The Best Notebooks for Engineering Students and Engineers (2017)

The notebook computer for engineering students and graduates should be fast, efficient and versatile!

As if going into an engineering school is already not difficult enough, you have to hold up with the burning load of technological and creative requirements every day. I only had a desktop when I first joined the college to study mechanical engineering. I thought it would be enough — but, boy oh boy, it was not. I had to stay up late in college to finish the reports, do the drawings, then submit them the same day. I had to go through the phase of picking a computer that was portable, met all my requirements and also gave me some sense of entertainment. With my friends to guide me and a little help from Google, I managed to pick some good ones.

These days, so many laptops are overrated that it’s easy to make mistakes on this expensive investment. Computers and gadgets are expensive. For engineering students, they’re even more expensive. In this article, you’ll get:

  1. My top picks for laptops
  2. The most important requirements you should be considering when purchasing your laptop
  3. A full description of my top choices and and longer list of other recommendations.

If I had purchased my laptop based strictly on price and not focused on any other features, I would have made a huge mistake in purchasing a gadget that was going to be with me for at least four years. Below, the article should help you avoid that kind of fate. Good luck!

Top 5 Best Laptops for Engineers/Students (Updated November 2017)

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HP Envy with 7th Generation Intel i7
Available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models
2
Asus R518UQ-RH74T Convertible
1TB+128GB SSD Hybrid drives
3
Lenovo Y700 (Touch/Non-Touch)
1TB storage, beautiful chassis, backlit keyboard, budget-friendly
4
Acer Predator Helios
perfect for gamers
5
Dell Inspiron15
gaming laptop, budget-friendly

Continue to read about the above laptops, or choose your own laptop with some critical suggestions on what specs to look for in a laptop for engineering.

An Engineering Laptop Needs…

1. 6-8GB of RAM

2. At least 500GB of hard drive (SSD is better)

3. Screen resolution of no less than 1600 × 900 pixels

4. Intel i5 CPU or better

5. Dedicated Graphics card

Look for laptops with above specs, or see my personal choices. If you decide to purchase a computer, the above specs will be enough to make an informed decision.

Laptop Requirements for Engineering

Below, learn about all the crucial details to consider when purchasing your laptop. There are some requirements specific to those in the engineering field that other students or laptop users may not need as much. This section will cover:

  • CPU processor speed
  • Hard-disk drive memory
  • RAM
  • Connectivity
  • Screen size
  • Dedicated video cards
  • Operating system

CPU Processor Speed

Your CPU is crucial if you’re an engineering student. Whenever we run AutoCAD, it has to pile up its huge database and present us with a virtual workspace for our work. So, if your CPU speed is not adequate, you will have to wait for a long time for the software to just boot. Talk about the time for crafting your work alone. Sounds familiar? Don’t let that happen in your new laptop and make sure that you have a fast enough CPU.

Some programs that are CPU exhaustive:

  • Simulation software including ANSYS and Excel
  • Games that are highly dependent on faster frame rates
  • Matlab

Large Hard-Disk Drive Memory

You’ll need adequate memory and storage for everything, including CAD software like AutoCAD, Catia, ANSYS, Solidworks, and your designs drawn on it — then saving those designs, a place for saving 500 of your favorite songs, all your games, and everything else. You need storage for it all. Also, before you ask, yes we are talking Olympic-sized! Try to go to 500GB or more for the best value.

RAM

Just how much RAM is required? You’ll need enough to make sure that your laptop can actually store and run what the fast processor is trying to run. A large RAM is to go in sync with the fast processor speed. The most-recommended capacity is 8 GB, although 12 GB and 16 GB are also preferred. However, it is better to have a good graphics adapter than a huge amount of RAM.

Connectivity

You’ll need Wi-Fi at the very least (there is no world without the Internet), and it would be best if there is a Bluetooth function as well. This will make sharing your design works easier and also save time and money for flash drives.

On the Ethernet, my rig has a Gigabit LAN, and I must add that my experience has been exhilarating but this is not necessary, just a nice perk. Just about any Ethernet port should work fine. A wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0 yields a decent connectivity, and you should find it with ease with almost any recently launched workstation.

Optical drives are a good addition, but these days they just tend to act more or less as a fashion accessory to flaunt rather than any real use. So, if you see a decent purchase meeting all your needs but notice that it lacks an optical drive, then you should definitely consider it. Losing the drive also makes your laptop lighter and more portable.

Screen Size

The display size is actually not a major requirement when it comes to laptops for engineering students. A 14 or 15-inch laptop is perfectly adequate — these sizes are good to go for designs and drawing-related works. However, that doesn’t mean that a larger screen size is a bad thing. Just keep in mind your portability needs. A 17.3-inch screen is also not as portable as a 15-inch, but it might have more options and a bigger area for displaying your works.

While display sizes are not as crucial, the screen resolution is important. A higher screen resolution will allow more area for multiple windows. 1920×1080 pixels is the most recommended because it is the 1080p true HD quality. Laptops, videos, and movies these days are coming in 3k, 4k quality. So, 2k is the bare minimum.

