The best laptops for music production in 2022 (2023)

By Matt Hanson

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Joseph Foley, Josephine Watson

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Find the perfect portable studio with one of the best laptops for music production.

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When producing your music, having one of the best laptops for music production can make a big difference in your creative process, no matter what genre you work within. Gone are the days when music production was exclusive to big studios with banks of mixers as laptops are capable of handling every stage of music production now, and the powerful software these machines can house can transform almost any space into a portable studio with the right setup.

Simply plug in music peripherals like microphones, amps, speakers and instruments, and you can set off recording, editing and exporting compositions in no time, even if you're an amateur or hobby musician. Plus, with an ever-growing catalogue of music-production software to choose from, there’s no need to muddle along with interfaces and production styles that don’t fit your creative process.

Our picks of the best laptops for music production below have been hand-selected from the wide variety of machines on the market using our expertise, industry contacts and review experiences. We took everything from specs to power and memory into mind, and you can see our guide to how we test laptops, PCs and workstations for more details on our review process. We’ve also answered some of your burning questions at the bottom of this article to help you choose which is right for you.

While these laptops are all great for music production, you might want to compare them with other creative laptops – especially if you’re a jack-of-all-trades. We’ve also made a guide to the best laptops for video editing, as well as the best laptops for animation. Or, for something more generalist, try our picks for the best 2-in-1 laptops for creatives.

The best laptops for music production today

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01. MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)

The best laptop for music production overall

Specifications

CPU: Apple M1 Pro 8-core – M1 Max 10-core

Graphics: Integrated 14-core – 32-core GPU

RAM: Up to 64GB

Screen: 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display

Storage: Up to 8TB

Reasons to buy

+

Excellent performance

+

Very good speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The MacBook Pro 14-inch remains our top pick as the best laptop for music production. Coming with either an M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, this versatile machine is an incredibly powerful laptop that can handle even the most complex projects with ease. There's a good reason why many music producers and musicians favour Apple products, and macOS, the operating system the MacBook Pro 14-inch comes with, supports a huge amount of music-production applications.

It also has some of the best speakers we've ever tested on a laptop, making it ideal for use when you can't hook up external speakers, and there's an excellent array of ports. The battery life is also seriously impressive. It's expensive, but you won't find a better laptop for music production.

Read all the details in our in-depth Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) review.

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02. Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

The best value laptop for music production

Specifications

CPU: Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU

Graphics: Integrated 7-core – 8-core GPU

RAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memory

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display

Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

+

macOS Big Sur is fast and responsive

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Battery life is great

Reasons to avoid

-

Fanless design could impact performance

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While Apple may not be the first company you think of when you read the word 'value', but 2020 MacBook Air actually offers fantastic value for money for music producers. It's significantly cheaper than the MacBook Pro 14 above, and even many Windows-based alternatives, but still offers a stylish thin and light design and excellent performance thanks to the M1 chip.

And the fact that it's two years old and that Apple has just released a new 2022 M2 MacBook Air means that prices have got even better, with retailers more often offering discounts – and don't let its age put you off in this case; this is still a fantastic laptop for music production, and can run any application the more expensive MacBook Pro can.

Another benefit is that the MacBook Air is fanless. This means it's silent when in use, which is a huge bonus if you're recording via microphones. It doesn't offer a huge amount of ports, however, so you'll probably need to invest in a dock.

Read our full MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review for further details.

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03. Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2022)

The best gaming laptop for music production

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H (14-core)

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti 8GB

RAM: 16GB – 32GB

Screen: 5.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,440, 240Hz, IPS LCD

Storage: Up to 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

+

Great performance

+

Solid build

+

Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

-

Not the most discreet design

High-end gaming laptops, with their excellent processing capabilities, can sometimes be good options as laptops for music production, and the Strix Scar 15 from Asus's Republic of Games ticks all the right boxes. It does go in rather heavily on the gamer-style with a lot of lights, so it's not one to consider if you want something discreet, but it certainly offers the power producers need with an Intel i9 processor and a base spec of 16GB of RAM.

