My development laptop died, fortunately I was able to get all of my existing code to my desktop from backup. I need to replace the laptop and was looking for recommendations from the Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange family for which configuration/manufacturer would be best in your opinion. My development environment is Visual Studio 2017 (looking at 2019), Xamarin for both android and iOS development. I prefer a 17" minimum display. There are thousands of choices out there, hard to know what would be best.


Except for budget (not mentioned), I would focus on

  • SSD (the bigger/faster the better, IDEs are normally very big)
  • Lots of RAM (preventing SSD/harddisk swapping, be able to open lots of applications/tools)
  • I think all new laptops support virtualization (for testing environments)
  • Fast CPU (for compiling etc).
  • Screen (as you see minimum 17")
  • Keyboard with numpad if you use that a lot
  • Docking station support (for multiple screens possibly)

Focus less on

  • Graphics card
  • Weight
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  • I am currently looking at this. Doesn't have a 17" display, but .... Model - HP Pavilion 15-au010wm Processor - Intel® Core i7-6500U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores) Memory - 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB) Video - NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3 dedicated) Display - 15.6" diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768) SSD - PNY CS900 240GB Optical - SuperMulti DVD burner Webcam - HP Wide Vision HD Camera with dual array digital microphone Audio - B&O PLAY with 2 speakers Wireless - Intel 802.11ac (1x1) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo What do you think? – Prescott Chartier Aug 7 '19 at 15:45
  • @PrescottChartier, You should update your question with a link to that laptop and ask for an opinion in the question itself. That is new information that is relevant to answering the question and other viewers may not notice your comment. – Romen Jan 6 at 21:35
  • FYI: most/all Microsoft dev tools are 32bit e.g. Microsoft Visual Studio (as of V2019). For application development 16GB RAM is plenty. – Alex Aug 28 at 7:30

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