Portable laptop for freshman biomedical engineering student


Jun 23, 2014
I will be a freshman this fall studying biomedical engineering / pre-med, and I'm trying to find a laptop/ultrabook. This is my first time buying a laptop, so I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions. I'll primarily be using it for note-taking, group projects, presentations, music, and other general word processing.

  • ■ Budget is up to $1000
    ■ I'd prefer a 13-15" screen
    ■ I will probably not be doing much 3D work, and I have a decent desktop that I'll be using for gaming and most processor-intensive work.
    ■ I'll have to haul the laptop around a very large and hilly campus, so the lighter the better.
    ■ Battery life is probably the biggest priority.
    ■ I'll be drawing diagrams and writing formulas a lot, so I'm somewhat interested 2-in-1 hybrid laptops that I can write on with a stylus. Otherwise I'm fine taking notes by hand.

Systems I've been considering:


Feb 22, 2012
depends on what im doing, Hard gaming I always have it plugged in, I can get a good 5-6 hours out of it with light gaming ( Nintendo emulator ) and watching a few movies during flight. regular office work can go a full 8 hour day without plugging it in.