Which Laptop is Best for Traveling and Developing with a Good Battery?

As a developer, which laptop would you buy? I’ll be traveling and developing in python, a good battery is a must.

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  1. Grayson Renner

    If you’ve got the cash: Dell XPS 13

    If you don’t got the cash: Asus UX-305FA or equivalent latest ASUS model. (make sure to get 8gig)

  2. Columbus Skiles

    I like ROG’s they have the power and you can game when no ones watching 😉

  3. Olin Haley

    Personally, I’m pretty happy with a Lenovo ThinkPad T470p. Battery life isn’t the longest but that’s pretty easy to remedy with a second battery.

  4. Elijah Bailey

    I use the laptop to remote into my main system sitting safely at home. Leave the processing power and ram to it. Also if the laptop gets damaged or stolen nothing is really lost. I just revoke the certificate on my VPN server.

    • Carson Brakus

      I’d rather accomplish that with full disk encryption.

  5. Nels Nienow

    Get a factory refurbished Dell Precision. It has the numpad for easier typing, 36 months Next Business Day warranty and Xeon processor option with ECC DDR4.

  6. Nikolas Orn

    If you’re just using it for Python then look at a Chromebook. They have amazing battery life, are durable, and cheap enough that you won’t care if it gets stolen. Once you dual-boot with Linux it’s a perfectly normal computer. Running ChromeOS I get 6-10 hours of use on a charge. Not sure on Linux battery life, never checked.

  7. Alexys Ritchie

    I’m using Dell latitude e5470(6300,8gb,128gb SSD, FHD IPs touch screen and all security add-ons). I’m happy with that but the fingerprint reader and card readers don’t work under Linux. But it’s the perfect laptop for on the go work. And I really really like the latitude keyboard.

  8. Frederic Fay

    Just went through this dilemma. I’m not a developer but I needed to choose a new laptop. If I hadn’t decided I wanted to have as powerful a (still portable, Linux friendly) machine as possible, I would’ve bought the Dell XPS 13. I’ve ordered the XPS 15 instead.

  9. Ansley Heidenreich

    My MacBook Pro is great for this.

    • Erik

      The only problem with the entire Mac line is the price. It’s the best physical build quality of any other laptop out there, granted, but the MBP Retina just isn’t worth two grand. You can get a lot more for a lot less on the PC side. Having said that, I own a top of the line MBP Retina. ????

  10. Patrick Baumbach

    I’m not a developer, but I have a bias towards System 76. Maybe a Gazelle. They are just Clevo resalers. Great company, however. I can’t recommend them enough.

  11. Taylor Green

    Anything as long as it’s not a crApple. Unless you like paying extra for mediocre performance.

  12. Saige Gutkowski

    Dell XPS or Lenovo Thinkpad. There is a reason all Enterprise choose these. Reliable AF and indestructible!

    • Jonathan

      XPS isn’t really more durable than a MacBook or a razer blade TBH. A ThinkPad, on the other hand, you could take to a war zone with you.

      • Louis Allen

        I see the XPS as a MacBook killer. Edge to edge screen which even looks better than Macs. XPS 13 contains a screen from a 15inch laptop in a 13-inch form factor. XPS 15 same way with 17″. All aluminum, carbon fiber wrist pad/keyboard deck. No Apple Tax. Decked out i7 with 16GB of RAM at about $1800

        Outclassed Apple in every way. Dell is now privately owned by Micheal Dell, essentially the world’s largest startup now. Micheal bought back his company with a loan from Microsoft for $24.4 billion dollars.

        • Darren Knight

          If its Dell then Latitude and Precision are more durable than XPS. XPS is a gamer laptop, consumer grade. Latitude and Precision have usually most parts on the stock as they’re business laptops, and service around the world with the NBD warranty. So if anything still breaks you can get it fixed fast and you possibly won’t miss a deadline. They also have the matte screen with no glare. Helps to save these working eyes for your old age.

  13. Quentin Kelly

    DIY Raspberry Pi 3 laptop. Would likely have a tiny screen, but you’d look l33t as programming in an airplane on something that looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. 😀 J/K… just get a cheap Intel-based Chromebook, permanently set up the Legacy BIOS, and install some laptop-friendly form of Linux on it (also get a large flash drive, SD card, or cheap external SSD/HDD, most Chromebooks only come with a 16GB internal SSD). Chromebooks tend to have super-long battery lives and often are surprisingly well made for the price.

