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Hello, readers. All you need is this laptop buying guide written for the Students of chemical engineering to buy the best laptop according to your job.

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Today, laptops are coming in the market with a variety of specs, Hence it becomes a bit difficult for the people to identify the best laptop that fits their job.

In this article, I have accounted for all essential needs of Chemical Engineering persons ranging from Students to Professionals.

So, let's do something for the better of Chemical engineers.

Our conclusion

The one that you are going to buy should be capable of running the Windows OS and must have a minimum of Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with a minimum of 8 GB RAM.

The display must have a minimum of 1080p resolution with a minimum size of 15 inches. And, the laptop should come with a minimum of 500 GB hard drive. Furthermore, It is appreciated if it comes with at least 128 GB of SSD storage.

In addition to that, battery life must be at least 4 hours long. Moreover, I recommend you to rely on our review, not on the manufacturer's data.

Last, If Dell and HP are out of budget, look for the Asus or Acer laptops.

Next, read the whole article to know how we reached this conclusion.

List of the Best Laptops for Chemical Engineers to buy

Read about the rest of 23 chemical engineering laptops.

Why chemical engineer requires a specific laptop than a normal one?

Job of a chemical engineer states that It requires a specific laptop than a normal one.

The job of chemical engineering students and professionals involves some specific software like Aspen Plus, CFD, MATLAB, and many more.

Well, I am a blogger, and I was a student in Chemical engineering. And, Here I am going to prepare this guide based on the requirements of the 19 essential Chemical engineering-specific software.

The following is the list of the software that requires a laptop of specific configuration.

  • Mathematical modeling software
    • MS Office
    • MATLAB
    • Mathworks Simulink
  • Process simulation software
    • Chemstations CHEMCAD
    • Aspen Plus
    • Aspen HYSYS
    • ProSimPlus
    • SuperPro Designer
    • gPROMS
    • DWSIM
  • Fluid Dynamics Computations
    • CFD
    • ANSYS CFX, Fluent, Multiphysics, and Polyflow
    • COMSOL Multiphysics
    • FLOW-3D
    • STAR-CCM+
    • OpenFOAM

Now, you just look at the below table shows the minimum hardware requirements of the above 19 software. Also, note that many of them support Linux OS, But We have eliminated it due to its no-support for other basic-software.

SoftwareMinimum hardware requirements
MS OfficeCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4 GB Minimum, OS: Windows, Mac.
MATLABCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4 GB Minimum, 8GB recommended, OS: Windows, Mac.
Mathworks SimulinkCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4 GB Minimum, OS: Windows, Mac.
Chemstations CHEMCADCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4 GB Minimum, OS: Windows only.
Aspen PlusCPU: Core i5, RAM: 8 GB Minimum, 16 GB recommended, OS: Windows only.
Aspen HYSYSCPU: Core i5, RAM: 8 GB Minimum, 16 GB recommended, OS: Windows only.
ProSimPlusCPU: Core i3, RAM: 2GB Minimum, 4 GB recommended, OS: Windows only.
SuperPro DesignerCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4GB Minimum, OS: Windows only.
gPROMSCPU: Core i7, RAM: 8GB Minimum, 16 GB recommended, OS: Windows only.
DWSIMCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4GB Minimum, OS: Windows, Mac.
CFDCPU: Core i7 with NVIDIA Graphics card, RAM: 16GB Minimum, OS: Windows only.
ANSYS CFX, Fluent, MultiPhysics, and PolyflowCPU: Core i7 with NVIDIA Graphics card, RAM: 16GB Minimum, OS: Windows only.
COMSOL MultiphysicsCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4GB Minimum, OS: Windows, Mac.
FLOW-3DCPU: Core i7, RAM: 16GB Minimum, OS: Windows only.
STAR-CCM+CPU: Core i3, RAM: 4GB Minimum, 8GB recommended, OS: Windows, Mac.
OpenFOAMCPU: Core i3, RAM: 4GB Minimum, OS: Windows.
Minimum hardware requirements of the Chemical engineering-specific software

As you can see in the above table that almost 45% of the software requires high-level configuration on the laptop.

The gaming laptop fits best here, in the same way, they are too heavy compared to normal-use laptops.

So, this is what directs the chemical engineers to select the job-specific laptop. Now, let's dive into the most trending and complex topic - how to choose it.

Also, note that the below steps of laptop selection written with keeping the Chemical engineers in mind. Furthermore, the students of chemical or other engineering don't require high-specs laptop like Apple Macbook Pro or Dell XPS all the time.

It will describe the steps that you have to follow while selecting a job-specific laptop.

How to select the best laptop for the Chemical engineering job?

The laptop selection process doesn't only consist of the selection of CPU and RAM, but it does involve the space for many options.

Step-1: Choose the operating system

Logo of the Windows Operating System.

