Best Laptops for Programmers 2020

Indepth guide of how to pick a laptop for software development.

As a professional programmer for over a decade, I talk about what specifically you should look for in a programming laptop.

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50 Comments

  1. PooBlock on November 1, 2021 at 10:02 am

    why isn’t the razer book 13 in there



  2. TD 24x7 on November 1, 2021 at 10:03 am

    God switch to dark mode. Every ide has that option.



  3. shoe pm on November 1, 2021 at 10:06 am

    You didn’t talked that almost every laptop from X1 carbon to everyone literally heats up so much that the very idea of laptop ie, keeping your machine on lap while working is virtually impossible these days



  4. ImperialArmour on November 1, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Many of the models you recommended are on Intel processors, however AMD Ryzen processors are not only more powerful but markedly cheaper. Could you please share further thoughts on this.



  5. mus ic on November 1, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Hi Sir, Could you answer me about Laptop: ThinkBook 14 G2 Ryzen7,able to update ram (40gb) which can help me for learning CS?



  6. Nirvana on November 1, 2021 at 10:08 am

    14 vs 16 inch MacBook Pro? I currently have a 13.3 inch laptop and it’s way too small to code comfortably. Would the 14.2 inch MacBook be a noticeable step up or should I just go for the 16 inch?
    The 4.7 pound weight of the 16 inch is making me leaning towards the 14 inch slightly.



  7. Lin Joss on November 1, 2021 at 10:10 am

    This is awesome!



  8. Priest on November 1, 2021 at 10:13 am

    What do you think would be a good laptop for an author with some gaming on the side? (Sub $1000)



  9. GamerTechKid on November 1, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Hey Josh, can you do an updated video about this?



  10. AdamSpice on November 1, 2021 at 10:15 am

    buy lenovo



  11. Abu hamza Rahim on November 1, 2021 at 10:15 am

    So..like how do I convince my parents to buy me a MacBook when they just bought me an iPhone 13 pro🤡



  12. Yildiz Bünyamin on November 1, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Can you pls do another video what programming laptop is your top choice for 2021 ? Thank you josh we love your videos



  13. Omar Alhussari on November 1, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I have the Razer Blade 15 Early 2020, RTX 2070

    And boy doesn’t it literally destroy all macs.
    I mean Yes it doesn’t open up apps in 0.001 seconds but it does that in 0.01 secs. That sacrifice is exchanged with Ultra Power and a very good cooling system. 16 GBs of RAM and a powerful gaming machine on weekends. Don’t forget the Chroma Keyboard hehe.
    ~Python, CSS, Html, JavaScript Programmer



  14. J A on November 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    For the save keep it up man



  15. Atharva Kadam on November 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    After a Year of exploration I finally got the right answer! 😭 Thanks Bro



  16. lakshmi prasanna boppudi on November 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Such a worst review????? i hate APPLE. If it don’t allow basic operations like USB support, upload or copy to pendrive options not support, its mere like GARBAGE for me. APPLE is STUPID company.



  17. Katie Neko on November 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

    I’m currently between Aero and Lenovo. Any of the lenovos really. I’m going into CS this year and want something that I won’t try to bash through a wall bc it’s constantly buffering. I’m also looking for a backlight on the keyboard bc I’m a night owl. Anyone got suggestions?



  18. Khardu Rigore on November 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

    You spent less time on CPU, RAM, and Storage and more on the other, not that critical parts. Everyone knows 16 GB RAM is better than 8 GB, but what about factors that make certain types of RAMs and CPUs better than others of the same size. I was expecting that you would go over the mechanics of how the code is moved and processed among these three components, which one of these plays the most part.



  19. MD on November 1, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Programming first need the working brain , then the tools and machine



  20. Strategy Guru on November 1, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Haha having 2 degrees in Computer Science you can’t get a good placement and now living on YouTube. There is a limit for over action too. Get well soon Mr. 2 Degree holder



  21. Glarity on November 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I was going to watch the video and then I saw you use a light theme…



  22. Strategy Guru on November 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Usually, nobody will set the display to 175%, It is 125% standard for it, If you set it to 200%, it will show only 40 lines of code. Don’t make us fool by your nasty tactics, Idiot.



