Best Laptops for Programmers and Tech Guides

5 Top High-End Programming Laptops

August 9, 2018 Paul 0

Software developers spend the majority of their working hours using their laptop. Therefore, it is important that developers choose a laptop that will speed perform tasks such as compilation and running web servers smoothly. A laptop has a significant impact on the productivity of a developer.

A good developer’s laptop should have at least 8 GB of RAM and an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5. If a developer’s budget allows, they should choose a laptop with a Solid State Drive (SSD) as they are much faster compared to the traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD). However, SSDs are more expensive compared to HDDs meaning they offer less storage compared to HDDs. Developers should consider laptops that contain both a HDD and SSD. The SSD is used for installing the OS and programs while the HDD is used to store data and backups. Other crucial factors to consider are the display resolution and brightness, keyboard, track pad, battery life, weight, number of ports and graphics card. Additionally, the platform one is developing for determines their laptop. Developers creating apps for iOS must use a Mac laptop.The following list contains laptops that are suitable for developers at various price points:

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Dell XPS 15

This 15 inch laptop weighs only 3.9 pounds. The display is bright and clear with a quad HD display. Developers have the option of choosing between a touch and non-touch display. Despite its low weight the XPS 15 does not compromise on performance as it has a core i7 8th Generation Processor, 16GB RAM and a NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. The keyboard is backlit with the keys having 1.5 mm of travel making typing a pleasant affair. Developers are not limited when it comes to peripherals as there is 1 USB Type C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an inbuilt memory card reader and a headphone jack. However, the laptop does not have a DVD or Blu-ray drive. When it comes to storage, the XPS provides an SSD available at 256 GB, 512GB and 1TB depending on the developer’s preference. The battery life for the laptop is decent giving up to 10 hours battery life for normal usage.

 

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This 15 inch Apple laptop is powered by a KabyLake i7 processor and a Radeon Pro 555 GPU with 2GB of graphics memory. The display crisp, clear and bright allowing developers to work outside if they want to. The Macbook Pro provides 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of PCI-e SSD storage. Developers who transfer a lot of data will be delighted with the Thunderbolt 3 ports which support 10 GBps of data transfer speed.
Lenovo ThinkPad E570

This sturdy laptop is renowned for its speed and performance. Programmers and business professionals adore the ThinkPad E570 for its robustness and ergonomics. This ThinkPad has decent performance with 12 GB of DDR4 RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor. The display only has a resolution of 1366×768 but it uses anti-glare technology to provide clear images even under direct sunlight. Additionally, the laptop provides hybrid storage with a 1TB HDD and 128 GB SSD.

Dell-Inspiron-15-5000-5577-i5577Dell Inspiron i5577

The Inspiron i5577 is the best development laptop under $1000. The laptops display is a full HD LED display and the keyboard is backlit allowing developers to work at night. The processor is a Kaby Lake Core i7 CPU and Dell provides the laptop with 8GB of RAM, which can be expanded to 32 GB. Like the Lenovo the Inspiron i5577 is a hybrid with a 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive. Despite packing all these features the laptop is not heavy weighing only 5 pounds. Frontend developers who do graphic design can choose the touch screen variant which has a 4K display.

ZenbookAsus Zenbook

The Zenbook is a 13 inch ultrabook with a 1920×1080 display. The whole body of the Zenbook is made using aluminum making for a very sleek and premium looking ultrabook. The Zenbook has numerous variants each offering different options. The best option has a Skylake Core i5 processor, 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. The Zenbook has several connectivity ports including an inbuilt SD card reader, HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports and one USB Type C port. This ultrabook is ideal for developers who like to work on the move as it weighs less than 4 pounds and it has a 12 hour battery life.

Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

November 6, 2016 Paul 0

We are going to talk about two of the most popular note taking apps that you can find on your smartphone, sure to increase your productivity level up a few notches. Be it Android, iPhone, iPad or Windows 7, Evernote is available on almost all of the OS. It comes with the advantage of allowing users capture virtually whatever they want. To create notes has been oversimplified by Evernote – plus the note will support different types of media. This integrates into a part of a notepad.

 

 

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You never would be tired of searching because searching on Evernote is really easy and convenient. Be it a hand written text inside an image, you can find it using Evernote. You will find variable options for entering text, photos, attachments; you can tell Evernote where you are currently located and you can enter calendar links, email and tags too.

