What are the best Ultrabooks for programming?

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    #1Google Pixel Book GA00123-US

    Google Pixel Book GA00123-US

    The Google Pixel Book GA00123-US is a 12.3-inch laptop computer equipped with a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor. It has an 8GB RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. It runs on a Chrome operating system.

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    Bruce Allen
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a great machine that does everything that I need it to do. The build is solid and I love the touchscreen. This display is great the keyboard is unique and intuitive. I am satisfied with this purchase."
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    #2MacBook Air (13.3")

    MacBook Air (13.3")

    The Apple MacBook Air is a light and powerful 13.3-Inch laptop equipped with the 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD graphics 5000 and OS X Mavericks operative system. It offers you up to 12 hours of battery life.

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    $999.99

    Joe George
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I meant to buy an ultrabook to program online, but bought a Macbook Air instead. It's a nice computer, but it doesn't have the power that ultrabooks have and slows down during my more intensive coding sessions. "
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    #3Acer CB-131 CR

    Acer CB-131 CR

    Acer CB-131 CR is an 11.6-inch laptop with 2GB RAM and  16 GB hard drive. It has a Google Chrome operating system and solid state drive interface. It can last up to 9 hours battery life. 

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    Howard Gilbert
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Acer CB-131 CR is the best Ultrabook for programming I have ever used. It is an 11.6 inch laptop with a 16 GB hard drive. It has a long battery life and was extremely easy to set up when I opened it. It operates with Google Chrome and it is great for programming."
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    #4MacBook 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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    Philip Hicks
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This is for serious people only 1,200.00 plus shipping. Longer battery life, Lower CPU wattage (this helps with battery life), some report trouble using the keyboard. It is configured oddly. Product good if you want to spend the money."
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    #5MacBook MLHA2LL/A

    MacBook MLHA2LL/A

    MacBook MLHA2LL/A is the evolution of the laptop by Apple. It features a 12-inch TFT retina display, the Intel Core M processor at 1.1 GHz and the last macOS Yosemite, upgradable to macOS Sierra. 

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    Andy Zhu
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This laptop is one of the best apple collection in laptop, great display, it has a space of 256 GB and a ram space of 8gb ram, I strongly recommend it."
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    #6Asus 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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    Andrea Nichols
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If it weren't for the awful track pad, this laptop would get a much high review from me. It's barely functional, and it makes using the laptop a huge pain! Besides this terrible feature, the laptop has an amazing graphics display and a lightning-fast performance. If you're going to get this, you'll definitely need to use an external mouse. "
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    #7HP 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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    Jason Yi
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "I wouldn't say this is quite the best Ultrabook for programming, but it's still an okay option technical specification wise. While you would have no trouble with speed or storage while programming on this laptop, you would still face the challenge of having a small screen. A 13" screen will start to hurt your eyes after long hours of staring to see the smaller text on the screen. There is also the issue of needing multiple windows on your screen at the same time depending on the type of project you are working on, and this can be very difficult on a 13" screen. Overall its a good laptop choice, but you should really consider going with a similar model that has a larger screen (15 or 17") if available."
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    #8Microsoft 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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    Jerry Riley
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "This tablet is great for sketching UML drawings and planning a software project. I really like this pen. It is so responsive! The typing experience, however, is another story altogether. It is a real pain to use on the lap if you are on the go. The specs are also so-so. I wouldn't mind using this for terminal or coding in Notepad++, but it doesn't do well with large IDE's like Eclipse. Fun little tablet if you just need a quick supplement to a bigger rig or are SSH'ing into a more powerful pc/server."
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    #9MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro is the latest ultimate pro notebook with 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and can even last up to 10 hours of battery life. It also now boasts eye-opening graphics performance. 

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    Gregory Foster
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This seems like a good solution. This is a top of the line laptop with a good rating. It is expensive but that should be expected. "
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    #10MacBook Pro MPTR2LL/A

    MacBook Pro MPTR2LL/A
    The Apple MPTR2LL/A is a 15-inch MacBook Pro that features a powerful configuration with 1.8Gz Intel Core i7 Quad Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, retina display, Touch ID and Touch Bar.
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    Eduardo Piña
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "to me the solution was very basic"
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    #11Razer RZ09-01953E72-R3U1

    Razer RZ09-01953E72-R3U1
    This laptop is the ultimate balance between power and portability: even though it is lightweight and slim, its powerful processor and graphics card will make sure you can play your favorite games anywhere. 




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    Maria Harrison
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I needed an ultrabook for university, as a CS major I do a lot of coding and testing, and needed something that can smoothly run the various programs I use. This ultrabook is a bit of overkill for that honestly, but I can also use it for gaming and it looks really good too."
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    #12ASUS 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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    Peter Bowman
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "The ASUS Chromebook C202SA is a nice little machine that runs on the Chrome OS, not Windows 10 as stated above. As far as programming goes, it depends. I can write code on any machine running under any OS. The code is just a text file. Compiling it and running an executable is an entirely different matter. The program really should be developed on the platform for which the end product in intended. If I wanted to develop a program for the Chrome OS, this machine would do well."
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    #13HP Notebook 15-ay011nr

    HP Notebook 15-ay011nr

    The HP Pavilion 15.6-inch from 2018 is one of the newest laptops for all-day-uses that features a 1080p screen resolution, Intel Core i7 Processor, 1 TB internal storage and all the expected connectivity of a high-end computer. 

