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Find or Post Great Laptops w/M-Powered / Firewire Audio dev

Hey everyone.
This thread is for those searching for laptops capable of running Pro-tools M-Powered on a Windows OS.

I would appreciate if the posts are made up of WORKING LAPTOP SETUPS or USEFUL LINKS ONLY. This thread will hopefully save users hours of time when searching. Thanks!

Unfortunately, Digidesign officially qualified only a http://www.digidesi…"]FEW LAPTOPS[/]="http://www.digidesi…"]FEW LAPTOPS[/] compatible with M-Audio USB and Firewire devices with M-Powered 7.0/7.1). It would be great to get some posts with those running 7.3

Please answer as much of the following as possible when describing your Windows based M-Powered laptop setup:

  1. Laptop Model and ~cost, Memory
  2. Processor Model & Ghz, Hard Drive Sizeand Speed etc.
  3. Windows OS, M-Powered Version and Number of smooth audio record/playback tracks
  4. Firewire? Built in? or PCMCIA card (name and model))
    Thanks soooo very much!

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Pro Audio Guest Fri, 04/27/2007 - 04:28
Thanks Spark. This will hopefully save people thousands of dollars and headaches. But PLEASE NOTE that you should still follow up and do research on any model that appears on this thread!

Here are the laptops I found after searching for a few days through TVPostSound's helpful link! (ty btw) Not all came with details but I posted what was relevant.


  1. [="http://duc.digidesign.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=MPWIN&Number=1145629&Forum=f53&Words=alien%20area%2051&Searchpage=0&Limit=25&Main=1145503&Search=true&where=bodysub&Name=&daterange=1&newerval=1&newertype=y&olderval=&oldertype=&bodyprev=#Post1145629"]Alienware Area 51[/]="http://duc.digidesi…"]Alienware Area 51[/], ~$1900, 2.75GB ram, Pentium 4 CPU, 3.6 GHZ
  2. [[url=http://="http://duc.digidesi…"]Inspiron 6400 E1505[/]="http://duc.digidesi…"]Inspiron 6400 E1505[/], 2GB of 667Mhz DDR2 RAM, 2.0GhzCore2Duo, 160GB,8tksAudio=4% CPU usage
  3. [="http://duc.digidesign.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=MPWIN&Number=1085373"]Gateway 7410GX[/]="http://duc.digidesi…"]Gateway 7410GX[/], 1.8 GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64-bit 3000+[[url=http://="http://support.gate…"] REVIEW[/]="http://support.gate…"] REVIEW[/]
  4. [="http://duc.digidesign.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=MPWIN&Number=1085373"] eMachines M6811 [/]="http://duc.digidesi…"] eMachines M6811 [/], MSRP $1699 [[url=http://="http://reviews.cnet…"]REVIEW[/]="http://reviews.cnet…"]REVIEW[/]
  5. [="http://duc.digidesign.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=MPWIN&Number=1085373"] Belkin F5U512-APL PCMCIA Firewire card[/]="http://duc.digidesi…"] Belkin F5U512-APL PCMCIA Firewire card[/], MSRP $59[[url=http://="http://catalog.belk…"] REVIEW[/]="http://catalog.belk…"] REVIEW[/]class="xf-ul">

    And here's a list from [[url=http://[/URL]="http://www.digidesi…"]digidesign.com[/]="http://www.digidesi…"]digidesign.com[/]


    1. Dell Inspiron 9300 (Pentium M, 915PM chipset)
    2. Terra Digital Audio ML12i Pro (Pentium M)
    3. ThinkPad R40 Series (Pentium M, Pentium 4-M)
    4. ThinkPad R50 Series (Pentium M)class="xf-ul">
      The following laptop computers are compatible with M-Audio FireWire Peripherals with Pro Tools M-Powered 7.3, but may not be able to achieve maximum track count (48 mono or 48 stereo tracks) with Music Production Toolkit:

      1. Acer Aspire 1522 (AMD Athlon 64, VIA K8)
      2. Acer TravelMate C300 Tablet PC (Pentium M)
      3. Dell Precision Workstation M60 (Pentium M)
      4. Dell Precision Laptop M-20 (Pentium M)
      5. Dell Inspiron 8600 (Pentium 4-M)
      6. Dell Inspiron 8500 (Pentium 4-M)
      7. HP Compaq Business Notebook nx8000 (Pentium M)class="xf-ul">
        Other Laptops
        The following laptop computers are compatible with M-audio FireWire or USB audio interfaces with Pro Tools M-Powered 7.0/7.1 for Windows XP, but may not be able to achieve maximum track count (48 mono or 48 stereo tracks) with Music Production Toolkit::

        1. ThinkPad T43 (Pentium M)
        2. Acer Aspire 1522 (AMD Athlon 64, VIA K8)
        3. Acer TravelMate C300 Tablet PC (Pentium M)
        4. Dell Precision Workstation M60 (Pentium M)
        5. Dell Precision Laptop M-20 (Pentium M)
        6. Dell Inspiron 6000 (Pentium M)*
        7. Dell Inspiron 8600 (Pentium 4-M)
        8. Dell Inspiron 8500 (Pentium 4-M)
        9. HP Compaq Business Notebook nx8000 (Pentium M)
        10. ThinkPad T30 (Pentium 4-M)*
        11. Toshiba Satellite 1900 series (Pentium 4)*class="xf-ul"> Or Laptops with these chipsets: 915PM, 915GM, 855PM

          *Supported with USB audio interfaces only.

          Moore to come
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