 

 

Now what are tags? They are actually keywords which can be associated with the user created notes to be a connecting link to similar and related subjects. Thus comes in place the powerful search database which is always a single click away and this is made possible only with the ability of adding, removing tags whenever a note is created. Medical professions love this app for making work convenient and quicker.

 

 

What surprises the user is that Evernote has integral cloud sync, and the ability to access notes from anywhere. There are many applications for healthcare professionals, and it can successfully be used to store patient data. The sheer genius of Evernote is that all data we feed to it is properly organised, totally effective and highly productive, and that’s what makes it adaptable to the needs of almost any person’s individual requirements. Thus Evernote can prove to be useful for medical professionals by creating a searchable, organised place to put all our notes and thoughts.

 

 

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Skitch, another great app comes into effect when used in conjunction with Evernote. In simple terms, it is a photo annotation tool. This is another product that had been launched by the makers of Evernote. Available on Mac, iPhone and Windows, it’s easy to start off. Your start can be a bare beginning like taking a photo, choosing one from the already uploaded files.

 

 

You can also start things off with a map or a web search. To give the teaching a jump start, you can add texts and highlights to the same. The menu is also very easy to go through and things are made even simpler with the navigable controls. It is too obvious to state that it is a very user friendly app.

 

 

You can create a highly efficient interface using a simple image along with the tags you added. It lets you open up an iOS map of the locality that makes it easy to locate hospitals in the locality. There is an auto save feature which directly transfers all the image annotations to the Evernote library.

 

 

Skitch is at best very simple and useful and it facilitates users to clip from maps from within the app. This along with Evernote can become a time saver for all medical professionals. Simplicity sometimes is the way to go about when it comes to apps helpful for medical professionals – skitch is an example.

 

 

5 Amazing Laptops 2016

September 6, 2016 Paul 0

 

 

Purchasing a laptop is a big investment in this era where computers are required for numerous tasks. Here are five amazing laptops that you should consider when shopping for high-performance laptops that can handle intense tasks.

 

 

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The high-performance release by Microsoft comes with a full sized, backlit keyboard and a dedicated graphics card that can handle intensive tasks of video editing and gaming.

  • Surface book has all the power to handle the most demanding creative tasks in the office, home or on the move.
  • With the versatility of a tablet, the screen can actually be detached to serve a powerful, lightweight tablet.
  • The laptop comes with the latest version of Intel core i5 0r i7 processor and up to 16 GB RAM.

The multi-touch Pixel Sense screen comes with surface touch pen that can be used to create with all your regular desktop software.

 

 

HP EliteBook Folio G1

The EliteBook Folio is a light and thin 12.5” device with a 12.5” display.

  • The design is attractive with a silver chassis made of aluminum that is durable standing serious drops.
  • The laptop comes is equipped with a fanless cooling system, strong speaker and an infrared camera for quicker and accurate face logins and works even in the dark.
  • The laptop’s battery life could, however, be better.
  • The laptop has fewer connectivity ports that support up to date connectivity standards.

The processor is an Intel Core m7, with RAM of 8GB and 256 SSD making it very powerful and productive.

 

 

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The HP spectre is a stunning, slim convertible laptop with a 3600 hinge.

  • The light weight and ultra-slim feature make it easy to stay connected on the move.
  • The Hinge is designed to rotate fluidly and hold firmly allowing the laptop to be used at any angle and lie at flat tablet mode.
  • The chassis is made of stainless steel that protects it from damage and dirt.
  • The spectre comes with a 13.3 inch touch screen and natural silver color.

It runs on an Intel core i7 processor with 8GB RAM and 256 Solid State Drive.

 

 

Razer Blade Stealth

 

  • razer-blade-stealth-lid-1500x1000The Razer Blade Stealth is a ultra-slim light weight laptop with an aircraft grade aluminum chassis that houses an Intel core i7 6th generation processor.
  • The laptop has a 12.5 inch touch screen with high viewing angles and high color saturation, providing very high color and image quality.
  • The storage is up to 515 GB PCle Solid state Drive and memory of 8GB dual-channel and has a backlit keyboard.

 

 

Asus ZenBook UX305

The Asus ZenBook design features with a purple-tinged aluminum casing and looks like mac-book from all angles but superior in all ways.

  • It has an Intel i5 processor, an Intel HD graphics 520 and 8Gb memory and 256GB SSD storage making it a high-performance machine.
  • With a 13.3 inch screen size, the laptop has high resolution and sharp display.

It has a long battery life with a fanless cooling system