Top 5 Laptops for Music Production 2019

I asked you – real people – producers and
musicians – What Windows computer do you use for music production? and the results
are in! these are not just recommendations from me gathering specs
online. You have tested these machines and are getting great real results. today
I’m sharing the top 5 Windows laptops for music production according to you. I’ve even got a step further to check
out these laptops myself in person to give you my opinion of some features you
can’t tell from checking them out on a website. make sure you watch until the
end because there is one alternative that viewers highly recommend you
consider before you choose one of these. and it’s not what you think.
first of all, let’s cover the specs that you recommend. based on your responses,
the most recommended specs for any laptop are an i7 processor 16 gigabytes
of RAM at least 512 gigabytes of solid-state drive and a 15-inch screen.
so all the laptops I’m recommending here have those specs. and all of these
laptops will run all the popular DAWs including Ableton, FL Studio, Reaper,
Reason, Cubase, Studio One, Cakewalk, and others. I’ll include links to get any of
these laptops in the description of the video. so here’s a little more
information about my audience – the people who recommended these. first 60 percent
are Windows users, 35 percent are Mac users, and the others make music on
mobile devices. pretty cool! 28 percent of you make hip hop, 13 percent make EDM, 10
percent make rock, and five percent pop. And a whopping 44 percent of you
say that your music transcends all genres. most of you are running Ableton
Live and FL Studio. now one caveat – if you’re looking for a computer to run
Logic Pro, remember that’s a Mac only program so you need to put in
that extra cash for a MacBook unless you go the Hackintosh route. let’s get
started! coming in at number five is the Razer Blade the Razer Blade in my
opinion is the best-looking of the five laptops in this roundup. it’s sleek with
a multicolored backlit keyboard. it has the latest
i7 six core processor and since the Razer markets these as gaming laptops
you get great graphics as well. when I checked Razer Blades are a little bit
more expensive than the others in this roundup. I couldn’t find a Razer Blade
laptop on display at my local store but the guy at the store told me that it
feels a lot like a MacBook Pro with the aluminum body and really smooth the
trackpad. at number four are laptops by HP the Omen and Spectre. The Spectre has
a touchscreen at a very competitive price so if you want that option this is
a great laptop to choose. The Omen is a gaming laptop with great specs but one
viewer did warn that it’s pretty big and bulky. I checked out the Omen in person.
it has a cool brushed metal look. the keyboard feels solid and the screen
looks good. hey if you’re looking for some great accessories for your studio
like USB hubs, an excellent mouse and even a voice control gadget for your
studio setup, check out my 10 studio gadgets video here. at number three we
have the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 Extreme several viewers recommended Lenovo and
included the Yoga and Ideapad models as well but the ThinkPad x1 Extreme got the
most votes for Lenovo. actually i use the Lenovo x1 carbon at work. it has a
similar form factor and excellent portability. in person the Lenovo looks
more businesslike. maybe because I use one at work. but this laptop is much more
subtle than the gaming laptops in this roundup. the keys are easy to type on but
I don’t care for the trackpad which seems to need to catch up to the
processor at times. otherwise it’s just your everyday laptop
with good power. all right second place is Asus with 20% of the votes. people
seem to love the Asus ROG laptops the ROG is also marketed as a gaming
laptop with a nice sleek form factor and beautiful colored keyboard just like the
Razer Blade. one person did say that after a year of
heavy use the battery life is taking a little toll. but otherwise you guys
really love the Asus ROG. in person the ROG seemed really big. if you like lots
of multicolored lights, this thing’s got it! light strips on the sides, logo on the
top, colored keyboard. the keyboard feels better than the HP. more natural. before
we get to number one make sure you hit the like button and subscribe for more
videos on music production tips tutorials and gear reviews. and if you’re
looking for a Mac I’ve actually compared the last two versions the 2017 and 2018 of the MacBook Pro in a video here. all right the most
recommended laptop at number one is the Dell XPS 15! wait a second! Dell? I
received multiple comments about latency issues with the Dell XPS 15. although
this laptop was the most recommended, a large number of users are reporting a
latency problem and audio popping. a quick poll of my audience shows that 60%
of you are experiencing the latency problem and 40% say their XPS’s are just
fine. for now, my advice would be to keep an eye on the latency issue with Dell if
you’re really interested in getting an XPS 15. otherwise the other laptops in
this list are really good options. that said, this is a list of the most
recommended so let’s check out some of the comments from the viewers who do
like it. users say that the build quality is excellent, the screen is accurate and
overall, this thing is just rock-solid. several of you mentioned that you found
some of really good deals on these laptops as well. in person the Dell was
my least favorite in the looks category. it kind of felt outdated compared to the
others. the keyboard does feel good but the clicky noise made it sound a little
cheap. the screen was Wow! best among all these laptops. now the laptop body seems
like a fingerprint magnet as you can tell from these clips. you know, don’t
overlook last year’s models for any one of these laptops. you might find them at
a really good price! I need to mention one other alternative to a Windows
laptop. a good number of you recommended building your own desktop PC. and I think
this is a really great option especially if portability isn’t a necessity for you.
building your own PC gives you the option to easily upgrade your specs
later. desktop models also have better performance to similarly spec’ed laptops.
and they typically won’t have the loud fans that can ruin a good microphone
recording. all these laptops are priced similarly but check the links in the
description of the video for the latest prices. listen, don’t wait until you have
the money to buy the latest and greatest laptop out there. an i5 processor with 8
gigabytes of RAM will take you a long way with music production. so what do I
use I use a 2018 MacBook Pro with an i7 processor 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 2
terabyte solid-state drive. I’ve been fairly happy with it but there are some
things that I’ve been really disappointed with. but that’s for another
video. do the best with what you have and make the music you love. thanks for
watching and hey check out one of these videos next!

