Re: OT: laptop for development
On 2017-08-25 08:06 AM, Grzegorz (Greg) Pasternak wrote:
> Something easy for Friday.
> What is the best portable computer for Omnis developer these days?
> Is the latest MacBook Pro 15 the best choice?
> I would like to maintain some old versions of Omnis and take full advantage of O$8.1
> Please share your thoughts.
This is like asking, “What is the best car?” The answer is, “It
depends.” I was just on a 26 day vacation with one carry-on backpack.
The most compact computer I have, other than my phone, is a 2009 13″
MacBook Pro. Normally, I don’t have much use for a MacBook Air or other
tiny mobile computers. On that trip, I wished I had one because as light
as the 13″ MBP is, it still added significant weight to my backpack.
Last summer, I was away for two weeks and needed to get work done on
that “vacation”. I carried a Dell Precision portable workstation, which
has all the ergonomics of a brick but it’s blazing fast and has 32GB of
RAM, something I value when running multiple virtual machines. The power
brick for that thing probably weighs more than a Surface Pro or MacBook
Air. I spent about $1000 on that machine and it’s perfect for what I use
it for. If I had to travel more frequently and needed something as
powerful, I’d probably buy a new ThinkPad P series. Those are relatively
compact, high-quality, and can be stuffed with up to 64GB of RAM.
It really depends on your priorities. If you want an ultra-portable for
some reason, the Surface Pro is popular but beware of the reliability
issues with some models. If it’s “OS X or nothing”, you know the options
you have. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to beat off-lease
refurbished ThinkPads or Dell XPS or Precision models for value for
money. You’ll get something that is a couple of generations behind,
which means it’s the same as Apple in their mid-refresh cycle, for under
FYI, I have Omnis Studio 22.214.171.124 running on Windows 10 Enterprise
Edition. Other than the dropdown list issue, which I deal with by
disabling any toolbars in the IDE (we don’t have any in our
application), it works fine. If I needed to run anything older and it
wouldn’t run on Windows 10, I also have Windows 7 running in a
VirtualBox virtual machine.
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