The default hard drive speed for most PC laptops is
typically 5400rpm - which is a pretty slow drive. If you are getting a
new laptop and plan to use Visual Studio on it, I highly recommend making
sure you get a 7200rpm drive instead. You will realize a significant
performance benefit by doing this.
You might assume if you are buying a top of the line laptop
that "of course" it won't have a slow drive. Don't assume
this! Check out the default configuration of this high-end Thinkpad (which
is the brand I use), or the default configuration of the high-end Dell XPS laptop
(whose list price starts at $3,343), or the default configuration of the 17" Apple MacBook Pro
laptop ($2,799). Notice that by default all three of these
premium laptop lines have 5400rpm drives.
For an additional $55 (Lenovo), $93 (Dell) or $200 (Apple)
you can upgrade the hard drive to be a 7200rpm disk instead. Putting
this small amount of extra money in the faster disk can really make a
big performance difference and is an absolutely worthwhile investment.