It's true that most successful programs are all thanks to the coder's skills and abilities. However, a big part of that success also needs to be attributed to the machines themselves. Writing codes and understanding delicate computer language is a must-have for programmers, but so does having a reliable laptop that can speed up tasks and processes. 

Programming is stressful as it is; you don't want a slow unit to add up. Here are the finest portable computers you can purchase in this day and age.

1. Acer Aspire A314-32-C3D3

Best cheap laptop for programming students

Price from SGD556.00

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CPU:  Intel Pentium N5000 | Graphics: Intel® - UHD Graphics 605 | Memory: 4GB | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 14 inches | Weight: 1.65 kg

We all start somewhere, and when it comes to programming, that skill usually starts in school. However, it also means you or your parents are most likely on a tight budget due to the tuition fees rising every year. Good thing though is that we have the Acer Aspire A314-32-C3D3 for you. 

For starters, it's equipped with decent specs and just enough RAM (4GB) to operate programming tools such as CodeLite for beginners. Plus, it has a 1TB HDD storage to keep other files from other subjects, too. And with its reliable six-hour battery life, you're sure to make the most out of it in school.

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2. Dell XPS 13 9380

Best laptop for C++ programming

Price from SGD1,899.00

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CPU: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor | Graphics: Intel® UHD graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | Screen: 13.3 inches | Weight: 1.23 kg

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most portable laptops around its competition without compromising quality and performance. This unit boasts an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor paired with a 13.3-inch FHD InfinityEdge display that shows incredible imagery. 

It's also packed with 8GB of RAM and with a battery life of almost a day (21 hours in total)!  And to surprise you more, it only weighs 1.23 kilograms. It works particularly well C++ and other high-level languages.

3. HP ENVY 13-AH0029TU

Best laptop for Java and PLC programming

Price from SGD1,398.00

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CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor | Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 360GB SSD | Screen: 13.3 inches | Weight: 1.21 kg

Catching up with countless lines of codes is no easy task, and you'll need a reliable system to do that. Lucky for you, there's the HP ENVY 13-AH0029TU. 

The second laptop on our list is an excellent choice for both Java and PLC programming due to its speedy processor with Turbo Boost technology. It assures you won't have sudden freezes or lags after writing several lines of codes. 

This laptop also boasts a 10-hour battery life on heavy use. That's possible due to its 13.3-inch display and massive 4-cell Li-ion battery. But what makes it a champ is its weight. It's the lightest machine of bunch and ideal for programmers who are always on the go.

4. Lenovo ThinkPad E470

Best laptop for AI programming

Price from SGD1,269.00

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CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor | Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 620 Discrete | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 14 inches | Weight: 1.87 kg

One of the most sought-after laptops today is the Lenovo ThinkPad E470 and with good reason. This machine can easily be a programmer's best friend not only due to its decent specs for its low price but extra security features.

The E470 has a built-in fingerprint reader that allows you to securely and, at the same time, conveniently lock your laptop. It's crucial to secure your work, especially when dealing with AI programming, which is highly prized today. 

Aside from its security measures, you'll also appreciate its chiclet and highly responsive keyboard. It's ergonomic, allowing you to write code without stressing your hands.

5. HP Pavilion 14-ce1020tx

Best laptop for programming and graphic design

Price from SGD1,799.00

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CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8565U Processor | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Screen: 14 inches | Weight: 1.6 kg

Programming and graphic design have always been a common pair for most tech-savvy individuals. If you're one of those guys who love to work on programs and on creating graphics as well, then the HP Pavilion 14-ce1020tx won't disappoint.

This computer has 16GB of RAM, so you'll never feel any lag while working on imageries. It also has a powerful Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor to run graphics creation tools such as Adobe Photoshop with ease. 

And although it only has a 14-inch display, it has a full HD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit screen with a thin bezel, allowing you to still see your masterpiece at its best.

6. MSI GE73 Raider

Best laptop for programming, video editing, gaming

Price from SGD2,399.00

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CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | Memory: 16GB | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | Screen: 17.3 inches | Weight: 2.89 kg

If you love video editing, programming, and gaming all at the same time, then you need a machine that's packed with heavy specs, and that's the MSI GE73 Raider. Although it's quite expensive when compared to the other laptops on this list, it does provide an exceptional lag-free experience that can run multiple programs smoothly.

It has powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card, allowing you to edit videos without any problem. Plus, with 16GB of ram, there's almost no chance of experiencing lag on most AAA titles. Perhaps, the only downside is that it weighs almost three kilograms.

7. ASUS ZenBook 14 UX431FA-AM055T

Best laptop for Linux programming and hacking

Price from SGD1,298.00

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CPU: 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor | Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 512GB SSD| Screen: 14 inches | Weight: 1.45 kg

Some of you who are in the more sophisticated end of the spectrum and would like to try hacking, then the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX431FA-AM055T is for you. This machine is Linux OS compatible. Although you have to install it on a different partition and have to perform a dual boot, it works smoothly. 

It's fast and has decent specs. But what makes it ideal is its 512GB of storage in SSD. That allows you to have sufficient space for both your Windows OS and Linux OS. And since it's in SSD, there's a lower risk of having corrupted files over time.

8. Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5"

Best laptop for Python programming

Price from SGD2,185.00

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CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U Processor | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | Screen: 13.5 inches | Weight: 1.55 kg

Here's an option for what we recommend to Python coders, Microsoft Surface Book 2. Since this language is mostly used for graphical user interfaces and web applications, it can be ideal to have a tablet-convertible laptop to easily present the outcome of your codes to your clients or workmates. 

It has great specs and can run multiple programs with ease. Although the battery life isn't that ideal, it's understandable since it’s a tablet convertible device.

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