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7 Best Laptops For Web Development: Reviews For Web Design

As a professional web developer, or as a web developer student, you are going to need a good work laptop. Running some of the more advanced systems required to produce stunning websites can be rather demanding on a computer.

Plus, as someone who is touting an internet-based service, you should have a laptop that can handle anything you can throw at it. Both of these mean that there will be a certain level of quality that is crucial when it comes to your laptop spec.

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RAM

Display Resolution

Graphics /GPU

Screen Size

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2019 Lenovo Legion Y545 Gaming Laptop...

Intel i7 9th gen

16GB DDR4

1080p 60hz

GTX 1650 4gb

15.6"

256GB SSD / 1TB HDD

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel...

Intel i7

16gb DDR4

1080p

GTX 1660ti

15”

256/512gb SSD

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB...

Intel i3/i5/i7/i9

8/16/32 GB DDR4

Retina 2880 x 1800

Radeon Pro

15”

Up to 4TB SSD

HP Pavilion 15.6-inch FHD Laptop, Intel 10th...

Intel i5

8GB DDR4

1080p

UHD Graphics

15”

256GB SSD

Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core...

Intel i7

16GB DDR4

1080p

RTX 2060

15”

512GB SSD

New ThinkPad P73 Mobile Workstation with 9th...

Intel Xeon

128GB DDR4

4k

RTX 5000

17”

4TB SSD

LG gram Laptop - 13.3' Full HD Display, Intel...

Intel i7

16GB DDR4

1660p

UHD 620

17”

512TB m.2 SSD


Who Should Invest in a Laptop for Web Development?

Web Design/Development Students

If you are learning online, then you may get away with a desktop, but it is usually impractical to do so. As students, it is possible to run laptops with a lower and, therefore, cheaper spec-list. We always suggest buying a laptop at the top of your budget as this will give you greater usability.

Front End Web Developer

As a front-end web developer, a powerful laptop with good processing and graphical power will make your life easier. When designing themes, converting code, or designing large websites, your laptop will be put under a decent amount of strain. A good laptop will ease this, meaning you do not lose precious time to frustration.

Back End Web Developer

Just like with a front-end web developer, as a back-end dev, you are going to be running your computer for long periods during your work. Having a reliable laptop will make your life easier and will mean your work goes a lot more smoothly.

Full Stack Web Developer

As a full-stack web developer, you will most likely be doing both back and front-end work. This can be a monumental process, so having a laptop that can save you precious seconds or minutes with more robust computing power is a must.


Laptop Requirements for Web Development (Buyer's Guide)

Processor & CPU

The control center of your entire laptop is the Processor or CPU. This little chip is the only reason your laptop can do anything at all. Think of it as a brain, making thousands of decisions every second and sending info and instructions to the other components.

This is the most crucial component for developers as it will control how smoothly your machine runs during work.

For CPU's, you will want to look at two factors, the chipset, and the base clock speed. The clock speed will tell you how many processes your CPU can complete every single second, measured in GHz. Another thing to bear in mind is the number of cores, as each core has its own clock speed. A dual-core processor running at 3.0GHz can technically run at 6.0GHz.

Next, you need to look at the generation and model of the CPU.

Intel core models go, from slowest to fastest:

  • Intel i3
  • Intel i5
  • Intel i7
  • Intel i9

Recommended - Core i5 - base clock speed 3GHz: The processor is the control center, your computer's brain. It is responsible for all of your computer's decisions. It is by far the most important component and one that you should always prioritize budget-wise.

RAM & Storage

Your RAM holds tiny bits of information on how your computer has been running. Your processor creates these after making a decision. It then uses these cheat sheets next time it needs to make the same decision, allowing it to happen faster.

With RAM, you will want to be looking at getting the largest amount of storage you can afford. RAM comes in forms ranging from 2-64GB.

Your computer's storage comes in two forms, HDD and SDD. SDD's or solid-state drives are the new tech in the computer storage scene. Although they cost a fair bit more than their ancestors, the HDD, they transfer speeds at a blistering rate in comparison.

They load programs quicker, too, making them essential for anyone who spends large amounts of time work on computers.

Recommended - At least 8GB RAM for front end web development, 16GB for back end web development, at least 256GB SSD.

Operating System

Majorly important for any web developer is the decision on which operating system you will be using. The four that are commonly used are Chrome OS, Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX.