We were certainly impressed when we reviewed the device. We got 10 hours of video playback out of the battery and found the laptop to be lightweight enough to make it a portable workhorse for content production. You get good connectivity options too with two USB-C ports (one Thunderbolt 4), two USB-A, HDMI, ethernet and a headphone jack. The Scottish electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke is apparently a fan too.

See our full Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2022) review for more details.

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04. Dell XPS 17 (2021)

The best laptop for music production with a larger screen

Specifications

CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i9-11980HK

Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6

RAM: Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz

Screen: 17.0" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 17.0" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit

Storage: Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe

Reasons to buy

+

Great performance

+

Gorgeous design

Reasons to avoid

-

Lack of ports

If you want a gorgeous and large display to do your music production on, then the latest Dell XPS 17 is the laptop for you. Usually, 17-inch laptops are large and uncomfortable to carry. However, with the XPS 17, Dell has crafted a stunningly thin large screen laptop, and it's impressively light as well.

Power-wise, the XPS 17 packs up to an Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. That means that pretty much any music production software is going to run well well on this and shouldn't suffer any performance issues at all. It is expensive, but for many people, the premium design and performance will be worth it.

See our full Dell XPS 17 review for more details.

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05. MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

The best MacBook for music production if you need a larger screen

Specifications

CPU: Apple M1 Pro 10-core – M1 Max 10-core

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Graphics: Integrated 16-core – 32-core GPU

RAM: Up to 64GB

Screen: 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display

Storage: Up to 8TB

Reasons to buy

+

Extremely long battery life

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Plenty of ports

Reasons to avoid

-

On the bigger side

While the MacBook Pro 14-inch is the best laptop for music production in our view thanks to its convenient portable size, if you'd like a bigger screen, its 16-inch sibling offers essentially the same specs, and slightly better battery life to boot. Some find the larger screen more comfortable for working on, especially if working on multiple tracks at once.

As with the MacBook Pro 14 at number one, this is a brilliant laptop for music production that should be able to handle even the most complex projects. It boasts excellent speakers and microphone, and plenty of ports. It is more expensive than the 14-inch model, however.

See our full MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) review for more details.

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06. Surface Laptop Studio

A stunning Windows laptop for music production

Specifications

CPU: Up to Quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i7-11370H

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti  laptop GPU

RAM: 8GB – 32GB

Screen: 14.4in 2400 x 1600p 3:2 PixelSense Flow touchscreen

Storage: 256GB – 2TB

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio really shows how far Microsoft has come in laptop design. This premium device has a stunning touch screen and plenty of power beneath the hood. It also offers good battery life, which will be welcome if you record or edit when you're on the move.

As a Microsoft product, it's also a showcase for the company's software, especially Windows 11. Any music production app you want to use will run with ease, and the built-in speakers are also impressive considering the size of this laptop. It could do with a few more ports, but overall this is a stylish laptop that's great for music production.

Read our complete Surface Laptop Studio review for more details.

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07. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition

This unique collaboration makes for music production laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4

Screen: 14-inch, IPS, 2,560 x 1,440, 120Hz

Storage: 1TB Samsung M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

+

Great CPU performance

+

Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition is a rather unique laptop for music production, as it's been designed in collaboration with the popular YouTube DJ. Not only does this mean it has exclusive colours compared to the regular Zephyrus G14 laptop, but the actual box it comes with can be used as a controller for mixing or as a synth pad that connects through USB-C to use with a dedicated app.

This means you can start creating straight away, but if you think this is a gimmick, or you already have your own equipment, then you'll find this laptop to still be an excellent investment, with plenty of ports and some decent specs that means it'll handle any music production app with ease, however.

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08. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 UX582L

The best dual-screen laptop for music production

Specifications

CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i7-Core i9

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

RAM: 16GB

Screen: 15.6-inch 4K OLED (3840 x2160p) Touchscreen, 0.2ms, 440 nits, Pantone-validated; 14-inch 3840 x 1100p, anti-glare IPS secondary display

Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

+

Gorgeous main display

+

Second display actually useful

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

-

Poor Battery life

If you want a brilliant high-end laptop for music production, then the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 UX582L could be for you. Not only does it come with some incredibly powerful components, including a choice of Core i7 or i9 Intel processors, but it also has a unique design that includes a second screen above the keyboard.

