Originally Posted by xenkw0n
I haven't talked about anything specific concerning the full operation of our department so how you inferred that much is pretty wild. I'm just looking for a little help in recommendations for a laptop. I'll have to verify the warranty limits before I buy one if I intend on upgrading it. The whole idea behind this is that when looking at the price differences for laptop upgrades from the manufacturers compared to what the actual parts cost separately, means I could get a more powerful laptop in it's base model form, upgrade it, and still pay less than what the equivalent version would have cost from, say, DELL. If you can find a laptop in a price point that proves this theory wrong, please recommend it.
Anyway, there are benefits from an NVMe drive aside from the actual backups transferring across the network. We do not work off of wi-fi but you are still correct the transfers themselves would be network bottlenecked and not limited by the hard drive. There's still enough of a reason for me to recommend going down the path of an NVMe drive, so, why not? As far as the memory is concerned, I initially recommended 16gb and got scoffed at. After doing a little more research into different laptops it looks like most cap out around 32gb right now unless you go for an actual workstation laptop, which would probably push them out of an acceptable price range. Will probably just meet at 32gb and call it a day, since even the DELL XPS 15 models seem to accept that much. Laptop physical size is also not an issue.
Its not wild, its just experience. I used to run my own IT consulting business, so I have seen god knows how many IT departments and how they work.
This is also why I know that upgrading anything in the IT field is about the worst thing you can do.
I get where you are coming from. Believe me, I love building my own stuff and saving money. Its very noble of you to want to save the company a little money and give your devs a more powerful machine. If we lived in a perfect world, I would agree with everything you are saying, and that would be the end of the conversation.
But unfortunately we live in a really messed up world. 99 times out of 100 if something goes wrong with a computer you have modified, you will be blamed. The issue could be completely unrelated to what you did to the laptop, but you will still get blamed. They will say that the laptop probably would have worked fine if you hadn't touched it. I promise you it will happen and your bosses will be less than thrilled with you.
This is one of those lessons that every IT person has to learn, and I am willing to bet that your company is letting you choose the laptops to see if you will make the rookie mistake of opening them up and messing around with the internals.
As far as NVME goes, I should be more clear. Its not that you shouldn't get a laptop that has one. However they tend to jack up the price. My only concern is that you could be limiting your options for a feature that probably won't help as much as you think.
You should get an NVME ssd if you can, it just shouldn't be a make or break feature IMO.
Who scoffed at you? Your IT boss or the devs?
In either case, they are probably full of crap.
I will make this real simple. Tomorrow or when ever, go up to a dev and have them show you their most intensive tasks that they do on their machines. Open up the system monitor and look at how much ram its actually utilizing.
Id bet you that they are using laptop withs 8GB of ram and are only using 85% or less with a bunch of chrome tabs open.
If the devs can max out 8GB of ram, something is very wrong or they are working on something way more resource intensive and will require a workstation laptop.
Do some research and try to get under the hood of the devs current computers. That will shed some light on what specs you should aim for.
I am leaning towards the dell xps15. The only real downside is that it is a bit pricey. Business pricing should be good enough to let you squeeze by.
Don't be afraid to argue the price either. Companies are usually comfortable with spending more money on their devs. If you say to them that you found a laptop that fits everyone's needs and its a couple hundred more than budget, they will probably go for it.