Laptop advice Architecture

At the faculty of Architecture it is compulsory for students to bring their own laptop with appropriate facilities. This applies to both Bachelor's and Master's courses.

The Architecture building (Julianalaan) offers ample facilities for laptop users. Laptop workspaces have been installed in various places throughout the building and access is available to both fixed and wireless networks. Besides a network cable, all you need do to access the fixed network is register for first-time use. In the studios, the design tables for Bachelor's and Master's students have plenty of network connections and plug sockets. 

Which laptop?

TU Delft runs a laptop project. The laptop project offers a choice of three models, one entry-level model and two high-end models. The entry-level laptop is NOT suitable for the graphics software required for a programme in Architecture. The high-end models meet all the requirements of the Architecture 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 to your Architecture-study, make sure:

  • 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

Apple

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.

Software

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

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