Top 5  Laptops for Music Production 2019

Top 5 Laptops for Music Production 2019

I asked you – real people – producers and
musicians – What Windows computer do you use for music production? and the results
are in! these are not just recommendations from me gathering specs
online. You have tested these machines and are getting great real results. today
I’m sharing the top 5 Windows laptops for music production according to you. I’ve even got a step further to check
out these laptops myself in person to give you my opinion of some features you
can’t tell from checking them out on a website. make sure you watch until the
end because there is one alternative that viewers highly recommend you
consider before you choose one of these. and it’s not what you think.
first of all, let’s cover the specs that you recommend. based on your responses,
the most recommended specs for any laptop are an i7 processor 16 gigabytes
of RAM at least 512 gigabytes of solid-state drive and a 15-inch screen.
so all the laptops I’m recommending here have those specs. and all of these
laptops will run all the popular DAWs including Ableton, FL Studio, Reaper,
Reason, Cubase, Studio One, Cakewalk, and others. I’ll include links to get any of
these laptops in the description of the video. so here’s a little more
information about my audience – the people who recommended these. first 60 percent
are Windows users, 35 percent are Mac users, and the others make music on
mobile devices. pretty cool! 28 percent of you make hip hop, 13 percent make EDM, 10
percent make rock, and five percent pop. And a whopping 44 percent of you
say that your music transcends all genres. most of you are running Ableton
Live and FL Studio. now one caveat – if you’re looking for a computer to run
Logic Pro, remember that’s a Mac only program so you need to put in
that extra cash for a MacBook unless you go the Hackintosh route. let’s get
started! coming in at number five is the Razer Blade the Razer Blade in my
opinion is the best-looking of the five laptops in this roundup. it’s sleek with
a multicolored backlit keyboard. it has the latest
i7 six core processor and since the Razer markets these as gaming laptops
you get great graphics as well. when I checked Razer Blades are a little bit
more expensive than the others in this roundup. I couldn’t find a Razer Blade
laptop on display at my local store but the guy at the store told me that it
feels a lot like a MacBook Pro with the aluminum body and really smooth the
trackpad. at number four are laptops by HP the Omen and Spectre. The Spectre has
a touchscreen at a very competitive price so if you want that option this is
a great laptop to choose. The Omen is a gaming laptop with great specs but one
viewer did warn that it’s pretty big and bulky. I checked out the Omen in person.
it has a cool brushed metal look. the keyboard feels solid and the screen
looks good. hey if you’re looking for some great accessories for your studio
like USB hubs, an excellent mouse and even a voice control gadget for your
studio setup, check out my 10 studio gadgets video here. at number three we
have the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 Extreme several viewers recommended Lenovo and
included the Yoga and Ideapad models as well but the ThinkPad x1 Extreme got the
most votes for Lenovo. actually i use the Lenovo x1 carbon at work. it has a
similar form factor and excellent portability. in person the Lenovo looks
more businesslike. maybe because I use one at work. but this laptop is much more
subtle than the gaming laptops in this roundup. the keys are easy to type on but
I don’t care for the trackpad which seems to need to catch up to the
processor at times. otherwise it’s just your everyday laptop
with good power. all right second place is Asus with 20% of the votes. people
seem to love the Asus ROG laptops the ROG is also marketed as a gaming
laptop with a nice sleek form factor and beautiful colored keyboard just like the
Razer Blade. one person did say that after a year of
heavy use the battery life is taking a little toll. but otherwise you guys
really love the Asus ROG. in person the ROG seemed really big. if you like lots
of multicolored lights, this thing’s got it! light strips on the sides, logo on the
top, colored keyboard. the keyboard feels better than the HP. more natural. before
we get to number one make sure you hit the like button and subscribe for more
videos on music production tips tutorials and gear reviews. and if you’re
looking for a Mac I’ve actually compared the last two versions the 2017 and 2018 of the MacBook Pro in a video here. all right the most
recommended laptop at number one is the Dell XPS 15! wait a second! Dell? I
received multiple comments about latency issues with the Dell XPS 15. although
this laptop was the most recommended, a large number of users are reporting a
latency problem and audio popping. a quick poll of my audience shows that 60%
of you are experiencing the latency problem and 40% say their XPS’s are just
fine. for now, my advice would be to keep an eye on the latency issue with Dell if
you’re really interested in getting an XPS 15. otherwise the other laptops in
this list are really good options. that said, this is a list of the most
recommended so let’s check out some of the comments from the viewers who do
like it. users say that the build quality is excellent, the screen is accurate and
overall, this thing is just rock-solid. several of you mentioned that you found
some of really good deals on these laptops as well. in person the Dell was
my least favorite in the looks category. it kind of felt outdated compared to the
others. the keyboard does feel good but the clicky noise made it sound a little
cheap. the screen was Wow! best among all these laptops. now the laptop body seems
like a fingerprint magnet as you can tell from these clips. you know, don’t
overlook last year’s models for any one of these laptops. you might find them at
a really good price! I need to mention one other alternative to a Windows
laptop. a good number of you recommended building your own desktop PC. and I think
this is a really great option especially if portability isn’t a necessity for you.
building your own PC gives you the option to easily upgrade your specs
later. desktop models also have better performance to similarly spec’ed laptops.
and they typically won’t have the loud fans that can ruin a good microphone
recording. all these laptops are priced similarly but check the links in the
description of the video for the latest prices. listen, don’t wait until you have
the money to buy the latest and greatest laptop out there. an i5 processor with 8
gigabytes of RAM will take you a long way with music production. so what do I
use I use a 2018 MacBook Pro with an i7 processor 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 2
terabyte solid-state drive. I’ve been fairly happy with it but there are some
things that I’ve been really disappointed with. but that’s for another
video. do the best with what you have and make the music you love. thanks for
watching and hey check out one of these videos next!

