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Top 10 Best Laptops For Programming – A One Stop Shop Guide

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  1. Hamza M says:

    Hi Mike,
    I was wondering if a dedicated gpu is necessary for android dev and if 8gb of ram would be enough

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Hamza,
      It is not necessary but having a dedicated GPU will definitely help and yes 8GB of RAM would be enough but make sure the laptop you purchase has an SSD. That would make Android Studio work a lot faster.

  2. Nica says:

    Hi Mike,
    I am a graduate student coding with mostly C++ and python. I am looking for a laptop with 16GB ram and a budget of less than $1500. What laptops do you recommend? I have been looking at Lenovo Ideapad 320 and Lenovo Ideapad 720S.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Nica,
      The Lenovo Ideapad 720S looks good but it has slightly less powerful GPU. I would recommend you to have a look at ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 laptop. It has more powerful Intel Core i7 processor and its GPU is also more powerful than Ideapad 720S. | Check it out on Amazon

  3. Arianne Eusebio says:

    Hi Mike,what laptop is the BEST for programming?please disregard the price.

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Arianne,
      This depends on what type of programming work you do every day. For an instance, if you’re an Apple Developer then definitely the best choice for you will be the top of the line MacBook Pro. If you’re a web developer then you can go with the Dell XPS developer edition which comes with Linux OS pre-installed.
      You can also check out Lenovo’s ‘ThinkPad’ lineup, they have excellent keyboards.
      It’s hard to pick one laptop and say it’s best for programming but if budget is not a problem then buying a flagship laptop with newest specs and upgradability options seem to be a good way to go.

      1. Peter says:

        Hi Mike,
        Any suggestions for a laptop with a minimum of 8GB RAM, min i5 processor and touchscreen.
        Mainly for digital art and coding. Budget is under $800.

        1. Mike Johnson says:

          Hi peter,
          I would recommend you to get the Lenovo Flex 5 14″. It is a 14″ convertible laptop with the newest AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor which beats Intel Core i5 in performance. It has got touchscreen display with pen support for your digital art needs and it has got enough oomph to handle programming. Plus, it has got backlit keyboard which is also very comfortable to type for extended period. You can check it out in our guide on best laptops under $600 listed at number four.

  4. Shreedatri says:

    Is hp 15-BS544TU best for programming?

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Yes, this HP laptop will be great for basic programming but for graphics programming or any other intensive programming this laptop may not be the right choice. As long as you’re working with the programming languages taught in schools and colleges, this laptop should be fine.

  5. Zac says:


    I am entering into the information technology field as a graduate student. They recommend a laptop with an I7 16gb ram and 500gb plus ssd drive. They say the minimum requirements are I5 processor 8gb and 500gb hard drive. I have an $800 budget but would like to get an i7 with an SSD drive. Which laptop would you recommend?
    Thank you,

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Hi Zac,
      I would recommend you to go with the ASUS VivoBook S which comes with Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD for storage. The RAM on this laptop is upgradable so you can upgrade it to 16GB later on.

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