5 Best Laptops for Computer Science Students and Professionals

Since you are looking for the best laptop for computer science chances are that you are a soon to be freshman student. Or maybe you are already doing your studies and you are not happy with your current laptop.

One thing is for sure. It is a very tough decision to make. There are so many things to take into account. Which OS is better to have? What specs do you need? What else do you need to pay attention beside specs? Studying computer science is one of the most difficult things you can do. Congratulations on choosing to do it and hopefully bringing us one step closer to the more developed world.

Considering all the tough times you will have with the computer code and everything else, the last thing you need is to have an inadequate laptop. Why waste money on something that will not fulfill its purpose up to its maximum potential?

// Now before you read any further. You don’t need a laptop that costs a gazillion dollars. That’s the beauty of it. If you play your cards right and focus on the specific things, the laptop for computer science needs to have, you can buy a great machine that will have you flying through the school’s curriculum.

And in this buying guide, I will review the best choices for computer science students. First, let’s take a look at the reviews and then you should check the buying guide if you don’t already know what to pay close attention to.

5 Best Laptops For Computer Science Reviews in 2021

Now before I start the reviews. This guide has a small number of picks when compared to other articles on the internet. That’s because I shortened the list to include only the best options from various perspectives like budget or best you can buy. Other articles list tens of options without going into details which is not a way to go as you can see hundreds of options on Amazon and it won’t do you any good.

// My job is to go into detail about these machines and present why I chose them as the best laptops for computer science studies.
Now, let’s go.

1. HP Spectre X360 15T 15.6” 2021 – Best all Rounder

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It really isn’t easy to make a choice and say this is the best laptop for computer science but I am going to go ahead and do that. It still depends on what are you looking for and how much you are willing to spend. This is going to be the most expensive option on the list but it is still under 2000$. Other laptops below will be even less expensive with some options that are under the 700 dollar mark.

// HP Spectre X360 15T is the best option all things considered. It has the latest hardware that can do anything coding wise and much more than that, it has a beautiful 4k display, its CPU and GPU combo make it perfect for gaming as well. If you are looking for a laptop that you will use for gaming aside from your CS studies then something like this Spectre is worth considering.

The laptop can easily be used in tablet mode with the screen touch function and a stylus that comes with it. This is very beneficial for your studies. Taking notes and keeping them neatly organized in your OneNote app is very useful for CS studies and especially during the first few years.

CPU, GPU and Overall Power

Image of the HP Spectre

This laptop features a 10th generation i7-10750H CPU which can go up to 5 GHz with the Turbo boost. It has 6 cores and 12MB of L3 cache. Regardless of its 6 cores, it can execute up to 12 threads simultaneously thanks to the Hyper-threading technology. It falls in the high end CPU category.

Nothing will lag with this CPU.

Working on your project in Microsoft Visual Studio or debugging the code in programs like PyCharm or Eclipse will not put a strain on this laptop.

Pretty much any coding work in any supported application will be handled with ease. Of course, I have to clarify and say that I mean pretty much any work you will be doing in the CS school.

It has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti dedicated graphics card with 4GB memory. This is a mid range laptop card that is going to have you running most older games at maximum settings and current titles will take a hit in performance and settings. Of course when playing something demanding you will need to turn the resolution down from the 4k.

Display Quality

Which brings us to the display. Having a 4k resolution on a 15.6” IPS touchscreen display is truly something to love as a computer science student. First of all, staring at a screen the whole day will not be as eye straining and you will be able to fit so much more on the screen using such a high resolution.

This beautiful screen is also going to shine when watching movies or playing games. These experiences are also enriched with the very good sound system developed by the HP and Bang & Olufsen.

Storage and Memory

Now, let’s hop to the memory lane (pun lol). It has a 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe M.2. That is just perfect. You can store whatever you want with such a size and the speeds will have you flying. Opening the programming software will be fast and efficient. Compiling code or working on some analysis will be much faster.

Generally speaking, SSD is a must in today’s world. I won’t recommend anyone to go with the HDD only because there is no reason to do that. The only question is what capacity will you have for your SSD and this laptop offers a 1TB which is very hefty.  

Since computer science field is very broad lets also mention machine learning. The HP Sectre X360 15T boasts above mentioned NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti which is great for beginner student projects. However keep in mind that any bigger project and you will be using a remote computer access to a powerful server. Still it is good to have your own graphics card for better computing of lighter student loads.

