3 (T6E16UT#ABA) Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 16 GB Memory 512 GB Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 15.6" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit $1974.43
Dell Precision Mobile Workstation Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M7510- Intel Quad Core i7 6820HQ 2.7GHz- 500GB SSD- 16GB DDR4 Ram- 2GB Nvidia Quadro M1000M- Windows 10 Pro 64-bit $1829.99
Apple 13" Macbook Pro 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 512GB SSD storage1 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 Four Thunderbolt 3 ports Touch Bar and Touch ID $1999.00

Midrange

Manufacturer Model Number Price¹
Apple MacBook Pro 13" 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 256GB SSD storage1 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 Four Thunderbolt 3 ports Touch Bar and Touch ID $1799.00
Dell XPS 15 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen" Dell - XPS 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Solid State Drive - Silver $1649.99
HP Pavilion 15t Gaming and Business Laptop iwith UHD 4K Touchscreen ( Intel i7 Quad Core, 16GB, NVIDIA GeForce 1050, 2TB HDD+512GB SSD, 15.6 Inch UHD (3840 x 2160) Touchscreen, Windows 10) X7P44AV $1468.95
Lenovo Thinkpad P50s 15.6 FHD IPS Mobile Workstation, Intel Core i7-6500U Upto 3.1GHz, 16GB DDR3, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA Quadro M500M, Windows 10 Professional 64Bit $1399.00

Low-end

These machines may be sufficient, but if a student intends to enter a discipline which features CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Modeling); simulation, or visualization, the capacity of the graphics subsystem may be inadequate.

Manufacturer Model Number Price¹
Apple MacBook Air 13" 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory 256GB SSD storage1 Intel HD Graphics 6000 $1199.00
Dell Inspiron 15.6 TrueLife IPS 4K UHD Multi-Touch Notebook, Intel Quad-Core i7-6700HQ Upto 3.5GHz, 16GB DDR3, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB, Windows Professional 64Bit $1299.00
Lenovo P50s TrueLife IPS 4K UHD Multi-Touch Notebook, Intel Quad-Core i7-6700HQ Upto 3.5GHz, 16GB DDR3, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB, Windows Professional 64Bit $1227.45
Lenovo Y50 Lenovo Y50 UHD Laptop 59446363( i7-4720HQ Processor, 15.6" UHD Display (3840x2160), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB, 16GB memory, 1TB SSHD, Win 10 ) $997.27
  1. Prices are representative for the models from online retailers. They are subject to variation and may be higher or lower than listed here.