What are the best laptops for software development?

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    #1Microsoft 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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    Howard Gibson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001 is light, fast, has a fanless CPU and the price is great. It doesn't exactly have Windows 10, it has Windows 10 S but can run any software a PC can run. It works for video editing, graphics work and just about anything else you can throw at it."
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    #2HP 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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    Chan Wang
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "good laptop with good specs. the specs make this laptop very fast. its very inexpensive as well. good warranty info also."
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    #3Acer Predator 21 X

    Acer Predator 21 X

    Acer Predator 21 X has an i7-7820HK processor and a 21" Curved FullHD display. It has a 64GB RAM and 2TBs of storage, and a 16GB GeForce GTX 1080 card. It has a 6000mAh battery and it comes with a hard case.

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    Harold Carpenter
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "My Acer Predator 21X has really helped me with my job in software development. This laptop is really top of the line and has given me no issues at all."
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    #4HP Omen 15

    HP Omen 15
    HP Omen 15 is a gaming laptop powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. Its graphics can handle 1080p resolution and produces high-quality audio with its two Bang & Olufsen speakers.
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    Marie Watkins
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This laptop is a monster! There really isn't anything that can not be accomplished using this device. An astounding 2tb of storage space and 16gb ram on board make this laptop perform beyond your dreams. I can seamlessly move between programs and have no problem running multiple applications at any given time. If you are looking for a workhorse this should certainly be on your shortlist of options. A nice portable work machine.Great sound and features that are found on higher end models."
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    #5Dell 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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    Xie Fu
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I love this laptop! This machine powered i3 with Truelife HD. The price is so affordable. It's so helpful for my college assignments like programming and development. I can watch movies and play games in stunning HD."
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    #6ASUS 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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    Brandon Powell
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This thing can run any game that I want it to. It's super fast and very affordable. I just really am impressed with the brand! "
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    #7Dell Latitude 5480 6R2TF

    Dell Latitude 5480 6R2TF

    The Dell Latitude 5480 6R2TF is a 14-inch laptop equipped with an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, Intel HD graphics 620, 8GB RAM, and a 500 GB HDD. It runs on Windows 10 Pro, and has a battery life of up to 13 hours.

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    Bobby Anderson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I use my Dell Latitude for software development and it runs as smooth as butter. The battery life is insane. Overall a good purchase worth every penny"
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    #8Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E470

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E470

    The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E470 is a 14-inch laptop computer equipped with a 240GB Solid State Drive. It runs on a 2.3GHz Intel Dual Core i5-6200U processor and includes an 8GB DDR4 RAM.

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    Hemant Gavde
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Pretty basic laptop. If you're on a budget, its good. Watching videos, internet, documents, etc, will all be easy to do,"
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    #9Acer 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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    #10HP Envy 17t

    HP Envy 17t
    HP Envy 17t is a versatile and powerful laptop for everyday tasks, gaming and entertainment. It features an Intel Core i7-8550U processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, as well as a touchscreen and a backlit keyboard.
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    Joshua Chavez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Any laptop that comes with discreet GPU will have plenty of power for whatever you need. It can handle just about any software suite, so it is a powerhouse for students that want to use it for any school work. "
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    #11MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-002

    MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-002

    Thanks to the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the 32 GB RAM, with this laptop you will be able to play your favorite games without missing a detail. Ultra thin and really lightweight, this PC also features the classic edge glow technology in every key.

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    Rebecca Silva
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a good solution. This is a hardcore, expensive laptop that should be able to handle anything a developer throws at it. The only thing is that there are other options on the same link that have much better reviews. I rely on reviews sometimes but do know that some are fake but I try to see in the reviews if the person talks about real world use. I would love a solution from somewhere like Amazon, but that has verified reviews, several comparisons and best price, and HAS to be available."
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    #12MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A

    MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A

    The 13-inch MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A by Apple is a revolutionary laptop computer available in different configurations and designed for both professionals and plain users. It features the astonishing Touch Bar. 