This machine comes with the 16GB RAM DDR4 which is soldered to the motherboard. This is a shame as it would be nice if you could upgrade it but 16GB will be more than enough for anything you will ever need in your studies. I just like being able to upgrade stuff.

Keyboard, Battery and Heat

image of the HP Spectre x360

The keyboard is very comfortable to use and well packed in the body of the laptop. It doesn’t feel difficult to use and button placement is natural and as expected. I think that you will not have any issues when coding all day.

The battery life of this laptop is pretty good considering the 4k screen and its size. It will hold about 4-5h of use depending on your use and settings like screen brightness. I wish the battery held longer but the screen resolution and size is the main killer here.

Now when it comes to the heat and its dissipation. This machine does get hot when it is pushed to its limits and especially graphics wise. If you are doing heavy gaming or any visually intensive tasks like rendering that utilizes the GPU to its max then the laptop will get hot. It is not horrible but something to keep in mind.

Design and a few final words

This laptop has the best design on the market today in my opinion. This is very subjective but I just love it. The matte black paired with the subtle gold shade is so good that I would hang it on my wall just for the looks of it.

Portability wise this is also a decent option. Don’t let the 15.6” screen size fool you. It is packed in a 14” body. That is why the screen has such small bezels. It is not very heavy sitting at 4.24lb. This is not a lot considering everything that is packed in it.

In the end, I would like to say that this is an expensive choice but it is not very expensive if we look at the laptop market as a whole. There are laptops that go well above 2000$. But it is expensive for a computer science student.

If you want something that is amazing in almost any way that will be your companion through your CS university days and you can afford it then you will not make a mistake with the HP Spectre X360 15T.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 10th generation i7-10750H. 6 cores, 12 threads.
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. 4GB GDDR5 with Max-Q design
Storage1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
RAM16 GB DDR4, 2933 MHz
Display15.6″ diagonal 4K UHD, IPS, micro-edge, WLED-backlit, multitouch-enabled, edge-to-edge
Battery6-cell, 72.9 Wh
Dimensions14.17 x 8.91 x 0.79 in , 4.24lb

2. Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 13.9″

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For the next recommendation, I decided to go with the Lenovo Yoga C930 2in1 laptop. Just like the HP Spectre above, it can be used in tablet mode as well and it has a beautiful touchscreen 4k display.

// This is a really powerful laptop but unlike the Spectre above it is not meant for gaming or visually intensive activities. It has an integrated GPU. I specifically chose this laptop to contrast the pick above because of this. No dedicated GPU means that it will be cheaper and it will still offer a fantastic experience for computer science students.

It is a great choice because of the 4k display that has beautiful colors and sharpness, very good cover of the sRGB color gamut but a bit lower than some other laptops today. I also think that it fails when it comes to the maximum screen brightness sitting at about 300 nits. It is not something that you will notice on the day to day basis but I wish it had around 350 nits at least.

The everyday experience of this laptop is just great thanks to its beautiful display, excellent design, one of the greatest sound systems you can get on a laptop, touchscreen and stylus that comes with it, a lot of CPU power, great battery and portability.

image of the best laptop for science students Lenovo Yoga C930

Processor and Graphics

It has an 8th generation Intel Core i7 8550U processor which is very low on power consumption but high in power thanks to its quad core configuration. The integrated graphics Intel UHD 620 are completely fine for any usage except for heavy gaming or any other heavy graphical process. For the purposes of a computer science student, it will be just fine.

Working on code, debugging or compiling will be handled with ease. Programs like the Android studio will be fast and efficient and especially thanks to its SSD.

Storage and Memory

The Lenovo’s Yoga C930 comes with the 1TB PCIe SSD which is awesome and on par with the HP Spectre above. Having a big SSD storage means that you will be able to install all of your programs like TensorFlow, Shogun or any IDE programs while having tons of space left for multimedia. Having a lot of free SSD space is also healthy for the SSD itself and keeps it running as fast as possible.

It also comes with the integrated 16GB of DDR4 2400 MHz ram. Again, I don’t like that it is integrated. It would be nice if you could upgrade it. Not that you would need to upgrade it but some people are RAM monsters like me. I like to keep a ton of software open at all times and have like 2-3 chrome windows with each having 50 tabs. You could probably do that with 16GB too but it would depend on what software you would keep open simultaneously.