This touchscreen can be used with music production applications to provide extra control, such as sliders for mixing tracks. It gives the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 UX582L a level of versatility that other laptops lack. Both screens are OLED as well, which means they look absolutely stunning as well.

However, the unique design won't be for everyone, and it does make the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 UX582L more expensive than other laptops on this list. Battery life is also impacted, which means you'll need to make sure you carry around the power supply if you're planning on using this out and about.

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09. LG Gram 17 (2021)

Another 17-inch laptop that can handle music production

Specifications

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i7

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

RAM: 16GB LPDDR4X

Screen: 17-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD

Storage: up to 2TB NVMe SSD

Reasons to buy

+

Excellent battery life

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Large, high-quality display

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

The LG Gram 17 is another great choice for a laptop for music production that offers a large screen. This makes working with multiple tracks and complex arrangements much easier, as you get to see more of your project at once.

Like the Dell XPS 17 above, the LG Gram 17 pushes back against the notion that 17-inch laptops need to be big and bulky. In fact, the LG Gram 17 is actually lighter than many smaller laptops. Performance is good and battery life is excellent. It doesn't have the premium feel of the XPS 17, but it's wonderfully portable for its size.

10. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Workhorse laptop is a great Studio alternative

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 or AMD Ryzen 5/7

Graphics: 2256x1504 / 2496x1664 (201 PPI)

RAM: Up to 32GB

Screen: 10-point multitouch 13.5”/15” PixelSense Display

Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

+

Sturdy and portable

+

Good touchscreen

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Reasons to avoid

-

Lack of ports

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 isn’t revolutionary in any single way, but what it does it does without fuss and with surprisingly strong performance. It’s been superseded by the upgradedMicrosoft Surface Laptop Studio, which sports increased performance, but the Surface Laptop 4, one of the best laptops for writers as well, is still highly capable for music production, and offers a great budget alternative to the Studio.

There is an option of 13.5 or 15-inch screens, along with customisable RAM and storage depending on which processor you choose. For music production, which can be resource-demanding, we recommend the more powerful Ryzen processor, but even the base spec will handily take care of any light-to-medium musical tasks. Speakers are more than serviceable too, which is a definite plus here. The lack of ports means you might have to get a dock to accompany it, though.

Check out our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (opens in new tab) review for more details.

How should I choose the best laptop for music production?

The best laptops for music production need to be powerful with a multi-core processor and plenty of RAM. This is because, as with most creative pursuits, the necessary software for music recording and production can be very demanding - especially for multi-track songs.

We’d recommend pairing this with a large SSD to give you plenty of storage space for your audio tracks - especially uncompressed ones. To ensure you don’t run out of capacity, you’ll want at least 512GB, but if you can stretch to 1TB, you’ll be thankful for the extra wiggle room.

Naturally, having good speakers is a must. Even if you opt to plug in external speakers or headphones, it’s important to listen to your track through as many different audio systems as possible to see how your frequency spectrum is represented in different setups. Plus, it makes life easier if you are often on the go and want to play your track back out loud.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure you have a good number and selection of ports on your laptop for music production so you can connect plenty of external hardware without the use of adapters. Again, this makes producing on the go less of a headache, but make sure to check the rest of your equipment first and assess which connections you’ll need, and perhaps invest in a dock.

Is Windows or Mac better for music production?

If money is no object, Mac is hands-down the way to go for producers - that's why MacBooks occupy both the first and second spots in our guide. Compared to Windows, Mac hardware is much better, MacBooks are optimised for audio production, and the out-of-the-box software is vastly superior.

However, this comes at a cost - Windows laptops are generally far cheaper than MacBooks. If you're on a budget, the best course of action is to think about your hardware needs, do your research on audio optimisation and hunker down with one of the Windows models we've listed above.

Plus, there's at least one big perk to opting for Windows; the ability to upgrade your machine, meaning you can boost your RAM and improve your hardware to keep up with your production needs.

How much RAM do you need for music production?

