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    Best laptop to run kali on for $500.00

    I don't come here often, but befor I spend $500 I would like to know what you guys think the best
    laptop to run kali on and for pentesting, hacking in general. Here are a few I been looking at.

    1. Lenovo IdeaPad 320
    2. Lenovo ThinkPad T420
    3.Acer Aspire E 15
    4. Lenovo Y50

    If you think another one is better let me know.
    Thank you
    renny

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    A 'best laptop to run kali on' does not exist.

    Some people are looking for a workstation to use hashcat, some for a mobile device with long battery life. A bright full hd display can be useful for Kali, too.

    I love Thinkpads. The T420 is a well build machine, but it doesn't even provide USB3.0 (not needed for Kali use).

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    I have a Lenovo ThinkPad L530 that I've been using for years. Serves me well for general security work.

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    I use Acer aspire E15 its great 4gbs Ram is nice upgradeable to 8 if ya really need to.
    Hdmi port
    2 2.0 usb ports
    1 3.0 usb Port
    Battery runs well over 5 hours
    .nice

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    Thinkpad T420. Others sound like tablet-like laptops and are generally poorly supported (due to limitations on how they were built).

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    Agree with Mister_X on tablets...definitely stick with laptops or PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zabado View Post
    Up to this point I've been using Kali on either VMs or a USB Live distro. I'm looking to purchase a laptop for a dedicated install, but have found it difficult to find information on what are actually good compatible laptops for Kali currently.

    I don't have a ton of restrictions. Main things I want are

    1) Highly compatible/Least issues to setup
    2) Cheap is good
    3) More USB ports is better
    lenovo X220 its the best laptop 3 USB ports 1 usb3 2 usb2 one of them always on even of laptop shut down sd card reader
    great keyboard and the most ((( important ))) thing the bios its unlocked
    whitlist removed from the bios and advanced menu bios enabled
    you can add any wifi card or wwan card brand not restricted to any brand or kind , 2 pcie slots you can modify the laptop to 3 pcie slots
    16gb ram 1866 MHz and you can modify the screen to 13.1 screen (2K)
    other brand laptop bios locked and whitlisted you cant add any wifi card or ram

    for me i added wifi card inside of my laptop 2.4GHz and 5GHz capable of packet injection
    and the laptop very cheap

    only these two models X220 X230

    Computer
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2640M CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Memory 8051MB
    Machine Type Notebook
    Operating System Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
    User Name root (root)
    Date/Time Sun 30 Sep 2018 04:33:46 PM +03

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    Quote Originally Posted by Net Storm View Post
    ..... whitelist removed from the bios and advanced menu bios enabled ...
    presume BIOS patched ValdikSS from here: hxxp://x220.mcdonnelltech.com/resources/

    Quote Originally Posted by Net Storm View Post
    ....for me i added wifi card inside of my laptop 2.4GHz and 5GHz capable of packet injection ...
    Tkx for helpfull info. Would u pls advise wifi card inside type u added
    as noted abt Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Plus Bluetooth which isn't so good
    and hard to instal drivers at kali Linux.

    tkx in advance for help

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    anything ath9k is good. Check out wikidevi for a list of cards.

    However, replacing the card isn't always possible and there are sometimes BIOS locks. So go with a USB. Check recommended cards in the FAQ of Aircrack-ng.

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    I've Aheros USB Wifi but only 2.4 Gz which working fine.
    Just awtg new laptop x220 which thinking to replace mini-pci card by two bands
    as sometimes not so suitable to use USB pens ....

    As for BIOS already have seen web-site as above mentioned tt permit to delete whitelist
    and use any card. Have already got advise to use Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6205
    which working fine in both bands (2.4 & 5) (Tkx Net Storm)

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    Hello dear friends,
    just got X220 IPS icore-7 16 Gb
    already installed wifi Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6205
    thus working two bands 2.4 & 5

    interesting which Kali image best to install as love Cinnamon shell but no any new 2018.4

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    And1966, that question is better in another thread

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    notebook working fine with kali
    only just one problems tt wifi card Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6205 have power 15 mBt and can't be increased even use REG changing & other commends
    to pitty no way seems to get more power ...

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    I think that Lenovo Thinkpad is the best among the options that you have provided, but I can't guarantee you that there will be no complication in running Linux on this laptop. Also, I want to know your thoughts about wireless dog fence, is it a great alternative to the traditional fence?
    Last edited by anjomor; 2018-12-14 at 07:22.

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    lenovo is not really best ... it has firmware from China. Probably keyboard is really good...

    acer is a good choice ... and if you really believe in best notebooks - they cost 1.200,- until 1.800,- USD

    e.g. DELL alienware with 13 inch Display
    or at http://puri.sm you find really the best Linux pieces ...

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    They all have stuff coming from china

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    A 'best laptop to run kali on' does not exist.
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    Last edited by bandana; 2019-05-08 at 20:29.

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