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I could complain here about how annoying I find some of people who feel the need to call me every day to discuss their problems...or sometimes just out of boredom.
It's all too common anymore that I'm making headway on a bit of code, or debugging, and get interrupted by a someone who is just bored and needs to be entertained. Mostly these days, my coding gets done in 15-20 minute bursts between phone calls.
At the end of this year (October +/-) I plan to buy a Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 3.
I will mainly use Visual Studio, office, some robot programming IDEs with 3D robot representations, some virtual machines and not much more...
Given currently the SSD disks are very fast, and seeing the default RAM amount in thinkpads is 16GB I was doubting if it was worth or not to upgrade it to 32 or even 64.
4K or FHD?
It will have a big impact in battery life and maybe in a 15" display it's not worth it... not sure of that.
In any case IPS not OLED, I don't want the burn effect and I hate the yellow whites in phones, I don't want them in my laptop.
THUNDERBOLT DOCK STATION question
Years ago I got a USB dock station from Lenovo; it was a USB2.0 dock station. the experience was terrible, dragging a window stuttered a lot...
Now I have a mechanical dock station which works perfectly and that connects my laptop to a set of USB loudspeakers, keyboard, mouse, 2 24" displays using Display Port, a Web cam, power and LAN.
That mechanical dock won't be compatible with any new Thinkpad model, so I won't be able to use it.
I'm planning to get the best thunderbolt 3 dock station they offer at the time (currently this one[^]) anyone has experience with this dock station? Does it work smoothly?
In all seriousness, 16GB is good. I never had any issues with 16GB on my dev machine, but there was a project that I was working on that made me want more, so I threw another 16Gig at it because it was so cheap.
I'd probably throw 32GB in a machine today without even thinking about it just because I build a new machine about every 7 years and Windows and what I'm doing changes over time and the requirements just seem to creep up all the time.
Fujitsu-Siemens was terrible: since the very beginning the battery was dead, an old t41p IBM laptop that was amazing at that time (It still works), some HP laptops that always ended failing in the electrical area (elitebook or not), and lately I've got Lenovo... I used a T440s and my current one is a T460s which is very nice, but warranty will end soon and I decided to jump from the T line to the X1 extreme one, which seems to be the top notch in Lenovo series... I could get a P1, but I don't need the 3D design software compatible graphics card.
In one virtual machine I have a programming software that takes 2 minutes to load with my current laptop... I really want/need to improve this.
I use visual studio extensively, often with three instances open plus a browser. 16GB has been adequate for me but if you can afford it 32 would probably be good to have.
As for the display, I would avoid 4K in a laptop. The pixel density just gets too high and you might finding yourself using large fonts. For me, since I use the laptop so extensively, I insist on a 17-inch display - 43cm.
I went for a gaming laptop. It has a 2070Q video card in it, 17-inch display and a good amount of storage (16GB RAM, 512MB SSD, 1TB HD). Best of all, it weighs about five pounds or 2.3kg. It's power brick weighs more than it does. I highly recommend this configuration. It is an MSI GL75 but other companies have similar products. I really like this one.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
If you're going to develop on that laptop, sooner or later (if you haven't already) you'll probably be thinking of using virtual machines. And being a laptop, if you're going to be away from (and can't reach) a beefy system hosting VMs, you'll probably want to be hosting them locally. That means getting all the RAM you can afford. If the laptop maxes out at 64GB, go for it. I don't have a laptop with that much memory, but once I started using VMs extensively, 32GB turn out to be wholly inadequate.
Since I started using VMs, in fact, I haven't had a system that didn't have its RAM capacity maxed out.
I suppose it all depends on how extensively you rely on VMs. I'm all in.
In my job-related tasks, I need to run 3 different versions of server software that each requires 8GB of RAM, at a minimum. Then I have VS, a dedicated SQL server, WSUS, a DC, and a bunch of small-ish VMs I use for testing on various versions of Windows.
If, at a given time, I'm down to 10 VMs running simultaneously, it's because I've run out of memory and had to power down a few of them.
I like to tinker with various distributions of Linux, but had to put together a second VM host just to run them. Otherwise sharing 64GB was a constant juggling act.
If you don't max out the RAM the day you get the machine, at least make sure you get a board that supports a ton of it. Otherwise you're stuck with it.
Incidentally, what used to be inadequate as a VM host--with 32GB--has become my gaming machine...I've yet to come across any game that requires, or benefits, from more.
But of course this whole discussion was about laptops. YMMV.
I could give each VM less memory to run with, but that means each one would start paging a lot more frequently, and I have very little tolerance for that nowadays. My time's more valuable, and the extra memory pays for itself.
I can't imagine a situation in which I would need more than 32GB ram, but in any case, when I buy the laptop I'll get it with the 32 GB in one slot and one extra RAM slot free, just in case I need to expand the memory in the future.