Noogler laptop pick

SpinDance / Eng okOu43
Aug 26, 2018 49 Comments

Starting at Google soon and have to pick my equipment.

The on boarding guide strongly pushes me to pick the Google Pixelbook, but I’m hesitant to pick that one for a few reasons:

1. Everyone else on the team I’m joining uses Mac or Windows, and I know how sometimes it’s a pain to ramp people up who have a completely different OS than the rest of the team.
2. I think my productivity will suffer with Pixelbook because I’ve never used one before. On the other hand, I’ve spent years doing development on Mac, so I have a good Mac workflow already.
3. I don’t know what kind of support Pixelbook has for dev work. Like can it run IntelliJ, Sublime, and other dev related tools? I don’t want to use a cloud based IDE. Can it compile C++? I just don’t know if it’s a good dev box and not to mention if it can run other programs like Camtasia which I use a lot to make demo videos of new features that I create for sprint reviews.
4. I asked the team manager about it and they said Pixelbook would be fine and it’s really up to me, but I don’t want to go against the grain from the very beginning of my time at Google.

Which would you pick and why?

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  • Amazon / Eng Ncajfhaohz
    Just get a MacBook Pro . I wish I had problems like you!!
    Aug 26, 2018 1
    • New lallu1
      I wish I could say it like you.
      3d
  • Google s89
    Laptop doesnt matter a lot. Take any laptop and Linux desktop. That's what most of the folks do. Laptops are just for meetings at least for more than 50% googlers.
    Having said that, u can pick Mac if u want
    Aug 26, 2018 9
    • LinkedIn / Eng -👁👁-
      I’ll assume you meant 64gb 😂
      Aug 27, 2018
    • Google / Eng BiggusD
      Yes, updated
      Aug 27, 2018
  • New 36dba2
    Do engineers not use ide like intellij and coding is done on web ide?
    Aug 26, 2018 8
    • Google / Eng mad👩🏻‍🔬
      We have an internal web based IDE that I find works pretty well
      Aug 27, 2018
    • New / Eng
      bx44

      New Eng

      PRE
      Parsons Corporation
      bx44more
      In my current role we use vim/sublime for our C++. It initially sucked not having the IDE for autocomplete, documentation, etc.. but over time it actually improved my C/C++ by quite a bit.
      Apr 18, 2019
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    • Google / Eng BiggusD
      RAM matters. I was constantly paging disk when I had a MBP with only 16 GB of RAM because Chrome is a fucking hog.
      Aug 26, 2018
  • Hinge / Eng YIjR20
    Get the MacBook Pro, 2018 with 32GB of RAM. Keyboard issues are fixed and the extra memory is sweet when you need it.

    Pixelbook isn't capable of handling all development tasks.
    Aug 26, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng Ncajfhaohz
      If it’s not on the cloud desktop where is it?
      Aug 27, 2018
    • Google TC = 215K
      Data centers.
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Google / Eng BiggusD
    I think the Dell 5520 is the best machine being offered right now. The MacBooks only have 16gb of RAM.
    Aug 26, 2018 4
    • Google vfd
      Why do you need 32GB of RAM? You're just using your laptop to ssh anyway
      Aug 27, 2018
    • Google / Eng BiggusD
      Constant paging because Chrome eats 16 GB if you have more than a handful of heavy tabs like we open all the time.
      Aug 27, 2018
  • New
    Strtp2Crp

    New

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    IBM
    Strtp2Crpmore
    I started last week. Picked pixelbook. Later, realized that: 1) 90% of engineers use MBP, 2) pixelbook is greatc, but really limits you. Already ordered an MBP as a replacement.
    Aug 26, 2018 1
    • SpinDance / Eng okOu43
      OP
      Perfect thanks for your perspective
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Google / Eng googler4
    Get a pixelbook, unless you're working mostly on an open source team.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Google wrdrtf
    Most people in my team use mac too.
    Pick Mac, since most of your team uses that. Don't worry it's not a big deal and you can change within 3 weeks, no questions asked.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Can anyone picking pixelbook change wl within 3 weeks.
    Aug 26, 2018 2
    • New
      Strtp2Crp

      New

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      IBM
      Strtp2Crpmore
      Yes. I did that.
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Thanks do they have 15 inch pixelbook?
      Aug 26, 2018

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