Laptop for client/server programming

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ThéVert, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. ThéVert

    ThéVert Newbie

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    Coming from a very old desktop:
    Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz
    16 GB ram
    250 GB SSD
    Runing FreeBSD & Linux Mint
    No discreet GPU, none required.

    The laptop I intend to buy will be dedicated to work: programming, mail and online training.

    Looking at the EUR1024 clevo based TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 15 v5, seems to cover my needs with:
    • 1920 x 1080 IPS-Panel non-glare
    • 16 GB 2666Mhz RAM
    • Intel Core i5-10210U
    • 250 GB Samsung 860 EVO

    However, I'd like to see what options fit with my requirements.

    The TUXEDO has marks for its price and coming with Linux all set up. However, it seems on the cheaper side and I'm worried about:
    • Overall build quality
    • Battery life
    • Keyboard quality
    • Screen quality for reading lots of text

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    EUR 1000 < price < EUR 1300

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    I mostly deal with text, in columns. I don't need amazing colours but I need to be able to read for hours.

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: None
    b. Dislike: None

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Absolutely. Purely aesthetic wear is not an issue.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    • Programming (mostly Js, Python, C, Scheme) in Emacs and Visual Studio Code
    • Testing (w/ Apache, MariaDB)
    • Runing VMs (one at a time), testing of Python client code w/Windows
    • Learning with online courses (with video & tests, using online IDEs like

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No gaming at all. iGPUs are welcome, especially if they increase battery life.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Superior or equal to 3 hours

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    I'm fine with online/not seeing

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    • Linux is strongly prefered.
    • If Wifi works and performance/endurance aren't sacrificed, FreeBSD would be very sweet
    • Don't know Mac OS, ok with the idea
    • Not Chrome

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080p / 1920*1082

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Matte, assuming it is better suited for my needs, I may be wrong.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    250 GB

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    In the next 2/3 months

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3/4 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    A few months.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    I'm fine with shipping.
  2. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    That certainly looks fine for what you describe. If you're going to be running VMs inside of it, though, I'd consider going to 32 GB RAM and at least 512GB SSD; it will just make your life easier.
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