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What computer do you use for software develpment?

What make/model do you use? Are you satisfied with it? Are you going to stay in the same operating system ecosystem when you upgrade?

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Ben Halpern Author

My details:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2019)
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
  • Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

This is basically among the more powerful Mac laptops before M1. I'm overall satisfied with it. There's more than enough beef here for everything I do. I got it refurbished so didn't pay absolute top dollar.

I'd be happy to lose the touch bar and definitely feel like M1 Chip was a step up I missed out on — though have enough power in this machine to not worry about it, realistically.

At this point I worry that I'm an old dog that can't be taught new tricks enough to really want to leave the Apple ecosystem at this point. Just the way it is despite the premium pricing and certain missed options.

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Ben Sinclair

I cannot stand typing or using the touchpad on Macs. I make so many mistakes, and it's not down to familiarity because sometimes the Mac's been the only computer I've used for weeks at a time. I connect an external keyboard and mouse if I can these days.

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Simon Wicki

I'm also team MacBook, but I skipped the 15-inch 2019. I need a physical escape key.

That's why I immediately got the MacBook 16" (non-M1) when I saw the keyboard 🥰

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Jared Siebert

I have the same, yet I've still had the keyboard replaced twice thanks to the stupid butterfly key flaw. Now, unless I absolutely have to (like for travel), I always use an external mouse and keyboard

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Paweł Świątkowski

Depends. When working for a company - what they give me. Unfortunately, they usually insist on Macs.

As for my private projects, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, 8GB, running Arch Linux is generally more than enough.

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Danny Engelman

TRS-80
Model I
Ofcourse

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Ben Sinclair

I prefer to do my important mission-critical work on the coco.

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Danny Engelman • Edited on

Keeps us sharp. We learned every byte counts. I never deliver a Web Component over 16KB

Fun fact; the Z80 CPU was also used in the space shuttle; NASA bought a shitload of them to keep it flying.

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InHuOfficial • Edited on

Windows (laptop!)

  • I7 OC TO 4.5ghz
  • 32 GB RAM
  • M.2 1TB (3700mb/s read write)
  • 2 SSDs @2TB each (RAID 0)
  • GTX1080 (stripped down PC version, not maxQ)

Was a custom build from PC Specialist.

The only thing I was never happy with was that I couldn’t overclock the CPU and GPU at the same time as it is only a 300 watt power supply and so there isn’t enough power. To be fair it is a laptop so cooling is always fun when stressing it on both CPU and GPU (rendering videos etc) for an extended period.

So I just O/C the CPU and undervolted it slightly to minimise the max power draw and left the GPU stock speeds. Real shame as I won the silicon lottery on both!

The thing still munches through nearly anything and is 5 years old, but I have been eyeing up building a desktop instead as I want to get back into making videos and so a 1080 is now a little slow.

The m.2 was the biggest win, always invest in a fast HDD for Dev work, saves so much time!

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Rachit Khurana

Hmm,
Mine is very low end.

Intel Pentium 3rd Gen
4gb Ram
240GB SSD
Linux - Ubuntu + KDE desktop environment
No graphics card

P.S. I'm just a student, I don't develop much software, I mostly run just python.

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Fida Muntaseer

Model: HP Probook 450 G4
OS: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U
Ram: 16 GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HD

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Matt Curcio

I have eyed the XPS-13 & 15 for quite some time. How do you like it? I worried that 13 would be too small.

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Jared Siebert

Screen size of any laptop dev setup all depends on how you use it... Are you always on the go and only working off the laptop screen? Then yes, screen size matters. My setup is a 16" MBP but it's plugged into a mouse, keyboard, and 2 external 32" monitors.

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Drew Ronsman

It's really small I have a friend that has it. it would work, but not be practical using it for software development

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tomasszz

PC running Linux Mint 20.

