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Old 22nd December 2012 , 06:55 PM
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Default MacBook vs Rain LiveBook AFX?

Hi all,

I'm currently looking to get a new laptop which I can do audio production on. Up til now I've been using Windows and Cubase. I was looking at Macbooks, but I had a look at some alternatives and came across the Rain LiveBook AFX which seems to have really good specs for the price and slightly cheaper than a Macbook given the specs. Problem is I can't find any reviews for it.

Has anyone used a Rain Livebook? These are the specs I've seen:

2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core [6MB Cache]
8GB RAM
120GB SSD Drive
And also a 750 GB Hard drive
And also a DVD-RW drive
15.6" screen
eSATA, 3xUSB3, 1xUSB2

$2,199 = ?1360 GBP

vs. 15" MacBook Pro - similar specs and same price but without the 120GB SSD drive and fewer USB ports.

Also, the Rain Livebook has a numerical keypad on the keyboard which could be useful for shortcuts.

Lenovo laptops are also meant to be good machines.

Has anyone used any of these or have any suggestions?
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Old 22nd December 2012 , 10:19 PM
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rearrange this well known saying:

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(in short, my preference would be the mac. I suspect most others around here will disagree. So why do I say mac then? I've been running my current mac pro with protools for about 5 years at this point on an almost daily basis. How many crashes have I had in that time I hear you say? None. That's right. Zero, zip, nada, nula, not a single one. And for me at least, that's worth the cost of entry alone. As ever ymmv.)
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I will not be disagreeing with Trevor. A Mac user since 1986, my studio Mac is 4 years old and has never crashed , locked or frozen. It is used on an almost daily basis, 6 days a week.

For me, reliability is the cheaper long run option. Apple is renowned for its reliabilty. I don't know whether your non-Apple options will be or not.
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