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#1 BasD

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

Hi i'm a student starting with programming next year and i'm looking for a good laptop for programming. Can anyone give any good suggestions?? I have a budget of approximately 900 euros.
Thanks!
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Most programming task does not require very sophisticated hardware. However when coding you may want to run several other programs either to help in coding (like code profiler, external debugger, etc) or to simulate the targeted system's infrastructure (e.g. database server, apache). You have to provide enough memory for them so you can code fast and smooth (by avoiding memory paging). More memory will be even be more important if you want to do testing with Virtual Machine.

So, get the best laptop according to your budget (the budget is actually very good) with focus on getting as much as memory as you can. I think nowadays you want at least 8GB of memory. So get 64bit processor and 64bit OS to be able to get full access to memory beyond 3GB.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:51 AM

Today, its pretty hard to find a laptop with 1G of memory and less than 1GH processing speed. Considering the question, your programming needs won't require loads of juice, which means most to all modern laptops could handle whatever you are doing. I would also recommend a 64 bit system.
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#4 BasD

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:25 AM

Would an Acer Aspire 5750G-2458G75MN suit my needs?
Specs:
Processor: Intel i5 (2nd gen.)
RAM: 8gb
OS: Win7 64-bit
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:27 AM

Yup! Pretty much.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

While I agree that Acer Aspire 5750G-2458G75MN is good enough. But since it's only about €700, I think you can consider better option on (all of these are subjective to your taste):
  • bigger screen (easier to examining code)
  • good quality speaker (music is important to coder like us! And you may want to not use headset all the time). If speaker sound quality is important to you, try to find laptop tagged with "Harman Kardon" or "JBL".

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:36 AM

Luthfi what would you recommend?
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

I can't recommend specific model. But for good quality speaker, I usually go for either Compact/HP (most if not all of their models are using JBL) or Toshiba (some of its models are using Harman-Kardon).

For bigger screen, after second thought, I think your budget is not enough for 17" screen. However 15.4" or 15.6" (like offered by Acer Aspire 5750G-2458G75MN) is good enough.

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I just found that lately HP is using Altec Lansing for their laptop speakers.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:01 PM

Ok thanks for the comments and the help!
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

I won't go less than 15.4". Your ever tried writing code on a net book?
Not very pleasant.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

15.4 is the smallest i would go, smaller is not really an option
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

Hi i'm a student starting with programming next year and i'm looking for a good laptop for programming. Can anyone give any good suggestions?? I have a budget of approximately 900 euros.
Thanks!


your 900 euros is so much to buy a programming laptop :) you don't have to buy a super laptop or an high end laptop. However if you will go into the world of "GAME PROGRAMMING" and "3D MODELING" you will be needing a good ram, video card, and a good processor for fast rendering :)
Good Luck into buying your laptop. Wish I can buy mine too soon :glare:
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