What to Look for in the Best Laptop for FL Studio?

Are you an FL Studio user and looking for a laptop that will not only increase your production speed but also provide you with multiple options to create music? The good news is that there are laptops specifically designed for this purpose.

Today, I am going to help you choose the best one based on factors for FL Studio users which will maximize your time and money spent.

Let’s start by looking at the most important laptop components you need to look for in order to get the best bang for your buck:    

Factors to Consider While Buying a Laptop for FL Studio

1. Processor (CPU)

FL Studio is processor-heavy software. Thus, always go for laptops with high-speed processors. Although, it can do well with low-end processors as well, having a high-end processor will offer you a seamless experience of using FL studio. I would prefer to have an i5 processor if I have to work more with FL studio.

2. Video Card:

These cards up the ante by providing smoother real-time video recording and rendering during complex operations such as those used in professional video editing programs

You’re going to want a high-quality video card because this allows more flexibility when selecting screen resolutions as well as smoothness while performing simultaneous tasks such as running multiple software or even displaying videos on screen.

These cards also up the ante by providing smoother real-time video recording and rendering during complex operations such as those used in professional video editing programs.

3. Hard Drive (HDD) / Solid State Drive (SSD): Here is where it gets tricky

SSDs offer better performance than HDDs but usually come at a much higher cost.

However, I recommend going with an SSD because your entire FL studio will run much faster and you won’t be plagued by loud hard drive noise while trying to produce music.

Plus, you can store all of your samples and other files on the HDD if need be since you’ll be mainly using the SSD for FL Studio itself.

To get an idea of how large you need your SSD, take a look at the manual for FL studio and check how much space you’ll need to install it along with any other additional software you want to use.

To get an idea of how large you need your SSD, take a look at the manual for FL studio and check how much space you’ll need to install it along with any other additional software you want to use.

You can also estimate based on this article that we wrote a while back.

4. RAM – Get as much as possible! We recommend going with 16 GB because 32 GB is optimal if you can afford it

Although FL Studio would do well with even 4 GB and 8GB RAM, having more RAM gives you an edge. More RAM offers you a better experience of using FL studio as you have more random memory to store ongoing processes. Thus, the speed of your work with FL studio is not hampered as you have more than enough random memory.

Making music is all about working quickly so the speed is key here! In order to do this, you will want as much RAM as possible to store all of your ongoing processes, samples and plugins while also being able to quickly load them up when you need them.

 16 GB RAM is great, but if you have the money for it, then go with 32 GB!

5. Screen size – Our recommendation is 13″ for portability, 15″ for display size

This is not so much a factor as others mentioned here since bigger screens usually come at a higher price point and sacrifice some portability.

We recommend going with the smallest screen that will meet your needs because this will maximize the laptop’s battery life.

However, having said that I recommend getting a 15″ screen if you can afford it because they look nicer and provide more space for displaying videos and other media.

Laptop Weight

Lightweight laptops are optimal because they’re easier to transport around and carry.

Battery Life

This an important factor if you work on the go or near a power source for longer sessions of production.

Operating System Version

Make sure it’s updated before buying (we recommend Windows 10 64-bit)  

6. Price – This is completely up to you

Of course, the cost will play a deciding factor in what laptop you ultimately buy but we recommend spending as much money as possible for better performance and more features!

Just make sure that the price reflects the components listed above because there are some expensive laptops out there that don’t perform half as well as others priced lower than them due to their lack of solid-state drive storage or low-quality video cards.

We also feel it’s worth mentioning that you might want to consider buying your laptop from Amazon or another retailer instead of directly through Dell, HP, etc.

The reason being is that if something goes wrong with your device, you can simply return it after setting up an appointment at the store and there’s no need to deal with the hassle of shipping it.

My Personal Thought!

Since FL Studio is kind of heavy software, spend more money on getting a better processor, RAM, and battery life. You can spend less on screen size, or go for less weight. What I mean is don’t look at the bigger screen size as it will increase the cost, also, don’t look for weightlessness if you are not a person who travels a lot. Rather look for the main things that actually require for FL studio to run well such as Processor, RAM, and battery life.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, we recommend Dell as a starting point because they have a great lineup of laptops available at every price point.

If you have any questions or additional concerns about finding the best laptop for FL studio, feel free to leave us a comment below and one of our staff will be sure to get back to you ASAP!


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