The best laptop for music production is going to have all the tools you need and the power to run them whether you're in the studio, on the road, or playing live in a venue. You'll need specific hardware to get the most out of your investment however, and your specific musical needs can mean you need to look for some rather different things when buying a new laptop. The best specs in the best laptops aren't going to mean much if they aren't the right specs or form factor for your need. Apart from the best processors , which is going to be universally useful, system memory for managing all your audio tracks in professional sound engineering apps like ProTools and Adobe Audition is also essential, as is storage capacity if you're on the go since raw audio files can be massive and you'll be working with several of them at a time most likely. You have plenty of options out there, though. This can make the process a bit more frustrating while shopping, but rest assured, we've … [Read more...] about Best laptop for music production 2021: the ultimate workstations for musicians
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It may only be mid-October but Best Buy is already planting its flag with a number of early Black Friday laptop deals, including one of the cheapest Chromebooks we’ve seen for some time. You can now get a HP Chromebook 11 for only $99 (was $259) at Best Buy. That’s a huge $160 saving on an ideal pick up for those on a tight budget who need a very basic machine for simple school tasks on everyday browsing. Usually, you'd need to fork out somewhere in the region of $150 for a Chromebook with a similar spec, so it's a terrific saving if you want to get ahead of this year's Black Friday deals . That's just a small part of all the early Black Friday laptop deals that can be found in the current Best Buy sale, though. For those with a bit more money to spend, you should definitely consider this HP 15.6-inch laptop at $329.99 (was $499.99) . With an Intel i3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD you're getting a solid mid-range machine that will see a big performance jump from that … [Read more...] about Get a Chromebook for just $99 in Best Buy’s early Black Friday laptop deals
Microsoft has launched the latest experimental version of its PowerToys utility suite for Windows 10 and 11, which lays the foundation for a new video conferencing tool. As with previous experimental releases, PowerToys v.0.48.1 previews the much-anticipated Video Conference Mute facility, which gives users the ability to quickly cut their microphone and webcam with “Win+N” (the universal mute button in Windows 11 deals only with the mic). It also delivers a fix for an issue with the new utility, which was causing keyboard shortcuts to be reassigned without cause. Here's our list of the best business computers right now Check out our list of the best business laptops available We've built a list of the best workstations on the market Being an unstable release, however, Microsoft says there are a number of problems users should be aware of before diving in. For example, the Video Conference Mute tool is currently incompatible with some … [Read more...] about Windows PowerToys edges closer to solving the most common video conferencing problem
In addition to new MacBooks on October 18th, Apple finally also introduced its third-generation AirPods , which are set to ship on October 26th for $179 and are available for preorder now . Apple also lowered the cost of the now-entry-level AirPods 2 from $159 to $129 and will now only sell the version that comes with a wired charging case. As a result, the AirPods lineup now consists of four models of AirPods: the $129 AirPods 2, the $179 AirPods 3, the $249 AirPods Pro, and the $549 AirPods Max. With such a wide range of AirPods available at various price points, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out which one you should purchase. That’s why we’ve put together this guide comparing the models to each other — so you can find the right fit for you. Note that while we have reviewed most of the AirPods in the lineup, we’ve not yet tested the AirPods 3, but we will soon. AirPods Lineup Comparison Specification AirPods (second-gen) AirPods (third-gen) AirPods … [Read more...] about Which AirPods model should you buy?
If you’ve heard about Pop!_OS , you might have seen people often referring to it as the best Windows alternative or the ideal Linux distribution for gaming. Here’s what’s different about this Linux distribution What Is Pop!_OS? Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution (commonly called a distro) developed by a firm called System76 . Put simply, a Linux distribution is an operating system built on the Linux kernel . Linux is open-source, free, and an excellent alternative to Windows and macOS. Since 2005, System76 has been manufacturing Linux computers that ship with a distro called Ubuntu preinstalled rather than Windows. In 2017, the company created its own distro, Pop!_OS, based on Ubuntu, and began offering it as an alternative. What Makes Pop!_OS Different? There are a lot of significant factors that set Pop!_OS apart from Windows, macOS, and even other distros. Here are some of them. Pop!_OS Is Free To Use and Ad-Free Being an open-source project, Pop!_OS is … [Read more...] about What Is Pop!_OS?
