My First laptop/ music production

June 17, 2009 at 17:31:34
Specs: Windows XP
So I just got out of Infantry OSUT and I'm anxious to get back into music production. I'm headed off to Korea and I figure my best bet would be to get a laptop. Now I know a good bit about computers but not when it comes to laptops. I've always had and built, from scratch, my own desktops.

I have no idea what laptop to get. I'm not lookin to spend more than maybe 600 to 700. But I want really good performance for music production. I was told that because laptop HDD's are usually slow to get an external firewire HDD but my cousin who knows just about everything about computers said to go with eSATA. So it needs to be compatible for that too.

So in conclusion I'm askin what's the best laptop, at no more than 600 to 700 for music production and is capable of eSATA.

Thanks in advance

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June 18, 2009 at 13:34:06
High end music tends to be firewire but usb devices exist.

The hard drive is important but very few laptops offer really fast drives. I wouldn't let it be my first consideration..

The problem with most laptops is they are not intended to be fast, they are intended to be portable. The second problem is most systems come with Vista which tends to bog down the system. Things like Line 6 ux2 won't be as real time as on XP.

Most systems can use more ram, I'd look at the build in sound cards unless you have a good usb device already.

Could consider linux such as Musix and things like hydrogen and audacity.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 18, 2009 at 14:05:19
So would my best bet then be to just build a desktop or buy one rather than gettin a laptop?

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