Dedicated Video Cards

Work environments like CAD, MATLAB, and Solid Works are used for 3D environment applications and video-rendering. These applications and other similar ones require a dedicated video card, because the in-built adapters are unable to meet the video processing needs. Going with a 2GB DDR3 Graphics card will be enough for almost all environments. However, if you consider high-end gaming a priority, then I would look into a DDR5 graphics card like the NVidia GTX series.

Operating System

Finally the operating system, or OS. Now, it comes down to whether you have a Mac or a Windows laptop. Of course, Mac devices are stunningly well-crafted, and their build quality is superb along with their displays. However, when it comes to the workstation for your actual work, all the environments are mostly only native to Windows.

You can still use a Mac, but using parallels can be taxing and sometimes downright bothersome. You’ll need to put the extra effort in finding your way around one, for starters. Even high-end games run better in the Windows. So, these are all things to keep in mind if you’re looking for a laptop for mainstream engineering purposes. I would suggest going for a Windows laptop for all its advantages, alongside the lower price tag.

The Best Laptops for Engineering Students: My Top Choices

Thanks to my college experience, I have had my fair share of laptops and I would recommend these if you are hard pressed on deciding.

1. HP Envy 17 with 512GB SSD

  • Introduction: This model of the HP Envy 17 was released the first week of October, especially targeted for high-end consumer requirements. It comes with a responsive touchscreen monitor and is coupled with a 2K full HD display. Its 7th-Gen Intel i7 processor is coupled with 16 GB of RAM — which is a super sweet deal.
  • Configuration: 17.3″/512GB SSD/16GB RAM/4GB NVIDIA
  • Alternative Configurations: also available in 1TB HDD version for $200 less
  • Graphics and display: The graphics card this laptop comes with is the NVIDIA 960MX, which is equipped with 4GB Maxwell graphics that provides smooth graphics, rendering truly HD quality. Also, bonus: the 2k display quality complements the subwoofer speakers that it has, making it a perfect dorm room companion for watching movies and playing other games during your free time.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

2. Asus R518UQ-RH74T Convertible with 1TB+128GB SSD Hybrid

The ASUS 2-in-1 convertible laptop is packed with a powerful 7th Generation Intel i7 processor and a 128 GB of SSD drive. What’s more? It’s also coupled with an extra 1TB i.e. 1024GB hard drive.

Some key elements of this Asus Convertible Pro are:

  • Powerful i75-7000U Processor
  • 2k-ready Ultra High Definition Display Monitor
  • 1TB + 128GB SSD Drive
  • Power efficient and faster Nvidia 940 MX graphics card
  • also includes USB Type-C port in addition to USB 3.0 ports
  • convertible 2-in-1 body

3. Lenovo Y700

  • Introduction: The Y700 Touch is a powerful yet lightweight laptop that has become so popular worldwide that Lenovo has released different versions even in Asia and India. Otherwise, the manufacturers normally don’t provide the same US and Asian model name for a similar configuration. This is one of the reasons why one of my colleagues was able to bag one for a very good deal.
  • Includes: The dedicated 2GB graphics card powered by NVIDIA GeForce 960M and a hybrid SSD drive form a powerful combination for a gaming laptop for engineering students. As such, the laptop is reasonably priced for a gaming laptop.
  • Has 6th Gen Intel i7 processor: The Lenovo Y700 ($930 for the recommended model) is a fairly well-rounded in gaming laptops range.

Why is Lenovo Y700 an “all-rounder”? It includes:

  • A backlit keyboard with a stylish red/black combo design. Have late night assignments? Need to finish up the report by tomorrow morning? Check.
  • It comes with 1TB of storage: Have hundreds of movie and music backups? Like to play games that span giga bytes? Check.
  • A 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution: Need to run two or more programs side by side? With such large screen resolution and an impressive 15.6” display size, you can run four programs stacked top and bottom, side-by-side in a single desktop mode.
  • Watch HD movies and TV shows? Check.

“But Lenovo laptops overheat, don’t they?”

You might ask. Yes, Lenovo models up from Y50 – Y700 had heating problems earlier. This was due to an incompatible graphics driver for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. When users turned off the NVIDIA graphics card and used the in-house Intel HD Graphics, the problem would go away.

However, the software have already been updated and this problem has already been taken care of. It is also important to note that the laptop won’t overheat all the time. It is only when you are playing graphics-intensive games and software for a long time that ANY laptop will heat (not just Lenovo). That’s why, a cooling pad, is recommended all the time when gaming or using software that require a lot of CPU resources.

Battery Life of Lenovo Y700 Touch

  • Furthermore, in the CNET test, the laptop ran for a full 4 hours and 16 minutes with full brightness and 1080p playback, while being connected to the Internet. However, the minimalist display may not satisfy your viewing needs when looked at from an off-angle. The specs are highly compatible for running engineering and simulation software like SolidWorks and SolidEdge with excellent graphics rendering. The Y700 has a balanced profile if you are looking for an engineering laptop that provides a good equilibrium between price, display, graphics, and gaming needs.
  • In addition, the reviewers noticed little to no overheating problems. (And let’s face it, what laptop does not heat when running hardcore games?)

4. Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

  • Introduction: Acer Predator Helios 300 ($1050) is a mid-priced engineering applications oriented laptop, but also capable of meeting hardcore gaming needs.
  • RAM capacities: With a 16GB DDR4 RAM, you can rest assured that any game or program you are running won’t lag. Furthermore, NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 Ti graphics processor (dedicated 6GB graphics) is there to complement the RAM.

