Laptop for Python programming
Programming in Python is something wonderful, after all, with this special skill you are not only able to develop your own programs or even websites according to your own wishes and ideas, but you can also profit professionally from this know-how, after all, IT jobs are usually very well paid. In order to keep the joy of development in the long run, it is important that you have the right tools, for example in this case a high-quality laptop for Python programming.
Of course, it is also possible to develop complex and helpful Python programs on a desktop computer, but a programming laptop usually has many advantages, not only because you are much more mobile with it, but also because you are generally much more flexible with it. If you are at university, for example, because you are studying computer science, you are able to write the discussed programming code directly on the computer. Since one has the possibility to program everywhere in the world, a life as a digital nomad would be conceivable, since with a high-quality laptop one can both work and travel flexibly.
Test Results: Best Laptops for Python Development & Programming
Ranking First: Lenovo Yoga 730
- Excellent productivity performance
- Dual Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports
- Good build quality
- Great performance
- Battery life
Best Performance for a Python Development Laptop
With the Lenovo Yoga 730, you get a flat 13.3-inch device, in a very well manufactured aluminum case, which by and large is convincing. Mobility is on a high level thanks to the low weight and small case dimensions. The battery life is a bit annoying, as despite a 48 watt hour battery, the air is out after about five hours of video playback – in comparison: The predecessor model Yoga 720, with a battery of the same size, manages a video playback of over seven hours.
Lenovo’s usual keyboard offers a pleasant typing feel despite a short key travel. The mouse pad also feels cleanly processed and can be operated smoothly. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the right below the keyboard for quick and easy Windows login. Among other things, the hinge is important in a convertible – because if the display doesn’t lock securely and perfectly in the various positions, the quick-change artist is hardly usable. The Lenovo Yoga 730 scores here and also cuts a good figure in the so-called tent position and as a tablet – but the display tends to bounce when you touch the screen a bit too passionately.
At the heart of the Lenovo Yoga 730 beats an Intel Core i5-8550U (4.0 GHz) processor supported by 16 GB of memory. The files are stored on a 512 GByte SSD. Lenovo consistently takes the next step in terms of connectivity and now equips both built-in USB type C ports with the high-performance Thunderbolt protocol. Thus, external graphic cards and docking stations can be connected, among other things. Positive: A regular USB interface has also made it into the case – so USB sticks can be used without adapter madness and the stylus pen included in the scope of delivery can also be attached to the USB socket by means of a bracket.
The device achieved 5,930 points in the benchmark PCMark 7 test – almost 800 points more than our current 1st place in the best list (Toshiba Satellite Pro). The PCMark 7 benchmark indicates the overall system performance of a notebook – the higher the score, the more powerful the notebook is – meaning: The Lenovo Yoga 730’s performance ranges from simple office applications to basic image and video editing. Only with more complex video editing and gaming does the Yoga have to struggle a bit.
High contrast IPS panel
The 13.3 inch touch display (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) scores a good 77 out of 100 points in our test – made possible above all by the very good chessboard contrast of 215 to 1. The maximum brightness, with which disturbing light reflections can be counteracted, turns out a bit low for our taste – but is still within the acceptable range with 246 candelas per square meter.
Verdict: Best performance for a Python Developer Laptop
The Lenovo Yoga 730 completely convinces us in any test field – the 13.3-inch convertible achieves 9.8 out of 10 points. We find highlights in the workmanship and, thanks to a strong processor, also in the performance category. Positive: We didn’t notice any particular weaknesses during the test and a stylus pen is included in the scope of delivery – the quick-change artist plays out all of its tablet strengths with it.
Ranking Second: Acer Swift 7
- Best price-performance ratio
- Solid screen
- Good battery life
- Extremely thin and light
- No microSD card slot
Acer Swift 7: Best price-performance ratio for a Python Developer Laptop
The 2020 Swift 7 is the thinnest notebook in the world. At least that’s what the manufacturer, Acer, claims; we can neither confirm nor disprove this because we haven’t (yet) had every single laptop on the world market in our test lab. Either way, the Acer Swift 7’s dimensions are pretty impressive. Together with the slim feet, it only measures 9.7 millimeters at its thinnest point. At the “thickest point” this value only increases to 10.1 millimeters. In short: The Acer notebook is actually razor-thin. With 2.0 lbs., the weight is more than adequate for a 14 inch device. So there are hardly any better models for on the road if your primary concern is mobility.
