Best Laptops For Music Production

There has been a sharp rise in the number of music producers who produce electronic music. In earlier times, music production was usually done by professionals since you needed expensive synthesizers and other equipment to make music. In 2019, you only need a laptop. With the arrival and rising popularity of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), regular people like you and me can now download it to start making music. With this increase in the number of producers around the world, it becomes important for producers to take their music with them wherever they go. Hence, we have compiled a list of the best laptops for music production. We’ve made sure that the laptops are powerful enough to handle the latest DAWs like FL Studio and Ableton as well as any plugins that you might use.

Without further ado, these are the 5 best laptops for music production:

LaptopBuyCPURAMGraphicsHDD
Apple MacBook Proi5-2.4GHz8 GB DDR3Iris Plus Graphics 655512 GB SSD
Razer Blade 15 Studio Editioni7-9750H32 GB DDR4NVIDIA Quadro RTX 50001TB SSD
Razer Blade Stealth 13i7-8565U16 GB DDR4NVIDIA GeForce MX150512 GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Pro 6i7-8650U16 GB DDR3Intel UHD 620512 GB SSD
Dell XPS 15i7-9750h16 GB DDR4Nvidia GeForce GTX 16501 TB SSD
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Apple MacBook Pro

  • 2.4 GHz 8th-Generation quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • Ultrafast SSD
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 802.11AC Wi-Fi
  • Latest Apple-designed keyboard
  • Force touch trackpad

Pros

  • Touch Bar is extremely intuitive
  • efficient memory management
  • fast launching and exporting
  • decent speakers
  • long battery life

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • 8GB RAM might be less for seasoned producers
Apple has always been the undisputed favorite of content creators around the world. Content creators and creative professionals prefer Mac over Windows due to its centralized infrastructure, completely integrated ecosystem and efficient memory management. Macbooks have always been the favorite of music producers from around the world, with producers like David Guetta, Slushii and Martin Garrix using them in their music production studios. The 2019 Apple Macbook Pro is the latest edition in a long line of Macs that have delighted producers around the world. It is equipped with an 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor that clocks at speeds of up to 2.4 GHz along with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The memory is expandable up to 32GB, which means that it is future-proof to a good degree.

The Touch Bar allows you to navigate DAW interfaces easily and provides increased accessibility to utilities and plugins. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours and the 13.3-inch Retina display is a treat to look at. The laptop is also equipped with Apple’s proprietary fingerprint technology Touch ID which facilitates secure logins and app security. Along with this, the Macbook Pro is the only laptop on this list that is capable of running Logic Pro X and GarageBand, Apple’s proprietary music production software. At $1,499.99, the MacBook Pro is certainly not the cheapest laptop on the market, but it is the most reliable and the most powerful laptop out there.
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Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

  • Zero-Compromise Creative Mobile Workstation: Built for creative work in a 0.7" thin CNC aluminum unibody with high-performance, vapor chamber cooling powered by an NVIDIA Quadro series GPU
  • Futureproof Design: Thunderbolt 3 capable, compatible with Razer Core external GPU enclosures for additional power; supports dual-channel memory and SSD upgradability
  • Professional-Grade Studio Display: Features an individually calibrated 4K OLED touch display covering 100% DCI-P3 with a blazing fast 1ms response time
  • Ready to Connect: Plug in multiple devices directly to expand the view on up to 3 extrenal displays via Thunderbolt 3, MiniDislayPort, and HDMIm and get over gigabit speeds through Intel Wi-Fi 6 for a desktop-class editing experience
  • Biometric Security: Supports Windows Hello instant facial unlock with integrated webcam and IR sensor
  • Customizable RGB Individual Key Lighting: Includes 16.8 million colors available with multiple preset profiles
  • Summary: 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H 6 core processor w/ 2.6GHz/4.5GHz (base/max turbo), NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000, 15.6" 4K OLED DCI-P3 100% display, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD

Pros

  • Super-fast performance
  • intuitive touch screen display
  • best overall Windows laptop for production

Cons

  • Expensive
When Razer released their first Blade series laptop in 2011, it didn’t make much of an impact in the market. Fast forward to 2019, Razer is the go-to brand for content creators, gamers and professionals all over the world. Razer is primarily a gaming-focused brand so they didn’t expect their products to be so successful amongst content creators. So, they designed a lineup of laptops only for creative professionals. The Razer Blade Studio Edition is the first laptop of this lineup. It comes in a Mercury White finish which is a treat to look at. The laptop comes with a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor along with 32GB of RAM. The laptop comes with a 15.5-inch 4K OLED display with multi-touch capabilities.