    • Nikolas Orn

      Have you tested the battery life on Linux? I haven’t had the chance yet, but assume it will be worse than under Chrome OS unless you use a minimalist distro.

  14. Dr. Coleman Luettgen

    I used Dell XPS 13 for a few months and now I have Asus Zenbook flip, and I am really content with the Zenbook. Pros of the Zenbook: Comfy tablet mode, really good battery life, integrated HDMI. Cons: USB-c port cannot do video. Pros of the XPS13: NBD service (you will need it, replaced motherboard and keyboard in the first month)

  15. Patience

    Dell XPS 15 9560, works great with Linux. You get a nice 15″ screen and the laptop is closer to a 14″ footprint.

  16. Tom Larson

    Ah yes, python, a highly machine dependent language, that it is.

    Lol unless you’re playing with OpenCL or PyCUDA it probably doesn’t matter what machine you buy, any average spec device is more than capable of running an IDE and a couple local servers. As multiple people have said: Lenovo ThinkPad is a god of reliability, the XPS 13 / 15 is a MacBookPro without the price tag.

  17. Anibal Jerde

    IBM Thinkpads with an extended extra battery has been my go-to since being introduced to them working in banking IT. The software we were writing was very memory and CPU intensive. Their batteries stood up in my experience. Regardless of the software, you are developing I would ensure you get a laptop with a quality SSD drive as well.

  18. Sonny Hintz

    Just get a MacBook Pro. For what you want, you’ll be happier than all the fanboi suggestions (and I say that as a Linux fanboi).

  19. Regan Durgan

    I think it’s funny that people are recommending Lenovo even though they’ve been caught installing spyware -three times- so far. 🙂 I’m partial to the HP laptops, but I also like ASUS. I own an MBP Retina, and I love Python on it, and the battery life is decent. But…you could buy two (or more) laptops (with a cheaper build quality) for the cost of one Mac-anything. Have you considered a MacBook Air? All of the Macs run BSD natively under the hood…

    I think the best bet with any un-trusted vendor (like Lenovo who, although their build-quality is decent due to them being originally the laptop arm of the IBM company), is to download a clean OEM copy of Windows 10, wipe the heck out of the hard drive, and start fresh. ONLY load drivers for hardware that you need, disable all other hardware in the BIOS (if possible), and never load any of the vendor’s software unless you absolutely need it for some reason.

    With HP or ASUS I usually am okay with the build, and just go in and remove the cruft they’ve installed. A fairly simple process.

    Vendors are in lock-step with features and prices these days. You -can- get a great deal on -any- vendor’s laptop if you’re willing to wait out the sales cycle a few weeks/months. I don’t think Lenovo is cornering the market on good laptop prices. Although looking at Best Buy’s in-store, in-stock laptop sorted by price, they do tend to corner the lower-end of the retail market. A6, A12 laptops with 4GB or 8GB of memory. But you can upgrade them, so buy a good CPU, and replace the hard drive with an SSD, bump up the memory. Just make sure you look up the model number of the laptop at a place like Crucial to see what the max memory of the laptop’s motherboard supports because I’ve seen a few brand-new laptops lately with an 8GB cap. Bad for things like virtualization, videography, audio work or photography work.

  20. Jayden Stevens

    Good battery.
    Good FULL HD screen.
    16G of fastest memory.
    SSD as a primary drive,
    Secondary drive with a fast RPM, at least 7200.
    Fastest processor with great level 1, 2, and 3 caches. Ideally multiple physical cores.
    State of the art USB ports.
    Most likely “off the shelf” won’t work, if you want “best in class”

    • Bruce

      What Jayden said or the Chromebook R11 is pretty solid if you’re looking in the $300 market. I have both but I use both for different ends.

  21. Sebastian Cox

    Depends, an old HP 8160p with an ultra-extended life battery is about 5lbs and lasts 20 hours. It’s also under $300, so could be disposable if necessary. I’d rather have at least a 1080p screen.

  22. Leif Heathcote

    I have my Panasonic Toughbook with double Battery. 8h to 12h runtime…

  23. Halle Erdman

    I’m not a developer but the Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop I have ever owned.

    I previously had an 11″ MacBook Air that I ran Windows on, that was the second best laptop that I have ever owned.

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