Which laptop for programming and general use?


Apr 12, 2014
I am currently searching for a new laptop. I will use it mostly for programming (Java, C, CSS) and for general use like browsing with multiple tabs opened and movies. No gaming will be done on it.
I would like the battery to last around 4h or more.
Linux OS will be installed on it.

At the moment I am deciding between the two Asus laptops:

ASUS X550CC (400€)
Intel i3-3217U 1.80 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M 2GB

ASUS K56CB (560€)
Intel i5-3337U 1.80 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB

I would like to ask for your advice as I am not sure if the i5 it's worth the money for my needs. I am also open to suggestions if you have a laptop that would be better for me.


Feb 14, 2013
The i3 and i5 are both 2 Cores with 4 Threads, so it should be pretty comparable power.

I would assume that the higher resolution screen is a very important point here, you want to be able to scrunch as many lines of code as possible onscreen.

i think both laptops are really good for your needs, though :) I would go for the cheaper of the two
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