What are the best cheap laptops for programming?

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    #1HP Pavilion 15

    HP Pavilion 15

    HP Pavilion 15 is a 15.6-Inch laptop manufactured by HP as part of the HP Pavilion series. It has an Intel Core i3 2.4 GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics 620 and Windows 10 OS.

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    Christian Reyes
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I program a lot and needed a cheap laptop that could get the job done. I love HP so I was browsing through their category. I came across the Pavilion 15 and it is perfect. It's not too big or too heavy. The specs are pretty amazing for the price. It works so smooth and handles a lot that I throw at it. "
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    #2Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4
    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 is a powerful laptop for every-day users. It is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor and a long battery life up to 12 hours. Its NVIDIA GeForce graphics are ideal for movies and games.
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    Megan Thompson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Nice laptop with plenty of battery life. Awesome graphics card and Intel i5 processor. Is a great little laptop for the money. Also comes with windows 10 home edition"
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    #3Dell XPS 15

    Dell XPS 15

    Dell XPS 15 is a high-performance touchscreen laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD display. It has an i7 Intel Core, with a 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD memory. It is equipped with a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

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    Divya Rangarajan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a very nice computer and while it is not as pricey as a lot of computers I still would not categorize it as a budget computer. It is lightening quick and has beautiful resolution but I think at this price point a more serious computer could be had for programming software. "
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    #4ASUS VivoBook F510UA-AH51

    ASUS VivoBook F510UA-AH51
    The Asus VivoBook F510UA-AH51 is a reliable laptop for daily tasks, entertainment and light gaming. It is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor and provides you with stunning graphics thanks to its Asus NanoEdge display technology.
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    Dylan Wells
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a good budget laptop. For under 500, it'll get the job done if you just want to do some work, watch some videos, surf the net, etc. "
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    #5ASUS CC302CA-DHM4

    ASUS CC302CA-DHM4
    ASUS CC302CA-DHM4 is thin, sleek and lightweight. This Chromebook will allow you to shift to tablet mode from tablet stand with Intel Core processor and the 4GB RAM, you will be able to perform most basic computing procedures. 



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    Kyle Bryant
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This Asus Chromebook is a very good buy for people who are looking for a cheap option for programming. The laptop boasts a small hard drive that is flash memory based. Flash memory is fast but it much less reliable than an SSD (though it would be cheaper). With just 64gb in total it doesn't leave much room for programs but much of the programming files could be stored in the cloud which makes it much more accessible for programming issues. The chromebook boasts 4gb of ram which is a little limited but the flash memory boot speed will help make the 4gb of ram seem like more. Plus 4gb of ram will likely cover most issues regarding programming. "
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    #6Lenovo ThinkPad T470

    Lenovo ThinkPad T470

    The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge T470 is a 14-inch laptop computer equipped with a 240GB Solid State Drive. It runs on a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor and includes an 8GB SO-DIMM RAM. It uses a Windows 10 10 Professional OS.

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    Kathy Hawkins
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "As a programmer I needed a separate laptop for my projects and this one is lightweight which is good because I like to do most of my work at coffee shops or generally away from the house. This one is a nice and zippy model and is basically a thinkpad which I have had before I was generally very happy with. The price is right and I would recommend this laptop to any other 'super users' who are generally hard on their computers and require a lot out of them."
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    #7Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-81GD

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-81GD

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-81GD is a fully-equipped laptop by Acer. It features Full HD screen, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM, 256Gb SSD, a powerful battery with up to 15 hours and Windows 10 Home. 

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    Alan Hamilton
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Gaming laptop but with last years technology. You get an i7-6500 which is good enough for heavy application load. A dedicated graphics card which is a 960M. Good enough to run mid to high settings on Triple A titles. 512GB ssd gets you fast boot up times and application load times. Finally to put it all together a 1080P display with a chassis that is durable for small dings and hits."
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    #8HP Envy 13-ab016nr

    HP Envy 13-ab016nr

    The HP ENVY 13t is a 13.3-inch laptop computer equipped with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U processor. It has an 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, a 256GB flash memory solid-state drive, and an integrated graphics co-processor.

