Hacking Course – Need Laptop

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    • #7688
      Tinfoilcat
      Participant

      Hello everyone, this is my first post on the forums.

      I am starting an Ethical hacking course within the next few months and I have been instructed to buy a new laptop capable of running BT5 R2 to the limit. I am very new to this field of work, and I need help trying to decide what to buy.

      I have around 3000 euros to spend.
      This laptop needs to be capable of everything I am asked to do.
      It has to last me for the next 4 years.

      I was looking towards the lenovo W line. Opinions?
      Oh and btw, I have a thing about Chiclet keyboards…hate them.
      But it appears this is the way the manufacturers want to take it 🙁

    • #47925
      rattis
      Participant

      may or may not be what is needed, but I would go look at what SANS lists as recomendations for their classes and use that as a base line.

      Personally, I would get something with the largest processor and 16gig of memory, with a 15 to 17 inch screen, that I could afford.

    • #47926
      Tinfoilcat
      Participant

      I am considering the Lenovo W530 with:

      Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)

      NVIDIA Quadro K2000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory

      32 GB DDR3 – 1600MHz (4 DIMM)

      Its come out at roughly £3500.

      Although the keyboard is Chiclet, I have heard the rumour that Lenovo will offer the old keyboard as an option around august 2012. I would consider waiting for this.

      This is a good investment right? It’s going to last for 4 years? 😀

    • #47927
      DragonGorge
      Participant

      I bought a Lenovo Ideapad last year. At first I hated the chicklet keyboard and it’s still terrible for gaming, but I eventually got used to it. It’s a decent computer and pretty powerful for the price. Good enough to run all my programs (VMWare, Backtrack, et al).

      Beware though – it runs hot (fry an egg hot) if you’re playing a game.

    • #47928
      cyber.spirit
      Participant

      man if u a computer u dont need to buy laptop u can use virtual machine for BT5 R2 like me im using vmware to run it in my windows seven u can use virtualbox for free good luck

    • #47929
      rattis
      Participant

      @cyber.spirit wrote:

      man if u a computer u dont need to buy laptop u can use virtual machine for BT5 R2 like me im using vmware to run it in my windows seven u can use virtualbox for free good luck

      You can do the same with a laptop, and have the added bonus of it being portable.

    • #47930
      Darktaurus
      Participant

      @chrisj wrote:

      @cyber.spirit wrote:

      man if u a computer u dont need to buy laptop u can use virtual machine for BT5 R2 like me im using vmware to run it in my windows seven u can use virtualbox for free good luck

      You can do the same with a laptop, and have the added bonus of it being portable.

      I would have to agree with chrisj.  A 16GB laptop with vmware workstation and a technet subscription is priceless.  And good for gaming too.  I would just say you might want to get a 15′ since the 17′ gets a little heavy after a while. 

    • #47931
      Triban
      Participant

      I will agree with ChrisJ and Agoonie.  Granted you can probably get more beef out of a desktop machine for less cost, it will not serve you if you are mobile.  Laptops are certainly a better option in this industy considering that many of us travel to Conferences, take classes and may even be security consultants.  Righ now I am running on an i7 MBP w/ 8GB.  Vmware workstation for the lab systems.  I’ve been able to run at least 3 systems with little impact on the host OS.  Though Lion is angering me with its random freezing. 

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