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100 thoughts on “Top 5 Laptops for Music Production 2019”

  • This is a revised version of my Top Laptops video. What's new? I briefly cover the latency issue many of you reported. Thanks for watching…again.

  • Wait …do you guys think I should get an EGpu for making more plugins run at muuuch smoother pace .?

  • This is a great video. I'm starting with an entry level dedicated audio production laptop. I can't afford much else on my salary. 2 in 1 form factor. Upgradeable for an Ultrabook. Can't wait.

  • I went mackbook and never had a crash again and everything works flawless every time..without failure. FUCK windows 🙂

  • Naw MacBook’s MacBook Pro’s are actually affordable Now. Not Brand New but Second hand
    You can get a Top Of the Line MBP for under a G or about a G online…All Mine are used & they Work Great Never had an Issue with any of them Matter of Fact I actually like the 2008 better than the Newer ones the Keyboards are much better.. The only problem is they keep making you update if you want the Newer Musical Software or Updates
    Anyway if you’re going to get a High End Gamer PC you might as well get a MB or MBP because they’re about the same in Price.. because Mac is the Best for Music period… Also I noticed ol boy didn’t mention Pro Tools for the PC? Lol yeah that’s what made me switch to Mac… Anyway PC’S are Incredible With FL Studio & that’s About it as far as I know once I went to Mac I Barely. Use a PC However before I Switched FL Studio ran Flawless & this is when Windows XP Vista was out..

  • For Music Production Only Razor And HP Beats Audio Laptop Is Best Suited They Studio Based Laptops I Own An HP Beats Audio Laptop i7 16gbRam 17.5 Screen Them The Only 2 Laptops To Have When Doing Music Period Been Doing Music For Years I Know

  • I bought an XPS for music and I ended up having to return it. The Latency was just tooooo fucked. I had a technician replace pretty much every part of it to no avail. Git guttered because the specs for the price was crazy good, especially with a couple of custom upgrades you can easily do yourself. It just could not handle real time audio at all. I would highly recommend you look elsewhere.

  • I m using acer laptop
    Intel i5 processor 8th gen
    12gb ram ddr4
    2gb Nvidia 150 MX graphics ddr5
    1tb HDD…and it works fine ☺️

  • Opinion on an MSI GL63 8RCS-060 15.6" Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GTX1050, 8GB, 256GB Nvme SSD, Win10

    Will this run more than one patch of omnisphere?

  • I am the edm and theenmar folk mixer I need the gaming laptop for flstudio which I need is Asus tuf it is new brand

  • Why it HAS to be an i7 prozessor?

    I dont knoe if there are some laptops now with the new ryzen cpus but they kill the i7 as a workstation cpu.

  • You neglected to differentiate between U and H series CPUs with respect to all the models mentioned…
    Massive difference in performance.

  • You didn't mention build quality and durability which is very important to a mobile Produce, Audio Engineer. I tend to purchase high end business class laptops for longtiviity and durability as they have an industrial rugged design. I own an HP elightbook that is partially made out of aluminum metal like a Mac book pro. I've went through several laptops not last me no longer than 3 to 4 years as they are so cheaply made as all the plastic starts cracking and falls apart. Consumer grade laptops build quality tend to be on the cheap side are very flimsy.

  • Tracking instruments and using plugins on tracks cannot be compared to edm production. Maybe that is why the list shows some laptops that a lot of instrument recording ppl swear are deskweights.

  • Sanjay can you reviewHuawei Matebook X pro for music production and how to make thesettings best work for optimal CPU performance compared to Dell XPS?

  • Huaeei Matebook X Pro is better than Dell XPS so consider it- with 3k 3000×2000 screen, 16 GB Ram, MX 150/250(2019) and i7 you are good to go and it is so portable that you can bring it everywhere. It is much smaller than the Razers and Asus machines!!

  • Tremendous thanks for this video. I am super low budget and working my ass off so I may get into production after a extended hiatus. Transcending all genres and this is good going with PC. Ableton, FL, and Reason w Propellerhead plus some extra little extensions and software's i keep track of via the help from @weaverbeats

  • If you are just getting into making music, EVERY single laptop will be and over priced under performer. Your money would be better spent building a desktop.

  • dude what the fuck is this bullshittery u givin us generation names instead of actual specs. everyone knows that those 5 manufacturers and lineups are the ones to chose from but which specific laptop do i choose?

  • Sir please tell something about Microsoft surface Pro 6 . I am thinking to buy it . I want to do music production on it .