Apparently, it’s enough for a decent battery with this slim design, as the battery life is quite impressive. In our Word scenario with a practical 200 candelas per square meter display brightness, the Acer Swift 7 reaches 704 minutes – that’s considerably more than 11 hours. Those who like to watch videos can do so for almost 10 hours at a stretch. If we increase the workload considerably and simulate this via PCMark 8, it’s still a bit more than 6 hours. All in all, these results make us very satisfied.
Nice case, weak input
The processing can also convince in the test. The materials used for the case are appropriate for the luxury segment and at the same time provide for a noble and high-end look. In addition, there is a high torsional stiffness (that’s what the term means); the frame can thus withstand quite a bit of force and only bends with difficulty. The clearly visible hinge, which doesn’t allow for convertible mode though, also turns out very stable in the test. The keyboard and touchpad in particular provide for minus points: Due to the Acer Swift 7’s extremely slim design, almost the entire stroke path on the keys is omitted. Accordingly, there is only minimal feedback when typing. However, we miss the click function in the basically suitable touchpad.
Acer Swift 7: Performance
For office and multimedia activities and Python development the installed hardware is easily sufficient. As the hardware heart, Acer uses the extremely energy-saving Intel Core i7-8500Y with a 2.5 GHz base rate and a maximum power dissipation of 4.5 watts. The CPU comes with a suitable GPU in the form of the HD Graphics 615. The processor has 16 GByte RAM and a 512 GByte SSD at its side. A WLAN chip, which supports the modern ac standard, Bluetooth and an LTE module provide extensive wireless connectivity.
However, when it comes to cable connections, Acer has to make proper arrangements – especially because of the low height. Only two USB 3.1 ports and the 3.5 mm jack plug are installed. Otherwise, there are no physical connections whatsoever. In office use, this naturally means that you have to carry numerous adapters with you, for example to connect a second monitor, a beamer or a simple USB stick. As there is also no docking possibility, the Swift 7 is unlikely to be used in serious business use.
The display of the Acer Swift 7 of the year 2018 is only halfway convincing in the test. The mirrored 14 inch screen only offers Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), which turns out surprisingly low for a Windows model in the price range. The laboratory readings are altogether okay, but don’t tear us away from our seats: The maximum brightness is a fairly good 305.1 candelas per square meter, while the chessboard contrast turns out rather weak with 157:1. On top of that, the brightness distribution over the panel surface is only mediocre in comparison to other devices.
If you consider that the new Acer Swift 7 comes at a pretty fair price, it doesn’t have too many weaknesses in our opinion. Thus, Acer simply offers too much for the money they want.
Conclusion: Best proce performance ratio for a Python Dev Laptop
The new Acer Swift 7 presents itself as an absolute machine in the test. On the credit side we find an incredibly thin case, low weight and strong battery runtimes. Both the solid equipment, which leads to good performance, as well as the comparatively above-average display enhance the overall picture. On top of that comes a very fair price, which the Swift 7 can easily live up to. A really great Laptop for all programmers, Python developers included.
Ranking Third: Lenovo Thinkpad E590
- Business-grade security features
- Very good battery life
- Simplistic design
- Incredible keyboard
- Display could be better
Lenovo: Great Laptop for Python Developers
The scope of delivery is manageable. In the box you’ll find the ThinkPad E590 with a USB-C charger and some paperwork. It consists of a warranty booklet and the setup guide.
Classic design, good workmanship
There are no surprises in the ThinkPad E590’s design. It’s instantly recognizable as a ThinkPad. There are also no surprises in the material. The notebook is predominantly made of a robust and torsionally stiff plastic. You won’t find any creaking spots here.
In comparison to the current thin bezel notebooks, the display frames look relatively unfashionable. However, they fit the device and underline the robust impression that the ThinkPad E590 makes. In the upper display frame you’ll find the 720p webcam and on the lower frame a Lenovo logo and the type designation.
Because the ThinkPad comes with a number pad, the touchpad is slightly offset to the left. But that doesn’t disturb typing in any way. It does its job perfectly. There’s nothing more to say about it.
