Need help to find a new laptop that has to be powerful, realible and have nice screen

jorgeb

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I need to find a laptop to replace my old Dell N5040 (i3, 6GB of RAM DDR3, 320 GB hard disk at 5400 rpm, 720p screen) which I've owned for about 4 years now.

I do a LOT of coding in several languages (i need to run different IDE's like eclipse and visual studio), run data bases, do heavy work with multi-threading, running multiple sql queries simultaneously, and so on.

This laptop will also be used as an entertainment laptop; watching movies, surfing the internet, skyping & light gaming (super nintendo emulated games and stuff like that)


If money wasn't an issue I would have bought an 15" macbook pro with retina display and 512GB SSD. BUT I don't have the 2500 US$ to spend on a laptop.

My budget is up to 1500 us$.

What I think I need:

- quad core processor (preferably i7)
- 16GB of RAM (willing to compromise to 8GB with posibility to update to 16 Gb in the future)
- a GOOD & easy on the eyes Retina like or ultra high res IPS display (I spend ~10 hours a day in front of the display)
- 512 SSD (i'm willing to compromise to a configuration with a smaller SSD as primary drive but with an additional mechanichal drive, something like 128 SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm)

- good cooling system (a serious problem with my current DELL is overheating when doing heavy multi-threading stuff)

- decent keyboard
- overall realiable & good quality hardware

What's not that important for me:

- Weight and dimensions (Yes I do have to carry around the thing in my backpack but I would much rather have a powerful and bulky laptop than a slim and less powerful one)
- GPU (I wont play high-end games on it)
- Sound & speakers (average sound will work for me)
- Battery life (anything with 3+ hours will do just fine)
- Touchscreen (don't need it!)
- touchpad (most of the times I use an external mouse anyway)

What I'm not sure of:

Screen size: I have always had 15" or 16" laptops, never went smaller than that, I have some serious doubts about how comftarble will I be with a 13" display (specially with coding).
 

hang-the-9

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There is pretty much 0 need to go over 1080 on a small display unless you have amazing eyes and can make out tiny text. 1080p resolution looks pretty good on a 20" and up display, on a 17" laptop display it will look even better.

If you want the best screen, the workstation systems will generally have a better and more accurate display than the gaming laptops.
 

hang-the-9

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www.xoticpc.com look at the gaming and workstations systems there. While you don't care much for games, a side-effect of getting a fast CPU with a good screen and lots of RAM is that those things will pretty much always be gaming spec systems or workstations with cards like Quadro or FireGL.

Also look at the workstation models like the Lenovo W, HP Z book and Dell which I think are Precision.
 

jorgeb

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Interesting website, thanks!:bounce:

I'm a little lost with respect to screens. I would like the best screen posible for reading/writing code, this would be 3k o 4k display right?

The thing is I've read that windows 8.1 doesn't handle this type of ultra high res very well.
So, i'm a bit confused, should I go for a 1080p?

Are there any fellow coders / developers that are reading this and might help me?
 

hang-the-9

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There is pretty much 0 need to go over 1080 on a small display unless you have amazing eyes and can make out tiny text. 1080p resolution looks pretty good on a 20" and up display, on a 17" laptop display it will look even better.

If you want the best screen, the workstation systems will generally have a better and more accurate display than the gaming laptops.
 
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