Remember the days when people used to make music with instruments in studios? Well times have indeed changed, and now all you need to get a chart topping single is a laptop, yes, a laptop!
The thing is to get a laptop for music production you’re going to need a laptop with high RAM, along with a fast, powerful processor, high memory and of course excellent quality speakers, which, obviously, for music production, rally is a must have.
There is an awful lot of time and research needed when you’re thinking about buying a laptop for music production. However, luckily for you, we have gone and found the very best laptops that are currently on the market and are more than delighted to be sharing them with you.
Here are the top 10 laptops that are perfect for music production:
- Asus ROG GL551JW – DS71 15.6 inch full HD gaming laptop, NVIDIA GTX960M
- Acer Aspire V17 nitro black edition VN7 – 791G -71P5 17.3 inch full HD laptop
- Apple MacBook Pro MGXC2LL/A 15.4 inch laptop with retina display
- Toshiba CB35 –B3340 13.3 inch Chromebook 2 full HD screen
- Dell Computer XPS 15 XPS15 – 4737slV 15.6 inch laptop
- MSI GE70 Apache Pro – 012 17.3 inch laptop
- Asus K55A – DS51 15.6 inch laptop ( older version) in mocha
- HP Envy 15t i7 – 4710HQ Quad Core Notebook laptop PC
- Dell Inspiration 15 i15RV – 6190BLK 15.6 inch laptop
- Alienware 14 ALW14 – 1250s LV 14 inch gaming laptop
How to choose between Chrome OS and Windows
When it comes to music production, Windows is definitely the best one to go for. If you are always working on audio files you need to consider the fact that Chrome OS doesn’t support .aac files. This means that i Tunes will not be an option for you if you do decide to go for Chrome OS. However you’ll be pleased to know that both Chrome OS and Windows both support these: .mov, .avi, .3gp, .mp4, .mkv, .mp3, .ogm, .ogv, .oga, .ogg, .wav and .webm.
Windows is also the better option when it comes to storage space on the hard drive. HP Chromebook 14 offers 16GB of storage (local) and also with that you’ll get the extra 165GB free Google Cloud storage. You can also get 100GB of extra storage for free, however after two years you will have to start to pay for this extra. Wondow’s Acer Aspire V3 however offers the user 500GB on the hard drive and also 15GB on the OneDrive storage.
If you’re a more casual music producer then Chrome OS will be just fine for you, however if you’re a professional music producer then you should definitely go for the Windows option. Apple iOS is another great choice too.
Core i5 and Core i7
Core i5 and Core i7 both offer the user Hyper Threading Technology, which greatly helps to boost your laptop’s performance, enabling you to multitask. So you could for instance be able to run many applications at the same time for example you could be uploading files while you are editing or you could be rendering audio files. Hyper Threading Technology allows you to do all of this while offering a fast performance, so you can get more things done, in the least amount of time.
Core i5 is perfect if you want to be running several applications together and you won’t have to worry about your computer freezing, lagging or crashing. However Core i7 offers all of this and more. Core i7 has been made for music production and will easily meet your demands. This really is the top of the range when it comes to fantastic speed and power.
So if you’re a professional music producer you want to be going for Core i7, it offers so much power, performance, audio quality and great graphics too. However if you’re more of a casual music producer then Core i5 will be perfect for your needs, you’ll still be able to run several applications at the same time and you will still have the speed, power, audio quality and graphics, just not as much as Core i7.
The top 3 laptops for music production in 2016
- Asus ROG GTX960M
This is just the most amazing laptop for music production and just had to be top of the list. It has a 1TB hard drive making it perfect for your music needs and it boasts a super fast intel Core i7 – 4710HQ 2.5 GHz processor. You’ll love the full HD screen, which will enable you to have a really enjoyable experience when it comes to music production.
This laptop comes with an advanced cooling efficiency design, which allows the laptop to offer the user fantastic productivity, you really can max out on production and you’ll have the least amount of noise.
The battery life on the laptop is great and with the Optimus Technology your computer will automatically switch between integrated and discrete graphics, which will offer you an enjoyable user experience.
If you are a professional music producer then this is the laptop to really consider as it offers Core i7, which is just astounding, and will enable you to run several applications at the same time, which means you will get more jobs done fast!
- Acer Aspire V17
This laptop is the beast when it comes to laptops for music production, you will be able to edit and write music, wherever you are.
It comes with a large screen, which will make the whole experience even more enjoyable and it also boasts Core i7, which enables you to carry out several applications at the same time. This laptop is equipped with Dolby audio and four built in speakers. This laptop really is all about speed, power, great productivity and awesome performance.
If you’re planning on working into the night then this clever device comes with a red lighted keyboard, so you can do just that!
To keep this laptop at its best with awesome performance there are two technologies that are used and these are Acer DustDefender and CoolBoost. These two technologies work to keep your laptop performing well and also fast and cool, which is all thanks to a personalised UI control centre. The awesome visuals are just amazing, you will be amazed!
- Apple MacBook Pro MGXC2LL/A
This laptop really will stand the test of time, it’s amazing and the Retina Display is just awesome. The screen is ice and bright and the viewing angles are great. This laptop is fast, innovative, functional and you will be able to multitask without any worries.
The design of this laptop is amazing, Apple really have taken it to a new level. This laptop is thin and offers a great battery life and they have been able to do this by removing the optical drive. This laptop boasts intel Core i7 which is just great if you’re a professional music producer. You will be able to run several applications together and not have to worry about your computer, lagging, crashing or freezing, enabling you to get more things done in the least amount of time.
Well that’s it for now, as you can see there are many great laptops that are available for music production. When it comes down to it there are a few main points to consider. One point being, are you a professional music producer? If you are then you should go for Core i7, however, if you’re a more casual music producer then Core i5 will be just great for your needs. Another point is Windows or Chrome OS, Windows will offer everything you’ll need, so again, if you’re a pro, you should definitely be going for Windows. The more casual music producers will be just fine with Chrome OS.
Good luck with choosing, it is a difficult choice, but hopefully our guide has helped you, and made choosing a laptop for music production a little bit clearer, we do hope so!