5 Best Laptops For Programming (Nov 2017)
I hope you’ll agree with me when in say, no one can do programming with an ordinary laptop these days right?
An ordinary or basic laptop can kill your productivity with the performance and lagging issues and I know you don’t want to get interrupted while coding anything because you’ll lose concentration on the given task.
That’s why I suggest you get only best laptops for programming which can easily fulfill your requirements.
I’m going to show you exactly what are the best laptops for programmers out there and help you choose best suitable laptops for you based on your budget and requirements.
Without further ado, Let’s get started.
5 Best Laptops for Programers and developers
1. Lenovo Y700: A Perfect Laptop for Programmer and Average Gamer
We all know Lenovo is a big player in the laptop industry and its Y Series series is very popular and successful.
Lenovo Y700 is another masterpiece by Lenovo which is suitable for programmers and usual gaming. It comes under $900 and for its price, I would say that it’s worth considering based on the specs and features Lenovo is offering on the laptop.
Though this laptop is more suitable for gaming, this laptop is suitable for Programmers as well.
I’ve talked about this laptop in detail and I have explained almost everything in detail to save your time.
- This Lenovo Y700 comes with 15.6 Inch non-touch screen display but it also comes with 14 Inches and 17.3 Inches respectively.
- The top and bottom of the laptop are built by aluminum whereas the frames around the screen and the keyboard is made of plastic. The overall build quality is solid and you won’t have anything to complain about it.
- As you may have seen in the specs, this laptop comes with both HDD and SSD which is really a great advantage, especially for programmers. You can install Operating System on the SSD drive and save your important files to HDD.
- The boot time of this laptop is just 10-15 seconds which is amazing.
- It has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wireless LAN connections.
- Lenovo has really made a great use of the design in this Y700. As you can there are 2 beautiful JBL speakers at the top of the bottom and vent on the center. As always the JBL speakers provide good audio quality and there is no compromise in this department.
- One of the best things about this laptop is, you don’t have to face any heating issues very often. It handles thermal throttling smoothly and you won’t feel any overheating issues while coding for your next program.
The Chiclet keyboard is very tactile and you can code anything freely without any interruptions. Another thing to mention about the Lenovo Y700 is, it has the Red backlit keyboard which could be helpful when you are coding in the night times. My only complaint about this backlit keyboard is, it has only Red color and there are no options to customize the color. If you are OK with the Red color, then you have nothing to worry about.
- Lenovo has offered 1 SD card slot, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 and an HDMI port. It should’ve been better if Lenovo had offered a thunderbolt too instead of 2 USB 3.0 but it is not a deal breaker for many.
As a programmer, you would want to have a laptop which can handle both lite and heavy tasks and Lenovo Y700 is one of the few laptops which can match your expectations.
When selecting a laptop for a programmer, you shouldn’t give much importance to the design and look of the laptop Instead you should give more importance to the specs and the performance of the laptop.
But what if the laptop has both good design and performance?
Lenovo Y700 has both good design and the hardcore performance. It comes with whopping 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD and 256 GB PCIe based SSD storage.
The performance in this laptop is extremely fast and you can run heavy apps simultaneously without any issues. By default, the operating system is installed on the SSD disk for the faster performance. If you want to change the operating system, I would suggest installing that only on SSD storage.
If you are an avid gamer, it has dedicated GeForce GTX 960M graphic card with 4GB RAM. Even If you aren’t a passionate gamer, you’ll be addicted to gaming after getting the awesome machine.
When it comes to battery department, the Lenovo Y700 has a mediocre battery life. The average battery life while gaming is 1.5 hours and for programmers, you can expect between 4-6 hours of battery life while coding.
I know this laptop doesn’t have best battery life in the industry but it’s not the worst either. The 4 hours battery life for a programmer is pretty decent I would say.
If you are a programmer and looking for a laptop with more battery life than this, scroll down a little and you’ll find your perfect choice.A laptop which costs less than $900 with elegant design and solid performance is definitely worth considering for a programmer.
2. MSI GL62M: The Ultimate Laptop for a Programmer
If you already don’t know MSI is one the top laptop brands in the world dominating in the gaming section. It provides excellent products which a gamer would need. But we are talking about programmers laptop, right?
Yeah, But the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is one the best laptops for programming and gaming.
This amazing beast cost less than $900 which is a reasonable price for its specs and features.
Let’s talk about this laptop in detail.
As you may already know this MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is made especially for gamers but I chose this laptop because it matches the expectations and requirements of a programmer too.
The build quality of the laptop is excellent and it has a matte finish to it. It weighs only 5.29 lbs (2.39 kg) which is actually not bulky for a gaming laptop. You can carry this laptop to school, office etc because it doesn’t feel bulky at all.
