How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming in 2019?

Posted by E.L.E.X on April 13 2019 under Tech/Cybersecurity

How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming?


It is the first most important thing that you should look. A laptop with 8GB RAM is an ideal choice but 16GB RAM would the best choice. If your budget is too low then you can go with 4GB RAM also.

Believe me, it really sucks working on a low-performance machine. Earlier I used to do android app development on a laptop with 4GB RAM. It was so annoying because everything works really slow.

So I would highly recommend a 16GB RAM laptop if you are a mobile app developer.

Best Choice: 16GB RAM

Ideal Choice: 8GB RAM

Low Budget Choice: 4GB RAM


Good processor and RAM should be your highest priority while choosing a laptop for programming. As a programmer or developer, we have to do multitasking. When I do programming or development I have to open a few IDEs along with a browser with several tabs opened. For such purpose, a good processor is required.

A laptop with an i5 processor is an ideal choice. You can go with the i7 processor if you have a huge budget and for low budget, you can go with i3 processor.

Best Choice: i7 Processor

Ideal Choice: i5 Processor

Low Budget Choice: i3 Processor

Graphics Card

Integrate graphics card is not necessary until you are not doing game development or some high graphics related work. But if you are a game developer then you must go with a laptop with an external graphics card.

Best Choice (Specially For Game Developers): External Graphic Card (2GB or 4GB)

Ideal and Low Budget Choice (For Other Developers): Integrated Graphic Card


SSD and HDD are two storage types that laptops have. SSD gives a faster performance but costlier than HDD. It's great if you can afford an SSD storage type laptop. But if you can’t then go with HDD and later on you can use some external SSD storage.

Battery Life

If you mostly work at places where the power supply is not available then you must choose a laptop with a huge battery life. Otherwise these days almost all laptops come with moderate battery backup.

Below I have shared some laptops that I believe are good for programmers in Nigeria. Even if you don’t like any of them you can consider the above points to pick the best laptop according to your usage.

10 Best Laptops for Programmers and Developers in 2019

1. Dell Inspiron 5570


Dell Inspiron 5570


Processor: Core i7 8th Gen 8550U

Graphic Card: 4GB AMD Radeon 530

Storage: 2TB HDD

2. Acer Nitro Core i7 8th Gen


Acer Nitro Core i7 8th Gen


Processor: 8th Gen i7

Graphic Card: 4GB NVIDIA GeForce

Storage: 1TB/128 GB SSD

3. Apple MacBook Air Core i5


Apple MacBook Air Core i5


Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Core i5

Graphic Card: Intel HD Graphics 6000

Storage: 128GB

4. Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-E4021T


Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-E4021T


Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H

Graphic Card: 4GB NVIDIA GeForce

Storage: 1TB

5. Lenovo Ideapad 330 Intel Core i5 8th Gen


Lenovo Ideapad 330 Intel Core i5 8th Gen


Processor: 8th Gen Intel i5-8250U

Graphic Card: AMD Radeon 530 4GB GDDR5 Graphics

Storage: 1TB

6. HP 15 Intel Core i5 8th Gen


HP 15 Intel Core i5 8th Gen


Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U

Graphic Card: Nvidia GeForce MX110 2GB

Storage: 1TB HDD

7. Asus VivoBook 15.6 FHD



Asus VivoBook 15.6 FHD


Processor: Core i5 Processor – 8th Generation

Graphic Card: 2GB ddr5 nvidia

Storage: 1TB HDD

8. Asus Vivobook X507UA-EJ274T


Asus Vivobook X507UA-EJ274T


Processor: Intel Core i3-7020U

Graphic Card: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620

Storage: 1TB HDD

9. HP 15 Core i3 7th gen 


HP 15 Core i3 7th gen


Processor: 7th Gen Intel i3-7020U

Graphic Card: Integrated Graphics

Storage: 1TB HDD

10. Lenovo Ideapad 330 81G2004XIN 


Lenovo Ideapad 330 81G2004XIN


Processor: Core i3 7th Gen

Graphic Card: Integrated Graphics

Storage: 1TB 5400rpm hard drive

Comment below if I have any tips for choosing best laptop for programming and development.


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