Best choice for programmers?

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Which is the best choice for programmers?

  1. Macbook 12

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  2. Macbook Air 13

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  3. Razer Blade Stealth

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  1. vagnaar

    vagnaar Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm currently a student on summer break and I bought a Eurocom M5 Pro for school last year. Anyway, after using it for the whole school year I realized that I don't need a gaming laptop for on the go. I really don't play games on the go. So I've decided to build a gaming desktop for home and get a smaller more portable laptop for school.
    I'm currently torn between a few laptops:

    1 - Macbook 12: This is is super small and portable. The one port doesn't bother me at all because I rarely ever plug anything in to my current laptop. The ONLY thing that bugs me is the keyboard. I used it in a store and it's so shallow, I can barely tell I'm typing on it.

    2 - Macbook Air 13: This one is pretty much perfect. It's small light and portable. Has a bunch of ports. But the screen resolution is a lot lower than I'm used to. Battery life is incredible though.

    3 - Razer Blade Stealth: Really great specs. Great screen. Battery life is alright but adapter is small and portable. I can get slightly better deals on the other two.

    So, Which one would you guys choose? Both macbooks are very appealing but they each have a con that drives me crazy. So will I get used to the keyboard on the 12" Macbook, or will get used to the low screen resolution of the Macbook Air?
     
  2. Raidriar

    Raidriar Notebook Virtuoso

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    Depends on what you're going to be programming...if you intend to program for Apple (aka Cocoa/objective C and Metal API), obviously you will need a mac product --> rMBP 13. Forget the joke of a toy that is the "Macbook"

    If you intend to program anything else you can do much, much better off with an Alienware 13. The keyboard is loads better than the miserable experience on the razer blade stealth, especially if you program, you will be typing a lot...the keyboard is so miserable on the stealth, words cannot describe. Alienware 13 will give you teeth when you need it better battery life, and a far more comfortable typing experience than the Razer blade stealth, for less money too.
     
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  3. vagnaar

    vagnaar Notebook Enthusiast

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    I totally understand where you are coming from. I am just really looking for something small, light and a bit understated. I've owned the alienware m11x and currently have a Clevo P630SG. The alienware look is just too much for me. These are the 3 I currently have in my sights. So, just out of these 3 what would you recommend?
     
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    Raidriar Notebook Virtuoso

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    If you're dead set on those three only, rMBP 13. Forget the other two toys. They keyboards suck on both and given how tight the price difference is on the MB vs rMBP, spring for the rMBP 13.
     
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  5. Jarhead

    Jarhead Systematic Love

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    If you're dead-set on the OSX environment, then I'd agree with Raidiar in that you should just go for one of the rMBPs. Speaking from experience, you're going to want both a decent keyboard and a decent, high-res display (I'd recommend at least 1080p), and neither the 12 nor Air 13 offer both. The screen on the rMBP obviously has the resolution, and while the keyboard certainly isn't a Thinkpad one, it's far batter than what you'd get on either the 12 or Air 13.
     
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  6. DDriver

    DDriver Notebook Guru

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    rmbp 13 is the way to go. Macbook Air is good, but given it's age and dat retina screen on rmbp, just go with rmbp
     
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  7. electrosoft

    electrosoft Tick Tock Clarice....

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    rMBP 13 or a 15 like I've gotten used to using as my go to coding and Pentest machine along with VMware Fusion and a dual boot for when I absolutely must have a pure Win environment for work.
     
  8. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Depends on what environments your coding in, if your not programming Apple specific apps could also look at an X260 with the upgraded screen if the 13" size appeals. I finally upgraded to one for my road warrior, the battery life, keyboard travel, the only gripe I have is no USB C but lots of extra ports work for me. battery life with the extended is 17 hours of actual working use. in my configuration
     
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  9. Raidriar

    Raidriar Notebook Virtuoso

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    This would be the logical choice, but OP only wants Mac products so let him/her be.
     
  10. Jarhead

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    If you're writing OSX or iOS code, then the opposite is true.

    And I'd rather have a MBP than a Walmart special :p
     
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