I am looking for a laptop that is under 2000 AUD (australian dollars which is 1350 usd) and I want it to have a good battery but can run generative patches? What is the best option
I was thinking of getting this
Would this laptop be ideal?
My suggestion laptop Windows, to start : min. intel i3 min. ram 4gb and with graphic card like nvidia min. 2gb ~ more better = expensive
I was faced with that decision a couple years ago. I had always strictly used Windows machines, and had/have a Dell XPS 8930 desktop with i7-9700 CPU @ 3.00GHz, 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER.
I wanted to take VCV on the road, and was stressed over what laptop to get. After lots of research, I finally settled on the original MacBook Air M1 base model, with only 8GB memory and 256 GB storage. I am absolutely thrilled with the result.
- Light weight, with a gorgeous display.
- Absolutely silent - no fan! Yet I’ve never had heat issues. It is hard to convey how wonderful this is.
- Long battery life. I haven’t timed how long it actually lasts without charging, but have never run out of juice. Way more than is needed for a gig without power source
- An absolute breeze to setup - it simply works
- I’ve only had one patch that fails to run - my abusive VCP AirWindows challenge entry with 85 instances of AirWindows! But other than that, every patch has run as well or better than on my PC. Sometimes I can run the MacBook at a higher sample rate than the PC. I run all my patches at 48kHz or higher.
- Based on what I have read, the MacBooks have one of the highest reliability scores. I’ve certainly had no problems.
I think now there are multiple MacBook M1 or M2 options within your budget. I can’t imagine a better platform for a portable VCV setup.
Apple has a reputation for being expensive, but I am convinced I am getting better performance, both battery life and computing power, and better reliability with the MacBook than I could ever get with a PC laptop at the same price point.
I agree. I’m pretty much windows towers all the time. But for tablets and laptops Apple is best. And, as you say, the price penalty is a lot less than it used to be.
I use an M1 for work. My previous Intel Macbook always sounded like it was about to fly away. I would stop working like 5 minutes before a meeting so that the fans would shut up. M1 so much better.
Same here, windows all my life, and now super happy with a M2 Pro. Expensive, maybe, yes, but same(ish) performance on a windows machine would be even more expensive I fear, and even though I am absolutely used to go under the hood fine tuning my system for audio, it is nice that it just works without doing anything, out of the box. For a cheap option I’d go used M1 and that’s it.
yeah i may sell my gaming lapotp for more money to get the macbook m1, i would rather study music than play games
That said, VCV is pretty CPU and GPU intensive. have not heard much about how much battery time you have when using VCV.
My M1 MB Air does just fine. It is rated at nearly 12 hours. I know I have run for 5+ hours running VCV continuously, with plenty of juice left to spare. As long as you don’t have any peripherals sapping power from the usb C ports (I just used headphone out), then it should run for a looonnnnggg time. Even with an interface plugged in sapping power, I ran for 3 hours on battery, though it was getting pretty low at that point.
At open mics I have a 1/8" stereo jack plugged into the headphone jack, which then splits into 2 1/4" L/R output jacks to plug into the hosts mixer. So all the battery is available to run the MB Air.
Same here, only time I noticed battery going down fast(ish) is when I use VCV on Zoom, the battery takes a big hit in only two hours.
More power needed,more battery drain
No magic recipe
Who,from AMD,Intel,Apple is the winner…Apple on native ARM apps…for sure