Best laptop for music production | New computer buyers guide

what is the best laptop for music
production if you want to buy a new one? in this video I’ll take a look at the
components, my recommendations and non recommendations my name is Dexter Clark and I do reviews
vlogs and tutorials about DJing and producing music. if you’re new to the
channel make sure you are subscribed and hit that little bell icon. the table of
contents of this video is in the description below, but also make sure
that you watch it till the end because there I have two bonus tips that can
save you a lot of money. in this video I’m talking about the best new laptops
for music production so not the budget category or the mid-range category but
the high-end I’m nearly a professional music producer category. so what do you
need? first of all the CPU, the most important thing for music production. you
need a quick CPU so my recommendation a 7-series CPU of the latest generation
with at least four cores, especially reverbs and heavy synthesizer plugins,
multiple voices and multiple instances of heavy synthesizer plugins will take
up a ton of CPU power. the number of gigahertz is important, but more
important for speed is the number of cores you have in your processor. a core
is effectively another processor in the same shell. oh and one thing: those turbo
boost frequencies are more a marketing term than anything else. yes they could
improve the speed of your computer but it’s only for a short amount of time
like opening a web page for example. but you won’t take advantage of that with
music production because you ask a constant amount of CPU power. so in
theory yes but in practice no. the memory a lot of memory is important if you want
to work with a lot of sample based instruments, 16 gigabytes is a minimum
then, preferably 32 or even 64 gigabytes if you can expand later you could hop in
on 8 GB but you definitely need to expand later.
because I want to make this video short and concise I had to leave a lot of
information out of this video but I wrote about it, a special chapter in my
free ebook: you can download it, the link is also in the description below. storage:
a 7200 rpm hard drive or even better an SSD. A 5400 rpm hard drive is too slow
for music production, a SSD is quicker what I already said and it’s also good
for the battery life of your computer. I would say 1 terabyte, you will always run
out of space sooner or later and a lot of sample based plugins can eat up a lot
of storage. there’s a widely used sample based plug-in on the market that already
takes up 500 gigabytes full installation and you need some space left for your
operating system, your DAW, your samples and your projects. working with
external hard drives is a pain in the whistle it defeats the whole purpose of being
mobile. they are easy to break, easy to get lost and where do you put them? duct tape them to the lid of your laptop? the screen: 15 inch or preferably a 17 inch. yes,
it becomes a heavy machine with 17 inch but you need the overview. more overview
means less scrolling, means a quicker workflow. a lot of plugins and DAWs
don’t take into account 13 inch and their respective resolutions. then you
are missing buttons on plugins for example, or you need a magnifying glass
to see what’s going on. yes I’m talking from experience. if you want to keep it
small make sure that you have an external monitor connector like HDMI for
example. then you can connect a big screen when you are producing in the
studio. a side scrolling mouse: this makes scrolling in your timeline a lot easier.
yeah there are some laptops that have decent trackpads but it never beats the
speed of a mouse. a backlit keyboard so you can see your keyboard in a badly lit
environment gamer laptops could be the best laptop
for music production, but they are “bad” for one reason:
there are heavy-duty graphics cards in them and you don’t take advantage of
that with music production. a lot of people ask me: what about Model X it’s
cheaper than the rest. is it any good? let me say this: if a model is cheaper than
the competition this has to raise a red flag. quality and cheapness often don’t
go together. you can use an older model, an other laptop for music production,
but yeah you may run into some trouble and I’m really curious if you are using
right now an older laptop for music production.
does it fit your needs let me know in the comments below with the hashtag
music producer. does it fit your needs and also the model type number and if
you are running into problems. I have compiled a blacklist and a whitelist. one
notice here the blacklist doesn’t mean that everything that is on that
blacklist, that those brands do on the blacklist, is bad, because otherwise they
would be out of business. but I think you have a higher chance of successful for music
production at least with brands and models on the whitelist and on the
blacklist. the items on the whitelist: first of all HP with their Elitebook series,
asus, then microsoft with the surface laptops, although they tend to be a
little bit slower, and dell with the Alienware series. if they offer extended
warranty by it. there is a reason why some manufacturers and some laptop
models are more expensive than the rest manufacturers tend to use more
high-quality components like hinges or a motherboard for example, then the
advantage of that is, if something is broken after three years for example,
they can probably fix it. then the blacklist for music production: msi, Acer,
Lenovo, Samsung and Medion, then the blacklist continued: first of all Dell
with the Inspiron series and the XPS series a lot of models
have latency problems, also, definitely don’t buy the Chromebook from Google
because there are no daws that support that operating system. good that you
stuck around for the bonus tips here is bonus tip number one. if you have a type
number of laptop you want to buy in mind Google it in combination with music
production and latency. then you’ll see if someone else experience problems with
it bonus tip number two: ultrabooks those
ultra small notebooks are designed to be ultra small and not to give the best
performance. the processor can only perform optimal if it can get rid of the
heat it produces and heat it produces under a heavy workload of music
production. but those laptops are simply not designed to do that. here is a list
of all my recommendations, if you want to have more information about laptops for
music production you can find it in my special playlist here on youtube about
this subject and also more information in my free ebook the links to both are
in the description below


