To conquer the music industry you must understand why such great emphasis is laid on acquiring the best possible laptop. This is because the best laptop for music production is synonymous with quality productions. However, a little question arises here. What does a computer have to do with hitting the right notes? Everything! Music and technology have always developed parallel to each other. Whether it is recording reed flutes, grand pianos or string instruments, or digitally manipulating any sound to produce a new one, music is always incorporating the latest in technology for its own gain.
Now that we have gotten that little nugget of clarification out of the way, let’s talk about preferences. It all boils down to either a laptop or a desktop. Understandably, laptops have had a bad reputation when it comes to music production. But that is a thing of the past. We are here to celebrate the new phenomenon that is a music production laptop.
While a desktop computer can take multiple core processors, is easier to upgrade, and can support a higher RAM, laptops come with portability (you can still work even out of the studio), is excellent for live events and spur of the moment creativity and is quiet. Plus the brands we will be checking out here have been technologically enhanced that they have all the advantages of a desktop computer in a laptop.
Since best is such a relative term, let us refer to these whizz laptops as the top laptops in music production because they embody the following qualities.
High storage capacity
A good laptop for producing music should have enough storage space. This is all found in the hard drive. We are talking about a hard drive with an excess of 256GB and preferably a reasonably sized SSD.
Huge memory Capacity (RAM)
RAM is important not only in storage but also in the retrieval of stored data. A proper music laptop should have a more than sufficient Random Access Memory. At least 8GB.
Here we consider the processor. As this is the brain of the computer it should be powerful enough to keep up with the demands of the producer and maintain the required speed. This means enabling the laptop to handle multiple commands, for example, playing back tracks, recording and mastering without losing momentum.
Have multiple inputs
From USB to HDMI, firewire and extra monitors, a proper music production laptop should be able to take multiple plug ins. This is because as a recording tool, you will need to have more plug ins for every conceivable aspect; recording, editing the multiple tracks or mixing and mastering. Go for a USB 3.1 (type c), a Thunderbolt III or at the very least a 3.0 USB.
Now that you know what you are looking for, below are the top 11 picks for music production laptops this year.
Acer Aspire V 15 VN7-592G-77LB
The Acer Aspire V 15 VN7-592G-77LB features balance out pretty well with the quality of work it gives. In fact, this Acer Aspire V 15 is largely recommended for professionals in music production. It comes at a price tag of $1200; a huge spend for amateurs and those who are not career music producers. As such, it is not recommended for non-professionals in music production.
With a 15.6 inch screen, which is a comfortably sized configuration for a screen within music production, the Acer Aspire V 15 allows the producer to comfortably lay tracks and edit them on a full HD resolution of 1920×1080.
On top of that, you can expect superior performance enhanced by the intel core i7, with 3.5GHz. It has a memory capacity of 16GB DDR4 RAM that provides the laptop the capacity to use multiple plug ins without slowing down.
It also comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB graphics card, which guarantees a good job. This in addition to the 256GB SSD storage and the 1 USB type C and 2 USB 3.0 ports provided.back to menu ↑
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW
This latest edition of the Asus laptops comes with all the music production reinforcements desired. It can handle programs like cubase and Logic pro without slowing up. What’s more, for such a powerhouse, the price tag is below $1500. All things considered in terms of performance and the quality of the productions, it could be much more than that.
It’s Quad core intel i7 processor and storage of 512 Gb PCLe SSD give it the ability to handle quality music production optimally. Boasting of three 3.0 USB ports in addition to a Thunderbolt III port, connecting your external plug ins need not interfere with the music production process let alone the speed of the laptop.
The 15.6 inch screen with the ultra high definition’s resolution of 4k (3840 x 2160) is nothing short of a producer’s dream. The additional perk of a backlit keyboard makes it easy to work at any time of day.back to menu ↑
Apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A
The apple MacBook Pro MLH42LL/A is arguably the best laptop when it comes to music production. Favored by music producers, the apple MacBook Pro has specs that will put any desktop to shame.
It’s widescreen is a formidable LED-backlit IPS display standing at 15.4 inches. It comes with a Quad core intel i7 processor with 2.7 GHz. That’s not all! It has the AMD Radeon graphics memory plus the Intel HD graphics 530!
Using the OS Mac OS Sierra, MacBook Pro’s memory capacity is 16GB RAM and 512 GB Pcle-based flash storage. This laptop is guaranteed to give a high-end performance and a quality production.back to menu ↑
Asus ROG GL752VW-DH71
This is an imposing laptop in size and capacity. Not only because it has some bigger specs than other laptops in the same category, it handles the volume of work smoothly without getting slowed down by any plug in.
With the huge memory capacity (RAM) of 16GB and the 1 TB hard drive, the GL752VW-DH71 can store a lot of data. It packs a powerful 6th generation intel core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz processor and also comes with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB graphics card, which, although it gets the task accomplished is not the best on the market.