As I told you before, the screen in the Lenovo Y700 reflects a little bit which occurs the disturbance while programming if you are using the laptop outdoors. But the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 doesn’t have this issue. You can do your programming tasks both indoors and outdoors without giving thoughts to the screen reflections.
It has LCD display with full HD screen resolution which has great color accuracy and viewing angles. You can expect less heat from this laptop just like the Lenovo Y700. Both laptops prevent well from heating issues.
One of the main reason to get MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is its unbelievable Performance. It comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and Quad-Core Intel i7-7700HQ. The CPU is clocked at 3.8 GHz which is perfect and a programmer can expect it to perform multitasking without any sweating.
Just like Lenovo Y700, it comes with both SSD and HDD storage where the operating system i.e Windows 10 home is installed on the SSD drive. The boot time of the laptop is same as Lenovo Y700 i.e 10 seconds but Amey S has mentioned that it boots in less than 10 seconds which is great.
Apart from boot time, the applications installed on the SSD open very fast and you will have no complaint about the performance on this laptop. Along with SSD, it comes with 1TB HDD which is plenty of storage.
One of the best thing about this MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 is you can easily upgrade both SSD and RAM on this laptop. Yes, that’s right.
By default, it comes with 128GB SSD but you can upgrade it to 256GB if you want more storage and faster performance. If you want even more fast performance, you can upgrade the 8GB RAM up to 32GB RAM which will give your mind-blowing performance.
When it comes to gaming, it has GTX 1050 2G with a GDDR5 graphics card which performs very well. According to UG Tech, this laptop can play Minecraft and Dark Souls II at 60 fps consistently and Witcher 3 can play at 30fps. If you are both programmer and a gamer, this is laptop is made especially for you.
As a gaming laptop, it gives the battery life of 4 hours for moderate usage such as playing lightweight games, browsing, coding etc. But if you play only games on this laptop, you should expect the battery life from 2-3 hours.
I’ve tried to explain the major benefits MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 here as much as possible but if you want to know more about this laptop, check out the In-depth Review of this laptop by Aditya on Amazon.
You can also watch the below video by Whatoplay to learn more about this laptop.
3. Acer Aspire E15- The Most Value For Money Laptop for a Programmer
Note: I’ve talked about the other Acer E15 model in my previous post and told my readers this one of top laptop for a writer. The model number of that laptop is Aspire E15 E5-575-33BM which costs under $350 and the model number of this laptop is Aspire E15 E5-575G-57D4.
This is one of the best and affordable programming laptops especially for students because it is inexpensive and provides lots of value.
You can get this Acer E15 under $550 and when it comes to value for money laptop for programming, it’s very hard to beat this Acer E15 and I’ll tell the exact reasons below why.
The 15.6 Inch display provides a decent screen quality but it doesn’t have great viewing angles like the above laptops. One of the best things about this laptop is, it is suitable for almost any type of user. Without any doubt, it is perfectly suitable for a newbie programmer.
This Acer laptop offers 3 major options to customize your laptop.
1. If the 256GB SSD isn’t enough for you, you can easily upgrade it on your own by opening the back panel of the laptop.
2. If you want to add even more storage, there is a blank slot to add an HDD which you can get it for $50
3. If the 8GB DDR4 RAM isn’t enough, you can add additional 8GB RAM on your laptop. Here is the recommended 8GB RAM which costs around $90.
You can watch this simple step-by-step video to learn how to install the RAM on this laptop.
For a programmer, it has got everything covered for performance. But what about the gaming? Is it suitable for gaming?
Of course, Yes.
Acer has provided NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics card with 2GB DDR5 RAM which is quite impressive because it is very hard to find a laptop with a dedicated GPU costs under $550. It can’t play all the HD games but it can play low to moderate games with its appropriate settings.
Another thing which is quite hard to find in a cheap laptop is a Backlit keyboard and Acer has provided that too in this laptop.
The battery life of Acer 15 can last up to 10-11 hours which is more than the above 2 laptops combined. Acer claims it can last up to 12 but the users have confirmed that it can last up 10-11 hours which is remarkable job done by Acer.
If you start doing your programming work after charging your laptop battery 100%, you don’t need to worry about charging for at least 9-10 hours.
You can read more amazing reviews on Amazon to know more this amazing laptop.
4. ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K OC Edition
If you are looking for a Powerful laptop for both programming and hardcore gaming then ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K OC Edition is here for you.
Sure, This isn’t the most affordable or value for money laptop like Acer Aspire E15. But for those who are on the higher budget, this is one of the top laptop for coding and there are few solid reasons to buy this laptop.
This 17.3-inch monster laptop can serve as your desktop replacement for both personal and professional purpose. It has the most powerful specifications on this list and this is the most expensive one too. The screen quality of this laptop is top-notch and the viewing angles are amazing too.
One thing to keep in mind if you are getting this laptop is its very heavy i.e 9.5 lbs and it is very hard to carry it on the go.
The design of this laptop is spectacular and it has a true gaming look on it.
