Best Laptops For Music Production & Recording (& Podcasting)

So you want to get serious about music production or podcasting? You’ll need a good laptop that can handle everything you throw at it.


There is a good chance you’ll have lots of programs and tabs open at the same time and you will need the ability to add at least 1 extra screen (many people use 2 or 3). These usage requirements use a lot of RAM and graphic power, respectively. I recommend getting at least 16GB RAM if at all possible.


Most important for audio processing is a CPU with fast single-core performance. This will allow you to get your mixes into a single file much quicker and process effects and chains without the CPU needing to wait, among many other benefits. 8th generation Intel i7 processors are the best, followed by Intel i5. 7th generation processors are also excellent.


We’re just going to focus on the best laptops for music production and podcasting. There are many more options for desktop and all-in-one computers that work well for audio recording and podcast recording, but the flexibility and portability of a laptop makes it a must-have.


The other big thing to consider is Apple vs Windows (Mac vs PC). This choice usually comes down to what recording software (DAW) you are going to use and what you are used to using. Personally, I’m an Apple fan, but I started with Windows – and I use both of them daily. The Mac operating system is usually more stable, which can be critical when recording, although there are tons of big-name producers who swear by both systems.


If you want to use Logic Pro, it’s made by Apple and only works their computers. If you want to use GarageBand (a great choice for podcast production), it’s included free with Apple computers. Avid Pro Tools is another very popular industry-leading software that works on both systems.


Many of these popular tools have minimum requirements and recommended requirements. Performance will be much better if you get a laptop with at least the recommended requirements so I’m just going to recommend music production laptops that meet or exceed the recommended specs.


You usually will have a much longer lifespan if you get a computer toward the higher end of the spec list because it won’t be outdated as quickly, which means over time it will actually cost you less. Just something to consider.


Apple MacBook Pro

32GB of RAM

2.6GHz 6-core Intel i7 processor

256GB (or 512GB) solid-state hard drive

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch review | TechCrunch


Razer Blade

Intel i7-8750H 6-Core CPU



Razer Blade Pro 17 review: A gaming laptop with photo editing on its mind -  CNET


Microsoft Surface Pro 6

7th generation Intel Core i7 Processor,

512 GB of storage


Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review: When Slightly Better Is A Sign Of Excellence


Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6

Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core processor

144Hz 3ms 15.6” 1920×1080 IPS Type Display

ASUS ROG Strix GL504GW (SCAR II) Price in the Philippines and Specs |

Dell XPS 15

8th generation Intel i7-8750H



Dell XPS 15 (7590, OLED) - Review 2019 - PCMag Asia


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How to make your laptop battery last longer

Whether you use a Laptop with small battery capacity or it has a huge battery life, it’s always good to save battery life and preserve it. Making some minor tweaks to how you use your laptop prevents you from reaching for your power cord too often and will keep your laptop battery running much more efficiently and you won’t have to change it so frequently. Follow these tips to make your laptop battery last longer.


Activate battery saver mode

When you’re using your laptop on battery power, Windows shows your battery level in the taskbar. Click on the laptop battery level indicator and make sure any power-saving features are activated. While you may experience a noticeable performance loss, if you aren’t gaming, editing photos or videos, or completing tasks that require a lot of battery power, you won’t notice much of a difference.


Unplug unused peripherals

It’s also recommended if you unplug any peripherals — say an external hard drive or webcam — while using battery power. In addition to transferring data between your device and your laptop, that cable is also drawing power to the peripheral itself even when you’re not using it. That’s an obvious drain on your laptop battery.

How to make your laptop battery last longer

Plug it in before it dies

This an obvious thing to do but it goes a long way to preserving your battery life, when the battery percent hits 0, it automatically reduces the strength of it, you notice a change in the duration of the battery when it’s on full charge again. If at all possible, never drain your laptop battery below a 20% charge. This extends the life of your battery as usage with a low charge puts a strain on the battery itself, and eventually reduces its charging capacity.


Keep your laptop out of extremely hot or too cold places

Use your laptop in situations where the ambient temperature is neither hot nor cold. Extreme temperatures cause your computer to work harder, which in turn drains the laptop battery faster. Too much exposure to these extremes can also damage the battery itself, shortening its useful life.


Turn down screen brightness

Most of the time, you won’t need your screen to be super bright. lower screen brightness settings helps save laptop battery power (plus it will save you from having eye problems), as the display is a major drain on most devices.


It’s also wise to consider making a change to your display settings so that your display turns off after a shorter period of non-use. Power saver mode may automatically make some of these adjustments.


Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Don’t need connectivity? Turn those features off. Even if you’re connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, your device may still be searching for other connections. Although it’s slight, maintaining that connection does suck up some laptop battery power. So if you have no need for connectivity, just turn it off until you need it.