Best laptop for music production 2019 – TOP 5 | New laptop buyers guide

Best laptop for music production 2019 – TOP 5 | New laptop buyers guide

what is the best laptop for music
production 2019? what to look out for and I name 5 models suited for music
production. let’s dive into it. how are you doing?
I hope you’re doing marvelously well.
my name is Dexxter Clark and I do reviews vlogs and tutorials about DJing
and producing music. if you haven’t subscribed already to the channel make sure you do
and hit that little bell icon so you get notifications. I’ll start this video
with some advice about the components to buy. next I’ll give you a blacklist and a
whitelist of what brands or specific types you don’t or just HAVE to buy. and
later I will give you the advice on five models to buy for music production 2019. make sure you stick around till the end of the video, because I give you not one but two
bonus tips that can save you a lot of money. in this video I’m talking about
new laptops for music production 2019. your ol computer is probably just fine but if
you want to buy a new one optimized for music production and I’m
not talking about the budget range or a mid range, but the high range, so the I’m-
nearly-a-professional-music-producer category. a PC or a Mac? well I made a
special video about this subject so I won’t go into detail here. but it’s
February 2019 right now and I won’t recommend a Apple MacBook. the reason for
that is because they are crashing because of the t2 chips that are in
there. Apple refused to fix that and those problems are existing already a year now.
it was January 2018. but I included the MacBook in the top five, just because
there are a lot of producers out there looking for a MacBook. the processor. my
recommendation is an Intel processor preferably an i7 of the ninth generation,
an i5 processor will do the job just fine, but we want to build the best
laptop for music production 2019. An AMD Rysen processor isn’t bad, but not
the best for music production. the reason is that there are some compatibility
issues with MIDI controllers and some plug ins also Thunderbolt is a little
bit finicky on an AMD processor. don’t get hung up by the
turbo-boost frequencies of your processor. you rarely hit those
frequencies. it’s more a marketing term than anything else. Then the memory. in
a lot of laptops you can’t add or change memory later. eight gigabytes is the bare
minimum but my recommendation is choose 16 gigabytes or maybe even 32.
I made a special video about memory for music production. check it out if you
like. then the storage. it’s important to look at the speed of your hard drive
5400 rpm is too slow to read multiple tracks at the same time for
your DAW. so choose a 7200 rpm hard drive or even better an SSD. 265
gigabytes of space is a little bit on the low side, preferably a 500 gigabyte
or even one terabyte. one side note here working with an external hard drive is a
pain in the [WHOOPS]. it defeats the whole purpose of being mobile and where do you put
it? do you duct tape it to the lid of your laptop? and on top of that it’s SLOW.
the screen. more screen real estate means more overview, which means less scrolling, which means a quicker workflow. in other words it saves you time, 17-inch is
recommended, a 15 inch is a minimum. if the laptop has an external monitor
connector via HDMI you can connect a big screen. then screen size is less of an
issue. gamer laptops are suited for music production generally, because they can
handle that heavy workload, but there are heavy-duty graphics cards in them, which
you don’t take advantage of when you are producing music. so if you have the
choice between a heavy graphics card and not. if you don’t game with the laptop, just
use the lower speced graphics card. a thunderbolt connection to connect an
external sound card is convenient. I’ve compiled a whitelist and blacklist so
what to buy and what not to buy. these lists are from a computer store so I
don’t pull them out of a hat. first of all the
whitelist. in other words the computers that are built to last.
