Best laptop for hacking

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?

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In the next few years, I think the eDP standard will push outdated LVDS from the market.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.

Motherboard

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.