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    Julie Hall
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I bought this for work. It is hefty. I think my favorite part of it is the track pad. I was using an old laptop and it left me frustrated more often than not, but this one is so smooth. The hard drive is good and the ram is workable."
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    #9ASUS Zenbook UX360CA-UBM1T

    ASUS Zenbook UX360CA-UBM1T
    The ASUS ZenBook UX360CA-UBM1T features a 360º rotating touchscreen that will allow you to have both a laptop and a tablet in the same device. Among many other features, you will be able to enjoy Cortana, voice included. 




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    #10Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001

    Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001

    The Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001 is a laptop computer equipped with a 2.6GHz Apple A4 processor. It has a 4GB RAM, a 128GB flash memory solid-state hard drive, an Intel Graphics co-processor, and runs on Windows 10 Professional.

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    Carl Peterson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of the Surface laptops in general because 1) they seem overpriced for what you get, and 2) as a Linux-based developer, it's sometimes challenging to get my toolchain to work in a Windows environment. The quality of this device is pretty good overall, but I wouldn't use it as a cheap dev box. As an office machine or something to get out during meetings? Absolutely."
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    #11Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS

    Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS
    7th generation i7 core, 16 GB RAM, 17.3 inches of screen... this laptop will bring you the ultimate gaming experience for a rather fair prize. Using the Tobii eye tracking technology, you will get deeper immersion in the game. 



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    Stephen Stone
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This one is for the gamers out there! This laptop has a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost), 16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz included; 32GB Maximum 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD; No Optical Drive, a big 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display with Tobii IR Eye-tracking"
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    #12Dell Inspiron 15 3000

    Dell Inspiron 15 3000

    The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 has a 15.6-inch 1366x768 HD display, an Intel i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. It features Integrated Intel HD graphics 620, a DVD R/W drive, and a USB 3.0 port.

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    Emily Harris
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Dell computer has been around for years and this model lives up to its name. It is a small computer that has 16GB of Ram so the memory is not very high but it is good for some photos and stories school notes. It is also a reliable source for web searching and getting your other school work done. I would recommend for school and light use."
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    #13ASUS K501UW-AB78

    ASUS K501UW-AB78

    ASUS K501UW-AB78 is laptop powered by an i7 Intel Core processor, this all-around laptop is so powerful you will be able to play your favorite video games with it. Featuring an enhanced connectivity system, thanks to its robust cooling system.

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    Billy Rogers
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Wow! I would hope this laptop was cheap, because the processor (skylake) is almost 4 years old at this point. Not a terrible rig, but it is definitely showing its age. I do like the full HD display for fitting more code on the screen, and I suppose, for the price, you don't necessarily need cutting edge hardware to use your IDE, etc. If you think you are going to game on this thing after a coding marathon, think again. Unless you are still playing Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2, this thing is going to chug on newer games. At least it does have a half decent graphics card and ssd for the price."
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    #14ASUS Chromebook C202SA

    ASUS Chromebook C202SA

    The ASUS Chromebook C202SA is an 11.6-inch laptop with 4 GB RAM, 16 GB EMMC storage, and Intel Celeron N3060 processor 1.6 GHz. This laptop runs on Windows 10 operating system.

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    Andrew Ellis
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "beginner laptop with water resistant design. window 10 with enough power for your daily usage with affordable price"
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    #15Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM is a 15.6-inch full high-definition notebook by Acer. This notebook runs in the Intel Core i3-7100U processor 7th generation. The internal hard drive is 1TB, and this runs in Windows 10 Home OS.

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    Betty Lawson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a great affordable option for programmers. It has a large hard drive, fast processor, and is simple to set up."

Summary

Best What are the best cheap laptops for programming
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1HP Pavilion 15Electronics 10 Paid
2Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4Electronics 9 Paid
3Dell XPS 15Electronics 7 Paid
4ASUS VivoBook F510UA-AH51Electronics 6 Paid
5ASUS CC302CA-DHM4Electronics 6 Paid
6Lenovo ThinkPad T470Electronics 6 Paid
7Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-81GDElectronics 4 Paid
8HP Envy 13-ab016nrElectronics 2 Paid
9ASUS Zenbook UX360CA-UBM1TElectronics 2 Paid
10Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001Electronics 2 Paid
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