College Student Seeking Laptop (Electrical Engineering)

  zbreh 22:54 10 Apr 2015

Hi, I already have a pretty powerful desktop for more intense work and gaming, but I'm currently looking for a laptop at around 14" to do schoolwork and some intern work while at school or at my internship.


Budget: $650

Use: Office, Internet, Watching Movies, MATLAB, Eagle(Electrical Design Software), PSPICE, Xilinx, Coding Software (C++), 2D drafting with AUTOCAD, Visual (Photometric Analysis), and other software that an electrical engineering undergrad (Maybe push for Masters) will be using.


Currently, I am looking at the Lenovo Z40 - 70
Product Number: 59425582
Price: $549 with coupon USPZ48249
Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64
RAM: 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Display: 14.0" FHD LED Glossy Wedge (1920x1080)
Storage: Hybrid 500GB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD
Drive: DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
Battery: 5 hrs, 4 Cell 41 Watt Hour Li-Cylindrical
Weight: 4.6 lbs

Here is a link to the Lenovo Z40-70:
click here


Also, I am looking at this Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series:
click here
Price: $559
Processor: 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (2.20GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64
Display: 13.3" IPS (1366 x 768)
Storage: 500GB 5400 RPM SATA
Weight: 3.7 lbs


Additionally, I have a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD that I can swap the HDD with (Not sure how to back up system for that yet)


Would any of these laptops be sufficient for my needs or is there anything better or more practical out there for the price?


Thanks in advance!

  zbreh 08:14 21 Apr 2015

I've settled with a Used Lenovo U430 Touch
- Excellent condition
- $526.33 Taxes and Shipping included
- Intel Core i7-4500U (1.8 GHz)
- 8GB RAM 1600MHz
- Hybrid 500GB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD
- Intel® HD Graphics 4400
- 14.0" HD+ LED Backlit with integrated camera (1600x900)
- Windows 8.1 64
- 4.2 lbs
- Approx 10Hr battery life

I'm planning on swapping the HDD out with my 500GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD. Not sure on how to back up the system to that yet though.

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