Best Budget Laptops for Podcasting – A laptop is a music producer’s mobile studio where you can record, mix, compose and publish while on the move.
1.Lenovo Legion Y520
I’m a fan of the subtle look Lenovo is going for with its new “Legion” line of notebooks. The lid is black plastic with a woven pattern and a few lines that make it look aggressive but still approachable. A series of grates on the back wrap around to the bottom of the computer and frame two sets of vents, which makes them seem more like an intentional decoration than a technological necessity.
Although it’s made of plastic, the Legion Y520 feels solid. It’s unsurprising to see the material used in the chassis for a budget gaming notebook, but I do appreciate that it feels like I can jam it in a bag and not have to worry about it.
2.Dell XPS 15
The starting configuration changes depending on where you live, though. For instance, in the UK, you can find the Dell XPS 15 starting at , where the core difference is a doubling of SSD space up to 512GB. But, in Australia, the XPS 15 starts at AU, getting you a Core i7-10750H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti discrete GPU – something missing from the entry level models in both the US and UK.
Of course, the story doesn’t end with the entry-level models. You can pack the XPS 15 with a ton of hardware, though the model we reviewed to the right isn’t quite available. On Dell’s website, a Dell XPS 15 with the Core i7-10875H is nowhere to be seen, instead capping with the 10750H. The difference between these two processors is minute at best, but it’s still something to be aware of.
3.HP Spectre x360
The accents, though, are what make the Spectre stand out from the legions of other black laptops out there. Lustrous trim borders the lid, the touchpad, and the deck. The hinges share its color, as does the HP logo on its lid. It’s bold without being obnoxious. The two rear corners are diamond-shaped, and one of them houses a Thunderbolt 4 port on its flat edge.
(On the sides live an audio jack, a USB-A, a microSD slot, and an additional Thunderbolt 4, which is a decent selection — gone is the trapdoor that covered the USB-A port on the 13-inch model.) And the edges are all beveled, making the notebook appear thinner than it actually is (it’s 0.67 inches thick). Careful craftsmanship is evident here — I’m not exaggerating when I say this Spectre feels like artwork.
4.Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Falling short of marketing hype happens, of course. (Just ask Apple how things are going these days.) The Notebook 9 Pro doesn’t have any major issues caused by the design, but the design doesn’t noticeably improve use, either.
For instance, Samsung used a full-size active pen instead of its compact and debatably more useful S Pen. The S Pen stores in the body of Samsung’s other laptops including the new Notebook 9 Pen and never needs to be charged. The Pro’s pen has no garage or holder and requires the unusual AAAA-size battery. The Pro’s pen also lacks all of the S Pen’s Air Command features that give it an edge over other pen-enabled two-in-ones.
5.Apple Macbook Pro
Instead of using Intel CPUs that have powered all of the company’s computers for a while now, it uses the new Apple-made M1 chip. This upgrade to the laptop line is the first truly big leap that it has seen in a long time.
That’s not to say that it looks all that different from previous models. In fact, as big of a change as the M1 chip is, it’s the only big upgrade the Pro 13-inch gets. If you have a 2019 or even an early 2020 model, for instance, you’ll probably want to wait a few generations before getting a Pro with an M1 chip. However, it’s still a big update. This new model is 2.8 times faster than its predecessor and has a better battery life to boot. Additionally, it’s three times faster than comparable Windows laptops.
Best Budget Laptops for Podcasting – You can’t imagine music without technology today. A computer has become an irreplaceable tool to compose and produce music.
But the choice available in terms of specifications, brands, styles, makes, and models are mind-boggling.