How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming in 2017?

This article will guide you to choose the best laptop for programming in 2017.

As a programmer or developer it becomes really confusing to pick a best laptop from thousands of laptops available in the market. It becomes even more difficult for a person who is just starting programming.

Below I have shared some key points that will definitely help you to pick a perfect laptop for working on any programming technology.

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How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming in 2017?

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How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming?

RAM

It is the first most important thing that you should look. A laptop with 8GB RAM is an ideal choice but 16GB RAM would the best choice. If your budget is too low then you can go with 4GB RAM also.

Believe me it really sucks working on a low performance machine. Earlier I used to do android app development on a laptop with 4GB RAM. It was so annoying because everything works really slow.

So I would highly recommend you a 16GB RAM laptop if you are a mobile app developer.

Best Choice: 16GB RAM

Ideal Choice: 8GB RAM

Low Budget Choice: 4GB RAM

Processor

Good processor and RAM should be your highest priority while choosing a laptop for programming. As a programmer or developer we have to do multitasking. When I do programming or development I have to open few IDEs along with a browser with several tabs opened. For such purpose a good processor is required.

A laptop with i5 processor is an ideal choice. You can go with i7 processor if you have huge budget and for low budget you can go with i3 processor.

Best Choice: i7 Processor

Ideal Choice: i5 Processor

Low Budget Choice: i3 Processor

Graphic Card

Integrate graphic card is not necessary until you are not doing game development or some high graphics related work. But if you are a game developer then you must go with a laptop with external graphic card.

Best Choice (Specially For Game Developers): External Graphic Card (2GB or 4GB)

Ideal and Low Budget Choice (For Other Developers): Integrated Graphic Card

Storage

SSD and HDD are two storage types that laptops have. SSD gives faster performance but costlier than HDD. Its great if you can afford a SSD storage type laptop. But if you can’t then go with HDD and later on you can use some external SSD storage.

Battery Life

If you mostly work at places where power supply is not available then you must choose a laptop with huge battery life. Otherwise these days almost all laptops come with moderate battery backup.

Below I have shared some laptops that I believe are good for programmers in India. Even if you don’t like any of them you can consider above points to pick a best laptop according to your usage.

10 Best Laptops for Programmers and Developers in 2017

1. HP Pavilion 15-au117tx

HP Pavilion 15-au117tx

Price: Rs. 82,500

RAM: 16GB DDR4

Processor: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen

Graphic Card: Nvidia GeForce 940MX 4GB

Storage: 2TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

2. Inspiron i7-15RSLV Dell

Inspiron i7-15RSLV Dell

Price: Rs. 68,500

RAM: 16GB

Processor: 6th Gen i7

Graphic Card: 4GB AMD

Storage: 1TB hard drive

3. Apple MacBook Air MMGF2HN/A

 Apple MacBook Air MMGF2HN/A

Price: Rs. 58,800

RAM: 8GB DDR3

Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5

Graphic Card: Intel Integrated

Storage: 128GB

4. HP Pavilion 15-AU111TX

HP Pavilion 15-AU111TX

Price: Rs. 55,990

RAM: 8GB DDR4

Processor: 7th Gen CORE i5 7200U

Graphic Card: 2GB Graphics NVIDIA

Storage: 1TB

5. Dell Inspiron 5559

Dell Inspiron 5559

Price: Rs. 56,500

RAM: 8GB

Processor: Intel 6th Generation Core i5-6200U

Graphic Card: AMD Radeon R5 M335 2GB

Storage: 1TB

6. Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK Notebook

Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK Notebook

Price: Rs.56,490

RAM: 8GB DDR3L

Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core i5

Graphic Card: AMD 4GB

Storage: 1TB HDD

7. Lenovo G50-80

Lenovo G50-80

Price: Rs.34,490

RAM: 8GB DDR3L

Processor: 2GHz Intel Core i3-5005U

Graphic Card: AMD Radeon 2GB

Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

8. HP 15-AY079TX

HP 15-AY079TX

Price: Rs.37,290

RAM: 8GB DDR3

Processor: 2GHz Intel Core i3-5005U

Graphic Card: AMD Radeon 2GB

Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

9. Lenovo Ideapad

Lenovo Ideapad

Price: Rs.23,990

RAM: 4GB DDR3L

Processor: Core i3 5th Gen

Graphic Card: Integrated Graphics

Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

10. HP 15-be003TU

HP 15-be003TU

Price: Rs.26,990

RAM: 4GB DDR3L

Processor: Core i3 5th Gen

Graphic Card: Integrated Graphics

Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

Comment below if I have any tips for choosing best laptop for programming and development.

5 thoughts on “How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming in 2017?

  1. Krishnan Mk

    I think you are missing a very important factor here: hard disk type. I would highly recommend going with a SSD than a huge magnetic HDD. The performance benefit is unparalleled.

    Reply
    1. Admin Post author

      Now I have mentioned it in the article. Thanks a lot for your comment.

      Reply

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