AMD R5 1600 (af)
32GB ram
GTX 970Ti + GTX 660Ti

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Bernd Wechner

I'm a little less concerned about the "computer" per se than the workstation and the OS. So tackling those first and then the computer:

Workstation

My main gig is a standing work desk with a tall saddle chair, a 43" 4K monitor and video and USB cables that plug into the wall, where they are connected a computer beneath the floor in the basement, where I hear no fan noise, and it's consistently cool, and it lives with a a few servers, switches, consoles and such as well. So all I have at my standing workstation is a 43" monitor keyboard and mouse and my desk clutter.

OS and Dev tools

I use Linux Mint. Moved to that some years ago in the Windows 7 days and never looked back. I use a Windows VM very very rarely so rarely I can't remember how to do it when i need to and have notes, ha, ha. Nor do ever envisage looking back ...

And for development, I use mostly Eclipse for my work in Python, JavaScript, bash , PHP - being the primary languages I use I guess. I use the Atom Editor a lot, Joplin for keeping a journal and notes. Git for source control and Github as a remote.

Computer

Easiest to inxi tell us that:

$ inxi -Fz
System:    Kernel: 5.4.0-92-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Cinnamon 5.2.7 Distro: Linux Mint 20.3 Una 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: ASUS product: All Series v: N/A serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: MAXIMUS VII HERO v: Rev 1.xx serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 2401 
           date: 02/24/2015 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4790 bits: 64 type: MT MCP L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
           Speed: 1736 MHz min/max: 800/4000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1249 2: 1220 3: 1289 4: 1250 5: 1286 6: 1216 7: 1219 
           8: 1242 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP108 [GeForce GT 1030] driver: nvidia v: 460.91.03 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa 
           resolution: 3840x2160~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GT 1030/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.91.03 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 9 Series Family HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP108 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel 
           Device-3: Logitech G930 type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-92-generic 
Network:   Device-1: Intel Ethernet I218-V driver: e1000e 
           IF: eno1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 5.17 TiB used: 3.21 TiB (62.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EZRZ-00Z5HB0 size: 1.82 TiB 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EARX-00PASB0 size: 1.82 TiB 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EACS-00D6B1 size: 931.51 GiB 
           ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Maxtor model: 6V320F0 size: 298.09 GiB 
           ID-5: /dev/sde vendor: Samsung model: SSD 830 Series size: 119.24 GiB 
           ID-6: /dev/sdf vendor: Kingston model: SV300S37A240G size: 223.57 GiB 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 116.38 GiB used: 35.67 GiB (30.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sde5 
           ID-2: /home size: 293.29 GiB used: 94.08 GiB (32.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdd1 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 45 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0% 
Info:      Processes: 382 Uptime: 23h 09m Memory: 31.30 GiB used: 9.66 GiB (30.9%) Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.38 
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raddevus

Cool, learned a new command. Thanks for posting.

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Jan Küster

Desktop PC, i5, 32G RAM, nvme SSD, Nvidia GPU, 32" monitor, Logitech MX keys (wireless plus backlight and superbe typing feeling) and Logitech trackball mouse.

Os: Xubuntu 20.04 LTS

I will upgrade to a larger SSD but I will keep Xubuntu since it's lightweight and xfce is such a clean, yet customizable desktop and Ubuntu is just great in terms of compatibility

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Muzhawir Amri
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X260
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6300U
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • OS: Linux OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
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AdhirajBhatia

My laptop ‘s details :
• HP EliteBook 745 G4
• Processor : AMD Pro A12-8830B
• Memory : 216 GB SSD & 500 GB HDD
• Graphics : AMD ATI Radeon R5/R6/R7
• Operating System : Pop! OS
This Laptop is perfect for me !

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Calin Baenen

One that has 0% of its root partition space left!

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Joe Mainwaring

My primary device is a 15" Macbook Pro, 2018 edition.

I also have a home workstation, a 2019 Mac Mini with 32GB of ram.

And for when I don't want to haul around the heavy laptop, I have a 11" iPad Pro/keyboard that I pair with Codespaces & Coder

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Roneo.org

Thinkpad x230 i7 16Go
OS: Debian + Gnome
Rocksolid!

