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Laptop for programming?

stripes44stripes44 Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in College Computers
I'm getting heavy into computer programming and it looks like compsci could be a possible major/minor. Any suggestions on a new laptop that will serve well for me?

(I use Java, VB, C++, php, ect...)
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Replies to: Laptop for programming?

  • excelblueexcelblue Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    As a CS major, here are my thoughts:

    - Large screen with high resolution: get at least 1440x900; the screen real estate will allow you to comfortably have documentation and code display at the same time, which will be a huge boost to your comfort. If you can get a Full HD screen (1920x1080), it'll be worth every penny of the $200 extra.

    - Good keyboard: hey, you're typing all the time :)

    - Battery life: you're gonna need it for those hack days

    My personal recommendation goes out to either the Dell Latitude E-series or the Lenovo Thinkpad T-series. Those laptops are in the $800-$1200 range and are rock solid in durability while having excellent keyboards and battery life. I also recommend the Asus UL-series if you're looking for something a little lighter and cheaper, but I really think you'd benefit from a larger screen.
  • bakkarabakkara Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    I agree with excelblue above. I hope you aren't even thinking of a Mac because there are still some programs for CS out there that aren't in Macs (and I'm not sure about you but I don't like partitioning my computer into 2 different OSes).
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    Running Linux and/or Windows in VMs is a piece of cake on a Mac.

    Most of the CS professors at my son's uni use Macs.
  • BainchodrateBainchodrate - Posts: 2 New Member
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