Originally Posted by MarkD
Hi all, i'm about 2 buy a 9400, but having read everything bad about the X1400 graphics card & the wait for the 7900 GO...
I'm not a gamer, but will use Ableton Live's music sequencer. Does any1 know if the X1400 is ok for sequencing, or should i wait for 7900??
If it's for music, you probably don't need to be concerned about video
For playing back multiple music tracks, you may want to opt for the
largest hard drive you can afford, running at 7200rpm. That will play
a big part in how many tracks you can play in parallel. Seagate makes
a 100g 7200rpm drive that doesn't use that much power (it will drain
your battery a bit faster...look at power specs). Seagate usually
has a 5 year warranty (check when you buy).
If you need to run tons of plugins (DirectX reverbs, etc) then processor
power can be important.
You may not really need 2GB of ram, but it wouldn't hurt. XP will use
available ram for stuff like drive caching, but cache becomes less effective
when you're moving large streams of data like music files.
For sound modules: If you want to stay portable, M-Audio makes the
FastTrack Pro which has decent (not superlative) sound in/out. One
real advantage is that it can run from USB power and can in turn
power up condenser mics that need phantom. Firewire looks good on
paper, but the 4-pin mini-Firewires on laptops do not carry power, so
you'd need to be near an outlet.
Check J&R in NYC for the FastTrack Pro. www.jr.com
I believe they have them for around $180...the best price I've
seen. Sound quality is probably better than most internal or card-
based audio, but of course not as good as high-end rack-mount audio
converters like Apogee, RME (Nuendo), etc. But then again, we're
talking about a laptop. You could spend $2000 on rack-mount stuff.