Heat, Battery and Final Words

This laptop is very cool and quiet even on heavy loads. I love the dedication Lenovo put in place when it comes to the heat output. You could push the CPU to its max and still, keep the laptop quite cool. Having said that, this machine doesn’t have a dedicated GPU but it is still impressive. Many laptops with integrated CPUs still run hot like an oven.

The battery life is very good. It will keep you working for about 9h depending on how heavy you use it. Considering how light it is and portable that is a very good battery time.

image showing the inbuilt sylus
I love the inbuilt stylus feature..

The keyboard is not the best but it is not horrible either. It feels kind of shallow with the keys not having a great vertical travel distance when pressed. This was probably done to help with keeping the laptop thin. Other than that I think it is good. Key placement is natural and using it is intuitive. The keyboard is also backlit which is always a plus.

Design wise this laptop is quite beautiful. Thin, light, special inbuilt stylus pen and huge stereo placed in the hinge are some of the great and practical design features. The aesthetics of the designs are subject to you to review but I think it is good looking with its metal body and sleek finish.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 8th generation i7-8550U. 4 cores, 8 threads.
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620
Storage1 TB PCIe SSD
RAM16 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
Display13.9″ 4k UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS panel, glossy and touchscreen
Battery4-cell
Dimensions12.7 x 8.9 x 0.57 in , 3.04lb

3. Lenovo Legion Y540 15.6″

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Lenovo Legion Y540 is a step down in the screen quality and portability when compared to the two models above but it is also cheaper and extremely powerful. It is a gaming laptop but it doesn’t look like a Christmas tree so you will be able to blend in the crowd and avoid funny looks.

Just kidding. Nothing really wrong with the gaming RGB illuminated laptops but I can’t in the right consciousness place them in this list because you are looking for something meant for college. If you are interested in those gaming laptops there will be an article for that.

This laptop has a sleek and contained look, a lot of power under the hood and a decent price for it all.

CPU, GPU and Overall Power

The Legion Y540 has the 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i7-9750H processor that is a beast of its own proportions. It can go up to 4.5GHz on the turbo mode. This CPU is combined with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 memory. Enough for everything you would ever need in the computer science school and then some.

I don’t see how a laptop of this strength would ever struggle with any IDE work, any code compiling, debugging, working with MATLAB software or anything like it. Power wise this is a great laptop for computer science students.

image of the Lenovo Legion Y540 laptop

Since this is a gaming laptop, gamer enthusiasts would probably be interested in it. You will be able to run most titles with it at medium settings and anything older with most settings maxed out. Considering the screen is sitting at a standard 1080p full HD resolution and not 4k, it would only be easier to run games on it.

Display

When it comes to the display it is pretty good and it is of 1920 x 1080 resolution. Don’t go with anything under that for programming. This display has pretty good color quality and color gamut but it is a step down when compared to the options above. Viewing angles are good and it boasts IPS technology.

Storage and RAM

This laptop boasts an SSD + HDD configuration. The SSD has 512GB of PCIe storage which is more than enough for your most important software. The HDD packs 1TB of data storage which will serve you well for storing your movies, games or anything else.

It comes with 24 DDR4 2400 MHz RAM modules. This is an insane amount for computer science student but you will be able to keep so many things open all at once that you will forget how you ever lived with less RAM. Oh, it is also upgradable as the RAM is not soldered to the motherboard.

image of the front of the Y540 Lenovo laptop

Keyboard, Battery and Heat

The keyboard on this laptop feels really good on the fingers and is backlit with a beautiful shade of light blue color. However, it has a bit of a different key setup than your average keyboard. It is not overly different but it will take some getting used to it.

Battery life on the Y540 is about 3-4h use if you put it under a heavy load. It is not very good but considering everything else that you get with this laptop and its price, I don’t think the better battery could have fit.

In the end, I would like to specifically point out that this machine doesn’t run hot. The inbuilt fans really do their job and the heat dissipation system is really well made. Props to Lenovo for making it happen. An efficient cooling system will not only be convenient for you but will extend the lifetime of the device.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 9th generation i7-9750H. 6 cores, 12 threads.
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5.
Storage1TB HDD + 512GB PCIe SSD
RAM24 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
Display15.6″ FHD 1920x 1080, IPS anti glare panel
Battery3-cell, 57 Wh
Dimensions14.2″ x 10.5″ x 1.0″ , 5.1lb

4. ASUS Vivobook S15 S532 15.6”

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Now for the next recommendation, I will go with something unorthodox but in my opinion, it is a great option for computer science students. The ASUS Vivobook S15 S532 is a laptop that has two screens, not just one. The second screen is actually its touchpad which duals as a touchpad or the second screen.

