Notebook or Desktop????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by pierreram, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. pierreram macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2004
    well i am not sure what i should start lookin in to i mainly use my computer for my music since im a DJ and im starting to get more into production. i been thinkin about getting a notebook since sometimes i be takin my equipment were ever im goin to have a session. but i heard that u cant do as much with a notebook as u could with a desktop. what would u think that would be best for me.

    im goin to break it down, now i just got final scratch and im goin to keep my Music on the computer so of course i will need a nootbook for when i do party's. but i want to get the best out of my money. i mean i have a sony vaio and i been using it for my music production and its been fine so far.
  2. intrepkid21 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2004
    Long Island, New York
    Well is your equipment external to the sound card? (USB/Firewire?) If so then the desktop or notebook will not make a huge difference (in latency).
  3. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    You will definatly want a notebook if you have to bring files that are on your computer to jobs. It is not entirely true that you can do more stuff with a desktop instead of a notebook. Each has it's pro's and con's. I would say if your looking for something with power and that will last you a good 4 or 5, possible six years get a Powerbook. 15" or 17" because your going to want a 1.5 processor. That will be all the power you need for music.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    So if you'll definitely need a notebook to do parties, like you stated, then what's the problem? Get a notebook over a desktop.

    If you're looking for a suggestion as to what notebook to get, I say get the 15" 1.5GHz Powerbook. Actually, get the 17" model, since the price difference over the 15" isn't much when comparing the 1.5GHz model of the 15". The 17" isn't THAT big and still means you're portable, and yet it acts as a desktop replacement for sure. It also has much better battery life than the 15" despite being the bigger system. Make sure to upgrade the RAM to 512MB of RAM on only 1-SODIMM (ie: 1 slot) instead of on 2 SODIMM, which frees up one of the two RAM slots in your Powerbook to get a 512MB stick of RAM from Also get the faster 5400 rpm HDD. The best upgrade you can get for the money.
  5. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Powerbook! :D

    Yea, you definitely want a notebook, preferrably a powerbook, as it seems more suited to your needs. The 17" powerbook would give you a big enough screen to get all your DJ software on the screen (whatever it is you use), and has the power of a mid-range Apple desktop. Plus, when you get home you can just plop it down, plug in your DVI connecter dongle thing, and enjoy a semi-desktop experience.

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