Best Refurbished Laptops for Music Production
Apple has reigned supreme for years as the best laptop brand for music production. After all, the Apple MacBook Pro is the only portable platform for Logic Pro X. By contrast, PC devices have generally fallen short in their music-making capabilities. But today is a new day for PC technological offerings, and brands like Asus, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Dell are stepping up to the plate to offer musical novices and lyrical geniuses top-notch performance on the go.
Regardless of which new or refurbished music production laptop you choose, make sure to determine what features are most important to you first. You'll want to consider things like power, memory specifications, storage capacity, weight, and size for your needs today–and the future when your DJ hobby becomes a stadium sell-out career.
So let’s dive in. Here we review The Store’s best refurbished laptops for music production from Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, and Asus.
Refurbished Microsoft V6F-00001 Surface Book 3 13.5"
Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 is the most powerful Surface laptop capable of holding intensive video and graphics files along with high-octane video games. This device is packed with everything you need, including speed, graphics, and long battery life in a versatile device that can be your laptop, tablet, and portable music studio. Tackle your most intense musical demands with quad-core powered 10th Gen Intel Core processors and high-resolution PixelSense Display designed for Surface Pen* and touch. You’ll get 50% faster speeds than the Surface Book 2 13.5”, plus 15.5 hours of battery life for extended use while traveling overseas to your next big gig.
Sale Price: $1079
Refurbished Lenovo 20N20022US ThinkPad T490 14"
You might not think of the Lenovo ThinkPad first when considering which music production laptop to buy. But did you know this refurbished laptop has more USB connection ports than the popular Macbook Pro and Surface Laptop? It also has a Kensington slot, Micro-SIM slot, and HDMI port. In addition, you can find a power configuration for much less money than most other music production laptops. This underrated device is solid and sturdy, so you can take it on the road and drop it a few times along the way (don’t quote me on that), and this ThinkPad will withstand whatever rigors you throw its way. Known for reliability and longevity, you might be making music on this device for seven years! Thank goodness this ThinkPad is expandable, allowing you to increase storage capacity using up to four internal storage drives. All of this means you can keep making space for as many projects, samples, and musical endeavors as you'd like.
Sale Price: $765
Refurbished Dell XPS 13 9360
Dell XPS 13 really stepped it up with its latest with a high-quality 4K display made just for you. This powerful laptop is also ultraportable, built with excellent performance and battery life, and a sleek design that you can fit in any backpack. Operating on Windows 10 OS, the Dell XPS 13 comes with a 2.4GHz processor and a 3.8GHz turbo speed, along with internal enhancements to make it move as fast as your brain comes up with new lyrics. Plus, it’s designed with excellent speakers that produce a high-quality sound with clarity without any distortions. The only slight issue? You’ll need to invest in an HDMI converter because this device is missing a port.
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Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro 13"
Apple’s new in-house M1 chip promises unprecedented boosts in speed and increased battery life, combining CPU, GPU, and memory into one chip. Does that mean musicians and studio pros like you should drop everything and buy this refurbished laptop right now? Well, that depends on your budget and your alliances (are you a PC or a Mac voter?) Apple MacBook Pro’s Logic Pro X and Garageband come standard delivering additional optimization for those who use those programs. But if you’re a Live, Cubase, or Pro Tools user, you might lose some performance capabilities. Overall, suppose you’re in the market for a higher-ticket item. In that case, the 12-inch M1 MacBook Pro offers excellent battery life, a powerful processor, and future scalability in a compact package that you can easily take anywhere.
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Refurbished Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW
The Asus ROG Strix Scar is another excellent choice that combines high-end gaming with high-quality music production capabilities if you have a generous budget. The Asus Rog Strix Scar delivers sheer power with an i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM at the base level. At that type of speed and processing power, you know this refurbished laptop can master any audio project you throw at it. Sure, the color scheme screams “gamer” more than it does musician or artist, but don’t let the branding fool you. This device is exactly what you need and more for all your musical endeavors.
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Decisions, decisions. It’s not easy to choose a music production laptop capable of running intensive audio production work while also looking cute and feeling lightweight. Some new and refurbished models focus on battery life, while others shine through their higher-grade processing speeds, appearance, or connection ports. Just remember, CPU and RAM are the most critical features for functionality, and every time you add different effects or instrument plugins, you ask the CPU to tackle more tasks. It makes sense why music production laptops tend to cost a bit more than your standard “work from home” devices. But don’t fret too much; The Store has you covered with deals on new and refurbished music production laptops at up to 70% off. Shop Refurbished Laptops Now!