Audio Production Laptop

Daniel Green octoberdan at
Tue Nov 25 18:30:01 GMT 2008

Awesome. Thanks for the continual support and information.

Right now I'm looking at this:
For a modest $849.99

The cool part is that it has an eSATA port so that I can connect an
uber second storage device instead of replacing the internal hard
drive. That is what is recommended, right? Working off of a fast
access drive for audio recording?

Here are the relevant stats:

Brand:  ASUS
Series: M51 Series
Model: M51TA-X2
CPU Type: AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-82 2.2G
Screen: 15.4" WXGA+
Memory Size: 4GB DDR2
Hard Disk : 250GB
Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
Graphics Card: 	ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Video Memory: 	512MB
CPU Type:  AMD Turion X2 Ultra
CPU Speed:  ZM-82(2.20GHz)
CPU L2 Cache: 2MB
USB: 4
IEEE 1394: 1
1 x E-SATA
1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
Audio: Integrated Sound card # Wont be using it!!!
Speaker: Internal Speakers # Ewww, uh no. See above.
Battery: 6-cell lithium ion

What do you guys think?

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 10:26 AM, Karoliina Salminen
<karoliina.t.salminen at> wrote:
>> I agree.  The premium payed for Macs is not reflected in the actual
>> hardware used.  I just priced out a loaded Dell Latitude E6400, which
>> fully loaded is the same price as the starter Macbook.  The Dell is
>> using a better CPU, double the RAM, a fast hard drive (7200 RPM laptop
>> drive) etc.  It just doesn't make sense unless you actually care about
>> the solid aluminum body :)
> I have 7200 rpm laptop drive on my older Macbook and I upgraded the
> RAM to 4GB using cheap Mac compatible RAMs (other than sold by Apple)
> and the setup works fine.
> And I do care about the solid aluminium body. The older model did not
> have that, but even with that I have been pretty happy. The build
> quality is excellent. I have used Dells for couple of years and I can
> not say the same for their build quality, they are cheap crap where
> the Mac is a solid product. If you want cheap, then go for Dell, if
> you want good quality, awesome design / styling etc.  get a Mac. If
> you don't care about style and having the nice beautiful product
> doesn't make you feel like Christmas each time you look and touch it,
> then just forget about it, get something cheap that will do the task
> and buy a new when it breaks. In my case, it is not that simple as
> that. After tens of years of plastic boxes, I got really bored to the
> cheap plastics that break because their build quality is so awful (one
> old Dell we have is no longer usable because the plastic chassis is
> not rigid enough to not cause disconnects etc. inside if moved at all)
> and I buy now only good quality hardware which looks & feels really
> nice and Macs meet that criteria, I am no longer just looking at the
> price-raw-performance ratio. It is a personal choice.
> I don't personally need the firewire (and I kind of feel it is a bit
> overrated), because I am using the internal sound card and for all
> MIDI etc. connectivity USB is just fine. At home I am using the iMac
> for music. I don't have audio interface on it either, I figured that
> after all, I may not need one, the internal sound is good enough. I
> have a mixer connected to the line input. Works for me since I am
> doing electronic music and only recording one synthesizer (when using
> the external hardware synths) at a time (because I don't have anybody
> else but me playing). I have a 8 in / 8 out audio interface on the
> custom desktop PC (which is running Ubuntu Studio), its internal audio
> hardware is unusable for music (unlike on Mac).
> Best Regards,
> Karoliina
> ( )
> (Typing this from non-studio-Ubuntu Intrepid running on Thinkpad T61p
> (which is okay for a PC, but not as nice as my Macs are, and came with
> unnecessary Windows-license (never booted it to Windows before
> installing the Ubuntu)))
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