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What's the best current 'bang-for-buck' portable developer's workstation??

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  • Until recently, I was using a borrowed ASUS G53SW (i7 quad-core@2Ghz, 8gigs ram, SSD boot drive) and it ran VS2012 "OK" under windows 8 (maybe a tad sluggish compiling!)

    Now I need to buy a new workstation, and I'd PREFER it to be a notebook.

    Touchscreen, and as much compiling power as possible (without breaking the bank!) - is there anything out there for $1000-1500 ?

    What is everyone else using? I don't see too many touchscreen notebooks with quad-core i7s.

    Anyone comment on the relative performance of an i5, or various AMD processors perhaps?

    As far as recent machines go - I've only ever used the i7 quad, and a 2012 Mac mini dual core (which was a real slug under boot camp).. before that i was running a dual core Athlon (a couple years back).

    Is the quad-core (8 threads) really getting put to good use with VS2012 express?

    Is there really that much of a performance difference between any of these modern 2 to 3 Ghz machines? (i5, i7, etc)

    (If there is I might have to bite the bullet and put together a desktop system... would prefer something portable though!)

    I have played around with the simulator, but i think there is no substitute for a real touch screen, and thats really limiting my notebook options at present!

    All comments and suggestions are gratefully appreciated!

    • Changed type Jesse Jiang Thursday, January 03, 2013 2:16 AM
    Monday, December 31, 2012 8:35 AM

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  • There must be something wrong with that quad core i7 system if it was "sluggish" in VS2012. I use a Samsung Series 7 slate (dual core i5 with external kb, mouse, and monitor for development) and it runs VS2012 fine.
    Monday, December 31, 2012 6:51 PM
  • Hi,

    This forum is talking about Windows Store App programming. I think this question has less relationship with programming. I will change type as discussion.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Best regards,
    Jesse


    Jesse Jiang
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    Wednesday, January 02, 2013 2:38 AM
  • There must be something wrong with that quad core i7 system if it was "sluggish" in VS2012. I use a Samsung Series 7 slate (dual core i5 with external kb, mouse, and monitor for development) and it runs VS2012 fine.

    Well, "a tad sluggish" just means slower than i expected. Could just be the honkin big project I was working with!

    Anyway, as fate had it, i ended up seeing a DELL Inspiron 7720 on sale, so jumped on that and ordered one. Will be putting in a 256G SSD - i'm under the impression fast HD and lots of RAM are both helpful to speed up VS2012 - as well as the quad-core (8-thread) i7...

    dis da beeest  :-)

    3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB cache, up to 3.4Ghz)
    17.3" Full High Definition (1080p) LED Display with Anti-Glare
    8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD + 32GB mSATA SSD w/ Intel Smart Response
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB
    8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum
    48 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth
    Skullcandy Speakers with WaveMaxx 4.0
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    English Backlit Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth

    Will post VS2102 results when time permits...

    Sunday, January 06, 2013 7:01 AM
  • I always use a desktop for app development.

    I run an AMD 4.2GHz processor with 8GB RAM.


    n.Wright

    Monday, January 07, 2013 4:33 PM