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15" 4k laptop or not?

Dear all,

I'm hesitating between these two laptops:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... w015305g50
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... 8hs6kkz8l/

The first one has 4K screen but heavier (2.5kg vs 2.1kg) and cost more about 260$. It's easier to add/replace HD with SSD

I don't know which one is better choice? I don't play game, just want a good performance for development. For both, I will replace the HD with a SSD and add another 8G RAM (or more) .

Any suggestion will be very appreciated

Thanks

Thomas Tran
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My personal experience with a 32" 4K monitor is that some apps in Windows do not scale well at all. I use a 200% zoom, and I've had to use Resource Hacker to continue using some apps.

If I had to do it again, I probably would take a 1440 monitor.
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I don't get the point of 4K, let alone on a 15"
Let's not even talk about phones that have this resolution.

I'm all for moving away from 1366x768 but we're getting somewhat ridiculous with resolutions.
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any store near you ? (so you could play with them)
and 260$ + tax that is a lot diff. for me ... I would look at the 1080p 1st ...
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For your extra money with the 4K model you're also getting a quad core CPU and a decent discrete GPU. Personally at 15.6" I'd take a good 1080p IPS display over a 4K one given the sad state of Windows scaling (which never seems to get any better despite promises that it will).

However, given the much better hardware under the hood of the 4K model, I'd be tempted to go with that if this is primarily a desktop replacement development machine. If you want something that's actually portable, look at different models.
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ThomasTran wrote:
Mar 20th, 2017 10:16 pm
I don't know which one is better choice? I don't play game, just want a good performance for development. For both, I will replace the HD with a SSD and add another 8G RAM (or more) .
For development, assuming things like Visual Studio or other IDEs, take the 4K screen. I use a 2013 XPS 15 with a 3200 x 1800 screen and prefer that screen for coding compared to a 27" 1440 monitor.
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SLee wrote:
Mar 21st, 2017 4:20 pm
For development, assuming things like Visual Studio or other IDEs, take the 4K screen. I use a 2013 XPS 15 with a 3200 x 1800 screen and prefer that screen for coding compared to a 27" 1440 monitor.
Good to know. That's something I wanted to hear about. CAD/CAM/CAE programs with multiple icon toolbars should also look fantastic on a 15.6" laptop, though the cost of this optional upgrade at Lenovo and Dell is quite steep [almost as much as an entry level 28-32" 4K monitor for desktop].
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aviador wrote:
Mar 21st, 2017 4:37 pm
Good to know. That's something I wanted to hear about. CAD/CAM/CAE programs with multiple icon toolbars should also look fantastic on a 15.6" laptop,
If they properly support the high DPI mode, they should be amazing to the use. Hopefully by this time, these software packages will be updated for that support; I recall early on problems with well-known applications like Adobe Photoshop which didn't support it properly and ended up with small and hard to use toolbars/menus. I haven't used PS lately but Lightroom 5 does support the mode.
though the cost of this optional upgrade at Lenovo and Dell is quite steep [almost as much as an entry level 28-32" 4K monitor for desktop].
Yeah, the fall in price of 4K monitors has been very impressive. The one thing still going for the 4K laptop screens is that they're usually of the high quality types, such as IPS or the IGZO variants used on the XPS models.
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Thank you for all your inputs. I have a friend he told me that he has regretted that he bough a Lenovo 4K laptop. Some applications were not displayed properly. Although I will use it for development but sometimes I need to use other programs as well. So I decide to buy the regular i5568 model.

Thank you very much
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