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ODougbo 8th April 2020 01:40 PM

Need new laptop
I pretty sure my laptop has just a few hours left on it and need a new one.
There are 100s to choose from but want to make sure the digital output is up to current standards, this laptop outputs at 96, maybe they are all the same idk.
A cd tray would be very handy also.

With so many to chose from not sure where to start.

Any thoughts?

nigelwright7557 8th April 2020 02:05 PM

What about someone like Walmart ?
For a decent laptop I would recommend 512GB SSD at least for decent start up times etc.
A fast quad core processor would be good too.

raffajaffa 8th April 2020 02:10 PM

With so many to chose from not sure where to start.

Any thoughts?

Yes I suggest you start looking at the back of a wagon. ? It will be cheaper.

ODougbo 8th April 2020 02:44 PM

I have no problem marching into the local Walmart. SSD would be fine.
Best Buy/Costco are other options.

Very curious about the sample rate, seems very confusing these days.
This one that is on its last leg outputs 88.2 whereas a newer (work laptop) only outputs 48.
Do I need a upgraded sound card?


zman01 8th April 2020 02:47 PM


If you are planning to take measurements, then an external sound card like the ones from Focusrite are pretty handy.

cogitech 8th April 2020 07:05 PM

Consider getting (or building) a good USB DAC - then it doesn't matter what laptop you buy.

rayma 8th April 2020 07:22 PM


Originally Posted by ODougbo (
A cd tray would be very handy also.

Don't let the lack of a CD drive keep you from buying a particular model.
External CD/DVD drives are cheap, and can be replaced if/when they go bad.
Also get SSD storage, it's much better than a hard drive, and likely won't fail.

olsond3 8th April 2020 07:31 PM

Lenovo at Costco. I have bought three Lenovo laptops there in the last two years. Very good results. Look at the online store. I went with SSD and 8 GB RAM or more. Your budget may dictate otherwise.

Mooly 8th April 2020 08:00 PM

You need to write down what you want first... which might include.

Screen size you actually want should be a priority.

Glossy screen that looks good in the shops or a non reflective matt screen with no reflections.

Don't go for a gaming laptop if you don't need high performance graphics because that is where a lot of the money has gone.

If you want a CD drive then at least add it to your wish list.

Illuminated keypad... nice to have and I wouldn't now consider anything without tbh.

SSD for at least the boot and Windows drive.

Connectivity... USB 3 etc. How many ports do you need and are they where you want them.

Get it all written down and see what measures up :)

ODougbo 8th April 2020 09:02 PM

All good advice, and I did forget about the 4USB ports that I like.
* SSD/8 GB RAM or more
* Lenovo at Costco
* More about the DAC than laptop, using a Cambridge DACmagicplus
* Then the music HD steaming services provide the Hi-Res audio.
* use the laptop 95% at the desk with keyboard/monitor

Ok got it now,,,just checking if there are hardware issues to be considered.

Thanks for the good advice!!

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