Here’s a little secret for you: most online poker software is incredibly easy to run on almost any computer.
Online poker sites have a serious incentive to make their software compatible with even the most antiquated laptops so they can increase their market share.
In fact, we built a premium grinding station in 2009 and honestly it would still play every piece of poker software you could throw at it.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the experience is the same on every computer.
There are a couple features that are particularly important for online grinders. One is screen size (likewise resolution) because you’re going to want to multi-table and another is mobility because most poker players want to travel.
Over the last five years there has been one significant upgrade that will help speed up your poker sessions. That’s the transition from old disk-based hard drives to flash-based solid state drives or SSDs.
SSDs will help you load anything on your hard drive much faster and that includes your poker client. Is it necessary? Nope. Is it awesome? Yes.
Some people will argue about the benefits of a beastly desktop computer brimming with scorchingly-fast silicon. It’s a good choice if you want to play 3D games at max settings but these days it’s hard to see them as anything more than overkill for online poker.
Instead of buying a desktop just attach a couple high quality monitors to your laptop and you are good to go.
Here’s a look at three great choices in 2014 (feel free to add your own in the comments!):