What's new in the laptop processor market?
Apple has recently released laptops with ARM-based M1, M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max system-on-chip modules. These chips have excellent single-core performance and battery life. AMD has also made significant inroads into the laptop CPU market, with its 6th and 7th-generation Ryzen CPUs capturing around 20% of the market. Meanwhile, Intel's latest 13th-generation Core processors have already been released, but 12th-generation Core CPUs are still great for those who don't need cutting-edge performance.
Why do you need a fast CPU for JS?
How to know if a processor is fast?
To compare processors across different price points, I use Cinebench R23. There are also other benchmarks available, such as PassMark or 3DMark, that can be used instead. These tests are especially useful when evaluating gaming laptops.
What's your budget?
Table of recommended processors by price range
|Processor||Price Range||Recommended For|
|i3-1115G4||Under $500||Basic programming tasks, browsing, and light applications|
|i5-1135G7||$500-$1000||Mid-range programming tasks, running multiple applications simultaneously|
|i7-11370H||Over $1000||Heavy programming tasks, running virtual machines, and demanding applications|
Power up your code with the right graphics card
The discontinuation of the Max-Q label for Nvidia's RTX graphics cards has led to a wide variance in graphics performance for laptops with the same GPU chipset. To determine a laptop's graphics performance, I recommend looking for 3DMark scores or laptop reviews that include benchmarks for graphics performance.
For programming, you don't need a high-performance laptop. Still, if you're looking for a gaming laptop, make sure it has a high refresh rate display (144Hz+) and an Nvidia G-Sync/AMD FreeSync module. These technologies help reduce screen tearing and stuttering when gaming at high framerates.
Here's a table of recommended GPUs and average laptop prices:
|GeForce GTX 1650||$600-$900|
|GeForce RTX 3050||$900-$1200|
|GeForce RTX 2060||$1200+|
While RAM speed is not as important as it used to be, DDR5 is still the latest and most efficient memory technology. However, it's important to note that DDR5 is still quite expensive and needs time to mature as a technology. So, for most developers, DDR4 is more than enough.
Other factors to consider when selecting RAM include latency and frequency. Lower latency and higher frequency RAM will provide slightly better performance, but the difference is minimal and not noticeable for most users.
When it comes to budget, you can expect to pay more for laptops with higher amounts of RAM. For those on a tight budget, a minimum of 8 GB should suffice. However, we recommend investing in at least 16 GB if possible. And for those who want a laptop that can last for years to come, consider getting one with upgradable RAM (not soldered).
- Processor: i3-1115G4
- Graphics: GeForce GTX 1650
- Memory: 8 GB
- HP Victus 15t: $900
- Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: $1,350
- ASUS ROG Strix Scar: $2,310
- ASUS ROG Strix Scar G733CX-XS97: $3,800
1.HP Victus 15The HP Victus 15 strikes a balance between affordability and performance, making it a great value proposition for budget gamers.
- Excellent price
- Good gaming performance
- Sturdy build and essential ports
- Bad battery life
- Rather plain design
The HP Victus 15 offers solid gaming performance and a decent 15.6-inch display with sharp visuals. Its affordable price, sturdy build, and essential ports make it a good option for budget gamers. However, the laptop suffers from poor battery life and a plain design.
- Delivers smooth gameplay at 1080p.
- Fast SSD.
- No variable refresh rate (VRR) to reduce screen tearing.
- Some performance loss on CPU under load.
- Lightweight and well-built design
- Good selection of inputoutput ports
- Options for high refresh rate and high-resolution displays
- More powerful than the previous generation
- Some quirks affecting everyday ergonomics
- Ports mostly concentrated on the left edge
- Be cautious of the FHD 144Hz display option
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro 16
- Stylish, sleek form factor
- Gorgeous display
- Webcam quality is poor
- Lacks biometric features
3.Lenovo Legion Pro 5The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 offers great value for mid-tier programming with its solid build quality and performance, but falls short in areas like battery life and speakers.
- Good build quality and design
- Good screen and IO
- Competent CPU with multiple GPU options
- Competitively priced
- No Thunderbolt or biometrics
- Obvious hotspots while gaming
- Poor speakers
- So-so battery life
Lenovo Legion Pro 5
- Strong performance for the price
- Quality build and port selection
- Display quality is just decent
- Battery life is not impressive
4.Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16: A powerful and sleek gaming laptop with excellent performance and value for its price.
- Strong overall performance
- Big, bright, and fast display
- Per-key RGB lighting
- Some flex to keyboard deck
- Poor battery life
The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16 impresses with its powerful i9-13900HX processor and RTX 4090 graphics card, delivering exceptional gaming performance at a slightly lower price than its competitors. While it may have some limitations in terms of GPU performance and battery life, it remains a solid choice for those seeking a high-end gaming laptop.
HP Omen 17
- QHD display with 165 Hz
- Expandable working memory
- Slightly below-average performance for a RTX 4080
- High noise level
|HP Victus 15||$880|
|ASUS TUF Dash F15||$1,160|
|Lenovo Legion Pro 5||$2,630|
|Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16||$3,390|