Opinion Needed...Best Laptop For Developers?

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Re: Opinion Needed...Best Laptop For Developers?

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

View PostDarenR, on 18 April 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

Our ssd machines at work compile and run everything much faster than our non ssd systems.

I own a asus and a toshiba and I find the asus to run VS better.


Are the project files on the SSD? I'd worry about faster death of the drive in that case. You can only write to solid state memory so many times before failure.

That's why they are best as boot devices, not document drives. They should certainly make the PC boot and launch apps fast.

I think my new laptop allows for two drives. So the idea of an SSD boot/apps drive and an HDD documents drive is attractive.

Just remember you don't have to select a laptop just because it comes with an SSD. You can buy oneand switch it out just like any other drive.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:01 AM

Ah.. okay. I wasn't sure if there was some sort of hard facts behind it. I've used a few SSD and was just 'meh' on the whole performance.. though some people (with their build machines) jump back to getting more ram and running ram drives. Of course for a green horn like the OP my only suggestion - 6+ gee-bees of RAM and a big screen... hell get a sufficient sized screen and a big LCD to plug in when home.
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Re: Opinion Needed...Best Laptop For Developers?

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:11 AM

View PostSergio Tapia, on 18 April 2012 - 09:57 AM, said:

A SSD 40gb: 310$


DUDE! Do they at least buy you dinner and give you a kiss before bending you over like that?

That link I provided has 256gb SSD for +- $300.
Order it to be shipped to my house and I'll ship it to you. I do it all the time for my son in Australia for the same reason: They rape you on computer gear. I think its a tax thing.
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Re: Opinion Needed...Best Laptop For Developers?

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

View PosttlhIn`toq, on 18 April 2012 - 11:58 AM, said:

View PostDarenR, on 18 April 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

Our ssd machines at work compile and run everything much faster than our non ssd systems.

I own a asus and a toshiba and I find the asus to run VS better.


Are the project files on the SSD? I'd worry about faster death of the drive in that case. You can only write to solid state memory so many times before failure.

That's why they are best as boot devices, not document drives. They should certainly make the PC boot and launch apps fast.

I think my new laptop allows for two drives. So the idea of an SSD boot/apps drive and an HDD documents drive is attractive.

Just remember you don't have to select a laptop just because it comes with an SSD. You can buy oneand switch it out just like any other drive.



the machines have 2 ssd's one for files and 1 for apps

View PostSergio Tapia, on 18 April 2012 - 11:57 AM, said:

A SSD 40gb: 310$




i paid $79 for corsair 90 gig ssd
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

Oh and another thing - if it doesn't light up and change color your laptop isn't l337 enough for programming.
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Re: Opinion Needed...Best Laptop For Developers?

Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

View PosttlhIn`toq, on 18 April 2012 - 12:11 PM, said:

View PostSergio Tapia, on 18 April 2012 - 09:57 AM, said:

A SSD 40gb: 310$


DUDE! Do they at least buy you dinner and give you a kiss before bending you over like that?

That link I provided has 256gb SSD for +- $300.
Order it to be shipped to my house and I'll ship it to you. I do it all the time for my son in Australia for the same reason: They rape you on computer gear. I think its a tax thing.


I'll take you up on that offer for sure. :) Send me a PM with your location and I'll see how much FedEx costs to send it here to Bolivia.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

Sergio why dont you try newegg.com

Sergio why dont you try newegg.com
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

I don't think they ship internationally. :(
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:50 PM

@Daren...how did u get a - reputation!!!??? Im just curious bro!
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:58 PM

My son killed most of mine but i added to some of it for my smart ass remarks
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:41 PM

Oh ok!! I totally understand!
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

hi thought i would ask here for opinions save making another "which laptop to buy thread"

i going into a games programming course at university, at home i have a fairly high spec desktop for gaming but i need a laptop for university and on campus etc.

in my local pcworld i have the choice of a samsung series 5 550P for £840

Intel® Dual Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3 GHz, DMI 5 GT/s 6MB Cache)
Operating System Windows 8
RAM 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Graphics card NVIDIA® GT650M
Screen type SuperBright HD LED-backlit anti-reflective display
Screen resolution High definition - 1600 x 900
Screen size 17.3"
Hard drive 1 TB SATA II 5400 rpm
Optical disk drive Blu-ray Player
Memory card reader 4-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
USB 2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
FireWire No
Modem/Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
WiFi Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235, 2x2 802.11 abg/n (up to 300 Mbps), Widi Support
Bluetooth Yes - 4
Audio interface 1 x headphone-out microphone-in combo
TV output 1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
Expansion card slot No
Sound JBL® speakers and Subwoofer
im not quite happy that the screen isnt full HD plus the HDD is only 5400 rpm then im looking at an etxra roughly 600 pound on top to go for something like this Samsung NP&00G7A gaming laptop which has specs like this

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Quad Core (2.2 GHz, Intel Sandy Bridge Architecture, 6 MB L3 cache, Features Intel Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Screen 17.3" (Samsung 3D LED SuperBright Gloss, 1920x1080 FULL HD Resolution)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 8GB
Hard Drive 2000GB (with 8GB Express Cache Flash Memory Onboard)
Optical Drive Blu-Ray (Blu-Ray HD Play back + DVD-RW & CD-RW)
Graphics Dedicated (AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB GDDR5 RAM)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated 2MP Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 7-in-1 (SD / MMC / Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro / Memory Stick Duo / Smart Media / xD-Picture card)
USB Ports 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0
Speakers Integrated Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
DisplayPort 1x DisplayPort
Keyboard Type Laptop Keyboard

i want the laptop to obviusly have a decent graphics card and nice HD screen aswell as nice surround sound card so am not sure when it comes to 3D games developing what is my best section to go for the higher price over £1300 or stay around £800 will be more than enough for coping?

thanks
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