The tool of a Computer Scientist is the computer so it goes without saying that the computer (your laptop) is an important factor when studying Computer Science.

DisclaimerSCS does not promote any vendor or guarantee any listed prices. They are purely for reference purposes so that he reader has an idea of what laptop is adequate for the Computer Science program.

What laptop should I buy that is appropriate for the Computer Science program?

There is a short answer and a long answer.

The short answer is this computer is perfectly adequate for the Computer Science program:

Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop

Price: $549 (free shipping) + tax [summer of 2024]

This is a perfectly adequate laptop. Typically all the major laptop manufacturers use similar components and therefore Acer, Asus, Samsung, Lenovo or HP may be just as adequate as this Dell laptop.  Having said that, not all components are the same and if you do see a similar deal you may want to check our laptop spec’s page to see if it has all the required components:

What laptop should I buy for the Computer Science program (long answer)?

It depends on a several factors:

  1. Do you have an operating system preference (MAC or Windows or Linux)?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. Are you registered in a Computer Science stream?