Laptop for software programmer/developer + mild gaming


Jul 19, 2017
1. What is your budget?
~1600 EUR

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Best suited for reading text.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Desktop replacement laptop

5. How much battery life do you need?

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
I want to be able to play games but it's definitely not critical. Any dedicated graphics card will be ok. More 3D features is better than raw performance.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Primary usage: programming and software development + mild gaming
Programs: IntelliJ Idea, Java VM, VirtualBox, Docker, OpenStack, Hadoop etc.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
>200 GB SSD (NVM Express enabled and fast enough to take advantage of it)
>=1000 GB magnetic HDD

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
5+ years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Important features:
Build quality
32 GB of RAM
Recent ports/networking standards supported (USB-C etc.)
Good virtualization support

Laptops considered so far:
* DreamMachines G1060-15PL22 aka Clevo P651HP6-G
Cons: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is an overkill for me, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti would be enough but such configuration is not available
* DreamMachines G1050Ti-15PL22 aka Clevo N850HK1
Cons: worse build quality than P651HP6-G and build quality is critical
General Clevo doubts: What about drivers support for Linux/Windows? Is it better build quality then ASUS ROG Strix ?
* ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE-FY022T
Cons: lack of NVMExpress enabled SSD
Looks like best option if SSD can be replaced with NVMExpress enabled
* Lenovo Legion Y520-15
Pros: lower price
Cons: low build quality opinion
* MSI GE62 Apache
* Acer VX5-591G
* HP OMEN 15-ax205nw