Laptop advice Industrial Design

At the faculty of IDE, having your own laptop with the necessary facilities is a must for students. This applies to both the bachelor's and the master's degree programme. All IDE students therefore have their own system, which enables you to work independent of time and place.

Laptop workspaces are available at various locations throughout the building. The  'PlatVorm' is specially equipped for laptop use. Plenty power sockets to reload your battery while you work. Throughout the building it is possible to access 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. Whether you are working in a design studio or having class in a lecture room. Anywhere you can access your data. 

You will be able to use the multifunctionals (print, scan and copying machines) in combination with your laptop. The cost will be automatically charged to your credit.

Which laptop?

TU Delft has a laptop project. In this year’s laptop project you have a choice to buy a mid-range laptop or two high-end laptops. The mid-range model is not recommended for the graphics software required for the IDE bachelor programme and the IPD and DFI master. Of course, you want to know whether or not it is useful to buy this high end laptop, selected by the university. Since you can buy one in a regular shop too. The 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 IDE-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


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 Apple M1 and M2 processors. These processors are not compatible with the Intel processors which means that an Intel version of Windows 10 cannot be installed on them and therefore these Macs are less to not suitable for your studies.


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