Acer Predator Helios 300:

  • is the most budget-friendly full HD screen laptop in its class.
  • Has the most advanced Acer aspire 4720 laptop battery life (7 hours playtime), motherboard, and graphics specifications in this price range
  • Comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Ti graphics card
  • Runs Windows 10 Full version
  • Has Backlit Keyboard

5. Dell Inspiron 15

Introduction: Dell Inspiron 15 is an i5577-5858BLK model high-performance, gaming, and multimedia laptop. It is the latest in terms of display quality and display guarantee.

Specs:

  • Windows 10 x64 (64-bit Architecture)
  • UHD Resolution
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 7th Generation Intel i5 CPU with speed up to 3.50 GHz
  • 1 TB Hard Drive

Other Laptop Recommendations

Here are a couple more solid recommendations that are known to be reliable and specs-compliant for those in the engineering field.

  • The MSI GP70. This laptop comes with a 1TB hard drive, and delivers all your engineering software needs. The graphics card is powered by Nvidia and is a 2GB 940M GeForce capable of a vivid and smooth graphics-rendering experience.
  • HP Pavilion P073TX. This one is more budget friendly. So, if you are tight-pressed on your budget, then you might want to check out the Pavilion P073TX. For a decent price, this workstation has got all the right grooves and specs needed for a lag-free and snappy performance. The 4th gen i7 processor with turbo boost adds icing to the cake along with the NVIDIA GT 840M graphics.

Notebook Battery Sippy Cup – Practical Help for Your Digital Life

Laptop Battery Sippy Cup: a reader asks…

Hello Coach, can you give me some tips on how to make my laptop’s new battery last longer? I have a 2-year old Dell laptop running Windows 10, and the original battery never gave me much time before needing a recharge. And here only 3 years later the actual time I got on battery was so short that I just gave up using it without being plugged in. Not great for a supposedly mobile laptop! So I just bought a replacement battery and want to do whatever I can to keep that one from going the same way. Thanks in advance for your advice!

Battery life has been an unfortunate monster for mobile computer users and devices that use batteries. The problem is physical – only so much energy, the battery can store (its size and the proportion of its chemical composition), before only charge / discharge cycles of the battery so much can be accepted, it has to be replaced. But there are some things you can do to extend the battery’s duration between charging and how long it can bring you before it needs to be replaced.

Tip: Please note that all the advice I’m giving below is for modern Lithium-Ionbatteries, older NiCD or NiMH batteries have different chemistry and different rules.

When it comes to how long a charge will last, you certainly want to take steps to reduce your power consumption in your laptop (while running on battery). Your goal here is to get your laptop to use the least amount of power needed. Sort of like a sippy cup keeps a toddler’s drinking controlled to avoid spills. Ok, I’m reaching here… As mentioned in my Digital Life Security checklist, you want to adjust your power options. Here’s more precisely what you should do:

  1. Click Start, type “power & sleep” and hit your keyboard’s Enter key. That opens up the new settings window with only two power options on it. Click the link on the right side “Additional Power Settings” to open up the Control Panel where you choose a power plan. You should see several plans and a link to ‘Show Additional Plans’. You want to click that so you can see all the other power plans.
  2. Choose the High Performance (not the Power Saver), and then click the link to “Change Plan Settings”
  3. Click the link to ‘Change advanced power settings’, which opens a new, smaller window. Near the top of this window you might see a link ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’, so click that. You will probably have to click your UAC warning box to allow yourself to make changes to the computer.

Now you’re ready to go down the list and make custom settings to maximize your Dell vostro 1510 laptop battery life. But not at the expense of performance (as the Power Saver plan would do). Here’s what you should change (going down the list on the window):

Notice I switch all opportunities for Sleep mode into Hibernate. No matter what version of Microsoft Windows you use, Sleep mode is probably the most bug-ridden. Many programs won’t work right on a computer in Sleep mode (think auto-updates and update checkers) and those problems can multiply to the point they crash the program (or computer). Besides, Sleep mode can be dangerous for a Windows laptop: in Sleep mode the computer is still running and generating heat. Throw your sleeping laptop into a bag to transport it, and it can easily overheat. And yes, this is still true in Windows 10. Hibernate mode is much safer as the computer is fully powered off, yet still starts up quicker than a normal shutdown/restart sequence (hibernate mode is more akin to Apple Macbook’s Sleep mode).

With the above settings, you should get quite a bit longer work time between charges – mostly because the display brightness settings are turned way down. Your display is the biggest power hog on the computer. You can extend power savings even further by only having one program or window open at a time, the more work your computer is doing (most of it in the background) the harder your processor has to work. This generates more heat, and heat is a big factor in battery performance. Go even further by turning off your Wi-fi and/or Bluetooth radio when you don’t need it (sometimes a hardware button on your laptop, sometimes a Fn and F-key combination press).

About heat: The cooler your battery is, the longer it’ll last, both between charges and in its service life. Laptops are notorious for having poor air circulation (those small fans and air holes on the underside), so you’ll want to keep them off your actual lap at all times – adding your body heat to the laptop compounds the heat generation. Keep the laptop off of soft surfaces (like tablecloths) which can reduce airflow to the cooling fans. And get a can of compressed air and (with the laptop turned off and do this outside) blow air through every opening in the sides and bottom of the laptop to keep the air channels and fan blades clear of dust. You should do this once every few months, more often if you have pets or are in dusty environments a lot.

