Laptop recommendation Help: Best balance between power, portability and price

Laptop recommendation Help: Best balance between power, portability and price
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#1

Hi all,

What laptop do you use for meetups and coding events?

I know this seems like a very basic question. I am very knowledgeable about desktop hardware
and have built a gaming and home media systems myself. Also, I am aware of the basic types
of laptops available. Still, I am behind when it comes to be being a laptop consumer and connoisseur.

Here’s what I have now that isn’t working so well.

HP Pavillion dm1(?) 11.6-Inch
I have one small 12" HP that is very basic: Dual core, no number pad, keyboard is not backlit.
It’s basically a post netbook netbook.

I have meat hook farmers hands and typing on this is cramping and not comfortable.

ASUS ROG G73JH 17-Inch Gaming Laptop (2010)
This still has all the power I need, it’s backlit, and the full size keyboard is comfortable –
but it’s huge and heavy. Since the battery life tops at about 2 hours, I keep it at home as a
movable desktop replacement system.

I prefer something that is backlit, 14-15 " screen, very portable and won’t break the bank.
Decent graphics capability would be nice too.

All of my purchased software is for windows, but I use Linux mostly if I can help it.
That said, I’m not at all against Macs.


#2

Battery life is very important imo.

Personally i really like Dell XPS 13 (2015) with arch. I like the minimalist feel and clean lines on this.

also, check this subreddit for more ideas here.


#3

In my opinion you have 2 choices: TWO ULTRABOOKS ENTER, ONLY ONE LEAVES: DELL’S XPS 13 VS. ASUS ZENBOOK UX305CA

XPS 13 wins overall, but for a few hundred dollars less, the Zenbook is nothing to cry about. Make sure to look for deals, try them out at a physical store if possible, and ignore the salesperson’s recommendations.

Depending on what that means, it may throw “portability and price” out the window.


#4

Not sure what you are looking for.

Is this just for coding. Or is this a do everything laptop.
The only requirements I see is a full sized keyboard ( just full sized keys or full sized with keypad?) and good battery life.

What do you need for screen size?

A chromebook might be able to cover your needs.


#5

Thanks! I’m on reddit and this looks to be a great thread.


#6

Regarding graphics - Just enough for decent streaming every now and then, popping out data visualizations in python, and maybe some GIMP or Photo Editing work.

I’m not expecting this to be a gaming laptop, but I would like to do everything else.


#7

Full-size & backlit keyboard = Must have
Battery life = reasonable but at least 3-4 and ideally more.

Screen size will probably follow the keyboard, but I’m guessing around 14-15".


#8

@jon-starnes Have you considered a refurbished thinkpad x230/x220? With the IPS display and a new battery this thing rocks!


#9

Apologies for the late response. Before I checked out the x220s and x230s, I was looking at Lenovo T430s:

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 on Amazon

I would like to amp up a little for room to grow, so my list should include the following preferences. I realize that increases cost.

  • i7 quad core processor
  • 8 GB RAM min