Part of my job as a Technical Lead on our Coach Relations team is outfitting our crew with the technology they need to serve you. Between purchasing dozens of computers for new hires and assembling a few of my own, I have quite a bit of experience finding the best machines for Hudl. I’ll briefly explain the specs you’re looking for below, but feel free to skip down to the recommendations at the bottom if that’s all you’re looking for.
When searching for a computer to use with Hudl, your top priority is the processor. Intel’s Core series gives you a number of options that serve a range of needs. From Core i3, to Core i5, and finally Core i7, you’ll get progressively better performance with each jump.
Beyond the processor, your main consideration will be RAM, and to a lesser extent, hard drive size. RAM allows your computer to run more programs at once and more smoothly. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a new laptop that doesn’t have 4 GB or more, which is just fine for use with Hudl and most other programs.
Hard drive space is in the same category - it won’t have much of an effect on your computer’s speed (unless you have a solid state drive) but the larger the hard drive the more video you can store. If you’re willing to splurge, solid state drives will increase the responsiveness of your computer pretty dramatically. It will boot faster and programs open almost instantly, but for the price you get much less storage capacity. Don’t worry - solid state drives only have a small impact on publishing times, so you can save a few bucks if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck with Hudl.
We purchase most of our computers from Dell, so that’s what I’ll stick to. If you have a preferred vendor or find yourself a slick deal, then do your thing. On to the recommendations!
Core i3 Laptop - Great for Hudl.com usage and uploading in a pinch.
Core i5 Laptop - Same as the i3 system, but faster. Hits a sweet spot in value vs. performance.
Core i7 Quad Laptop - If budget is less of a concern, this is about as good as you can get in a laptop. Can be up to twice as fast as the computers above when it comes to encoding video.
Looking at a desktop computer? The recommendations above regarding processor families, RAM and hard drive size still apply. You’ll get >50% more performance than you would on a laptop spending the same amount of money.
Wondering about Macs? The same recommendations apply, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a Mac that won’t handle Hudl with ease.