So the above heat warning is primary to increasing the longevity of your Dell latitude e6400 notebook battery – the number of months or years before you have to replace the battery. Leaving your laptop (even if powered off) in the sun or inside a hot car can reduce both its charge cyle and service life by 20-50%. Even if you don’t do this every day, the more exposure to heat, the quicker your battery will die.

Other things you can do to increase the service life of your laptop’s battery:

Which Windows notebook should I buy for £500?

If you were in the market for a new laptop, what would you buy if your absolute maximum budget was £500?

I’ve always liked 17in widescreen laptops but will switch to 15in, preferably with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. Stuart

My first thought is, your best bet is a refurbished ThinkPad from tier1online, but the fact that you really can buy a new laptop computer with your preferred specifications by less than 500, especially if they are old models of the preferential price. There may be more examples tomorrow, that’s black Friday and weekend.

The Windows laptop market is in a period of transition. First, there’s the gradual shift to new processors. Second, there’s a move from traditional “spinning rust” hard drives to faster but smaller chip-based SSDs (solid-state disks). The kind of workhorse you want is going out of style, so it may be more likely to be discounted. If so, you could pick up a bargain.

Chip choice

In the shift to new processors, PC manufacturers are starting to install eighth-generation Core chips, which have numbers like i5-8xxx. However, seventh-gen chips (i5-7xxx) still dominate the market, and there are a few sixth-gen chips (i5-6xxx) hanging around. For your purposes, they are all acceptable. Intel has been focusing on reducing its chips’ power requirements, so that they can be used in thinner laptops with longer Hp pavilion dv6 laptop battery life. They’re mostly not much faster, and you probably wouldn’t notice the difference.

I think the Core i5 is a good choice. Core i7 chips are faster, but the laptop versions are dual-core, not quad-core – apart from a few eighth-gen chips – so it’s hard to justify a large price premium. Core i3 chips are cheaper and don’t have the i5’s “turbo” or boost mode. However, Core i3-6xxx and 7xxx chips are still nippy enough for most purposes, though they’re less than ideal for video editing and gaming.

Look up the PassMark score for your current laptop’s processor, or check its rank on Notebookcheck’s Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks). This will give you some idea of how far you can compromise on speed, and prevent you from inadvertently buying something slower.

Other considerations

At this price level you will have to make compromises. There aren’t any sleek 15.6in laptops with high-resolution screens for £500. Even in the workhorse category, you may have to compromise on screen resolution, storage space and memory.

Most 17in Windows laptops have a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, or 1080p, which is also known as “full HD” or FHD for viewing movies. Most small Windows laptops only offer 1366 x 768 pixels, a step down from 1080p to 720p. You can buy 15.6in laptops with either type of screen, but 1080p screens generally cost more.

Every 1920 x 1080 screen will show the same amount of information, but the smaller the screen, the smaller everything will look. (You can compensate for this by setting Windows’ magnification or scaling.) If you buy a laptop with a 1366 x 768 screen then it will show much less information than a 17in laptop’s 1920 x 1080 screen. You may find this limiting or even annoying. There’s less room to move windows around.

When it comes to storage, SSDs are expensive so cheaper machines tend to have less storage space, typically 128GB or 256GB instead of 1TB. However, an SSD makes a laptop much more responsive, which makes it more practical to use with a slower processor.

Memory also has an impact on performance, particularly with bigger jobs such a photo editing. I think 8GB is a good choice. However, you can settle for 4GB if you can expand it yourself later. You can often find out at Crucial’s website, which sells compatible upgrades. Sadly, the cost of memory – roughly £10 per GB – may make big upgrades prohibitive.

Finally, do you want a built-in DVD R/W drive? Until recently, these were standard on 15.6in laptops. The rise of movie streaming and, for backups, cheap external hard drives means they are no longer ubiquitous.

Possible picks

The 15.6in Windows 10 laptops that meet your requirements include the HP 250 G6 and the Lenovo Ideapad 310. The HP 250 G6 is boring but offers good performance for a low price. It has a 2.5GHz Core i5-7200U processor (PassMark 4677), 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. It also has a 1920 x 1080-pixel FHD screen. It’s available from Laptops Direct for £449.97 or Laptop Outlet on Amazon for £479.99, though you should shop around for alternatives. There are better laptops, but it’s hard to beat the HP 250 G6’s value-for-money.

Incidentally, ebuyer.com offers the same machine with a 256GB SSD instead of a 1TB hard drive for £449.99, as a Black Friday deal. I expect almost every Ask Jack reader would plump for the SSD and use SD cards for extra storage.

The Lenovo Ideapad 310 is a decent mainstream laptop and a step up from the popular 110 model. Currys PC World has a silver version with a Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD and DVD for £499.99. It’s good value but with a caveat: it has a 1366 x 768-pixel screen. Search for 80TV0066UK to find other offers.

You can’t buy an Ideapad 310 from Lenovo UK’s website. It has moved on to the more stylish Ideapad 320, which has the same processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive+128GB SSD for £549.99. This version also has a 1920 x 1080-pixel anti-glare screen. It may bust your budget but it’s a much better buy. (Search for 80XL02XHUK for offers.)

