Last post Oct 16, 2011 03:08 PM by thevevoo8
Oct 06, 2011 01:55 PM|whisky|LINK
What laptop is recommended to run Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server? Also a laptop that has a built-in DVD/CDR.
Oct 07, 2011 01:16 AM|Anindita.Basak|LINK
Visual Studio 2010 can be installed on the following operating systems:
Oct 07, 2011 02:16 AM|gerrylowry|LINK
you've left out some important information that makes your question difficult to answer and your profile reveals little.
point: most important is your budget (presumably, but not necessarily dollars)
general guideline: (within your budget) purchase the fastest laptop that you can get with the most RAM and the biggest hard disk plus a full size keyboard (includes separate numeric keypad) and a wide screen with high screen resolution plus
DVD/CD burner, multiple USB ports, et cetera.
Example: money was tight last year but from Costco in Ontario, Canada for CDN$700 I was able to get an Acer Aspire 7745.
Two months later, Costco was selling the same computer for $100 less ... Costco refunded the $100 to which I added about $30 to purchase a 2TB External USB drive.
If you can afford it, purchase an extra LCD display because as a developer, you should have a minimum of two monitors.
Specifications change, usually to the benefit of the consumer:
When I bought mine, it was only an i3 chip.
RAM is super important ... you want an absolute minimum of 4GB.
Brand is important. A few years ago, I would not have considered Acer ... I bought Acer this time because (a) quality is improved, (b) price is better than major brand names, (c) Costco augments the warranty to two years, and (d) if I hated it, Costco has
a very generous full money back return policy.
Nice to have: most new laptops will have a built in webcam which is useful if you use Skype.
Oct 07, 2011 02:22 AM|gerrylowry|LINK
P.S.: most new laptops will come with WIndows 7 and a 64-bit architecture.
You want nothing less than Windows 7 and you want a 64-bit architecture.
Vista was the Windows Me of the NT family but with Windows 7, Microsoft has got it right.
BTW, some developers prefer running Windows virtually on their Apple MacBook computers ... imho, the Apple products are over-priced.
Oct 07, 2011 07:48 AM|whisky|LINK
My budget is around $600.
What about these brands:
Dell Inspiron n5110 i5-2410M nVidia GT525M
HP Pavilion G6 1150SJ LX299EA
Acer AS5750-6438 LX.RLY02.025
Asus K53E i5-2410M GMA HD
Oct 07, 2011 09:22 AM|gerrylowry|LINK
@ whisky you're welcome!
Sorry, I do not know those individual models ... try Google (and/or your favourite search engine) with search arguments such as these:
Get the specifications of all four and make a grid:
Dell HP Acer Asus
Analyze your grid and decide what's important in general and what's important to you.
Also consider who you are buying it from. Will they be there to support you in the future?
I've no problem with any of the four brand names that you are considering.
Good luck in your purchase, whatever you choose.
Oct 07, 2011 09:28 AM|gerrylowry|LINK
important: try to be objective rather than emotionally subjective.
example: i could have bought an HP instead of my Acer. Some people might think HP has more status. While that may be true (or not), my Acer cost me about $200 less than an equivalent HP laptop.
Oct 07, 2011 10:20 AM|whisky|LINK
You are right. I think that all the laptops i have listed are ok. What it will come down to is the cost as long as I will be able to work with VS2010.
Oct 07, 2011 12:25 PM|gerrylowry|LINK
vs2010 should run on all of them AFAIK.
Oct 11, 2011 02:22 AM|muhammed|LINK
I am using hp 620 which I have installed sql server 2008, visual studio 2010, adobe creative suite 5 and I have installed window server 2008 r2 and its working perfect
Oct 16, 2011 03:08 PM|thevevoo8|LINK
- 4gb ram, 6 or 8gb would be better
- a processor that supports virtualization technowldgy (you could need it later to test apps on 64 bits envoiroments of different OSes)
- a regular size keyboard, better to have num pad
-the bigger the resolution the better
-screen that is not 'brightview' , .. 'antiglare' is better for long time looking at the screen (some manufacturers use alternative naming fot those 2)
and finally, read up reviews on google shoping and/or newegg