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baileylo

July 11th 2014 2:38 pm

Programming Laptop Suggestions

I was thinking of purchasing laptop to do some web programming. I've been using Apple for the last decade but I'm not sure I want to spend that much money. I'm unfamiliar with the quality of windows PC manufacturers. If I do purchase a PC, I'd wipe it an install Ubunutu.
  • Mostly used for PHP, HTML, JS development, possibly some systems level code.
  • I do use an IDE and Firefox so memory is important
  • I like to work offline
  • I don't use Vagrant all that often, so I probably don't need to be worried about running a VM
I'd be looking somewhere under 700 dollars. I figure anywhere over this price point I'd just buy an Air.

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frankspin

Watch the apple refurb site (refurb­-tracker.com for RSS) and you may be able to snag a good deal on an Air with a memory bump. I personally opted for the 13-inch rMBP because of the option for higher density resolution.
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dblock

There's quite a range of options for that price. What screen size do you need?
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baileylo

Thanks for your interest. After talking to some friends I ended up pulling the trigger on the Air. The decision maker at the end, is I'd probably be unhappy w/ the performance of a cheaper 500 dollar laptop. So rather than spend 500 and be unhappy I bought the 13" air and was happy.
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groovechicken

Well, if you are planning on running 10.9.4, you may be sadly mistaken about the performance assumption you have made:

www.phoronix.com­/scan.php­?page­=article­&item­=ap...

Personally, I won't run linux on Apple hardware because I hate clickable trackpads with no buttons. I had one of the newer Thinkpads with one of those trackpads that I was running linux on and hated it so badly that I passed it on to a coworker and snagged an older T410 with an i5 and have been happy ever since.
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baileylo

The installation of linux was only for Windows Machines. I don't mind the trackpads on apple macs.
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groovechicken

I don't mind the trackpads if I am running OS X, and the Lenovo one works okay under Windows, but they are terrible under linux. Some might say, "why use linux, then?" I happily make a few compromises for everything else I prefer in linux.
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frankspin

To be fair, he compared XFCE with OSX 10.9. I really don't think that is a fair comparison given how stripped down XFCE is.
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groovechicken

My experience on my Mac mini at work do not contradict his general findings. OS X has progressively gotten slower with every version since 10.3, with a minor bump up from 10.5 to 10.6, but then back down again. If it weren't for needing Adobe for my work here, this mini would have been running one of the debian distros a long time ago.
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