I would like to hear what other developers’ experiences have been so far with their make/model/specs. Pros/Cons? What kind of project are you doing?
I’m not asking which laptop I should buy, I already have one.
Okay, I’ll start.
Alienware 15 R3 (Purchased 2017)
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Intel Core i7 7700HQ @ 2.80GHz
Kaby Lake 14nm Technology
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
512GB ((SSD)) (added myself a few months later)
Project: FP puzzle/platformer game (No VR)
+Runs Unreal fine
+Keyboard is backlit
+M2 slot to add another SSD
+Can play VR games
- Initially opening a project in the editor is slow
- Heavy! 10lbs (Not good for traveling unless you are training to be a jedi and need a replacement for when Yoda is off drinking tea.)
- Wifi adapter is finicky
- Battery life stinks (When I initially purchased it it had about 3 hours of life as promised. A few months later I saw a decline in battery health. It was still under warranty so I went through the strange process of getting the battery replaced. It was fine for a couple of months and then it slowly degraded again. Now the battery lasts about 1 hour when trying to work with the editor)
Overall: Powerful but not really portable… I mostly use it as an agent of swarm for when I build lighting while working on my PC. I bring it to meetups to show off our and other local devs projects or for presentations. I don’t really bring it on the train or plane to work on the go because of the weight and it’s crummy battery life.