The 5 Best Computers for Performance Analysis 2022

By Duncan Ritchie

31-March-2022 on Tips

9 minute read

Back in 2020, we published an article titled The 5 Best Laptop Computers for Sports Analysis in 2020, which was extremely well received by our community of analysts. But time moves on, technology develops, and the machines on this list are starting to look a little long in the tooth. So, today, we present our new list, updated for the 2022/23 season.


We've chosen five different computers to highlight in this article, but, again, this is not an exhaustive list. There are many more computers on the market which are more than capable of running Nacsport in all its facets. Have a look at the ebook we published a couple of weeks ago for a longer list.


All the computers in this article comply with or surpass the system requirements for running Nacsport. Also, we’ve concentrated on the Windows OS here as Nacsport is only currently available for this environment. We are working on Nacsport for MacOS, and we'll have more news on this soon, but if you do want to run it on Mac now, there is a work-around available


So, without further ado, here are Nacsports best computers for performance analysis 2022/23...

 Nacsport is in no way affiliated with any of the brands or manufacturers mentioned in this post. This article was conceived as a result of the many questions we have received from Nacsport users about this subject.

The Top Dog


Dell XPS 17


Dell XPS 17


We start at the pricier end of the market with this Dell machine which boasts a massive 17-inch UHD screen for clarity and perfect legibility. Under the hood, this laptop is powered by an Intel Core i9 processor backed up with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. Add to this an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of dedicated RAM, and you have a beast of a machine which can handle anything that is thrown at it.


This laptop easily surpasses the recommended requirements for running Nacsport and, investing in a laptop with high-end specs such as this, will ensure future-proofing for many years to come.


Pros: A Huge amount of RAM and storage. Top the line processor and graphics card. Future-proofed.


Cons: Expensive


The Second-Place Wonder


ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17


ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17


Here’s another laptop set-up containing the latest generation Intel Core i9 processor (although there are lower priced iterations with i7 chips)  which will go above and beyond in terms of performance. This machine was built with gaming in mind and, as such, is perfect for the demanding rigours of video analysis software such as Nacsport.


Again, this is a big laptop with a 17-inch 4K UHD screen powered by a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. There is 16GB of RAM, half of the Dell XPS 17, but you get double the storage with a 2TB SSD drive. A powerhouse of a computer which will also be future-proofed for many years.


Pros: Gaming computer capable of running anything thrown at it.


Cons: Expensive, although there are cheaper versions available with Intel i7 processors.


The Tactile Wonder


HP Spectre X360 13


HP Spectre X360 13 


From big screen gaming laptops to something a little bit smaller and more portable. The Spectre has a 13.3-inch screen that, although makes it easier to carry around, might be a little small for some tastes.


Specs are similar to other computers in this section, although there is no Nvidia graphics card here. Instead, it comes with integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics. You still get an Core i7 chip and 1TB of storage. The big selling point is that this computer is convertible and can be folded and used like a tablet. Perfect for those who like to get more tactile with their analysis.


Pros: Good specs. Touch screen. Portable.


Cons: Screen might be too small for some.


The Mid-Price Powerhouse


Acer Nitro 5


Acer Nitro 5


The Acer Nitro 5 could easily be included in our top-of-the-range computers. It has a great looking 15-6-inch screen, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, and 512GB of SSD storage, all very similar to the specs we saw in the section above.


But the big difference in the version we’re looking at is the CPU. Instead of an Intel Core i7 chip, the Nitro has an AMD Ryzen 7 chip, which greatly reduces its price and puts it in the mid-range (although there are more expensive models with Intel’s processor available).


With the Ryzen processors being comparable to their Intel cousins, this is a great choice for those on a slightly tighter budget.


Pros: High specced, capable machine at a great price.


Cons: AMD is not as well-known as Intel, although they are comparable.


The Top Dog's Little Brother


Dell Inspiron 15


Dell Inspiron 15


Here’s another great computer that’s well worth taking a look at. Like the Nitro 5, this mid-range computer sports an AMD Ryzen 7 chip, which brings the price down considerably. This is paired with an AMD Radeon 530 GPU which has 4GB of dedicated memory.


There is less storage (256GB) and less RAM (8GB) but it’s all packaged up in a great looking chassis with 15.6-inch screen. It may be a little slower than the computers at the top end, but this computer will certainly get your analysis work done.


Pros: Good looking machine with plenty of processing power behind it.


Cons: Relatively small SSD which could fill up quite quickly.


Need More Help?


So, that's our list. Obviously, there are many computers out there which would be perfect for your analysis work, many more than we could include in this list. We haven’t even mentioned desktop or tablet computers in this selection (although these do get a mention in the ebook).


If you've got your eye on a computer but aren't sure if it’s suitable for sports analysis with Nacsport, get in touch with us through our website or through any of our social media channels and we'll advise you as best we can. As always, we’re here for you!

Thanks for reading!

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