The best laptops for music production must have a good amount of RAM to deliver on all of your performance needs - we’d recommend no less than 16GB, although true beginners may be able to get by with 8GB.

RAM is immediately accessible, fast working memory in your machine, and the amount of RAM you have can drastically affect performance. If you’re working with large sample libraries, doing lots of audio rendering or recording and overdubbing, you’ll want as much headroom as possible.

Advanced producers working on comprehensive orchestral tracks with heavy use of plugins and more performance-intensive software would struggle with any less than 64GB RAM.

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Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for well over a decade, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a senior editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.

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FAQs

Which laptop has best audio quality? ›

Laptops with the best speakers in 2022
  • Apple MacBook Pro (16, 14)
  • Apple MacBook Air M2.
  • Dell XPS 17.
  • Dell XPS 15.
  • Razer Blade 17.
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What laptop should I buy in 2022? ›

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  • Apple MacBook Air (M2)
  • MacBook Pro (14-inch and 16-inch)
  • MacBook Air (M1)
  • HP Spectre x360 14.
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G15.
  • Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 14.
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.
  • Asus Chromebook Flip CX5.
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Which is the most powerful laptop in the world 2022? ›

The most powerful laptops on sale today
  • Dell XPS 17 (2021) ...
  • Asus TUF Gaming F15. ...
  • Razer Blade 17 (2022) ...
  • Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021) ...
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) ...
  • MSI Creator 17. ...
  • Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro. A powerful laptop for creatives. ...
  • Dell XPS 15 (2021) The best Dell laptop for creative pros.
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How much RAM do I need for music production? ›

8 GB is plenty for the majority of music production processing. 16 or 32 GB can help if you plan to work with the large sample libraries that are needed to emulate acoustic instruments realistically. But think twice before you pay steep prices to max out your computer's RAM.

What processor is best for music production? ›

7 Best CPU for Music Production
  1. Intel Core i9 – 12900K. Sale. ...
  2. AMD Ryzen 5950X. Sale. ...
  3. AMD Ryzen 53600. Sale. ...
  4. AMD Ryzen 5 5600. Sale. ...
  5. AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. Sale. ...
  6. Intel Core i5 12600K. Intel Core i5-12600K Desktop Processor 10 (6P+4E) Cores up to 4.9 GHz Unlocked LGA1700 600 Series Chipset 125W. ...
  7. Intel Core i9 – 11900K. Sale.
29 Aug 2022

Is a laptop or desktop better for music production? ›

Desktop computers are better than laptops for music production, except if portability is a requirement. They give better performance and are easier to upgrade. Desktops can be made quieter much easier than laptops, an important consideration in a home music studio.

Which is better HP or Lenovo? ›

Which brand is better, HP or Lenovo? Lenovo laptops are best in comparison with HP laptops as they provide good value for money. Lenovo laptops have decent build quality, however, HP laptops are better in terms of their quality components, but they are more expensive than Lenovo laptops.

Is Lenovo good for music production? ›

Updated 9/2/2022: See our latest review of the Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X. While it comes with a less-than-stellar battery life, it has a strong CPU and more than enough RAM to make a perfectly fine music production laptop.

Which is the No 1 laptop in world? ›

Apple MacBook Air M2 MLY43HN/A Ultrabook (Apple M2/8 GB/512 GB SSD/macOS Monterey) On our list of the best laptops in the world, the new MacBook Air M2 has risen to the top due to its superior quality.

How much RAM do you need? ›

Most users need about 8 GB of RAM, but to use several apps at once, you might need 16 GB or more. If you don't have enough RAM, your computer will run slowly and apps will lag. VRAM is located on your graphics card and stores temporary graphical data from apps and games.

Which laptop brand is most reliable? ›

Well, according to Consumer Reports, the most reliable laptop brand is Apple. That's not surprising, considering Apple's reputation for making high-quality products. Other top-rated laptop brands include Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, and HP. These brands all have strong track records for producing reliable laptops.

Which is the fastest laptop in the world 2022? ›

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 is the fastest and most powerful laptop. Check out the table to see a comparison of the other fast and powerful laptops and choose what is right for you. ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 Gaming Laptop, 300Hz 17.3" FHD 3ms IPS Level, Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA...

