10 Best Laptops For Music Production – 2020

TOP PICK
HP Spectre x360 15t Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop in Dark Ash Silver (Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce MX150, 15.6" 4K UHD 3840x2160 Touch, Stylus Pen, Win 10 Home)
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop - Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD, 1050Ti 4GB, 15.6" Full HD
MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051 15.6" 144Hz 7ms Ultra Thin Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 6G, i7-8750H 6 Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, RGB KB VR Ready, Metal, Black w/ Gold Diamond Cut, Win 10 Home 64bit
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver
ASUS Gaming Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6-inch Full HD , Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, Windows 10 - FX502VM-AS73
BLW's Score
96
94
90
85
86
MSRP
$2,499.11
$799.95
$1,209.17
$1,371.99
$725.00
Processor
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Intel Core i7-8750H (up to 4.1 GHz)
Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
8GB
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
256GB SSD
256GB SSD
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
15.6" FHD 144Hz (1920 x 1080)
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
OS X
Windows 10
Weight
4.42 pounds
8 pounds
4.14 pounds
3.02 pounds
4.9 pounds
TOP PICK
HP Spectre x360 15t Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop in Dark Ash Silver (Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce MX150, 15.6" 4K UHD 3840x2160 Touch, Stylus Pen, Win 10 Home)
BLW's Score
96
MSRP
$2,499.11
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.42 pounds
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop - Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD, 1050Ti 4GB, 15.6" Full HD
BLW's Score
94
MSRP
$799.95
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
OS
Windows 10
Weight
8 pounds
MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051 15.6" 144Hz 7ms Ultra Thin Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 6G, i7-8750H 6 Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, RGB KB VR Ready, Metal, Black w/ Gold Diamond Cut, Win 10 Home 64bit
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$1,209.17
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H (up to 4.1 GHz)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" FHD 144Hz (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.14 pounds
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$1,371.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz
RAM
8GB
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
OS
OS X
Weight
3.02 pounds
ASUS Gaming Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6-inch Full HD , Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, Windows 10 - FX502VM-AS73
BLW's Score
86
MSRP
$725.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.9 pounds

Note: Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations within this article.

Before this bug of technology bit us, music was created from physical instruments – guitars, pianos, flutes, drums, sitars. Each passing century discovered a newer, better instrument till we reached the 21st century where children started playing music on their iPods.

Parallel to this history of the development of music runs the history of music production. It all started with the invention of gramophones when music producers first started making records.

Then came in tapes, cassettes, CDs, Bluetooth mp3 devices and now the internet. With each change, the equipment required for music production kept getting more sophisticated and more compact.

Now we’ve finally reached the time period where music production is possible with a laptop alone.

No PC, no sophisticated machinery - just raw talent and the correct laptop with the correct software.

Best Music Production Laptop

The question to ask now is which is the most appropriate laptop for this activity? And the answer to that would depend on several variables ranging from the level of the music producer’s ability – amateur or professional – to the amount of cash he/she is willing to shell out for quality features.

Now one would assume that the ability to make the correct choice depends on the technological knowledge one possesses, and one couldn’t be further from the truth. To demonstrate this, today we shall guide you in making the perfect choice for yourself.

This article lists down 10 best laptops for music production currently available to music producers. Based on your budget and software requirements you can pick out the one most suitable to you. There are three key features one can measure a laptop in for the purpose of music production.

These are the processor, RAM, and the Operating system. One must select the fastest processor, largest RAM and the OS that supports the software of their choice. Now obviously budgetary constraints make it next to impossible to have all three. One must then trade off based on how much value each feature adds.

Personally, I believe in not compromising when it comes to the power of the processor. For beyond a certain point RAM is a luxury but the faster the processor the easier it is to work complicated software. And same goes for OS.

One must always choose the best OS for without the best software, one will be left nowhere. Music producers also need to keep moving around, so to top it all it’s always helpful if the device is more portable.

Our Top Picks for Best Laptops for Music Production

1. HP Spectre x360 Laptop

HP Spectre x360

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-8550U Processor
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM

This HP Spectre comes with a 8th generation quad core i7 processor and a 512 GB SSD which provide decent power to produce and record music. NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB DDR5 dedicated) and a maximum of 16 GB of RAM are sufficient to handle most of the music producing tasks other than intensive work like film scoring.

The laptop is a hybrid that allows utilization as a normal laptop as well as a tablet. It is well-built with a solid aluminium chassis.

The touchscreen display is a gorgeous 4K display and the thin profile coupled with a great battery life (8 hours of online browsing) make the laptop an attractive proposition for traveling and producing music. The audio is voiced by 2 Bang and Olufsen speakers.

The laptop is provided with just 1 USB 3.0 port along with Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging which might be a turn down for the tech savvy, crazed beings who like a lot of devices functioning together. The laptop also experiences minor heating issues due to the thin build.

Overall, HP Spectre x360 is a great package for the traveling music producer providing a decently powerful machine in a compact and thin profile. It’s one of the best premium laptops under $1500 and we highly recommend it for tasks such as music production.

2. Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM

This machine is a powerful gaming machine that doubles up as a music production system. The quad-core i7 7700HQ, 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti Graphics, and the 256 GB SSD make this device a performance beast suitable for gaming as well as video editing, photo editing and music production.

The RAM of 16 GB limits its usage away from intensive tasks like film scoring. The battery life is also not the selling point of this laptop but this shouldn’t stop buyers who intend to use it in the studio for music production.

This performance beast comes with a great cooling system which would prevent the device from heating up when performing intensive processing tasks.

The build of the laptop is a bit plasticky which is understandable considering the affordable price of the laptop. The back lit keyboard and a full HD matte display make using this laptop a pleasant experience during the night as well as sunlight.

For ports, the laptop has enough to not face connectivity issues. The connectivity is great and there are plenty of ports for music production gear.

Lenovo Legion Y520 is a great  buy under $1000 provided the best specifications and would be ideal for music producers who produce in their studios.

3. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM

This laptop is massive both in terms of size and in specifications and that is exactly what makes it among the best laptops for music production.

With a 15.6-inch FHD 144Hz anti-glare display that is powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and a 6 core i7-8750H processor, this machine would be able to handle most of the production tasks thrown at it including video editing and post processing.

A 16 GB RAM should be enough for most tasks while the 256GB SSD drive provides for smooth streaming of music as well as ample space to store your music files.

The laptop is built with the high-end gamer in mind. It lacks the design nuances associated with music production or art in general.

However, the machine is fit to do the task it is intended to do – produce music. It includes great connectivity with special features such as advanced speaker technology, True Color SRGB, Cooler Boost 4 and VR Ready.

This performance focused machine in a package might cost you a little over $1600 which is on the more premium side. However, the device would handle most of the production tasks thrown at it with ease.

4. MacBook Pro Retina