The Best Laptop For Recording Audio On A Budget in 2019



If you’re an artist on a budget in need of a rock-solid laptop, strictly for the purpose of recording vocals then I’ve got you covered in this article. So without further ado, LET’S GET IT!!

Intimidation

Let’s face it, unless you’re a computer geek, finding the perfect computer for your needs can be very intimidating! Most people don’t understand all of the parts that make up a computer so when they’re reading computer specs, it’s as if their reading a foreign language.

For most people, buying a computer is a shot in the dark. With their being so many models to choose from, they just find something in their budget and hope for the best!

I don’t want that to be you! And I certainly don’t want you to waste your time and your money on a laptop that’s not going to suit your needs!

My Criteria

My criteria for recommending the perfect laptop for the purpose of recording vocals on a budget is simple. It’s all about the price, compatibility, and specs.

Price

– Laptops can run you anywhere from $200.00 – $7,000.00. The perfect laptop for recording vocals needs to be less than $1,000.00.
– When it comes to pricing it’s best to stick in the middle. You don’t want the cheapest nor the most expensive laptop available. You get what you pay for, and for this laptop, you need to get the best value for your money.

Compatibility

You need a laptop that will have no problem running popular DAW’s “recording software”, such as Pro Tools, FL Studio, Ableton, Studio One, etc..

And your computer’s compatibility with such programs is largely going to come down to its specs.

Specs (Must Haves)

Speed

– The main hard drive must be an SSD (Solid State) Drive with enough space to install all of your software, with plenty of room left over for storage. how quickly a computer can access data on its hard drive is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to a computers speed. And Solid State Drives are lightning fast hard drives!

Power

– It needs to have a current 10th generation processor. The processor, also known as the CPU ‘Central Processing Unit” is basically the computer’s engine. This is where your computer’s power comes from! Using a 10th generation CPU ensures your getting the latest and greatest “engine” for your computer.

Strength

– It needs to have enough RAM ‘Random Access Memory” to handle projects that require lots of vocal takes. RAM is basically a small storage device that’s dedicated to temporarily storing and accessing files such as recordings while working on a song. You can think of your RAM as your computer’s strength as it determines how many files it can lift at once.

Stamina

– Having great speed, power, and strength is great but how long can it be sustained? This is where your computer’s battery life comes into play. The laptop needs to have good battery life, 5-6 hours.

Growth Potential

Some laptop manufacturers restrict the ability to upgrade your existing computer because they want to sell you a whole “new and improved” laptop in another year or two.

The ideal laptop needs to be upgradable in case you want to pimp it out even more in the future. This will ensure your laptop meets your needs for as long as possible, thus allowing your dollar to stretch even further!


THE VERDICT

Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-56VK

Speed

This bad boy comes fully equipped with a lightning-fast 256GB SSD!
– Booting up this laptop takes less than 30 seconds

Compatibility

This computer will run pretty much all of your major DAW’s (recording software) with no problem!

Since this is a computer using the Windows 10 operating system you can’t run programs that are exclusive to Mac users such as Logic. But in terms of value for dollars, there aren’t any Mac laptops that can come even close to adding this amount of value! And plus 95% of recording software is compatible on Windows.

So if you aren’t a die-hard (Mac) Logic user, and are looking to get the most bang for your buck, this laptop is the move!

Power

This guy comes with a 10th generation i5-1035G1 3.6GHz processor which is more than enough power for your recording projects!

Strength

This laptop also comes stock with 8GB’s of DDR4 RAM (Random Access Memory) which is plenty of muscle to keep your recordings lifted while you’re working on your music projects! You also have the option to upgrade your RAM in the future if you wish to bulk up even more!

Stamina

This laptop boasts a battery life of up to 8 hours!

Growth Potential

This laptop gives you the ability to upgrade the RAM with an additional 8 GB giving you a total of 16 GB’s of RAM. You can also install an additional internal 2.5 Hard drive or an external hard drive via a USB port.

Additional Pros

Lit Keys

This laptop also comes stock with a backlit keyboard so that you can work comfortably in low-light situations.

Fingerprint Reader

This laptop also comes with a fingerprint reader for logging in securely.

Price:

And the price tag for all of this (as I write this) is only going to set you back $673.68! This is by far the best laptop that you can find in this price range! You can check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

Also, if you’re looking to build your first home recording studio on a budget, be sure to check out my article, “The Ultimate Poor Mans Recording Studio Setup”.

    • My pleasure Elina, I’m glad you found this article to be helpful. Thanks for reading and taking the time to drop me a comment. Much respect! 🙂 – Cole Mize

  • I also found a great laptop. It has fantastic batter life. It is the camo laptop from Walmart. The only thing I don’t like about it is the battery life.

  • Hey Cole,

    First and foremost, deep gratitude and appreciation for what you do.

    I find your work goes beyond what it appears. For me you are both a RAP and a Iife coach.

    For some reason I feel the beastie boys would agree with me when I say that I consider you a fellow bodhisattva from another time and planet.

    May you have a long and healthy life through which to continue spreading the love. Your family in all dimensions rejoices with you!

    Now for the comment,

    I dont know if it has to do with the fact that the link is for a 2019 product, but when I click the link to check the computer out, it sends me to a computer priced over $1000.

    Now that we are in 2020, where can I find a new Acer Aspire E15 around $600?

    I have seen a few models around that price, but not with all the specifications you outlined above. Some come with a previous processor and some with a hard drive instead of a ssd for example.

    Thanks,

    Jorge

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