They are all viable options for a web developer, though each of them has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the operating system you use will depend on your individual needs and taste.

Chrome OS:

The simplest and easiest to use operating system is Chrome OS, Google's offering to the operating system party. Chrome OS is very similar to the popular Chrome web browser. 

Linux:

Perhaps the most difficult operating system to use in circulation, Linux requires a strong in-depth knowledge of the commands needed to use it. It can be extremely intimidating for newcomers and professionals alike.

Windows:

The golden boy and staple operating system of the world, with over a 92% monopoly, is the windows operating system. A great and reliable operating system that does everything well, and nothing amazingly.

Mac OSX:

Apples' operating system Mac OSX is easy to use, visually pleasing, and a powerful operating system. It is also the most expensive to run due to the fact you have to own one of Apple's pricey machines to work with it.

Screen Size & Display

Spending extended periods staring at code can play havoc on the eyes. This means making sure that you have a good quality screen that displays things in an easy to read manner is vital.

Screens come in all sizes, shapes, and forms, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. The best screens for the price are 1080p full-HD panels. The confusion doesn't stop there, though.

Not all 1080p displays are created equal; some are brighter, some are clearer, some have better colors and blacks. Do your research on the specific screen you are looking at. All of the laptops on our list come with a display that we can recommend.

As well as the quality, the size is also essential. If you spend long periods squinting at code, then we recommend that you get at least a 15" screen. This makes things easier to read and causes less strain to the eyes.

Recommended - Full HD screen for readability/quality and high pixel count

Keyboard Quality

The importance of your keyboard quality is often something that people overlook while looking for a suitable work computer. Having a comfortable keyboard not only speeds up your work, but it also reduces mistakes and strain.

One important factor of a keyboard is whether it is backlit or not. If you like to work into the night, you will want your keyboard to be backlit. This allows for more accuracy in dim lighting.

Recommended - tactile and backlit

Portability & Battery Life

How much importance you place on portability and battery life is down to you. If you often travel for work or like to move around with your laptop, a good battery life will be necessary.

Bear in mind that good screens and high-performance components use a lot of battery. This means that the bigger the screen, the higher the quality, and the more performance power you have, the lower the battery life will tend to be unless you want to fork out a lot more cash.

Extra Features

Often, when we are undecided between a couple of options, the extra features included can be the dealbreaker. Some extra features that we think are great additions include:

  • Upgrade Slots
    Some laptops have easy-access slots for adding more RAM or Storage when this is easy to access; it makes a laptop much more attractive in our eyes.
  • Customer Support
    While not specifically an extra feature, a laptop that is made by a brand with a good reputation for customer support may sway your decision if comparing it to one from a less reputable brand.
  • RGB
    For those who like a bit of flash, RGB keyboards give you the power to control what color the backlight under each key is.

Price & Warranty

It is easy to get reliable performance and cheap laptops, however, to find the ones that balance cost and performance well.

A good warranty is extremely important with laptops. Everyone has at least one horror story of a laptop breaking, losing everything on it, and being just weeks out of warranty. For that reason, take our advice: If you have the option to pay for a more extended warranty, please do it, it doesn't normally cost a lot, but in the long run it could save a lot of hassle.


7 Best Laptops for Web Developers Reviewed

1. Legion Y545

2019 Lenovo Legion Y545 Gaming Laptop...
  • Powered by 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i7-9750H(6...
  • 15.6" Full HD display; The 1920 x 1080...
  • 16GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM Memory for full-power...
  • Ac wifi; Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, NVIDIA...

Best laptop for web development

Processor (CPU)

Intel i7 9th gen

RAM

16GB DDR4

Display Resolution

1080p 60hz

Graphics/GPU

GTX 1650 4gb

Screen Size

15.6"

SSD Storage Size

256GB SSD / 1TB HDD

Our top pick overall comes from Lenovo, a much loved and well-respected brand in the laptop world. Known for creating high-end performance laptops without the high-end price tag, Lenovo has impressed us for many years now. Lenovo has long been one of the brands of choice for the best laptops for web developers.

The Y545 is one of those impressive laptops. Equipped with a six-core 9th gen I7 9750H CPU, the fastest 9th gen I7, and with a clock speed of up to 4.5GHz, processing potential is through the roof with the Y545. You get 16GB of DDR4 RAM to support the processor too.