first of all HP you can look at the elite book series, the Microsoft surface
laptops. Toshiba, Asus and the Dell Alienware series. if they offer extended
warranty: buy it! than the blacklist. the laptops that are built to be cheap and
last not any longer than the term of warranty. first of all Acer, Lenovo – Lenovo is not IBM guys. then Samsung and Medion. but there are other reasons to
land on that blacklist first of all the Dell XPS 15 and 13 series and the
Inspiron series by Dell because of latency issues. the Chromebook because
there are no DAWs supported for that OS and also the MacBook Pro Series and I
told you in the beginning of the video why. if everything was bad what those
companies did then they would be out of business. but I think that you have a
more and a higher chance of success with items on the whitelist and on the
blacklist the best laptop for music production
2019 the top 5 recommended models. I had to do some compromises here and there. if you
know what is important to you, you can make the best choice.
the first model on the list is a Microsoft surface book 2 with an i7
processor. the generation I’m not really sure I think it’s a 7 or 8th generation.
Microsoft is pretty secretive about the specifications of the notebook with 4
CPU cores 16 gigabytes of memory 256 gigabyte SSD a 15 inch touchscreen
monitor. and I couldn’t figure out if it has Thunderbolt or not. but I think it
has not. by the way if you’re curious what you absolutely need to know about
DJing and producing when you’re starting out, then I suggest you download my free
ebook. the link is in the description below.
model number 2 is the HP omen 15 with an i7 processor this 7700 HQ is a seventh
generation processor of Intel with 4 CPU cores 2.8
gigahertz eight gigabytes of memory and one gigabyte hybrid drive for storage.
that means the combination of an SSD and a traditional spinning platter drive.
with a 15 inch monitor and it has no Thunderbolt. don’t forget to subscribe to
the channel if you already haven’t and hit that Bell button so you get
notifications. model number 3 is the MacBook Pro 15 inch the 2018 model with
an i7 processor of the eighth generation 6 CPU cores 2.2 gigahertz of clock speed
16 gigabytes of memory 512 gigabyte SSD a 15 inch monitor and yes it has a
thunderbolt connection. the fourth model on the list is an Asus ROG Strix with CPU an I7 of
the eighth generation with six CPU cores 2.2 gigahertz sixteen gigabytes of
memory 1.5 terabyte hybrid drive,so a combination of SSD and traditional
spinning platter drive, a 17 inch monitor and no Thunderbolt. and the last model on
my list is an Asus notebook with an i7 processor 7700 HQ with four CPU
cores 2.8 gigahertz of clock speed 8 gigabytes of memory it has 2 drives in
it for storage hundred twenty eight gigabytes SSD and a one terabyte platter
drive, also a 15 inch monitor and it has no Thunderbolt. link to the products and
their prices I will put in the description below. those by the way are
affiliate links to Amazon. I get a little bit of money when you buy something on Amazon.
questions you can leave in the comments below. do you want me to
look at your specific situation you can book a Skype call or become a Patreon
member. Patreon members will always get answers to their questions. if you’re
into retro video gaming too you can check out my retro video gaming channel.
the link is in the description below. good that you stuck around till the end for
the bonus tips and here is tip number one if you have a specific type or a
model in mind to buy, Google it to make sure that no one
else has problems with it, for example if you google the “Dell XPS 15” together with
“latency” you will see the horrors that other producers have encountered. so use
someone else’s misery to your advantage tip 2. ultrabooks, yeah those really small
notebooks, are designed to be small and not to perform optimal. for example with
music production you produce heat with your processor because it’s a heavy
workload, but the processor can only perform optimal if it can get rid of
that heat, but it can’t. I love to see you in my next video thank you for watching


