A Comparison Of The Best Desktops vs Laptops For Coding
Jure is a founder of Codequickie and WhistleX. He likes technology, sports, and computer games.
Every programmer that is buying a new computer will ask themselves, ‘Should I buy a desktop or a laptop for coding’? Also, what computer should I buy if I also want to do other things besides coding, like playing games?
There is nothing more frustrating than needing to choose which computer for coding you are going to get, is it gonna be Desktop or Laptop. So, the truth is that Desktop computers usually offer a better price to performance ratio than Laptops, but they don’t have the portability that laptops do have. And if you are a programmer, you don’t need a ton of power, so you may be better choosing a Laptop because it’ll give you plenty of portability.
Laptop vs Desktop For Coding
Although I’ve said that for purely coding, Laptop is probably a better solution than desktop, because of all the portability it offers, it may not be best for you.
Not everyone is the same, everyone has a different lifestyle and schedule.
If you are someone who doesn’t need a computer that is portable, why would you buy a laptop that costs more than a computer with the same performance?
Also, if you use a computer on a go a lot, a desktop computer will be pretty much impossible for you to use.
So, before you go and buy any computer, ask yourself! What are you going to use that computer for, is it gonna be the computer that you only use for coding, or you also plan on playing some games? If you’re playing on playing games, which games do you plan to play, not all games are equally intensive on your computer.
Do you plan on moving your computer, or it’s going to sit on the desk all the time? Are you the only person that’s gonna use that computer?
You, need to ask yourself all these questions before you buy a computer or anything else in life.
Depending on the results, you need to make a decision, do you need a desktop or laptop for coding? Decision should be made purely on your needs, not because you have a friend that’s a programmer and has a desktop computer.
Best Laptops For Coding
After you made the decision that you want to get a laptop instead of desktop for coding, you should actually start looking for which exact model of a laptop you want.
Here are some models of laptops that I would buy if I needed one right now. They vary in prices and also in performance. Pick the one that fits your needs the best.
1. Lenovo IdeaPad 3
- It’s very light
- Screen is FULL HD
- Built-in speakers are very good quality
- More than enough of performance that you will need for coding
- It comes with Windows 10 pre-installed
- It’ll allow you to even play some games that are not too demanding.
2. 2020 HP 15
- Comes with Windows 10 pre-installed
- A lot of high-speed storage
- Integrated touch-screen
- A lot of various ports
- Good gaming capabilities
3. HP OMEN
- By its look, you can probably tell that HP OMEN is not for someone who doesn’t plan for using it for at least a moderate amount of gaming. For its price of $969.99, it offers all kinds of features like:
Very good screen
- Backlit keyboard
- Plenty of gaming power
- Windows 10 pre-installed
- More storage than you’ll ever need
Best Desktops For Coding
If, on the other side, you opted for a desktop instead of a laptop for coding, here are a couple of models that I would recommend you to get right now. They vary in prices and also in performance. Pick the one that fits your needs the best.
1. Lenovo 510A Desktop
- Pre-installed Windows 10 Pro
- Very fast storage
- DVD-RW (if you happen to need that)
- Light gaming capabilities
2. CYBERPOWER PC Gamer Xtreme
In the box you’ll get a keyboard and mouse, that, to be honest, aren’t the best, but will do the job at first. Here are some of the other features this computer offers:
- Windows 10 Home pre-installed
- RGB lighted coolers
- Plenty of gaming performance
- Tech support
- A lot of fast storage
3. Apple iMac 4K
Here are a couple of features that this iMac offers:
- 4K display
- Apple keyboard and mouse in the box
- Very good performance for editing and productivity
- A lot of high-speed storage
- OS (operating system) is installed out of the box
Even if Apple computers are great, they’re not the greatest value in the terms of performance. So, why would you get an iMac?
The one disadvantage that all Apple computers have is that some programs or games don’t have the support for it. So, before buying, check which programs or games you plan on using and see if they are available on Mac. If they are not available, you may be better buying a computer with Windows instead.
I hope that this helps you make a decision between a desktop or laptop computer for coding. Before buying anything you need to be aware of all the pros and cons that come with any of those options.
If you think that I’ve missed something, just post your question in the comments below.
Do you prefer a Desktop or Laptop for Coding?