Storage-wise Lenovo has used a price effective combo of 1TB HDD and 256GB high-speed PCI-E SSD. Finally, you get a high-end GTX 1650 with 4GB of onboard RAM. This is a powerhouse of components, and you will be able to game photo edit and video edit with no stuttering or lag.

Design-wise, Lenovo has gone for a clean, sleek, attractive styling with a dark aluminum look. The dark grey lid paired with the backlit logo, provides a unique silhouette, one that has a certain amount of flair.

When it comes to ports, the Y545 is more than capable too, with 3x USB 3.1 ports, a USB-C, a headphone jack, HDMI, mini display port, ethernet jack, and Kensington lock. You should have everything you need here.

The screen on the Y545 is one of the reasons it really shines, with a 99% RGB color score and panel that is bright in all lighting situations it performs better than most 1080p screens we have reviewed. Paired with the Dolby Atmos and Harman/Kardon tuned speakers, which are some of the best laptop speakers in existence, visual and audio pleasure is guaranteed.

The keyboard on the y545 is a full-sized keyboard, which is nice for those who miss their number pad. The backlit keys are really responsive and are placed perfectly to allow for some extremely accurate typing with little to no ghosting.

As with any laptop, you have your bad points. The Y545 focuses on style and performance and, as such, has to make a couple of sacrifices. This comes in the form of a lower than average battery life and loud fan. These are definitely small issues when compared to the Y545's general greatness, but it is still worth bearing in mind.

If you are a web developer looking for the best laptop overall, both in performance, price, and style, this is the laptop we recommend for you.

Good
  • Amazing Screen
  • Brilliant Price Tag
  • Good Performance
  • Stylish Design
Bad
  • Loud Fan
  • Poor Battery Life

2. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel...
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H 4-Core...
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6 GB...
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen...
  • 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD...

Best laptop for web design

Processor (CPU)

Intel i7

RAM

16gb DDR4

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics/GPU

GTX 1660ti

Screen Size

15”

SSD Storage Size

256/512gb SSD

Next, we have the best laptop for web design, the Helios Predator 300 by Acer. This laptop is better suited for those who are more based around design and graphics, as it has a high level of graphical prowess.

The Helios is a gaming laptop designed by the massive computing brand Acer. Packed with durable components and a high-end graphics card, this machine makes photo and video editing, as well as high-end gaming a piece of cake.

On-board, the laptop has a 9th gen i7 9750H processor, aided by 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB PCIe SSD. Finally, we have the RTX 2060 graphics card, which is one of the new graphics cards made by Nvidia with ray-tracing abilities. This is a top-level graphics card, one that should demolish any design task you throw at it.

This impressive spec list isn't the reason why the Helios is my favorite laptop currently; however, that reason falls to a single button placed at the top of the Helios's keyboard. On this button is simply the word "Turbo." Obviously, this is the first button we pressed when we unboxed the Helios.

Once you press this button, the two innovative high speed 59 blade jet engine fans kick into actions, drawing heat away from the now massively overclocked components. By pressing this button, you take the already more than capable processing and graphics abilities of the Helios and stick them on steroids.

That is not the only impressive feature either, and the Helios comes with Acers' predator sense technology. This gives you un-rivaled customization over your components. 

With this must graphic and processing ability, you are going to need a good screen. The Helios once again steps up to the mark here. The full-HD 144hz refresh rate screen displays stunning images that betray the screen specs on paper. The colors are bright and vibrant, and the blacks are dark shadows with no screen leak.

It is worth noting, too, that Acer has some of the best customer services on the planet. Buying a laptop from them allows you to sleep easy knowing that if you have a fault or problem, they will be more than helpful when it comes to sorting your problems.

If you do a lot of graphical design or enjoy gaming, this is the best laptop on this list for you. It also comes with a price tag much easier to swallow than the Apple MacBook Pro.

Good
  • Turbo Button Is Brilliant
  • Powerful Performance
  • Amazing Screen
  • Great Price tag
Bad
  • Heavy
  • Awful Battery Life

3. Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB...
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone...
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

Best Apple Laptop For web design & development

Processor (CPU)

Intel i3/i5/i7/i9

RAM

8/16/32 GB DDR4

Display Resolution

Retina 2880 x 1800

Graphics/GPU

Radeon Pro

Screen Size

15”

SSD Storage Size

Up to 4TB SSD

Our top pick for those who like to run with the Apple crowd is the MacBook Pro, Apple's ridiculously customizable flagship laptop offering. The newest version of the MacBook Pro comes with the potential of a whole range of spec tweaks, allowing for a level of customization not available anywhere else.