CPU and GPU

I chose a model for this review that has a 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU and no dedicated GPU in order to present an even more affordable option than the models above. However, this laptop also comes with the i7 processor and NVIDIA MX250 graphics card for those interested. But that version is more expensive.

The i5-10210U is a very powerful CPU. It is actually almost on par with the Intel Core i7-8565U. Pretty much all of your CS school work will be handled with ease with this CPU. 10th generation i5s are good and thermally they don’t cause problems.

Displays

image of the asus vivobook
image of the laptop from above
image of the second screen from above

Now let’s get started with the screens. The main display is 15.6” 1080p FHD that sits in an almost bezel free frame. The display is an IPS panel and it has anti-glare features. The colors are very good for the price and so are the viewing angles. The illumination could be better but then it would probably be more expensive.

Now onto the main attraction. The second screen. It is a 5.65” FHD touch screen that looks great and offers you a big boost in productivity at no additional cost to you (or at least not that I see). Because this laptop costs pretty much the same as others in its range and on top of another display it is generally built with better quality.

The ScreenPad as it is called provides you with a series of interesting utility applications that I am not going to cover here. They are good and are productivity boosting but that is not what I love the most.

What is so awesome in my eyes is that you can actually place a window on that touchpad screen. You can place an app there. Like google chrome and open YouTube there while you are working on something else on the main screen. The possibilities are endless. You could be watching a tutorial there and doing your code above or you could watch your class materials there while working above. A real productivity monster is this feature.

Storage and RAM

This laptop comes with a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. Best of all? It is upgradable. You can upgrade your RAM and add an additional NVMe SSD or change the current one. 512GB is good enough for all of your apps like MATLAB or IDEs. It is extremely fast and you will be flying with it.

image of the vivobook from behind

Battery, keyboard and finishing words

The laptop is very lightweight and portable. The battery is quite good as it can sustain you for about 7-8h depending on how heavy you will be using it. This is very good considering the price and everything you get with it.

The keyboard feels very good when typing but it does take a bit of getting used to. The laptop also features a special “Ergolift” design which makes typing a much more natural and better experience. Big positive for coding all day.

Heating is not an issue as it doesn’t seem to run hot even with heavier use. However, it doesn’t have a dedicated GPU so that makes the heat problem that much easier to solve.

Design wise, it is absolutely beautiful. Very sleek and contained style on top of a secondary display and you will be drawing looks from your classmates every time you get this bad boy out of your backpack.

All things considered, this is a big recommendation from me for those of you on a budget that are still interesting in the best the money can buy.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 10th generation i5-10210U. 4 cores, 8 threads.
GPUIntel HD Graphics 620
Storage512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
Main Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, LCD IPS level panel that is also anti glare.
Second Display5.65” Full HD, IPS
Battery3-cell, 42 Wh
Dimensions14.06″ x 9.06″ x 0.73″ , 3.97lb

5. HP Pavilion 15.6″

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In my pursuit to find the most affordable option that will still tick off the most important things for the computer science students, I decided to settle with the HP pavilion. It is quite cheap and it offers a lot of goodies. But it also has its problems too. Nothing can be great and cheap.

First of all it is powerful. The 10th generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 is a good CPU that will handle your school activities without many problems. It may struggle sometimes but generally speaking 10th generation intel CPUs are very good and advanced. It doesn’t have a dedicated GPU so no gaming or any graphically intensive activities. You can play simple games of course but not something like RDR2 or similar.

It has a Full HD 1080p screen that is decent. The colors look good and the illumination is good enough for the price. The only special pros of its display are the FHD resolution, ISP panel and that it has a touchscreen. I don’t think that this screen will cause you eyestrain but I believe that the laptops reviewed above have better quality screens.

This laptop has a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD which is a big big plus for this price. To top it off it comes with 12GB of RAM memory. Combine all that with the CPU and you got yourself a very good laptop for computer science studies.

