Best Laptop for Hacking

Best Laptop for Hacking-For very specialized things, you might end up needing components like FPGA boards or software defined radios, but don’t worry about those things until you know that you need them.

Anyways, if you’re really into this, look up Ethical Hacking. You can find courses for it all over the place and it’s usually taught by guys who got caught and eventually went to jail or worked out a plea deal with the Feds.

The same goes to you again: unless you’re really good, or really lucky, you will get caught.

This laptop can be configured to have either a Core i9 or Core i7. I’ve decided to post a Core i7 instead of the more powerful Core i9 because the difference in power for hacking isn’t that huge…it’s all about the GPU. But again it always helps to have that extra power so if you’ve got unlimited cash it’s not a bad idea to go for a Core i9.

ROUND UP

1.ASUS VivoBook

Between a range of component options, supply shortages, and pricing wars, the budget laptop game is fierce in 2021. For weary shoppers seeking a super-affordable machine, the Asus VivoBook 15 ( in model F512JA-AS34 we tested) is a low-frills but reasonably priced option. It’s slightly quicker than most of its like-priced competitors and features an above-average selection of ports and decent battery life.

The biggest concessions are a display with subpar brightness balancing and sharpness, and a tight (but not unusual in this price range) 128GB SSD for storage. It may not be too exciting, but for the money, it’s a fully functional 15-inch Windows laptop that can get through easier tasks and last through the day. Its larger sibling, the Asus VivoBook 17 M712, is one of our top budget picks.

2.Acer Aspire

There are two types of laptops I’ve come to expect from Acer: Standout premium models like the crazy Swift 7 ultraportable and Predator Triton 900, and mainstream laptops that are impossibly good deals — like last year’s Predator Helios 300 and this year’s Acer Aspire 5.

For more than a year, Acer’s Aspire E 15 was my go-to pick for anyone who just needed a quick, reliable laptop for general use around the home. Sadly, that model is getting harder to find, but the Aspire 5 is an excellent alternative that’s thinner, lighter and still an impossibly good deal.

3.Alienware m15 R3

The Alienware m15 is the Dell subsidiary’s flagship 15-inch gaming laptop, and the 2020 Alienware m15 R3  is the most updated version. It features the same head-turning look as the m15 R2, but our configuration ramps up the screen refresh rate to 300Hz, refreshes the processor to Intel’s latest 10th-generation Core i7, and offers the power of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 at a very fair price.

Its battery life is a weak point, but we can overlook that for this category of laptop, which won’t be used off the charger much. With this feature set, there’s no doubt it’s a high-end laptop, but its value is about the best we’ve seen among systems costing more than $2,000. Given its top-end performance and unique design at a lower price point than competitors, the m15 R3 earns our new Editors’ Choice among high-end gaming

4.MSI GL65 Leopard 1

While thin and light gaming laptops are the top favorites these days, there’s still a market for the mid-sized desktop replacements of yore – and the MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 uses that premise to take things to the next level. MSI spearheads both the thin and light weight gaming environment in the MSI Stealth line, but with the Leopard 10SFK-062, they have allowed it to carry some weight to accommodate more gaming power and gaming swag than anyone could possibly handle.

It brings immense power in an understated yet attractive package unlike never before, particularly the per-key RGB lit SteelSeries keyboard, a 144Hz IPS display, High-res audio, Nvidia GTX 2070 GPU and, of course, a 10th Gen. Intel Core i7-10750H processor. This is a strong configuration that will see you through high-end gaming as well as intensive productivity work without breaking your bank.

5.Apple Macbook Pro

Instead of using Intel CPUs that have powered all of the company’s computers for a while now, it uses the new Apple-made M1 chip. This upgrade to the laptop line is the first truly big leap that it has seen in a long time.

That’s not to say that it looks all that different from previous models. In fact, as big of a change as the M1 chip is, it’s the only big upgrade the Pro 13-inch gets. If you have a 2019 or even an early 2020 model, for instance, you’ll probably want to wait a few generations before getting a Pro with an M1 chip.

However, it’s still a big update. This new model is 2.8 times faster than its predecessor and has a better battery life to boot. Additionally, it’s three times faster than comparable Windows laptops.