The laptop comes equipped with an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with 16 GB of VRAM. These specifications allow the Razer Blade to take whatever you throw at it with ease. It can take in complex multi-layered plugins and instrumental presets and load them into the memory for you to use it at demand. It comes equipped with a 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD which delivers industry-leading transfer speeds along with spacious storage capacity. The 80Wh battery gives the Razer Blade a long battery life that allows you to safely take your music production on the go. At $3,999.99, the Razer Blade Studio Edition is meant for those professional producers who use multiple utilities at the same time and demand ready-to-go performance at all times.
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Razer Blade Stealth 13

  • RAM: 16GB Dual Channel DDR4-2133Mhz; Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD(Resealed to upgrade ONLY)
  • Intel Quad Core i7-8565U 1.80Ghz Processor (Max Turbo 4.6Ghz) NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (25W) 4GB VRAM graphics
  • Up to 13 hours long battery life, Ultra-thin, light and incredibly durable, Keyboard featuring single zone RGB lighting with 16.8 million color options
  • Matte Full HD screen @60hz, with 100% sRGB color saturation
  • Thunderbolt 3, USB C, USB A, Wireless AC, Windows Hello infrared camera, and dual array mics

Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • good performance
  • good input devices

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
Let’s face it. All of us can’t afford the Razer Blade Studio Edition. Thankfully, the base model works just fine for most producers out there. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 comes with a Quad-Core 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and 16GB of DDR4 memory. The Stealth 13 is powered by a Max-Q edition of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU which delivers superior processing performance. The laptop is a sight for sore eyes, considering the single-zone RGB keyboard and the 13.3" Full HD display that has 4.9mm thick side bezels.

It has 512GB of SSD storage so you don’t need to worry about slow transfer speeds. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is powerful enough to run any DAW without batting an eye. It has been the recommended laptop of multiple creative professionals who value extreme portability. At $1,799, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is a compact powerhouse for all those producers who have ventured into the field of music production and are serious about producing music for a livelihood.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

  • A best-in-class laptop with the versatility of a studio and tablet
  • More power — now with the new 8th Generation Intel Core processor
  • Ultra-slim and light, starting at just 1.70 pounds. All-day battery life, with up to 13.5 hours of video playback

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight and portable
  • powerful
  • long battery life

Cons

  • Limited I/O options
The Surface Pro 6 is one of the cleanest, most minimal and the most powerful tablet we’ve ever seen. It is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8650U processor and 8GB of memory. For storage, depending on the variant you select, the Surface Pro can have either 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1TB of SSD storage, making it the most powerful Windows-based tablet on the market today. The screen size is just 12.3-inch and weight is 1.7lbs which makes it not only more compact but lighter as well. We recommend this product for those who are looking for a barebones music production rig that’s high on portability but doesn’t burn through your wallet.

The Surface Pro is powered by a high capacity battery that provides 13 hours of battery life. Moreover, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 that comes with the processor provides superior visual performance and assists the processor in handling plugin-based workloads. The Surface Pro 6 that we tested came with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD based storage along with an external keyboard. This bundle will set you back by about $1,344.94. The Surface Pro 6 lineup starts at $798 and depending on your preferred configuration, the price may increase or decrease.
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Dell XPS 15

  • 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge anti-reflective touch IPS 100% a do be RGB 500-nits Display
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750h (12MB Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 6 Cores)
  • 16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
  • 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
  • 6-Cell 97Whr integrated
  • Backlit English keyboard with fingerprint reader
  • Sd card reader, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0

Pros

  • Extremely powerful
  • beautiful display
  • slim design

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • webcam position is sub-optimal
The Dell XPS 15 is yet another compact powerhouse from the house of Dell. It is supremely powerful and can easily run all of your DAW workloads with ease. It comes with a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor with clock speeds of up to 4.5 GHz. It comes with 16GB of DDR4 memory, which means that it can run multi-layered and heavy plugins with ease. The 15.6-inch display is natively 4K (3840 x 2160) and features 10 finger multi-touch support. The display is the eye-catcher of this laptop as it incorporates the proprietary InfinityEdge technology by Dell, which results in small bezels. It is powered by an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU that delivers sublime visual graphics and powerful performance.

The laptop is powerful enough to run the best DAWs at optimum performance without breaking a sweat. For storage, the Dell XPS 15 uses a 1TB SSD which delivers industry-standard performance and spacious storage capacities. At $1,980, the Dell XPS 15 is not going to be cheap for you to take home. But if you do buy it, it is probably going to be the single best investment you make in your music production career.
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