The year of 2017 has come to an end and the race of best laptops for music production of the year has finished. At the time being, we can conclude what the most incredible tech piece for melody making is. We have conducted a survey of people using laptops to produce music and come up with the list below. It seems that Apple, once again, took the championship in the competition.
As you know, generating a music production requires not only mass capacity but also some specific features in the computers. So the best laptops on the list are, of course, the pride of each brand. If you are composing your songs without possessing any of the products below, consider yourself a lucky person.
Quick glance at the results of race for the best-for-music-production laptop
||Apple MacBook Pro, Retina
||Great visual and audible effects
||Asus ROG Strix GL553VD
||Dell XPS 15
||MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO
||Dell Inspiron 15 7000
||Great designs, professional looks
||HP Spectre x360
||Lovely 4K display
||Incredibly fast m.2 SATA SSD drive
||ASUS ZenBook Pro
||Overwhelming graphics cards
||Lenovo Yoga 910
||Responsive keyboard and touchpad
Apps serving music production and requirements for running them
Indeed, making melodies demands exclusive apps, and those need specified criteria from a laptop to run. The most common production helpers nowadays are Pro Tools 12 and Ableton Live 9. And below are the MINIMUM requirements each of the orders
Pro Tools 12
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8.5 \ Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Core i5 \ AMD equivalent
- RAM: 16GB
- Disk Space: 15GB
- USB Ports: Two ports (or FireWire)
- 64-bit AAX plug-ins
Ableton Live 9
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 \ Windows 7
- Processor: Any multicore processor
- RAM: 4GB
- Disk Space: 3GB
- USB Ports: As many as you need for your gear
Criteria for best laptops for music productions
Do you know why I have to emphasize the term “minimum” in the previous part, it means it is enough to run the apps, but not enough to make significant productions. Besides, running apps at the maximum capacity of a device will reduce its longevity. Laptops are weaker than desktops, so unless you want your newly bought one become a piece of junks in weeks, don’t install too heavy programs.
So, for the best laptops for music productions, you should look for one with:
- Operating System: The latest Mac OS X \ Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or higher
- RAM: 16GB for other apps and 32GB (I’m not kidding!) for Pro Tools
- Disk Space: 256 GB of hard drive space at least! And a part of the amount must be SSD (Solid-State Drive)
- USB Ports: Two or more, it’s not so important.
Detailed reviews of 10 best laptops for music composers
1 – Apple MacBook Pro, Retina (Newest Version)
The product grabs the championship for Apple (again). I’m not biased to Apple products (dude, not sure why but I hate iPhones to my gut), but when it comes to music production and recording, I have to say that Macbook Pro works the best. There is nothing to complain about the performance. With the Quad-core i7 Processor, 2.9 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz) capacity, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage, the laptop blasts with all music producing apps, apart from Pro Tools.
Imagine you are on the way to somewhere, but inspiration hits you so hard that you cannot resist the urge to compose. However, with the battery backup of an average laptop, it couldn’t last long enough for you to finish the divine job. MacBook Pro, on the other hand, has up to 7 hours of battery storage, which gives you plenty of times. The RAM is a limited feature, but with Apple App Store, you can download a wide range of editing and recording apps.
- Long-lasting battery
- Consistent performance & quality.
- Great visual and audible effects
- Hardly has any driver or software issues with a Mac system.
- Small SSD space. Not enough for keeping large samples.
- RAM only up to 16GB.
2 – Asus ROG Strix GL553VD
With two storage drives integrated into one model, Asus ROG Gl553VD beats hundreds of products to stands in the list. Running on the 512GB SSD & the 7200RPM 1TB HDD storage, the operating software runs without any flaws.
One more plus point for Asus it the great RAM, which is upgradable to 32GB. Now you are able to run Tool Pro 12 smoothly without any troubles. If you don’t know yet, there is the fact that more massive RAM means more space for VST instruments & samples. There is also a CD drive that you can utilize, though I know that now fewer people are using it.
If only they could improve the battery life and the touchpad, the product may grab the championship.
- Large RAM, upgradable up to 32GB
- Latest 7th generation i7 processor
- Reasonable price
- Heavy and bulky design
- Weak battery life
- Lousy trackpad, require a mouse to work
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3 – Dell XPS 15
The design of Dell XPS 15, unlike that of other Chinese laptops, is pretty firm and robust. It is slim-profiled but gives you an impression that the model is durable enough for long travels. The borderless display is a plus point for the designers.
The more you are willing to pay the manufacturer, the better the quality is. You can grab a Dell XPS 15 with an inexpensive price, but I’m not sure how you can produce music with an i3 processor. The budget for an i7 is undoubtedly much more significant. Personally, I don’t like the pricing scheme.
The 32GB ram is ideal for music production, so I will call it a win. Besides, the model offers plenty of ports.
- Beautifully designed
- Excellent display
- Powerful Nvidia graphics card.
- Irritable pricing options
4. MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO
MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO not only excels at gaming but at music production and recording as well. With the fantastic 17.3 inches Full HD display and massive 7th generation i7 processor, you can create top-knot audio outputs. Tasks run fast on the laptop. Besides, the model offers you ultimate power and up-to-date hardware specs.