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Kanishka

System 76 Lemur Pro, Ubuntu

I love it. I may try to go even further into foss and sustainability, and find laptops with trisquel preinstalled, with stronger pledges similar to fairphone's sourcing pledges.

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Lucian I. Last

Laptop:

  • Thinkpad X230
  • LinuxMint Xfce

Desktop:

  • Custom build i5 GTX 1050
  • EndeavourOS
  • Runs as my Linux gaming machine as well
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PNS11

The Elitebook series is OK so far, decent Debian/Ubuntu support for both machine and dock. 16 GB or more of RAM is more important than anything else if there's good Linux and docking support, because databases, browsers, frontend builds and whatnot I'd like to keep running locally and in parallel.

Screen on the laptop doesn't matter much, neither does keyboard, since almost all the time I'm in an armchair with a cheap touchpad-equipped bluetooth keyboard and watching external monitors. Most monitors can render text just fine when ambient light is easy to control, and I never do sophisticated graphical design so colour precision matters little to me.

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Solbypan4

Programming doesn't take much: it's essentially writing text. Compiling or executing code is not a resource-intensive task by modern standards either. That is why almost any computer is suitable for coding. My choice was not only for work but also for other tasks like playing games. According to this article, I chose Intel Core i5-11400/ processor Intel KF vs K: What are their differences? My accessories list includes MBS 1200, DDR 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, M.2 NVMe SSD 250GB, SATA SSD 1.0TB. This is what I already chose for my future PC.

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Bartholomew Allen

Windows PC (I'd say it's on the higher end):

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
MOB: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
SSD: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB VENTUS 3X OC Video Card

I love my machine, ironically I bought all the parts at the end of my honeymoon lol. I am still in the early stages of getting it to become the ultimate Software Development Workstation (Installing all of the IDE's and enabling WSL2/Docker). Right now I use it occasion for gaming and smaller mundane tasks. I am a Windows Fan boy ( I don't bash other operating systems I think all have their benefits/perks)

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silkroad

I'm running Windows on:

  • i5 3570
  • NVidia GTX 1050 TI
  • 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
  • 500 GB Samsung Evo 870
  • Dual monitors (if that counts)

Not the best machine, and I'm going to upgrade at least the RAM in the future, but it gets the job done. Usually. Most jobs.

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Piyush Kumar Baliyan

I have a pretty average setup, provided by my company.
Lenovo Legion 5
i5-10300H
16GB RAM
GTX 1060

Works well
Only cons are - 2h battery on full cpu usage, 2.3kg of weight.

Never faced issue regarding performance.

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Shrey Dabhi

Work system: MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

  • Processor: 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4 GB

Personal System: Lenovo Legion 5

  • Processor: i7-10750H 10th Gen
  • Memory: 16GB 2933 MHz DDR4
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB

Even though I have a 24 inch monitor, I prefer a full sized laptop and I tend to move around the house even while working. From whatever laptops I have used till date I love the touchpads on the mac and the keyboards on Thinkpad T-series / current gen Legion laptops the most. I was thinking about switch from Windows 10 to a linux distro on my personal system, but I am just being too lazy as I don't use it that often for development.

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Vicente Reyes

I use

  • Late 2014 Mac Mini
  • 2.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Intel Iris 1536 MB

I also currently use(while living with his 2nd family temporarily) and upgraded my dad's windows 10 machine which now runs on 12GB Ram and 1TB HDD. I find it a little irritating that using a mac from this windows machine is differentl lol

Planning to get a 16GB Mac Book Pro M1 by march when my uncle visits from Virginia

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Andreas Sommarström • Edited on

For work: Macbook Pro (2018 version if I recall correctly). More than a little in love with it - always silent and works well both when used as a laptop as well as when connected to external monitor.

For home: HP Spectre x360 with 4K screen. Surprisingly good, not nearly as silent as the Macbook which is a shame.

