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Old 5th September 2007
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budget laptop question


can anyone recommend a good laptop for music production (fl studio, ableton etc) around £400 (preferably not made / assembled in china) please?


Old 6th September 2007
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You'll struggle to get something that's not made in the Asian part of the world,.. and I don't just mean laptops.

Apple laptops are made in the USA as far as I am aware, so a second hand one maybe of use to you, but they'll probably be out of your price range.

Sorry, I'd be of greater help - But I can only guess that most of my suggestions would be ones rendered unsuitable
Old 6th September 2007
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Ya.. the laptops are pretty much all made in some part of Asia or another. Nothing wrong with that. It's all about who manages the outgoing product quality. Normally when we think of problems with manufacture, we're talking about poor consistency from one unit to the next If a laptop made on day x is distinguishable from one made on day y, that's a manufacturing/quality issue.

If it has cheap crap components everywhere and the keyboard feels like a toy, that's a design issue.

I actually think that any laptop you can find with 2 GHz or better, 2G ram or better, and modern amenities like a firewire port, several usb ports, etc... would suit most hobbyists.

But the main thing you want to do is make sure that whatever you get will work with your software/hardware. Your soundcard maker may specify what the laptop has to have in order to work with the system. I'd start there and not worry so much about where the laptop is made as long as it is supported by your soundcard.

Good luck.

Old 6th September 2007
Lives for gear

I believe Apple laptops are made by Quanta which is in Taiwan, does that count :-)

Anyway, I just got a 1Q SR from ADK and it's rock solid. The TI Firewire runs like a champ. Quanta makes the base laptop and ADK adds all the components you need. The trick to getting a stable machine is in the integration... finding parts that work together well. They seem to have done their homework in that department.

Anyway, I'd recommend ADK Audio. The price is pretty good too, although I wouldn't say "budget".

My wife just got an HP dv2000 and it's been solid. She doesn't use it for audio, though.

Some general advice for what it's worth: I'd check the firewire chipset and make sure it's Texas Instruments (TI). That seems to be the standard for firewire audio. Make sure you get one loaded with XP not Vista. Vista has driver problems galore and a bug with network activity and audio. If you get an Intel processor, you may want to install SpeedSwitchXP otherwise Windows will step down your processor speed to save power. Make sure the fan runs all the time to give you maximum cooling.
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