Become a Site Supporter and Never see Ads again!

Author Topic: Laptop Recommendations  (Read 2289 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline microburst

  • Trade Count: (12)
  • Taperssection Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 921
  • Gender: Male
  • formerly "mcroberts"
Laptop Recommendations
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:28:19 AM »
Ripped the screen off my laptop one night in Costa Rica last week while severely intoxicated - don't ask.   

Anyway, I need to buy a new laptop now and was wondering if folks here have any recommendations for out of the box Windows based laptops that won't break the bank.   Decent processing power, USB 3.0, DVD drive, 24 bit soundcard, decent video card

Offline Cobiwan

  • Trade Count: (21)
  • Taperssection Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 951
  • Gender: Male
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2015, 01:16:38 PM »
My recommendation would be a Mac Book Pro but that's just me and not what you're looking for. However, I would like to hear the extremely intoxicated breaking laptop story.  ???
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Mics:
Oktava MK-012 MSP6 Matched Stereo Mic Pair with Bill Sitler mod card + cardioid capsules
Audio CA-14 omni/UBB
Sonic Studios DSM-6S
Recorders:
Tascam HD-P2, Tascam DR-680
Cables:
Gakables XLR, S/PDIF, battery and umbrella, DigiGal AES > S/PDIF, Darktrain hot swap battery

Member of DiGiHoArDeRs

Offline Gene Poole

  • Trade Count: (1)
  • Taperssection Regular
  • **
  • Posts: 104
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2015, 01:29:05 PM »
I don't think there's a Windows laptop made that has any kind of decent audio hardware for the kinds of things we do.  You'll need an external USB audio device and unfortunately USB Audio 2.0 (not USB 2.0) drivers are still not offered by Windows as of current versions.  USB Audio 1.0 is supported out of the box since XP, but even though 1.0 is capable of asynchronous 24/96, it generally is limited to 24/48 and crappy synchronous transfer.

That said, I'm with Cobiwan, get a mac; or use linux!

Offline bigalow

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Taperssection Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 17
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2015, 01:42:41 PM »
There have been some pretty good deals on ThinkPads recently. Sounds like a more durable laptop would serve you well ;) My numerous ThinkPads have been beaten to death and traveled extensively with very few issues. As Gene mentioned, a USB soundcard/DAC type device is spot on. Very few laptops have decent sound.

All that said, I'd suggest a MBP.

Offline Nedhead

  • Trade Count: (1)
  • Taperssection Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 23
  • Gender: Male
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 01:43:57 PM »
MacBook Pro + external DVD drive


or ill sell you my 2011 13" MPB, w/ internal DVD....  ;D
Nakamichi CM100/CP1, 2, 3 & 4's > Tascam DR100-mkII

Offline bigalow

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Taperssection Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 17
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2015, 01:47:55 PM »
people still use DVDs?

 :o

jk - good luck on your search for a new lappy

Offline pohaku

  • Site Supporter
  • Trade Count: (33)
  • Taperssection Member
  • *
  • Posts: 916
  • Gender: Male
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2015, 11:24:15 PM »
I would get a refurbed thinkpad T series or a Dell Latitude E series.  Windows 7.  Get a square deal extended warranty.  I have replaced a refurb thinkpad that way after a motherboard failure.  Both of these models are their enterprise models and are hardier than their consumer models.  My old law firm used the thinkpads after trying all the major brands.  They held up the best.  I have several generations of them kicking around the house and all still work just fine.  I currently have a Dell through my employer and it also has held up.  Personally I like the the thinkpad keyboard better, but that's just me.
Mics: akg c460 (ck61, ck63), c414buls, c568eb; at4049a, 4051a, 4053a, at853; josephson c42; neumann U87, km84i; beyer m130, m160, m500; aea r84; gefell m71, mt711s, m200, m201; sony c38; schoeps cmc6, CMBI (mk4, mk21, mk41, mk4v); sennheiser mkh30, mkh40, md421, md431, md541
Pres: API, a-designs, pendulum, purple, millennia, gt, littlebox, tinybox, usbpre2, CA 9200, pipsqueak, grace V2, pueblo pending
Cables: KCY, CMR, Naiant AKG actives, PFAs, asst.  GAKables and Darktrain
Recorders/converters: dr680, m10, dr-2d, d50, zoom f8, 788T SSD CL-8, lynx aurora 8


Yeah, I'm an attorney, but everyone needs a day job!

