After researching, I bought a HP EliteBook 8560w... but the model doesn't mean everything... Sure, you get a quality build etc, but what matters is the specification of the laptop.
Main laptop spec:
- i7-2820QM 2.30GHZ Quad core (8 threads)
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- 6.9 / 7.1 Windows Experience Index
- JDeveloper 12c opens in around 5 seconds
- Running an ADF application + Starting the WebLogicIntegratedServer instance starts up in around 15-20 seconds.
- Deploying small sized ADF application onto local server - several seconds
I have to say that the above tech spec results in very good Middleware development performance. I was torn between a 1TB HDD or the 256GB SDD (the SDD cost more!) but I am glad I went for it, I have never experienced such speedy development in my time.
However, most developers will tell you that the more memory (RAM) you have, the better. This is true but depends on what you will be doing. If you are doing SOA development and have a local running SOA instance then you will need around 16GB for smooth performance. If you have a SOA instance + WebCenter instance in separate domains.. Then you will definitely need more! The HP EliteBook 8560w can handle up to 32GB if needed. You can pick up a decent priced one for a refurbished model.
I am currently in the process of downloading the WebCenter 188.8.131.52.0 VM (a huge 18GB download) and looking forward to seeing the performance with that! I will keep this post updated with results.
Please share your machine specs + experiences with me, I would love to know!