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Arsen Mazmanyan

Currently I'm using Xiaomi RedmiBook 13.3, Ryzen edition, with R7-4700U, 16GB ram, 1TB PCle SSD, Running on Ubuntu 21.10

I'm satisfied with it. It's a minimal laptop, it doesn't have a backlit and a camera, but I don't care about them. I like the keyboard, the size and the performance.

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Haris Secic

Work: what company gives me - so far Windows based laptops lates one being Dell Precision 5560 i9 32GB ram.

Desktop:
Ryzen 1700
48GB RAM
490GB Kingston + 1TB Kingston NVMe + Crucial 500GB SSD
Windows with WSL because my wife use it and dual boot is boring + I do like to think I will game sometimes

Private laptop: HP Envy x360 Ryzen 4800u 16GB ram. Used to be Fedora but having problems connecting to certain WiFi spots got angry and installed Windows 11. Daily regret it but at least WiFi works properly with rotation for tablet mode and fingerprint.

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Siddharth

Right now, use a iMac. It's really old (late 2012), but it has served me (and my dad) well. Running Catalina.

Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512 MB

For my current programming needs it performs great. Will stay in the Apple Ecosystem, I don't trust Microsoft 🤣

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pontakornth

MacBook Pro 2020 (not M1)

My family bought it just few months before M1 was released. I really needed a computer as soon as possible because the university was going to start. I also needed a notebook because I needed to bring it to the classroom. The programming class was not online at that time. We could still go the university.

I might consider getting a new notebook if I discover my career path. I love Macbook but I really want to use and rice Linux. If I go for app development, I have to use Marcbook because I need it for iOS app. If I go for game development, I need to use Windows because it's for the majority of gamers. I can probably use Linux for other paths.

I am going to use this Macbook until it breaks.

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Holy-Elie Scaïde

My main is a Mac Mini M1 with 16GB of ram. My alt is a Macbook Air M1 with 16 GB too. I ran into an issue with the battery on my previous Macbook (overheating). Which is why I’m a little afraid to keep the MBA plugged in all the time.

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G. Tuazon

Desktop

  • CPU: 3.4 GHz Intel core i5-4670K Haswell
  • RAM: 16GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 (8GB x2)
  • GPU: MSI nVidia GTX 1070
  • Storage: WD 500GB HDD, WD 1TB HDD
  • OS: Win 10

Laptop

  • Model: ASUS RoG G501j
  • CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel core i7-4720HQ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 960M
  • Storage: WD Blue 1TB SSD
  • OS: Win 10

I have four PCs and one tablet in total. The tablet being a Microsoft Surface 7, which I use as a reader and for Cisco Academy classes (got Packet Tracer and Wireshark installed). The two PCs shown above is what I use for web and software development only. Both running WSL and utilizing it to create a local server to run and test my websites.

My current work desktop was previously a gaming rig until I built another one earlier last year with hard-to-find parts (took me months to find them). As of now, I just bought an SSD for the work desktop to make things a bit faster and I need to acquire a TPM 2.0 module to make it run Win 11 (if that's possible since it's an older rig).

I did mentioned I have four PCs. Last two are just for fun; the newly-built gaming rig and an old IBM ThinkPad R31 laptop running Win 98. I use the ThinkPad to run DOS and Win 9x games.

Lastly, I have a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian and Ubuntu. This is for fun projects and code I want to tinker with.

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Liviu Lupei • Edited on

MacBook Pro from 2019.
macbook

I'm satisfied with it.

But it does get a bit noisy when I do a high-resolution screen recording or when I use PhpStorm.

I just don't understand why a small part of the charging cable is slowly turning yellow.

Anyone else facing that issue? I guess I could just google it.

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Randall • Edited on

For work I use a MacBook pro provided by my employer. I'd have to boot it up to see the specifics, but it has an Intel i9 and 32gb RAM and is close to top-of-the-line.