In addition to this amazing level of control, the MacBook Pro also has by far the best laptop screen available, everything it displays is simply incredible to look at.

If you are looking for a laptop with an amazing screen, the MacBook Pro has probably already made its appearance in your potential list. So what else does it have to offer?

Well, to begin with, you get Radeon Pro Graphics onboard, which comes with 4GB of onboard RAM. This is the card that makes the screen look so good.

Then you get into the parts choices. First, you are going to have to decide what CPU is going to power your system. Choose from any of Intel's chipsets from i3 up to i9. The i9 is a real beast of a CPU, allowing for a ridiculous overclocked core speed of 5.0GHz.

After choosing your CPU, you move onto the decision of storage. No matter what you choose, the MacBook Pro only comes with SSD options, no HDD. You can choose from 256GB up to 4TB of SSD flash memory. Finally, you get to choose how much RAM you get, from 8-32GB of DDR4 ballistic RAM.

This level of choice is what makes the MacBook Pro so interesting. You can really choose how good or bad your laptop is. Unfortunately, Apple products are notoriously expensive, so expect to pay a lot if you want the fully specced machine. This is the machine that really impresses us, however.

With an i9 processor, 4TB SSD and 32GB of DDR4 RAM, you have one of the most powerful laptops on the planet. With one of the nicest keyboards to type on, it is easy to see why so many people love it.

The MacBook Pro is an interesting offering. With a huge level of customization, sleek and innovative design, and a keyboard to die for, most people who own a MacBook Pro, never end up going back to windows.

Good
  • Thin & Lightweight
  • Best Laptop Screen
  • Best Laptop Speakers
  • Amazing Level Of Spec Control
Bad
  • Very Expensive

4. HP Pavilion

HP Pavilion 15.6-inch FHD Laptop, Intel 10th...
  • Intel 10th Gen Quad-Core i5-1035G1 Processor...
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive,...
  • 15.6" Touchscreen WLED-Backlit Full HD...
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1...

Best cheap laptop For web design & development

Processor (CPU)

Intel i5

RAM

8GB DDR4

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics/GPU

UHD Graphics

Screen Size

15”

SSD Storage Size

256GB SSD

For those who have more of a budget in mind, we have your covered. Our number one pick for the best cheap laptop for web development is the HP Pavilion. A machine that performs exceedingly well considering the price-tag.

Utilizing the newest 10th generation of intel i5 processor, 256GB SSD storage and 8GB DDR4 Ram, this laptop can more than handle itself when it comes to most tasks. As long as you do not plan to game or engage in extremely demanding video editing, you should find that the Pavilion can keep up.

The 15.6" screen is also impressive; the micro-edge bezel paired with the bright WLED 1080p screen leads to some bright, vivid, high-quality displays. To top it off, the screen is a touchscreen, too, allowing for gestures and control that you do not get with a normal display panel.

The speakers on this budget laptop also pack a meaty punch, tuned by Bang & Olufsen; they fire bass and clarity throughout the room. The keyboard is also straightforward to type on; you get a great travel distance and deep keys that have a good level of resistance. There is little to no wobble in the keys that you often find in budget-friendly laptops.

The battery life is also impressive. We can easily crank out up to 9 hours if we set the brightness to 150. This makes the Pavilion a great laptop for traveling and those who like to work a lot on the move.

The HP Pavilion 15 is, however, a rather large laptop and in terms of ports, the right-hand side has two Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a lock slot, and a full-sized SD card reader, while the left-hand side has HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, and Type-C USB 3.1 ports, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

All of this put together lead to a competent laptop, one which has a price-tag set much lower than you would expect from the performance. HP has a reputation for quality, and it is great to see they stick to that, even with more affordable options.

While the Pavilion doesn't have the power of some of the other options on this list, it still has a 10th gen processor and a good level of storage and RAM.

Good
  • Thin & Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • HP Quality
  • Surprising Power
Bad
  • Terrible Webcam
  • No Dedicated GPU

5. Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core...
  • Perfect Display for Work or Play: An...
  • Precision-Crafted Powerhouse: Built for...
  • Futureproof Design: Supports SSD/HDD and...
  • Biometric Security: Supports Windows Hello...

best laptop for graphic and web design

Processor (CPU)

Intel i7

RAM

16GB DDR4

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics/GPU

RTX 2060

Screen Size

15”

SSD Storage Size

512GB SSD

Our top choice for the best laptop for graphic and web design is the visually stunning and performance smashing Razer Blade 15. Let's get started by talking about the aesthetics of the Blade.

