Help me find a laptop for programming
February 8, 2012 8:33 AM Subscribe
I generally work from home and have an excellent desktop machine that never lets me down. Occasionally I have to travel, and when I do I take an ancient Dell Inspiron 8500 to work on and use for remote support. Long story short, the Dell has died and I'm out of touch with laptop options. Anyone know the best portable machines for programmers?
posted by samworm to Technology (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The three most important concerns are cost (it'll be used very rarely), keyboard (full size and all usable "all day") and vertical screen resolution (I'd like 900px at least, preferably something like 1080px). Decent battery life would be a nice bonus.
I don't really care about processor speed (much of my work is on remote machines), basic graphics can display text terminals as well as expensive ones, and whatever the OS is will be nuked for a minimal Linux install so fancy software bundles aren't needed.
My problem is that most suppliers seem to only sell 768px high screens (even in large sizes like 15.6") unless you also upspec other areas like the processor, memory and disk. I'd be more than happy with a 64GB SSD rather than a 720GB Harddisk.. but again this seems to only be available on premium models.
Does anyone know where I can get a top of the line screen and keyboard on a budget chassis? When I last bought a laptop (years ago) Dell used to let you do this kind of thing. I can't find the options any more...