The Best Gaming Laptop for Engineering Students

The majority of engineering students and engineers seem to prefer gaming laptops instead of a regular, non-gaming variant for their course. This might be due to the fact that (most of the) engineering students are hardcore geeks and passionate about gaming.

What is the best gaming laptop that also meets the needs of an engineering course?

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Selecting a gaming laptop for engineering is not hard if one knows where to look and what to look for. The primary difference of a laptop fit for gaming is its screen size and resolution, and the addition of a dedicated graphics adapter. Conversely, screen sizes and a powerful graphics card may not be a requirement for a normal engineering laptop.

Best Gaming Laptop Requirements for Engineering

The requirements for engineering laptops can be broadly defined. “Engineering” and “Gaming” requirements run hand-by-hand because both require an HD graphics card and an HD screen resolution. While gamers value screen sizes too, engineers may not require large screen sizes. The screen size part is totally objective.

Graphics Card

Instead of doubling or tripling on RAM, one can turn a laptop into a gaming laptop for engineers by choosing a graphics card. These laptops tend to cost $220-$250 extra on top of their normal counterparts, but totally pay off in the long run. A graphics card is eternal to a gaming laptop, and they help render graphics and designs beautifully when using engineering software programs like AutoCAD, ANSYS, and SolidWorks.

Screen Size, or Screen Resolution, or both?

As I said earlier, gamers may need large screens (17.3″ or more), but I still prefer 15.6-inches max. It is large enough for me, and the decision is up to you. It should also be noted that larger screens tend to be bulkier and heavier, making it less portable. However, screen resolution is a primary requirement for a good laptop, both for gaming and engineering.

1600 900 or more is the minimum one must shoot for. 1920 x 1080 pixels is the best. Most gaming laptops in 2015 come with an at least 1080p display.

My favorite gaming laptop for engineers 2016


The Aspire V15 Nitro has a sturdy and shiny hinge.

The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro is a perfect amalgamation of portability, “lapability”, and gaming. The graphics are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M DDR5 VRAM that complements its 16GB of DDR3 primary RAM.

Faster Hybrid drive

Acer laptop for engineering students

Sleek and stylish, has three USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. Supports Bluetooth 4.2 pairing.

The hard drive is a hybrid of 1TB of mechanical disk and 256GB of faster SSD drive. Genuine Windows 8.1 has been installed in the SSD drive, with space for more games. Files and backups can be stored in the hard disk. This will make both the OS and gameplay run faster, with more frame rates.

Support for dual-band WiFi and Latest Bluetooth

Acer laptop for gaming and engineering

Charges under 2 hours and gives full HD gameplay for over 4 hours

Hooking up the laptop with other PCs is seamless with 802.11 ac wireless bridge that support the faster 5 GHz band. Backlit keyboard is useful for play in the dark or during assignments late night.

Photos of Acer Aspire V15, via Amazon

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