I am taking Cs50 in college and I am tired and somewhat worried of lugging around a $2,000 8lb gaming laptop with a huge power brick (my only computer). It seems like a $200 11 inch laptop would be worlds better if it can still run a virtual machine.

I understand that the new sub $200 windows laptops with celeron n2840 & pentium n3540 processors meet the minimum required specs for vmware. But is anyone here using these laptops for cs50? Is it unbearably slow? do things take significantly longer to compile or is it good enough for the demand basic programming will place on it?

I'm asking here because the internet is full of mixed reviews, I see that some people say its enough power for basic programming and I see others say that they are completely useless for anything other than web browsing and sending emails.

Any advice or inputs are appreciated.

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I'm using a Toshiba with an i3 processor, 4GB RAM. I installed the appliance as a virtual machine, and what I can tell you is that in the compilation, it takes longer compared to the lectures... But not too much, and usually it's okay, you don't need to wait that much!

Just to give you a comparison...

  • Thanks for the response
    – Felix
    Jun 28, 2015 at 2:37

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