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    Brandon Powell
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I just bought this laptop yesterday. It has a lot of hard drive space and the CPU isn't too bad either."
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    #14Acer Swift SF314-51-39NE

    Acer Swift SF314-51-39NE

    Acer Swift 3 is a fast, thin and light laptop that you can take with you everywhere. It features a 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor and a full HD widescreen. It has a modern look and feel thanks to its slender all-aluminum body and the backlit keyboard.

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    John Watson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Programming on an ultrabook can be a tedious affair. The Acer Swift SF314-51-39NE is too small to do much on without frustration."
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    #15ASUS 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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    Jeremy Munoz
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This laptop has received great reviews from consumers for its powerful processor, particular for gaming. I think that should translate well to also being very strong for programming. "
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    #16Apple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A

    Apple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A

    The Apple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A is a 13.3-inch laptop computer with Retina Display. It is equipped with a 2.7 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, an 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, a 128GB flash memory solid-state drive, and an Intel Iris Graphics 6100 co-processor.

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    Harold Carroll
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This laptop has disappointed me as a programmer. The laptop is very functional and I have not had any issues with it, but it does not really help me with programming. The laptop is able to hold a lot of data, but it does not offer anything to entice a programmer. I have written C code and C++ on it, but it does not feel different than writing code on my other computers. In some places it it worse to use this laptop. For example, the laptop seems to compile my code slower than my other computers, which can be quite annoying. I usually just end up going back to my other computer when this happens, This laptop is serviceable, but not really great for programming."
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    #17Microsoft Surface Book

    Microsoft Surface Book

    This Microsoft Surface Book has a 6th-gen i7 processor, a 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and a gaming NVIDIA GeForce GPU. It has a 13.5" touch-screen detachable display that can support a resolution of 3000x2000.

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    Angélica Castillo
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Surface is super convenient. It is the best windows laptop for now."
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    #18Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20H1006GUS

    Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20H1006GUS

    Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20H1006GUS is a 14-inch laptop with Intel Core i3 processor. It has 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive capacity, and Windows 7 Professional operating system.

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    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20H1006GUS has been an excellent resource during my coding bootcamp. It came as one of the recommended models for the course and thus far I am extremely happy with it."
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    #19ASUS 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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    Ruth Little
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "For those looking for something that will be a good option for programming this could be an option worth looking into. The machine is well constructed and has decent specs, although it will likely be outdated in the not too distant future. It does have a fairly small hard drive, which is a big turn off since it is easy to fill it up and then a upgrade will be needed. Overall, I probably wouldn't go with with this option, it is expensive, has a small screen, and the fingerprint scanner is not good for those with privacy concerns. "
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    #20Microsoft Surface Book SX3-00001

    Microsoft Surface Book SX3-00001

    Microsoft Surface Book SX3-00001 is a 13.5-Inch laptop manufactured by Microsoft for the Surface Book Series. It has an Intel Core i5 2.4GHz procesor, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and Windows 10 OS.

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    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Phenomenal product. I was using a Surface Pro 4 before, but I needed something a bit more like a laptop, and this was the perfect solution. Almost as portable, improved specs, better keyboard. Perfect for someone who needs to do serious work on the move. All the surface products are fantastic, but I've learned you need to really think about your primary use case when choosing which to buy. If you need a tablet that can be a laptop, you are better off with the Surface Pro. If you need a laptop that can be a tablet, you are better off with this."
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    #21Microsoft Surface Book 2

    Microsoft Surface Book 2

    The Microsoft Surface Book 2 features an Intel Core i7, 16Gb of RAM and an SDD 512 GB. It has a 13.3-inch 3000x2000 PixelSense touchscreen display. It is equipped with a Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card and up to 17 hours of video playback.

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    $1499- Varies by model

    Vincent Patel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was looking for a powerful laptop in order to do some programming work online. I came across this one on amazon and decided to pick it up. It was powerful and more than enough for what I needed, although the price was a bit higher than I would have liked."

Summary

Best What are the best Ultrabooks for programming
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google Pixel Book GA00123-USElectronics 29 Paid
2MacBook Air (13.3")Electronics 7 Paid
3Acer CB-131 CRElectronics 5 Paid
4MacBook Pro MPXT2LL/AElectronics 4 Paid
5MacBook MLHA2LL/AElectronics 3 Paid
6Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71Electronics 3 Paid
7HP Envy 13-ab016nrElectronics 3 Paid
8Microsoft Surface Pro FJR-00001Electronics 3 Paid
9MacBook ProElectronics 2 Paid
10MacBook Pro MPTR2LL/AElectronics 2 Paid
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