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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity101 View Post
    The problem with laptops is their compressed bus system (the data lanes that pass data between the various components of your computer) in contrast to a desktop computer. Dollar to dollar comparison, you'll afford a desktop computer that's twice as fast given the same budget. That said, if you must use a laptop, then you shouldn't buy anything less than an Intel Core i5 (or comparable) with as much RAM as you can afford. For normal everyday use, you'll seldom need more than 4gigs of RAM but for Audio/Video recording and editing RAM capacity counts!
    Meh, I'm still making music on a socket 478 3.4GHz P4-HT and my current laptop is a 1.2GHz i3-330UM. I rarely ever do anything music-wise on the laptop.

    About two months ago, I did some drum programming and processing for an Indian cat using his PT audio tracks into Cubase SX3 (28 stereo tracks) plus my own stuff (Battery3, Stylus RMX, etc). The P4 handled it without a problem. For grins and giggles, I loaded the end result onto my P3-700 machine (38 stereo audio tracks) and played it all back without so much as a single i/o hiccup and barely a CPU load.

    You dudes still don't get it.
    "... got a problem with your processor? your gonna have to call pentium for that." - joey tunez

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    my laptop of choice for right now is the Asus K53e. Its discontinued, so i got it for a really good price (350 cash with 169.00 store credit for a trade in). Its mainly my on the go, oh I want to make a beat but Im not at home machine, plus its for college. So like, while Im out, I can get insipiration or whatever, lay it down, make a decent beat then transfer the project to my more serious desktop.

    It doesnt have the best performance, but its got two i5 processors and i think 6GB of Ram so its not bad. It might even only have 4, but like i said its just a on the go machine not the heart. But if i NEED NEED NEEDED it to be, it could get the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxgry View Post
    my laptop of choice for right now is the Asus K53e. Its discontinued, so i got it for a really good price (350 cash with 169.00 store credit for a trade in). Its mainly my on the go, oh I want to make a beat but Im not at home machine, plus its for college. So like, while Im out, I can get insipiration or whatever, lay it down, make a decent beat then transfer the project to my more serious desktop.

    It doesnt have the best performance, but its got two i5 processors and i think 6GB of Ram so its not bad. It might even only have 4, but like i said its just a on the go machine not the heart. But if i NEED NEED NEEDED it to be, it could get the job done.
    Dude, you could score film with that machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic7 View Post
    Dude, you could score film with that machine.
    Yes, I am very very satisfied with it. The latency isnt as fast as my desktop, but for a laptop at this price I couldnt ask for more.

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    What do you guys think between the Toshiba Quosimo and like, say an Alienware M17x? I've heard good laptops for music production are multimedia laptops (good soundcard, good CPU).



    "You really need to get a desktop blah blah blah-"

    No, I had a desktop and it was great until I tried to take it to Starbucks with me.

    "You really should get a Mac."

    No, I don't want to spend 2 grand on something that wouldn't be compatible with the third party vsts I already spent much of my hard earned money on.

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    I'm looking at getting the 13" MBP with the 2.9Ghz dual core and the 8GB ram to run Ableton and Ardour with a firewire interface (possibly RME if I can swing it and convince the wife).
    Anyways, does anyone have one of these? Hardware wise, it should run perfectly. Biggest thing I'm worried about is the screen size, but as you increase screen size with MBPs, the price skyrockets.
    I run 3 23" on my PC that I produce on now and could probably slap one on the MBP if I wanted.
    I love producing on the desktop, but I travel a lot for work, leaving me with just my MPC at night in the hotels. More offen than not, I find myself wanting to do a certain effect or sound that I cant do with the MPC and the 1 or 2 synths I have with me. So I want a laptop with balls, so when I was looking at non-MAC laptops, the price was near or just over 2k, making these MBPs cheaper (for once). Also, Ardour only runs on OSX and Linux, so that was another factor.
    /rant

    Just looking for some input before I shell out.

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    ^^^ Only thing I care about is the Ghz and RAM. 2.9 on a dual core is great, should do really well. 8 GB is definitely as much as you'll ever need. I use FL Studio, I've done some complex tracks before; I've never gone over FL's 4GB limit even with the immense number of samples I use.

    I ended up getting the Qosmio. I think it automatically OC's to 3.1-3.2 Ghz and I don't think I've ever had any CPU problems. It's a bit bulky but as a desktop replacement its great.
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    HP is the best! haha

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    I'm looking to buy a laptop for college so I thought I might as well get one that can also handle producing music and gaming. I'm just starting to do some research, but I thought I'd come on here for some advice and suggestions. Do Mac Pro books still reign supreme, I don't really want one, but from reading past post on here it seems laptops arent really the way to go unless its Apple. Thanks

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