The 10 Best Laptops For Programming

Updated January 03, 2019 by Chase Brush

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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. While they might be able to get by with a run-of-the-mill machine, most serious coders and software developers require something with a little more oomph to get their jobs done. The laptops on this list boast a number of features that make them ideal for programming, including full keyboards, better performance options and crisper screens. We've included both budget and high-end models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best laptop for programming on Amazon.

10. Acer Aspire E 15

9. Apple MacBook Air

8. Asus VivoBook K570UD

7. Dell G5 15

6. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E580

5. Google Pixelbook

4. Razer Blade 15

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

2. Apple MacBook Pro

1. Dell XPS 9570

Editor's Notes

January 02, 2019: While coding isn't necessarily a performance-demanding task in and of itself, software development as a whole can be pretty taxing on a computer's system. For that reason, programmers must be more discerning than the average user when looking for a laptop. Battery life, processor speed, keyboard layout and graphics quality are among the most important features one should consider, and the laptops on this list have all been carefully selected based largely on them. Naturally, we've included the flagship models for all major operating systems, including the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Apple MacBook Pro and the Google Pixelbook. We've also included a number of gaming laptops, including the Dell G5 15 and Razer Blade 15, both of which offer advanced graphics cards at relatively affordable prices.


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Last updated on January 03, 2019 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.


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