Need recommendations for a powerful laptop for college

Hello, I am looking for a new laptop, and I really liked how chromebooks are looking after modding them.

I will be using this for college, and specifically, I will be running a lot of programs like Matlab/Simulink, Spice circuit simulations, and also using it for coding.

My requirements are:

  • Minimum 16 GB of RAM
  • New-ish Intel i5 or Ryzen 5 or better
  • SSD storage 250 GB or more
  • Ideally lightweight
  • Ideally with touchscreen / stylus support

Any recommendations? I found some good deals on used/refurbished Acer Chromebook Plus 514, but they come with 8 GB of RAM and I could not find if it could be upgraded.

Chromebooks probably wont be performant enough for that stuff since they only got U-Series CPUs. If you arent in the US you will get better actual laptops probably for cheaper.

Aside from that; I can also tell you from first hand (lol) experience that stylus note taking is more gimmick than useful. I did it for less than 2 weeks before returning to the keyboard.

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I bought a secondhand Google Pixelbook with Core-i7, 16gb ram & 512gb storage for USD100 as your reference. Turn into Windows 11 afterwards. TQ.