I forgot the mention which laptop I chose for my budget studio recording purpose.
I opted for the very affordable (around £250) ASUS X501A:
- 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2328M, (dual-core) – I think the i3 is perfectly good enough for most multi-track sessions.
- Windows 8 64bit
- 4GB 1,600MHz DDR3 – Enough RAM for most applications, I have not had any issues with 4GB.
- 320GB, 5,400rpm HDD – Space isn’t a massive need for me. I archive sessions when done and most sessions tend to be less than a gigabyte in size.
- 15.6in (1366×768) gloss LCD – Portability is the key small screen, thin and lightweight. I will be purchasing a TV to run HDMI output to for session views.
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 – I don’t play games on this so no real requirement for super graphics performance.
- 1x USB 3.0 – Excellent for when USB 3.0 Interfaces surface.
- 1x USB 2.0
Overall for someone starting out who needs a powerful enough machine for audio engineering with portability for recording sessions outside of the studio it’s a solid little performer.