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Time to replace the laptop

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  • Time to replace the laptop

    So it's time to replace my Dell XPS laptop with 8 gigs ram. Since my last purchase zoom and others have become a significant tool in working on applications. The problem I'm looking to solve is when running any video software and trying to load a live preview everything crawls. So what is a good configuration to improve performance on rendering uxs both on and off zoom type systems. Is it more memory overall or more specific graphics memory or more cores...or all of the above.

    Thanks Tom


  • #2
    If your laptop came with 8 gigs I'm assuming it's fairly old then. If I were you I'd hunt around ebay for a 2019-2020 refurbished laptop. I love Dell. The 2018 XPS 15 is what I'm using. I upgraded it to 32 gigs of RAM but even at 16 gigs it ran everything well. I use it with three monitors. I can develop, watch a HD movie on Amazon, and take a Zoom/Skype video call with no problems. Of course, doing all of that at the same time takes a lot of bandwidth. But my laptop has no trouble with it.

    Here's one:
    Mike Brown - Contact Me
    Programmatic Technologies, LLC
    Independent Developer & Consultant


    • #3
      Thanks, that's the model I'm looking at. I can't upgrade the memory on my current machine as it's sodered to the main board.


      • #4
        I use hp envy 17.
        HP ENVY Laptop 17-ch0011nr (450B5UA#ABA)
        it's a 17-inch laptop, mainly I don't use another screen.
        Sometimes I like to work in Starbucks, so 17 inch screen is a must for me.
        I don't have a prb running youtube, zoom and alpha together,

        Have a nice day


        • #5
          I use a Mac desktop and laptop and got sick of Parallels running so slowly and killing my resources. I now rent a ZebraHost server, do all my developing on it, and when I go somewhere, I do not need to transfer files to my laptop; I just remote into the ZH server and go to work.
          You can get a Chromebook and still develop in Alpha. I am not necessarily endorsing the Chromebook, just using it as an example.

          Hope this helps.
          Jay Talbott
          Lexington, KY


          • #6
            Hi Jay
            I had tried approach in the past but often I'm on poor internet connections. I also found the setup a bit slow. But that was several years ago. I did also use it when a client wanted access to the development environment as part of a contract requirement.

            So I've settled on the Dell XPS 15 with 32gigs Ram. It's another pound to carry in my backpack but the larger screen is better. It also has face recognition for signing in that works nicely.

            I'm still deep in setup mode but should have it ready for testing by Monday.