The 19 software you have read are widely run on Windows OS. Mac and Linux OS has little support for that software.

So, For Chemical engineering jobs, I strongly recommend Windows OS.

Well, It's sad that the powerful Macbook won't work here. Moreover, Linux has no support for MS Office. Hence, the one left for you to choose is only the Windows operating system.

Step-2: Select the right design category

The design category consists of the two types, Normal and 2-in-1. And, the 2-in-1 consists of foldable and detachable laptops.

The foldable and detachable laptops are for those who want a touchscreen rather than a non-touchscreen.

Well, I suggest you just go for the normal one since the software you are going to use on the laptop is resource-consuming, So they will drain the battery faster when in use.

Step-3: Pick the right display size

This picture has three laptops of different screen sizes each.

Laptops are coming in a common range of 11 to 18-inch sizes today.

Keep in mind that the weight will increase with an increase in display size. So, you have to make the right selection of it here.

The process simulation and Fluid dynamics computations software require a minimum-large display. Means, laptops with 15 inches or more are better to use.

Furthermore, the laptop with a 15-inch size display must be fall under your selection since we have to account for the weight too.

Step-4: Check the keyboard and touchpad

If the laptop you are going to buy has a full-sized keyboard, then make sure it has a minimum of 104 keys. In addition to that, Also make sure that It has a high number of hotkeys.

Hotkeys are the keys to control the media, volume, brightness, and other laptop functions with just one press.

The touchpad should be large enough, and it should also support the multi-gestures such as zoom, rotate, and many more. Moreover, the laptop must come with efficient touchpad drivers.

Furthermore, make sure that it doesn't give you a jumpy cursor.

Step-5: Pick the right configuration (specs)

The essential specs contain the information of CPU, RAM, Storage, Display, Graphics chip, Connectivity, Ports, and DVD/Blue-ray drives.

CPU

The first table of this article listed the software with minimum hardware requirements. But, for chemical engineers, In general, I can say that Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 4000 will fit best.

  • Intel Core i3: Our experience with the Intel Core i3 is not so good as complex equation execution on MS Excel lets it slow down for almost 2 minutes. However, the Core i3 is best for the small work like making of PPTs, editing picture. Also, note that It won't work smoothly for video editing purposes. In addition to that, We have also encountered several problems while modifying large word documents that left us with a decision not to buy a Core i3 laptop anymore.
  • Intel Core i5: Our test of the heavy for the prediction of the attainable region (AR) on MS Excel was very impressive. The excel was a slowdown and became unresponsive for 5 to 6 seconds only compared to 2 minutes slow down of Core i3 one. Furthermore, The editing of large files is easy on Core i5 CPU. Moreover, video editing runs smoothly on our tests. So, In my opinion, A student of the Chemical Engineering field must buy the one with Core i5 CPU as it comes in a low budget compared to Core i7.
  • Intel Core i7: It delivers high performance, But ultimately, Its cost is also high. The Intel Core i7 laptop can do heavy simultaneous tasks parallel.
  • AMD Ryzen 4000: As per the Laptopmag, It has the same efficiency as Intel Core i5, and i7 have.

One more thing that I would like to add that buy only a 64-bit architecture CPU as the essential software won't work on 32-bit architecture. The AMD Ryzen CPUs are only coming in a 64-bit architecture.

In addition to that, The number of cores is also a significant part of this section. A laptop CPU must have a minimum of 2 Cores. And, It is best if it comes with a 4-Core CPU.

RAM:

RAM is the memory that stores the data of the running process. So, the higher the RAM, the more multitasking you can do. Nowadays, DDR4 RAM is in trending as it provides more efficiency than a DDR3 one.

The laptops are coming with the specific RAM sizes says, 4 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, and 16 GB. Some are coming with 32 GB and 64 GB also, but they are ultimately too costly, And We also don't require that much high-specs laptop.

Our goal is just to get the job done, and that we can do with Intel Core i5 CPU and 8 GB RAM.

From the table of the software, you can see the majority supports 4GB RAM, but You are not going to use that one software alone.

In the field of chemical engineering, you are going to do multitasking on a laptop, So, The more task, the more load will be on the computer. Hence, It's better to go with 8 GB RAM.

Storage:

The storage must be at least 500 GB capacity. It comes as hard-drive, a solid-state drive (SSD), and a hybrid-drive.

A hard-drive is very cheaper compared to SSD and hybrid-drive, But it provides quite less good performance. And, the solid-state drives are expensive, but they do their job very much faster then hard-drive and hybrid-drive.

It is best If the laptop is coming with at least 128 GB capacity solid-state drives. Our tests on SSD left us with the conclusion that software runs fast on SSD.

The hybrid-drive is the hybridization of SSD and hard-drive. But, these drives come with low SSD storage capacity.

So, the best storage for the chemical engineering students is SSD storage of at least 128 GB capacity with at least 500 GB capacity of the hard drive.

