Intel i5 Quad-core or better, preferably 8th Gen or newer AMD Radeon graphics preferred, Intel as a second choice -
- Total budget (in local currency) and country of purchase. Please do not use USD unless purchasing in the US:$2500 USD - US
- Are you open to refurbs/used?Yes
- How would you prioritize form factor (ultrabook, 2-in-1, etc.), build quality, performance, and battery life?Performance and build quality are both priorities as I need something that will perform well in 3-5 years from now. 2-in-1 is a cool idea but not a necessity for me.
- How important is weight and thinness to you?Not important
- Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.The bigger the better, to reduce scrolling in my DAW. At least 15 inch.
- Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.Music Production: Ableton Live, FL Studio. Light video editing.
- If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?Not gaming.
- Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?Scissor keyboard, reliable build.
- Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.I've been using a Mid-2012 MPB 13" Unibody and finally lost my patience with it. I'm not super loyal to Apple since they decided to prevent expansion in their laptops and downsize on useful ports, but I'd consider buying an older MBP if it had the things I need. Eventually I'd like to upgrade to a desktop, but since I need to be mobile for now, I need a laptop. Here are the specs I'd like:
I've heard the graphics card is actually pretty important to keep DPC latency in check, and AMD cards are supposed to be the best for this 16 gb RAM or better 500 gb SSD, with expansion as an option. 1 TB if I can't expand
I've already done a ton of research on laptops and found a few frontrunners, but would love some more advice on these brands and models.
Dell XPS and Inspiron 15 - I've heard many music producers have widespread latency issues in their DAWs with these computers, so I'm not considering them at this time. I'm sure they're great machines, though.
Asus Rog Strix - These are supposed to be great for music production, and I would consider getting one, but they're just so busy with distracting lights and design features, I'd rather go with something else. But I can't ignore the great performance they offer.
Razer Blade 15 - The fan noise in these computers is said to be atrocious, and since I'll be using it for recording in the same room, I'm hesitant to get one of these. But the trackpad and general build quality is excellent, so I'm not ruling them out either.
Frontrunners so far:
HP Elitebook 1050 G1
HP Elitebook 850 G6
Macbook Pro 15" (Retina, 2015) - Please advise me on buying these from non-apple renewers, like OWC, blackmarket, and Amazon Renewed, since the apple renewed products are so much more $$$
Asus Zenbook Pro (if I can find one with non-nvidia graphics? Do they exist?)
Id also love to know your opinions on these laptops if you have any:
Lenovo Legion 5i or y540 laptops
Microsoft Surface Laptop or Book
As the title says, I'm willing to spend over 2k, but would love to save some for other things. Sorry I wrote so much and thank you SO much!
EDIT: For those that are curious about why I'm hesitant to use nvidia graphics, here is a list of threads that I'm getting my info from: 1
From a guy who builds PCs and works with DAWs 2
Guy makes comparisons of DPC latency with different graphics cards 3
Someone swaps them out and notices a big difference in audio performance
I'm new to fl studio mobile (used to using the pc program but can't cause my computer is down) and I was wondering how I can use my Turtle Beach Stealth 450 gaming headset (hardwired ofc) as an external mic for my Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 (2016). I don't know the Android or FireOS versions cause I sideloaded the google play store on it but I do know the version of fl studio mobile is 3.3.10, so if anyone can help me with it that would be great. For clarification I'm trying to record vocals for a remix and my Kindle's mic isn't the greatest, and I've tried the method of holding the mic up to the driver but when i do it says "failed, reaced timeout. Please remove headphones and use maximum volume!" yet when I do so it works fine with my built in mic