Laptop Program: Recommended PC Laptop
Updated: 11 August 2019 08:54 PM
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Recommended PC Laptops: Microsoft Surface Book 2 & Pro and Dell Precision
Microsoft Surface Book 2: Best Option for Recommended Programs
The new Surface Book 2 has two different models a 13" and 15" models.
Minimum: Surface Book 2 – 13.5" / 256GB / Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) or better
We recommend purchasing the Surface Book with a minimum of an i5 (8th Gen) processor and 8GB of RAM. There are more expensive models available and these provide more RAM and storage.
Better: Surface Book 2 – 13.5" / 256GB / Intel Core i7 or better
BEST: Surface Book 2 – 15" / 256GB / Intel Core i7 or better
Surface Book 2 vs MacBook Pro: Face-off! (Laptop Mag)
Surface Pro 6
Recommended Surface Pro model: Surface Pro - Intel Core i7 / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM
Best option for any 3D CAD/CAM work.
The only laptop we recommend (Apple and PC) that supports Solidworks Realview is the Dell Precision 5530. Lack of Realview will not prevent you work getting your work done. Industrial Design students should consider this model.
"The Dell Precision 5530 is a Quadro powered workstation in the body of an XPS 9570" – Ultrabook Review.com
What sets the Dell Precision 5530 apart from all the other laptops on this list is that it ships with a NVidia Quadro P2000 graphics card. Quadro is NVidia's workstation class card certified for use with Autodesk's CAD products, and is optimized for CAD/CAM.
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1
The Dell 5530 15 2-in-1 is a fantastic laptop that you can flip around and draw on the screen: perfect for an OCAD U student. Unfortunately, the Dell Active Pen is not included in the box.
"The Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 workstation is a nicely engineered workstation-class laptop."
New Dell Precision 5540
New Version of the Dell Precision 5530: still great for 3D CAD/CAM work.
The new Dell Precision 5540 is shipping with 6-core and 8-core 9th Generation Intel Processors and Quadro T1000 or T2000 graphics. While it packs a bit more power, it's not currently subject to some of the discounts available on the 5530.
Already Own a PC? Don't want to buy the Recommended Model?
Here is our minimum recommended specification for older PC models.
We recommend you talk to the Help Desk before buying a machine. Based on our surveys, students are generally happier with the laptops we recommend. These two charts show satisfaction for our recommended models (first) and any other laptop (second):
If your system is not a recommended system we offer little support for it:
This often results in students wasting large amounts of valuable time: your time is more valuable than the money you save buying a cheap laptop. Please purchase a recommended configuration for your program.
What about XYZ brand of laptop?
We can't say whether another brand laptop may or may not be a good deal or good hardware to use. We evaluate all the computers we recommend and listen carefully to student feedback. We keep in mind that you will have this computer for three to four years. We recommend you purchase the recommended Microsoft Surface, Dell or Apple MacBook Pro.