What are the requirements for architecture students? What specifications are recommended and necessary in a laptop for an architectural course?
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Laptop Requirements for Architecture Students
Architecture students should not settle for anything less than a fourth generation Intel i7 processor. Intel is already testing out a fifth generation series of i5 and i7 processors, so anything lower than the fourth generation will be a waste of money for your 5-year course.
Recommended minimum processor speed is 1.8 GHz.
Because of the sheer volume of software and files architecture students will be handling, the more the better. At least 512GB should be your target. It should also be noted that if money is not an issue, you should get an SSD drive as the primary hard drive. SSD drives are faster than traditional magnetic hard disk drives and probability for loss of data is also null.
Hybrid drives that come with a part hard disk and a part SSD drive are also recommended in a laptop.
Since architecture students have to work constantly with designs and graphics, a larger screen is recommended. However, too large may be of a portability issue. That is why, the best-recommended sizes are 15 to 17.3 inches. Any more and it will be heavy, any less and it will be too difficult to focus on the work.
Also important: Screen resolution should not be less than 1360 x 768 pixels. Good laptops come with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, which is the true HD resolution. If the budget permits, 4k screens are better – but not a requirement for architect laptops. The better quality display is a necessity when working with graphics.
8 GB is minimum and if you want to be on the safe side, go for 16GB. However, anything more than 16 GB is just a complete waste of money. 16GB handles more than everything. It is graphics card you should be investing on.
All major architecture and design universities like Virginia Tech School of Art + Design and NC State University recommend a minimum of 1GB of a dedicated graphics adapter. Architecture and design are graphics-intense, modeling and CAD based courses that require serious graphics power. Trusted graphics providers are NVIDIA with variants like GeForce 750M and QuadroK2100M.
Mac OS (10+) or Windows 7/8.
So, what laptops meet these requirements?
Laptops for Architecture Students