This is perhaps the sexiest looking laptop of all time. The high-quality black chassis creates a sleek profile, and the backlit keys almost appear out of nothing. The Razer Blade doesn't stop at just looks either, and this is a serious performance laptop, one that has been designed from the ground up for gamers around the world.

Thanks to this, you get some of the best technology that there is to offer under the hood. This includes the component list.

Fueling this monster is an RTX 2060 graphics card, 9th gen i7 9750H, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB high-speed SSD. This combination allows for top-end desktop performance in the tiny, sleek form of the Razer Blade. This is nothing other than impressive.

Taking advantage of the high processing power and graphics card, the 1080p 144Hz refresh rate screen is artistry. The colors appear that defined, and so clear that you wouldn't believe the panel was made for lightning-fast refresh rates for gaming.

Even though you have an unreal amount of computing power here, Razer knows how its users like to tinker. The Razer Blade comes with upgrade slots for even more RAM and storage, which is a nice touch.

The customizable RGB screen comes with over 16 million color shades and tops of an already perfect keyboard. Whether it is because I am a gamer myself or not, the keyboard on the Razer Blade feels like it was made for me.

Port wise, you get multiple USB 3.1 slots, you can also expand the view on up to 3 external displays via Thunderbolt 3. If that wasn't enough, you get a Mini DisplayPort HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet slot too.

The Razer Blade is the perfect companion for those who do a lot of graphical design. It looks cool, it plays hard, and it comes packed with tech that everyone can appreciate. Personally, this is my favorite from the list. If you like to game in your downtime, this is probably the best option on the list for you.

Good
  • Simply Sexy
  • High-End Performance
  • Razer Quality
  • Extremely Lightweight
Bad
  • Can Run Hot

6. Lenovo Thinkpad P73

New ThinkPad P73 Mobile Workstation with 9th...
  • Processor Intel Core i9-9880H with vPro...
  • Storage 1TB NVME Solid State Drive with...
  • Memory 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x16GB) Upgrade...
  • Display Type 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS,...

Top Of The Range

Processor (CPU)

Intel Xeon

RAM

128GB DDR4

Display Resolution

4k

Graphics/GPU

RTX 5000

Screen Size

17”

SSD Storage Size

4TB SSD

Now for our top of the range offering. This is a serious laptop that will only appeal to those with a serious business need, or deep pockets.

The new ThinkPad P73 is one of the most potent performance laptops on the planet. The spec underneath this X1 chassis is simply unreal. Boasting a Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card, the pinnacle of dedicated graphics cards for laptops, a 4k m.2 SSD, and 126GB DDR4 RAM and powered by a Xeon E-2276M processor, this isn't so much a laptop as it is a computing battle station.

Making good use of this overkill spec-list the 17.3" 4K IPS screen provides the clearest most beautiful displays we have seen on a laptop other than the MacBook's retina display.

With its six cores, all capable of running up to 4.70 GHz, there isn't much more to say about the P73. The chassis is very similar to an X1 Carbon chassis. This is a machine built for work.

It doesn't have a fancy looking casing, and there are no fancy RGB lighting settings or a turbo button. The chassis is built extremely solid and can take the battering that a daily work laptop needs to take.

There is also professional business level protection, with industry-leading biometric unlock scans and encrypted drives. The keyboard doesn't use loud mechanical switches like a gaming laptop but uses the top-end brown level cherry switches, which are incredibly responsive and muted.

With the P73, your money doesn't go on style; it goes on pure unadulterated power, something that the P73 has in abundance. If you have the money and want a laptop that you couldn't give too much to handle, even if you tried, the P73 is your weapon of choice.

Good
  • World Ending Performance
  • Lenovo Quality Keyboard
  • Crystal Clear Display
  • Long Battery Life
Bad
  • Expensive

7. LG gram

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Best for web design students

Processor (CPU)

Intel i7

RAM

16GB DDR4

Display Resolution

1660p

Graphics/GPU

UHD 620

Screen Size

17”

SSD Storage Size

512TB m.2 SSD

Finally, our best pick for web design students, the LG gram. A laptop designed to be affordable and ridiculously light.

