Laptop for programming

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Found 2nd Jul
Hello,

I am looking for a laptop which I need for web based programming and related tools i.e. apache server, various interpreters etc. I am about to start a contract but must use my own laptop for development. I have not had much more than a cheap dell Inspiron for personal use in the past as a computer has always been provided and access to a development environment. I don't know much about computers in general (hardware) and would appreciate the advice from those in the know who could make recommendations.

- Must be portable - light, thin, rugged.

- Budget: preferably under £1500, but will go up to £3000 for something exceptional.

- Minimum spec: 15.5 inch screen, 256gb ROM (ssd), 16gb RAM.

Thank you.
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For those specs you can do that in a laptop for >£1000, your budget is very high!
hethekid17 m ago

For those specs you can do that in a laptop for >£1000, your budget is …For those specs you can do that in a laptop for >£1000, your budget is very high!


Yes, the really thin, light laptops seem to be expensive, I set a high budget so I can have portable and high spec.
Cisco06060619 m ago

There are laptop could use more powerful desktop …There are laptop could use more powerful desktop CPUhttps://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/octaneV-15/


Thank you for this link, being able to customize every aspect is great. The octane v though is a little chunky and not particularly portable. I really wish a cpu was an option, but I need to be able to carry the laptop to and from work every day (train).
Edited by: "zhris" 2nd Jul
@zhris

"...I am about to start a contract..."

Are you offering your services through a Limited Company?
Is your Company registered for VAT?
How long is the contract?

Depending on your answers, your budget may have had a boost, your personal finances may be better than you thought, &/or you may find it cheaper to lease a laptop for a short term contract instead of buying outright.
fanpages24 m ago

@zhris "...I am about to start a contract..."Are you offering your …@zhris "...I am about to start a contract..."Are you offering your services through a Limited Company?Is your Company registered for VAT?How long is the contract?Depending on your answers, your budget may have had a boost, your personal finances may be better than you thought, &/or you may find it cheaper to lease a laptop for a short term contract instead of buying outright.


Forgive my ignorance in this area, this is my first contract having previously been full time employed. I am due to meet with the handling agency who will go through the details, I will be in a better position to answer then.

1 and 2) I am not certain yet, but for now it's a no.
3) 3 months split into 2 parts over 6 months.

I hadn't at all considered leasing, that sounds like a very promising suggestion that I will have to look into.
zhris4 h, 48 m ago

Forgive my ignorance in this area, this is my first contract having …Forgive my ignorance in this area, this is my first contract having previously been full time employed. I am due to meet with the handling agency who will go through the details, I will be in a better position to answer then.1 and 2) I am not certain yet, but for now it's a no.3) 3 months split into 2 parts over 6 months.I hadn't at all considered leasing, that sounds like a very promising suggestion that I will have to look into.



That's fine. It can be daunting when you first start.

If, for example, you did set-up your own Limited Company the purchase price of the laptop could be offset as a business expense. The funds your Company receives from invoicing the end-client, or the agency (who then invoices the end-client), could then be used to buy the laptop before any (Corporation) taxation is applied at the end of your financial year.

If your Company was also registered for VAT, this tax could be reclaimed so, effectively, you would be paying the price excluding VAT.

Your services may be engaged through an Umbrella Company, or you may be considered as a P.A.Y.E. employee of the agency, or several other possibilities so, unless you know for sure, then discussing this with the agency before purchasing (or leasing) the laptop is recommended.

Equally, discussing the nature of your employment with an accountant in advance of committing to the contract would probably be wise too.

Good luck.
Im a software dev and use local LAMP servers etc. and recently got myself a Dell XPS 13 9350 (theres a 15 inch version too) and they are superb. It has an i7-6560U, 16Gb of RAM and a 256 M.2. It performs great and have alot of LAMP stacks going at one time. I got mine used on ebay for £650 so theres deals to be had
I got myself a e7440 of Ebay for £90.00. It came with 8gb ram and a 256gb ssd drive. I upgraded the ram to 16gb. Added a 2tb hard drive, and am triple booting Mac OS, Windows 10 and Linux. It's the 15 inch 1080p version.


I also have it's baby brother the e7240, but for coding I found the 12.5imch touch screen too small.

Personally mac/linux work best.
Edited by: "Amin" 3rd Jul
fanpages15 h, 31 m ago

That's fine. It can be daunting when you first start.If, for example, you …That's fine. It can be daunting when you first start.If, for example, you did set-up your own Limited Company the purchase price of the laptop could be offset as a business expense. The funds your Company receives from invoicing the end-client, or the agency (who then invoices the end-client), could then be used to buy the laptop before any (Corporation) taxation is applied at the end of your financial year.If your Company was also registered for VAT, this tax could be reclaimed so, effectively, you would be paying the price excluding VAT.Your services may be engaged through an Umbrella Company, or you may be considered as a P.A.Y.E. employee of the agency, or several other possibilities so, unless you know for sure, then discussing this with the agency before purchasing (or leasing) the laptop is recommended.Equally, discussing the nature of your employment with an accountant in advance of committing to the contract would probably be wise too.Good luck.


I really appreciate this, I hadn't understood the nature of employment via a contract, excellent information that I have done further reading on.
darthvader666uk2nd Jul

Im a software dev and use local LAMP servers etc. and recently got myself …Im a software dev and use local LAMP servers etc. and recently got myself a Dell XPS 13 9350 (theres a 15 inch version too) and they are superb. It has an i7-6560U, 16Gb of RAM and a 256 M.2. It performs great and have alot of LAMP stacks going at one time. I got mine used on ebay for £650 so theres deals to be had


Thanks, it's a very nice recommendation, covers my specification well.
Edited by: "zhris" 4th Jul
Amin6 h, 27 m ago

I got myself a e7440 of Ebay for £90.00. It came with 8gb ram and a 256gb …I got myself a e7440 of Ebay for £90.00. It came with 8gb ram and a 256gb ssd drive. I upgraded the ram to 16gb. Added a 2tb hard drive, and am triple booting Mac OS, Windows 10 and Linux. It's the 15 inch 1080p version.I also have it's baby brother the e7240, but for coding I found the 12.5imch touch screen too small.Personally mac/linux work best.


£90!?! I'm going to look through a few eBay auctions.
Edited by: "zhris" 3rd Jul
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