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  • #12048
    Pär Hessler
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    tuan2195, post: 12068, member: 1015 wrote: MacBook Pro 15″ mid-2009, 1TB 7200rpm RAID 0 HDD, 8GB RAM
    pros:
    cheap as hell (bought it used 3 months ago for $1000)
    fast as hell – i upgraded the HDD and RAM myself, now my Mac runs Logic Pro/Ableton Live with a bunch of plugins like a boss
    decent screen, backlit keyboard
    cons:
    fairly unreliable storage (RAID 0 = 2 x dangerous) i look forward to buying an SSD soon
    low-res glossy screen. i wonder what hi-res matte screen will be like. current screen is a little cramped for Traktor 4-deck in advanced mode.
    2 USB PORT!!! Tell me why Apple? i had to buy a 10 ports USB hub and carry it around all the time
    slightly deformed in the corner… it was a nerve-wrecking 1 meters fall. oh well, my bad

    Just a few suggestions that might be of help on your cons:
    If you don’t already do it buy a 1TB or 2 TB external HDD to back up with time machine and you will be covered a bit better….Even withs SSD you should do continuos backups IMO. I lernt the hard way…………

    Get a Magic mouse if you does not have it and then you get one more USB port.
    Also there is USB splitter that gets one port to two and they take no place at all that way you get 4 USB ports if that would be enough? Otherwise I agree that Apple is not that generous with their USB ports.

    #12050
    tuan2195
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    DJ Hessler, post: 12072, member: 537 wrote: Just a few suggestions that might be of help on your cons:
    If you don’t already do it buy a 1TB or 2 TB external HDD to back up with time machine and you will be covered a bit better….Even withs SSD you should do continuos backups IMO. I lernt the hard way…………

    Get a Magic mouse if you does not have it and then you get one more USB port.
    Also there is USB splitter that gets one port to two and they take no place at all that way you get 4 USB ports if that would be enough? Otherwise I agree that Apple is not that generous with their USB ports.

    thank you for the advices 😀 i do have all of my critical data backed up daily on a 500GB drive though, only stuffs like DJ music, producing projects, work papers/essays etc. programs/OS/plug-ins are excluded.
    i actually prefer the Mac trackpad to an external mouse. maybe that’s just me.
    and i got the 10-port hub since i was afraid that the 4-port would provide enough power for my home studio setup (full of controller, MIDI keyboard, sound interface etc.) i am looking into buying a self-powered 4 port hub for portable use as well.
    can’t stress how much we users want the Macbook Pro to have more USB ports. the 11″ Air has 2 ports, why can’t we have more?
    cheers mate 😀

    #12054
    Lew
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    Late 2007 Macbook, 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB, 250GB
    Favourite thing: CoreAudio so no faffing around with drivers for low-latency audio
    Least favourite: Only 2 USB ports

    #12078
    Tim
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    I am glad everyone likes their laptops but DJ Earful does not use a laptop to DJ with. He uses a rack mounted CPU. Let me explain why. Upgrade ability. His setup has four monitors, one for his DJ software, two karaoke one for the singer and one for the DJ and one to surf the internet to get new music on the fly. DJ Earful is known to have performed in two separate locations at the same time. Try doing this with a laptop. Now DJ Earful does have a laptop but it is only used the play music, not DJ.

    #12154
    Art Parga
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    Asus, i5, 4gb ram, 15.6″ screen.
    Apart from the fact it generally just works, I have no favorite thing about it. However, I encountered a problem with it recently that certainly makes it my least favorite thing about the laptop. Actually, I don’t know if it’s the computer or the software, but suddenly my Virtual DJ browser wasn’t recognizing many of my songs. I checked and the songs definitely exist in the computer, but simply did not exist in a browser search. Go figure! Happy New Year, y’all!!

    #12308
    Tero Nousiainen
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    Lew, post: 12078, member: 133 wrote: Late 2007 Macbook, 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB, 250GB
    Favourite thing: CoreAudio so no faffing around with drivers for low-latency audio
    Least favourite: Only 2 USB ports

    Same as this, just 2,4GHz/ 160Gb 7200rpm. Thing is that with this hdd the thing runs HOT. Gotta get a ssd drive. Otherwise works like a charm for my use.

    #12359
    1cky
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    I’m starting to think that I’m the only one to dj with an Alienware, m11x.

    It runs my S4 + Launchpad + Audacity quite well I suppose, maybe I’m just used to this 11″ screen. Thing is that it gets so hot that it melted parts of the plastic in the neck, now it basically snaps when I try to open/close the lid. And I need to be plugged in, else it shall die in say.. 10 minutes?