100 thoughts on “Top 5 Laptops for Music Production 2019

  1. This is a revised version of my Top Laptops video. What's new? I briefly cover the latency issue many of you reported. Thanks for watching…again.


  3. I am about to buy Dell gaming laptop. Intel i7 9th Gen, Geforce GTX 1660TX. 8GB Ram.
    Do I need sound card (to attach to motherboard) for music production? I read that it's needed, some says it's not needed. I need help. Thank you.

  4. Go see this guy for tweaking the settings in Windows for music production. It has a chapter in the description. Can't hurt for latency problems:

  5. Dear Sanjay, please update this list and throw in some of the new line of creator laptops like the Acer concept D7 which claims to be really powerful and really quiet for recording.

    Like this comment if you agree

  6. Also I heard that for music production, CPU single score performance is more important than multi core performance.
    How true is this and how can we ensure that translates in our choices?

  7. WARNING: Stay away from DELL. I bought a Dell G7 7790 and wasted a month of my life attempting to solve the ACPI.sys latency issues which result in pops and clicks. It's a shame because the G7 series is great band for the buck, amazing specs, good for VR, but at this point the audio glitch problem is unsolvable. Steer clear.

  8. Im using an hp omen like one shown in the video with ableton but its super laggy and some features dont work idk why tho

  9. Sanjay thanks alot for videos like these. They're veryyy helpful. Please continue to educate us, there's always a need. We appreciate you. Blessings from Jamaica 🇯🇲.

  10. बहुत सुंदर और लाजवाब प्रस्तुति…👌👌👌
    आपका स्वागत है…

  11. Hopefully getting an answer, im just thinking about buying an hp omen 15 dc0003la it has i7 8th gen 1TB HDD and 8 GB of ram. But i dont know if i should buy that one or if should buy the Lenovo y730 with i5 8th gen 8b ram and 1tb+128ssd? What would you go for?

  12. I'm thinking of getting Lenovo Ideapad L340 with i7 8565u processor. My music is mainly sample based using sampled vsts like ez drummer and xpand, I'll be using studio one 4 and some nactar 3 on vocals. Any advice on if I should hold out for a better laptop?

  13. i have a Dell Inspiron and I get shitty latency caused by drivers used for the pc. It seems to be caused by drivers related to the battery and other things which can't really be stopped. I would probably try a custom audio laptop build next time just to be sure to avoid annoyance

  14. Dell xps do not do music at all. They will fail the latency test. Don't waste your money buying off the shelf laptops. This guy should sell his mac book and then buy the xps then tell me its fine. 😂

  15. Sir super but one question is Logic Pro support for windows and which laptop is best ? and which music software is best for easy making music tell me

  16. Managed to fix my Dell, tried pretty much everything else

    1. Run LatencyMon to determine which of your CPU cores is affected most by DPC issues. In my case Core 0 has the massive DPC interrupts 3000+ microseconds far larger than any of the other cores.

    2. Set your audio application to stay off of that CPU core. You can use Task Managers CPU affinity setting. Right click Task Bar, select Task Manger, Details tab, right click on the program, click "set affinity" remove the tick from the core with high latency & click okay.

  17. I recommend a macbook cuz they are very good for music, programing, ect but not good for gaming

    But really it's up to the person

  18. My Alienware r5 can run 10 omnispheres and download games off steam while surfing Google without anypops lol. It's better than all these and while bulky, it's size is for better cooling. I can't believe no one mentioned it.

  19. Great video thanks really helpful! Does any one know if the audio issues on the xps 15 are also on the 13 inch? I have googled etc but it seems to be something only addressed to the 15. I need a new laptop for music production but I want a 13inch. I have a desktop for my main use. I am on trains and a bike a lot so it would be mostly for starting tracks etc so light and not too blulky is more important that a lot of screen size! the xps13 seems to check these boxes, as long as the Audio issue isn't there.

