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The best budget laptops for music production have decent processors for performing the tasks required , enough RAM, large storage capacity, and good number of connection ports.

When on look out for low-priced music production laptops, try to get the ones which use Intel Core i3/Core i5 processors operating at 1.7GHz or more speed. Consider the RAM size to be at least 4GB, so that more programs can run at the same time for processing. Also, hard drives with 500GB capacity and speed of 5400RPM would work well for recording sessions and saving finished work. You can use SSDs for storing operating systems and application for less start up time and least noise.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 100-14IBY
Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT)
Sony VAIO E14 Series(2013)
Sony VAIO E15 Series(Feb'13)
ASUS VivoBook S400CA
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-14IBY
Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT)
Sony VAIO E14 Series SVE14132CXW 14-Inch Laptop
Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15135CXW 15.5-Inch Laptop
ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14.1-Inch Touch Ultrabook
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Feb 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Processor Speed
1.83 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.5 GHz
2.6 GHz
1.7 GHz
Installed RAM
4096.0 MB
8192.0 MB
4096.0 MB
6144.0 MB
4096.0 MB
Display Size
14.0 in.
14.0 in.
14.0 in.
15.5 in.
14.1 in.
Display
14 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
14 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
14-inch LED-backlit
15.5 in. LED backlit
14.1 in. HD LED Touch Screen
Hard Drive
500 GB, HDD
1000 GB, HDD
500 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM
1 TB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM
500GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM
Installed Memory
4 GB
8 GB
4 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
6 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
4 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Processor
1.83 GHz, Intel Celeron N2940
2.4 GHz, Intel Core i7-5500U
Core i3 2.5 GHz
Core i5 2.6 GHz
Core i5 1.7 GHz
Laptop Type
Desktop Replacement
General Purpose, Tablet
Mid-Size Laptop, Budget
Budget, Ultrabook

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad 100-14IBY is a solid desktop-replacement laptop with good battery life for a reasonable under-$500 price, but it doesn't shine otherwise. Better budget options are available.


  • The Acer Aspire R 14 (R3-471T-77HT) is a moderately priced convertible-hybrid laptop with a large screen and a Core i7 processor for speed. Its dual hinge offers versatility, but it lags behind competitors in terms of screen quality and overall features.


  • The Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES impresses with its good applications performance and the long battery life. We also liked the low system noise in idle state and low temperatures of the case. In addition, the notebook has a handy keyboard. The touchscreen works perfectly and leaves a good impression, but is nothing more than a fancy gadget. It is available at Sony's online shop at a surcharge of 100 Euros (~$130). Those who can do without it will save money.


  • The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW confident with a good application performance and long battery life. Even the quiet operation in idle mode and the low temperature rise like. In addition, the laptop is equipped with a usable keyboard and leaves a good impression.


  • A sense of style raises this otherwise median mainstream laptop above the crowd.


  • The Sony VAIO E Series laptops are a worthy choice for a multimedia laptop, with a built-in camera, microphone, BD-ROM drive and a fast processor.


  • The Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51 is one of the least expensive ways to get a fully functional Windows 8 ultrabook. It's a touch-screen ultrabook that gets the pricing and feature set right.


  • All in all the notebook can be recommended to anyone that is looking for a multi-touch capable notebook for an entry-level price of 750 Euros (~$973). Windows 8 is especially fun with this configuration and should also elicit some curiosity when using the VivoBook as a tablet.


  • The ASUS VivoBook S400CA is a Windows 8 Ultrabook that offers a touch screen and a slim and light design for an affordable price, but the battery life could be better.