While completing the junior and senior years of your engineering degree, you will need to run multiple engineering programs that require a fair amount of computing power. With that in mind, Engineering Computing Services (ECS) recommends the following specifications for your laptop:
This laptop would be good for note-taking, Office programs, and web browsing, but may be slow or unable to run engineering software. You can often use this computer for the first two years, but it will lack power as you progress.
This laptop will run engineering software, including simulations, which you will encounter in the later parts of your degree. Remember that the cost goes up as you increase power (CPU speed, RAM size, hard drive speed), reduce weight, and compress or expand screen size:
While we do have a fair number of Mac users within Engineering, please be aware that a large majority of our programs are not available for Mac OS. Whitacre College of Engineering Remote Lab gives students access to many of our Windows engineering software, but some classes may require you to run Windows freeware or student versions of software not found on our Remote Lab. In that case, Mac users will need to install and configure Windows with either Bootcamp or VMware Fusion.