  20. HP Spectre is not something I'd recommend for music production. Had an HP Omen 15 and that had software issues so I went this route and I'd say the best laptop I've used so far for music production is an ASUS ROG. HP Spectre lacks ports and is extremely thin. Great for portable use but those fans crank up fast and slows down the system. Upgrading the ram was a pain in the ass as well. Also, there's only one port for an SSD. So for anyone looking into this ultrabook, just don't. You can find better value for the same price or cheaper. I'm more than likely going back to an ASUS. Doing some more research before making a final decision. Hope this was helpful to anyone considering.

  21. My bestbuy has the hp envy 17.3” touchscreen for around $1200 what do yall suggest? It has 12GB memory but idont that thatd make too much of a difference

  22. super cool video..really helped me deciding what i need! But can you let us know how much they cost individually in the coments section.

  23. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT BUY THE DELL XPS 15. I just recently bought one, and I'm already going to be returning it asap. The Killer Wifi card is horrendous, the Waves Maxx Pro Audio driver is terrible & its software fucks with audio quality. Any attempts to disable the software will dampen your audio sound and make everything sound worse, but leaving it on leaves you with so many issues. There's high DPS audio latency, I've only had this thing for a month and I've already experienced some MAJOR popping and clicks with the ASIO drivers, and audio interfaces don't solve the issue.


  24. I love your videos man your one of my favorite YouTube producers/ artist I have a mid 2018 15 MacBook Pro 2.2 i7 with 1tb , can you do a update on your computer on what you like and don’t like and how’s Omnisphere and keyscape running on your laptop I want too get them but don’t know if I should wait for a better laptop cause my laptop gets HOT 🥵 when i use some vsts Hope too Hear from you 🤙🏼🤘🏼

  25. Can confirm, I have owned the X1 extreme and the XPS 15 (2019 versions of each), they both have absolutely unusable DPC latency. Do not buy either of these laptops for music production. I've had to return both and now am getting a Mac.

  26. Can you do a video talking about 16'' Macbook Pro for music production could and what specifications do we need better to it?

  27. Omen laptops are not that mobile.Their idea behind it is that you use it as a main gaming device and the only mobility you want from it,is to take it,transfer it to another place and to open it and start playing with absolutely no delay of connecting cables.Wouldnt recommend to people that want to work on the go.
    I would also suggest Huawei matebook series.They have pretty neat design,they are amazingly portable and they give you the option between AMD and Intel.Also Asus is having the best built in laptop speakers in the industry(sonystudio speakers).

  28. My laptop is 14 inches screen but all the the other features corresponds with what you have recommended here.Is there anything wrong when it comes to music recording or can it affect my recording in any way?

  29. I was heavily leaning toward the XPS ….until I read about the hit or miss issue with latency. I decided that if I was going to spend big bucks I didn't want to "gamble" on getting one that worked properly for audio. So, I went with the ASUS ROG (it is sweeeeeet….). And, as you mentioned, looks really good with the colored keys. Has nothing to do with music production but hey….it's colors! LOL

  30. There's a company who build configurable PCs and laptops just for music production. 4 hard drives, up to 32gb ram, i7 processors and everything is tested for music production. I doubt the price can be beaten by any of these for the amount of configuration they offer. I'm surprised they weren't mentioned here to be honest. Has anyone experience with them?

  31. I make music on a gaming tower (desktop) I can’t ever imagine going back to a laptop platform. The desktop makes things much easier and you have way more USB ports.

  32. FAKE NEWS!!!
    There is NO EVIDENCE that these Notebooks will work as a DAW. This guy has no idea what he is talking about. So said that people may rely on him. But nice amount of clicks.
    You cannot rely on any windows computer until u haven't test it over hours and days… this is the truth. The only Notebook you can rely on (99%) without testing it is an MacBook. Watch his videos… he is using a MAC. Any more questions?

  33. One of the most underarted PC's for music is Lenovo Y530. It has 8 GB RAM, 1T SSD, 144hz quality screen and two big fans in the bottom so the PC will not get overheated easily. It's cirja around 1300$!!!

  34. I ran an Asus UX31a for a long time, with minimal issue. Of course for a portable the Macbook is the best option. I will say that back in '08-'10 the Dell XPS M1210 did crazy good performance with VST's, shame the gpu had a balling issue which resulted in a class action lawsuit btwn Dell & Nvidia.

  35. the laptop literally doesn't matter it's more the processor and it's generation. RAM can be upgraded aftermarket

  36. Acer aapire is one of the best budget laptop that can be easily upgraded up to 32gb ram and 1 tb SSD and it will rival any game laptop only drawback different models you can get 400 dollar one with intel i5 or if your on budget 280 dollar one with amd ryzen 3 which amd has good reviews than intel also both can be upgraded with 32gb ram you can do it yourself all you need is screwdriver and you have access to the whole laptop they have i7 intel also but for like 600 to 800 dollar range overall one of the best laptops you can get cuz the upgrades can be done youreself anything goes wrong you can fix yourself 4.5 rating on amazon and 9.9 rating on pcmag

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