Looking For Low End Laptop As Keyboard WS, Stereo Recorder

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  1. Suntower

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    I need a new Win7 laptop for musical use in live performance... (Rompler) and... at most as a stereo field recorder... or perhaps to take a feed from the house mix.

    I currently use an old Korg ws. It's getting to the end and I was about to look at a newer version, but then I realised that this is 2011, plus I already have all the extra licenses/[COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]software[/COLOR][/COLOR] I need from my studio to do this if I simply connect a MIDI controller and an external USB/Firewire audio interface.

    I have no need for anything beyond stereo recording or output. Just need it to be reliable. The other 6 days a week it will be used to browse the web and do e-mail and that's about it. Maybe -any- of the current ones will do what I need (my current [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]laptop[/COLOR][/COLOR] is 7 years old and runs a P4 so I'm totally out of touch with what's au courante.)

    In desktops, the main thing that really matters for (most) [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]music [COLOR=blue !important]apps[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] is a 7200rpm drive. Graphics is irrelevant and in fact, most guys I know steer clear of anything with a fan.

    I had to be in Office Depot today and found this:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,28 [...] ?tab=Specs

    For prox. $500 out the door (well... $550... and then a $50 mail rebate). And I keep lookin' for a timebomb, but so far I don't see one.

    7200rpm drive? Check
    Core i5 [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]processor[/COLOR][/COLOR]? Check.
    Super lightweight? Check.
    5hr battery life? Check.
    4GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8) Check.

    No firewire or USB3, but I really only need USB for MIDI in and audio, right?

    For use strictly to web surf... and as a glorified Rompler, what can go wrong?

    I ask because I haven't actually -opened- it yet. Just waiting to see if there's anything obvious I've missed that's a dealbreaker.

    Thoughts? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    ---JC
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