For personal use, which I also use for hobby programming, I'm using a Windows 11 PC with:

CPU: Intel i7-11700k
Memory: 32 GB 3200 MHz
Graphics: NVIDIA 3080-Ti

I'm satisfied with both (though I'm having some weird issues on the personal one that seem related to Windows 11, hopefully those get ironed out). As a JavaScript developer both of these could probably be considered overkill. You can do JS development just fine on much lower spec hardware. The most important things in my opinion are an SSD and at least two monitors, preferably 1440p or 4k resolution. Then just throw in at least 8 GB RAM and you should get a pretty good development experience!

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Jakub Stibůrek

Desktop PC with AMD ryzen 5, 32GB ram, Geforce 2070. I built it myself to play games, then I started learning programming. Now I work full-time as a JS developer and have no time to play PC games. So I've put Ubuntu on the machine and use it only for work. I hope I'll get back to gaming and either buy a laptop for work or just dual boot this machine.

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Aneeqa Khan

I use MacBook Pro with these specs

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018)
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB It works pretty fine for react native development
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MakarandPundlik

Model: HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15-dk0xxx
RAM: 8192 MB DDR4
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz
SSD: SAMSUNG MZVLB256HAHQ-000H1 256 GB
HDD: ST1000LM049-2GH172 1TB
Graphic Card: Nvdia GTX 1050 4GB
OS: Windows 10 pro, Ubuntu 20.04

More than sufficient for web development, software development
Thank You :)

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Waylon Walker • Edited on

At home I use a 10 year old Gateway FX6860 desktop running ubuntu and awesomewm. This year she got brand new 16GB of DDR3 and a 500GB ssd and she is running great again. It runs all my web dev and example data pipelines like a champ, with zero issues. Runs Minecraft super well to play with the kids.

10 year old Gateway FX6860.
processor: 8 core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Memory: 16GB DDR3
Graphics: old AMD radeon

neofetch

At work I have a failrly rediculous laptop. I do far more multitasking on it, so it does get used to its potential, but the difference to the 10yr old deskop is not off the chart. The one thing I really notice a serious bump in is video processing, obs/kdenlive.

Here she is on her 10 year birthday, getting ready for a solid cleanup.

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Tai Vu

I've just switch from a Windows PC to a laptop Asus vivobook.
Specs: i5 1135g7+ 16GB ram
OS: Ubuntu 20.04
It's enough for me until now.

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Matt

My specs

  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i9 @ 3.60GHz
  • RAM: 64.0GB Dual-Channel RAM @ 1600MHz
  • Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. PRIME Z490-A (LGA1200)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER ( MSI )
  • Storage: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 2TB
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Rex • Edited on

I recently upgraded my 5 years old pc from i7 6700k to AMD 5900x, replacing only the cpu and motherboard.

Everything is so fast, saves a lot of time.

The rest of the spec: M.2 512MB SSD, 16G 2666M, a Das Keyboard and benq 2700u and a so so Nvidia 960 video card. A special mentioning is the fanless power supply, making the pc running absolutely silently.

Very happy with the setup. The 5 years old components may look a little under for the new CPU, but they are more than enough for coding.

For laptop, I own this OLED Lenovo Yoga X1 with 16GB RAM, can handle coding on the go. But I usually use it to remote into the main pc, it is a loving experience. Screen is beautiful.

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Ben Sinclair

Work-provided:
Macbook Pro 2019 or 2020 (unknown specs, I don't care enough to look but probably an i7/16GB/512GB)

It's horrible to use but has a few good features like the webcam and microphone being above-par for a laptop, and it's the only machine allowed on my work VPN so it's the Zoom and Docker machine as far as I'm concerned and I connect to it remotely from a proper computer, via web, ssh and barrier.

I technically use it for software development but that's as a server.

Personal:

  1. Thinkpad T410 2nd gen i5, upgraded with 12GB RAM and a 480GB SSD. This is starting to show its age (badly-optimised websites like Reddit slow to a crawl after a while) but does everything I need. If I get some money together I might replace it in a year or two.

It runs Arch, btw.