I believe Currys PC World sells the same machine, but mysteriously calls it the Lenovo 80XL035QUK. This has an i5-7200U and 8GB of memory but a bigger 2TB hard drive and no SSD. It’s £499.99. It’s worth popping in for a look.

I also like the Asus VivoBook Max X541UA, partly because I used a similar 13.3in Asus laptop for about five years. The X541UA has the required specification – Core i5-7200U/8GB/1TB – but with a 1366 x 768 screen for £449.97 from Laptops Direct or £449.98 from ebuyer.com. (Search for X541UA-GO726T for offers.) The Asus VivoBook X541NA-GO726T (£449.99) appears to be identical to the X541UA-GO726T.

What would I buy?

Your £500 budget is a nice round number but I wouldn’t stick to it. I’d either go for a Lenovo Ideapad 320 at £549.99 or an HP 250 G5 with a faster Core i7-7500U (PassMark 5213) for £527.97 at Laptops Direct or £529.97 at Save on Laptops. (Search for 2EW11ES.) The Core i5 is good but it’s worth going £30 over budget to get a Core i7.

You can also get a Core i7-7500U in the Asus VivoBook Max X541UA-GO799T, so it could be worth searching for a good price on one of those, if you don’t mind the HD screen. I’ve seen them at £499 as recently as yesterday.

Either way, these laptops set good benchmarks to compare with any Black Fridaybargains you may find.

How to recalibrate the battery in your Windows 10 notebook

As you use your Windows 10 laptop, the battery passes through a series of charging and discharging cycles and slowly worn down. We all know that the old laptop is no longer charged in the closet; the calibration isn’t the laptop – it’s a failure. Calibration is a battery that is still working normally, but it does not show accurate reading when the remaining life is. For example, you may say there are two hours of juice, but 45 minutes later, you’ll get a warning that it’s about to close. After calibration, you usually get a more accurate reading, which may be frustrating to see that your old laptop gets only about an hour’s power from charging, and you will not be trapped in a dead device.

How to calibrate the battery in your laptop

If you’re comfortable accessing your PC’s BIOS, you might find a battery calibration tool within. This all depends on the laptop and manufacturer, so don’t be alarmed if you can’t find it.

Likewise, some laptop manufacturers will include a calibration tool within Windows 10 in order to easily take care of the problem. However, this type of tool isn’t common, so you must take things into your own hands. Luckily, the process is relatively painless. Here are the steps to get it done.

1. Change your power plan

Before going through the hassle of charging and discharging your Acer aspire 4720 laptop battery, we must first change the power settings to keep your laptop from sleeping or hibernating too soon. This is intended to be a straight draw on the battery and letting it go into a power-saving mode will ruin the calibration.

  1. Right-click the battery icon in your taskbar.
  2. Click Power Options.
  3. Click Change when the computer sleeps.
  4. Click the dropdown menu next to Turn off the display.
  5. Click Never.
  6. Click the dropdown menu next to Put the computer to sleep.
  7. Click Never.
  8. Click Change advanced power settings.
  9. Click the expand button next to Battery.
  10. Click the expand button next to Critical battery action. Ensure the section next to On battery says Hibernate.
  11. Click the expand button next to Critical battery level.
  12. Click the percentage next to On Battery.
  13. Click the down arrow to set the number as low as possible.
  14. Click Apply.
  15. Click OK.
  16. Click Save changes.

If you don’t plan on using the laptop while the battery discharges, ensure you have a screensaver set up.

2. Charge your battery

Now that the power settings are taken care of, you want to charge your laptop’s battery up to 100 percent. When it’s completely charged, leave it plugged in and wait for the battery to cool down. Depending on your laptop and battery, this can take up to a few hours.

3. Unplug your laptop and let it discharge

Now that your laptop is cooled down and the battery is fully charged, you can unplug the cable. You can use the laptop during this time. Always make sure it doesn’t go to sleep or hibernate (at least until the very end), although the power settings you changed should take care of this.

4. Charge your battery again

Once your laptop’s battery is completely drained and the device shuts off, you’ll want to plug it back in and let it charge back to 100 percent. Feel free to use your laptop during this time. Once you’re charged back up to full, your laptop should give you a much more accurate reading of how long the Acer AS10D31 Notebook Battery will last.

5. Reset your power plan

Now that your battery is calibrated, be sure to reset your power plan to how you had it before. No sense wasting battery when the device isn’t in use.

Have you calibrated your battery?

Laptop batteries can usually benefit from a calibration every few months, especially if you use your device on a daily basis. Have you tried this out? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments section.

For more of the same content, be sure to check out our collection of Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks articles, as well as our forum where plenty of helpful members are willing to lend a hand.

Tips and tricks to prolong notebook battery life

If you don’t have a power outlet on hand, the laptop is a cold aluminum sheet for a flat battery. It’s hard to find any work when you are popped out and warning information when the battery is low. Here are some tips to extend the battery life of your laptop.

