Choosing a Computer for EEGer

The most important things to consider are that the computer has:

  1. A Supported Windows Operating System (Windows 10 or higher recommended).
    Note: EEGer is not compatible with Macs or Chromebooks.
  2. At least two USB ports to connect to the amplifier and security dongle (three or more are recommended).
  3. An HDMI port (or other display port) to connect the computer to an external monitor.
  4. A dedicated graphics card.

Operating System

EEGer is compatible with Windows operating systems, it is not compatible with computers using ChromeOS or MacOS.

Windows 10 is recommended for its stability, but many new laptops on the market will come preinstalled with the newer Windows 11. Windows 11 is okay to use with EEGer if that is what is available. The only notable differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 for use with EEGer are minor changes in navigating the Windows File Explorer.

USB Ports

EEGer requires a minimum of two USB ports to connect the EEG amplifier and EEGer Security Dongle. If possible, it is recommended to purchase a laptop with more than two USB ports. If this is not possible and more ports are required, an external USB hub can be used to connect more peripheral devices to the computer.

Note: It is recommended to connect the EEG amplifier to the computer directly, without using an external USB hub. The EEGer Security Dongle is okay to connect to an external USB hub.

HDMI Port & Connecting to an External Monitor

EEGer is best experienced in dual monitor mode, which requires an external display to be used. Typically, this is a computer monitor or television that will be connected to the computer via HDMI.

It is possible to use an external display that uses an alternative connection type, but it’s important to make sure that both the computer and external display have a compatible port. This is why HDMI is recommended, as it is more or less standard among external displays.

Dedicated Graphics Card

EEGer is a graphically demanding program that processes and displays information to both the clinician and client in real-time. It is important for any computer used with EEGer to have a dedicated graphics card to ensure that performance issues are not encountered during training.

Computers marketed as 'gaming' laptops will typically include a dedicated graphics card that meets EEGer’s requirements. Some of the laptops we have used in the past with the software have been ASUS TUFASUS ROG, and ASUS STRIX laptops. We have also found that the Acer Nitro laptops perform nicely, as well as the HP ProBook and HP Envy laptops. We have not used a lot of the Dell G series laptops, but they are an affordable option that meet the software's minimum requirements.

Low-end gaming laptops will typically run the software well, but they will be bulkier/heavier than more expensive computers. Some gaming laptops also have a 'gamer aesthetic', that clinicians or clients might dislike.

Another option are high-end productivity laptops. These are typically targeted to people who use graphically-demanding programs for video editing or 3D modeling. They tend to be more expensive than gaming laptops, but are generally less bulky and more professional looking.

Minimum EEGer Requirements

EEG Store is able to review laptop models if sent to us by email to confirm if they would meet the software's requirements. If you have a laptop in mind that you would like our insight on, please email us with a link.

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