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Old 17-05-2017, 10:18 PM   #1
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Laptop or tablet hybrid for NTU Mechanical Engineering?

Hi everyone!

I will be matriculating in AY2017 and wondering what my engineering course requires for laptops.


I have 2 plans at the moment:

Plan A: Get a fairly powerful laptop capable of gaming. Need to lug this 2.5kg fella to school everyday.

Plan B: Get a tablet hybrid and a gaming desktop separately.


My main concern is whether resource/graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD & NX is required to be used on laptops, and on the campus itself. And will school computer terminals be readily available? Is it a pain in the ass to carry a heavy laptop to school everyday? What are your thoughts on this?

Feedback will be very much appreciated! Thanks~
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Old 18-05-2017, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi everyone!

I will be matriculating in AY2017 and wondering what my engineering course requires for laptops.


I have 2 plans at the moment:

Plan A: Get a fairly powerful laptop capable of gaming. Need to lug this 2.5kg fella to school everyday.

Plan B: Get a tablet hybrid and a gaming desktop separately.


My main concern is whether resource/graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD & NX is required to be used on laptops, and on the campus itself. And will school computer terminals be readily available? Is it a pain in the ass to carry a heavy laptop to school everyday? What are your thoughts on this?

Feedback will be very much appreciated! Thanks~
Why not both?

It's good to have a fairly powerful laptop for CFD simulations (computational fluid dynamics) or loading simulations, and you would probably not be lugging a 2.5kg laptop daily (unless you wish to of course).

So it's nice to have a tablet for paperless note taking (such as a Surface with One Note).
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Old 18-05-2017, 06:47 PM   #3
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So you suggest that I go with the tablet & desktop route? Do many students in engineering go with the tablet route?

I am on a limited budget currently, so I would want to cover both the portability for daily work & intensive computing/gaming, be it being all combined in a single powerful laptop, or a separate tablet and desktop
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Old 18-05-2017, 08:41 PM   #4
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Hi everyone!

I will be matriculating in AY2017 and wondering what my engineering course requires for laptops.


I have 2 plans at the moment:

Plan A: Get a fairly powerful laptop capable of gaming. Need to lug this 2.5kg fella to school everyday.

Plan B: Get a tablet hybrid and a gaming desktop separately.


My main concern is whether resource/graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD & NX is required to be used on laptops, and on the campus itself. And will school computer terminals be readily available? Is it a pain in the ass to carry a heavy laptop to school everyday? What are your thoughts on this?

Feedback will be very much appreciated! Thanks~
I am using Microsoft SP4 cheapest config for the same course, convocating this year. It really depends. The only software that you will use mostly is solidwork , MA2005, MA3001, MA4001 if you are mainstream. There are 2 labs, CAE 1 & 2 readily available with aplenty of softwares preinstalled including all the softwares that you've mentioned.
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Old 19-05-2017, 10:54 PM   #5
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lol freshie... the only software i use was solidworks. just go for plan b.
what kind of question is this? "Is it a pain in the ass to carry a heavy laptop to school everyday?"
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Old 19-05-2017, 11:10 PM   #6
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Noted guys,

I think I will be going for plan B. The more I think about it, the less practical a bulky heavy laptop would seem for university use.

I imagine having to plug my keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers in and out everytime i go from home to school. Balancing a big heavy laptop on lecture theatre small flip-up tables.

Thanks for all the replies!
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:32 PM   #7
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TS must choose between grades and games Engine really not easy de. If want game suggest you change to HSS
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