The 5 Best Laptops for Coding and Programming

Finding the best laptop for programming is a matter of identifying which features matter the most to you. After reviewing tens of products ranging from Macbooks to Chromebooks, we found the best laptops for coding and programming. 

Best overall: Lenovo Ideapad 5 Best budget option: Acer Aspire 5 Best for game development: ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 Best for travel: 13” Macbook Air Best Chromebook: Google Pixelbook Go

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Laptop: 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15.6" Full HD IPS Touchscreen

Enjoy boundary-breaking performance with the 11th Gen Intel Evo Platform Core i7 processor.

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How To Pick The Best Laptop for Programming: 

– Memory (RAM) – Processing Power (CPU) – Display – Keyboard – Storage

What To Know Before Buying a Programming Laptop

It’s a good idea to write down a list of which IDEs you’ll use, how intensive programs you’ll be running, and how many processes you’ll typically have running at the same time. From there, you can easily see how much memory, storage, and processing power you need.

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Using Laptops for Programming: What it’s Like

Laptops for programming are similar to their desktop counterparts, but with more portability. In the case of the 13” Macbook Air and the Google Pixelbook Go, buyers reported enjoying the portability of their laptops most of all.

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