I will be a freshman Materials Science Engineering student at Cal and have used mostly an Acer chromebook for high school work (because of cost and convenience) and another 15.6in HP laptop with i5 processor, for light gaming and miscellaneous stuff.
Anyways I want a laptop:
good display - like watching movies a lot
decent to strong battery life
touchscreen/2in1 so i can use as tablet and digitalize notes with a pen
run engineering programs (MATLAB , CAD, etc…) i’m not really sure what these are lol
light gaming (maybe Fortnite and League of Legends)
don’t want Macbook or chromebooks
the cheaper the better, max budget is around the low thousands
I looked into a few, and the Dell XPS 13 was amazing, but it costs a lot more for 2in1. The HP Spectre 360 13 inch and also the Lenovo Yoga 920 were also really good. SurfaceBook seemed nice, but also a bit costly.
Does anyone have suggestions for a strong, slim, portable, productive laptop that can be used for daily activities as well run software for engineering, particularly materials science (not exactly sure what engineering softwares are needed for the major). Also I don’t want to spend that much if I don’t have too. Please help me!