The screen is a whopping 17.3 inches with full HD resolution of 1920×1080.back to menu ↑
Asus ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 VR
Hot on the heels of the Asus ROG GL752VW – DH71, the Asus ROG Strix GL702VM – DB71 Vr is anything but humble in comparison. Thin, light and powerful, the GL702VM-DB71 VR is just as formidable a machine in music production.
The powerful 6th generation intel core i7-6700HQ processor gives this laptop that extra edge in providing quality sound. Add to that the NVIDIA GTX1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics card, which is one of the best in the market and you never have to worry about your graphics again.
The 1TB hard drive and 16GB RAM, which both provide more than enough storage for data, eliminate unnecessary snarl-ups when retrieving tracks and previous recordings or when working with multiple plug ins.back to menu ↑
Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK FHD
One of the most versatile laptops on the market, the Dell inspirion i7559-763BLK FHD is capable of adapting to whatever playing field it is put to; music production included. The 6th generation intel i5 6300HQ processor provides it with enough power to handle the rigors of music recording and mixing.
With a RAM of 8GB, memory capacity is not an issue for this laptop. In addition, you can expect excellent high performance as it combines the 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 960M graphics with the 256GB SSD. Throw in the backlit keyboard and the FHD anti-glare IPS screen and music production doesn’t get any better than this.back to menu ↑
Acer Aspire E 15
Acer keep churning out excellent music production laptops and this is another one in its growing list. Just like the Acer Aspire V 15 VN7-592G-77LB, the Acer Aspire 15 has some of the best specs in the configurations needed in handling music production.
Built with two high speed 3.0 USB and one USB 3.1 ports for your external plug ins, the Acer Aspire 15 allows you to work with your plug ins without any interference. Meaning the machine’s speed and power will not be impacted in any way. In fact, it is considered one of the best laptop in music production when you have excess plug ins and tracks to work with.
Other fantastic features include the powerful intel i7 processor as well as 16GB RAM memory capacity. We are inclined to agree with the manufacturers of Acer aspire 15 when they say that it packs solid performance.back to menu ↑
CUK HP Pavilion 15
HP have worked hard in providing the music industry with their own music production powerhouse. This beast combines the powerful 6th generation 2.5 GHz intel core i7-6700HQ quad core to deliver a high end performance.
For further quality, it is built with 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive for the producer to capitalize upon. It also comes with 128GB SSD. As SSD keeps your battery safe, you are in good hands.back to menu ↑
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro-006
When you think of a laptop that can allow you to work on multiple task simultaneously as well as work with more than one software during music production, the MSI slim GS70 Stealth Pro-006 is definitely your best bet.
The 17.3 inch Full HD screen accommodates multiple softwares as the 1TB hard drive is dedicated to your regular storage. You have a further 128GB SSD as the peripheral storage for other core programs as well as for installing the operating systems.
All the above features plus the powerful NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5 graphics card, have all come together and the result is a speed, power and an excellent resolution on the display.
We must mention that all these amazing features come in a bulky package as this laptop is a bit on the larger side.back to menu ↑
Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280
With raving reviews from consumers, the Toshiba satellite S55-B5280 is another relatively affordable music production gem. Well below the $1000 mark, it is suitable for amateurs and beginners as you build yourself up to more advanced machines.
Fitted with a 4th generation intel core i7 processor, which runs this powerful machine fast and reliably, the Toshiba satellite has huge memory capacity owing to it’s 12GB DDR3 RAM. Both these amazing features will allow for multitasking, multiple plug ins, and a quality and enjoyable production experience.
In addition, the 15.6 inch display and 1 TB hard drive will enable editing tracks, playing back and mixing to be done at a high-performance level.back to menu ↑
Finally, we saved the best for last. This laptop made it onto the top laptops because it proves that a laptop doesn’t have to be expensive to deliver. In fact at its price tag, it is easy to dismiss. However, it does come with all the minimum configurations of a music production powerhouse laptop.
Where do we start? Powered by the intel i5, 2 cores processor with 2.3 GHz, this 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD is highly sought after as it performs exceptionally well in all the music production processes. In provides the user with enough speed and power to accomplish a good quality job.
It comes highly recommended if you are looking for a budget friendly option or are beginner in music production.
Today, music producers, both professionals and amateurs alike have been offered some astounding laptops to work with to make this year a success. Of course, more are still out there but these eight have changed the game of music production this year. Each of the highlighted laptops can deliver superior quality work, without flinching, while taking on multiple external gear and storing tonnes of data. Even desktop lovers concede the abilities of these laptops are incredible. Hopefully, as you embark on your music making journey you will put the above information to good use to help you buy a sound machine.