Keyboard

The keyboard is pretty good too when it comes to the feel of it and what I especially like is how well all of the keys are bundled together. Nothing sticks out, no wasted empty space between the keys and their position is natural and intuitive. It is also backlit which is always a plus.

Main Problems

Now for the bad parts. Through my research, I found that some people experienced some errors on their screens for various reasons. This is something that could be faulty with BIOS or some other configuration. Still, these are isolated incidents that I read people wrote about on forums. I am sure that HP worked on solving each of the reported problems.

Webcam on this model is bad generally speaking. If you are don’t really care how you look on the other side then that’s not really a problem. As a student, you will be using your camera when you are speaking with a professor or participating in a group call and it really isn’t that big of a deal if they can’t see you perfectly. But this is something you should know.

Portability and Heat

The laptop generally doesn’t run hot and a helpful factor is that there is no dedicated GPU to heat things up. The battery life is fine for the price but I wouldn’t expect it to last for a long time without a drop in capacity.

It also sits on a heavier side but it is not very heavy. The 4.08lb is something that you can get used to. If you are searching for the most budget option then this one is probably it. It couldn’t thick all the boxes but it will do you just fine for the computer science studies.  

Now, How Do You Choose a Laptop for Computer Science?

Well, lets dive into more details.

If you are already someone who knows the ins and outs of the laptop specifications and things that you should be looking for then you don’t have to read this. Just stick with the laptop reviews.

But if you want to know why certain things are better than the others then proceed further to the rabbit hole.

The Display

image of the laptop display

The first thing that you should be looking for is a quality display. You will be looking at it for a lot of years to come and that can cost you more than just your money. Damaging your eyesight is not a joke. Take it from someone who has a permanent tiny black spot in my vision and a jittery vision altogether.

This is really not something to play around with. You can’t fix that once it gets damaged. My mother has horribly damaged eyesight (not from screens) and it is really life ruining.

Of course you won’t damage your eyes that much but any reduction in eyesight is not welcome in anyone’s life.

That is why you need a comfortable and quality display.

The higher resolution the better and the higher the screen size the better. Of course, you can’t use a 17” laptop for college but 13” to 15” will do the trick if the screen is good.

Don’t go with anything under 1080p Full HD resolution. The 720p is not good enough and the 1080p laptops are no longer expensive. Literally, all of my picks above fulfill this main criteria.

You might also want to read a bit about a computer vision syndrome. It is not going to cause permanent damage and anyone who works with computers daily is going to be affected by it. Having a better screen and working in an are with proper ambient lighting that doesn’t shine to screen directly will help a lot.

The Keyboard

You probably have your own expectations when it comes to the key placements. Some keyboards deviate from the standard by having certain keys bigger like the ctrl or alt. Some have a weird enter key or an odd arrow keys placement. The tab key can also be troublesome. All of these can contribute to the keyboard having an unusual key configuration.

When I say unusual, I literally mean 5-10% difference from what you would usually expect. This may not sound like a big deal but it could mean that you would need a getting used to period. Just something to keep in mind.

The key quality should be high and the keys shouldn’t feel shallow or thin. I tried my best to compile the good keyboard laptops above. I believe that they will satisfy the CS student’s needs.

Keyboard illumination is always welcome. Sometimes you may be working in a poorly illuminated are (not recommended for your eyes). Key illumination will lessen the strain on your eyes so that you don’t have to squint so hard to find a certain key. Not to mention that it looks awesome.

Operating system for CS major

There are multiple factors that will dictate which OS is best for you. One of the most influential factors is your school and its curriculum. Depending on the school program you will have to choose between Windows, Mac or Linux.

The next thing that will influence your OS is the software you are planning on using. If they are not available on any other platform than let’s say Windows then obviously you will stick with the Windows as an OS for that program.

However using a dual boot is also an option. You could Dual Windows and Linux for an example to maximize your laptop’s potential.

An Apple device like a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air is a great option if you are planning to become an app developer for Apple products like Mac, iPad or iPhones.  

The Processor and Graphics card of your laptop

Having both a good CPU and GPU is always favorable but for most of the computer science student work you will not need a dedicated GPU. Machine learning work will rely on your GPU and that is where the GPU could be helpful. However, any real machine learning work will be done using a remote access to the powerful server that has special hardware to tackle it.

The addition of a powerful GPU will mostly be used for gaming. Let’s be real here. You know it and I know it. However, khm I can get behind the “I need it for science purposes” train.

