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Re: In the market for a new laptop

You might want to look at ThinkPads and IdeaPads from Lenovo as well - they seem to generally be well regarded (I've seen this discussion come up a lot on the GearSlutz music computers, where they're definitely most concerned with issues of latency/etc. for running their DAWs).

Probably one of the biggest things you need to identify is exactly what you'll be doing, and how much CPU and memory that's going to take - it should give you a better baseline over what you'll need.

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:
It's tough to say what the minimum specs are, it depends how much you want to do. You can loop with a netbook. In terms of optimum specs, I'd look for a quad core i7 processor and 4Gb of Ram.

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:
In general what are the minimum specs I should go for if I plan on doing a lot of live looping with vst instruments and possibly live audio looping?

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM, Art Simon <simart@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey Kay'lon,

I'd stick go with a bigger processor (and bigger size) over a thin and light laptop for music, but even the ultrabooks are pretty good these days. I'd concur with those who say to avoid Sony, and I'd add HP and Gateway to that list of manufacturers who stop supporting older products. 

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

What about ultrabooks? I want something thin and light. Are they good enough? Say like an i5 1.8 ghz with 8gb ram. Would that handle well with vst patches and stuff?

On May 4, 2013 4:22 PM, "Mark Hamburg" <mark@grubmah.com> wrote:
I also recommend staying away from Sony's. In my experience, Sony's support from the standpoint of drivers, etc stops soon after they ship the machine.


On May 3, 2013, at 7:04 PM, Stephen Goodman wrote:

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!

Art Simon

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Art Simon