November 23, 2018 11:01:02 AM EAT / by Muthoni Njoki
The word best signifies absoluteness, however, there is no absolute when it comes to technology, it’s all a matter of preference. Music producers have preferences on the type of computer they use.
When looking for a laptop for music production, you need to ensure the machine you select has a good processor with lots of RAM as this will allow the laptop to handle many tracks seamlessly. The hard drive has to be extremely efficient as you’ll be working with large file sizes and of course, you need great sound and the ability to connect to multiple external outputs. The laptop must be sturdy enough to whether some bumps and bruising without falling apart.
There are plenty of laptops in the market and at the end of the day it boils down which one you like, that serves your purpose, at a price point you can afford. Below are the ones we think are the top 3 for music production
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
If you’re looking for the best laptop for music production that will double as a tablet for some downtime when you aren’t recording and producing. You should definitely check out the Surface Pro 6. This machine is built to work, It has all the hard the hardware you need to handle many music tracks, beautiful display and lots of connections for all the equipment that you need. It doesn’t hurt that it’s lightweight and compact, perfect for carrying around.
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing
2. Dell XPS 15
This is a much larger laptop. It has the Infinity Edge technology which allows the screen to fit right up to the edge which allows for a smaller, lighter fully 15 inch screen. It runs on the 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake R CPUs which are amazing for music production, allowing for faster processing speeds and less downtime. This is an excellent machine by all accounts.
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD
MacBook Pro – 15-inch
There’s nothing quite like a MacBook Pro. It’s the preferred laptop for musicians and producers around the world. This laptop doesn’t come cheap; it makes up for the price with the functionality. It has a Core i9 processor and up to 32GB of RAM, you can load up thousands of tracks without it slowing down one bit. Its aluminium body ensures its protected from wear so you don’t need to worry about it as you run to make it to the next
CPU: 6-core Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 540X – 560X, Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 16 – 32GB | Screen: 15.4-inch, 2,880 x 1,800 Retina display | Storage: 512GB – 4TB SSD
Are you interested in a career in Music Production? Check out our Diploma in Music Production course for more information on how you can use one of these laptops to make amazing music.
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