AMD is hard at work designing its Zen 4 processor architecture, but before it arrives, there is still the matter of its Zen 3+ Rembrandt processors , a 6000-series APU line that should help AMD keep up with Intel's Alder Lake mobile chips next year. Now, a recently spotted online benchmark entry hints at the kinds of specs we can expect from AMD's upcoming mobile APU. The specs come to us courtesy of Wccftech , who spotted the entry for an AMD engineering sample in the UserBenchmarks database running on a Corsair Xenomorph platform, which appears to be the branding on an upcoming AIO with an FP7 designation. The engineering sample features eight cores, 16 threads, and a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz on average. It also features an RDNA 2 GPU though the exact core configuration isn't clear. One way we can tell that this is definitely not a Zen 3 APU is that the Corsair platform is using DDR5 RAM at 4,800MHz, which existing Zen 3 chips … [Read more...] about AMD Ryzen ‘Rembrandt’ APU specs spotted – and it may not top Alder Lake
Sonos announced today that its Alexa support, which has been in a limited private beta for months at this point, is finally rolling out to all current-model Sonos speakers in a public beta. The company’s latest speaker, the Sonos One , has a microphone built in, so you can just speak to it the way you would an Echo device. Older Sonos speakers don’t have their own microphones, so Alexa integration is done through a connected Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or any other Alexa device. A user would tell Alexa, “play music on my bedroom speaker,” and the audio would come from your Sonos device. A Sonos firmware update will be available shortly to enable Alexa on older units. Alexa support has been in the works for a while, with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence noting earlier this year that digital assistants would be a crucial component for the company’s speakers going forward. Sonos is calling Alexa “the first voice assistant” for Sonos, so there’s every indication that we could be seeing … [Read more...] about Sonos launches public beta for Alexa voice control
Odroid XU4 A desktop computer in the palm of your hand Jump to details $85 at Amazon Beagleboard PocketBeagle BeagleBone An open-source USB key-fob computer Jump to details $40 at Amazon UDOO BOLT V8 High-end laptop performance for VR, AR, and AI projects Jump to details $459 at Udoo Nvidia Jetson Nano Developer Kit Comes with support for many popular AI frameworks Jump to details $108 at Amazon ASUS Tinker Board S A great kit for hobbyists and enthusiasts Jump to details $106 at Amazon Show More (1 items) Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ gutted down for industrial use Jump to details $42 at Walmart For many projects, dedicating an entire PC to a project is overkill. This is where single-board computers come in handy. The best know SBC is, without a doubt, the Raspberry Pi. It's known the world over for its versatility, low … [Read more...] about Best Raspberry Pi alternative 2021: Top SBCs
Forward-looking: The service department can seem like the slowest part of a dealership, especially when it's your car getting worked on. But Mercedes-Benz is infusing its dealerships with AR technology to speed up the diagnosis and repair of tricky and complex issues with its Virtual Remote Support, powered by Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist. I visited one of Mercedes' showcases last week to check out the implementation and get some hands-on time with the HoloLens 2. For customers that bring in a hard-to-solve problem, it was common for Mercedes-Benz to call in a flying doctor, an expert from HQ that would fly in and get hands-on with an issue. That could take days to arrange, not to mention the costs and environmental impacts associated with flying in these technical specialists from all over the country. All the while, the customer is left without their luxury automobile. While many shoppers go with a Mercedes for the styling and performance, it's the … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz and Microsoft HoloLens 2 show off augmented reality’s impact in the automotive space
Google just finished its Fall Pixel Launch event where the company meticulously walked viewers through its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro , along with its first in-house processor, Google Tensor. Both phones run Android 12 out of the box, so I was hoping we'd hear something during the streamed event about the launch of the next mobile operating system from Google. Instead of making a formal announcement during the event, Google quietly published a blog post recapping some of the features available in Android 12 and announcing that it's now officially available for Google Pixel devices. To be clear, that means you'll need a Pixel 3 or newer. Android 12 is full of new features, and arguably, the biggest redesign of the Android interface as a whole that we've ever seen. There are new privacy features in Android 12, including a dashboard that gives you a timeline of which apps are accessing your private information, a new scrollable screenshot tool and countless other tweaks and … [Read more...] about Android 12 officially launches: Here’s what you need to know