Originally Posted by rock321
Thanks for the advice, Seablade.
Yeah, I'm talking about laptops. Are the mobile pentium processors significantly less powerful than the standard pentiums? It seems like in a portable design there would be no purpose for a cpu that generates a lot of heat and eats batteries that fast. Perhaps I do not understand all the differences.
My collegues all use powerbooks. I think they are great machines, but not for me. I'm impressed with their size and weight, but in the studio they just don't cut it, at least in my experience. Perhaps the G5 powerbooks will have the gusto.
Seablade: I use Nuendo for most of all my editing and recording. I'm an age-old Cubase user, and I still start projects in SX out of nostalgia. What laptop are you using now?
I need some direction. What should I research? If I were more anxious, I'd order a 15" Sager right now, but I don't want to regret anything.
Ya know that last line is a REALLY good thought, take your time with it and youll regret it less later.
My current laptop is a HP with a desktop AMD processor in it, and has a severe problem with overheating, probably having less to do with the processor and more to do with a really crappily designed cooling system(The fan, intake, and exhaust are all in one corner, and not anywhere close enough to the processor to do any good there) I also use one that my work owns that is another HP that runs MUCH better on a mobile processor in as far as overheating, and overall cooling noise.
Thus why I have been taking my time in as far as odering a new one. Alienware attracted my attention because they are the only ones I have found yet marketing laptops specificly for audio, I havent found much else out there short of the Macs.
If I understand and remember things correctly, MHz for MHz to mobile processors are pretty comparable to the desktop, but they run on a lower voltage allowing them to run a bit cooler. The catch is getting the same MHz out of a mobile processor, if you can it will tend to add about 100-200 onto the price from what I have seen.
I am curious to see the next line of Powerbooks myself, thus why I am holding off till at least mid january and the announcments of it before I do anything. DP is looking really good though
With any laptop that looks promising for you though, definitly take the time to find reviews and user comments. Keep in mind with any laptop user comments will always tend to be more bad than good because when people are happy with a laptop they are to busy playing with it to type up anything, but when something breaks, they immediatly find time to complain
This is true with all things really, so across every manufacturer most likely. Doesnt mean dont pay attention to the complaints, but dont mind as much if you find more complaints than success stories, but do pay attention to what the complaints say was their problem, especially is you see a pattern form between various complaints.
From what I have seen of most things, a gig of ram should do decently, 2 gigs if you are looking to do serious studio stuff on it or have other things that will be running simultaneously.
I started reading this forum and the sound on sound forums since I have been looking at getting a new laptop, this one deals more with the computer hardware though so it is probably one of the better ones out there for it, but the sound on sound forums you can see how people are doing on the hardware they run, for instance I have seen a decent amount of people running Logic and DP on powerbooks myself already, part of why I am considering it.
Yea I tihnk I got all your questions, feel free to post again though with more, or if you find something that looks promising feel free. I think for value though the Systemax laptops havent looked half bad from Tiger Direct and they tend to do decent in as far as quality on their desktops at least and componets, but I havent seen much on their laptops though. If you happen to find anything on them review wise please post it I would be interested to read it as well.
Toshiba tends to have good quality machines, but I dont know how well they would do for audio since they tend to focus on the buisness market moreso than gaming and such. Doesnt mean they would be bad, just means I am not sure myself yet.
PS If you are going to do any mobile recording on your laptop, try to find one with a 6pin firewire post instead of 4 pin, a lot of interfaces run off the 6 pin for power as well and you can get phantom power in the field like that apparently.