Display:

Laptops today have a display of HD, FHD, QHD, QHD+, UHD, 4K resolution. See below how it correlates with figures.

  • HD: 1366 X 768
  • FHD: 1980 X 1080 (1080p)
  • QHD: 2560 X 1440 (2K)
  • QHD+: 3200 X 1800
  • UHD: 3840 X 2160 (4K)

For enough content-area to display, the laptops must come with at least a 1080p resolution display. Furthermore, It doesn't need to be an OLED display since the chemical engineering jobs don't deeply correlate with Picture Quality.

We have tested that even with only HD screens, you will get your job done at best. Still, If you want to go for a 4K one, then you can go as higher are better.

Graphics Chip:

Graphics chips are for the acceleration of the graphical performance of the laptop. But, If you focus on the table of software, you will find that none of that heavy software requires a Graphics card.

So, for chemical engineers, It will be a waste of money, since without the graphics card your job can be done.

SSD and Graphics card can boost the efficiency of a laptop, If it is require!

But, If you have a high budget, then I recommend going with at least 2 GB of Graphics card made by NVIDIA since it will help you in better Gaming performance if you are willing to play games on the laptop.

Connectivity:

The most advanced connectivity ways are Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. So, try to match it with them. As per the Laptopmag, Wi-Fi 6 proven to deliver the best possible speed that will make the real-time connectivity gaps even shorter.

Usually, high-specs laptops are coming with Bluetooth 5, but the Wi-Fi is old one of 802.11ac. But, don't worry much about these connectivities.

However, Wi-Fi 6 laptops will cost way more. So, think before.

Ports:

The laptop must have at least one USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 port and USB 3.0 slot. The Type-C or thunderbolt-3 ports will enable you to connect a 4K monitor with a laptop when required.

The thunderbolt port can transfer the data at the speed of 10 Gbps that is quite high. The VGA monitors are slow and have less significant picture quality.

Furthermore, If you are going to buy a notebook, then consider buying one with 4G LTE support.

DVD drives:

They are to run DVDs/CDs. Nowadays, they are gone on the laptop since networks are upgrading for watching movies.

Hence, It is okay if it doesn't come with the laptop you're going to buy.

Still, If you need such a drive, then I recommend you buy a USB DVD drive that may cost you approx 1700 INR on Amazon.

Step-6: Don't forget the Battery life

Laptop battery life: Laptop's battery is down, need to charge it.

The most-common battery life nowadays on laptops is 4 hours with heavy use except Gaming. I have tested Android Studio that's pretty heavy android app development software on the Core i3, 4 GB RAM laptop.

So, the excessive building of projects and programming let the laptop run for almost 4 hours. Although Dell claims the battery life of 6 hours, that's only for the normal-uses like making PPTs, editing the small word documents, web browsing, watching movies, and many more.

Hence, rely on our review than the manufacturer's data for real battery-life information.

Now, coming back to our topic, The Chemical engineering-specific software that you are going to run on the laptop is heavy on specs, and they will consume more battery if you run the parallel tasks.

So, try to get a battery life of 5 to 6 hours.

Step-7: Plan the budget

The popular branded laptops for normal-use you can buy under the 40,000 INR, but the same for the chemical engineering tasks requires a slightly higher-budget says over 45,000 INR.

₹ 45000 to ₹ 65000:

If your budget falls under this category, then you will get the laptops with SSD, Core i5, with RAM up to 8 GB made by Dell, HP. And, If you're going for Asus or Acer, then you will get the higher specs like Core i7 with more RAM and SSD.

But, at the same time, you must not forget the brands like Dell, HP. Asus and Acer have no brand value compared to Dell and HP.

₹ 65000 to ₹ 1,10,000:

In this range, you will get the Core i7 laptops. The RAM size and type will go higher with a higher budget.

But, As I have said earlier, You need to focus on the laptop with a minimum of 8 GB RAM. And, that amount of RAM will be available with Core i7 at the price of 80,000 INR to 1,10,000.

In this budget, Make sure you get the SSD storage. It's my recommendation if the laptop has at least 128 GB SSD storage because it will be enough to run the heavy software.

Step-8: Brands you should focus on

Today, laptops are coming made by many brands like Dell, HP, Asus, Alienware, Apple, Acer, Microsoft, and many more.

See, Brands does offer satisfactory customer service in the same they provide reliable products. The brand is something on which you can trust.

Here, I am going to discuss the real replies that I got from many students and professionals. They said that Dell, HP are the most reliable brands since their products last a minimum of 8 to 9 years with no problems.

They have also added that the HP laptop is heating more compared to Dell, but it's not going to create a problem at all since they have no detected any performance issue.

Asus is the first follower of Dell and HP in terms of brand value.

So, that's all that I want to convey on the best laptop selection for the chemical engineering students.

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