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So im a music producer, and I use a program called "Ableton Live Suite 8" and it is REALLY CPU heavy with windows and there are other programs running in the background along with the music production as well.

I want to know where I can get a good laptop that can handle anything for the next couple of years safely (THAT IS WINDOWS NOT MAC) or where I can possibly go to build my own, and get it shipped to me or something?

any help is appreciated !

PS THE BATTERY IS ALSO ANOTHER MAJOR FACTOR, IT HAS TO LAST A MINIMUM OF 5 HOURS PLEASE!
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post #2 of 10
Hmm you obviously want a Core i7 laptop with at least 8GB RAM. If you get one without a dedicated GPU or switchable graphics, you should be able to get 5 hours.

What is your budget?
   
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post #3 of 10
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budget is anywhere from 1000 to maybe 1600

i was thinking about the hp envy 15 or samsung series 7 chronos,

but wasnt sure
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You should go into this knowing that you won't get 5 hours battery life on any laptop stressing the CPU at 100%.

So expect to have a power brick attached when you are doing heavy editing work.

HP have good laptops, although you might want to hold off purchasing until Ivy Bridge is released, it will probably go a long way towards improving battery life/performance.

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post #5 of 10
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ok i will def think about that cpu thing and battery life, although it shouldnt take all 100% of the cpu power lol

especially if i have a good laptop
and what is the ivy bridge?
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Ivy Bridge is Intel's latest CPU. It will be released around the May/June time-frame.
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ok that seems good to wait for since it will be the newest cpu, but will laptops be released with this cpu in them around the same time the cpu is released? or will i have to wait even longer?
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They should release around the same time. Most manufacturers work with Intel so they get shipments of chips the same time any of the other distributors do.
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post #9 of 10
another question is to know what you import in your tracks / what kind of producing you are doing..
are you using many tracks with many effects? live music? or just tekno/minimal or what?
open the task manager and look how big your ram and cpu usage of yo main rig is.
i mean.. 8gb ram are nice but not really necessary. what counts is cache/threads and clock of the cpu.

music producing is over rated since the hardware got that better. id suggest better take a lappie with 4gb ram instead
but with SSD! solid state will make it much faster.
of course ssd, 8gb ram and a hardcore cpu will be good, but this will burn some real cash, ask yourself if you really want that
and not a better gpu for gaming/BF3 or what ever biggrin.gif

for the battery stuff.. use a searchmachine and look for specific tests when you got a choice between some lappies. i doubt
the batteries will be much different from each other @ full load.. GL
post #10 of 10
Samsung Chronos 7 is the better choice over Envy 15, IMO. The Envy 15 has a 1080p screen option, vs. the 1600x900 on the Chronos. That's the only advantage I'd give the HP. Samsung has the aesthetics, build quality, battery quality (Samsung's is supposed to hold 80% charge after 1500 cycles - most laptop batteries are junk after 800ish). Both should get 5+ hours of battery easily. If you need 5 hours of work when the CPU is loaded over maybe 30%.. that will be a stretch with either; you might need a 2nd battery (make sure the batteries are user-replacable first).

If you wanted a laptop with even more battery life, the Lenovo Thinkpad W520 would fit your needs, with the 9-cell. This reviewer got 9 hours of battery life for web-surfing; the laptop has a 9-cell so that's expected. http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-w520.aspx . This guy got 6.5 hours of battery with the wifi on while playing a movie (and for reference - the brightness scale on Thinkpads goes from 1-15.. so having it at 11 = ~66% brightness). And you can add a 9-cell "slice" battery (just goes under the laptop, a little bump), which would close to double the battery life. If that can't get 5 hours of battery life when you're running your music production, 100% screen brightness, etc. I'd be surprised.

Just a sidenote, if you want decent battery life when your CPU has a lot of load, you'll probably have to limit the max CPU speed, or disable the turbo boost with ThrottleStop. An i7-quad laptop can easily pull 35-40W with a decent load, which is maybe 2 hours of battery even with a big battery.
 
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