If you on the other hand are not interested in the “utilization of the GPU for science purposes” then you can easily skip it and in the choices above you will find great options that are GPU free (they do have integrated Intel GPUs which are very good too) and less expensive because of it.

Now on another hand you will need CPU for the real science purposes.

I suggest going with at least Intel i5 CPU of the 8th, 9th or 10th generation. Also, anything newer that comes out will probably be great. Intel i7 CPUs are of course an added power bonus and they will take you through the school without a single jitter during your IDE software use or anything else.

I wouldn’t recommend the i3. Sure it can be used but I don’t expect it to be a hassle free experience. And since we are talking about the best laptops for the computer science students then I can’t honestly say that they belong here.

AMD equivalent would be the Ryzen series processors. I haven’t included any of them in the list above because at this time I believe the laptops listed are the best. This doesn’t mean that CPU wise only, the Intel is always better than Ryzen. AMD Ryzen CPUs are very good and if you find a better laptop with their CPU feel free to go for it.

RAM memory

I think that you will be just fine with 8GB of DDR4 ram and anything above that is just going to be an added bonus.

The more RAM you have the more complex projects you can open and work on. Also if you have more RAM you can have multiple different software running. It is always better to have more of it but after let’s say 24GB of RAM you will not be able to utilize it unless you are a professional in your field and you are multitasking like a maniac with 10 programs running simultaneously.

Storage

HDD vs SSD is a question often asked.

SSD is the answer.

But a better answer is HDD + SSD.

If you can’t have both then get an SSD laptop. Furthermore, get an NVMe SSD laptop because these work with a PCI Express which can go up to 2000MB per second unlike the standard SSD over SATA III connection that can reach about 600MB/s.

Laptops I listed above have the NVMe SSDs and you will not regret having any of them. The speeds are insane. Your work will be way more efficient and your nerves will thank you for it.

Not having to wait for that little sound to go off in your HDD prior to even beginning of loading a file just feels so right and advanced. HDDs are now good as a cheap storage solution. If you don’t need to use something on a daily basis then you can store it there.

For anyone that is still new to the whole SSD thing. This older video from Linus is a great place to learn.

Battery

Of course that you will want a better battery.

Everyone wants it. I never heard anyone say “Oh what a bummer, my laptop’s battery lasts 24h of heavy gaming use”. If they said that, they did it to annoyingly brag about it.

Reality is often disappointing as one famous purple guy said it.

You are going to get 7-8h of battery on most high end laptops and don’t buy into the stories of 17 or 20h of battery use or whatever. Other cheaper laptops will give you 3-5h if you are lucky.

The next problem is the loss of capacity over time. Your battery will not perform 2 years from now as it does today. Better laptops however will keep most of their capacity.

But this is what it is. I also took this into consideration when I formed the list above. Those laptops have great batteries when all of their features are taken into consideration along with their prices.

Portability, size and weight

image of a portable laptop for computer science

This is an area where you are going to have to make a choice.

A bigger screen or a more portable device?

A more affordable price or a more portable device?

I did my best to dig out the laptops that have good prices and at the same time don’t totally ruin the product by having it weigh a ton. I hate it when I find a laptop with good specs, decent price but it weighs too much. That’s just not going to cut it.

Price and screen size are mostly going to affect the portability and weight. The battery will too but this comes down to the price again. A more expensive solution will utilize everything the engineers could come up with to give you a good battery life and a lightweight but this means more paper of course.

Conclusion

In the end, it is important to say that you should pick a laptop that will fulfill your needs and expectations. Buying anything that you really don’t need is a waste of money. ASUS Vivobook S15 S532 and the Lenovo Yoga C930 are the best options that have very different price brackets. Asus being the cheaper but still very good and Lenovo being more expensive and with really high quality.

The HP Spectre is the number 1 pick but it is meant for someone who wants it all and if you are that someone then go for it. You will definitely not regret it. The best thing is that it is not even that expensive when you look at the laptop market as a whole.

Remember the most important things for a CS student’s laptop are the screen, keyboard, CPU, battery life and portability. Everything else is secondary and can fulfill your other needs like gaming and make an overall better laptop experience.

I hope you learned something new here today. I really did my best to write this article and if it helped you please share it with your friends if they could benefit from it as well. Take care and I wish you all the best in your CS studies and professional career. Happy to have had my chance to help you on your path.