100 thoughts on “Best laptop for music production 2019 – TOP 5 | New laptop buyers guide”

  • I just got a Alienware Area 51m. I9 9900k , 16 gigs ram , 2 x 512 nvme drives in raid zero with a 2 tb ssd for storage. Got over 2000 on cinebench r15 only once. lol. It usually benches around 1880

  • Chasith Udagedara says:

    Dell xps 15 9550 doesn’t have any latency issues right.? What do you recommend to go with macbook pro 15 2015 or dell xps 15 9550 with 1tb ssd and 32gigs of ram and also thunderbolt I’m stuck between these two laptops. If anyone can help I really appreciate it.❤️

  • Is anyone here familiar with the asus gu501gm? I just got it, but I'm thinking about switching to the HP omen (which was my first choice). Any suggestions?

  • Emiel333 Official says:

    For a while I’m looking for a newer and better laptop for music production. So I’m lucky I have seen your video. Thanks for sharing my friend. Greetings, Emiel.

  • When you have experience with laptops, are working good(for music production) and costs about 1.100€-1500€, could you help me? I' m searching for 2 weeks and i don' t get the right one. I hope someone can give me examples🙂

  • Nimit Vaishnav says:

    Does it still make sense to keep libraries/samples on a different HDD than the OS HDD and Projects HDD? Or Does NVMe solve that issue? i.e keeping libraries, projects and even the OS on one large SSD drive?

  • stefan urosevic says:

    im having dpc issues whith most of the windows laptops that have thunderbolt 3. I tried the dell xps and couldnt solve it, niether can reddit. Also returned the dell g6 also. Ndis drivers cause major dpc spikes, as well as the wifi cards used in them. Gunna try lenovo thinkpad p1 next. I hate apple, but the drivers have been vastly superior on my macbook. Really dont wanna buy another one, so overpriced.

  • PCs are cool. My only issue is the stock sound modules included…. or lack there of. With a MBP you don’t have to carry a external audio interface. I use both because of the different clients I work with….. Honestly, I refuse to buy an new version of Protools 😁

  • How about Lenovo Legion Y7000? 🤔 I know you put it on the Blacklist, but was wondering if this modern model have salvation! ✌️😅 Thanks in advance!!

  • High Frequency says:

    I know Macbooks are A1 for djs but is there anything out there thats not apple that would work for Djing and music production ?

  • The Drip Dry Man says:

    Would an alienware area 51 m i7 9th gen (8 core) be overkill for studio/live/content creation. I like the "upgradabaility" . I see people who have spent that little bit extra on an alienware product have not been disappointed. Would love to know what you all think. I'm willing to invest in something that will last more than a few years for my need and dell seem to have dependable customer service. Thanks in advanve

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  • What if im a kind of a guy that download beat then make a music out of it then make a simple music video what is my best budjet laptop?

  • mattia beccari says:

    Hello, is there any reason other than the bigger display for reccomending the 15" model? Doesn't t 13" now also have the option for the i7 processor? I'm a noob at this, so any help would be great! Awesome channel btw, thanks!

    For example a 13" model without touch bar, but with i7, turbo boost up to 4ghz, 16 gb ram and 512 gg ssd would be significantly cheaper.. Would you reccomend that?

  • A.K.A benz is to me just a car says:

    Dexxter i need your help i just got the Dell Inspirion 17 7000 8th generation i7 would this be bad for using FL studio 20 ????!!?!? Thankyou

  • Sylvia Versteegh says:

    Hi Dexxter, I was also considering buying a dell xps15. It looks amazing, not to heavy to cary around and the build quality is better then most. Lucky I found your revieuw to save me from more trouble! Last week I bought a MSI g65 creator and had to exchange it 3 times because the build quality is horrible. First laptop was full of scratches and dents, the next one had a broken led light in the keyboard and glue on the bottom of the screen and the third laptop was the worst… the screen was tilted a little bit and the laptop was bloated. Think it was the battery or something. Im very dissapointed in MSI and now i'm looking for an alternative. I was wondering if a Dell G5 and G7 would be good for music production? I know they are heavier then the alienware, but also allot nicer looking. Will these versions have the same issues as the xps? Well, have a wonderfull day and keep making nice reviews !

  • JEBUSTRING alex says:

    Hi bro , am planning to buy MacBook pro 2012 late, for live music performance like (2nd keyboard r bass ) it has i5, 8gb ram and 256gb space , will it Worth of buying, GarageBand, Ableton, daw , will work in that model, pls info me bro , am gonna buy in this weekend, info me on Whatsapp,8760611554

  • I can get a razer blade 15 base model for $1400 with a student discount. Would you recommend that laptop? I love the design.

  • Hi Dexxter,

    Ik zou graag een video zien met budget aanbevelingen voor laptops. (€400,-/€500,-).
    I would like to see a video with budget friendly recommendations for music editing laptops. (€400,-/€500,-)

  • Rodrigo Noales says:

    Hi, what do you think about music production specific laptop brands like VisionDaw or PcAudioLabs ? Are they worth it ? Thanks !

