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Can someone recommend a laptop?
Old 4th September 2016
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Can someone recommend a laptop?

Having a lot of trouble finding a laptop that suits my needs, im wanting it for ableton and have been recommended to get one with 16gb ram, ssd, and a quad core processor such as a i5 or i7 if budget allows. Im wanting to stick with a windows for now so is 10 the best or stick with 7 which is what im used to. Heard mixed things about windows 10

I have a budget of around £500 - £600 and i can only find ones in my price range which are made for gaming

I think im looking in the wrong places, ebay, amazon and cant find much through google so can anyone recommend makes, models, specs and places to buy in the UK?

Thanks
Old 4th September 2016
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I don't live in the UK but you're on the right track, I'm in the USA.
If Live runs well on win 7 why go up? If you do upgrade check out win 8.1.

I'm getting a second computer with power, i7 , 8 core, 32gig RAM but it will be a Dell and compact. Laptops when producing don't cut it for me.
Make sure win 10 is stable, I'm looking at win 8.1 myself.
Old 5th September 2016
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yeah il probably stick with windows 7 as it works for me. Seems like quad cores are expensive and I think a dual core wont be enough for ableton with its plugins and many tracks per session but someone correct me if im wrong ?
Old 6th September 2016
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anyone got any recommendations on what to look at?
Old 8th September 2016
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Try the pc specialist website.
I have recently bought a laptop with a similar requirement to you and I'm very pleased with the machine.
You may be able to get quad core performance at your budget with a 15 inch screen, which is out of reach with the big brand pc builders.
Old 11th September 2016
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thanks, couldnt really see anything within my price range and ones with the spec im after unless its dedicated for gaming which im not after
Old 11th September 2016
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thanks, couldnt really see anything within my price range and ones with the spec im after unless its dedicated for gaming which im not after
Gaming needs are not that much different than audio needs. In fact about the only thing a gamer is looking for mainly is a really good GPU chip for graphics followed by a powerful CPU and a lot of fast ram. None of those things are much different than the needs for an audio computer. We really don't need to pay extra for the best graphic chip or fastest ram and they don't really need an SSD is about the only difference.
Try and stick with Lenovo or HP and refurbished is usually ok and a money saver.
Most new laptops will ship with Win 10 which is fine but most under 6-700 dollar (US) laptops will not ship with an SSD and newer laptops are making it harder to replace the the drive as well.
Old 13th September 2016
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yeah true, just seems a bit of a waste to buy a good graphics card when i dont need it, other than that yeah they seem a good spec for production. I see lenovo have some good prices for the specs but ive read a lot of mixed reviews on their products, mainly on amazon.

I cant seem to find any places which have a large range of well spec'd laptops in the UK, seems like you need to know what you're wanting to buy before shopping for it
Old 13th September 2016
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Scan Computing specialise in computers for AV and specifically audio work.

And Peter there is a good chap.
Old 13th September 2016
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32 GB of RAM is more appropriate
Quad core i7 is worth it
Go with Windows 10 - it works really well and has yet to crash on me - and I'm a dedicated Mac user so ........

As with any tool, going for the best you can afford always yealds a better outcome than using what you can get away with using.
You don't want a tool to be straining at its upper limits.
Old 14th September 2016
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will go and check out scan

32gb quad core i7 is going to big bucks, my original budget of £5-600 looks like its already gone out the window and probably need to double it for something decent
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