This week I’ve got a massive post on picking a laptop for FL Studio (and in most ways – music production in general).
In this post I’m going to list out what are the specific requirements we’re targeting for, which laptops meet them for every price range and what you should do after getting a laptop. Time to find out what is the best laptop for FL Studio!
Without further ado.
2017 September update. I have been looking into DJing laptops and thought it’s a good time to post an update for FL Studio since most requirements are the same. I’ve updated the recommended specs and all laptop suggestions.
What are we looking for?
A good place to start would be FL Studio 12 minimum requirements:
- 2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 (or later) compatible CPU with full SSE2 support
- 32 or 64 Bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP (with service pack 3)
- 1 Gb or more RAM recommended
- 1 Gb free disk space
- Soundcard with DirectSound drivers. ASIO/ASIO2 compatible required for audio recording
Looking at these requirements it seems that any recently released laptop would be more than enough (1 GB of RAM, really?). Well… yes and no. It might be enough to launch FL Studio but it is far from what you need if you’re using VSTs and sample libraries. Apparently some known plugin libraries have significantly higher requirements than FL Studio itself.
So do these requirements actually say anything?
I’d argue that the only thing that you should take from these requirements is that video card doesn’t matter at all and hard drive space matters only if you have an extensive sample library.
FL Studio team have written a lot more sensible guide for choosing a PC but that is mostly focused on desktop/tower setup.
In sum, it seems that we need to form our own custom requirements one by one.
Let’s dive in.