  23. Vannela Pochiaha on November 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Which one best a programmer laptop or pc..?



  24. Aung Cham Myint on November 1, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Can I run php on i3 or amd Ryzen 5



  25. Alonso Bueno Aranda on November 1, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Is an M1 macbook air right?



  26. vankyre on November 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Hey Josh! You’ll probably never see this comment but I just want to say that I learn so much in your videos – it helps that you have actual programming experience to understand the real tech needs of programmers in the field. Watching other tech Youtubers like MKBHD, LinuxTechTips, Hardware Canucks and others are great, but you’re the only one I really value in terms of figuring out which computer to look for and which specifications to focus on. Love your content, keep up the great work!



  27. scott22v on November 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    I say go for the heavier laptop with heavier charging adapters. That’s the only exercise some of ya’ll get, is carrying your gear around.



  28. Sela Jati on November 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Lu koq mirip anis baswedan ya



  29. Stephen S on November 1, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I see what you did there with context switching. Lol for those of you that didn’t get it, it’s a multithreading joke look it up



  30. Strategy Guru on November 1, 2021 at 10:29 am

    People like the keyboard with more key travel, Here also you are trying to fool us by saying a con as a pro. How dumb you are. Capacitive touch keyboards on laptops like XPS 11 have 0 key travel, do you like that?? Stupid



  31. Gaurab Gain on November 1, 2021 at 10:33 am

    my step by step recommendation –
    1) purchase a cheap windows with a 1080p ips display
    2) upgrade the ram and ssd to the highest capacity.. look for ram & ssd upgradeability before purchasing..
    3) install any linux distro with xfce as desktop environment..



  32. lucas marrero on November 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

    MacBook Air M1 8 RAM 256 ssd or MacBook Pro M1 8 RAM 256 SSD
    in my country there is no stock with more memory. which one do you tell me?



  33. Joseph Anthony on November 1, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Linux ??



  34. Michał S on November 1, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Thinkpad touchpads are awful



  35. TwinTurbo Ray on November 1, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Why do people think "programmers" need special hardware?



  36. G Yes yes on November 1, 2021 at 10:43 am

    I’ve AMD CELCON PROCESSER, is this suitable for python programming



  37. Abdel Aesus on November 1, 2021 at 10:45 am

    This guy is on another level 🔥. Thanks for that review. So much quality that I subscribed even though I don’t feel the need to.
    Just one thing, bro: Xcode is not a language lol. I believe it’s just slip of the tongue



  38. jawad telleih on November 1, 2021 at 10:48 am

    We need updates



  39. Konstantinos Vakouftsis on November 1, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Any opinion about this laptop? Huawei MateBook D16. Will be used mostly for programming



  40. Blixten McDave on November 1, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Don’t you want a num-pad?



  41. Johan Handoko on November 1, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Waiting for the next video about this!



  42. Philip Mørch on November 1, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I hope you don’t actually use light mode



  43. Mhimida Amine on November 1, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Hey i really loved this video as it is really detailed and specific, thought I’m really interested in the HP envy 13 for programming (University) what do you think about this laptop ? is it worth buying for the job ?



  44. Ricardo Vergara on November 1, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Amazing review as always. Thanks for bring this kind of content :muscle



  45. Prasadaraju Sagiraju on November 1, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Can you suggest the best laptops for programmers in 2021



  46. Ahmad Alsarraj on November 1, 2021 at 10:57 am

    The main question is : “ will you ever start programming??? ”



  47. Sarah C on November 1, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Me an Engineering major: Sells MacBook cuz nothing can be downloaded with iOS
    CS experts: Mac good good for programming 👍👍
    ALSO Me about to minor CS: 👁👄👁



  48. Aj Browning on November 1, 2021 at 10:59 am

    He sounds like a British Michael reeves



  49. Viet Khoi on November 1, 2021 at 11:00 am

    can thinkpad t480s run well android studio ???



  50. Fabien Boythias on November 1, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Get a Mac.