BUYER’S GUIDE

RAM

For a hacking laptop, 8GB RAM should be the absolute minimum. 16GB or 32GB is more realistic, especially if you’re running multiple virtual machines and can see yourself expanding your hacking activities as time goes on. If you’re unsure you can get a 16GB laptop which is extendable to 32GB.

Storage

You want SSD over HDD if you can. 250GB and onwards is optimal since you’ll want enough storage for applications and data sets but a huge amount of storage isn’t needed for hacking.

Graphics Card

2GB minimum but you’ll feel the difference with 4GB. If you intend to use your laptop for brute force hacking you’ll want a minimum of 4GB and possibly more depending on your hacking operation.

Other Features

These aren’t specs but rather other important factors you should consider when looking for a hacking laptop. You’re going to want a laptop with a long battery life so you can maximize portability and hack on the go. You’re also going to want a lightweight laptop for the same reason – you’ll be less likely to carry your laptop around if it’s heavy and cumbersome.

You’ll also want to invest in a mouse for your laptop. Using a mouse makes it much easier to quickly dart across the screen than using a trackpad does.

Most gaming laptops also make great hacking laptops so you’ll see some crossover on our list.

If you buy something through this post, HWN may get a share of the sale. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much RAM do I need for hacking?

We usually suggest a minimum of 8GB RAM for personal computers for hacking purposes, but the more the better. If your budget permits you then go with the higher RAM at least 16 GB or 32 GB RAM.

Is hacking ethical?

Yes, there are multiple certification courses available online for ethical hacking, otherwise called White Hat hacking practiced by the IT ethical hackers. You can attempt the C|EH exam for International ethical hacking certification.

What computer/laptop is best for hacking?

You can get any laptop with the minimum hardware configuration for hacking. Our editor has picked the above ten laptops for your comfort; you can choose anyone and start your journey.

Why do hackers use Linux?

Linux OS is endeared to not just hackers but for programmers as well as it is a free open-source OS which makes their job easy to modify or customize. Also, there are multiple Linux distros available online; hence it is the most popular among ethical hackers as well as malicious black hat hackers.

Can I get a job by learning hacking?

Of course, most of the organizations are employing ethical hackers whose job is to find the flaws in the security breaches in the systems or software developed by them and provide improvisation suggestions to prevent it from any attacks.

 Why Choose a Laptop with SSD Not HDD?

If you are not a computer geek, you may find the terms “SSD” and “HDD” mere letters and purchase any as long as the storage numbers in front work for you: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB. About half a decade ago, only thin and high-end laptops featured an SSD data storage, which was often expensive. SSD laptops are not only requested in colleges and schools, but different individuals from different walks of life also make use of these types of data storage for maximum productivity.

Now, what is the difference between an SSD and HDD? Here are multiple reasons to help understand why SSD is highly demanded today.

  • SSD stores and retrieve data about five times faster than any Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Programs load faster and enhance the user’s productivity.
  • Hard drives need power from the laptop’s battery to spin its moving parts while saving or retrieving files resulting in shorter battery life. At the same time, SSD’s helps extend battery life.
  • SSD takes about 10 – 12 seconds to boot up, while HDD takes 20 – 30 seconds more.
  • SSD’s lack of moving parts; therefore, it makes no sounds.
  • Durability is another great benefit that comes with the use of SSDs, and any external physical trauma does not lead to data loss or device breakdown.

You might be asking the question, “what will happen to your SSD once the lifetime expires.” Worry not because even as the lifespan of the drive becomes shorter over time, the data on it does not disappear. It becomes a read-only drive. I recommend that you replace the SSD two or three months before the expiration date of the old Drive.

WRAP UP

Well, “black hat/malicious/real hacking” (exactly what you have in mind) is just a derivative of white hat/penetration testing (people who are hired by companies to find vulnerabilities in their systems and fix them before hacks like you bring it down).

I obviously can’t just write a post encouraging to hack and tell you what kind of hardware you need to get started hacking. I would get into trouble myself.

So I am talking about Cyber Security/PenTesting instead because that way you’ll also learn all about hacking systems and the hardware for it. (Both anti-hackers and hackers are pretty much alike)

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