Assimilation takes place by interpretation and/or analysis. In either case, it usually involves the use of portable (“laptop”) computers.
If you are doing only interpretation, you should find that the same hardware we recommend for acquisition is adequate.
If you are doing analysis, you are likely to want more capable equipment. We evaluated hardware for analysis in August 02015. We selected the following representative equipment.
System76 Lemur, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD, $803. Additional costs: $3 recycling fee, $60.23 sales tax, $195 3-year warranty, $29.39 shipping. Total: $1090.62.
MacBook Air 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, i7 5650U 2.2GHz processor, $1449. Additional costs: $249 3-year warranty, $135.84 sales tax. Total: $1833.84.
Acer Aspire R7-371T-59Q1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, i5 5200U 2.2GHz processor, $934. Additional costs: $200 3-year warranty (estimate). Total: $1134.
HP EliteBook 840 G2, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, i5 5200U 2.2GHz processor, $1170.