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    Sharon Nguyen
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "The MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/A has a much longer battery life than any laptop I've used in the past. The display is extremely clear. It's a dream to game or watch movies on. The touch bar took a little getting used to, but having the major functions of each app available in a separate light-up area makes things more efficient and zippy. One problem, though--why does it get so hot?"
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    #13Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E570

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E570

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E570 is a genuine gaming laptop with its 15.6" HD LED backlight display supported with an Intel Dual Core i7-7500U processor. Its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M offers visually-appealing game experience.


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    Roger Reid
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E570 is a good laptop for software developers. It has a powerful video card that allows the user to do a lot of processing as well as an i7 core processor. This is a very powerful device and should handle anything."
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    #14Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71

    Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71

    The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 is a versatile laptop for everyday tasks and gaming equipped with the most advanced features. It has an Intel Skylake Core i7-6700 processor, NVIDIA graphics and a 4K touchscreen, as well as USB 3.1 ports.

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    Ethan Riley
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It's a little pricey but I and everyone at my company found this laptop able to handle anything we could throw at it. It's fast and versatile, and all our code runs quickly and efficiently on it. And the screen is an absolute dream, with a high resolution that allows me to fit as much code on the screen as I could ever want to."
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    #15Dell Latitude E7470

    Dell Latitude E7470

    This high-end laptop will allow you to do everything you wish: thanks to its i7-6600U Processor and 16GB 2133MHz DDR4 Memory, everything will run smooth as silk. It is so powerful you will be able to use it to play your favorite games. 

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    Timothy Ellis
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This solution is good because it is a powerful laptop. It has up to date hardware and Windows 10."
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    #16ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55

    ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55

    The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH55 is an ultra-slim laptop for every kind of usages. It features a fingerprint scanner, 256GB of SSD internal storage, backlit keyboard and pre-installed Windows 10. 

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    Ryan Warren
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "My buddy is a software developer and his entire team swears by the ASUS Zenbook. Part of the reason is the enhanced security settings that it comes with. Also I think the fact that it's very business friendly helps. "
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    #17HP Envy 13

    HP Envy 13

    This laptop counts with an immersive 8 million pixel display and an aluminum chassis for a design is all about high-end style. It combines elegance and efficiency with a 13.3" or 17.3" diagonal display and a full-size keyboard.

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    Carl Peterson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The salesman at the store tried really hard to get me to buy this laptop. But I wasn't impressed with the trial run I put it through while I stood there and he kept yammering into my ear. The only thing he had to say, though he said it about seventeen hundred different ways, was the size of the screen in this laptop. He couldn't tell me anything about the CPU or RAM or anything else. And when I tested it, things didn't look good for me wanting to actually use it as my daily laptop. Pass."
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    #18Acer Aspire S13

    Acer Aspire S13

    Fast, thin and powerful, Acer Aspire S13 is the perfect partner to do your everyday activities. It features a 7Th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor and a 13.3 inch full HD multi-touch widescreen. This laptop offers you up to 13 hours of battery life.

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    David Ellis
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Overall I really like this one. This is a solid laptop, with decent specs and it comes in under a grand. All pretty impressive to be honest. That being said though if you're doing some high end software then you may need to go a step further and buy a higher end model. This will all be on your case by case process."
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    #19Alienware 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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    James Medina
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "An excellent choice for the gamer in the family. Alienware sets the standard for high end graphic's and performance"

Summary

Best What are the best laptops for software development
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001Electronics 18 Paid
2HP Envy 13-ab016nrElectronics 15 Paid
3Acer Predator 21 X Electronics 10 Paid
4HP Omen 15Electronics 9 Paid
5Dell Inspiron 15 3000Electronics 7 Paid
6ASUS K501UW-AB78Electronics 5 Paid
7Dell Latitude 5480 6R2TFElectronics 3 Paid
8Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E470Electronics 2 Paid
9Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BMElectronics 0 Paid
10HP Envy 17tElectronics 0 Paid
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