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Editor's Choice

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

3/5
Editor's Choice

Acer Aspire 5

3.5/5
Editor's Choice

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

/5

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Thanks to the portability that they offer, laptops are a very popular choice amongst hackers. However, they also tend to be more expensive and harder to pick compared to a traditional desktop. After all, there are various pros and cons to each choice which is something that can make a massive difference in user experience.

So many things to consider; display, processor, keyboard, design, GPU, battery, etc. That’s why we made this list to help you out. Let’s get right into it!

Our Recommended Best Laptops for Hacking

Editor's Choice

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

3/5
Editor's Choice

Acer Aspire 5

3.5/5
Editor's Choice

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

/5

Acer Predator Helios 300

5/5

Asus VivoBook S

/5

How We Picked

While moving forward, keep in mind that by receiving something positive you almost always get another negative as well. It’s a sort of unwritten law for laptops.

Bigger displays reduce portability, more power reduces battery life, more RAM and storage increase pricing, etc. Now that this is out of the way, let us check out some of the best laptops for hacking!

Our Recommended

Best Laptops for Hacking

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Editor's Choice

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

Solid workhorse of a laptop. Not too flashy but get’s the job done. Decent screen size and backlit keyboard make this a good-al;-rounder with decent memory and SSD upgrade options.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Lightweight
  • Decent battery life
  • Thin bezels
  • Slim

Cons

  • No dedicated GPU

Asus VivoBook S

Don’t let the relatively low price tag fool you. With a Core i5, 8 gigs of RAM, and a decent SSD, this machine is more than capable enough to handle some basic tasks.

However, do keep in mind that the lack of dedicated graphics is a massive deal-breaker for those who are interested in 3D rendering anything or playing games. The rest of you should be fine with it.

One thing that we particularly liked about it is its low weight and overall design. Thin bezels, slim, decent keyboard – there’s not a whole lot more that we can ask from a budget laptop!

Editor's Choice

Acer Aspire 5

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Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Good value
  • Simplistic look/design (Could be a con for those who prefer flashy looks)
  • Good balance between portability and usability

Cons

  • The dedicated GPU is not that good for gaming

Acer Aspire E15

If you prioritize battery life over things like gaming and thin bezels, then the Aspire E15 is quite possibly your best bet.

Do keep in mind that while the MX150 is a dedicated card, it’s not the best choice for gaming in 2020. Far from it. There is no doubt that you’ll get better performance compared to most iGPUs. But, we seriously wouldn’t recommend it to gamers.

Other than that, you get a mid-range processor, great battery life, an SSD along with 8 gigs of RAM, and a simplistic look in exchange for a mid-range price tag.

The laptop is a little bit on the heavy side. But we’ve definitely seen worse.

Editor's Choice

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

Pros

  • Acceptable for gaming
  • Decent battery life
  • Aggressive design (Could be a con for some)
  • Lots of ports compared to other options

Cons

  • Heavy

Dell Inspiron 15 7567

If you’re a gamer, then just by spending a tiny bit more than what the Aspire E15 is asking for, you can get the Inspiron 15 which is all-around a superior option for gaming. However, it’s also a lot heavier.

The 1050 Ti may be a bit outdated now, but it’s still suitable for 720P or even 1080P gaming – depending on what you play, how many FPS you need, and the graphical settings as well.

Other than that, there’s not much to brag about. Mediocre RAM, storage, and battery life is pretty decent as well.

If there’s one downside, then that’s definitely going to be the weight and thickness of the device – which is something to be expected from gaming laptops.

Acer Predator Helios 300

A gaming laptop that is completely at home in other fields. Powerful, good 144hZ refresh rate and sleek styling make this one to consider for any job.

Pros

  • Great specs at a great price
  • Good for gaming
  • Good for processor-demanding tasks
  • Decent battery life
  • High refresh rate display

Cons

  • The design looks a bit weird/squarish
  • We could use more storage with something this powerful

Acer Predator Helios 300

The Helios 300 is the most balanced option in this list. All things considered, it offers a little bit of everything and a great value as well!

The 1660 Ti is one of the most recent mid-rangers that came out and it should be able to handle pretty much everything in 1080P. The high-refresh-rate of the screen also helps a lot in delivering not only a better gaming experience, but also smoother animations in general.

And let us not forget that you’re also getting one of the most powerful processors along with 16 gigs of RAM and decent battery life. For just a bit more than $1000, this is no doubt one of the sweetest deals.

There are not any downsides that we know of. But, we could definitely use a bit more storage with something so powerful.

Pros

  • Powerful processor
  • Powerful graphics card
  • Plenty of RAM and storage out of the box
  • Big display

Cons

  • Bad battery life
  • Heavy and generally harder to carry around
  • Expensive
  • Thick bezels

Alienware AW17R4

Those of you who are willing to spend a lot in order to get the best that’s out there will probably want to consider something like this Alienware right here.

Dell is notoriously known for overpricing their Alienware laptops. But you can’t deny that they are very powerful indeed. The 1070 along with the Core i7 will easily be able to handle everything in 1080P.

However, if you’re spending that much on a laptop, we’d recommend going for the GTX 1080 version instead. But, we highly doubt that it’ll go back in stock.

If there’s one downside with this laptop, then it’s definitely going to be its portability. Or to be more precise, its lack of it. At almost 10 pounds with a 17.3 display with its thick bezels, you’re gonna struggle a lot to carry this around over long distances.

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Our Verdict

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

3/5

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

3/5

ASUS VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop

3/5

We understand that all of that may be a bit too much to take in at once. So, to wrap things up as fast as possible:

  1. Asus VivoBook S: The cheapest and most lightweight option – but it only offers the absolute basic specs for a casual user
  2. Acer Aspire E15: Offers great battery life – but the specs are still not high enough for some people (Especially the GPU)
  3. Dell G5 15: All around a good high-end option – but it’s also the heaviest laptop in this list
  4. Acer Predator Helios 300: The best for gaming and demanding 3D tasks – but it’s a bit thick and expensive as well
  5. Dell Alienware M15: Powerful with more RAM and storage than you’ll ever need on a laptop – but it’s by far the most expensive laptop here

That’s all for now. We hope that this article helped you out with your decision. If there are any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments!

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