Which laptop processor is fastest? ›

Intel's Core i7, Core i9, and Xeon lines and AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 chips have the highest, while Intel's Celeron and Pentium and AMD's Athlon have the lowest.

Is 16GB RAM enough for music production 2022? ›

The Professional Music Producer

Anything above 16GB of RAM would be overkill for a budding producer. It is best to save your money and go for 16GB just to be safe.

How much SSD do I need for music production? ›

A 500 GB solid-state drive (SSD) is the minimum storage space needed to make music without hiccups. The operating system, the best music production software, plug-ins, and a good sample collection can all fit this amount of space.

Which Windows is best for music production? ›

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How many cores are good for music production? ›

A quad-core processor is the best choice for music production. The other measure is clock speed, which typically runs from about 2.4 to 4.2 GHz. The faster the better.

Is RAM or processor more important for music production? ›

Is RAM Or CPU More Important For Music Production? CPU is far more important in music production than RAM. Not many people realize that you can upgrade RAM later down the line. However, when it comes to CPU, you can't upgrade or add a new processor down the line.

Is i7 better than i5 for music production? ›

If you're doing between one and twenty tracks, an i5 would probably work for you. With 16 to 32 Gig of ram depending on the types of plugins and virtual instruments you are using. When you get above the 20-track level, like 100- 120 tracks, an i7 is a great processor.

Can you produce music with just a laptop? ›

You can produce music on a laptop due to the technological advancements of plugins, analog to digital converters, audio interfaces, and VST (virtual software instrument) technology, however, you need a powerful enough laptop and there are a few reasons why desktop is better.

What is the best computer to record music? ›

The Best Desktop Computers For Music Production (2022) – At A Glance
  • Top Pick. Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display. All-in-one desktop Mac, one of the best PCs for music production.
  • Budget Pick. Apple Mac Mini M1 Chip. ...
  • Pro Pick. Microsoft Surface Studio 2. ...
  • Great For Gaming. Skytech Archangel Ryzen 5.
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Is an i5 processor good for music production? ›

When shopping for a new CPU, opt for at least a quad-core processor. A dual-core might be sufficient for basic projects, but a quad-core Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 will make the music production process much smoother.

How do I find the best laptop? ›

Features to look for in a new laptop
  1. USB Port. USB Type-C offers speed and functionality.
  2. Display. OLED screen displays better than real life images.
  3. Touchscreen. Makes the interface simpler and eases access.
  4. 2-in-1 PCs. Next-gen laptops that can fold flat and even detach for a tablet experience.
  5. Wi-Fi. ...
  6. Graphics.

Is Dell or HP better? ›

It is clear that Dell laptops are the superior option when it comes to performance and reliability. HP laptops have excellent build quality, but their performance lags behind that of Dell laptops. In addition, HP's customer service is not as good as Dell's.

Is Lenovo or Dell better? ›

In comparison between Lenovo VS Dell, overall, Dell laptops are a good option in terms of price, but when it comes to other factors like innovation, battery life, and specifications, then Lenovo laptops top the list. Aside from being rated as the best laptop by most people, Lenovo laptops offer great value for money.

Is 16GB RAM enough for music production? ›

What's the Minimum? Most DAWs insist on 8GB as the minimum amount for adequate performance (16GB being the recommendation). However, 8GB is plenty of RAM for beginners and entry-level users learning the basics. It all depends on your level of experience and the size of your projects.

Which HP laptop is best for music production? ›

HP Pavilion

This HP laptop is one of the best music production laptops loved for its vital processing components. It has a robust music production process and 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB storage. The display is 17.3 inches, making music production sessions easier to carry out.

Are Samsung laptops good for music production? ›

Last but not the least, we have the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, a great option for those who are looking to get an entry-level laptop for music production but with a premium design approach.

Which laptops last the longest? ›

All of them support WiFi and Bluetooth, though, so you have a range of wireless connectivity options, too.
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  2. LG Gram 14. ...
  3. Dell XPS 13. ...
  4. Razer Blade 15.
30 Mar 2022

What makes a laptop fast? ›

RAM, the computer's memory, and the processor both affect how fast your laptop runs. The higher the number for each, the faster the speed. For instance, 4GB of RAM run faster than 2GB. The processor speed is measured in gigahertz, and a 2 GHz machine runs faster than a 1 GHz.

