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Re: In the market for a new laptop

I’d stay away from the Sonys.  They tend to have a lot of special stuff that’s Sony-only.  Acer makes a reliable machine!
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: In the market for a new laptop
I have to say that at this point in the game, using the last stable operating system, be it MAC or Windows, in a machine with a lot of RAM you're likely to be fine (unless you are really a power user who is going to try to run video installations while you record 24 tracks in octophonic sound).
It just seems to me that we are well past the days of most computers not being fit for music production without tweaks and adjustments.
Of course a more informed opinion easily trumps mine.

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

So far after getting some help searching for a laptop from a friend of mine, we came down to these few. Which ones do you guys recommend? Which one seems like a good buy? I was really looking at the sony but dont know sony's reputation for music production.


On Apr 18, 2013 1:56 PM, "van Sinn" <vansinn@post.cybercity.dk> wrote:
Core i7 is a decentæly better optimized processor than previous generation, so, depending on needs, a 1.9GHz version might be just fine.

I'd definately replace the oldschool drive for an SSD.
Much better performance, less noise, less heat developed and lower power consumption - which likewise results in less heat as the power supply will be less loaded, all resulting in lower noise and maybe increased stability when used in hot conditions.
The Samsung 840 series are very well-balanced for a variety of tasks, and fairly affordable.

One of my main lappy criteria is as large a heatsink and vent outlets as possible, as this translates directly to lower noise and better stability.
I currently have an older Lenovo R500, upgraded with a faster 35Watt cpu and a Samsung 840 SSD, and will shop another Lenovo again.
Also, they're some of the only (pro) ones that comes with firewire.

kay'lon rushing wrote:
Art I looked at that link. It looks like a nice laptop but 1.9ghz seems somewhat low. Correct me if I'm wrong as I'm no computer wiz. The Laptop I use now is 2ghz. It's not i7 though.

     >From: Art Simon <simart@gmail.com <mailto:simart@gmail.com>>
     >Subject: Re: In the market for a new laptop
     >To: "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
     >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
    <mailto: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
     >simart@gmail.com <mailto:simart@gmail.com>


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