MSI GE72MVR APACHE impresses laptop users with a 7th Gen Core i7 Processor 2.8-3.8GHz speed, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HD, and another 128GB SSD flash drive. If you want, you can install the Operating System as well as other core programs on SSD storage and use the hard drive for other purposes. However, with the bulky and heavy design, you have to think twice if you want to travel around with the laptop.
- High-class configuration
- Latest 7th Gen Core i7 processor
- Excellent Full HD display
- Heavy and bulky
- Not so impressive RAM
5 – Dell Inspiron 15 7000
The look of this model may give us the impression that it is an expensive laptop. In fact, it costs you only a surprisingly inexpensive price to possess a great device with the latest Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 processor and a Nvidia 1050 Ti GPU. The display is decent compared to the cost, and the capacity is large enough to endure intermediate music producing apps.
But you will have to give compliments to the battery and the audible performance of the model. It is the best choice for starters in the field.
- Incredible battery life: about 11 hours
- Considerable performance and durability
- Great designs, professional looks
- Inaccurate color display
- May get hot while processing
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6 – HP Spectre x360 (2017)
The model features thin build and small screen. Owing to the characteristic, you can move around carrying the laptop without fearing about its weight or size. The battery life is enough for composing on the way, about 8 hours if you don’t use too heavy apps.
HP Spectre x360 sports the latest 7th gen Intel Core i7 with massive power, a 512GB SSD for incredibly fast streaming.
However, the RAM doesn’t meet our expectation at all. It is only 16GB max, and the number of ports is disappointing. You will have to get a USB hub because there is only on USB3.0 integrated into the model.
- Smart build for traveling around and producing
- Considerable battery life
- Lovely 4K display
- USB hub investment required
- RAM upgradable to 16GB only.
- Limited graphics card.
7 – ASUS FX502VM-AS73
2017 is a successful year for ASUS if we just consider the gaming and heavy-duty laptops. ASUS FX502VM-AS73 is totally a blast with blissful power, three 3 USB3.0 ports, USB-C, HDMI & even a mini display port. It is ideal to use in a studio with multiple screens.
If you’re going to work at your DAW for a long time, ASUS FX502VM-AS73’s accurate IPS display and GTX 960M graphic card are what you’re looking for. The laptop can run smoothly with 4GB GDDR5 memory, makes this laptop excel even with editing 4K videos, and can play several music production programs at the same time. Asus also offers us a lovely cooling system, which helps maintain the life expectancy of the laptop.
However, the battery life is a problem. The model can only work well if plugged all the time.
- Ultra-powerful performance
- Incredibly fast m.2 SATA SSD drive
- 32GB RAM
- Fascinating graphics
- Disappointing battery life
- Plastic Casing
8 – ASUS ZenBook Pro
Just like other powerful laptops for music production, Asus ZenBook Pro features an impressive is i7 Quad-core processor and 512GB SSD disk. There is nothing to complain about such hardware. Besides, it sports a touchscreen, making music editing and composing much more fashionable. The 4K 3840×2160 pixels IPS screen is dedicated enough for heavy, detailed programs.
The 16GB DDR4 RAM is a limited feature, but it works well with most of the music composing apps. But, the laptop tends to get hot if used for a considerable time.
- Touch screen feature
- Suitable hardware for music production
- Limited RAM
- Gets hot while working
9 – Alienware 15
Alienware doesn’t gain the title of the best gaming series with nothing. There are a great bunch of compliments we should give the model. Alienware 15 is a 15-inch laptop, but there are also 13-inch and 17-inch options available for your liking and convenience. There are also three processors offered, each serving your specific purposes. But the best option, obviously, is the most powerful one: 4.4GHz quad-core i7.
However, none of the choices will give you more than 16GB RAM. The four top-knot graphics cards may justify the feature. Besides, Dell laptops are always famous for the effective cooling system. Alienware 15’s number of ports is nothing surprising, but they are all smartly designed on the back so that the cables will not hinder your working.
- Large range of choices
- Overwhelming graphics cards
- Great cooling system.
- A quite high price
- Not suitable for traveling and moving around
10 – Lenovo Yoga 910
My first impression with the model is the smart, compact design. It’s slim, lightweight, and has a 13.9-inch touchscreen. The keyboard and touchpad are incredibly responsive, so if you are on the way, there is no need to bring a mouse. One minus point is that the capacity is nothing remarkable, only 2.7GHz. So is the RAM, just either 8GB or 16GB.
There are three storage options, which are 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Larger disks mean higher budget, so you should consider carefully.
- Beautifully designed
- Efficient keyboard and touchpad
- Storage choices available
- Limited capacity
- Unimpressive RAM
- Not enough ports for connectivity
So, it is one more victory to Apple, but with the massive development of other brands, there is nothing we can tell about the year of 2018. And due to the high price of MacBooks, people are rushing to less expensive options with suitable performance and durability. Undoubtedly, Apple products always have particular features that attract customers, but things will need to be improved.
If you are considering making a purchase and cannot wait for new 2018 models, those above are decent choices. Hope you may have a good time working with the new companion.
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