Best Laptop for Music Production

Good music production equipment is only as good as the machine you’re feeding it to. From the signal of your instruments to the recording of voice, if the computer you are using is not up to the task, you can have all the gear you want, but still not be able to produce something that will sound remotely professional. Even if you’re not looking for a professional sound, a slow and problem computer may cause frustration. Ask anybody who had to deal with a computer that lags while trying to edit or compose something on it. The answer will almost always be much more explicit than the one I gave you here.

In professional studios you will rarely find a laptop that is used for the main process of music production. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re no laptop models out there that are capable of doing exactly that. Whether you’re an enthusiast or an aspiring pro, a good laptop for music production can save you a lot of time, so let’s take a look at some of the models we find to be up to this task

 

Apple Macbook Pro 15.4" Laptop with Retina Display

Let’s start right on the top, you might say. And for the most part, you’ll be right. Although, Apple has a reputation of being more a status symbol than a machine you work on, you can’t argue with numbers. The MacBook Pro is definitely something to consider if you are looking for a reliant ally in your music career.

Pros:

  • 2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage

Cons:

  • Very pricy
  • Display may show some problems after time

Summary

The MacBook Pro confirms the old saying: “If you want quality, you’d have to pay for it.” I’m not sure if this saying really exists, but if not, it definitely should for the sole purpose of this laptop model. 


Toshiba Satellite 15.6" Laptop Computer

Now let’s dial a bit down the price tag and look at Toshibas contribution to high-end laptop models for music production. The Satellite model has proven itself as being very reliable over time of extensive usage. The Intel Core i7 CPU is very generous, as far your operating system plays along.

Pros:

  • 6" WLED Backlit Touchscreen Display (1366 x768).

  • 4th Gen Intel Quad-Core i7-4710HQ Processor, 2.5 GHz boost up to 3.5 GHz.

  • 8GB Memory / 1TB Hard Drive / Intel HD Graphics 4600.

  • Dual-Band Wireless AC 3160 / HDMI with 4K Ultra HD Output / Bluetooth 4.0 / DTS Sound.

Cons:

  • The housing feels a bit cheap
  • Problems with cooling system may occur if put on inadequate surfaces

Summary

Although it’s very generous with its price, the “Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR Laptop Computer” delivers on most parts very good results when working with audio and audio related software. If combined with the latest version of Windows, it could be a sustainable and versatile device in your home studio.


Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series HD 17.3" Laptop

The Dell laptop on this list offers great performances for a very affordable price. The 1 TB hard drive will defiantly come in handy when storing your WAV or FLAC files, while the i7 processor will handle all kinds of processes during your editing and composing with ease.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Intel Core i7 5500U 2.4 GHz Processor
  • 1 TB HDD Storage; Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
  • 3 Inch HD+ (1600x900) LED-lit Truelife Screen

Cons:

  • Only 8GB of RAM
  • Glossy screen
  • Long booting time

Summary

He price to performance ratio of the “Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series” model is a very big plus if you’re looking for a budget-friendly laptop. As far as music production goes, this model can handle most processes with ease, but in long run, it may show signs of weaknesses and fatigue.


Acer Aspire 15.6" LED Notebook

This laptop model may be just what you need to get more serious in your digital music production career. It’s clearly not the most powerful computer for this kind of task, but it’ll certainly get the job done. With an affordable price, this is great to get the hang of handling lightweight music projects at home.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Hard Drive Capacity:1 TB
  • Processor Type: Intel Core i7 i7-5500U
  • Standard Memory:12 GB

Cons:

  • Not very powerful
  • May show signs of weakness if loaded with a bunch of processes

Summary

He price to performance ratio of the “Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series” model is a very big plus if you’re looking for a budget-friendly laptop. As far as music production goes, this model can handle most processes with ease, but in long run, it may show signs of weaknesses and fatigue.


Apple Macbook Pro


  • Professional
  • Powerful
  • Reliable

Toshiba Satellite 


  • Semi-professional
  • Affordable

Dell Inspiron 


  • Friendly
  • Cheap

Acer Aspire 


  • Very affordable
  • For beginners

 

Conclusion

Music production may seem like something that any computer could handle with ease. I mean, it’s not like you have to edit 4K UHD videos. This a general misconception. Music production programs are very “heavy” on the machine it’s running on. Any bigger project just requires a lot of processing power, as well as RAM to hold those processes.

The Acer and Dell model on this list are great machines, but for a more serious sound editing and composing project, there might occur a problem or two with the processing of the different operations.

The MacBook in this list is very powerful in performance, but also in price that isn’t easy to pay for if you’re not a professional music producer.

The Toshiba Satellite model is a great combination of both worlds. It has a very good track record in endurance, while still being affordable by most enthusiasts and even professionals who need something for the road.



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