Some truths about your laptop battery

Batteries in many devices nowadays are lithium-based — either lithium-ion or lithium-polymer — so users must take note of the following guidelines for their proper maintenance:

What else can degrade your battery

Besides its being naturally prone to deterioration, your battery can degrade due to higher-than-normal voltages, which happens when you keep your battery fully charged at all times. Even though a modern laptop battery cannot be overcharged, doing so will add a stress factor that’ll harm your battery.

Both extremely high temperatures (above 70°F) and low temperatures (between 32-41°F) can also reduce battery capacity and damage its components. The same goes for storing a battery for long periods of time, which can lead to the state of extreme discharge. Another factor is physical damage. Remember that batteries are made up of sensitive materials, and physical collision can damage them.

How to prolong your battery life

Now that you know some facts about your laptop battery, it’s time to learn how to delay its demise:

These are just a few tips on extending the life of your hardware. There are many more ways you can maximize your hardware efficiency and extend its longevity. Call our experts today to find out more!

How to fix laptop battery not charging to 100% on Windows 10

My laptop runs into an issue of ‘battery not charging to 100%’The battery gets stuck at 75% all the time even when the AC power is connected.”
“When I booted up my Lenovo laptop, it reads: “20% available (plugged in, not charging).”
“My Asus laptop battery is set up to charge to 65%. How do I change it to charge a 100%?”
“My Acer laptop won’t charge fully to 100%. When the machine is on and plugged in, the battery keeps staying at 98% even when left to charge overnight.”

Have you ever encountered a similar laptop battery problem? After the Windows 10 is upgraded or updated, such as the Windows 10 creator, some PC cards are on the issue of “the laptop battery does not charge to 100%”. In this case, it seems that your laptop is in the battery mode, but in fact, you have been connected to the AC power adapter machine. When the mouse moves to the battery icon in the lower right corner, it will notice “98% insert, not recharge”. It may also be 56%, 85%, 91%, and so on. No matter how long the laptop is plugged in, this percentage will not change to 100%.

Don’t be worried. In this Windows 10 guide, we’re going to show you the tried-and-true solutions to fix the Windows 10 “laptop battery not charging to 100%” problem.

Top 3 Ways to Fix Battery Not Charging to 100% Issue on Windows 10 Laptop

Before the fixing, it is better to check your Asus a32-k52 laptop battery hardware and perform some troubleshooting. Here is a small snip to get you started.

1. Shut down the laptop and boot it into Windows 10 again.
2. Unplug and replug in the laptop battery.
3. Use the original laptop AC power charger.
4. Make sure your laptop battery is working in an environment with proper temperature.
5. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) and type into powercfg /batteryreport. Then go to the C:\Windows\System32\battery-report.html to check recent laptop power usage.

After the check, if the battery draining problem still persists, let’s get your laptop battery back on track with the top 3 solutions below. Please take your time following the steps to fix the battery issue.

Way 1. Perform Troubleshooting on Windows 10 to Fix the Laptop Battery Not Charging Issue

Windows troubleshooter is a built-in tool you can use to find and fix hardware device issue on Windows 10. If you’ve updated the operating system to the latest Windows 10 version (v1703), then you can go to the Settings to perform troubleshooting to the laptop battery issue.

1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + I to launch the Settings.
2. Go to the Update & security menu.
3. On the left pane, select Troubleshoot.
4. On the right side, scroll down for Power.
5. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.

Way 2. Configure the Power Options to Calibrate the Laptop Battery

Sometimes, the laptop battery not charging problem may be caused by faulty power configuration. You can go to the Power Options to calibrate the battery usage of the laptop.

1. Right-click the battery icon on the taskbar.
2. Select the Power Options.
3. Click the Change plan settings beside the current power plan.
4. Click the Change advanced power settings.
5. Scroll down and expand the Battery.
6. Expand the Reserve battery level.
7. Set the value of the Plugged in as a proper percentage you like.

Note: You can also go to the Energy Management tool if you’re using some brands of laptops like Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc. The utility allows you to change the battery mode and select how to show the battery usage percentage.

Way 3. Update Battery Drivers and BIOS to Fix the Laptop Battery Not Charging to 100% on Windows 10

You can try this solution if the previous one didn’t solve the laptop battery problem. After the Windows 10 upgrade, update or reinstall, you need to install the compatible drivers for the OS in case problems like 100% disk usage, Windows 10 black screen, WiFi not available, Windows 10 laptop overheating, etc. occur and annoy you all day long.

Outdated, missing or incorrectly configured battery driver and BIOS firmware can result in the battery not charging to 100% on Windows 10 laptop. So it is important to repair the driver problem to fix the battery issue.

You can remove the battery and connected the laptop to the AC power. Then go to the Device Manager to uninstall the ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery. After a reboot, check the battery icon to see if the battery can charge as before. Also, download and install the compatible BIOS.

If you don’t know how to operate this due to little Windows inner working knowledge, it’s recommended to use Driver Talent, review as the safest and fastest way to update drivers. It can download and install the official and WHQL drivers and BIOS for your Windows 10 laptop and help to fix the battery not charging problem instantly.

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Here’s how to make it:

1. Click Scan to detect faulty ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver,ASUS Eee PC 1101HA AC Adapter driver and BIOS on your laptop.

2. Click Update or Repair when Driver Talent offers the solutions. You can easily download drivers for Asus laptop battery, Acer laptop battery, Dell laptop battery, etc.
3. Restart the computer to make the driver changes take effect.

