Laptop advice 3mE

A laptop with the required facilities is an absolute must for anyone studying in the Faculty of 3mE. This applies to students taking both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. All 3mE students therefore have their own system, which they can use wherever and whenever they want.

Part of the 3mE building is equipped for using a laptop. The building has wireless and wired access to the TU Delft network. You will need a network cable to use the wired network, and you will have to register with the network (once only). The design desks in the design rooms for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes provide plenty of network connections and plug points.

Which laptop?

TU Delft has a laptop project. The laptop project offers a choice of three models. The low-end model is NOT suitable for the graphics software required for a programme in 3mE. The high-end models meet all the requirements of the 3mE software. Participation in the laptop project is not compulsory but does offer considerable advantages.

  •  It is a powerful computer with good screen quality.
  •  The price is good
  •  3 year warranty. On campus repair and battery and possibility to get a swap laptop while your laptop is in repair.

If you want to bring your own laptop for the 3mE studies please note the following:

  • Suitable for Windows 10 (64-bits)
  • A multi-core (quad-core) processor
  • A discrete (dedicated) video card
  • At least 16 GB of RAM (32 GB recommended)
  • At least 512 GB of storage (1TB SSD recommended)
  • At least 15” full HD screen


For your studies you mainly use Windows software that is often not available in an Apple Mac (OS) version. A Mac is therefore less suitable for your studies. On a Mac with an Intel processor (the i7 processor) you still use this Windows software via a detour. Follow the Bootcamp manual from Apple for this. You do need a Windows 10 installation file and serial number (available from Surfspot) and a lot of free disk space.

Apple now also offers Macs with an Apple M1 processor. This processor is not compatible with the Intel processors, which means that no Intel version of Windows 10 can be installed on it and therefore these Macs are less / not suitable for your studies.


The required software can be downloaded by all students from the software portal. Click here for more information.