Offline bryonsos

  • Omni addict
  • Trade Count: (28)
  • Needs to get out more...
  • *****
  • Posts: 2062
  • Gender: Male
  • If it's important, tell me to write it down.
    • LMA uploads
Mics: 3 Zigma Chi HA-FX (COL-251, c, h, o-d, o-f) / Avenson STO-2 / Countryman B3s
Pres: CA-Ugly / Naiant Tinyhead / SD MixPre
Decks: Roland R-44 / Sony PCM-M10
GAKables
Dead Muppets

My recordings LMA / BT / TTD

Offline EarlyMorningRain

  • Trade Count: (6)
  • Needs to get out more...
  • *****
  • Posts: 2662
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2015, 12:10:11 PM »
Still looking?  Looking to buy new, or ??

I ask because I refurbish/sell used Lenovo laptops, specially the "T" line. At the moment my current inventory is heavy (10+) on T410 machines - all have an i5 processor, with 4 gigs of RAM, Windows 7 etc.

LMK if you are interested
Mics:
AKG ck91 actives
AKG ck61 > Nbob collettes > PFA
Church CA 14 cards

Preamps:
Edirol UA-5 w/Oade PMod
Church 9100
Church 9100 (for use with the ck91 mics only)

Recorders:
Tascam DR680
Edirol R4 w/Oade Concert Mod
Edirol R09

gear for sale:

Offline Ben Turnbull

  • Don't ask me about Audacity...
  • Trade Count: (15)
  • Needs to get out more...
  • *****
  • Posts: 8656
  • Gender: Male
  • A Clark Nova ate my lunch... Don't ask, just pee
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2015, 12:17:26 PM »
Good to know... do you allow trade in's?   ;)
Who came first, Dave King or Zack´╗┐ Galifianakis?...
-My name is Ben, and I'm an AQhaulic ranting hysterically in my dotage
Official Archivist for Jazz Central Studios, MinniMN
DPA4021/SKM140/NakCM1k/ADK A51s/Countryman B3/ATes943/SPc4/och... > TinyBox OT> PCM-M10/DR-680/R4/T+mod UA5 needs attention

Offline flipp

  • resident curmudgeon
  • Trade Count: (17)
  • Needs to get out more...
  • *****
  • Posts: 4308
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2015, 12:31:58 PM »
Still looking?  Looking to buy new, or ??

I ask because I refurbish/sell used Lenovo laptops, specially the "T" line. At the moment my current inventory is heavy (10+) on T410 machines - all have an i5 processor, with 4 gigs of RAM, Windows 7 etc.

LMK if you are interested


I'm still using an old T41 I got from EMR many years ago. While it is fine for accessing the interwebz when I am on the road I may be in the market for something with more processing power for when I'm not getting windshield time. Have no qualms dealing with EMR.

Offline robeti

  • Trade Count: (35)
  • Taperssection Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 660
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2015, 01:32:14 PM »
Does it have to be a laptop?

A windows based dektop still gives the best bang for the buck.

I make an image back up every few months.
Bought the pc in january 2011 and it still works perfectly.

I never understood the need to buy Apple products.
If you understand what you are doing/building, windows based pcs are perfect.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 01:35:26 PM by robeti »
mics: nakamichi cm-50 | nakamichi cm-300 (JB mod/cp1/cp2/cp3) | primo em4052pmi4 | sp-cmc-4u/at-u853a 4.7k mod (h/c/sc)
power: ca-ubb | ca-9200
recorder: roland r-05
video: panasonic hdc-sd600 | panasonic hdc-700 | sony hx9v | sony hx50v

Offline EarlyMorningRain

  • Trade Count: (6)
  • Needs to get out more...
  • *****
  • Posts: 2662
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2015, 01:44:42 PM »
thanks for the kind words Flip. PM received and will respond. Offer still stands to the OP
Mics:
AKG ck91 actives
AKG ck61 > Nbob collettes > PFA
Church CA 14 cards

Preamps:
Edirol UA-5 w/Oade PMod
Church 9100
Church 9100 (for use with the ck91 mics only)

Recorders:
Tascam DR680
Edirol R4 w/Oade Concert Mod
Edirol R09

gear for sale:

Offline wharfratjoe

  • Trade Count: (2)
  • Taperssection Regular
  • **
  • Posts: 185
  • Gender: Male
Re: Laptop Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2015, 12:11:55 PM »
http://www.microcenter.com/ may have something.
Busman BSC1, MBHO440, AKG C568EB
Zoom H6 x2, Zoom H4n
Edirol UA-5 x2

 

RSS | Mobile
Page created in 0.27 seconds with 41 queries.
© 2002-2018 Taperssection.com
Powered by SMF