  1. Ryzen 5600/16GB desktop PC, running Windows 10 (ugh), with two monitors. I use the old 22" monitor for web browsers and the decent 24" monitor for terminal apps using tmux (I mostly stay in Vim all day tbh)

I would run Linux on this but I need Windows for Oculus stuff, which I've been enjoying during "compiling..." breaks.

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Atharva Shirdhankar

My Device :
HP 15
Intel 8 gen i5 processor with integrated GPU
1 TB HDD
8 GB ram
That's it😅

Web Development stuff it does quite easily but when I try to do some Android Development using Android Studio it gives lag few a times cause of emulator so I started using real mobile for testing my Android apps.

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Chad Alen • Edited on

I use 2.

Laptop

  • 2020 MacBook Air M1 16GB RAM 1TB SSD

Desktop (Custom Gaming PC)

  • CPU + GPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700g
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 11

I'm starting to like Windows 11 more with WSL 2. That way I can still play games but use Linux as my main environment for programming. Don't have to dual-boot or use a virtual machine which is nice.

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Alin Pisica

Main station:

  • i5 9400F
  • 16GB RAM
  • RTX 2060 Super 8GB
  • two 1TB SSDs and one 512GB SSD With 2 monitors:
  • 32 inch curved FHD as main display
  • 24 inch FHD

Laptop: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 2.8k OLED
The laptop is used only when traveling or school.

Mostly, for the things I do, they work perfectly. I wouldn't say no to any upgrade, as long as they pay for themselves. Wouldn't buy something new right now just to game on it or to have it sit somewhere.

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Sumit Arora

MacBook: Pro (16-inch, 2019)
Processor: 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7
Memory: 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

I switched to using MacBook in 2012 and have been using them since then. This is my 2nd laptop. Don't have any complaints I am fully satisfied with it.

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Eljay-Adobe • Edited on

For my work, I use: iMac Pro, iMac, iMac, Mac mini (M1), MacBook Pro, and Puget running Windows. (These are work's machines, not mine.)

For fun, I use: iMac Pro, a half-dozen Raspberry Pi, and two Arduino. In the dusty closet, I have two dozen machines that span 30 years.

I'm considering getting a Dell XPS 13 Laptop Developer Edition, with all the available upgrades for CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, and LCD. (The "Developer Edition" has Ubuntu preloaded.)

I like Unix. I like Macintosh, because it's Unix. I like Linux. I also like Windows, and I am impressed that Microsoft has done an impressive job bringing WSL to the platform. On all platforms I primarily use Vim. I also use Xcode and Visual Studio. For .NET fun, I use Visual Studio for Mac and write F#. (I write small hobby projects in .NET. I've been out of the Java ecosystem for 15+ years; nothing against Java and JVM though, fine language & platform as well.)

I'm cautiously looking forward to the ARM becoming personal computer mainstream. I like to point out that Microsoft had the Surface RT running Windows RT out on the market a full decade before Apple. Successful product...? Well, perhaps not.

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Gualtiero Frigerio

I'm using my 16" Intel MacbookPro, still haven't upgraded to Apple Silicon.
In the past I used to have an iMac and a Macbook, now I prefer owning only one machine so there's the Macbook and an external display at my desk.
I see two advantages of having only one machine: the first is avoiding configuring and updating software and libraries twice, the second is I have more budget to spend on a single machine, so I don't have to compromise on the laptop or the desktop.
I'm an iOS developer so I'll stay on the Mac in the future.

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Pandademic

My details:

  • HP pavilion 15" 2020
  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 CPU @ 1.00GHz 1.19 GHz
  • 8.00 GB
  • some intel graphics
  • wacom bamboo ink Windows :( - which is the only thing i am dissatisfied about (love linux and macos) i have to do a lot of stuff to even come close for functionality
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Evaldas Buinauskas

Just got MBP16 with Max, it'll take time getting used to it and its shortcuts, but the thing is beast.

Rust compilation times went down significantly compared to my previous machine, battery life is also sick.

It's my fist Mac and I might stick with it for a while.

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Kinanee Samson

Acer
14"