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Jul 16, 2020
I honestly don’t know where to put this. I want to get a laptop that I’ll use for programming and maybe the occasional video game.

Thus won’t be used as much as my powerful desktop computer. However I wanted something where I can take to work with me and work on programming skills during my lunch hour. As well as road trips etc.

I want to get something between $600 $800

I was looking through this link and one laptop stood out to me but I wanted to get your thoughts. It was the asus vivo laptop but I’m real sure. I want something powerful but not over the top. Something that will last at least up to 3 years Something where I can learn different programming languages anywhere. I don’t know which direction I want to go rather it’s gaming development, machine learning or software dev/engineering.
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Sep 19, 2018
I'm still using my Dell laptop I bought nearly 6 years ago for $500 (refurbished). I do all sorts of programming with it just fine. It would be nice to have 16 GB RAM for when I have to use virtual machines, but I get by just fine with 8 GB. The processor's a bit slow, but I only notice when I'm compiling a large program from scratch.

I've only upgraded the hard drive to a 512 GB SSD which gave it a huge boost. The 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD configuration might work OK. I have that configuration on a desktop where I keep the OS and programs on the SSD and files on the HDD, but I occasionally have to uninstall things to keep the SSD from filling up. I'm much more comfortable with a single 512 GGB SSD.


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Sep 27, 2017
Long Beach, California
If possible, get one with a dedicated graphics card and an SSD and don't let the amount of memory be the deciding factor when purchasing.

For example, don't steer towards one with a 1TB HDD over a 256GB SSD, memory is cheap now so in that example - you can use the 256GB for the OS and Programs and attach an external (or cloud) service for all the other files.

I always stress people to go to their local BestBuy, MicroTrend, etc to try out the keyboards and look at the screens. Do you prefer a full-size keyboard? Is the screen not bright enough for you? Too heavy? that often gets overlooked and it's super important when deciding.

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