    I hope this is only happening cause this is an old ass model since I’m looking to upgrade to the latest m14x, woohoo a 14″ screen and true mobility! 😀

    #12364
    Hee Won Jung
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    Fubar, post: 12334, member: 755 wrote: Same as this, just 2,4GHz/ 160Gb 7200rpm. Thing is that with this hdd the thing runs HOT. Gotta get a ssd drive. Otherwise works like a charm for my use.

    Everyone having issues with heat 99% of the time its to do with your CPU heatsink vs Hard drive. Harddrives produce little to no heat. Often with older model laptops the air intake and outtake gets gunked up and less air is able to flow through your laptop to dissapate the heat from the heatsink. On every laptop there should be 2 sets of “grills” sometimes more…get a Can or 2 of Compressed air and blow the bejeezus out of them. Taking your laptop in to get cleaned is also not a bad idea, and relatively cheap. This can increase the lifespan of your laptop a great deal…by not cleaning…the overall temp of your cpu and laptop is higher and will cause your cpu/gpu to fail a lot faster.

    SSD VS HD is more of a performace issue…and reliability…SSD have no moving parts and have the ability to access info much faster…overall increasing performance…they are supposedly more reliable…but im still on the fence about that one.

    #12397
    timps
    Member

    Very new to DJing and perused the net for the best laptop to run traktor (not being able to afford a MAC). ASUS was purchased and will only be used for music. Having chatted to a DJ mate who talked me through fine tuning traktor (the factory settings seem odd to me having had his insight) have done open heart surgery on the ASUS and lifted the 4GB memory to 8GB (he says traktor is a very memory hungry beast) – it now flys! 17 inch screen is fantastic. keyboards’ a bit plasticy though but using an S4 the keyboard is used very little.

    #1002522
    Haroon
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    A late 2009 13″ MacBook Pro.

    Best Thing: Too many – Long battery life, keyboard is backlit and joy to type on, OS, a good screen I can use all day, portability, it just works and I dont need to meddle with the OS, solid case, too much

    Worst thing: Nothing, I’m truly happy with it :)))

    Though screen size can be an issue with four decks, its easily overcome as I have the keyboard button mapped so that Traktor goes into browser view (decks minimised) so i can have more space to view tracks and a macro mapping on the controller to load the track into a specific deck and at the same time change the view to what it was before. Also I use 4 virtual desktops with apps to load into specific desktops, one for web browsing and files mangement, 2nd for itunes/spotify, 3rd for Traktor and 4th for Ableton. Then I switch swifty with either dock icons or the alt+arrow buttons. With these workarounds and full view mode it means screen size issue is overcome and I really appreciate the portability of my 13″ – I dont need the 15″.

    #12418
    Haroon
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    Marco Roa Frias, post: 11874, member: 864 wrote:

    Should I wait a bit or should i just pull the trigger? even though budget is tight these days? coz I plan on getting some studio monitors and some other gear.

    How many gigs of tunes on your external HD – could u just transfer those if so how much space left?

    I upgraded mine from 160gb to 500gb 7200rpm, the speed increase is significant, but it does give a slight more wurring noise, but nothing major – typing on keyboard is louder. So I say go for it, with only two USB ports having all my tunes on my laptop means i dont have to worry about using a USB hub or carry extra weight.

    I still have plenty of space left, but I might in future go for 1TB at 7200 if its available, that way I can ditch the external which I use for movies, TV shows and DJ mixes etc.

    #12443
    Jack White
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    I’ve got a 5 year old Packard Bell Easynote somethingorother.

    Favourite thing? It’s indestructible. It’s had 5 years of: drinks, sand, heat, cold, wrong chargers, dropped from 8 ft, stuff launched at the screen, the laptop launched at other things, and lots and lots of dust.

    Least favourite thing? It’s 5 years old, it’s getting a bit slow and outdated now. Can’t install windows 7. Ideally would buy a 2nd hand mac, but I can’t afford it.

    #1002532
    Michael Lawrence
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    Silver MacBook Pro 15″ mid-2010. Favourite thing: Exterior design/Ease of use Least favourite: I’ve had it only a year and a half and there seems to be a new model every 6 month for this make. Typical of apple however.

    #12452
    D-Jam
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    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad (I can’t remember the model number right now).

    I love the build quality. It’s made for punishment, and in our line of work that’s important. The internal metal frame can handle most of the punishment many other laptops cannot.

    The hardware is top notch in my book. I rarely ever have a problem with it.

    #12512
    Jim Hansen
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    I have a Black Macbook 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 667 MHz, 500GB HD.

    I love this machine I managed to get it in mint condition (the thing had hardly ever been touched) for 400€.

    What I don’t like about it….. It’s not a 15″ MacBook Pro, but to be honest it is a great machine.

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