  • Comment in spanish for hispanic people:
    Para audio uso un notebook, en específico el siguiente lenovo yoga 520 “modificado”:
    Cpu: intel core i3 7100u
    Ram: 8GB a 2666 mhz (el equipo solo reconoce a 2133mhz)
    Almacenamiento: WD black 250GB NVME (unidad primaria, para programas y sesiones que trabaje, además de los plugins), SSD kingston A400 240GB Sata3 (unidad secundaria, guardar las sesiones ya trabajadas o que dejó “de lado” y almacenamiento de librerías de samples)
    Pantalla: 14 pulgadas ips

    No sale más de 500USD y no me ha dado ningún problema en la medida que la he exigido (el punto más alto de uso ha sido una sesión de protools con 100 pistas y cada una de ellas con al menos 1 plugin, en reproducción)

    Como conclusión: un equipo no te hará mejor productor o hará que tengas mejores resultados (o sea si, pero no me refiero a calidad sino a simplemente tener un track listo), todo depende de tu mente y tus capacidades.

  • I have an Asus q500a. Bought in 2013. Upgraded ram to 12 gb, and put in an SSD. But the laptop is still a beast. Runs Fl Studio and all of my programs and is still going strong.

  • Hi.. Very useful video.. I plan on using Cubase.. Mostly.. Iam looking at the asus vivobook s15 s530un with 8gb ram 256 ssd.. And plan upgrading to 16gb ram.. Will that be OK?

  • Awesome video Sanjay C! Thanks for this; I'd really appreciate a price associated with these in the video instead of in the description in the future. Thank you!

  • I wasn't expecting any gaming laptops so I commentef that my omen works perfectly fine so I'm just trying to cover up evidence.

  • For those on a budget I’d recommend the ryzen mobile processors the 2500u and 2700u and great mobile quad cores. And for some more money the 3500u and 3700u would be futureproof.

  • All of these laptops retail over 1200$ so basically you’re best just getting a Mac if you’re gonna drop that kind of money

  • AMD Ryzen works just fine. I have a Ryzen 3 1200, bottom of the line. I run huge amounts of VST's and plug-ins and input outputs. Just fine.

  • DO NOT BUY A DELL XPS, I own the top of the line one, touchscreen 4k etc. The battery gets dangerously hot to the point that the battery in mine expanded and almost exploded, it regularly crashed due to overheating, it is the worst laptop I have ever owned. In truth I would say go for a mac if you want a laptop for music production, or else build a pc for desktop

  • guys just check the DPC latency values of laptops, let aside the RGB bling-bling,
    XPS is the WORST for music production due to high DPC latency and coil whine,
    visit notebookcheck or gearslutz for more info on DPC latency.
    This is a bad video sir, I dislike.-

  • I've used a Toshiba Satellite L850-Y5310 for 6 years, and have not had latency issues. It's abit bulky, but it's a workhorse. I just recently died on me, so I'm out looking for options. The Toshiba had an i7 Gen3 with 4GB DDR3 (1600Mhz) memory and 1TB storage. Towards it's end, the fan noise was a bother and the battery life was questionable, but I no longer Need to move my workstation for recording so that was okay. However, thanks for your video. Was quite educational.

  • Well darn if the XPS has latency issues then that's a problem, if I get a warranty I should be alright? Unless it takes a few years for the issues to start. I contacted dell a few days ago and was told the XPS is the way to go, I was going to get a Alienware.

  • Hey Sanjay. I am shopping for a laptop right now and need some advice. Id opt for a desktop but being a mobile musician the laptop has to be upgraded first. Right now i am on an i5 sandybridge with 8gb ddr3 and I can barely run 3 instances of Archetype Plini without CPU bottleneck crackling. I am looking to upgrade to something newer, 7th or 8th gen preferably. Im looking at refurbished machines to save some coin. If I am trying to multitrack with reaper and many instances of vst amp sims and cab sims, reverbs and delays, and midi drums and possibly some synths for pads and ambient stuff what would you recommend? Do I need an i7?


  • I am about to buy Dell gaming laptop. Intel i7 9th Gen, Geforce GTX 1660TX. 8GB Ram.
    Do I need sound card (to attach to motherboard) for music production? I read that it's needed, some says it's not needed. I need help. Thank you.

  • Go see this guy for tweaking the settings in Windows for music production. It has a chapter in the description. Can't hurt for latency problems:

  • Dear Sanjay, please update this list and throw in some of the new line of creator laptops like the Acer concept D7 which claims to be really powerful and really quiet for recording.

    Like this comment if you agree

  • Also I heard that for music production, CPU single score performance is more important than multi core performance.
    How true is this and how can we ensure that translates in our choices?

  • WARNING: Stay away from DELL. I bought a Dell G7 7790 and wasted a month of my life attempting to solve the ACPI.sys latency issues which result in pops and clicks. It's a shame because the G7 series is great band for the buck, amazing specs, good for VR, but at this point the audio glitch problem is unsolvable. Steer clear.

  • Im using an hp omen like one shown in the video with ableton but its super laggy and some features dont work idk why tho