Note: Don’t forget to back up drivers and create a system restore point before the changes so that you can restore the system and the drivers once Windows 10 runs into other problems.

Also, you can check for updates in Settings to see if Microsoft has released some hotfixes to fix the laptop battery not charging problem.

That’s it. Hope this Windows 10 post can help to solve the battery plugged in but not charging issue. You can drop a line below or check the LEFT MENU buttons for more solutions if you still have questions on how to fix the laptop battery not charging to 100% on Windows 10. Check Windows 10 Issues and Fix for more about laptop battery problems.

Extend notebook battery life with these tips

Finding a power outlet is usually the first thing to do when you take a laptop to work in a coffee shop, a coworking space or an airport, not every time you will be lucky to find a usable one. If your laptop battery is left, then you can only rely on your laptop battery. Here are some tips to help your laptop battery as long as possible.

Some truths about your laptop battery

Batteries in many devices nowadays are lithium-based — either lithium-ion or lithium-polymer — so users must take note of the following guidelines for their proper maintenance:

What else can degrade your battery

Besides its being naturally prone to deterioration, your battery can degrade due to higher-than-normal voltages, which happens when you keep your battery fully charged at all times. Even though a modern laptop battery cannot be overcharged, doing so will add a stress factor that’ll harm your battery.

Both extremely high temperatures (above 70°F) and low temperatures (between 32-41°F) can also reduce battery capacity and damage its components. The same goes for storing a battery for long periods of time, which can lead to the state of extreme discharge. Another factor is physical damage. Remember that batteries are made up of sensitive materials, and physical collision can damage them.

How to prolong your battery life

Now that you know some facts about your laptop battery, it’s time to learn how to delay its demise:

These are just a few tips on extending the life of your hardware. There are many more ways you can maximize your hardware efficiency and extend its longevity. Call our experts today to find out more!

Should I keep my laptop plugged in it all the time?

When you don’t go out, should you plug your laptop into a power supply? What is the best battery? This is a difficult question to answer, and there are a lot of conflicting suggestions.

You Can’t Overcharge the Laptop’s Battery

It’s important to understand the basics of how the standard lithium ion (Li-ion) and Lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries in modern devices work. There are a lot of battery myths out there.

There’s no way to “overcharge” these batteries. When you get to 100% charge and leave your laptop plugged in, the charger will stop charging the battery. The laptop will just run directly off the power cable. After the battery discharges a bit, the charger will kick into gear again and top the battery off. There’s no risk of damaging the battery by charging it over its capacity.

All Batteries Wear Down Over Time (For a Few Reasons)

Your Apple A1175 Laptop Battery will always wear down over time. The more charge cycles you put the battery through, the more it will wear down. Different batteries have different ratings, but you can often expect about 500 full charge cycles.

That doesn’t mean you should avoid discharging the battery. Storing the battery at a high charge level is bad for it. On the other hand, letting the battery run down to completely empty every single time you use it is also bad. There’s no way to just tell your laptop to leave the battery at about 50% full, which might be ideal. On top of that, high temperatures will also wear down the battery more quickly.

In other words, if you were going to leave your laptop battery in a closet somewhere, it would be best to leave it at about 50% charged capacity and make sure the closet was reasonably cool. That would prolong the battery’s life.

Remove the Battery to Avoid Heat, if You Can

Here’s one clear thing: Heat is bad. So, if your laptop has a removable battery, you may want to remove the battery from the laptop if you plan on leaving it plugged in for a long time. This will ensure the battery isn’t exposed to all that unnecessary heat.

This is most important when the laptop runs very hot—like a powerful gaming laptop running demanding PC games, for example. If your laptop runs fairly cool, you won’t see as much benefit from this.

Of course, many modern laptops don’t have removable batteries anymore, so this tip won’t apply in those cases.

But Should I Leave It Plugged In or Not?

Ultimately, it’s not clear which is worse for a battery. Leaving the battery at 100% capacity will decrease its lifespan, but running it through repeated discharge and recharge cycles will also decrease its lifespan. Basically, whatever you do, your battery will wear down and lose capacity. That’s just how batteries work. The real question is what makes it die more slowly.

Laptop manufacturers are all over the place on this. Apple used to advise against leaving MacBooks plugged in all the time, but their battery advice page no longer has this piece of advice on it. Some PC manufacturers say leaving a laptop plugged in all the time is fine, while others recommend against it with no apparent reason.

Apple used to advise charging and discharging the laptop’s battery at least once per month, but no longer does so. If you’re concerned about leaving your laptop plugged in all the time (even if it’s a PC laptop), you might want to put it through a charge cycle once per month just to be safe. Apple used to recommend this to “keep the Apple A1322 Notebook Battery juices flowing”. But whether this will help depends on the device and its battery technology, so there’s really no one-size-fits-all answer.

Occasional Discharge and Recharges Can Help “Calibrate” the Battery

Putting your laptop through an occasional full charge cycle can help calibrate the battery on many laptops. This ensures the laptop knows exactly how much charge it has left and can show you an accurate estimate. In other words, if your battery isn’t calibrated properly, Windows may think you have 20% battery left when it’s really 0%, and your laptop will shut down without giving you much warning.

