Laptop for programming


Starcraft II Moderator
hey guys, as I started learning programming hard core, I more and more feel the need to have all of the code I have written/I am writing with me. (Since I am not only coding in university or at home, but at two programming clubs as well)

I strongly consider getting a laptop solely for coding. I don't intend to play any games on it. Come to think about it, the laptop will only be used for programming, web browsing and watching movies.

It doesn't have to be big, since I will carry it with me almost everywhere.

I am looking for a cost effective solution.

tl;dr I need a cheap laptop on which I will be able to code, watch movies and browse thehelper/facebook.

You may start posting suggestions... now !

Thank you guys <3


2D-Graphics enthusiast
If you want to code i would highly suggest a large screen size.
Coding with a small screen is a real pain.
At university we have those incredible 1600x1400 screens which are great for coding. Once i had used one of these it was like hell to get back home to my tiny 1024x768 screen.

That is some fair price i must say.


Starcraft II Moderator
Thanks for the suggestions, Ghan.

Accname, I had not considered that, I will try to test coding on a couple of laptops and see if the size of the screen matters for it.(good a decent amount of my friends are laptop only users haha)


Divide et impera
+1 on the high resolution display, I also prefer matte screens

I would look for one that has room for a mSATA card as well as a HDD, that way you can add a SSD without losing the HDD, alternatively some offer a replacement caddy for the DVD drive


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Intel appUp contest going on now. They already sent out 24 laptops last week, and there were only 30 submissions then. Thats a pretty good pass rate.

You dont even have to have coded anything yet. As long as it looks like you have it figured out, and its what they are looking for. The first 300 they like, they are giving ultrabooks (for 3 years, they could ask for it back after that)
Anyway consider this if you want to try and win one. :)

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win an ultrabook for a win8 app with intel. 300 ultrabooks to win.
Program your self a new laptop. Cost effective.

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Divide et impera
that actually sounds interesting, although I am not too much a fan of touch screens yet.. I will ask some kids for their suggestions maybe (and they will benefit since I would give them the program that they wished for free)


Is riding a roller coaster...Wee!
Right, And you may or may not get it anyway. So likey still best to look out for something like you were. I just wanted to throw that option out there.


Dude there is still time if you want to give it shot. I just won laptop :) still about 150 to go.
If your willing to make a app for the appup store, that uses the new features of the ultrabook. (Assuming you know how to code enough to do so)

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