The most striking feature of the keyboard is the red trackpoint, which all ThinkPads have. Some swear by it, others think it’s superfluous rubbish. Personally, I couldn’t care less about it. It is very rare that I use it. But when I use it, it does its job as it should. It responds precisely to input and is easy to control.
The keys respond very directly to input and offer a very pleasant typing experience. They could offer a little more resistance for my personal taste, but that’s grumbling at a high level. Even longer texts are easy to write with the ThinkPad keyboard, and as long as you don’t use the one-finger hack system for typing, your colleagues will appreciate that the keyboard hardly makes any noise.
Under the number pad is the fingerprint reader, and under it is the ThinkPad font that all devices of this type have.
Plenty of ports for every purpose
The ThinkPad E590 offers plenty of connections. As mentioned, they are on both sides. On the left side you find the USB-C port, which is also used for charging. Next to it is the HDMI port. Two USB-A ports follow, one of which is a power USB port. The 3.5mm combo connector is on the left side. Via the USB-C port you can connect the notebook to an external monitor and – if the monitor supports it – let it charge.
On the right side there is also the card reader, the USB-A 2.0 port, the Ethernet port and the Kensington lock. Why nowadays a USB 2.0 port is still installed is not clear to me. The only really sensible use for this is a mouse. Basically, a USB-C port would have been better, though.
But in general, everything important is available. You can connect a monitor via HDMI. And if you need more connections, there are a number of docking stations, which extend the possibilities partly considerably.
Lenovo has given the ThinkPad E590 a matt Full HD display with IPS panel. Distracting reflections? Nothing. Size and resolution are in a good relationship. Your contents are therefore displayed crisp and clear. Thanks to the panel, there are also large viewing angles, so that even lateral views of the display are no problem.
Colours appear vivid and natural without exaggerating. However, the ThinkPad E590 doesn’t offer too good color accuracy. Like all test devices, we calibrated it with the Spyder 5: 63% sRGB, 45% NTSC and 47% AdobeRGB coverage are not good values. However, they are no exceptions. The HP Probook 450 G6 (test) and the MateBook D (test) with Ryzen CPU deliver similar values.
The color space coverage is not a leg-breaker in everyday use. You should just be aware that this ThinkPad is not suitable for color-critical work. For all other tasks the color values are sufficient.
Unfortunately, the display of the ThinkPad E590 isn’t really bright. We measured an average of 219 cd/m². That is easily sufficient in closed rooms. You should look for a shady place outdoors, though, because contents are outshined relatively quickly in direct sunlight.
The ThinkPad E590 comes with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit pre-installed. Unfortunately there is also bloatware on the system: Among them Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Friends. McAfee also wants to persuade you to buy a paid program. You can argue about Spotify, about Xing as well. If you’re bothered by the programs: you can uninstall the whole thing. Lenovo Vantage is also installed. This is a hub that allows you to keep the ThinkPad drivers up to date. In addition, you have all the important data at a glance, which could be important for the support in case of doubt.
In the delivery state, 209 GB of the 256 GB of the SSD are still available to you.
Good performance in everyday office life
The ThinkPad gives you enough power for all the office tasks you encounter in everyday life, especially in Python programming. With the PCIe SSD, all your data loads quickly. The built-in Intel graphics give you enough power to get small tasks done in Photoshop without delay. For more complex tasks, the ThinkPad E590 will also not slow you down. And, since the color space coverage is not very good, the point graphics editing is not very important.
Solid battery performance
With the battery you don’t have to worry about running out of juice too quickly. The ThinkPad E590 lasted just under six and a half hours in everyday use. Thus, even longer journeys without a power outlet can be easily bridged.
Quiet business notebook
You won’t hear the ThinkPad E590 in everyday life. It does its job quietly and unagitated. The fans are audible in the stress test. But only if you have a quiet environment. Keyboard noises drown them out without problems.
The temperature is also kept within limits. The case only heats up in front of the display in the hinge area. The waste heat from the notebook is conducted there. All other areas stay pleasantly cool. Inside, the CPU temperatures rose to a maximum of 73°.
