Android

6 Recommended Laptops for Software Development (2020)

Android Studio is the official IDE for Android development, like any other IDE, has its hardware requirements, without which software will be impossible to build

The List below contain a list Laptops, that are:

  1. Thin
  2. Light
  3. Has Long Battery Life
  4. Has Minimum Screen size of 15 Inches
  5. Has Good Keyboard
  6. Has Great Screen Panel for viewing angles

This list contain Laptops, that come in various configurations but i recommend you go for the ones with:

  1. Minimum of 16 gb of RAM
  2. Minimum of 512gb NVMe SSD Storage
  3. Intel Core i7 or AMDs equivalent
  4. Minimum of 1080p resolution display
  5. Graphics Card. This is optional but useful for Video Editing and Gaming.

1. 2019 16″ Macbook Pro

Price – $2,400

Pros:

  1. It is powerful
  2. It is Slim
  3. Develop for: Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Chrome.
  4. Phenomenal Loud Speakers
  5. Phenomenal Microphones
  6. Great Trackpad
  7. Four (4) Thunderbolt 3.1 ports

Cons:

  1. It is expensive
  2. Only USB-C. Dongle life is real!
  3. Hardware not upgradeable. If you buy a config, you are stuck with it for life!

2. Razer Blade 15, 2019

Price – $1600

Pros:

  1. It is powerful
  2. It is Slim
  3. Good Keyboard
  4. Develop many kinds of Software: Web, Android, Windows, Linux and Chrome.
  5. Good Loud Speakers
  6. Easy to Upgrade
  7. RGB Lighting
  8. Can double as a powerful gaming PC.
  9. Lots of ports including Thunderbolt 3

Cons:

  • none

3. Dell XPS 15, 2019

Pros:

  1. It is powerful
  2. It is Slim
  3. Good Keyboard
  4. Develop many kinds of Software: Web, Android, Windows, Linux and Chrome.
  5. Average Loud Speakers
  6. Easy to Upgrade
  7. Can double as a powerful gaming PC.
  8. Lots of ports including Thunderbolt 3

Cons:

  • none

4. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Price – 2100

Pros:

  1. It is powerful
  2. It is Slim
  3. Good Keyboard
  4. Develop for: Web, Android, Windows and Chrome.
  5. Can double as a light gaming rig.

Cons:

  1. Hard to Upgrade
  2. Limited Ports

5. Lenovo Thinkpad x1 Extreme Gen. 2

Pros:

  1. Portable and Powerful
  2. Great Keyboard
  3. Lots of Ports
  4. Great Screen
  5. Develop for: Web, Android, Windows and Chrome.
  6. Easy to Upgrade

Cons:

  1. Vintage Design

6. Gigabyte AERO 15 Classic

Edge DeveloperAdmin

Price – $1500

Pros:

  1. Slim and powerful
  2. Good Keyboard
  3. Develop for: Web, Android, Windows and Chrome.
  4. Average Loud Speakers
  5. Easy to Upgrade
  6. Can double as a powerful gaming PC.
  7. Lots of ports including Thunderbolt 3

Cons:

  1. Web came at bottom of screen
  2. Dull Logo

Final Verdict

If you cannot afford it new, you can buy fairly used off ebay or just use what you have pending the time you have money to upgrade.

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Hello there, my name is Opeyemi Olorunleke. I am a Software Developer (majorly Android, GitHub Profile), Digital Marketer, Udemy Instructor, Technical Writer, Blogger & Webmaster.

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