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Re: In the market for a new laptop

Just stay away from emachines unless you are resigned to using a mouse or even a separate keyboard, in which case why use a laptop? I was using my 10-year-old Gateway laptop as a backup for weeks while my one-year-old emachines was in the shop for "dancing cursor disease." My coal-burning Gateway may be slow but at least the cursor stays put and doesn't jump from field to field, or disappear entirely and take a paragraph or two along with it. Who needs that s**t??

Tim Mungenast
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--- On Mon, 4/8/13, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Art Simon <simart@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: In the market for a new laptop
To: "Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com" <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Date: Monday, April 8, 2013, 8:40 PM

Hi Kay'lon,

Most laptops are pretty good these days. I've been having good luck with Acer recently, so If it were me I'd probably buy this:

8Gb Ram and an i7 processor should be adequate for most live looping. You could swap out the drive for a SSD (solid state drive) if you have a large number of tracks of music being written to or read from the disk.

The biggest question mark is your sound card. Most people anymore use a USB sound card, and not all chipsets work equally well with USB audio. I would post in whatever forums there are for your particular sound card and find out what laptops have worked for other people. I'm currently using a pretty inexpensive Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB sound card and I'm getting low levels of latency that rival expensive RME sound cards.

With a $1000 budget you should be fine. Stick with lots of RAM and a top of the line Intel i7 processor and you will probably never come close to the limits of the machine.

On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

Looking for a new laptop on windows to use for live looping/production. Hopefully a skinny one that is able to handle decently heavy vst's well. My budget is under $1000. Any suggestions?

Art Simon