  • Jules Berkhof

    What you need is a mac…. why… its all logic… but its just more stable and has music in its kernel…

  • Perfect timing was just looking for a new laptop

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  • Mm.. I have an acer and i can tell you it works veeery good. Of course with a m2 ssd nve and a 1th hibryd hd… I expect you talk about notebook with soundblaster cards… like metabox notebooks… 🤔

  • nagarjuna kumar

    Hello can I install logic Pro X in windows laptop

  • Hı, do you have anything specific against lenovo thinkpad workstations?…they seem decent.

  • Jens van Laere

    Every time you mention the thing with duct-taping an external SSD on the laptop, I think of Afrojacks laptop:

  • What would be a Good laptop for music production under 80k Indian money? What about HP PAVILION X360?
    HP Pavilion x360 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 14-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 FHD Thin and Light Laptop (8GB/16GB Optane/1TB HDD/Windows 10 Home/MS Office/4GB Graphics/Mineral Silver/1.59 kg), cd0055TX

  • Is there any reason why MSI is on the blacklist? I was looking at getting a MSI GE75 Raider 8RE 17.3" Gaming Laptop but not sure anymore. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I’m just starting out.

  • 16gb minimum?? Idk if that’s like a new standard but I’ve been producing since 2011 using at the very most 4gb and I’ve never had any issues with my projects.

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  • Flash Elangbam

    How about lenovo legion y740?
    The specs are good .

  • Don't know if you remember me Dexxter but we echanged some thought about laptop for producer, I talked to you about the Zbook from HP and I promissed to give you my feedback. So, here I am. I did not buy that laptop! lolll Just because I the shop did not meet my needs in term of "urgent delivery". So I did buy the Lenovo X1 Extreme. Specs are:
    Processor: I7 8th gen 8750H
    Memory: 32Gb @ 2666 (upgradable until 64 if I'm not wrong)
    GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4Gb
    Audio: Realtek —
    HDD: SSD500 Gb Samsung -that thing is FAAAAsssst
    Screen: TouchScreen 4K 15.6 (really good screen)
    2 USB-C / 2 USB-A 3.1 – HDMI – SDCARD reader – Headphone jack – backlit keyboard… And it has the Lenovo nipple! lol..
    My opinion…: I only received it a week ago but I test it quite a bit, and I must say it is a solid laptop! I started Maschine, Traktor and Ablton together and plugged my Mashine MK3, Traktor S4, Komplete Keyboard and Novation Launchpad to control Ableton. I didn't plug my audio interface just to see what the computer was handeling by itself.

    So I've played scenes and tweaking effect (delay, reverb) in mashine, traktor with some effect too and my ableton set has 4 vst running (Massive, Absinth, an Arturia plugin and a ReaktorBlock). So far, with all that playing all together,… no weakness, no glitch, no fail…..
    It kept it up easy! I'll have to set it up properly when I get home (I'm abroad now), but I think it is a good contender in your list! It did not fail me!

    Have a nice day!

