Pentesting - this is a step-by-step attack against a system to find its vulnerability. For pen-testing, you cannot just use any laptop. That is why in this article we are going to talk about the best laptop for pentesting! If you are looking for a new laptop, then please read through the article.
Aspiring Asus brings to you its VivoBook S15 S512. They are calling it a Pentesting laptop. Shall we see then how it fares? The laptop comes with an 8th generation Core i5-8265U Quad-core processor. The processor has a base frequency of 1.60 GHz and boosts the speed up to 3.90 GHz. It is a quad-core processor that can handle 8 threads and has 6 MB of cache memory. The laptop also has a DDR4 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD for quick data transactions. There is a 15.6 inches Full HD NanoEdge bezel display. The battery can support for about 7 hours 5 minutes.
Asus brings to you ROG Strix Scar II. They are calling it a gaming laptop. Shall we see then how it fares? The laptop comes with an 8th Generation Core™ i7-8750H Processor from Intel®. The processor has a base frequency of 2.20 GHz and boosts the speed up to 4.10 GHz. It is a six-core processor that can handle 12 threads and has 9 MB of Smart Cache memory. The laptop also has a DDR4 16 GB RAM at 2666 MHz and 512 GB SSD and an additional 1 TB FireCuda Hard Disk for quick data transactions. There is a 17.3-inches Full HD IPS display that gets support from a GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card from Nvidia, and the graphics card has a dedicated GDDR6 8 GB VRAM. The battery can support for about 80 minutes.
Dell brings to you its XPS Thin and Light. Shall we see then how it fares? The laptop comes with a 7th Generation Core™ i7-7700HQ from Intel®. The processor has a base frequency of 2.80 GHz and boosts the speed up to 3.80 GHz. It is a 4-core processor that can handle 8 threads and has 6 MB of Smart Cache memory. The laptop also has a dual-channel DDR4 16 GB RAM at 2400 MHz (upgradeable to 32 GB) and 1 TB SSD for quick data transactions. 1 extra slot for RAM upgrade. There is a 15.6 inches 4K Full HD Touch InfinityEdge display that gets support from a GeForce GTX 1050 dedicated graphics card from Nvidia, and the graphics card has a dedicated 3 GB VRAM. The battery can support for about 8 hours.
Behold HP 15 Laptop. It is a beauty in its design and a beast in its hardware. It comes with a superfast 11th generation Quad-core Core i5-1135G7 with an astonishing maximum of 4.5 MHz and 8 MB of Smart Cache memory. You get a DDR4 8 GB RAM 2666 MHz bus speed. It has a 256 GB SSD. It has a LED-backlit 15.6-inches IPS micro-edge Full HD and an anti-glare display. This display runs on integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The battery can run the laptop for 8 hours.
Yes, it is MSI again with its Creator 15 Professional Laptop. There is a reason why it is called the Creator 15 Professional Laptop. A monstrous processor is humming inside of its chassis - an Octa-core Intel Core i7 Processor. It has 8 cores capable of running at a maximum of 5.10 GHz. That is not the end of it. There are an edge-to-edge UHD thin bezel 15.6 inches 4K display that runs on a dedicated ８GB GeForce RTX 2070 Super from Nvidia. It has a dual-Channel - 2666 Hz DDR4 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD. It has a very fleeting battery life of 9 hours.
The famous HP brand brings you its 14″ Touchscreen model. This beauty houses a superfast Ryzen 3-3200U processor. The process has two cores and can handle 4 threads at a base frequency of 2.60 GHz speed, and can squeeze out a maximum of 3.5 GHz of clock speed. This unbelievable monstrous power is backed up by a 4 MB cache memory. The laptop comes with 8 GB) random access memory at DDR4-2400 MHz bus speed. It has a fast 128 GB SSD for better data transfer. It has a 14-inch HD natural finger-touch display. This display is powered by Vega 3 Graphics from AMD, and it has a shared memory. It has about 8 hours of battery life.
This laptop is from the famous South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung. This is another installment of budget computing configuration. A dual-core Celeron N4000 runs the computer. The processor has a 4 MB cache memory. The clock speed can reach up to 2.6 GHz speed. It houses a muscular DDR4 2.60 GHz 4 GB RAM. It houses a 32 GB SSD and 64 Micro-SD cards. It has a 15.6 inches full HD display which has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600. 11.5 hours of battery life.
The famous Asus brand brings you its gaming class TUF FX505DT model. This beauty houses a superfast Ryzen 3 3200U Processor from AMD. The process has 2 cores and can handle 4 threads at a base frequency of 2.60 GHz speed, and can squeeze out a maximum of 3.50 GHz of clock speed. This unbelievable monstrous power is backed up by a massive 4 MB L3 cache memory. The laptop comes with 4 GB DDR4 random access memory. It has a fast 128 GB SSD for better data transfer. It has a Full HD IPS 15.6-inch display. The laptop has a Vega 3 Graphics shared. This laptop has 8 hours of battery support.
