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Old 23-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #1
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What laptop would you buy?

I shared a beer with my macbook the other day, I let it sleep face down for a few days to sleep off the hangover, but i think it's dead.

If you were to buy a laptop right now what would you buy?

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Old 23-08-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Re: what laptop would you buy

I guess I'd just get a laptop that does what you need it to do. i7 quad core processor at least, 8 gigs of ram minimum, and probably an SSD harddrive with enough space for windows and your DAW with all the extra bits.

But if you work mostly with hardware rather than software, you could probably get away with something even cheaper. Except for the memory. These days every bit of software is so bloated, especially on windows, so I wouldn't go below 8 gigs.

(EDIT: only reason I say windows is because your thingy says you use FL Studio and Ableton - I assumed on a PC since FL Studio is PC only.)
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Old 23-08-2015, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: what laptop would you buy

I know some people disagree with this, but I won't buy Dell products anymore because the ones that I had overheated easily until they stopped working. On the other hand, my HP products always worked even when running hot. I think they tend to be built better. Whenever I see used computers for sale on CraigsList, they are usually Dells.

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Old 23-08-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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A lot of HP laptops are known to overheat due to dust. I've known a user who had to clean the fans every couple months to keep it working.
Don't go for 'this manufacturer is the best' but check review of the exact model you want to buy. Every manufacturer makes good and bad laptops (even in the same series).

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Old 23-08-2015, 03:01 PM   #6
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asus rog laptops are amazing, come in all shapes and sises and are built to last.
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Old 24-08-2015, 12:28 AM   #7
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:23 AM   #8
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Re: What laptop would you buy?

These days I think I'd actually buy a macbook pro. Not too keen on the spyware that is windows 10.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:44 AM   #9
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Re: What laptop would you buy?

I've just bought a Thinkpad t450s I5, 8gb ram. Chose not to have an SSD initially due to cost.

It's great. Completely solid. Would recommend. Reviews very good too

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Old 03-09-2015, 04:51 PM   #10
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Re: What laptop would you buy?

tbh if it has 8GB of ram and a decent processor and doesnt have windows 10 you'll be fine, I would stay away from Acer laptops, I have had 2 of them and both of them have died after only a 2 year lifespan
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Old 25-09-2015, 05:43 AM   #11
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Old 25-09-2015, 09:33 AM   #12
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Re: What laptop would you buy?

I just bought an XPS13. Had a Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch, but it shit the bed about a month ago. Pretty happy with my purchase. Its significantly less powerful (projects that used to require 40% CPU now require at least 70-80%), but the portability of it means I can comfortably sit in the bus to work and make music, something which I couldn't really do with my 15 inch Macbook.

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Old 25-09-2015, 11:30 AM   #13
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I just bought an XPS13. Had a Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch, but it shit the bed about a month ago. Pretty happy with my purchase. Its significantly less powerful (projects that used to require 40% CPU now require at least 70-80%), but the portability of it means I can comfortably sit in the bus to work and make music, something which I couldn't really do with my 15 inch Macbook.
What happened with your macbook?

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Old 25-09-2015, 01:20 PM   #14
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The sweet spot on Macs are the 2012 refurbs. Then, if it doesn't have one already, wack in an SSD. Just buy low spec everything except for the CPU because you can just whack cheap shit in yourself later.
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Old 29-09-2015, 08:48 AM   #15
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What happened with your macbook?
A cup of tea shattered to pieces in my hand - not really sure why, but I think it was just a bit of an old cup and the tea was maybe too hot.

Anyway, my MacBook was fine after that except for a small part of the keyboard (t,g,b wouldn't work reliably). After 3 months of using the onscreen keyboard for these keys, I had saved up a bit of money and decided to get it repaired... This was a mistake. Apple took the computer in, but when they opened it up the water damage spread to the motherboard and now more or less nothing works. And because of the T&C of Apple repairs, there was no way to fix it other than paying $1600, which is what I bought my new laptop for.

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Old 29-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #16
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Honestly as long as it has a good processor, and a packs on the ram everything is personal preference. Honestly Macs are over rated and over priced. I'd recommend getting a pc because you can get way better specs for cheaper, and don't believe the myth "Macs can't get viruses".

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I like the facile integration that OS X offers. Using my iPad as controller for Logic or Reason and no frills MIDI setup is kind of nice.

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Old 30-09-2015, 06:52 AM   #18
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I like the facile integration that OS X offers. Using my iPad as controller for Logic or Reason and no frills MIDI setup is kind of nice.
This. You can say what you want about macs. But there's nothing overrated about OSX for audio work. Until Windows has MIDI baked into the OS as it is in Core Audio, Windows will always be the loser.
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Honestly as long as it has a good processor, and a packs on the ram everything is personal preference. Honestly Macs are over rated and over priced. I'd recommend getting a pc because you can get way better specs for cheaper, and don't believe the myth "Macs can't get viruses".
They're not. Try to find a portable, well-built laptop which has a powerful CPU (better than i5 ***0U series) and long battery time. Soon you'll understand that macbooks totally worth their price. There are PC alternatives, but they're not really cheaper.

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They're not. Try to find a portable, well-built laptop which has a powerful CPU (better than i5 ***0U series) and long battery time. Soon you'll understand that macbooks totally worth their price. There are PC alternatives, but they're not really cheaper.
Dell XPS series seem pretty close to me, and have a significantly better battery life.

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