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Laptop recommendation

Postby JeanJean » Mon Mar 21, 2016 21:14

Hello,

I'm considering getting Pyramix native, for light recording and editing (8 tracks or less, PCM only). I've seen some threads on the subject, but either too old or for bigger systems. So... I'd be happy to have some cues to get the right equipment, ideally cheaper than a fully loaded MBP, what to avoid too...

Chip ? i7-6700k or better ?
Motherboards - others than GigaByte ?
Video card specs ?
Any brand recommended ?

any other idea is welcome.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby fl » Mon Mar 21, 2016 21:40

Under the heading of "any other idea"...

I recently purchased a refurbished Mac Mini (version 6.2 from 2012), which runs Pyramix, Izotope RX and all my other audio related programs and plugins like a champ. With a suitably portable monitor, it would make a wonderful location machine. The integrated Intel graphics plays a single video window in Pyramix 10 just fine. The only time it gets hot enough to kick up the fan speed, is when I do a Denoising pass on a stereo 96/32 file in Izotope RX. My older MacBook Pro has always had heat issues when running Windows, to the point where I always use a laptop cooler with it.

The local Canadian Merging distributor, HHB in Toronto, also uses a Mini for their demo machine, which travels all over for trade shows etc.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby JeanJean » Tue Mar 22, 2016 00:32

Very nice idea. I'll definitely consider this solution.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby Thomas Grubb » Tue Mar 22, 2016 02:48

Hi Jean,
I've been using a Lenovo T400 without issues doing 8-channel DXD for the past 18 months - cost all of $230, I replaced the harddisk with an SSD and run a 2nd disc for the backup recorder. The main drive is firewire with an express card (don't use the internal firewire as it shuts down drives!).

CPU runs at about 10% when recording 8 channels and 2 copies, and after the dreaded logic board failure of my 2008 $3000 MBP, I'm not going there again! It's also essentially silent. Might look at a T440 as a 2nd machine...

The Mac Mini sounds like an interesting idea though.

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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby JeanJean » Tue Mar 22, 2016 15:13

Interesting as well.
Did you need to update the chip/the RAM as well on your Lenovo ? from what I found, it's from around 2009.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby Thomas Grubb » Wed Mar 23, 2016 01:01

Seems to run fine with 4Gb, though I think the T410 can take 8GB. I made no other updates, though did all of the recommended tweeks for Windows. Main thing is the Firewire card has a reliable chip-set.

The reason for having a newer machine might be because of electronic components failing, but not so much for CPU speed.

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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby JeanJean » Wed Mar 23, 2016 15:07

Thanks again Thomas.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby hunk » Wed Mar 30, 2016 03:25

Why not go with Lenovo. I pefer Lenovo, due to reliable quality.
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby hunk » Wed Mar 30, 2016 03:28

Lenovo Y50 is cool I almost want one for myself now
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Re: Laptop recommendation

Postby DJS » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:17

These have got to be worth a serious look, especially the XEON CPU option.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/th ... eries/p70/
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/th ... eries/p50/
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