Verdict Lenovo ThinkPad E590: Solid Python Developer Laptop
The ThinkPad E590 offers you a lot of performance for your everyday work for a fair price. The built-in hardware is fixed and ensures that your data is loaded quickly and without delay. Thanks to the many ports you have many possibilities to connect peripherals.
The workmanship is excellent and the ThinkPad makes a very robust impression. It’s also easy to upgrade if you’re running low on hardware or the SSD is getting too small. Lenovo has done everything right here. There are only deductions for the display’s slight weaknesses.
Overall, the ThinkPad E590 is an absolutely recommendable notebook for the office and Python Developers with a good price-performance ratio.
Buying Guide for a Python Developer Laptop
Since a laptop is a device that is subject to constant technical change and progress, I would like to go into more detail in this article about the important features and technical equipment that your new laptop should have for programming so that you can enjoy it in the long term. It is very annoying when you invest money in a technical device and very quickly find out that it is a bad buy because important features and requirements have not been met. It is also important to understand that, for example, a laptop for image processing should have different functions and technical characteristics than a laptop for programming. In the following, you will find important tips and impulses on what you should look out for in the future and how you can find the right laptop for programming.
By the way: If you also want to program flexibly and mobilely in the future and give free rein to your own wishes and ideas, then there are a few technical factors and components you should know, as you should best compare them with each other before buying. Especially an online purchase can be worthwhile for a technical device, as many large online shops now offer the possibility to compare laptops with each other online with just a few clicks. So you can easily find the laptop to program, which will really meet your expectations. You can also benefit from the reviews and ratings of other buyers, especially if they have similar requirements to your laptop.
Python Programming laptop – Important questions before buying
Before I introduce you to the various components that you should consider when buying a laptop and give you some important tips on how to find your laptop for Python programming, I would like to address some essential questions that you should ask yourself before buying your new laptop. These questions will give you a sense of what to look out for when you buy and will also help you get a better focus on your programming needs.
Question 1: What exactly do you want to program?
There are many possibilities when it comes to programming, after all you can program a lot nowadays, such as databases, apps, software, websites, scripts, games, algorithms and visualizations (just to name a few).
Of course you can program a lot more, but you should still ask yourself this important question, because the answer to this question must be reflected in the components of your new laptop. The more complex your future codes and ideas will be, the more power your new computer will probably need. The inch size of your monitor should also be correspondingly large. For example, if you’re going to write a lot of code, you’ll be very happy if you choose a screen size of at least 14 inches (or more).
Question 2: Which operating system do you want to use in the future?
Many development environments are now available for several operating systems, but you should still think about which operating system your new laptop should have. For example, should it be a Macbook, a Windows computer, or a Linux laptop?
Question 3: Which programming language besides Python, or tools will you use?
Programming itself has also changed considerably over the last years and decades, as many tools such as development environments have come on the market that make programming much easier and professional. If you already know your future tools with which you want to program, it is very important that you pay attention to the performance requirements of the computer or in this case your new laptop. If you plan to use your laptop for programming in the future, make sure that these programs and tools can actually be used. For example, many tools require a specific operating system, ram size, and disk space.
Question 4: How much of your budget are you willing to spend?
The same applies to a laptop for programming: Don’t save at the wrong end! If you want to buy a new laptop for long-term programming, you should of course consider the price when buying it. However, you should avoid using a cheaper alternative if this alternative could have the consequence that your motivation decreases in the future, for example because important programs cannot be executed correctly (e.g. too little memory), or because the keyboard does not meet your expectations and you therefore do not like to type on your laptop.
Also a too small monitor size can have a negative effect on your programming pleasure in the long run, because you lose the fun of programming if you strain your eyes too much (a lot of code on a too small screen). If you buy a laptop for programming, try to save budget in areas that will not limit your future motivation and work on the laptop. On the internet you can easily compare prices with a few clicks, so you can find a laptop that fits your needs.
Question 5: How will you use your new Python programming laptop?
This question is mainly aimed at the important topic of “mobility”. After all, with a laptop you have the possibility to transport it comfortably, for example to the university or to work. At this point you should ask yourself the important question how you want to use your future laptop for programming. For example, do you plan to use it at the same desk all the time, so that you will only rarely move it, or will you transport it e.g. daily? If you are going to transport it daily, you should consider the weight of your laptop and the size of your monitor when you buy it.
