Right think I’m finally going to bite the bullet and get myself a laptop. I have been trying to search and read what I can on here and and KVRAudio but obviously the word laptop gets used in many, many threads so sure most of what will be discussed could be found with more comprehensive searching so I hope people don’t mind covering ground that has obviously been discussed many times in the past. I guess it’s my fault for not coming on these forums (or really using Renoise) for far too many months now!
First very simple question is what processor would be best? Am I right in thinking the multi core/processor support of 1.9 makes the Core 2 Duo the best processor to go for in a laptop for Renoise? It seems to be the recommendation for most other applications…
Also is there any advantage for going for a XP Pro installation over Vista (bearing in mind I use almost exclusively freeware VSTs and would like to start to learn CSound/PureData during quiet periods at work.)
What’s important to me?
Well it has to be hardy and proven stable/touch in a live environment! I’m not as gentle with my belongings as I should be and I don’t want something that is going to break after a week or constantly be crashing mid session.
17" display. Don’t mind a slightly chunky laptop and screen real estate is more important for me. Preferably with a numerical keypad (which I believe a fair number of 17" laptops do.)
200GB+ 7200rpm hard drive.
I will be getting an external soundcard at some point and have been told that if you want to consider a firewire card to make sure you get the Texas Instruments firewire chipset. Is there any place where this is easy to check?
2GB RAM mimimum (leaning towards 4GB if it was a Vista machine)
I have been leaning towards the Dell Precision/XPS laptops because of the price/performance ratio and have heard that the older models at least are very hardy. Have heard mixed reports on their customer support although people I have known in the flesh seemed to of had more problems so it may depend a bit on where you live.
Also been hearing very good things about Lenovo although they seem to be higher priced for similar spec. Saying that a lot of people seem to be happy with the cheaper R series but then it doesn’t seem you can upgrade the bits you want like with Dell. Plus it would limit me to 15" as maximum screen size.
There is also Acer, HP and Toshiba which often get mentioned…
Or am I just completely over-specing myself for what I’m likely to need with modern laptops? I not generally one of these cheap and cheerful guys and when I get a new piece of kit I want to know it’s something of quality and will last me a few years.