This powerhouse is from HP. It houses a powerful 10th Generation Intel Quad-core Core i5-1035G1 processor, which can speed up to 3.6 GHz and has 6 megabytes of Smart cache memory. With such a sizable cache memory, speed will not be a problem for you. It supports Intel Graphics Coprocessor. It runs on a 16 GB RAM 2666 MHz speed and 512 GB of SSD, which ensures faster loading of windows and apps. It has a built-in microphone with its webcam. It is a touch 15.6'' display unit. The laptop can run the battery for about 8 hours straight.
The famous Apple brand brings you its MacBook Air model. This silver beauty houses a superfast 8th generation Core™ i5 Processor from Intel®. The process has four cores and can handle 8 threads at a base frequency of 1.60 GHz speed, and can squeeze out a maximum of 3.60 GHz of clock speed. This unbelievable monstrous power is backed up by a massive 4 MB cache memory. The laptop comes with 8 GB random access memory. It has a fast 128 GB SSD for better data transfer. It has a retina 13.3 inches display. The laptop has Intel UHD integrated graphics 617. According to Amazon's official page, this laptop has 12 hours of battery support for web browsing on WIFI.
The first laptop on our list is the fantastic 'Apple MacBook pro'. An Intel Core i5 processor runs this device. The Retina display has a technology called 'True Tone'. It has a backlit keyboard. It has a Touch ID and Touch Bar. The Intel Iris plus graphic runs the device. Its SSD is ultrafast. It has 4 thunderbolt USB ports (USB type c). The battery can keep the laptop running for around ten hours. With a 10th generation quad-core processor, eighty percent improvement in graphics, RAM support up to 32 GB at 3733MHz speed, and storage space up to 4TB of SSD, you cannot make a wrong investment of your money. Its release date was April of 2020. It has a 13-inch retina display.
The famous HP brand brings you its 15 Premium model. This matte black stealth beauty houses a superfast 10th generation Intel® Core - i7-8750H processor. The process has six cores and can handle 12 threads at a base frequency of 2.20 GHz speed, and can squeeze out a maximum of 4.10 GHz of clock speed. This unbelievable monstrous power is backed up by a massive 9 MB cache memory. The laptop comes with 12 GB random access memory. It has a fast 512 GB SSD for better data transfer. It has a 3 ms 144 Hz wide view angle anti-glare 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display with 72 percent NTSC. This display is powered by a dedicated supermassive graphics card GeForce GTX1060 from NVIDIA. It has a dedicated GDDR6 6 GB graphics memory. You can forget about CPU lag forever. The battery can support 3 hours and 36 minutes.
Deciding what could be the best laptop for pentesting can be difficult if you do not know anything about mobile computers. For pentesting, you need to watch out for a few components. Let us have a look.
You will be doing pentesting in a Virtual machine. So, if your processor does not support Virtualization technology, you will not be able to run VMWare. It is not safe to run pentesting in your main machine or main OS. Always do this in a virtual machine. So, look around the Intel, AMD, or Apple website and forum and ask the manufacturer about the perfect processor for your work.
If you choose an integrated Graphics chip, you will need bigger RAM. Or you can buy a laptop with a dedicated graphics card. Whichever you choose will cost you money. So, be ready.
You need the fastest and comparatively bigger RAM. Why? Because you will be hosting a virtual machine alongside your primary OS. Therefore, it will require double the space in RAM. For faster loading, I suggest DDR4 or LPDDR4 16 or 32 GB RAM.
You will need perfect battery life if you are trying to do pentesting while you are moving. For example, you are trying to check your company's security from various places in the office building, and moving with the adapter and the cord will be cumbersome. So, At least 8 hours of battery backup should do fine.
You do not need a bigger monitor all the time if you have a spare monitor sitting on your desk. But at least a 15-inch display is necessary for better viewing.
You need faster loading of everything app along with your Virtual machine. Also, you need larger space to host multiple OSs. So use a bigger SSD or use SATA and SSD combination. You can also use M.2 NVMe PCIe memory if you have an expansion slot.
It is impossible because there is only one HDMI port.
It is NVMe, not SATA.
The exact reason cannot be said. It is maybe because it is not popular.
You cannot say. So, go for a new one. It is better to be happy than regretful.
2.2 is the base speed; the speed will increase till it is 3 GHz if it is necessary.
In this article, I have tried to list the best laptop for pentesting. It solely depends on the pentester exactly what kind of workload s/he is expecting to put her/his laptop through. So, based on the workload and budget, a person should buy a laptop. I would suggest looking at the dedicated graphics card, RAM, SSD, and processor cores. Choose the best that fits your work. Happy hunting!