21738Inspiron 500m, replacing my PB 12" G4?
- Nov 7, 2003Hey,
New on this list. I'm probably going to buy a Dell laptop for Audio
use, changing from my Powerbook 12" G4 which I feel is a bit too slow.
I'll runt mostly Cubase SX, Sonar and Live3 on it, so I need a computer
with high throughput and memory bandwidth. Going to run som intense VST
instruments and probably some Gigastudio ttoo (phew!) on it...
I've been looking at the Inspiron 500m which retails at a nice price
here in Sweden. It's not much bigger than my powerbook and has a nice
big screen 1400x1050, but the gripes seem to be the lack of FW-port and
the Integrated Graphics... All I've heard about IG is that it totally
sucks for audio throughput. But this laptop seems just too perfect
besides this little drawback (it's not available with a separate
graphics controller yet, sadly) that I'm willing to take a minor
performance hit... It's a centrino system after all so it should be
plenty fast with a 60GB drive and 768MB RAM.
Thanks for the input. It's invaluable to hear from Audio-users other
than reading the darn reviews that only focus on Office speed and
gaming performance, rather than PCI burst and memory throughput.
I'll probably buy either the RME Multiface Cardbus or some other USB2
audio interface to use with it (don't think the latency will be
especially low with the built-in sound, something that astounded me on
my mac, where I can get 2ms latency with the built-in soundcard running
MacOSX Panther...!) so I really need good PCI burst performance.
Lots of questions, I'll be grateful for your answers and opinions!
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