Laptop for software programmer/developer (Java/BigData/Cloud/VM) + mild gaming

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by mmalibu, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. mmalibu

    mmalibu Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    ~1600 EUR

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    EU/Poland

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    None

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Nope

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Primary usage: programming and software development + mild gaming
    Programs: IntelliJ Idea, Java VM, VirtualBox, Docker, OpenStack, Hadoop etc.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Laptop in question shall serve mostly as slightly mobile workstation rather to be moved inside the house than outside

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    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.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Used mostly at home with power adapter connected so it's not critical. Average is ok.

    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 want to be able to file complaint personally to shop or producer in Warsaw, Poland without sending laptop anywhere.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows running Linux in VM.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    The more program code text on screen the better but it shouldn't be too small/tiring for eyes even after ~4 hours of gazing.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    matte/non-glossy screen

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    As long as possible. Build quality and reliability is critical. Especially keyboard quality.
    Beside quality stability is also critical (no overheating/no locking up/running 24h)

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    >200 GB SSD + >=1000 GB magnetic HDD
    I've learnt NVM Express is good for running Virtual Machines so NVM Express enabled laptops with fast enough SSDs which can take advantage of NVM Express are plus.

    Other important components:
    32 GB of RAM
    Recent ports/networking standards supported (USB-C etc.)
    Good virtualization support

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Nope

    Laptops so far discovered and considered:
    * Lenovo Legion Y520-15
    Pros: needed configuration available + price
    Cons: Low build quality opinion
    * ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE-FY022T
    * MSI GE62 Apache
    * Acer VX5-591G
    * HP OMEN 15-ax205nw
     
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    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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  3. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Deity

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    You can buy RAM sticks from Amazon and sell the stock Ones. Every laptop allows you to upgrade RAM.
     
  4. Jarhead

    Jarhead Perfectly Sane

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    Not every laptop has upgradable RAM, but most do.

    Anyway, another option for 32GB of RAM (and much better build quality than consumer-class laptops) would be a workstation like the HP Zbook, Dell Precision, or Lenovo Thinkpad W/P series, though you might have to look into OEM refurbs to be in budget.
     
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    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Those would probably be ridiculously expensive in Poland, as they generally are everywhere in Europe. It's actually cheaper to buy them for US + shipping + taxes than to buy them locally. I know a guy from Australia who saved $1500 USD on a Precision I think.
     
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