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I’m about to purchase a new laptop for my roasting business and I would like to purchase the one on which Cropster runs best.

closed as off-topic by Patrick Sebastien, Mayo, avocado1, Stephie, MTSan May 22 '18 at 9:14

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  • "This question does not appear to be about coffee, within the scope defined in the help center." – Patrick Sebastien, Mayo, avocado1, Stephie, MTSan
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    This is the wrong stack exchange in my opinion. It's not a coffee related topic. – avocado1 May 14 '18 at 10:42
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    You must be some kind of psychic to be able to judge me and my life just by my name (Hint: avocado is not even a real one). Psychic or not though, your question is still in the wrong stackexchange. There's one specific for hardware recommendations for example. And please don't make me explain why your question is not coffee related. I'm sure you will be able to figure it out by yourself. – avocado1 May 15 '18 at 9:25
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    This is not a coffee question, it’s a “which computer is suitable for task X” - which incidentally is a roasting program. Why don’t you check the system requirements for your software, then ask your local retailer or our sister site. – Stephie May 17 '18 at 7:02
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    Actually, I think this may be somewhat related. Cropster is special software hardly known by people who are not professional coffee roasters. Also, this software requires special I/O for thermocouples, etc. So, our sister site may not be helpful. Still, I advise Jonathan to contact Cropster support as they have dedicated knowledge on the topic. – MTSan May 17 '18 at 19:30
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    @MTSan As per the Cropster website, the special hardware is either supplied by them or an Ethernet cable will do - depending on the roaster. Couldn’t find specific hardware requirements, they write something along the line of “any average computer will do if it’s not too old”. I found no indicator that unusual HW ports are required. And if the software runs on a Mac, it can’t be ;-) – Stephie May 18 '18 at 6:31
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Here is the answer from Cropster FAQ, accessed May 2018:

Operating System • Windows Vista or later • Mac OS  • Linux Minimum Requirements • Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz • RAM: 2GB • HDD: 100MB • USB standard-A port or a compatible adapter • Display: 1366 x 768 resolution • Java 6 Release 45 Recommended Requirements • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz • RAM: 4GB • HDD: 500MB • USB standard-A port or a compatible adapter • Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution • Latest release of Java from java.com Software Requirements: • Please note that some users experience issues running the Roasting Intelligence while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed A stable internet connection is required for the RI to download profiles, green lots, machines, workers, authenticate usernames, and upload roasts to our servers. You'll need to download and run the RI while connected to the internet at least once; afterwards, you can roast without an internet connection, but will need to connect to update your inventory or reference curves and to receive updates.

The RI will not run on a Chromebook.

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