Best Engineering Laptops Under 1000

Best Engineering Laptops Under 1000 – We’ve done the hard work for you and gathered the best laptops for engineering students here, some of which are under $1,000, just in time for back to school season

All that power needs to come in a reasonably priced package that also has great battery life and is lightweight. While they might not compare pricewise to cheap laptops, they need to be within a college student’s budget. Additionally, the best engineering laptops should be able to last the whole day on a single charge as well as be easy enough to lug around from class to class.


1.Acer Nitro 5

Pros & Cons

While both the Nitro 5 and Bravo 15 benefit from AMD’s new “Renoir” CPU architecture, there’s only so much Acer can do with a lower price. Besides packing a six-core Ryzen 5 versus an eight-core Ryzen 7, the Nitro 5 has 8GB of memory versus 16GB and a 256GB rather than 512GB NVMe solid-state drive.

The smaller SSD is the biggest practical cut for most folks; it will make it tough to install many games. But unscrewing the bottom panel reveals welcome room for expansion: a second M.2 slot for another SSD, plus a 2.5-inch drive bay for up to a 2TB hard drive. There’s a drive cable in the box.

2.Apple MacBook Pro

Pros & Cons

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is a watershed moment for Apple’s Pro line. That’s because, along with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and the Mac mini (M1, 2020) that launched at the same time, it has moved Apple into a new era. Instead of using Intel CPUs that have powered all of the company’s computers for a while now, it uses the new Apple-made M1 chip. This upgrade to the laptop line is the first truly big leap that it has seen in a long time.

That’s not to say that it looks all that different from previous models. In fact, as big of a change as the M1 chip is, it’s the only big upgrade the Pro 13-inch gets. If you have a 2019 or even an early 2020 model, for instance, you’ll probably want to wait a few generations before getting a Pro with an M1 chip. However, it’s still a big update. This new model is 2.8 times faster than its predecessor and has a better battery life to boot. Additionally, it’s three times faster than comparable Windows laptops.

3.Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Pros & Cons

Let’s start with two good—well, pretty good—things about Lenovo’s IdeaPad 3 15 (for the model 15ADA05 we tested). It has 8GB of memory, while some rock-bottom budget laptops have an inadequate 4GB. And not long ago, such an economy model would have had a lowly 1,366-by-768-pixel display instead of the IdeaPad’s full HD (1,920 by 1,080) resolution.

Otherwise, though, this 15.6-inch slab of silver-gray plastic is hard to get excited about. It will suffice for browsing, email, and homework, but its performance is tepid, and it lacks basic comforts ranging from a backlit keyboard to a USB Type-C port, seen in some other economy models we’ve tested in recent weeks. One, the Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA), is a better 15-inch machine for the same price, while the MSI Modern 14 is an Editors’ Choice winner if you want to go a little smaller. Of course, upping your budget to will get you a much more enjoyable notebook.

4.Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Pros & Cons

The Surface Pro 7 still looks slick, but the problem is becoming the context, and it’s an issue, at least in part, created by Microsoft itself. By 2021’s standards, the design is looking a bit dated, especially the thick screen bezels. This was made more obvious by the emergence of the Surface Pro X, originally revealed alongside the Pro 7.

The Pro X boasts the slimmer, rounder edges and thinner bezels that you might expect out of a contemporary top-tier Surface Pro device. When the two are next to each other, the Pro X looks decidedly more modern. It’s a gorgeous system, inducing that feeling of tech envy that has slowly gone missing in the main line.

5.ASUS ZenBook 13

Pros & Cons

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325 originally appeared in July but was recently refreshed following Intel’s announcement of its 11th-gen Core processors and Iris Xe graphics. The models from earlier in the year with 10th-gen CPUs are still available, though, and are essentially the same as the 11th-gen versions except for the processors and an upgrade from Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 4. Buying the newer 11th-gen model will get you some future-proofing, but it also comes with a slightly higher price tag.

If you’re not on a strict budget, I would suggest going up to the newer 11th-gen configurations. The newer CPUs definitely deliver better performance overall compared to their 10th-gen counterparts, as do the integrated Iris Xe graphics, leaving you more headroom for basic GPU tasks and even casual gaming.


Best Engineering Laptops Under 1000 –  Engineering students, however, need powerful graphics cards, as well as other capable innards, to be able to fully utilize programs like CAD and CAM, not to mention handle computational tasks that require a lot of computing power.