10.) Lenovo Y50-59426255
Mainly marketed as a gaming laptop, this powerful laptop is more than capable of catering to programmers. Fitted with an 8 GB solid-state drive, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB of Hard Disk space, and a sleek 4th gen intel i7 processor, this laptop ensures a smooth experience for whatever you may use it for. The backlit keyboard allows you to type effectively even in dark areas. It doesn’t go a long way in terms of mobility, however, with less than 4 hours of battery life and rather large build, coming in at 5 pounds, with a screen size of 15.6 inches. (because of the high power requirement for the gaming components) For programming though, this laptop is a bit of an overkill, and at around £870, it may be a bit of a splurge, unless you’re using it for performance-intensive purposes or planning to use it as a gaming platform as well.
9.) Lenovo Z710- 59421370
If you prefer a wide screen to fit all of those long lines of code, then this laptop may be the right fit. This laptop can run you around the ballpark of $1000, and that price comes with a lot of bang for your buck. Features include 16 GB of RAM, and 8 GB SSD, a 4th gen Intel i7 quad core, running at 2.5 GHz, and an Nvidia GT745M graphics card . It comes with Windows 8.1 as its OS, and weighs just around 6 and a half pounds (approx 3 kilograms), which is a bit heavy but not too much so as to encumber you.
8.) Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V
The best option for those with a tight budget. Coming in at around $550, with more or less the same specs as the aforementioned laptops, albeit with only onboard graphics and a less powerful processor chip. It’s a brilliant programming laptop nonetheless, with decent mobility coming from its lengthy battery life of up to 7 hours.
7.) HP Envy 15-j075nr
Of all the laptops in the HP line, this may not be the best for programming. However, with a price of under £700, this laptop is still up to the task. With an AMD-A10 quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM, it can still throw down with the best of them when it comes to programming.
Macbooks can be priced really heftily, and thus may not be a viable choice for some programmers. But their unparalleled mobility and processing features justify those prices. Not to mention that some programming can only be done on macs, such as iPhone app developing.
5.) Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V
Also priced around the $500 range, this interesting number from Acer has enough juice for more than 7 hours, giving it a good mobility rating for programmers who have to go places. Its processor (1.7 Ghz i5-4210U) may be weaker than most, but is more than enough for programming work.
4.) HP Envy
Coming in at around £800, the HP Envy boasts a 2.5 Ghz A10 processor from AMD, which is quite powerful for its price range. It’s surprisingly lightweight, weighing 4.7 lbs, considering its powerful contents.
3.) Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
This laptop’s design allows its screen to be flipped 180 degrees and detached as well, so it can be used as a tablet or in the “tent” configuration. The downside to this laptop is there are no Ethernet features, meaning that you have to rely solely on wireless internet. It can be picked up for under £700.
2.) Acer Aspire V3-772G
This laptop has been acclaimed for its adequacy even for game development, which means it boasts pretty heavy stuff. It comes at around £600.
1.) Asus Zenbook
This powerhouse draws its processing power from an Intel Core i7-4558U running at 2.8 GHz, and 8 GB of RAM. This astonishing degree of performance allows it to outshine most competition. However, it doesn’t play nice with Linux. With the price tag at around £550, this laptop strikes the perfect balance between performance, mobility, and price.