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jausions

January 23rd 2014 1:28 pm

I code software all day long, any suggestions for 15in i7 4th gen laptop with at least 500GB drive, 16GB RAM, no number pad, and that doesn't weigh a ton?

I know the MacBook Pro is an option, but I'd rather stay Windows for now and a bit cheaper, especially with the expensive 512GB SSD option from Apple. I also know there is a good selection of laptops with number pads but I'd rather have a good keyboard and not be all "pushed to the left" while working. Thanks!
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TgD

For my work, I use the Lenovo W530 and it suits most of those criteria. They are currently still using 3rd gen i7 processors, but I would imagine they are going to update it pretty soon.

You can get it configured with 16GB ram and a 1TB drive (like mine).

It doesn't have a number pad and weighs under 6 lbs.

You can also get a dock for it to easily connect it to a full keyboard/mouse/monitor when you are at home/work.
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jausions

hmmm... seems like recent 15in laptops without numeric keypad went the way of the unicorn...??? Maybe a Dell XPS 15 Touch, but it isn't available in France yet...
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mutnat

Actually the W540 is out now, which upgrades it to 4th Gen procs and a new chassis that includes a numeric keypad. I'd suggest you check out the T540 and the W540, both Lenovo ThinkPad models. Both are 15.5/6" models, and can be ordered heavily customized, both being configurable with your requests (16gb, large platters or ssd, a selection of Haswel 4th Gen, etc. ThinkPad tend to have among the best keyboards in the business, and are very reliable. My T510 is still going strong nearly 4 years later, and I'm checking out the new 2014 X1 Carbon Touch as a possible next purchase.
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NinjaStroke

Was seriously considering a Non-Retina 15" Macbook pro mainly because of the 7hours available battery life and relaxing keyboard feel.
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CookieMuncher

I suggest the Lenovo W series (W540 is the newest). They are built to last and are very common in the workforce. They aren't the lightest around, but are light enough to carry around. I think the keyboard is pretty good. Although the laptops aren't the most aesthetically pleasing, they function well and get the job done.
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honzabim

I strongly suggest the XPS 15. I am not sure whether by touch you mean the same version as reviewed here: www.notebookcheck.net­/Review­-Dell­-XPS­-15­-9530­-Late.... But that one is awesome. You can have the comfy centered keyboard with solid HW and there are plenty of options to chose your own components. I would be a bit afraid of the UI scaling under Windows on that screen but for most of the more up to date stuff it should be alright.
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Ede14

Hello Jausions,
I have same dilemma as you had 2 months ago.. I'll use laptop also for programming purposes (so graphic card doesn't matter at all for my case) and looking non-Apple product because of its ultra-high price .. Just curious on which brand and model did you decide ?
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