Which is the best and cheapest laptop? ›

Best Budget Laptops (2022)
  • Infinix INBook X1 Slim XL21 Laptop (Core i3 10th Gen/8 GB/256 GB SSD/Windows 11/128 MB)
  • HP 15s-eq1560AU (6Q0M8PA) Laptop (AMD Dual Core Ryzen 3/8 GB/512 GB SSD/Windows 11)
  • Asus VivoBook 15 M515DA-BR322WS Laptop (AMD Dual Core Ryzen 3/8 GB/256 GB SSD/Windows 11)

How much RAM do I need for 2022? ›

If you are using a computer or laptop for all these things, 4GB to 8GB RAM is enough for you. The majority of the devices are equipped with 4GB RAM. However, if you want better performance, you can upgrade your RAM to 8GB. It will be enough for basic gaming as well.

Which RAM is best for laptop? ›

If a user wants to play recent games, a minimum of 4GB to 6GB RAM is required. The more RAM you have, the better, especially with RAM prices so low right now. If a user is constructing a new system, 8GB RAM has become the industry standard. However, if the user is designing a gaming PC, 16GB to 32GB RAM should suffice.

Will more RAM make my laptop faster? ›

Generally, the more RAM your computer has, the larger the digital countertop you have to work on and the faster your programs will run. If your computer is running slowly due to a lack of RAM, you might be tempted to increase virtual memory because it is less expensive.

When buying a laptop What should I look for? ›

If you're spending over $600, shoot for these minimum specs: Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPU 1920 x 1080 screen 8GB of RAM and SSD Storage instead of a hard drive. 9+ hours of battery life is ideal if you plan to take your laptop anywhere at all.

Which is better Asus or HP? ›

In general, Asus laptops are more powerful and innovative than HP laptops. However, HP gaming laptops are more affordable, making them a good option for budget-conscious gamers. Asus offers more affordable gaming laptops, while HP focuses on high-end models.

Which laptop has highest RAM? ›

Here is the list of popular laptops with high RAM:
  • Lenovo ThinkPad.
  • Dell Precision M4800.
  • HP 15.6 HD Laptop for Business and Student.
  • CUK MSI GF65 Thin Gaming Laptop.
  • Dell Inspiron 15.
  • HP15. 6” FHD IPS Touchscreen Laptop.
  • Acer Nitro 5 15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop.
  • OEM Lenovo ThinkPad E14.
24 Sept 2022

What is the fastest processor? ›

AMD's 64-core, with 128 threads, Ryzen ThreadRipper 3990X desktop PC processor is considered the world's fastest CPU in 2021.

What makes a laptop slow or fast? ›

Your storage drive and memory (RAM) are the two key pieces of hardware most related to the speed of your computer. With too little memory, you will only have limited resources to run multiple programs, while using a dated storage drive can slow down your computer even if it's recently been defragmented.

Is i7 better than i5? ›

Intel Core i7 processors are typically faster and more capable than Core i5 CPUs. The latest i7 chips offer up to six cores and 12 threads, making them better suited for advanced multitasking.

Which processor is better in laptop? ›

4-core, and sometimes, 6-core processors can only be found on Core i7 or Intel Core i9 processors.
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Choosing a laptop processor is easier than you think.
ActivityCPU-intensivenessProcessor Family and Series
GamingHigh intensityIntel Core i5, Intel Core i7, AMD Ryzen 5, AMD Ryzen 7
DesigningHigh intensityIntel Core i7, Intel Core i9, AMD Ryzen 7
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Which processor is latest in laptop? ›

Best CPU Processor For Laptop Ranking
RankProcessor ModelCores / Threads
1AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX64/128
2AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX32/64
3AMD Ryzen 9 7900X12/24
4AMD Ryzen 9 5950X16/32
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What is best fast cheap laptop? ›

Best Budget Laptop at glance
  • Best all-rounder: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – check price.
  • Best 2-in-1: Lenovo Chromebook Duet – check price.
  • Best classic Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 513 – check price.
  • Best budget Chromebook: Acer Chromebook 314 – check price.
  • Best 15-inch budget laptop: MSI Modern 15.
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Can I use a laptop for music production? ›

Thanks to digital audio workstation software, the right laptop can make or record professional-quality music tracks1. Thanks to digital audio workstation software, the right laptop can make or record professional-quality music tracks1.

