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 is testing a feature that automatically mutes your speakers when you plug in headphones, fixing one of my biggest pet peeves with playing games on Xbox. The feature is rolling out to Xbox Insiders on the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring , which means it will very likely be available more broadly in the coming months. Right now, when you plug in headphones to your controller on Xbox, your speakers stay on, too, which means if you want to have the audio just play in your headphones, you have to separately turn down the volume on your speakers. The PS5, on the other hand, handily mutes speaker audio when you plug in headphones, and I’m glad Microsoft is following suit by working on a similar feature for Xbox. The option to atuomatically mute speaker audio will appear in a revamped audio settings menu, according to Microsoft’s blog. This new Skip-Ahead build also includes a new accessibility feature: color blind filters. “While some games implement similar filters individually, this … [Read more...] about Xbox will soon automatically mute your speakers when you plug in headphones
Roku and Amazon Fire TV are locked in an epic battle for your living room. Lots of people want a cheap, easy way to get streaming video from Netflix , Amazon Prime , Disney Plus , HBO Max , Hulu , YouTube and Apple TV Plus on their TV , and two companies make the most popular gadgets for doing just that. In one corner is Roku , the most popular name in streaming devices . In the other corner sits Amazon Fire TV , the streamer made by one of the most powerful companies in the world. Both boast over 50 million users and offer numerous devices with similar prices and features. But which should you pick? At CNET we've spent countless hours testing both over the years, and in general both work really well. Most of the Roku and Fire TV devices we've reviewed have received an 8.0 (excellent) rating or higher, so it's tough to go wrong. Roku and Fire TV just announced brand-new players for the 2021 holiday season -- the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and … [Read more...] about Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV: Which streaming device is best in 2021?
What just happened? Barring a load of RGB and features such as tempered glass sides, the basic design of desktop gaming PCs has changed little over the years. But Gigabyte has unveiled a concept that's very different from the standard fare: a modular system with integrated 5G that it calls the "future of gaming." Best known for its range of graphics cards and motherboards, Gigabyte has just revealed Project Cielo by Aorus. Cielo, which means sky in Spanish, is a concept, so Gigabyte is a little light on the details. We do know it uses a portable, modular design split into three sections: the main PC system is housed in the top; the battery module is in the middle; and there's a Bluetooth speaker module in the bottom. The idea is that the battery and Bluetooth speaker modules can be separated from the PC to become speakers for smart devices, while the combination of PC and battery modules allows it to be used as a portable gaming machine—for those who prefer desktops to … [Read more...] about Gigabyte says its modular 5G PC is the future of gaming
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
I'm a longtime apartment dweller in a dense city, so home theater space is hard to come by. I have to decide what I can comfortably add to a living room already packed with PC and console hardware. For too long, that has meant saying "no" to good surround sound. But surround-friendly soundbars now make good sound possible in a smaller package, without needing to run wires through walls or drop some speakers in the ceiling. Some systems claim to do it all, complete with creative speaker placement and virtualized surround-sound tricks . Others use wireless pieces, including subwoofers and satellite speakers. In a particularly recent development, some soundbars even offer compatibility with the "spatial surround" standards of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The latter development, especially on game consoles, has jumpstarted my interest in finding a powerful system that balances performance needs and space demands. We don't review a lot of home audio at Ars, but a recent test opportunity … [Read more...] about Klipsch’s $1,900 Cinema 1200: Close, but not quite, for set-and-forget Atmos
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