I just moved to apartment so I can't track drums at home anymore, so I have to get a laptop I can carry to rehearsal space.
Most importantly, I don't wanna spend money on a Mac of any kind. For operating system I think I would prefer Windows 7 over 8, actually, even tho they aren't as common anymore. There's no way I'm cheaping out getting an Acer, those just suck. Other than that, I'm not very familiar with different brands.
I've used a HP laptop for years, but it was always a bit restrictive and can't record without latency and can't handle more than 30 tracks with a few plugs.
Main uses for the laptop:
1. Tracking drums (usually between 8 to 14 tracks at once)
2. Recording guitars when on the run (needs to handle a track of Steven Slate plugin)
3. Mixing of smaller projects, but mostly I will use my main stationary PC for mixing
It has Win 7, and also a 7200 rpm disc drive (super important) and also costs 760, which is within my pocket range.
Lenovo ThinkPad L540 - Inet.se
The downsides is that is has a i5 processor...
Could that work at all?
This Asus laptop is a bit pricier, but has i7 processor and much more RAM out of the box.
ASUS ROG G771JM - i7, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD och GTX 860M - Inet.se
Any other ideas? HP? Toshiba?
Help me out here guys
One thing to consider with laptops for audio is that you are quite limited to USB interfaces only. Firewire support on laptops is very slim pickings.