Laptop for Python programming – Important features
If you want to buy a laptop to program with in the future, there are a few laptop components that you should know before you buy and consider when comparing them. Below you will find these important components, helpful hints and other practical laptop recommendations.
Mobility: As briefly indicated in the upper section, mobility is a key factor when buying a programming laptop. That’s why you should consider both weight and screen size when making a purchase. In any case, you should choose at least a 14-inch screen so that your code can be displayed legibly.
Working memory: Ram, or working memory, is one of the components you should know before you buy. After all, memory is very important when it comes to running software, programs and tools. If you are planning to use development environments and tools that are very expensive and will require a lot of resources in terms of capacity, make sure that your new laptop has enough memory (Ram) to run these programs without any problems. You should orientate yourself approximately on 8Gb – Ram, better more.
Battery life: If you are on the road a lot and you will not be able to charge your laptop battery for a long time, it is very important that you consider the battery life when making your purchase. It can be very frustrating when you are stressed by a decreasing battery while programming. A long battery life is usually especially important if you are going to be on the move a lot.
Screen resolution: The technical progress offers very high resolutions nowadays, so pay attention to the possible screen resolution for your new programming laptop: At this point you can orientate yourself to Full HD 1920×1080 for example.
The screen size: The screen size is one of the most important factors when it comes to a programming laptop in general, as it can be very frustrating in the long run if you choose a screen that is too small. If you’re going to work with a lot of tools and code in the future, it’s important that you can display enough code on the screen. As a programmer, you are often faced with the challenge of having to program in several areas at the same time, so it is particularly helpful if these can be displayed on the screen in a clearly visible way at the same time. In this case, a screen size of 14-15 inches is more of a minimum requirement.
CPU / processor: Complex computing processes require resources that your new programming laptop must provide. Especially when programming and executing complex code, the laptop may need considerable resources to actually execute these complex processes. If you want to make sure that you will be able to display really complex developments and processes on your laptop in the future, you should choose a powerful processor, such as an Intel7 processor.
graphics card: If you want to use tools and programs in the future that are designed to help you program, but which will consume a lot of resources to display complex processes, then you should consider the graphics card before buying your new programming laptop. Some programming tools and development environments place higher demands on your laptop, so you may want to consider a more powerful graphics card, such as an NVIDIA Geforce graphics card.
Keyboard: A laptop for programming should be seen as a tool with which you can realize your own ideas and wishes and work in a goal-oriented and effective way. A very important factor that can decide how efficient you are in your own work is “keyboard”. When you buy your new laptop, make sure you take the keyboard into account, after all you will use it to write your programming code. The better you can type, the better you can work, so pay attention to the keyboard.
Display (Matt, or Glare): Even though the various terms such as matt, glare and, for example, anti-reflective are often used differently by manufacturers, you should consider how often you will use your new programming laptop outdoors, for example, or in areas where light could be reflected on your screen. If you are not sure, but you want to avoid that light reflections disturb your programming pleasure, a matt display will be the right choice for you, as it can reduce or eliminate these reflections.
Other factors that might be of interest to you when using a laptop for programming:
- Warranty and return policy
- Touch display
- Ventilation and ventilation volume
- Other possible uses such as gaming / games
- Hard disk size
Laptop for programming: Frequently asked questions
How expensive is a laptop for Python programming?
There is no general answer to this question, as many factors affect the price of a programming laptop, but average programming laptops cost around $ 800.00. Of course, the price varies depending on the requirements and components.
Can I buy a laptop for Python programming cheaply?
It is of course possible to buy a laptop for programming, for example by reducing your own requirements or by buying a used laptop. However, it often does not make sense to save money on a programming laptop, because important tools such as development environments may not run correctly, or because there may be problems with the warranty if you buy a used laptop. If you plan to use your new programming laptop for a long time, for example because you need it for your work, you should choose a device that really meets your requirements and the requirements of your tools or software.
Where is the best place to buy a programming laptop?
If you would like to program from anywhere in the future, you have many possibilities to buy your new programming laptop. Buying in an online shop is especially useful, as you can compare important components, features and factors with just a few clicks. In addition, you usually have the opportunity to save money, because you can easily compare prices.