What is the best laptop for editing music? ›

The MacBook Pro 14-inch remains our top pick as the best laptop for music production. Coming with either an M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, this versatile machine is an incredibly powerful laptop that can handle even the most complex projects with ease.

What laptop do producers use? ›

Best laptops for music production in 2022
Best 2-in-1 laptopMicrosoft Surface Pro 8Check Price
Best Windows laptopRazer Blade 15 Studio EditionCheck Price
Best laptop for production and DJingApple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1Check Price
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Is 16GB RAM enough for music production? ›

What's the Minimum? Most DAWs insist on 8GB as the minimum amount for adequate performance (16GB being the recommendation). However, 8GB is plenty of RAM for beginners and entry-level users learning the basics. It all depends on your level of experience and the size of your projects.

How much SSD do I need for music production? ›

A 500 GB solid-state drive (SSD) is the minimum storage space needed to make music without hiccups. The operating system, the best music production software, plug-ins, and a good sample collection can all fit this amount of space.

Is RAM or CPU more important for music production? ›

Is RAM Or CPU More Important For Music Production? CPU is far more important in music production than RAM. Not many people realize that you can upgrade RAM later down the line. However, when it comes to CPU, you can't upgrade or add a new processor down the line.

How much RAM does Pro Tools need? ›

4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended) Minimum 1280 Horizontal Monitor Resolution. Internet connection for installation. 15GB disk space for installation.

Which HP laptop is best for music production? ›

HP Pavilion

This HP laptop is one of the best music production laptops loved for its vital processing components. It has a robust music production process and 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB storage. The display is 17.3 inches, making music production sessions easier to carry out.

Is it better to use a laptop or desktop for music production? ›

Performance. In terms of performance, desktop PCs have the edge over laptops by a long shot. This is because desktops have more powerful processors, better cooling, and more memory than laptops. They also have more room for expansion, so you can add more RAM and storage or upgrade your CPU down the line if you need to.

Is Lenovo good for music production? ›

Updated 9/2/2022: See our latest review of the Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X. While it comes with a less-than-stellar battery life, it has a strong CPU and more than enough RAM to make a perfectly fine music production laptop.

How much RAM do I need for FL Studio? ›

From FL Studio 20 you'd at least need 4 GBs of RAM. However it is recommended to pack a bit more RAM into your system. As the increase of RAM will increase the power you have within the DAW. The more RAM you have the more/heavier effects and virtual instrument you are able to run at the same time.

Can I use a gaming laptop for music production? ›

They offer a number of benefits over traditional desktop computers, including portability, performance, and graphics. Gaming laptops also offer a number of features that are ideal for music production, such as high-quality audio and video, and the ability to run music production software.

Which Windows 10 version is best for music production? ›

You can switch the PC out of S mode, so you can install the DAW software and other tools you need to produce music. Tip: Windows 10 Home is fine, but Windows 10 Pro will give you more options for control over the PC. You can upgrade at any time, but it's easiest to start with the one you want to keep.

Is 32gb RAM too much for music production? ›

32 gb for a non-orchestral composer is overkill . 16gb should be enough. more ram is useful for sample libearies to load on a big templates. for regular production 16gb should be fine.

Do you need 64gb RAM for music production? ›

For most DAW use 16 GB of ram is enough. If you are trying to setup a composer's rig using sample based virtual instruments (Kontakt) then having as much ram as possible will keep more instruments loaded ready to go without having to page to hard disk to load.

Is 8gb M1 enough for music production? ›

At the bare minimum, you will require 8GB of RAM for basic music production. This would be sufficient for most beginners. Furthermore, this will allow for 5 to 25 music tracks with multiple virtual instruments and plugins.

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