For those of you that don't know I do all of my production on a battered old dell laptop. (Latitude D631) It's a fine laptop and perfectly useable for browsing the internet and doing normal bits and bobs (even though I can occasionally have problems with it overheating even with normal usage...).
When it comes to doing my music though it can become a little frustrating. It often overheats in the middle of a tune causing me to occasionally lose work, although I have trained myself to save very often now! The CPU can't take much and ASIO4ALL (the software sound driver) can hit the red and glitch up Cubase during playback very often, this makes mixdowns a big pain when I have lots of plugs running such as EQ, Compressors and Analyzers!
Live performance is a pain too, I try do very short DJ sets with it and luckily no performance has been completely ruined as of yet Although just a few moments after one of my sets the laptop did give in, very lucky I finished! I got some pretty exciting gigs coming up and am getting longer sets so I don't really wanna run the risk anymore.
So, after my kinda necessary rant the point of this thread is that I want my production experience me to be smoother and live performance to be a bit more relaxing knowing that my computer won't die on me! It would be super helpful if someone could give me a few pointers on what sort of laptop to look at, or even if someone could let me know some specs that I would need to run all my plugs and stuff smoother
Also, no offence to the apple users, but I don't want a macbook!