Laptop Recommendation for Financial engineering grad student

AmiFinance

New Member
My Budget is 1300$ (Max) and here are some other details :-

**Total budget and country of purchase:**

1300$ Max and USA

**Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.**

I prefer longevity and specifications for money

**How important is weight and thinness to you?**

Somewhat important but not that important

**Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.**

Windows or Mac

**Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.**

N/A

**Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.**

I don't game but I'll be doing coding (python, c++, Matlab, some machine learning stuff ) and using applications like Excel

**If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?**

N/A

**Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?**

Reliable build quality and I don't want touch-screen

**additional comments**

Somebody recommended the Lenovo ThinkPad T590 before and it seems like a great option but I wanted to know if I could do better for this price range. One thing that's really important to me is longevity, my friends who use Mac tell me that they've used it for more than 6 years and haven't faced any issues, so a robust laptop is important.
 

IntoDarkness

Active Member
Base macbook air should do it. Mfe needs very limited computing power. For big machine learning project ppl usually use cloud service
 

MRoss

Well-Known Member
As someone who did MFE with a tiny laptop you should test out coding on a 13" screen. It's not the best experience.

If you're looking for light there are some really light 15" options.

Dell XPS was a good suggestion, look at the Huawei with the built-in graphics card as well. It's a beautiful machine.
 

AmiFinance

New Member
As someone who did MFE with a tiny laptop you should test out coding on a 13" screen. It's not the best experience.

If you're looking for light there are some really light 15" options.

Dell XPS was a good suggestion, look at the Huawei with the built-in graphics card as well. It's a beautiful machine.
Do you also happen to know about Lenovo ThinkPad T 590, Amazon.com: Lenovo ThinkPad T590 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 250nits Anti-Glare Display - Intel Core i5-8265U Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit: Gateway, with this configuration. Many people have recommended this over the xps
 
Someone sent me a message about the Macbook pro. I put the details here in case more people would like to know.

https://www.costco.com/Apple-MacBook-Pro-13.3"---Intel-Core-i5---8GB-Memory---256GB-SSD---Space-Gray.product.100472378.html

I like Mac, my old iMac lasts about 10 years now. It's running smoothly after I installed an extra memory card for it. This laptop is very pleasant to own, good screen, light weight, long lasting battery life 8+ hour, keyboard layout is pleasant. Processors and memories are enough for me. Overall, it's a good laptop.

btw: Does anyone know how to improve battery life? Is it better keeping it charged while using it? or it doesn't matter whether it's on battery or plugged in for most of the time?
 
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