As you may know, this is an overclocked (OC) edition of ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K which comes with Intel i7-6820HK processor which you can overclock up to 4.0 GHz based on your needs.
As I told you before, this laptop is solely made for hardcore gamers, but a programmer can also take the great advantage of this laptop because it has every feature and specifications a Programmer would need in a laptop.
You can push this laptop to an intense level and it can perform smoothly without having issues. If you are spending more than $1800 on a laptop, you would need to perform like a beast and ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K will not disappoint you for sure.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB DDR5 RAM inside the laptop ensures that you can play any games at 1080 with the highest settings. Games like OverWatch, heroes of the storm easily hit 75 FPS and the Witcher 3 hits between 5-6- FPS which isn’t bad at all.
Again, this is a laptop with a Red backlit keyboard but there are 3 levels of backlit to choose from. The manufacturers should consider giving RGB colors to choose in the future.
The touchpad works okay but not great though. Most of the hardcore gamers would be using an external mouse so it isn’t a big deal for them. But if you don’t use external, you should keep this in mind.
One of the main thing most of the people are complaining about this laptop is its Speakers. There is one subwoofer at the bottom which works well But the other 2 speakers which are just behind the screen doesn’t get loud enough for a 17-inch laptop.
If you are just like me who don’t depend too much on the speakers and mostly rely on the headphones, you don’t have any problem at all. For the speaker lovers, you should know that it has average audio quality.
The USB 3.1 Type-C port in the laptop transfers the data up to 10 GBits/ second which is very useful if you are in a hurry to copy any important files. Another great about this laptop is it handles the heat very nicely and doesn’t get very heat just like the Lenovo Y700.
This is a VR Ready laptop which means it can support HTC Vive, Oculus rifts etc.
As a gaming laptop which has overclocked CPU, you can’t expect the highest battery life on this laptop. The moderate usage such as Browsing, Watching videos, you can expect an average battery life of 4 hours. For gaming only, it can last up to 2-2.5 hours of battery life.
Video Credits: Matthew Moniz
5. Acer Aspire S 13
The Acer S13 is a mid-range laptop from Acer which has a slime and lightweight body. The specs of the laptop are decent and give real value for a laptop which costs less than $700.
If you don’t like the big screen laptops, then you’ll surely like this amazing ultra notebook from Acer which has only 13.3 Inch display. Not only a small screen, it weighs only 2.87 lbs and it is the best lightweight laptop on this list. If your top priority is portability, then this Aspire S 13 is one of the best laptops for any developers right now.
This laptop is similar to ASUS ZenBook UX305UA which I’ve talked about in my previous post where I’ve talked about the teacher’s laptops But The Acer Aspire S 13 costs bit cheaper with few compromises.
The 1080p screen quality is excellent and it has great color accuracy but there is one drawback though i.e “The top and bottom bezels”. Sure, this isn’t a big deal for many programmers but everyone is demanding a laptop with fewer bezels these days so you should keep this in mind if you interested to get this laptop.
It has 256GB SSD storage and 8GB LPDDR3 RAM paired with Intel i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz which can easily perform fast for any programming tasks without any struggle.
Keep in mind that this laptop is not made for gaming purpose and you can’t play any HD games except few basic games. All the laptops on this list have a dedicated GPU to play moderate to HD games but this Acer Aspire S13 doesn’t have a dedicated GPU. It has Intel HD Graphics 520 which is not sufficient enough to play HD games.
There are no compromises in the ports selection. The Acer Aspire S 13 has 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port and 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 HDMI port. The speakers work reasonably well and Yeah, it has a backlit keyboard just like the Acer Aspire E15.
There are 2 versions of this laptop available right now 1. Touch 2. Non-Touch laptop and there is only $10-$20 difference between them. I would suggest you go for non-touch version because it can give you more battery life than the touch model.
One of the best things Acer provides on a laptop is the battery life and ACER ASPIRE S13 is no exception at all.
HP Claims it can last up to 11 hours but that’s not the case in the real-life performance. For moderate usage, you can expect the battery life up to 7-8 hours which is quite extraordinary for its pricing and for heavy usage it can last up to 4 hours at maximum.“A laptop with 256GB SSD with a backlit keyboard, lightweight and a battery life of 7 hours is worth considering for programmer”
Let’s wrap this up by showing you the PROs and CONs of this amazing laptop.
Programming is one of the best jobs in the world right now and you shouldn’t ruin your valuable job by choosing a basic or weak laptop. You should invest wisely in a good laptop which can fulfil your requirements.
You don’t always need a higher budget to get the best laptops out there. The Acer Aspire E15 and Aspire S13 provide great value for its cheaper price. If you have a higher budget, then you can go for any of those 3 remaining laptops on this list.
Which of these 5 do you think the Best Laptops for Programming? What are your opinions? Let me know in the comments below.