By allowing the laptop’s battery to (almost) fully discharge and then recharge, the battery circuitry can learn how much power it has left. This isn’t necessary on all devices. In fact, Apple explicitly says it’s no longer necessary for modern MacBooks with built-in batteries.

This calibration process won’t improve the battery’s lifespan or make it hold more energy—it will only ensure the computer is giving you an accurate estimation. But this is one reason you wouldn’t to leave your laptop plugged in all the time. When you unplug it and use it on battery power, it might show you incorrect battery life estimates and die before you expect it to.

Your laptop’s battery isn’t going to last forever, and it will gradually have less capacity over time no matter what you do. All you can do is hope your laptop’s battery lasts until you can replace your laptop with a new one.

Of course, even if the capacity of your laptop’s battery declines, you’ll still be able to keep using it while plugged into a power outlet anyway.

10 tips for better notebook battery life with Windows 10

Does your laptop have a short battery life blues? If you have updated the Windows 10 for the fall creator update, then you have a new tool to help extend the running time of your laptop. I’ll introduce this new tool and some real battery saving techniques.

Turn down display brightness

Powering all of those pixels in the display is the single greatest drain on battery resources. The first item to check when you are experiencing troublingly short battery life is your display brightness. If you’ve got it turned up all the way or near the max, then lower the brightness; you might also find it a more comfortable computing experience to your eyes.

Your laptop likely has two Function keys mapped to display brightness. If not, you can find a brightness slider by going to Settings > System > Display. You’ll also find a slider for display brightness in the Windows Mobility Center, which is buried in the Control Panel; the easiest way to find it is just to search for it.

Paint it black

A bright desktop background requires your display’s pixels to light up more, when requires more juice. Choose a dark picture or color by going to Settings > Personalization > Background.

Turn off keyboard backlights

Like the display, keyboard backlighting also drains your Hp 484170-001 laptop battery. Turn them off when they aren’t needed. Your laptop likely has a Function key that lets you toggle the keyboard backlights on and off. If not, you’ll find a control for it in the Windows Mobility Center.

Introducing the new battery slider

OK, now here’s the new battery tool. Fall Creators Update has made it easier to switch between power modes. Instead of digging into the battery page in settings to switch from high performance to battery saver mode or vice versa, you now can just click or tap the battery icon in the taskbar. You’ll be able to move a slider from Best battery life to best performance or a balanced mode in between.

Check power and sleep settings

Dig into Power & sleep settings by clicking its link in the battery menu from the taskbar (or by going to Settings > System > Power & sleep), and you can shorten the time before the display turns off or your laptop goes into sleep mode when it’s running on battery power. The shorter you set these times, the longer your battery will last.

Use Battery Saver

Windows 10’s built-in Battery Saver mode activates when your remaining battery dips below 20 percent. It disables email and calendar syncing, push notifications, and apps from running in the background. It should be enabled by default, but check to make sure it is by going to Settings > System > Battery. If you find that Battery Saver doesn’t disrupt your regular Windows habits, then you can raise the threshold for when it activates above 20 percent.

Check Battery usage by app

You can see which apps are using the most battery resources by Settings > System > Battery and click Battery usage by app. The list will show you the percentage of battery your apps have used in the past 6 or 24 hours or the past week. If you find an app that you think it using more than its fair share, click on it and toggle off the switch for Managed by Windows and then make sure the box remains unchecked for Allow app to run background tasks.

Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not needed

These wireless networking technologies consume battery power. You can disable both by using Airplane mode. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar and then click the Airplane mode button. You can also disable only Wi-Fi by clicking the Wi-Fi button on the taskbar Wi-Fi menu. To disable Bluetooth, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and toggle off the switch for Bluetooth.

Sync email less

Constantly checking for new email messages can drain your battery. So, tell Windows to check less frequently to extend the life of your HP 8530W notebook battery. Go to Settings > Accounts > Email & app accounts. Click on your account, click the Managebutton and then for Download new content, switch it from as items arrive to every 30 minuteshourly or manually and then click Done.

Try Edge

Microsoft claims its Edge browser lets your battery run 36 to 53 percent longerthan Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

How to Have a Longer Lasting Dell Latitude D630 Notebook Battery

Many factors affect the amount of time that a laptop battery can supply before it is charged. How to extend the battery life of DELL Latitude D630 laptop? Here are some tips to improve the battery life of your DELL Latitude D630:

Steps

  1. If you do not use your laptop for extended periods of time (a week or more), remove the dell latitude d630 laptop battery pack from the laptop.
  2. Do not expose the battery to high heat or freezing temperatures. Do not leave your battery in your car in the summer. Hot batteries discharge very quickly, and cold ones can’t create as much power.
  3. Make sure to plug your laptop charger adapter into a UPS and not directly into a power outlet or surge protector.
  4. If you have a nickel-metal hydride battery, completely drain and recharge the battery once a month to maximize its capacity to hold a charge.
  5. Fully charge new battery packs before use. New pack needs to be fully charged and discharged (cycled) a few times before it can condition to full capacity.
  6. For laptops that work as Desktop Replacement, the battery should be re-installed every 3-4 weeks and allowed to fully discharge.
  7. Leaving a battery in a laptop while using an electrical outlet for long periods of time will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up and that will reduce the life cycle of the battery.