Desktop or laptop? A desktop computer has many advantages: it's more powerful, it's cheaper, it's easier to upgrade and repair, it has a better keyboard, more ports, a bigger screen, and more. And only one drawback – the lack of mobility. So, what is the best laptop for hacking?
Panel Self-refresh is a technology by which the display displays a picture when there is no video signal, and changes it at the request of the GPU.
eDP also supports the integration of additional digital packages into the video signal, which allows other interfaces to be implemented on the display board. For example, you can add a microphone, webcam, touch surface, USB hub. This reduces the number of conductors in the cable to connect to the system board and reduces the cost of parts and maintenance.
Unlike LVDS, eDP reduces the total number of lines required for data transmission. And all without loss of quality and with clarity control!
In the next few years, I think the eDP standard will push outdated LVDS from the market. For clarity, I will give a table comparing the technical characteristics of interfaces.
Full HD matrices on the eDP interface are much cheaper than those with LVDS support. This also needs to be taken into account, but for me the choice was not so simple.
In the meantime, I settled on a 15.6-inch diagonal matrix.
Now you need to select the motherboard. It is she who will dictate her rules for supporting (or lack thereof) interface and other equally important connectors.
To choose a motherboard, you need to decide on its form factor. The mini-ITX, Mini-STX and thin mini-ITX formats are best suited to a fifteen-inch matrix.
Mini-ITX implies a motherboard with dimensions of 170 × 170 mm and support for desktop RAM. These boards have a 24-pin power connector from a standard ATX power supply, and the height of the interface connectors is about 4 cm.
Mini-STX is a fairly new motherboard form factor. Significantly smaller than mini-ITX at 147 x 140mm. The advantages include power supply from an external 19 V power supply. Disadvantage: the RAM slots are located vertically relative to the board, the connectors on the rear panel are made in two rows, which increases its size. Of course, they can be soldered, but this contradicts the original requirements for universality.
Thin mini-ITX – 170 x 170mm, same size as mini-ITX. But unlike it, the height here is one interface connector. In addition, such a board can be powered by an external 19 V power supply. My choice fell on the ASRock H110TM-ITX R2.0 motherboard.
HP Pavilion 15 is an ultraportable laptop that provides high performance, has a 15.6 inch full HD display, very useful for professionals who work in cybersecurity and hacking. The notebook supports many types of connections, including 1x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x HDMI, etc. Pavilion 15 has an integrated webcam with a dual array camera, a digital microphone. Bydefault, the laptop comes with Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-Bit operating system.
The weight is 4.08 pounds, so it’s quite easy to carry from place to another. This HP laptop has a built-in webcam with a dual array, a digital microphone. The laptop has a backlit keypad and numeric pad, helping you to type comfortably. The HP notebook comes with a solid state drive of 512 GB, which helps in penetration testing tasks. It also supports wireless communication standards like Bluetooth and Memory type like DDR4 SODIMM. The laptop has Intel Uhd Graphics with shared graphics memory, which helps in running a dual OS like Windows 10 and Kali Linux.
Lenovo IdeaPad is a good laptop to work on Kali Linux. It is one of the best options to have 14.0″ LED with an anti-glare display. This machine is AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor that enables hackers to work seamlessly without any hassle.
When we talk about storage, such a laptop has SSD of 256GB and RAM of 8GB. It is sufficient for storing high-quality images and videos. Furthermore, you do not need an external hard drive. However, if you like to increase internal storage space, you can easily do it later on.
The design of this Lenovo IdeaPad is quite impressive compared to other laptops. Its weight is 3.3 pounds, and hence you can carry anywhere you want.
The battery life of Lenovo IdeaPad has 7 hours of battery life that enables you to work without interruption. You do not need a GPU for playing high-quality video as this laptop is equipped with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics.