Laptops are the basic need of a developer, Every programmer of this era wants a perfect computer but when it comes to the selection you should be keeping some specifics in your mind before buying or selection among which the most important thing is RAM. It plays an important and key role in the performance of the machine when the development is going on. RAM basically is the memory in which executed file is loaded by the CPU when the programmer run a code or action performed by the user so the machine must have enough random access memory so it could easily process and compile the code and show output.
After that what should be taken into account is the data storage capacity, The laptop which you are buying must have SSD (having big memory as per the user work) or for the second option HDD but of a good company or brand, The reason behind that it’s 100 times more faster than HDD as well as because of its durability. The HDD has moving parts and magnetic platters that means the more you use the more movement will happen which causes it to function improperly after a certain time but if you want a cheap cost hardware so you must go for a HDD. It’s less expensive. While SDD also have an advantage of a very low power usage therefore the battery life of the laptop with SSDs is more in compare to laptop with HDD.
The processing power also cannot be compromised at the time of selection. The laptop must have a core i7 or i5 at least processor for the best performance and accuracy(the processors are available in market in GHz, more the GHz more the power) else the laptop has an AMD processor.
All of the above are the technical aspects other than that the design, weight, the size of the screen are all the things which are something of the users choice but my suggestion is to buy a light weight laptop a one which is thin having 17” screen and soft keys. Following are some of the best laptops which I find suitable for the programmers.
6 Best Laptops for Programming in 2017
HP ProBook is a good machine of 15.6″ wide screen equipped with Quad Core AMD 1.8GHz processor with Radeon R6 Graphics. It has enough data storage capacity of 1 TB HDD 7200 rpm and SDRAM of 16GB DDR3 as well as a good battery backup of 7-hours. Other than this DVD Burner, WLAN, USB 3.0, HDMI options are also given with a webcam and Bluetooth 4.0. Its a great laptop for the business professionals as it can also be used for programming very efficiently. Operating system for this laptop is windows 10. This is a best laptop for programming in $500 budget.
ASUS ZenBook is a Ultra slim Laptop with 7th generation Intel CPU. Its a very fast and durable intel i5 laptop having an processor of 2.5 GHz and RAM of 8GB DDR3. It has a 256GB flash memory solid state drive. A very light weight machine and easy to carry. ZenBook has features like backlit keyboard so that you can code at night and when it comes to sound Harman Quad Speakers are included and they have a very good sound. Other features includes HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi, and SD Card Reader. Its a Sleek and light weight 4.0 lbs aluminum body laptop for comfortable portability. Operating system is Windows 10 installed in this machine which makes it support all software for programming.
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 is 15.6 Inch HD-Notebook. It’s perfectly designed for programmers. Its a i7 intel laptop with 2.5 Ghz processor having 500 GB HDD and 8 GB RAM. It has a memory speed of 1600 MHz speed and it’s battery backup is 9 hours which is a very good backup time. Thinkpad has 3 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Other than this Bluetooth and Fingerprint Reader is also provided as it’s additional feature. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit is an operating system which is preinstalled on it. It is a good choice for the programmers to make as well as Lenovo is a good name in the IT industry on which one can trust while buying it’s product. Telling in general, Lenovo Thinkpad e560 is a very good business laptop and because it has comfortable to type keyboard, powerful performance and good display, it is worth to count this laptop in the list of best laptop for programming. Also, it has very enduring build quality which will make this laptop also perfect for students.
Apple MacBook pro is a powerful laptop with more speed and accuracy ever. It is a very light weight machine with brighter and most colorful display ever with 13.3″ screen. The laptop has 2GHz Intel core i5 processor with 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM and for data storage capacity a 256 GB SSD is included in this laptop. Apple has made this laptop more better by making it’s power source more efficient, battery backup of MacBook Pro is 10-hours. This laptop would be a good choice for the people who are doing software development and core programming.
It is a 7th Generation Intel Laptop. Aspire E15 make itself unique because of its 15.6″ Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit display supporting Acer Color Blast technology, having a 2.5 GHz core i5 processor with 8GB RAM makes it more powerful and fast. Data storage capacity of Aspire E15 is 256GB solid state drive. Windows 10 is preinstalled in this laptop. Acer has make this latop a good package by adding a graphics coprocessor NVIDIA Geforce 940MX. Other than these more option have been given like 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (M-DISC enabled), Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer True Harmony High-Performance Sound System which is upto the mark, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-In HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 – USB Type-C port: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 – USB 2.0 Port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, when it comes to power source Acer is good in that they have included 6-cell Li-ion battery (2800 mAh), up to 12-hours battery life which is way good than other. Sure for short its a good laptop for a programmer to use.
This is a 6th generation intel laptop having an 15.6 inch FHD IPS Anti-Glare Display [FHD]. Alienware has given this laptop very powerful specs than ever, having a 3.5 GHz core i7 processor makes it very faster. Programmers cannot have a better choice than this. It processes up things quicker than ever because of it’s 16GB DDR4 RAM. In this laptop for data storage capacity 1TB HDD as well as 128 SSD is given which is very good enough. Its graphics co-processor is NVIDIA GTX 1060 which is an intense graphics card. Alienware 15 is capable of producing high-end VR experiences. Windows 10 is installed as an operating system for this high performance laptop for programming and gaming. This laptop is also very good choice for college students because they are only people who are generally have desire of playing games along with little coding. So, if you want then alienware 15 is good choice of laptop for information technology/computer science student also.
For the people trying to make a good setup for their office where they code. I recommend checking out our guide to get best keyboards and also chair. We will soon publish the guide for desk and other stuff. Till then you can checkout this video to see how desks of programmers around the world looks like.
Every user has a different need in aspect of technology so when to choose or buy something one should have core knowledge for it. I suggest that programmer or a gamer first do a little research that what they want and by what things they will get the complete package as per their need in short for programmers while buying a laptop four things they should be focusing on are RAM, Processor, hard disk and battery backup. These are the things needs to be very much powerful while you are doing programming.
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