The LG gram is a strange combination. Normally 17" laptops are designed to be desktop replacements, ones that do not need to mobile. The LG gram, however, holds a 17" display as well as weighing only 3 pounds. This makes it an unusual laptop. Paired with its fantastic battery life, the gram is the perfect laptop for students.

For something so light, it is pretty surprising that inside the casing lies a more than capable amount of power. The rapid charge USB-C charging port allows for incredibly quick recharges too. The 1600p screen is unusual on paper, but it looks visually stunning.

The gram comes with an i7 processor, Intel UHD Graphics, and a 512GB M.2 SSD for lightning-quick file transfers and boot times. It also has 16GB of ballistic DDR4 RAM.

The LG gram is perhaps one of the best traveling work laptops we have ever seen. Besides the fact that this 17" laptop is lighter than the 13" MacBook Pro, it is also made of a reinforced rugged shockproof chassis and can resist both extremely hot and cold temperatures.

The graphics card is the only thing to really let the gram down, meaning that if you have a need for graphical performance, this may not be the laptop for you. Casual gaming is about all it will manage and perhaps some light video editing.

If, however, you want a capable work laptop, one that gives you the full-screen real estate of a 17" laptop at a fraction of the normal weight, one that you can travel within confidence, the gram may be the perfect decision.

Good
  • Mind-Bogglingly Light
  • Strong Processor
  • Massive Screen
  • Long Battery Life
Bad
  • Poor Graphical Ability

Common Web Design & Development Software

Web Design and Development software have come on a long way in the last decade. There are vast numbers of different software and tools to make the process easier for newcomers and advanced users alike. Here are some of them.

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
    Dreamweaver is an extremely respected and much-used app that lets you do direct coding website design. It simplifies this process, removing the need for a deep understanding of coding languages.
  • Adobe Photoshop
    Photoshop is an extensive image editing software used for graphic design and digital imaging. The use of layering and depth makes it one of the most powerful photo editing softwares on the market. To run Photoshop, you will need at least 4GB RAM and a GTX 1050 or above graphics card.
  • Virtual Box
    Virtual Box is a great tool. It allows users to run different operating systems on a single computer. This is really helpful for those with a Mac or Windows PC that wants to run the other operating system for convenience.
  • Sublime Text
    Sublime Text is a very sophisticated text editor for coding and markup. The slick user interface gives you easy access to some incredible features. If you are going to be coding regularly, we cannot recommend this one enough.

Mac or Windows: Which Is Better for Web Development?

The smooth software found on the OSX operating system is one reason why many people prefer to use Mac systems over windows. The similarity to the UNIX system is another thing that many developers like. Mac systems just seem to work smoothly, and they take some getting used to, though.

Windows systems are 4x as popular as any other operating system. This reason alone makes it easier for newcomers and professionals alike to find material or tutorials online. Using Virtual Box allows you to work in Linux too.

In the end, it will come down to several things. How familiar you are already with either system, how much knowledge you have in development, and your budget. Mac machines are generally more expensive.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

Why do so many developers use Macs?

Mac systems come with premium tech inside, although they are expensive, they work exceptionally well. They also use a system that is very similar to a Linux UNIX system, which makes the OSX operating system very familiar for Linux devs.

What is the most important specification a developer/designer should consider?

The CPU is the most important spec in most situations. A good, powerful CPU will power your machine for years to come. A slow CPU will bottleneck your computer from day one.

Which processor is best for web development?

Anything from an Intel i5 or above will be suitable for web development. If you want the best, then look for an i9 chipset.

How do I know if my device meets the recommended laptop specs for web development?

In our buyer's guide, we have given you the basic recommendations for any components that we think have a minimum requirement.

What graphics card is best for web design?

Again, any graphics card above a GTX 1050 will be adequate. A 1660 will be great, and anything RTX 2060+ will be more than enough for years to come.

Which laptop is best for coding?

This will depend on your individual needs. Make sure to check out our article on the best laptops for programming and coding.


Conclusion

Hopefully, by reading this article, you have gained enough knowledge to make your own decision on which laptop is best for you. We look through thousands of laptops to save you the time and the hassle of narrowing down your options.

Every laptop on this list is an extremely capable machine; all of them pass our tests. If you are still undecided over which laptop to pick, our top pick, the Lenovo Y545, is the laptop that should meet the needs of most developers.


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