I know what I’d specify just in general for running VCVRack: Intel i5 or i7, dedicated graphics, and 16mbyte memory. Those are about $1000 laptops these days.
But I also had a company windows laptop on a trip that I stuck Rack on, and it seemed to perform decently - something like an i5 with Intel built-in graphics.
What has been people’s experience with inexpensive laptops and running Rack? My current laptop runs Rack, but seems underpowered & can’t handle very large patches. It’s from 2010 though.
well, it they use good modules they can make patches 4X bigger than if they use bad modules. And that doesn’t cost anything…
i used to rock a 2012/2013 lenovo s400 ideapad mostly for simple office stuff. it had a 3rd gen i5, with integrated intel hd 4000 graphics, and upgraded ram to 8gb and os to win8.
i could make very simple patches on it, but anything a little complicated would cause crackling (resource starving). so i’d recommend something newer than that, and with dedicated graphics if possible.
great question and thanks for asking!
Im going to keep an eye on this. I have been wanting to add another laptop and this could come in handy.
I plan on going non apple this time. but I have had really good luck with their refurbished models. I have never punched a refurb pc product. any good tips on this front?
I have a HP Pavillion Ryzen 4600H cpu and a Geforce 1650 graphics card laptop
with 8gb ram,
I haven’t yet done any patch that made it crackle,
and most of the time I use only 2 to 3 threads
today the HP Pavillion comes with a ryzen 5600H and 16gb ram and a RTX 3050
which should be pretty capable.
you get something like this for about 7 - 800$; see here:
or maybe something like this secondhand?
set a budget and spend it all! that’s my only tip!
idk where you are, but there are some MSI gaming laptops with i5/i7 (10th gen) + rtx3070, brand new, for about 1k$
p.s. I think it depends on where you live and the fact that you should be lucky to find one in the moment you need one. I’ve purchased a refurbished dell precision 7710 (17.3" fantastic display, quadro M5000M 8 Gb, 1 M2 + 1 SSD, 48Gb RAM, i7-6920HQ 2.90GHz) for 1500€ about 3 and a half years ago…I use it a LOT for my job (mostly weird CAD/CAM molds projects), for my studies and for my music projects (vcv rack of course) and it’s still a little beast. ok, I take care of it properly, but it’s still like brand new (still on win10 because it’s said that win11 is not supported on this machine).