  • Benoit Peeters says:

    Hi there! Somebody could tell me more about DELL XPS15 (9570) latency? I was going to click the "buy" button for a XPS15 I7 8th Gen (8750H) Please if somebody could tell me more about it… I have now a HP Spectre X360 (I5) and it is tooooooo weak. I worked with 3 Dell already, but not making music and they were fantastics thats why I was thinking going back to DELL…. (I love Iphones but I never liked MacBooks lol)

  • I have a question. Why do some producers buy razer and other gaming laptops for music production? Is it just the aesthetics of the laptop like the LED lights? The cost of them?

  • How about Lenovo Thinkpad workstations? They seem pretty decent. Saying this with respect to the Black list issue.

  • Mary Jaira Reyes says:

    Hello.. your videos are very informative.. however, isnt it too harsh that you don't recommend brands in the blacklist, because they have new models each year..
    also, what do you think about the Razer brands? thanks..

  • Joshua Humlie says:

    I’ve got a couple questions regarding speed and external SSD drives and VST storage. How much to book a Skype session to have you look at my small setup?

  • Why not the macbook pro 2014/2015 you can upgrade ssd, 16 go ram, you can get one with 2.8 ghz, more ports, great machine

  • David Benoit says:

    I seriously appreciate you taking the time to make this video, the advice was deff needed! Awesome editing btw!

  • Yo! Wanted to give you a heads up that the Dell XPS 15 latency/DCP issues might have been minimized with the latest bios update. I don't owe one, but might be worth mentioning this latest development in this model of the Dell machines!

    Succes en blijf zo doorgaan jonge! 💯

  • Renteria Nathaniel says:

    I don’t know anything about computers, but I’m saving some money for a good computer so that I can learn to produce music and design games with preferably Unreal Engine. I also want to use the computer for general use and school. Could I get some hints to what I should invest in so that I can meet some of these standards, if not all? Thanks in advance 🙂

  • boeandthelizards says:

    Could you please recommend to me some additional computers with Thunderbolt that are not approaching over $1,300? I'm in a band and I need to start recording.

  • Fl4vius Fl4me says:

    Dexxter do you know how is latest HP Omen 2019 regarding to DPC latency? The older models seems to have issues as there is lots of complaining on the net 🙁 I would like to pull a trigger but now I am worried. I would have to go otherwise with asus gl 704, but can get better spec hp for same price. It is really frustrating, like scar 2 have nice dpc but scar 3 had terrible results in review I saw.

  • Anh John Bird says:

    Dell has just released an update to the XPS's BIOS which addresses the DPC latency issue… and Mac still sucks. 🙂

  • Just ordered an ASUS TUF FX705GE with Core i7 8750H, 16 RAM, 1TB with 17'3 Display and I become more happy with my decision after watching your video. Thank you so much and keep having a happy life.💪😎

  • hiro progatonist says:

    As a student it's starting to become clear you can only have 2 of portability, affordability, and power in a laptop

  • The external thunderbolt 3 Samsung X5 is faster than the internal SSD on my MacBook Pro. It certainly isn’t slow. It gets very hot and throttles in heavy use but apart from that it’s very good expandable storage and easy to travel with and use as it’s the size of an iPhone and lighter.

  • Lenovo is a no no.
    I bought one 2 years ago for DJing and month ago that black screen appeared. Had an computer expert look at. Mother board shot.
    I bought it because it wasn’t expensive and I needed a laptop ASAP.
    Now I’m on the hunt for a decent not too expensive laptop to run Traktor Pro or Serato on. What do you recommend?

  • Avoid DELL laptops period!!!! I wasted a month of my life trying to solve the latency issues caused by the acpi.sys driver. Luckily I was able to return it.

  • Yeah ive been doing like 7 years with my asus laptop now and its still going (not strong but still going) after a few not expensive repairs and the trackpad and keyboard drivers completely dying

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