A laptop to record music

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ClaudeLL, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. ClaudeLL

    ClaudeLL Newbie

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    Hi, I'm a novice with computers but I'm looking for a laptop on which I could record music.
    I would rather put my time in learning about the music part then the computer components part.

    What specific requirements should I be looking out for? How many ports and which ones should be included in the laptop? And which brand would be ideal? Any help and suggestion are highly appreciated!

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Between 500$ and 1600$, could be a bit more if it makes a real difference but the cheaper the better.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Montreal, Canada

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike: HP
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Recording music with the sound card Focusrite Saffire Pro 14. I'm looking for a good set-up however I'm not a pro musician. I will mainly record guitar and voice. I will probably use the Ableton Live as software

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, I do travel a lot the road trip type of travel.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    A good average, around 8hrs

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    I would prefer seeing in first but wouldn't mind ordering it online. The thing is I would prefer to have it before January 20.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows or Mac OS

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    High-Resolution would be great

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    No preference here, I would go for the cheapest of the two.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    I've heard 256Gb would be good, but I'm open to suggestions
    16Gb of RAM also.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    This week

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    As long as possible, at least 5 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I don't depend on it.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Second option is ok!
  2. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I think you could get away with most mid-range PCs as far as performance goes, but better safe than sorry in case your needs increase in the future. Try the Dell XPS 15. It'll be good performer with its 45-watt CPU options, and for ports, it has Thunderbolt 3. The advantage with that port is you can get a Thunderbolt 3 dock with just about every kind of port you'd want, so you're not dependent on the notebook having them. Dell sells a number of those docks.


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