  • ak傳說對決

    How do u think of 9 gen msi laptop

  • What about Asus Tuf or Vivobook

  • Hey, I know you said that ultrabooks aren't suited for music production but do you know about the Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019)? It outperforms a MacBook in many ways. Would you recommend it?

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  • Humberto Alejandro

    Like if you’re here because Omnisphere is just too much

  • honestly, the storage issue. if you're going to have a mouse hooked up to your laptop nothing it stopping you from storing your projects on a 256GB MicroSD.

  • Hello Dexxter, could you please tell me why is the HP Elitebook series on your whitelist, since they are more of a business laptop?

  • αlεχ ṃøτïøṉ ģɾαρhïс

    Do you think that DELL G3 could be a good one? Even if it doesn't respect all the requirements 🙂

  • Hi Dexxter! I was watchnig alooot of your videos about daws, mac vs windows etc etc.. I'm a DJ and producer also and a Windows guy. But i whant to upgrade my laptop. Is there maybe some video about DJing with Windows gaming laptops? With gaming beats like 6 core intel procesors 16/32gb ram etc?
    I know that high end intel processors will work, but what about stability and reliability in DJ booth?
    Can Windows gaming laptops handle vibrations, heat, low pressure weather in the club and work normal?

  • Hi dexx… What about Asus zenbook for music production.. Good or bad

  • #musicproducer I am currently running a 2011 Thinkpad X220 with a 250gb ssd and 12 gb of ram. It is not particularly good, but hardly gets the job done. Looking for a new one now

  • Hi dexter pls tell laptop for music production in $700

  • What do you think about the Razer Blade computers?

  • Are 2 in 1 laptops recommended for music production?


    Willasus vivobook s14 i5 version works ??

  • Hi Dexxter Clark, #musicproducer
    I am looking to buy a new laptop, I am doing a bit of music production, in fact, I am new to it but will be using from now on (using Ableton 10), I have done some research and also watched your videos. I am now debating between these 2:

    1) HP – Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – 512GB SSD
    2) ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel, Intel Core i7-8565U, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, GeForce MX250, Innovative Screenpad 2.0, Windows 10 Procvccv

    Can you help me out ?

  • How about asus tuf fx705?

  • rajeshnaik meravath

    Is mac book air 13'3 good for music production

  • rajeshnaik meravath

    Which is best laptop for music production under 1lakh

  • Any experience with Schenker Audio Edition laptops?

  • Quick question I know you said 7 series, but which is better 6th core 9th generation i7 or 8 core 9th generation i9

  • Hi, I'm windows user for djing and musci production, I have HP Elitebook 840 G5 i5 8250u, 8gb ram 8th Intel generation etc etc.. I have question about ACPI battery driver. Did optimisation on mu HP as allways as on any windwos laptop for music production. With power supply works great but on battery i have huge drop outs, latency moon show me 3000ms in some moments. When i disable APCI battery in device manager, works perfect, but i lost any info about my battery. But on my old Dell Inspirion, i dont have that problem also on HP with pentium silver procesor. I'm using Audio 10 DJ soundcard, did try also my Audio 8 DJ, RME and Xone K2 soundcard. I have same problem on any audio source like from web or other application? HP works perfect but thissss ACPI battery driver…

  • My problem is this, i have a budget (of course) so im filtering the price to start. I've narrowed the results down to about 5 candidate. What is driving me insane goes something like, "this screen is perfect, the drive capacity is great but the cpu is too small" And so forth the same with the next but different positives/ negative, The Goldilocks predicament of laptop specs if you will lol.

  • Brooo plzzz help me

    Do u think I can produce music in MSI P63 (i7-8565u,16gb ram, 1050ti(max q)

    Plzz reply dude plzzzzz

    (People are saying that the processor is slow, but is it that slow that I can’t run serum, omnisphere and u k…)

  • #musicproducer my 2012 Lenovo thinpad 4gb ram 750gb memory intel i3 finally died in 2019. It was a good 7 years. I’m surprised it last so long using ableton and serum. Hope you see this because these specs have to be worst specs you’ve seen for music production.

  • The zenbook duo, or the zenbook pro 14/15 are good for this ? (Light, powerfull and more productive for the zenbook duo)

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