Laptop for programming

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PostLaptop for programming
by Outrunner » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:19 pm

My aunt and uncle are wanting to buy my cousin a laptop as a surprise before he starts his degree in September. Being the "techie" of the family (apparently) they've asked for my advice. Unfortunately I think they've over estimated my credentials and rather than admit my ignorance I thought I'd ask here. Then take the credit and adulation of my family. So, the pertinent information:

He's doing a physics degree
Apple products aren't on the cards
Budget is £500+ (I have to admit I'm not sure if you can get a laptop for programming at that price point. If not I'm happy to feed that back to them).

Any advice would be appreciated!

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PostRe: Laptop for programming
by Errkal » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:35 pm

Get as much RAM as possible in the budget and an SSD.

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PostRe: Laptop for programming
by Lagamorph » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:30 pm

I found this Lenovo one for £450, but their reputation as a brand has sank quite a lot in recent years I believe,
AMD® Ryzen™ 5 2500U (2 GHz)

Operating System
Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Display Type
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080)
IPS AntiGlare 250Nit

8GB (2x4GB DDR4)


Integrated AMD® Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics

Up to 3 hours

Would they consider a refurbished one? You can normally get some pretty good deals from Dell's own refurbished Outlet store and your money goes a lot further,
£485 gets you this one
Inspiron 15 - 5567
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7500U (2 Core,4MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
Windows 10 Home (64bit)
8GB (1x8GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Non-ECC
256GB 2.5 inch SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
4GB AMD Radeon R7 M44x
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11ac, 1x1, 2.4 & 5GHz + Bluetooth 4.2
LCD Back Cover for Non-Touch Screen with HD Camera-Sparkling White
Battery : 3-cell 42WHr Battery
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Non-Touch Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Internal UK/Irish Keyboard

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PostRe: Laptop for programming
by Outrunner » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:54 am

Thanks guys, it's given me something to work on. Refurbished would definitely be on the table and I should have thought of that so thanks for reminding me that it's an option.

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