Best Laptops for Music Production in 2022 (from the Reason Studios blog)

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Post 20 Sep 2022

Reason is the richest DAW, between VST and its own format (Rack Extension) which DAW can boast of having so many tools for creativity

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Post 20 Sep 2022

Fixed it for them:

"...But Apple has drawn up a high wall of exclusivity around its products. Due to this, third-party application compatibility suffers a lot. This is aggravated even more with the development of the M1 chip. Many third-party developers haven’t made the transition yet and are not able to offer native support. Ableton and Akai are all caught up but brands like Pro Tools AND REASON are yet to make the M1 leap."

:twisted:

Apart from this the article it pretty much general knowledge if you're interested in current hardware development. They could have gone much more into detail on how latency, chipset and power settings affect performance.

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Post 20 Sep 2022

jam-s wrote:
20 Sep 2022
Fixed it for them:

"...But Apple has drawn up a high wall of exclusivity around its products. Due to this, third-party application compatibility suffers a lot. This is aggravated even more with the development of the M1 chip. Many third-party developers haven’t made the transition yet and are not able to offer native support. Ableton and Akai are all caught up but brands like Pro Tools AND REASON are yet to make the M1 leap."

:twisted:

Apart from this the article it pretty much general knowledge if you're interested in current hardware development. They could have gone much more into detail on how latency, chipset and power settings affect performance.
Yeah it reads like it wasn't written specifically for the Reason blog :shrugs:

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Post 20 Sep 2022

jam-s wrote:
20 Sep 2022

Apart from this the article it pretty much general knowledge if you're interested in current hardware development. They could have gone much more into detail on how latency, chipset and power settings affect performance.
And instead of using the manufacturer's generic battery life claims for the laptops in the blog, try running Reason and then reporting the battery life. (But don't test and report Reaper's battery life, as you'd get twice as much battery life than using Reason. Shhhh...)

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Post 21 Sep 2022

Seems like they are getting paid by apple to promote the products. They do not show any real reason why the M1 Mac is better than any other.

M1 Mac when real world test have shown that the m1 Mac mini. is not as powerful as the 2018 i7 (viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7501402&start=225)

Reason , how about listening to the community and running some of the stress tests on the machines you have in the office, or the laptops you are getting paid to promote.

Would love to see Scan do some laptop DAWBench tests or even some Reason benchmarks.

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Post 29 Sep 2022

RS seem to have pulled the blog post, but an archived version can be found here.

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Post 01 Oct 2022

There is not best, only good enough. Same for any other DAW. Blog post itself is kinda.. poorly written, to put it bluntly. The only good advice is looking at CPU power of the laptop. It is crucial. Then RAM and SSD. Anything else is just a cherry on top.

I am not sure about XPS laptops (despite their beauty) and their thermal throtling, but in general, I think the thinner the laptop, the less consisten CPU power will be because of cooling issues. Then again, music production is not the same as gaming, but still, unless a person wants to carry the laptop everyday anywhere, I would advice to look at bigger and thicker laptops.

But that's just me, I may be wrong about throtling in thinner laptops, never tried them personally.
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Post 01 Oct 2022

From my research, it appears the Motherboard makes a big difference, but there is no real way to tell which one to get for Music Production. Which is why some sort of benchmarks would be useful for people creating articles like this.

I am still saving to purchase a new system to replace my MacBook Pro 2015 i7.

At the time the specs suggest that it would be one of the best laptops I could get (top spec MacBook Pro at the time) , but regretted when the previous 2012 i5 performance was not much different.

Anyone reading this who has not yet done so, please report the benchmarks viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7520702

Not sure why that thread does not have a sticky, it took me a while to find it.

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Post 01 Oct 2022

M1 is hard to beat.

I've got a Dell micro with a7" screen I can carry like a tablet, with a case to stand it up.

I've also got an 11", but like 4cm thick but folds open with a more solid and adjustable stand.

This gives me better portability than a laptop, believe it or not, mostly because it's easier to pack it in a rucksack with cables and stuff.

A Mac mini with a portable screen might offer you the best of both worlds (low cost, better cooling, and portable).

Dells are nice, but right now the M1 is untouchable.
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Post 01 Oct 2022

I wonder why RS have removed the blog article?

It was a very interesting topic especially the conclusion that Apple Silicon is better value and performance than a windows device...

Wayback Machine to the rescue Remember kids, the internet never forgets ;)

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Post 01 Oct 2022

Billy+ wrote:
01 Oct 2022
I wonder why RS have removed the blog article?

It was a very interesting topic especially the conclusion that Apple Silicon is better value and performance than a windows device...

Wayback Machine to the rescue Remember kids, the internet never forgets ;)
Well, if they left it up ... people would complain about M1 support.
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Post 01 Oct 2022

My M1 MacBook Air is awesome. Tons of power, super light and completely silent with a great battery life. An awesome music making machine.

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